Electric cars

Health 17-11-2017

Electric motorsport to ditch no-deal Brexit UK

The London-based Formula-E electric car racing series will leave Britain if Brexit goes ahead without a deal on tax and employment, the outfit’s chief executive said on Wednesday (15 November).

17-11-2017

Slovakia dragging its feet on EU clean mobility plan

While the European Commission is pushing to accelerate the deployment of low-emission vehicles, Slovakia – a little-known automotive ‘superpower’ in Europe – continues to drive in the slow lane, EURACTIV.sk reports.

08-11-2017

EU unveils proposal to clean up transport, boost electric vehicles

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday (8 November) a legislative package aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in road transport and encouraging the uptake of electric cars, in an attempt to help Europe's car industry remain competitive in the face of growing pressure from the US and China.

08-11-2017

German minister warns EU against toughening car emissions targets

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that he is against any toughening of European car emissions targets by 2025, warning that stricter rules would cost jobs and growth.

07-11-2017

Commission’s new clean transport rules may lack ambition

The European Commission will unveil a package of legislation regulating environmental aspects of transport on Wednesday (8 November), amid concerns from NGOs and some MEPs that it may lack ambition in setting targets for the car industry.

07-11-2017

Mayors request drastic legislation to cut car emissions

The mayors of nine EU capitals have asked the European institutions to adopt tougher mandatory legislation to minimise air pollution by cars, including a new Euro 7 ‘technologically neutral’ standard for vehicles, and that all vehicle sales be ‘zero emissions’ in the coming two decades.

06-11-2017

Are electric cars only for the wealthy?

In Norway, where electric cars make up 29% of the nation’s new cars, per capita GDP is twice the EU’s average. But China is the largest electric driver in the world. EURACTIV's partner Italia Oggi reports.

Climate change 31-10-2017

New EU car CO2 limits in danger amid German automaker lobbying

While the Dieselgate scandal still roars on, the European Union may be about to water down new CO2 limits for cars at the behest of German automakers.

27-10-2017

Green MEP: ‘I pledge for a bold approach to e-mobility’

The Greens will support electrification in cities as long as it is not limited to cars but also extended to other means of transport, Greens MEP Cramer said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.

Energy 26-10-2017

Italy eyes a coal-free future with new energy strategy

Italy plans to phase out coal power plants by 2025, the country's industry minister said during a presentation of a new energy strategy on Tuesday (24 October), joining a growing trend of moving away from coal in the EU.

19-10-2017

EU transport chief: we must complete transport network to stay competitive

The EU must press on with building the Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) core network, even though the costs are estimated at €750 billion and public funds will not be enough, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc told EURACTIV Greece in an interview. The Slovenian Commissioner also said it was up to the member states to decide which mechanisms they wish to …

Energy 17-10-2017

‘Black gold’ rush to peak in 2030 thanks to rise of electric car

World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

13-10-2017

Time to push e-mobility

Electric vehicles are an essential part of the solution to meeting Europe's climate and energy targets and the issue is becoming increasingly urgent, writes Kristian Ruby.

12-10-2017

European battery alliance launched in Brussels

The European Commission hosted auto, chemical and engineering executives in Brussels yesterday (11 October) to develop battery manufacturing in the EU to compete with Asian and US manufacturers.

Energy 12-10-2017

Buildings law gets preliminary stamp of approval from European Parliament

MEPs on Wednesday (11 October) backed a revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) after a draft report managed to win broad support from across the political spectrum in a key Parliament committee.

Future of mobility 10-10-2017

Electric mobility’s time has come

“You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo obviously was not referring to electric mobility when he wrote these stirring lines, but his words would have been just as fitting, writes Alberto Piglia.

Energy 10-10-2017

Renewables loophole threatens to dilute EU buildings law objectives

An oversight in the revised text of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) risks undermining the European Commission’s promise to place "efficiency first" across all EU energy legislation ahead of a defining vote in Parliament this week.

Agrifood 03-10-2017

Green MEP: Sustainability criteria will distinguish ‘good’ and ‘bad’ biofuels

Sustainability criteria are needed to make a clear distinction between “bad” biofuels like palm oil and “good” ones like some ethanol, MEP Bas Eickhout told EURACTIV in an interview.

29-09-2017

China moves to further promote EVs, putting pressure on Europe

China announced on Thursday (28 September) it would start phasing out fossil fuel cars and set a 10% minimum quota of "new energy vehicles" in 2019, in a move European industry groups called a game changer and a wake-up call for Europe.

Climate change 27-09-2017

Climate and energy policy could decide next German government

Climate and energy policy could emerge as a make-or-break topic in Germany’s coalition negotiations, after Sunday’s election result put Angela Merkel’s Conservatives on a path to forming a government with the Liberal and Green parties.

EU Internal Market Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska
27-09-2017

Bieńkowska: ‘What we want from Volkswagen is a different approach’

The car sector is keeping EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska busy. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, the Polish official spoke frankly about carmaker responsibility following the Dieselgate scandal, how to deal with Uber and how Brussels-Warsaw relations might not improve.

Energy 22-09-2017

Will new EU buildings law help pave the way for an electro-mobile future?

The ongoing reform of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) offers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to make European buildings and cities of today fit for the low pollution, electric transport of tomorrow, writes Teodora Serafimova.

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Future of mobility 21-09-2017

Unlocking the potential of lightweighting in vehicles to meet CO2 targets

Although electrification will undoubtedly play a large role in decarbonising road transport, the obvious but often overlooked solution is lightweighting, argues Patrik Ragnarsson.

Future of mobility 20-09-2017

Innovation fuels Europe’s leadership on shared mobility

European cities are stepping up their efforts on shared mobility to reduce traffic jams and pollution while generating the most profitable business in this field on the planet.