Will we soon be driving with energy from the sun and water? Alternative fuels are currently the focus of research in the automotive industry. The first solar-powered car is soon to conquer the market. And hydrogen-powered vehicles are already on the road today.
The French state and the city of Paris have signed an agreement on the ecological development of cities. In it, they commit to expanding the infrastructure towards more clean mobility in the cities. The focus is on cycle paths and electric cars, but also on tightening the environmental zones.
The exhibition "Feingestaubt" in the StadtPalais - Museum for Stuttgart tells the story of Germany's largest diesel driving ban zone. Visitors can experience the tug-of-war between politics, industry, science and the public over the controversial measure interactively and up close. Green-Zones® is also represented.
A retired couple wants to go to France with their new e-car. Despite the best preparations, the journey turns into a horror trip due to broken charging stations, incorrect charging cards and the poor range of the new VW - and clearly shows how far we are from e-mobility in Europe.
Electric cars as climate saviours? Some experts increasingly doubt that the electric car can contribute to the fight against climate change. Above all, the production of the batteries contributes massively to environmental damage in other parts of the world. Moreover, electric cars are hardly in demand on the used car market.
The closure of an intersection in Berlin divides the neighbourhood. Many older people oppose the pilot project, families with children and younger people were in favour. The project shows how important the car is to many Germans. Other countries show that it is possible to live without a car.
Fine dust is harmful to health. But universal limits and measurements do not exist. The WHO could change this by setting guidelines for a global definition of PM2.5. Adjusting the values would also imply more environmental zones.
The smallest particles from exhaust fumes and other combustion processes can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause damage throughout the body. Recent research shows that they also attack the brain and reduce cognitive performance. In addition, free oxygen radicals formed in particulate matter are enormously dangerous.
Despite the efforts of European countries to ban internal combustion engines, they will be with us on the roads for a long time to come. The plan to switch to e-cars is designed to last for decades. Moreover, used combustion cars will not be targeted.
Nitrogen dioxide pollution in Basel is clearly too high. Several measures are being taken to change this. Among other things, Switzerland's first permanent low emission zone is to be introduced.