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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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    Official: Renault gets $28 million from EC to develop diesel-hybrid vans
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    Renault will receive 20.5 million euros (US$27.9 million) from the European Commission to develop diesel-hybrid powertrains for commercial vans, as the EC broadens its search for ways to cut emissions throughout the continent. The EC said earlier this week that it would provide 3.8 million euros ...

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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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    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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    Official: CHAdeMO 'disappointed' by European Commission's fast charging decision
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    The association representing the world's most prevalent fast-charging standard may be based in Japan, and the region in question might be Europe, but the CHAdeMO Association made its feelings clear about the European Commission's (EC) charging-infrastructure strategy in very, very plain ...

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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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    Report: Electric charger standardization remains question, hurdle in Europe's EV adoption
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    The electric vehicle charging-station standardization issue that's viewed as a major hurdle to mass EV adoption goes far beyond SAE vs. CHAdeMO, apparently. European nations are also divided about which standard the European Union should use in its effort to build out the infrastructure necessary ...

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    Report: EC proposes 30% stricter emissions standards for 2020
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    As they do with fashion and culinary wonders, the Europeans are continuing to take the lead in tightening fuel-economy standards as well. The European Commission (EC) has proposed fleetwide greenhouse-gas emissions standards for cars that are about 30 percent stricter by the end of the decade ...

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    Audi says environmental group's appeal against Hungary expansion has been withdrawn
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    A Hungarian environmental group has reportedly withdrawn its appeal against German automaker Audi's planned expansion of its Gyor factory in western Hungary. This, according to Audi, removes a hurdle in the way of the automaker's 900 million-euro ($1.29 billion U.S. at the current exchange ...

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    European Commision director says remaining oil dependent would be "fatal mistake"
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    The European Commission's (EC) directorate general for energy and transport, Marjeta Jager, warns that it would be a "fatal mistake" for the European Union (EU) to postpone measures that reduce oil dependency. At a recent Green Party conference in the European Parliament, Jager stated:

    If ...

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    Report: Audi's expansion plans in Hungary drawing fire from environmentalists
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    Audi's plans to expand its Gyor factory in western Hungary have come under fire, with a local environmental group filing an appeal against the land-use permit issued to the German automaker by the European Commission in ...

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    EU could effectively kill high performance cars by banning their tires
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    The idea of reducing the rolling resistance of tires to improve efficiency is certainly not a new one. Tire manufacturers have been making improvements in this area for years. Most electric and hybrid vehicles use extremely low rolling resistance tires in order to cut rolling drag to a bare ...

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    EU continues to backpedal on CO2 standards
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    Just the other day, we heard the European Union was thinking of lowering its CO2 standards for automakers. It appears that the rumors were true, as the European Parliament has indeed voted to amend the proposed standards. The details are pretty difficult to follow, as this particular issue has been ...

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    Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne still hating on EU CO2 regulations
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    The negotiations regarding proposed European Union CO2 emissions regulations are ongoing, it seems. Even after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy agreed to push the starting date from the year 2012 to the year 2015, Fiat's CEO, Sergio Marchionne is still unhappy. ...

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    Italy not on board with French/German CO2 agreement
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    My, how the tables have turned. First, it was Germany that was in opposition to stringent emissions standards in the European Union which would have regulated the amount of carbon dioxide a vehicle can emit, beginning in 2012. German automakers tend to make large, luxurious vehicles with big, ...

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    VW is OK with EU CO2 targets, proposes nuclear power
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    It has been said numerous times that German automakers are upset with European proposals which would limit CO2 output to around 120 grams per kilometer. Perhaps we shouldn't be lumping Volkswagen or its subsidiaries into that category. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of VW, has admitted that the VW brands, ...

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    Germany and France ready to agree on emissions laws?
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    The German arguments to European Commission rules aimed at lowering average vehicle CO2 emissions has been well covered. Because many of the major German brands make large, powerful vehicles, the German administration felt that they were being dealt with unfairly. France, for its part, has ...

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    Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne bashes latest EU CO2 proposal
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    A few years back, the European Commission began drafting tough new standards to regulate the amount of CO2 that vehicles sold in member states could emit -- and its been backing off ever since. While French and Italian company's had no problems at all with the proposed regulations of 120 g/km of ...

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    Toyota plans an 18 vehicle low CO2 product offensive in Europe
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    Toyota Motor Europe President Tadashi Arashima says that the company has plans for eighteen completely new or heavily revised models which will emit less than 140 grams of CO2 per kilometer by the end of next year. Those sound like very ambitious plans but Toyota, which currently averages 149g/km ...

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    European Commission calls for 470 million euro investment into hydrogen cars
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    The allure of hydrogen cars is in their lack of emissions, and this was enough to cause the European Union's executive arm to recently suggest a 470 million euro (665 million dollars) investment into the technology. EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen said, "I'm absolutely not sure that the ...

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