BMW, Daimler and Toyota rated greenest carmakers

  BMW, Daimler and Toyota are the most environmentally-friendly car manufacturers. That’s according to non-profit group Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which ranked responses from 16 manufacturers on their progress towards meeting regulatory emissions standards, using self-driving technology with renewable energy and incentivising lower carbon emissions. Subaru got the worst rating out of all the manufacturers, […]

LNG trucks hit the gas on decarbonisation

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks with special transmissions in France and Spain are helping two vehicle fleets reduce fuel consumption by up to 17%. By switching trucks to clean energy sources rather than diesel and by using fully automatic Allison transmissions, both operators have reported significant improvements in fuel economy, driving responsiveness, and reliability. In […]

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 […]

Green hydrogen power for a rainy day

A new technology means renewable energy can be used to turn rainwater into hydrogen fuel. Clean Power Solutions’ innovative new energy system uses excess power produced by wind turbines or solar panels to convert collected rainwater into hydrogen by using a process called electrolysis. The gas can then be used to provide heating for properties or fuel to power vehicles. The […]

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 […]

New tech promises emissions-cutting bio-oil from old tyres

A new technology that makes oil from old tyres offers a green option without sacrificing performance. In addition to reusing end-of-life tyres rather than sending them to landfill, Green Distillation Technologies’ (GDT) oil also results in around 30% less Nitrogen Oxide being released than traditional fuels. It was tested by engineers at the Queensland University of Technology, who said it could offer new opportunities […]

Low carbon vehicles industry receives £84m boost

The low carbon vehicles industry has received a £84 million boost from government and the private sector. BEIS and the industry are providing £42 million each through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). A total of five projects from McLaren Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover, Turner Powertrain and Dearman have won a share of the fund to develop innovate low […]

US invests $137m in energy efficient vehicle tech

The US has announced an investment worth $137 million (£102.75m) to develop technologies tha make vehicles more energy efficient. The money will be used for two different initiatives. The first will fund four projects to develop and demonstrate cost effective technologies that more than double the freight efficiency of trucks. Through the second initiative, a […]

Demand for alternative fuelled vehicles up by a quarter

The demand for alternative fuelled vehicles (AFV) has risen by 24.7% in July. That’s a total of more than 5,300 new AFV sold, according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It stated the increase is “remarkably strong” compared to the same period in 2015 when more than 4,300 AFV […]

UK automotive sector cuts energy, water and waste

The UK automotive sector has announced its latest environmental achievements. It has reduced energy use per vehicle produced by 0.1%, water use by 7.6% and waste to landfill by 24.2% last year compared to 2014, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Its latest report also revealed the use of renewable energy reached […]