Austria is offering a bonus of €300 for cars with CO2 emissions of no more than 120 g/km, but cars with over 180g will pay €25 per gram over the 180 mark from July, and the same over 160g from January 2010.
Observers of progress on car emissions reductions are watching carefully to see if Porsche’s acquisition of a majority stake in Volkswagen could lead to Porsche claiming ‘its’ vehicles are leaner without the company doing anything.
The mayor of London says he wants to charge drivers of the highest-consumption cars three times the cost of entering the city centre – €32.50 instead of €10.40 – to send out a signal that gas guzzlers are not good for climate change and don’t belong in cities.
The European Environment Agency has attacked the transport sector for causing the EU to miss its Kyoto greenhouse gas reduction target. And its leading official has called for much stricter carbon dioxide targets for new cars than the EU is currently discussing.