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European car makers plead with China to slow down

Wednesday - Faced with China’s unwavering plan to accelerate the introduction of electric and hybrid cars, European manufacturers have joined forces with other global producers to plead with Beijing for a ‘less ambitious’ roadmap.

US utilities giving people cash for clean cars

Wednesday - Carmakers, regulators, legislators and utilities are increasingly working together to boost sales of electric vehicles

Officials work to cut shocking vehicle emissions

18 Jul 17 - Officials will put a plan to cut New Zealand’s appalling transport emissions to the Government before the end of the year.

TOO HOT TO FLY: Increasing heat might ground planes

17 Jul 17 - As temperatures rise it may become too hot to fly, with aircraft likelier to be grounded, and more passengers more likely to lose their seats.

China and EU bolster greener global shipping

12 Jul 17 - The trillion-dollar global shipping industry might soon be forced to curb greenhouse gas emissions under new rules backed by the European Union and China.

E-cars selling, but not enough to make a difference

11 Jul 17 - New Zealanders are buying electric vehicles in “record” numbers, but they are not making a dent in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The world is on the brink of an electric-car revolution

10 Jul 17 - The internal combustion engine had a good run. It has helped propel cars — and thus humanity — forward for more than 100 years.


France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

7 Jul 17 - France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord.

Volvo to make only electric or hybrid cars from 2019

6 Jul 17 - All new cars launched by Volvo from 2019 onward will be partially or completely battery-powered, in what the company called a “historic end” to building models that only have an internal combustion...

Drivers top consumers of palm oil in Europe

6 Jul 17 - As millions of Europeans hit the road this month for a summer break, most won’t know they’re driving on palm oil.

LIFT-OFF: Hydrogen fuel reaches trial stage

3 Jul 17 - Using surplus electricity from renewables to make hydrogen fuel is starting a new era for all forms of heavy transport.

NZ team has high hopes for hybrid-electric aircraft

Dr Rod Badcock

29 Jun 17 - Wellington researchers hope their technology will help to build the first hybrid-electric jet plane.

Panasonic joins push to put solar on car roofs

26 Jun 17 - Panasonic has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be put on the roof of a vehicle.

How KiwiRail decision bites into e-car benefits

19 Jun 17 - The climate benefits of half New Zealand’s electric car fleet will be wiped out by the scrapping of electric train engines in favour of diesels, says an international sustainable energy expert.

How do you price the impact of trucks on society?

19 Jun 17 - An EU trucking lobby group has published a report claiming that trucks are overpaying in taxes and charges compared to the impact of some of their external costs. The report raised a few eyebrows.

OFF THE RAILS: Treasury tells of train troubles

14 Jun 17 - Treasury told its ministers that KiwiRail’s decision to replace electric locomotives with diesels raised some significant matters, but it wasn’t given enough time to assess the situation.

Electric cars accelerate past 2m mark globally

8 Jun 17 - The number of electric cars in the world accelerated past the two million barrier last year, as prices fell and manufacturers launched new models.

California e-car sales booming

26 May 17 - Sales of electric vehicles in California increased 91 per cent in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period in 2016.

Transparency key to making aviation deal work

25 May 17 - As countries write the rules for airlines to offset their emissions growth, they must make sure there is no double-counting.


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