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The Netherlands: Well-Suited To Electric Cars, And Eager To Have More

The Netherlands: Well-Suited To Electric Cars, And Eager To Have More

When it comes to electric-car adoption, a supportive government willing to offer significant incentives is often one of the most effective ways to get these cars in driveways. The Netherlands appears to be joining the cadre of electric-car-friendly countries, with a goal of having 200,000 plug-in... read more

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Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

Further Crackdowns On Diesel Emissions Only A Matter Of Time?

Both the U.S. and Europe have implemented tighter emissions or fuel-economy standards for gasoline-powered vehicles, but Europe's legion of diesel cars and trucks may get... read more October 15, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3

Belatedly, Germany Follows California, Offers Electric-Car Incentives

As governments try to encourage the adoption of electric cars, incentives have proven to be one of the most powerful tools. That's why Germany has finally come around, and... read more October 2, 2014 by 


 
CA Governor Jerry Brown, State Sen. Alex Padilla, and Google's Sergey Brin beside an autonomous car

Would Intelligent Cars Get Us Green Quicker Than Electric Cars?

What technologies will have the most impact on making cars greener and transportation more sustainable--and provide that impact fastest? Suppose that the key isn't plug-in... read more September 29, 2014 by 


 
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

Six California Electric-Car Bills Signed By Governor Brown

As thousands participated in National Drive Electric Week events around the country last week, California took further steps to promote electric cars. Governor Jerry Brown... read more September 26, 2014 by 


 
Nissan Leaf electric car recharging at ESB ecars charging point in Ireland

Electric Cars In Ireland: How To Get To The Tipping Point?

Ireland is--or should be--an ideal place for large-scale adoption of electric cars. The island is compact; it has a vibrant IT sector, a favorable policy environment, and... read more September 7, 2014 by 


 
Electric car drivers in Helsinki. Image: electrictraffic.fi

Which City Wants To Make Privately-Owned Cars Obsolete?

Instead of continually improving the efficiency of cars, might it be better to replace them entirely? A few cities encourageresidents to eschew car use for public transit... read more August 27, 2014 by 


 
Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)

Rising Gas Mileage Means Cars & Trucks Use Less Of U.S. Transportation Energy

The efficiency of cars and trucks gets plenty of attention, but they compromise only one piece of the U.S. transportation puzzle. So how do light-duty vehicles compare to... read more July 24, 2014 by 


 
Green vehicles parked across from Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

California Puts Its Electric-Car Owner Survey Info Online

Plug-in electric cars are driving silently off showroom floors in growing numbers--but who is buying them, and why? Data on electric-car owners can provide valuable insight... read more June 24, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Atlanta's Success In Electric-Car Sales Highlights Incentives Role

While West Coast cities have a reputation for electric-car friendliness, there's also an Eastern success story--one in which purchase incentives play a major role. Georgia... read more June 12, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Eight-State Plan To Boost Electric Cars In Northeast, CA: More Details

Last October, eight states announced plans to promote the sale of more than 3 million electric cars by 2025, a massive leap from the 200,000 or so currently on U.S. roads... read more May 30, 2014 by 


 
China

China To Ban 6 Million Gross Polluters From Roads In Smog Fight

More-efficient new vehicles and stricter emissions standards can help reduce air pollution, but the effect is limited if older, dirtier cars remain on the road in large... read more May 28, 2014 by 


 
Diesel

U.N. Study Concludes Diesel Particulates Low, And Declining In Europe & U.S.

Particulate-matter emissions are one of the major environmental hazards of diesel cars and trucks, but the problem may not be as great as it appears. A new paper (PDF) from... read more May 23, 2014 by 


 
China

China Push For Lower Emissions: Smaller, More Efficient Engines, Mild Hybrids

China may be the world's largest car market, but increased air pollution has created a public backlash against the automobile. It's also spurring the government to take... read more May 14, 2014 by 


 
Mitsubishi i electric car at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

Nine New Projects Announced For Clean Vehicles In National Parks

If you're planning a summer vacation to a U.S. national park this summer, you may start to see a few changes when you get there. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean... read more April 15, 2014 by 


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

U.S. To Stay Global First In Vehicle Miles Driven, Says Futurist

China may buy more cars, but U.S. drivers will continue to rack up the most miles, according to a futurist. At the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Peter Phelps said the U.S... read more April 15, 2014 by 


 
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