The discussion over whether electric vehicles should come with warning sounds has been going on for what feels like forever - seriously, it's been so long we've forgotten amazing little tidbits like this - but that doesn't mean the whole thing is solved. While the US has required EVs to emit a generated noise at low speeds since 2011, Europe only been discussing a similar system, the "Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems" (AVAS) all these years. This week, the European Parliament made a decision.
What Car is reporting that the European Parliament has graciously agreed to allow Britain to continue using the mile a bit longer. How nice of them. The EU has just passed a broad measure that allows shops to continue to display imperial and metric measures, thus keeping Britain from having to switch their speedometers and road signs to kilometers. The governing body had previously asked for firm dates from Britain and Ireland to make the switch and stop using Imperial measures, and though their
Last time we told you about the EU's new CO2 limits, they were almost done. Naturally, the politicians needed a bit more time to discuss them, but now it is official: the EU has new CO2 limits for cars. The numbers remain the same: automakers will have to sell an array of cars that produce an average of 130 g/km in 2015. This limit will be gradually implemented: 65 percent of the fleet should be compliant in 2012, 75 percent in 2013, 80 percent in 2014 and 100 percent in 2015 (of course, all thi
The telenovela story of limiting vehicle emissions in the EU might have finally reached its penultimate chapter. The Parliament and the French President of the European Union have, after far too long a time, found an agreement on CO2 emission limits for car manufacturers. Now it's just a matter of getting the European Commission to pass the agreement as a bill so it becomes law for the 27 country members.
Participants in the EU CO2 limits telenovela discussion might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Despite industry pressures and the tour de force battle between France and Germany, the European Parliament seems to have reached something that resembles a final agreement, even though negotiations will continue this week. Currently, the final agreement looks like this: starting in 2012, average CO2 emissions from new cars will be reduced by about 18 percent to 130 g/km, with full complia
Just the other day, we heard the European Union was thinking of lowering its CO2 standards for automakers. It appears that the rumors were true, as the European Parliament has indeed voted to amend the proposed standards. The details are pretty difficult to follow, as this particular issue has been going on for an excruciatingly long time, so bear with us here. The gist is that the Commission will grant automakers a longer period of time to meet the now-not-as-clean target of 130g/km of carbon e
The European Parliament voted last Wednesday in favor of new rules for hydrogen-powered vehicles. This legislation, which has yet to be converted into law during a summit of ministers from the 27 member countries, aims at creating a common standard that would avoid a patchwork of different legislation in each country. "Now the EU Member States will have the final say and I hope for their support," said EU Industry Commissioner Gunter Verheugen. "They have the potential to make Europe's air clean
Here's a shocker: a recent opinion poll conducted in five EU countries and sponsored by Friends of the Earth (FoE) shows that European citizens support measures to force carmakers to reduce the fuel consumption of the cars they produce by 25 per cent without delay; this would mean that auto makers would have to lower their average CO2 emissions to 120 g/km. The poll shows that 87 percent of the interviewed people agreed with this statement. According to FoE, this shows that the European Parliam
Several Environmental organisations in Europe have launched a campaign to request that the European Commission to implement tougher CO2 emission limits on vehicles. According to their sources, road transport accounts for 25 percent of European emissions and in countries like Spain, it reaches 40 percent. While newer cars pollute less than older models, they're also heavier. Add the fact that Europeans are driving more and more and the result is that emissions increase every year.
The European Parliament has voted to approve a declaration laying out comprehensive targets to improve energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable energy and to set up a pan-European hydrogen economy. The plan calls for a twenty percent jump in energy efficiency and thirty percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions.
The European Parliament has adopted a legislative report by the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety that we previously reported on. The report favours revising the current emission limits for motor vehicles (the Euro-4 standards, which have applied since January 2005), which includes NOx, hydrocarbons and particulate matter emitted by diesel engines. The new Euro-5 standards will apply from September 2009 for passenger cars and September 2010 for light com
Auto Industry reports that the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has voted in favor of September 1, 2009 as the starting date for Euro 5 emissions standards. After the transitional periods (January 2011 for private cars and January 2012 for light commercial vehicles), new vehicles that don't comply with Euro 5 standards will not receive EC or national-type approval.