Biased regulations and unfair taxes have skewed the car market in Europe in favour of diesels, a new study has found. Diesel engine cars account for around half of sales in the EU while in the rest of the world they are a niche product.
The procedure for recording the polluting and climate-changing impact of a new car once it gets on the road has become more accurate, with the entry into force of two new emissions tests that replace the discredited NEDC test. The milestone comes as a new award-winning test protocol by Peugeot-Citroën with T&E and two other partners promises even greater accuracy in the future.
A clean vehicle sales mandate for Europe is still on track to be part of the forthcoming European Commission proposal on decarbonising cars, it has been confirmed. ‘There can be a mandate ... an incentive for zero and low emissions cars,’ the head of the climate directorate, Jos Delbeke told a recent T&E conference on cutting car CO2 emissions and electrifying the car fleet.
With Paris going to host the 2024 Olympic games, it’s ramping up plans for a shared and autonomous vehicle future. Sometimes seen as a 19th century pre-car capital, the city of light could become the world’s first post-car metropolis. By 2020 all diesel cars will be banned and, by the time the games roll into town, driverless taxis should be making ride after ride – freeing up precious parking space.
A strategy for turning Europe’s car fleet from fossil-fuel-powered to electric has been outlined in a new study for T&E. It suggests the continent must set a target of electric cars making up more than a half of all new vehicles sold by 2030, and that to achieve this joint efforts must now begin between the EU, member states and industry.
Today’s announcement by China of quotas on imports and production for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles is a game changer in decarbonising transport and a wake-up call to the EU to not be left behind in cleaning up its car fleet, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The European Commission is considering introducing a zero-emission vehicle sales target in the draft EU car CO2 standards expected in November.
The automotive sector is on the brink of a major disruption and car makers are about to see “... more change in the next five years than [we’ve seen] in the last 50 years.” One of these shifts is from internal combustion engines to electric mobility.
On 31 May 2017, the European Commission published its proposal to review the ‘Eurovignette’ Directive. The Directive defines how Member States of the European Union can charge vehicles for their use of road infrastructure and was conceived to ensure the proper functioning of the EU transport market. Transport accounts for around a quarter of EU GHG emissions. Meanwhile air pollution from road transport contributes to over 400,000 premature deaths per year, 26,000 people die in traffic annually, and the EU economy loses €100 bn every year in congestion. This briefing outlines why road charging is a key instrument to tackle this.
This briefing collates a range of evidence and shows that carmakers are failing to achieve their own targets for sales of battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It also shows that the very limited choice of electric cars, long waiting times to receive cars, limited availability and crucially a lack of marketing investment are contributing for carmakers’ lack of sales.
Après 18 mois de tests sur 60 véhicules, quelque 430 essais sur route et plus de 40 000 kilomètres parcourus, le Groupe PSA, France Nature Environnement (FNE), Transport & Environment (T&E) et Bureau Veritas publient un rapport détaillé des enseignements tirés des mesures de consommation en usage réel.