European automakers offer conditional 20% cut in CO2 by 2030

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FRANKFURT — European carmakers offered a further 20 percent cut to average carbon dioxide emissions in the next round of EU goals currently being drawn up, but said full compliance should wait until 2030 and remain conditional on consumer uptake of electrified cars. The proposal was announced at the Frankfurt auto show by Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler and president of the European manufacturers’ association, ACEA.

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Scotland to phase out non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars by 2032

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The Scottish Government has announced that it plans to phase out non-electrified petrol and diesel cars by 2032; eight years ahead of the UK Government’s outright ban. Although no ban for Scotland was announced, the Scottish Government highlighted its “bold new ambition on ultra-low emission vehicles, including electric cars and vans, with a target to phase out the need for petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032”.

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Pirelli Partners With Fisker On New ‘EMotion’ Vehicle Launch

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Pirelli announced that it is working with Fisker Inc. to create advanced low rolling resistance tires for the new Fisker EMotion luxury electric vehicle, set to launch in late 2019.

Pirelli will develop summer P Zero tires in the following sizes for the Fisker EMotion: 285/35R24 (F) and 305/35R24 (R). The focus of this development will be on low rolling resistance, spirited handling and extra comfort due to tall sidewalls.

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Here Is Why Owner-Operators and Fleets Should Be Concerned With Fuel Efficiency

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Tweet Ever since President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, terms like emissions, fuel efficiency, and nonrenewable resources have become familiar to the public. The trucking industry moves 11 billion tons of freight each year and trucks deliver 100 percent of all consumer products. Just keeping our modern world operating as usual uses up considerable resources. Now, not only does the EPA mandate those resources be conserved, they also cost drivers money!

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Save money with these simple motoring tips

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Save money with these simple motoring tips Simple changes can add up to a big saving A Staff Reporter Updated: 15:35 Friday 25 August 2017 Promoted by Switch Off and Breathe There are cost-free, straight-forward tasks you can undertake immediately to ensure your car is running as efficiently as possible, saving you money – and looking after the environment. Car ownership is an expensive business.

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German firms likely to stop ICE development in as little as 6 years, says major supplier

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Continual improvements in alternative technologies coupled with environmental mandates that spur their growth may lead to automakers starting to abandon internal combustion engine development in as little as six years. That’s the word of major automotive supplier Continental’s CFO, Wolfgang Schaefer, who spoke recently with Reuters.

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Germany summons Daimler to address emissions allegations

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German government committee investigating carmakers has summoned Daimler (DAIGn.DE) for a meeting on Thursday to address allegations it sold cars with excessive emissions, the transport ministry said.

German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, citing a search warrant issued by a Stuttgart court, reported on Wednesday that Daimler had been accused of selling over a million cars with excessive emissions in Europe and the United States.

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Michelin Applauds Saskatchewan Law

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Michelin North America (Canada) is applauding the Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, and the Saskatchewan Trucking Association, who worked collaboratively for the province to become Canada’s fourth to enact regulations that permit the trucking industry to increase hauling and payload capacity.

The total payload increase from 7,700 kg per axle to 8,500 kg allows the industry to adopt wide-base single heavy-truck tires while decreasing fuel consumption and green-house gas emissions.

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Drivers want to protect the environment: Survey

TRAC provides ‘Get Fuel Fit Guide’ to help motorists find routes to fuel efficiency during Be Tire Smart Week.

Drivers want to minimize the impact their vehicles have on the environment, but many lack the information on how to achieve that goal.

According to a new Leger national survey of drivers responsible for the maintenance of their vehicles, 87 per cent of Canadian motorists feel drivers have a moral obligation to protect the environment by ensuring their vehicles are as fuel-efficient as possible.

The survey, conducted for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), found that nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of Canadian drivers are not aware of low rolling resistance tires and the fuel efficiency gains these tires provide.

Low rolling resistance (LRR) tires cut fuel consumption by two to four per cent when compared to conventional tires. Motorists driving 25,000 km per year can save between $50 and $100 annually on these technologically advanced tires. Those who log longer distances save more.

When made aware of this fuel saving advantage, 77 per cent of drivers surveyed indicated they would likely purchase a set, provided the fuel savings offset the cost of these fuel saving tires. A similar survey conducted for TRAC in 2016 found that 69 per cent of drivers said they were interested in acquiring LRR tires if the cost was covered by fuel savings.

The 2017 survey, however, also found that only nine per cent of motorists now ride on these fuel-efficient tires.

“The significant uptick in interest in LRR tires reflects the high priority Canadian drivers place on being eco-friendly,” says Glenn Maidment, president of TRAC. “Clearly, we have a major opportunity to lessen the impact vehicles have on the environment and reduce energy consumption simply by raising awareness of this important tire category. The need for consumer education is highlighted by the fact that 41 per cent of motorists don’t even know if their vehicles are equipped with fuel-saving tires.”

Low rolling resistance tires incorporate the latest advances in tire technology. They are designed with specialized tread patterns that keep cars moving more efficiently, rubber compounds that minimize internal movements inside the rubber itself and materials that lower weight, increase rigidity and improve aerodynamics. The result is less energy is required to push them down the road.

Be Tire Smart Week 2017
Making drivers aware of the range of steps they can take to improve fuel economy is a key goal of Be Tire Smart Week, which takes place across Canada from May 15 to 21.

This year, as part of this advocacy campaign, TRAC’s Be Tire Smart (www.betiresmart.ca) is providing motorists with an informative ‘Get Fuel Fit’ Guide – a fun online resource to help motorists improve their fuel saving know-how by offering advice on tire selection, maintenance and driving habits that improve fuel economy and protect the environment.

The Guide has three sections:

  • Gear – vehicle, tire and other relevant product shopping tips to save on fuel
  • Routine – fuel saving driving tips
  • Check-up – tire and auto maintenance advice

This fuel saving resource features expert, eco-friendly advice from Natural Resources Canada, Kal Tire and TRAC.

“Fuel-efficient driving not only saves hundreds of dollars in fuel each year, but it can also improve road safety, prevent unnecessary wear on your vehicle and lower harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” said Steve Akehurst, Chief, Personal Vehicles Programs, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada. “By adopting fuel-efficient driving techniques, the average Canadian can reduce their fuel use by up to 25 per cent.”

 

 

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Tires to play critical role in driverless vehicles

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Up to 15 percent of all new cars sold could be fully autonomous by 2030, but for all the potential to be realized, driverless technology must face challenges around safety issues and litigation. …

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