China halts production of 553 cars in clean clampdown

  China has halted the production of 553 car models that didn’t meet new fuel consumption standards. According to state news agency Xinhua, the China Vehicle Technology Service Center has said the suspension has been approved by the relevant departments and took effect from yesterday. The models affected reportedly include cars from a number of […]

EU reaches agreement on car-testing reform

The EU has reached a provisional agreement to reform car-testing procedures. The Commission claims changing the rules around type-approval for new cars will modernise tests on car emissions data and help “restore credibility” to the sector following previous scandals. The Council Presidency and European Parliament will now submit their plans to the Committee of Permanent […]

Paris steps up fight against road pollution

Paris has stepped up its fight against road pollution. Mayor Anne Hildago has announced plans to pedestrianise large areas of the city centre as they become increasingly choked with traffic and harmful emissions, especially from diesel engines. She plans to boost cycling infrastructure by doubling the city’s cycle lanes by 2020. The Rue de Rivoli, one of the […]

More than 10,000 motorists went electric in 2016

More than 10,000 motorists in the UK bought fully electric vehicles in 2016. That’s according to the latest statistics released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), which show the figure is a 3.3% rise on 2015. On a wider scale, alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFV) have seen a rise from 2.8% of market share […]

Australian proposals to go green could cost consumers

Australian proposals to introduce new environmental and fuel efficiency standards could cost consumers. The move would force vehicle manufacturers to make their cars more economical and make fuel refineries increase the quality of the petrol and diesel they produce. It’s estimated the proposals would cut emissions by 65 million tonnes a year. Although these changes would help increase efficiency […]

Driving style can significantly affect emissions

A vehicle trade association says driving style can significantly affect emissions and mileage. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which includes major brands such as Ford, BMW and Toyota, has released a series of simple of steps to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon footprint. It includes a variety of advice gathered from industry experts, including […]

New finance initiative aims to decarbonise Europe’s transport

A new finance initiative aims to decarbonise the transport sector in Europe. The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have come together to create the Cleaner Transport Facility (CTF), a project which will support investment in alternative fuels and technology. It will help channel money into the deployment of not only cleaner vehicles […]

Car manufacturers join forces for ultra-fast EV charge network

BMW Group, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen are some of the car firms that have teamed up to accelerate the deployment of a charging network for electric vehicles (EVs). Porsche, Audi and Daimler AG are also part of project that will cover long-distance travel routes in Europe. They aim to roll out around 400 charging stations across […]

British insurers want data from driverless cars

British vehicle insurers want better access to driverless car data. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) says it is becoming increasingly important that road laws account for the presence of driverless car drivers. The UN body that sets international vehicle safety regulations is due to update the rules in 2019 and the ABI hopes to influence […]

Tesla says second ‘Gigafactory’ will be in Europe

Tesla has announced its second ‘Gigafactory’ battery production plant will be built in Europe. CEO Elon Musk said the massive factory will produce both vehicles and batteries at a significantly cheaper price than currently possible. It is expected to see annual battery production capacity reach 35GWh. It was announced following Tesla’s purchase of Grohmann Engineering, a German developer of automated assembly systems. Its technology is […]