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Graphene motorcycle helmet launched

Graphene motorcycle helmet launched

Update 08/12/2016. Recent research under the EU’s Graphene Flagship programme (http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=170781&CultureCode=en) has shown how graphene’s electrical properties can underpin much more powerful sensors. The benefits of such sensors can be double-edged. Graphene’s ability to sense impact could be used in a very positive way – for example enabling an in-helmet […]

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01/12/2016 at 16:34Auto EU EU_Energy

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

Brussels, 02/03/2016. The European Parliament’s car-pollution inquiry committee (better known as Dieselgate), set up to investigate last year’s scandal on particulate pollution from cars, has just met for the first time. The committee is set to deliberate for 12 months. Its brief is to investigate the regulatory breakdown in the […]

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02/03/2016 at 11:40Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Brussels, 26/9/2015. Updates: 23/02/2016  C4 Dispatches: Dirty Secrets: What’s Really in Our Air? 23/02/2016  New Scientist: Carbon emission cuts could save 300,000 US lives by 2030. I do so loathe diesel cars. As a motorcycle rider, I have wondered for years why certain cars were unpleasant to follow in traffic. […]

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26/09/2015 at 02:39Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

New EU regulations to boost alternative fuels for vehicles coming into force

New EU regulations to boost alternative fuels for vehicles coming into force

New EU regulations are coming into force on 29th September 2014 to boost the viability of alternative fuels for vehicles across Europe. EU member states will require national action plans to show how they are building refuelling and recharging points (electricity, natural gas and hydrogen).

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25/09/2014 at 22:50Auto Climate EU EU_Energy

European Business Summit May 2014 – photos

European Business Summit May 2014 – photos

European Business Summit May 2014 – photos

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27/06/2014 at 12:16EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Hydrogen cars delayed only by cost and fuelling infrastructure

Hydrogen cars delayed only by cost and fuelling infrastructure

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are available and suitable for everyday use right now – this was the key message I took away from the hydrogen fuel-cell stand at the European Innovation Convention in Brussels 10-11 March 2014. The stand – presented by the European (and rather awkwardly named) Fuel Cells and Hydrogen […]

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12/03/2014 at 18:53Auto EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Ultra-efficient hybrid engine runs on natural gas and diesel

Ultra-efficient hybrid engine runs on natural gas and diesel

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an internal-combustion engine that emits less than half the CO2 compared to a regular vehicle engine without compromising performance. This corresponds to fuel consumption of less than 2.4 l per 100 km. Starting from a VW Golf diesel engine, this natural-gas/diesel hybrid makes use […]

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19/09/2013 at 12:39Auto Climate EU_Energy

Put the truck on the train

Put the truck on the train

“Too many trucks on Europe’s roads!” That’s the view, albeit a subjective one, held by many car drivers. It is a view backed by the European Commission, which says that a cargo truck plying Europe’s roads will currently spend around half of its working life empty – returning from a […]

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09/11/2012 at 02:33EU EU_Energy

All stick for Europe’s citizens – where are the carrots?

All stick for Europe’s citizens – where are the carrots?

Update 13/05/2014. Belgium has just reduced the VAT on domestic electricity from 21% to 6%! (must be an election approaching ..). It is interesting listening to the UK’s Conservative backbenchers tub-thumping about the need for the Prime Minister not to give away powers to Europe (meaning the EU institutions). Frankly […]

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BBC Electric Ride – 4000 mile electric tour Europe

BBC Electric Ride – 4000 mile electric tour Europe

BBC Electric Ride – 4000 miles round Europe in an electric car in June 2010.

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02/06/2010 at 19:08Auto Climate EU_Energy Travel