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Germany, Austria electric-car charging networks improve, fast

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Initiatives in Germany and Austria should see major improvements to charging networks in a short period of time, as both countries aggressively promote electric cars in an effort to reduce emissions. Europe Germany Austria plug-in cars charging charging infrastructureTwo adjacent European countries are stepping up efforts to improve their public electric-car charging infrastructure.

Germany To Spend Billions Supporting Electric Car Expansion

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Among European nations, Germany is one of the least active when it comes to policies promoting electric cars. Germany incentives plug-in cars transportation policyEven as the country's powerful auto industry has turned more attention to plug-in cars, government support for them has been largely limited to political speeches. But now German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel apparently wants to put the.

Germany announces $1.4 billion electric-car incentive plan

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After much discussion, Germany appears poised to implement significant incentives to encourage the purchase of electric cars. Germany energy policy incentives plug-in cars transportation policyThis week, the German government announced an incentive program that will include rebates for both electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Lawmakers have committed 1.2 billion euros (about $1.4 billion) to the program. DON'T.

Court orders full reimbursement for VW diesel owner in Germany

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TDI VW Germany lawsuit Volkswagen diesel scandalA lot has been said about Volkswagen's use of "defeat device" software in diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests, but a German court may win the prize for most-creative description. VW "defeat device" software is like putting horse meat in lasagna, three German judges decreed during a recent hearing related to the diesel scandal. Besides.

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Germany Mulls Boosting Electric-Car Incentives Under Carbon-Goal Pressure

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But despite its large domestic car industry, Germany is not among them. Carbon Footprint Germany incentives plug-in cars transportation policySeveral European countries--including Norway, The Netherlands, and France--aggressively promote electric cars as a way to reduce vehicular carbon emissions. German government support for electric cars has been lukewarm at best, but now it appears that could change soon. DON'T.

VW Diesel Scandal Erodes Trust In Germany, Auto Industry Too

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TDI VW Germany Volkswagen diesel scandalThe revelation that Volkswagen used "defeat device" software to cheat on U.S. emissions tests shook the public's confidence in one of the world's largest carmakers. Volkswagen hasn't done much to rebuild its reputation since its cheating was first revealed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at a press conference in September. And VW may.

Germany may miss 2020 emission targets, government report shows

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DON'T MISS: EU starts legal action against Germany, UK for. Europe emissions Germany energy policy plug-in cars fossil fuelsAmbitious emissions-reduction goals are important, because they allow policymakers to coordinate and focus efforts on a defined target. But the problem with setting lofty goals is that, eventually, they must be met. The German government is now finding out how difficult that can be.

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New Drivers Start To Take Lessons In Electric Cars In Germany

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Green Germany driver training driver''s ed plug-in cars Ask anyone who''s driven an electric car, and they''ll tell you it''s quite different from piloting a typical internal-combustion car. That''s often meant as a compliment, but the unique driving characteristics of electric powertrains could have weightier implications as well. Since electric cars drive differently, should they become a regular part of.

EU starts legal action against Germany, UK for failing to act on diesel emissions

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The European Union began legal action Thursday against Germany, the U.K., The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to numerous lawsuits against the German automaker in multiple countries. But now regulatory agencies in European countries have become caught up in the legal fallout from VW's emissions cheating. and five other nations. DON'T MISS: Every. Europe emissions lawsuit EU Volkswagen diesel scandal

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Hydrogen cars due a warm welcome in Germany

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Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars environment fuel cell germany hydrogenGermans are excited about the prospect of hydrogen cars, but are concerned about the cost and the availability of hydrogen refuelling stations, according to new research.

Germany To Boost Incentives Toward 1-Million Electric-Car Goal By 2020?

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When it comes to electric-car incentives, Germany hasn''t had policies as aggressive as those in some other European countries. Yet Germany has a goal of putting 1 million plug-in cars on its roads by 2020. RELATED: Belatedly, Germany Follows California, Offers Electric-Car Incentives German Chancellor Today, it''s a long way from meeting that goal.

Electric vehicles facing challenges in Germany

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It appears that electric vehicles will face a number of challenges before they can hope to become successful in Germany. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric vehicles Gartner germany Germany electric carsA Gartner Inc study has revealed that German consumer purchase considerations for fully battery operated electric vehicles remain low compared to other powertrain technologies – and most current electric vehicles miss consumers’ ownership requirements. The [.].

CarboSax: new joint venture for more sustainable carbon fiber production forms in Germany

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PD Glasseiden, a Germany-based producer of fiberglass; European Carbon Fiber GmbH; and the ForschungsCampus Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V., established under the auspices of the Lower Saxony Research Centre for Vehicle Technology at the TU Braunschweig and Volkswagen AG have formed a joint venture— CarboSax GmbH —to pursue developing, manufacturing and distributing more sustainable carbon fibers in Germany.

