The Mini brand and its products have typically been a runaway success for BMW, but sales of the retro hatchback dropped a drastic 20.5 percent last month, and have been doing such pretty much all year.
No plug, no cord, no problem. Evatran, which has been working with companies such as Google, Hertz and Duke Energy to test its Plugless electric-vehicle charging system, had gotten the OK from Intertek. The testing-certification organization made Evatran's Plugless L2 the first cordless system to receive ETL certification.
The Brazilian city of São Paulo hosted this year's edition of the Ethanol Summit. Opened by former President Clinton, one of the main issues this year was how to certify sustainable ethanol. You know the story: The EU wants to burn more ethanol in order to curb greenhouse emissions and is committed to use 10 percent biofuels. When demand exceeds local production, EU companies use imports, requesting that the imported fuel is made using certified sustainable sources. However, many organiza
German motorists are eager to convert their cars to run with LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas). However, unless your next car purchase comes with the LPG/CNG conversion as standard, you should be careful where you get your car converted, according to TÜV Rheinland. The group issued a note of warning stating that several poorly performed conversions had been detected recently. Aftermarket conversions aren't cheap: LPG conversion costs from €1,500 to €2,
Biodiesel seems to be a very good idea but some voices have raised serious concerns about the source of oils used for production. The European Biodiesel Board (EBB), the largest association of European biodiesel producers have demanded a certification system (a sort of green label) that guarantees the sustainability and environment-friendliness of raw materials (mainly vegetable oil).