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    Report: EU getting serious about on-road emissions tests
    Lab Results Not Accurate, Everyone Admits 1408881000

    Testing vehicle emissions in the laboratory is a way to guarantee identical procedures, but it doesn't exactly mimic the results from an on-the-road drive. Ford, for example, famously had a problem with dynamometer testing in the Total Road Load Horsepower (TRLHP) calculations for the C-Max ...

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    Exclusive: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales reach 33,000 worldwide
    High Demand From Europe, Japan Mean No US Version For Now 1406755620

    It can be difficult to see from the US, where the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is not yet available, but the all-wheel drive SUV is a big hit in Europe and Japan. In fact, we learned at the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA this week that Mitsubishi has sold over 33,000 copies of the ...

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    Report: Fleetwide CO2 improvement in EU might not be as good as it appears
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    What, you expected European automakers to test their vehicle emissions levels on gravel roads in a wind storm? Charged with cutting CO2 emissions by more than 30 percent within the next seven years, automakers reduced fleetwide emissions by four percent last year. Of course, such automakers may ...

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    Report: EU to require louder EVs, quieter IC cars
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    The discussion over whether electric vehicles should come with warning sounds has been going on for what feels like forever - seriously, it's been so long we've forgotten amazing little tidbits like this - but that doesn't mean the whole thing is solved. While the US has required EVs to emit a ...

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    Official: Volvo finds eco-driving improves fuel economy 10-15% in trucks
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    Getting drivers to change their behavioral patterns is quite difficult, but the fuel economy payoff can be huge. Consumer Reports has been informing passenger car drivers about the consequences of hitting the gas pedal, and now the Volvo Group is participating in a project to improve commercial ...

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    Report: EU compromises on loosening CO2 emission limits
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    If Germany sneezes, does the European Union catch a cold? Kind of, at least when we're talking about the EU's recent step to making its greenhouse-gas emissions standards set for the end of the decade a little less stringent after months of German automakers crying uncle, Reuters says. The EU ...

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    Report: Renault may join German effort to loosen European emissions limits
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    We're not sure how to translate "biting the hand that feeds you" to French, but we're pretty sure the phrase is appropriate here. See, Renault recently won funding of about $28 million from the European Commission to develop diesel-hybrid powertrains for commercial vans. The thing is, the French ...

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    Read This: Why a global emissions standard would be a good thing
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    Would a global vehicle emission standard make sense? After all, as Automotive News writer Richard Truett points out, "Clean air is clean air no matter what continent it blows over." But, while attending a recent automotive industry conference in Traverse City, MI, Truett heard Chris Gundler, the ...

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    Official: Europe ready to sunset support for CHAdeMO DC fast chargers in 2018
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    Since its introduction, it has been clear that the SAE Combo DC fast charging system (pictured) is contentious. While most public charging network providers are hesitant to take sides and different engineers will tell you why one system is better than the other, the big fight was always between ...

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    Report: Ford bashes EU decision to delay vote on strict 2020 emissions standards
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    The European Union (EU) is putting off its vote on stricter emissions standards for the continent, and Ford's none too happy about it. The US automaker, which has been broadening its line-up of hybrids and plug-ins during the past few years, is on record as being "disappointed" that the EU is ...

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    Report: Germany lobbies EU for emissions leniency to allow more gas-guzzlers
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    The German auto industry has been long lauded for its vehicles' achievements in speed. The German government is now saying the European Union's 2020 emissions mandate is coming up a little too quick for its liking. Germany is lobbying EU officials to give some leeway to automakers such as ...

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    Report: BMW says European CO2 targets are 'impossible to meet' *UPDATE
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    Volkswagen and former nemesis Greenpeace recently kumbaya'd to pledge to meet the European Union's strict 2020 emissions standards. Not everyone is feeling the love. BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer says the standards, which would require about a 30-percent improvement over current levels, are ...

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    Report: GM's Opel may add electric side to diesel engines
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    General Motors' Opel division is confident that its slate of diesel engines will allow it to meet stricter European emissions standards set for 2020. As for the even stricter ones expected in 2025? Not so much. Stop us if you've heard this before, but that's why Opel says it will consider adding ...

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    Report: GM refutes German OEMs, says HFO-1234yf AC coolant is safe
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    General Motors' Opel division is adding metaphorical fire to the real dispute over a new air-conditioning refrigerant's potential flammability. Opel recently ran crash tests with an SUV using a refrigerant, called HFO-1234yf, that is being pushed by the European Union as a way to cut greenhouse ...

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    Official: VW, Greenpeace agree on tighter emissions standards, 95 g/km of CO2 by 2020
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    We're not expecting the next whaling-ship ramming Greenpeace boat to have a VW logo on it, but it's nice that the two entities are finally getting together in the name of lower emissions. Volkswagen and Greenpeace leaders recently agreed that Europe's largest automaker would pledge to cut its ...

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    Report: Carmakers taking advantage of EU fuel economy test by taping up seams, overinflating tires
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    Automakers don't necessarily sell the same vehicles in both North America and Europe, but a new report from the Continent's Transport And Environment makes it sound like the fuel-economy rating... questions we've seen here in the US might also be happening across The Pond. Well, except over there ...

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    Official: European Commission decides on Mennekes type 2 plug standard
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    The European Commission's recently unveiled plan for cleaner fuels and lowered dependency on imported oil is counting on huge gains from natural gas and electric vehicles. While there are about one million natural gas-powered vehicles on European roads today, the number is expected to increase ...

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    Report: Denmark, EU think charging stations will drive EV sales
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    European Union climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard thinks she knows the answer to "the chicken or the egg" debate when it comes to selling more electric vehicles or installing more charging stations. Hedegaard, who served as climate minister from 2007 to 2009, wants to see her home country ...

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    Official: European EV sales will jump fivefold by decade's end
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    To paraphrase the old Elvis Presley tagline, more than 800,000 Europeans can't be wrong. That's the conclusion of Pike Research, which estimates that sales of electric vehicles in Europe will jump more than fivefold between now and the end of the decade. Specifically, EVs will account for about ...

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    Official: EU: European countries must reduce diesel emissions
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    Europeans drive a lot of diesel-powered vehicles. This is intentional. Since diesel is inherently more efficient than gasoline, many European countries give tax advantages to diesel fuel. In response, automakers in Europe offer several small diesel vehicles with high-torque engines, offering high ...

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