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Electric cars 22-06-2018

China dwarfs Europe on EV investments, figures show

European carmakers have invested seven times more in electric vehicle production lines in China than at home, according to industry figures collected by Transport & Environment (T&E), a green campaign group.
Energy 14-03-2018

Europe must regain the lead in clean automotive innovation

The EU must adopt policies that put European manufacturers on the right track to compete with the global shift to low carbon transport, writes Andrey Kovatchev.

Automated vehicles 21-02-2018

Connected cars – Driving SME competition through direct data access

Digital devices have already transformed the way of life. Now, with automated transport on the horizon, will it be possible to sustain a vibrant landscape of competitive automotive SMEs in Europe in the future? Sylvia Gotzen provides an insight.
Data protection 16-02-2018

Access to car data – the new battleground that risks consumer choice

Ahead of the 20 February vote in the TRAN Committee on the draft report on a European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems access to vehicle data, Laurianne Krid takes a look at the issues facing motorists with regard to the automotive digital economy.  
Air Quality 06-02-2018

Commission urges carmakers to ‘behave more ethically’

The European Union on Monday (5 February) urged carmakers to "behave more ethically" and responsibly, following a scandal over diesel emissions, and revelations of diesel exhaust tests on monkeys and humans.
Energy 02-02-2018

Diesel to petrol shift poses ‘serious challenge’ to CO2 reduction

Falling demand for diesel-powered cars is having a “brutal” impact on carmakers while the EU’s CO2 reduction policy is jeopardising a fragile recovery in sales, the president of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) told reporters on Wednesday (31 January).
Electric cars 01-02-2018

EU car lobby chief: Why we support a 20% CO2 target for 2030

There is “no way” carmakers can hit the EU’s proposed CO2 emission targets with fuel combustion engines, argues Erik Jonnaert, saying “at least half” of the reduction will have to come from electric and hybrid vehicles.
Electric cars 30-01-2018

Socialists float 40% emission cut for cars in Europe by 2030

The centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D) faction in the European Parliament are gearing up for a fight over EU car emission standards for 2030, floating a 40% cut in CO2 and suggesting a radical change in the way emissions are measured in the first place.
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Transport 30-01-2018

Tech neutrality: A golden guiding principle for the car industry

Technology neutrality supports European leadership in the automotive sector and it is important that it continues to be the guiding principle for EU legislation, writes Sigrid de Vries.
Transport 17-05-2017

EU to launch legal case against Italy over Fiat emissions

The European Union will launch legal action against Italy on Wednesday (17 May) for failing to police allegations of emissions-test cheating by Fiat Chrysler properly following the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, EU sources said.
Electric cars 06-04-2017

Rethinking the cost of conventionally fueled road transport

If the human health costs from air pollution were to be accounted and paid for by the fossil car industry, we would see the price tag of conventional cars double, writes Teodora Serafimova.
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Energy 29-01-2016

Are car emissions tests fit for the scope?

European decision makers should support a review of the test cycle to better reflect real-driving conditions and ensure that CO2 saving technologies are adequately reflected in official CO2 emissions data.
Climate change 21-09-2015

VW software scandal: Chief apologises for breaking public trust

Volkswagen has ordered an external investigation after US regulators found that the carmaker designed software for close to half a million diesel cars that gave false emissions data, its CEO said, adding he was “deeply sorry” for the violation of US rules.
Transport 11-12-2014

EU truck safety and efficiency law faces delay until 2019

A European Union law agreed late on Wednesday (10 December) to make trucks safer and more aerodynamic, cutting fuel bills, emissions and improving safety, will be delayed by around five years, after the industry pushed for more time to develop new vehicles.
Transport 28-11-2014

France and Sweden delay the introduction of safer trucks

France and Sweden are trying to delay the entry into force of an EU law that will make trucks safer and more fuel-efficient, according to a document seen by EURACTIV.

Commission to help Belgian Ford workers get new jobs

On 22 August, the European Commission proposed funding for redundant car workers in Belgium’s Ford factory to acquire new skills and find new jobs. Based in the Flemish city of Genk, the workers were told in October 2012 that they would be laid off in 2014.