Carmakers must cut carbon rapidly to evolve, shareholders say

Carmakers must cut carbon rapidly to evolve, shareholders say

Stricter global emissions standards are putting significant pressure on carmakers to improve fuel efficiency and make greater use of electric powertrains. But that may not be the sole force driving automakers toward reduced carbon emissions. Cutting emissions is also a priority for at least some of... read more

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2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Every diesel brand in Europe emits more than VW, says new report

It's been a year since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that Volkswagen used illegal "defeat device" software that allowed its diesel cars to cheat... read more September 20, 2016 by

Offshore Oil Rig

Why Africa gets filthiest diesel fuel: little regulation, global traders

All countries have to deal with emissions from diesel vehicles, but African nations have it worse than most. They often have few emissions regulations, something Swiss... read more September 19, 2016 by

2016 Nissan Leaf

Men may avoid green products because they seem feminine: hypothesis

Those tasked with selling electric cars and other products friendly to the environment must confront multiple obstacles as they try to win over often-skeptical consumers... read more September 13, 2016 by

2016 Nissan Leaf

Electric cars can be 'contagious,' DoE says (solar panels too), but why?

The word "contagious" is often used to describe diseases, but not all contagions are necessarily bad. Studies have found that solar panels can be "contagious," for example... read more September 11, 2016 by

2015 Nissan Leaf fully charged at start of road trip  [photo: John Briggs]

Electric-car range anxiety exists, but it's overblown, says MIT study

Range anxiety, the persistent worry about not having enough battery range to finish a journey, remains one of the major obstacles to widespread electric-car adoption. Many... read more August 29, 2016 by

2017 Chevrolet Volt

Who leads, who lags in electric cars in U.S.? New survey names them

A major obstacle to widespread adoption of electric cars is that they're not offered for sale everywhere. Collectively, automakers offer a significant number of all-electric... read more August 25, 2016 by

Electric-car rally in Geiranger, Norway [Image: Norsk elbilforening via Flickr]

What can we learn from electric-car owners in Norway (more than 100K of them)?

Thanks to a combination of government incentives and public enthusiasm, electric cars make up a higher portion of new-car sales in Norway than in any other country. As of... read more August 23, 2016 by

2016 BMW i3

1 in 6 cars sold in 2020 must be electric to meet fuel-economy rules: study

Several nations have enacted strict fuel economy standards but, for the most part, they have not required automakers to sell electric cars. In the U.S., only the state of... read more August 22, 2016 by

Volvo CMA modular compact car platform

Electric-car energy density to approach gasoline by 2045: report

The lithium-ion battery packs that power modern electric cars are far less energy-dense than the liquid hydrocarbon fuels that power internal-combustion cars. They can't hold... read more May 24, 2016 by

Neste renewable-diesel Superlite Coupe

Renewable diesel: 90 percent lower carbon emissions than regular diesel, Neste claims

The lifecycle carbon emissions of renewable diesel fuel are significantly lower than those of conventional diesel, says a new study from a company that sells the renewable... read more May 17, 2016 by

Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

Half of car buyers say electric car must have 300 miles of range

The Tesla Model 3 and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars are set to make 200-mile ranges attainable for a much larger number of buyers than today's $72,000-plus Tesla Model... read more April 13, 2016 by

2016 BMW i3

Electric Cars To Be 35 Percent Of Global Sales By 2040: Energy Analyst

Despite steady progress over the past few years, electric cars still make up only a very small percentage of the tens of millions of new cars sold globally every year. And... read more February 25, 2016 by

2016 Tesla Model S

Once Again: Electric Cars Have Lower Lifetime Carbon Emissions

Battery-electric cars produce no direct carbon emissions from driving, but those are not the only potential source of emissions related to these vehicles. The lifetime carbon... read more February 10, 2016 by

2015 Chevrolet Volt

Carpool-Lane Access: Very Important For Electric-Car Adoption, It Turns Out

Depending on where they live, electric-car owners can enjoy a variety of perks associated with the vehicle they drive. That's especially true in California, which grants... read more November 23, 2015 by

2005 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius Owners Keep Cars Longer Than Any Other Model But One

Toyota Prius hybrid owners keep their cars longer than almost any other model. That's according to a recent study that tracked the percentage of original owners who kept... read more October 29, 2015 by


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