Bosch beginning autonomous driving testing in Japan; 3rd engineering location after Germany and the US

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Bosch has begun on-road testing of autonomous driving in Japan, its third location for the development work after Germany and the US. Like their colleagues in Germany and the US, the team in Japan is already conducting tests with automated test vehicles on public roads.

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Germany Likes German Electric Cars; Leaf, Volt, Not So Much

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And in Germany, it seems, electric car It isn''t unusual for citizens of a particular country to employ a little patriotism when buying vehicles and stick to brands from that country. A huge swathe of Americans buy cars built by the Big Three, for example. Italians buy plenty of Fiats. French drivers often stick to Renaults, Peugeots and Citroens.

Germany approves new incentives for electric car drivers

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The German government has agreed a new package of measures designed to promote the uptake of electric and plug-in hybrid cars. Perks will include free parking privileges and the freedom to use bus lanes.

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VW diesel-fix woes, Germany's expanding EV network, and Chevy Bolt EV fast charging: Today's Car News

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In Germany and Austria, EV owners will soon reap the benefits of a rapidly expanding charging. Today, we have Volkswagen TDI models that are "undrivable" following diesel fixes, the true impact of the clean energy industry on the U.S. economy, and news on German and Austrian electrification efforts. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

European brands adopt electric delivery trucks: Harrods, Hermes

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Delivering on zero emissions In Germany, courier service Hermes (not to be confused with French luxury goods retailer, Hermès) is going. Germany England plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Nissan e-NV200In the U.S.,

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Belatedly, Germany Follows California, Offers Electric-Car Incentives

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That''s why Germany has finally come around, and will now offer certain perks to drivers of plug-in cars as part of its goal of putting 1 million of them on the country''s roads by 2020. As governments try to encourage the adoption of electric cars, incentives have proven to be one of the most powerful tools.

New hydrogen fuel pumps for Germany

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Germany is set to gain twenty new hydrogen filling stations over the next three years as part of a partnership project between car giant Daimler and the Linde technology group. Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars Daimler fuel cell germany hydrogen network stationThe new stations will be set up in Stuttgart,Berlin and Hamburg, as the country develops all important infrastructure to facilitate the use of hydrogen fuel [.].

Hamburg, Germany, Aims For Car-Less Streets In 20 Years

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Urban centers are very different in the U.S. to those in Europe, its more recent history and greater expanses of space allowing wide, open and sprawling spaces to develop--a far cry from the older and more tightly-packed cities of Europe. It''s this difference that makes cities free of cars a much more realistic prospect in Europe than it is in the

Opportunity charging electric bus using PRIMOVE inductive charging from Bombardier in service in Germany

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A 12m Solaris battery-electric bus with electrical traction and on-board power supply equipment from Vossloh Kiepe has entered passenger service with the Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG as the first of five such buses.

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German upper house asks EU to ban all gas, diesel cars by 2030

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While its actions only apply within Germany, language in the measure asks the European Union to ensure that all such cars are banned within the EU after that year at the latest. Europe emissions government Germany EU plug-in cars transportation policyLast week, the German Federal Council adopted a bipartisan measure that would ban all internal-combustion engines on German roads after 2030.

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Car sharing service expands into Germany

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Car sharing website BlaBlaCar is launching its service in Germany, bringing its total European operations to ten countries. As more and more drivers look for ways to save money on their motoring costs, services like BlaBlaCar’s have been growing.

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2014 BMW i3 Vs. Mercedes B-Class: Car And Driver Tests Electric Cars From Germany

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It''s taken awhile, but electric cars are finally getting some serious attention from the mainstream automotive press. Maybe it''s increased consumer interest, or maybe the fact that there are now enough widely-available models to warrant comparisons, but electric cars are starting to show up more in the pages of enthusiast "buff books." In a recent

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Even top German minister for environment prefers Tesla

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Government officials in Germany seeking to express national pride in their choice of vehicle have no shortage of options. Indeed, given Germany's considerable investment in its auto industry, using a German car. Europe Germany Tesla Motors plug-in carsThe established German luxury brands offer many models that frequently serve in the capacity of official vehicle for an elected official.

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VW In Germany Denies EPA V-6 Diesel Charges: Software Not Used In 'Forbidden Manner'

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Last month, Volkswagen apparently admitted that it had used "defeat device" software to evade emission controls in 482,000 cars sold in the U.S. with three versions of its 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine. Then, yesterday, the EPA issued a complaint in which it accused VW of incorporating similar software into its 3.0-liter V-6 diesels, which are used. TDI Volkswagen diesel scandal

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Sixt rents out electric cars in Germany

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Car rental giant, Sixt is expanding its partnership with energy firm, RWE to offer customers in Germany the opportunity to rent electric cars. Tags: Electric cars 500 e Essen Fiat Fiorino germany Karabag micro-vett RWE Sixt From May 3, 2010, models of the Karabag 500 E, based on the popular Fiat 500 and the Micro-Vett Fiorino E, based on the Fiorino small van will be available to hire [.].

