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February 13, 2024
Electric cars can't advertise as 'zero emissions': UK body

London (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
Britain's advertising regulator ruled Wednesday that BMW and MG Motors could not claim that their electric vehicles are "zero emissions" because of the environmental impact of their manufacturing and power generation. "We understood that when electric vehicles were driven no emissions were produced," the Advertising Standards Authority wrote about a Google ad for BMW seen in August 2023. "However, in other circumstances, such as the manufacture or charging of an electric vehicle using electricit ... read more
France suspends subsidised electric car scheme after surge
Paris (AFP) Feb 12, 2024
The French government said Monday it was suspending a scheme to lease electric cars from just 100 euros ($109) a month after subsidising more than double the number of vehicles planned for 2024. ... more
California vandals light self-driving taxi on fire
Washington (AFP) Feb 12, 2024
A self-driving taxi was smashed and lit aflame on the streets of San Francisco over the weekend, company representatives said Sunday. ... more
Japan's electric vehicle transition by 2035 may be insufficient to combat the climate crisis, but there are solutions
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Feb 12, 2024
Researchers at Kyushu University have found that Japan's current policy of stopping the sale of gas vehicles by 2035 and transitioning only to hybrids and electric vehicles may be insufficient to re ... more
A car-free Eiffel Tower zone? Paris mayor faces pushback
Paris (AFP) Feb 10, 2024
Removing cars from an expanse around the Eiffel Tower to create a green pathway sounds pretty good on paper, but the mayor of Paris is struggling to win over residents and above all the police force to revamp one of the city's most celebrated views. ... more
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Greta Thunberg expected at banned French anti-motorway protest
Saix, France (AFP) Feb 9, 2024
French campaigners say climate activist Greta Thunberg will join a banned anti-motorway protest where police fired tear gas and made arrests Friday. ... more
Chinese EV giant BYD expects record net profit for 2023
Beijing (AFP) Jan 29, 2024
Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD, the world leader in the sector, said its net profits soared in 2023, and expects the final figure to hit a new record, according to preliminary results released Monday. ... more
Biden Administration invests $1.5 billion in clean buses
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 8, 2024
The U.S. Department of Transportation is investing $1.5 billion in zero-emission buses and the infrastructure, facilities and workforce that go along with them. ... more
Uber posts first annual net profit since IPO
San Francisco (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday reported its first annual net profit since the company went public in 2019. ... more
Australia to set fuel efficiency standards after decades of debate
Sydney (AFP) Feb 4, 2024
Australia unveiled plans on Sunday to set mandatory fuel efficiency standards, matching long-existing rules in other advanced economies in a bid to get high-polluting gas guzzlers off the road. ... more
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Parisians vote in anti-SUV parking price referendum
Paris (AFP) Feb 4, 2024
Paris voters on Sunday backed a proposal from the capital's socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo to triple parking charges on hefty SUV-style cars, according to official results from city hall. ... more
China overtakes Japan as world's biggest vehicle exporter
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 31, 2024
China's global dominance in electric cars helped it overtake Japan as the world's biggest vehicle exporter last year, official data confirmed Wednesday. ... more
China's BYD says Hungary factory to start making cars in 3 years
Paris (AFP) Jan 31, 2024
Chinese carmaker BYD said Wednesday that its future electric car factory in Hungary would start production in three years, making it the first Chinese company to manufacture passenger cars in Europe. ... more
GM bets on e-vehicles with $1.4 bn investment in Brazil
Brasilia (AFP) Jan 24, 2024
General Motors said Wednesday it will invest seven billion reais (more than $1.4 billion) in Brazil in the next five years to develop electric vehicle production in Latin America's biggest economy. ... more
Tens of thousands sign up for French electric car leasing scheme
Paris (AFP) Jan 19, 2024
The French government has been flooded with applications from low-income households to lease a subsidised electric car from 100 euros ($109) a month, Environment Minister Christophe Bechu said on Friday. ... more
EU agrees tougher C02 curbs for trucks, buses

Brussels (AFP) Jan 18, 2024
Negotiators from European Union member states and the European Parliament on Thursday agreed tougher emission standards for trucks and buses, phased in between 2030 and 2040. The preliminary accord, which still needs to be formalised before it becomes EU law, calls for climate heating carbon dioxide (C02) gases from those heavy vehicles to be cut by 45 percent between 2030 and 2034. Those pollutant emissions are to be reduced by 65 percent by 2039, and by 90 percent from 2040. Under the text ... read more
Hertz to shrink EV rental fleet over sluggish US demand
New York (AFP) Jan 11, 2024
Hertz said Thursday it will sell one-third of its electric vehicle (EV) automobiles to resize its fleet in line with slowing demand growth for emission-free transport. ... more

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Honda unveils futuristic EV designs to hit US market in 2026
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 10, 2024
Honda on Tuesday unveiled a new electric vehicle series to launch commercially in 2026, revealing a futuristic concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. ... more
Uber, Kia sign electric vehicle partnership
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 10, 2024
US ride-hailing platform Uber and South Korean automaker Kia announced Wednesday the signing of an agreement on producing electric vehicles, during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. ... more
China's Evergrande says head of EV arm detained
Beijing (AFP) Jan 8, 2024
The head of heavily indebted Chinese property developer Evergrande's electric vehicle unit has been detained, the firm said Monday, the second executive from the company to come under investigation in recent months. ... more
Tesla to recall 1.6 mn cars in China to fix steering software
Beijing (AFP) Jan 5, 2024
Tesla is recalling more than 1.6 million electric vehicles in China, the country's market regulator said Friday, marking another blow for the US firm days after it was surpassed in EV sales by China's BYD. ... more
BYD: Chinese electric vehicle giant that has overtaken Tesla on sales
Beijing (AFP) Jan 3, 2024
China's BYD has overtaken US electric vehicle giant Tesla as the world's leading EV deliverer, according to recent sales figures. ... more
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