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Mit E-Fuels auf dem Holzweg – Berlin und Brüssel dürfen bei LKW nicht aufs falsche Pferd setzen

Nach jahrelangem und schwerfälligem Streit um die Kraftstoffeffizienznormen scheint Daimler, der weltgrößte Lkw-Hersteller, in neue Dimensionen vorzustoßen. Letzten Monat verkündete das Unternehmen, ab 2039 nur noch CO2-neutrale Lkw und Busse fertigen zu wollen. Laut Daimler kann dies nur mit Batterien und Wasserstoff erreicht werden. Diese Ankündigung muss in einer Branche, die noch vor kurzem vor allem Biokraftstoffe und Erdgas-Fahrzeuge als saubere Alternativen betrachtete, als erheblicher Schritt angesehen werden.

The poisonous legacy of Dieselgate

Runaway driverless cars will increase congestion and accelerate climate breakdown

The unregulated advent of driverless cars could increase traffic in European cities by 50% to 150% by 2050, which would be like a rush hour that lasts all day, a new study by Europe’s transport campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) reveals. A ‘Wild West’ unregulated increase in driverless cars – as anticipated by some in the industry – could result in 40% more CO2 emissions from cars between now and 2050, making Europe's climate goals all but impossible to achieve [1].

The poisonous legacy of Dieselgate

Less (cars) is more: how to go from new to sustainable mobility

This paper shows through research and transport modelling the possible outcomes of the autonomous (and connected), electric, shared (new mobility), and urban planning revolutions. Based on the scenarios modelled, it issues recommendations to policy makers on steering these revolutions toward public-policy goals of reducing emissions and congestion.

Gap to produce sufficient numbers of EVs to comply with the law in 2020

Uber and Lyft increase pollution and undermine public transport, study shows

Transport network companies like Uber and Lyft may be adding to congestion and emissions, and harming public transport, according to a new American study. The findings are consistent with other studies which show that so-called ‘ride-hailing’ companies have been adding to road traffic and reducing the use of public transport.

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Sharing is caring. So why are European cities falling behind?

New mobility services like Uber and Lyft offer the potential to get cities moving, improve quality of life and reduce emissions. But this will only happen if new and traditional mobility services can be integrated to make a more attractive offering that finally persuades drivers out of their cars, write Greg Archer and Yoann Le Petit.

Gap to produce sufficient numbers of EVs to comply with the law in 2020

Integrating new mobility services in urban transport

New mobility services and business models are changing urban transport, affecting both the supply and demand sides of urban mobility market. Evidence shows that these developments can lead to a significant reduction of single occupancy private car use and an increase of public transport use, leading to a strong reduction in congestion, local air pollution, and CO2 emissions. 

Gap to produce sufficient numbers of EVs to comply with the law in 2020

Does car sharing really reduce car use?

Does car sharing really reduce car use? This provocative statement is the title of a new T&E briefing aimed at highlighting the benefits car sharing brings. It forms part of a growing debate on ‘collaborative economies’, an area in which the European Commission is looking to plug a legislative gap in an attempt to maximise the environmental potential from trade that involves sharing established assets.

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Uber case to shape future of shared mobility

The role of shared mobility in shaping European transport is likely to be influenced by a Spanish case referred to the European Court of Justice. A judge in Barcelona has asked the court to rule on whether Uber, the smartphone application for hailing taxis, often unlicensed, should be regulated as a digital or transport service. Meanwhile, the European Commission has launched its own investigation into how to deal with Uber, which will run in parallel with the court case.

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Can Google, Uber, BlaBlaCar and Zipcar make mobility cleaner?

Transport is not the most innovative of sectors so when the top people of Uber, Google, Nokia, Zipcar and BlaBlaCar got together at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig last week, there was an air of excitement. The picture they painted was of a radically different transport system, revolutionized by the internet, mobile phones and autonomous, electric driving. What this could mean for people was captured well by Philippe Crist from the OECD. He estimates the advent of the digital age could reduce the number of cars by an eye-popping 90% in urban areas.