Renault running mini-trial of smart-charging system in Germany with ZOE EVs

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In Germany, Renault has run tests on an innovative smart-charging system with The Mobility House (TMH). Eleven ZOE-owner Renault employees in Germany tested the system at their homes. TMH technology automates electric vehicle charging schedules to coincide with periods when electricity costs less.

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Germans to build own unique electric vans for postal service

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Deutsche Post, Germany's postal service, wants to use electric vehicles, and it's going to great lengths to achieve that goal. Europe Germany plug-in cars fleetIt will build its own electric vans, in fact. In 2012, Deutsche Post debuted prototype electric vans built by startup StreetScooter, and in 2014 it acquired the company outright. DON'T MISS: Automakers to fund 40 percent.

Why electric bikes may deserve purchase incentives too

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Europe Germany bicycle incentives Zero Emission Vehicle transportation policy electric motorcycles electric bikesIf plug-in electric cars and trucks receive purchase incentives from national and state governments, what about electric bicycles? That's just what a recent report from the European Cyclists Federation suggests. It recommends directing purchase incentives and infrastructure subsidies towards electrically assisted bicycles, known as e-bikes.

Audi joins Electromobility Showcase in Germany

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As part of Audi''s plans to explore electric mobility, the luxury carmaker has deployed 80 of its A1 e-tron plug-in hybrid concept cars into the German federal government''s Electromobility Showcase initiative.

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German government worries carmakers vulnerable to electric-car onslaught

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Germany's government. Europe Germany Daimler VW Group plug-in carsMany governments across the globe have enacted stricter emissions standards to curb air pollution and greenhouse gases; others plan to do so. Some have also drafted incentives and other policies to promote zero-emission vehicles, especially electric cars, to encourage the market and help achieve these emissions reductions.

Which countries have plans for all new cars to be electric, and when?

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India Germany Norway New car sales plug-in cars The Netherlands transportation policyPlug-in electric cars currently make up a fairly small percentage of the millions of new vehicles sold globally. But within the next two decades, they may be the only new cars available for sale in certain countries. Multiple countries have announced plans to end the sale of new internal-combustion cars as a way to cut carbon emissions. DON'T.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cells Less Likely Than Electric Cars: Daimler CEO Zetsche

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hydrogen Germany Daimler Dieter Zetsche plug-in cars hydrogen fuel cellThere's an emerging rivalry between two different technologies for zero-emission transportation: battery-electric cars and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Within the auto industry, each powertrain has its strong advocates. Some carmakers are focusing on either fuel cells or batteries, to the exclusion of the other. Hydrogen fuel cells are backed most.

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Automakers to fund 40 percent of proposed German electric-car incentive: Report

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Germany may be on the verge of turning its talk about electric-car incentives into action. Germany plug-in cars transportation policy Incentives and RebatesThe European nation with one of the world's most robust auto industries has no programs to subsidize the purchase of new electric cars at present, but discussions appear to have gotten more serious over the past few months. A new proposal would allow German.

VW diesel probe finally reaches to top; former CEO Winterkorn investigated by German prosecutors

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TDI VW Germany Martin Winterkorn Volkswagen diesel scandalGerman prosecutors have extended a probe into Volkswagen's use of "defeat device" software in diesel cars to former CEO Martin Winterkorn. Winterkorn, who resigned shortly after the existence of VW "defeat device" software was revealed by the EPA last September, has said he had no knowledge of the emissions-manipulating software until shortly.

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Transit operator launching test of wireless charging of electric buses in Mannheim, Germany

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German regional transit operator Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV) is introducing a pair of electric buses with Bombardier PRIMOVE wireless charging technology ( earlier post ) in a research project serving the city of Mannheim, Germany. Powertrain components of the PRIMOVE bus.

2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Production Begins Today In Germany

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The 2014 BMW i3 plug-in electric city car has moved one step closer to showrooms, as production began today at the company''s plant in Leipzig, Germany. While assembly takes place at Leipzig, components from the i3 are sourced from BMW and joint venture facilities in various German cities--Wackersdorf, Landshut and Dingolfing among them--as well as

What Audi says it learned from 4 years of electric-car testing

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Audi just wrapped up a four-year electric-car test program in its home market of Germany—and the company says it has learned a lot. Plug-In Hybrids Germany plug-in cars Audi A1 e-tron test programConducted together with the German government, it put plug-in electirc cars in the hands of ordinary drivers, who covered a combined 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles). As with other such carmaker trial.