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New Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept gets 2l/100km or 141mpg


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Citroen's answer to the French government's "2l/100 km vehicle" challenge is the C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept that will have its world debut at the Paris auto show.

Helsinki Could, in Theory, Realistically Make Personal Cars Irrelevant by 2025


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It’s the deliberate goal of many (usually European) cities to rid themselves of cars, in an effort to curb pollution and provide an environment that’s more suitable for human habitation. There are a few approaches and solutions to this issue, and the Finnish capital, Helsinki now wants its own.

Renault to Showcase “Experimental” Super-Efficient Concept in Paris


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Renault plans to present a brand new concept car (not the one pictured above) at the upcoming Paris Motor Show this October.

EU on Quest to Move Emissions, Efficiency Testing out of Labs, into Real World


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When you buy a new car today you of course check out the efficiency credentials, but are always aware that they do not reflect reality. Buyers (and those who advise them) have learnt that the discrepancy between what is claimed and what is real is usually constant and have therefor adapted, but it’s far from being called normal and the practice of being deceitful about these claims is detrimental to the end user, not the company.

Diesel Cars May Be Charged an Additional £10 to Enter Central London


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For many years, London has had a congestion charge that applies to all drivers who want to enter the city center aboard vehicles emitting more than 75 g/km of CO2.

Jaguar XE Has 75 Percent Aluminum Body, Does Wonders for Fuel Economy


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Jaguar is preparing for the global debut of its entry-level XE sedan on September 8 in London with new information about the vehicle, which is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Jaguar ever made.

Small Asian Nation of Bhutan Seeks Help from Japanese Automakers to Rapidly Shift to EVs


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There aren’t that many cars in the small south Asian country of Bhutan, located in the Himalaya mountains. Its only proper urban center is its capital, Thimphu, and even it is not what you’d call big, being home to some 80,000 inhabitants, most of whom are government clerks, officials, members of the country’s royal family and a growing but inconsistent middle class.

BMW Working on Wireless Charging Technology for i3 and i8


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Inductive charging of electric vehicles appears to be the way of the future, and BMW wants to be a part of it. The German luxury car manufacturer announced it is developing systems for inductive charging of high-voltage batteries of both BMW i cars and future plug-in models.

BP Estimates World Oil Reserves Will Last Another 53.3 Years


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We have been told for years that the world is about to reach peak oil and that it will all go downhill from there on, and yet, the overwhelming majority of cars sold around the world (the exceptions are insignificant) are powered by oil-derived fuels.

Toyota Reveals New Fuel Cell Sedan, Starts from $68,690 in Japan


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If you are familiar with Toyota’s FCV Concept that was revealed at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, you won’t be surprised with the design of the production model, which stays remarkably close to the study.

Report Sees 7 out of 10 Pickups Made from Aluminum by 2025


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The future looks good for aluminum as a material for American pickup trucks. Despite its obvious drawbacks - harder to repair than steel, requiring special techniques and tools, as well as incurring higher costs, Ford has still gone ahead and made as much of its new F-150 (pictured) out of the metal as possible.

Renault Explains How it Cut its Carbon Footprint by 10 Percent in 3 Years


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You may have noticed that Renault has been trying over the last few years to get more people into its electric cars, at the same time cutting the emissions and boosting the economy of its regular offerings too, in order to keep up with market demands and try making a difference that way.

Consumer Reports Points a Finger at Biggest Gas Guzzlers


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While manufacturers go on about how they’re making their cars more efficient, it’s always a matter of perspective with these things; they may be efficient in some favorable comparisons, but may prove otherwise in the real world or against genuinely efficient rivals. Then there is also the discrepancy between actual and claimed figures too…

Mazda Has the Secret to Make Petrol Engines Emit Less CO2 than it Takes to Charge EVs


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While it may sound hard to believe, there’s actually some sense to be made in what was said by Mazda, when they announced that next-gen SKYACTIV engines will be so green that they will emit less CO2 than what is emitted in order to charge an electric vehicle.

Regular VW Golf Beats Dedicated Eco Car Choices for this UK Car Buyer


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Carmakers’ efforts to create eco-oriented cars that appeal to actual people with actual mobility needs mean nothing if these vehicles don’t have a clear practical use and obvious advantages. Tesla is probably the only automaker currently offering a cool, desirable EV that you’d actually want to own, while other manufacturers like Opel/Vauxhall and Renault are struggling to get people to like their green offerings.

Bolloré Bringing Electric Car-Sharing Scheme to London; Will Put 3,000 EVs on the Streets by 2016


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French billionaire Vincent Bolloré unveiled plans to bring the Autolib’ electric car-sharing program from Paris to London, with 3,000 EVs to be placed on the streets of the UK capital by 2016. Bolloré, who is CEO of the Bolloré Group which set up the Autolib’ program in Paris in 2011, said electric car hire could help cut congestion and reduce pollution in London.

Paris Pollution Spike Prompts Car Ban; Locals Say Too Late [w/Video]


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A known way of curbing tailpipe emissions in large, choking cities is to have alternative driving days. Some communist governments used the method as a means of social control, but now, as of this morning, in increasingly polluted Paris, only odd-numbered cars will be allowed to drive through the French capital. On Tuesday, driving will be permitted for even-numbered ones, and so on, for the first time in the city since 1997.

Renault Group’s 2013 Lineup had Lowest Avg. CO2 Emissions in Europe


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French automaker Renault has announced that it is the first large-scale automotive enterprise running in Europe that has managed to have its average CO2 emissions rating dip below 115g/km through the year 2013.

Switch to Electric Cars Cuts Greenhouse Gases Much More than Expected, Says NASA


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Studies gauging the impact that electric and electrified cars have had on the environment aren’t all that common, but this pilot program put in motion at NASA’s Kenedy Space Center has some intriguing findings to present.

Elio Motors Previews New Ultra-Efficient P4 Model Priced from $6,800


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Eco-friendly cars come in many different shapes and sizes nowadays, and the new Elio Motors P4 is at the ultralight, but conventional end of the spectrum, even with the tandem two-seater arrangement. Set for a 2015 launch, the model now has over 8,000 reservations displayed on the manufacturer’s home page.