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25/07/2016

Blind people want noisier cars to improve pedestrian safety

Topic: electric cars


Transport 20-07-2016

Bulc: ‘We are working on a master plan for the deployment of driverless vehicles’

The European Commission will publish a comprehensive plan for the deployment of driverless vehicles later this year, Violeta Bulc, the EU Commissioner for Transport, told EurActiv.sk in an exclusive interview.
Transport 04-05-2016

Courier giant ushers in ‘future of aviation’ with biofuels drive

The world's largest express transportation company, FedEx, is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.

Emissions trading should not be a scapegoat for steel industry

Scapegoating climate protection is not only factually wrong, it will also prevent the German and European steel industry from gearing up for the future, writes Annalena Baerbock.
Transport 28-04-2016

VW and Shell accused of trying to block EU push for electric cars

VW and Shell have been accused of trying to block Europe’s push for electric cars and more efficient cars, by saying biofuels should be at heart of efforts to green the industry instead.
Transport 27-04-2016

Germany to launch €1bn discount scheme for electric car buyers

Germany is set to launch a new incentive scheme worth about 1 billion euros to get more consumers buying electric cars as it struggles to meet a target of bringing 1 million of them onto its roads by the end of the decade.
Energy 12-04-2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Gas demand in Europe will most likely continue to decline. This is the reason why the competition for additional gas import infrastructure is so fierce and politicised - there is simply no need for more, Julian Popov told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.

Hydrogen provides low-carbon energy solutions

The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, a more recent development than its industrial use, has its place in the low-carbon economy of the future, in both buildings and transport. But the technology is still poorly understood in France. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Energy 15-01-2016

Berlin seeks to spark e-mobility with €5,000 incentive

The German government has floated the idea of providing incentives for people to buy electric cars. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel has proposed the initiative so that companies warm to the idea of buying electric car fleets. EurActiv Germany reports.
Sports 17-12-2015

Jaguar to enter world of electric motorsport

Jaguar has announced that it will contest the next season of Formula E, as the race to develop more efficient and affordable electric cars gears up.
Transport 28-10-2015

VW's ‘dieselgate’ puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany

The pollution-cheating scandal that has engulfed auto giant Volkswagen is turning up the heat on the German government to make more determined headway in its self-declared "electromobility" goals, analysts say.
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Transport 02-10-2015

Viegas: We will move differently in the future

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Data has become the raw material for effective policy making, particularly in areas such as mobility and transport. José Viegas helps to provide this information to governments, who he sees as the key element to progress on the “vision zero” target for highway fatalities.
Digital 04-09-2015

Autonomous driving takes back seat as connected car rules prepared

European Commission and Parliament officials said on Thursday (3 September) that they were moving towards regulating connected cars, but are still a long way off from sealing new legislation on autonomous vehicles.
Transport 24-06-2015

What is the formula for electrifying the EU’s transport sector?

This week (25 June), Parliament's Environment Committee will debate reducing air pollution from cars. Member states should draw lessons from Norway, writes Teodora Serafimova.
Transport 18-06-2015

CEOs: Europe doesn’t have ‘the big balls’ to make a Tesla

The European Union doesn’t have the “big balls” needed to make market-leading and disrupting innovation such as the Tesla electric car, business leaders have said.
Transport 16-06-2015

Gabriel: Germany has 'catching up to do' in e-car sector

Germany ranked near the middle in an international comparison of markets for electric vehicles, demonstrating there is room for improvement, the government said. EurActiv Germany reports.
Digital 04-06-2015

Can Google, Uber, BlaBlaCar and Zipcar make mobility cleaner?

Uber, Google, Nokia, Zipcar and BlaBlaCar are planning a radically different transport system, revolutionized by the internet, mobile phones and autonomous, electric driving, writes William Todts.
Transport 29-05-2015

ACEA boss: Even a zero-emission target will fail to address car CO2

Europe’s ambition of heavily cutting CO2 emissions from cars won't work if it fails to address the 95% of emissions coming from old vehicles, according to Erik Jonnaert, the Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturer's Association, ACEA.
Transport 25-02-2015

Energy Union pushes for e-mobility and alternative fuels in transport

The European Commission plans further steps to decarbonise the transport sector through a shift to alternative fuels and electro-mobility, according to the latest draft of the Energy Union proposal, which will be officially presented later today.
Transport 16-02-2015

Solvik-Olsen: Norway leads on electric cars

Norway has the world's best incentives for buying electric cars. But a zero-emission vehicles' strategy might not work in EU countries with a strong automobile industry, said Norwegian Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen.

Car sharing struggles to challenge private owners in Germany

Despite a growing number of users, car sharing is not expected to displace private automobiles any time soon, causing the German government to come up with new incentives for collective models in the hopes of promoting sustainable transportation. EurActiv Germany reports.
Transport 03-12-2014

Germany to miss target for one million e-cars by 2020

Germany hopes to put one million electric cars on its roads by the year 2020, but government advisors already predict the country will miss its target if state support is not stepped up soon. EurActiv Germany reports.
Transport 25-09-2014

Berlin approves new incentives for electric car drivers

The German government passed a new law on electromobility, including perks for electric car drivers, such as parking privileges, permission to use bus lanes and special transit access. However, environmentalists are unhappy. EurActiv Germany reports.
Transport 31-07-2014

European electric car sales continue to accelerate

Electric vehicle sales in Europe doubled again in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, with more than one in every 20 new auto-buyers in the Netherlands and Norway opting for battery-powered cars, according to analysis of official data by the Transport and Environment (T&E) environmental think tank.
Transport 05-12-2013

Blind people want noisier cars to improve pedestrian safety

The European Blind Union (EBU) has called on the EU institutions to uphold blind people’s basic right to walk the streets safely, warning that the proliferation of electric and hybrid vehicles pose a serious threat to the blind and partially sighted.