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And it should be regulated like one.

Uber had argued that it was merely an app.

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Did German automakers collude over decades?

Did German automakers collude over decades?

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South Korea, Porsche are pulled further into the fray.

Regulators around the world question oversight over emissions-testing policies that failed to stop 11 million VW diesels from being programmed to rig the system.

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Germany says VW has to fix the cars but doesn't have to pay owners.

Some European regulators are unhappy that its diesel owners aren't getting paid by VW like the Americans are.

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EU Testing Standards Known To Have More Loopholes Than US

In 2011 meetings, regulatory officials worried about just the sort of thing that VW did to defeat European diesel emissions tests.

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EPA May Have Been More Vigilant Than EU

Some European regulators may have known about cheat software as far back as 2011.

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Sales Are A Far Cry From The Slump In The US

European Union electric-vehicle sales jump during the first half of the year as France, UK demand rises.

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European automakers want proposed CO2 emissions regulations for 2025 to be pushed back a further five years.

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About $27,000 Buys Eternal Fast-Charging Rights In Europe

Amsterdam-based Fastned offers lifetime free fast-charging rights to big shareholders.

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Just 6 Percent of Euro Fuel Supply Can Come From Biofuel by 2020

The European Parliament's Environment Committee votes to put a cap on first-generation biofuel use by 2020.

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Pat Cox Explains Europe's Current Hydrogen Infrastructure Situation

Pat Cox does not work for Toyota and we don't think he has any secret inside information. Still, he's the former President of the European Parliament and the current high level coordinator for TransEuropean Network, so when he says Toyota is likely going to lose between 50,000 and 100,000 euros ($66,000 and $133,000) on each of the hydrogen-powered FCV sedans it will sell next year, it's worth noting.

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New Keyword Is 'Appropriate'

If only all of us were told that we could meet our goals and obligations by merely being "appropriate." That's the operative word being used to describe the European Union's goals for setting up publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging station and hydrogen refueling station infrastructure by the end of the decade. Turns out, the goals were unrealistic.

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Stands For World Light Vehicle Test Procedure, FYI

A hard job may be getting a little harder for European automakers looking to meet stricter emissions mandates. Automakers charged with cutting fleetwide emissions by about 27 percent by 2021 may have to shave off even more emissions by then if the European Union has its way. That's because the EU is looking at instituting a new testing program to measure emissions in a way that some analysts say is more accurate than the long-held New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) testing system, Automotive News E

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What, you expected European automakers to test their vehicle emissions levels on gravel roads in a wind storm? Charged with cutting CO2 emissions by more than 30 percent within the next seven years, automakers reduced fleetwide emissions by four percent last year. Of course, such automakers may be gaming the system by testing cars on "unrealistically" smooth road surfaces and with tires that can provide extra traction, Reuters says. No word on whether such cars wind-drafted behind semi trucks.

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Police in the European Union are allegedly hard at work developing a remote-stopping system that would allow authorities to disable a vehicle at a moment's notice, according to a report from AutoExpress. It's being developed by the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services.

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If Germany sneezes, does the European Union catch a cold? Kind of, at least when we're talking about the EU's recent step to making its greenhouse-gas emissions standards set for the end of the decade a little less stringent after months of German automakers crying uncle, Reuters says.

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The Germans have an idea: when calculating fleetwide emissions rules at the end of the decade, don't count the 20 percent of our vehicles that are truly road-mauling gas guzzlers. That's more or less what the German government is asking for in its attempt to get the European Union to be a little more lenient about its strict emissions mandate for 2020, Bloomberg News reports.

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We're not sure how to translate "biting the hand that feeds you" to French, but we're pretty sure the phrase is appropriate here. See, Renault recently won funding of about $28 million from the European Commission to develop diesel-hybrid powertrains for commercial vans. The thing is, the French company may now join lobbying efforts with German automakers as they ask EC officials to loosen emissions restrictions set for the end of the decade, according to Reuters.

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Renault will receive 20.5 million euros (US$27.9 million) from the European Commission to develop diesel-hybrid powertrains for commercial vans, as the EC broadens its search for ways to cut emissions throughout the continent.