A good two years ago, a study by the Dutch government concluded that LPG offers few advantages compared to diesel. Back then, the European environmental organisation Transport & Environment (T&E) was already calling for a rethink. Now a second study has come out.
Two companies from Europe have set new records in electric mobility. The Swiss company Futuricum has proven that trucks can indeed cover long distances without having to be recharged in between. The company Zero Emission Services (ZES) from Rotterdam, on the other hand, is revolutionising inland navigation in the green heart of Holland.
The EU Commission has set itself high goals: In July this year, it announced its goal of ending the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines by 2035. That does not suit everyone. In Italy, there are now hopes for an exception for car manufacturers Ferrari and Lamborghini.
The rumour that e-cars burn faster than combustion engines is circulating on the internet again and again. Different tests determine whether there is an increased fire risk with electric cars. Once an electric car is on fire, extinguishing it is complicated.
The truck manufacturers are stepping up the pace in the changeover to alternative drive systems. They are much more ambitious than the politicians. They are now hoping for incentives from the government so that customers will actually follow suit.
The German government also wants to nudge the logistics sector in the direction of green mobility. A new funding programme therefore supports both newly registered vans and trucks with alternative drive systems as well as old diesels that are converted. More than 500 million euros are available.
The Scottish whisky brand Glenfiddich wants to convert its entire fleet to biogas. This is to be produced from the company's own whisky waste and could thus save 250 tonnes of CO2 - per truck and year!
By the end of the decade, 50% of new cars in the USA are to be electric. Biden has signed an executive order and wants to invest 174 billion US dollars. The carmakers are behind the plan to remain internationally competitive.
There are to be 30 million e-cars on the roads in the EU by 2030. The countries and the EU itself are therefore boosting the market with premiums and tax benefits for e-car drivers. Here is an overview.
Electric cars could soon be affected by the restrictions imposed by environmental zones. Due to their high particulate matter production, the OECD demands that the emissions of electric cars be taken into account in driving bans. Manufacturers like Daimler would then have to switch to significantly smaller models or filter systems.