Norway will ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars in the next decade, continuing its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically progressive countries on the planet, according to reports.
Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have reportedly reached some concrete conclusions about 100 per cent of Norwegian cars running on green energy by 2025.
According to Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, “FRP will remove all gasoline cars”, a headline which makes reference to the populist right-wing Framstegspartiet, or Progress Party.
Yet there is some denial from other right-wing representatives that the move has been confirmed.
If passed, it would be particularly significant because a large proportion of Norway’s funds rely on the country’s petroleum industry.
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The report also follows the announcement that Norway will become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation.
Speaking about the possible 2025 ban on non-electric cars, Elon Musk, chief executive of US electric car company Tesla Motors, lauded the announcement.
“Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025,” he wrote.
“What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!”.
Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025. What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!! pic.twitter.com/uAXuBkDYuR
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2016
Yet while the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party have corroborated Dagens Naeringsliv’s report, the FRP have said the move is still being looked at, according to Aftenposten.
If the measure is fully confirmed, it would be more ambitious than the Labour Party’s proposal that no new diesel or petrol cars should be sold by 2030.
The four parties, who rule together through a system of proportional representation, have also agreed a new climate tax on electricity.
About 24 per cent of the country’s cars already run on electricity, and it is a heavy producer of renewable energy with more than 99 per cent of electricity covered by hydropower.
Norway also aims to triple its capacity of wind power by 2020, with a new $3bn investment in the sector approved in 2013.
Meanwhile critics in the UK have accused the Conservative Government of reneging on its commitment to green energy and looking for solutions in fracking and nuclear energy instead.
This follows a 25 per cent rise in renewable energy investments pouring into the UK last year, according to a global paper on the topic.
The Nissan IDS Concept, a four-seat hatchback that hints strongly at the styling of the next-generation Leaf, has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show.
It has two different cabin configurations depending on whether the driver selects the conventional manual driving mode, or the ‘piloted’ mode built in via its on-board artificial intelligence.
“It’s like relaxing in a living room,” says design director Mitsunori Morita, who defines the trust-based communication that needs to exist between driver and autonomous-driving car with the phrase “Together, we ride”. Even in manual mode the intelligent drive system is poised to assist if needed, providing greater control in braking and cornering.
The IDS Concept has a low roof height (1380mm) to reduce frontal area and improve aerodynamics, and runs on thin, big-diameter, aerodynamically designed wheels with 175 section tyres to minimise both air and rolling resistance. Its carbonfibre body makes it unusually light for a battery car.
Nissan’s engineers say they have improved all aspects of IDS Concept’s electric powertrain: motors, batteries and inverters. The combination of aerodynamics, lightness and a new, high-capacity 60kWh battery will allow the IDS Concept to “drive long distances”, according to Nissan.
The IDS concept, and the Leaf it will morph into, will pioneer Nissan Intelligent Drive, according to Nissan’s boss Carlos Ghosn. It will be switchable between Pilot and Manual modes, and Pilot does everything, seeing traffic and connecting to other connected cars. Manual gives you control but maintains the surveillance of the Pilot technology in the background for safety.
Nissan plans to roll out self-driving technology across ‘multiple vehicles’ by 2020, and the IDS gives a look at how this could work. It is capable of imitating the driver’s own driving style while in autonomous mode, reflecting cornering, braking and accelerating styles.
While it is in Manual mode, it monitors the road and aims to assist the driver if evasive action is necessary.
In Piloted mode, the car aims to make the atmosphere more relaxed in the cabin. The steering wheel recedes into the centre of the instrument panel and a flat screen comes out. All the seats turn slightly towards one another, too, to make conversation that bit easier.
For the concept, designers have used a series of lights, including a silver side body line called the Intention Indicator, to signal the car’s intentions to nearby pedestrians or cyclists. When a pedestrian is near, the strip turns red to indicate the car’s awareness. Another display, which faces outward from the instrument panel, can flash messages such as ‘After you’ to pedestrians. It’s all part of their determination, say Nissan, to achieve zero emissions and zero fatalities to help create ‘a sustainable, car-based society’.
As well as showing off the future of technology, insiders also suggest the Tokyo car’s styling points to the next generation of Leaf, which is due by 2017. Nissan is considering expanding the Leaf sub-brand to include more models and body styles, according to the firm’s executive vice-president Trevor Mann – but the core of the range is still expected to be a five-door hatchback.
The IDS concept will not turn into the new Leaf completely, but many of its shapes and concepts will be used – the window lines, low roof, the aerodynamic approach, skinny tyres and low-drag wheels, and the careful design of underbody. We won’t see pillarless doors or some of the radical, clearance-limiting stuff along body sides, though.
Mercedes has revealed images and details of its C 350 Plug-in Hybrid, which aims to help the manufacturer meet stringent EU emissions targets across the range.
The C 350 is the second hybrid in the C-Class range following on from the C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, which was shortlisted for our best hybrid car award in 2014. The model will be available as both a saloon and an estate, and hopes to become one of the most efficient cars in its class.
Based on appearances, there is little to tell the Plug-in Hybrid apart from regular C-Class variants: the same smart styling remains inside and out. The only subtle tweaks come courtesy of some Hybrid badging and an updated instrument cluster inside.
So the powertrain is the interesting part then?
Yes, there’s a whole heap of clever stuff going on under the skin. Power comes courtesy of a 211hp, 2.1-litre turbocharged petrol engine complimented by a 60kW electric motor. In total, this endows the C 350 with a total output of 279hp and 443lb ft. The car can run on electric power alone for up to 19 miles, which with the help of a special wall box or a public charging point, can be recharged in about 1 hour 45 minutes.
Additional mileage is eked out thanks to regenerative braking, which uses wasted energy from braking and coasting to top up the batteries. This is achieved by the electric motor replacing the brakes during gentle deceleration.
The C 350 features an interesting piece of tech to help the driver to get the most out of the efficient drivetrain. The throttle pedal features haptic feedback, which sends a pulse through the pedal when it suggests you can back off the power to increase economy. It even combines with the radar-guided cruise control to allow you to come to halt in traffic in the most efficient way. Four separate driving modes can be selected for the drivetrain to make the best use of the battery’s charge in a variety of situations.
It gets even cleverer. To make the best use of the batteries, the C 350 can anticipate how to best use the energy systems over a given route, as long as your journey has first been programmed into the satellite navigation system.
The headline figures for all this wizardry? A claimed fuel consumption of 134.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 48g/km (49 grams for the estate version). Despite this economy, the saloon can still sprint from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds, while the estate is 0.3 seconds behind. That’s the future right there.
Anything else I should know?
Mercedes say the batteries add around 100 kilograms to the overall weight. More of a concern for buyers is likely to be that they rob the C-Class of boot space. The saloon has had boot volume reduced to 335 litres and the estate is barely any better at 350. At least you’ll always be comfortable once inside. Thanks to Pre-Entry climate control, the C 350’s interior temperature can be pre-set before you get in via an internet-based system. Meanwhile, the standard air suspension should keep the ride nice and smooth for driver and passengers.
How much will it cost?
The exact prices and specifications have yet to be announced, while order books are due to open in summer 2016. A bit of a wait, but it should be worth it for what promises to be a swift, economical and beautifully made car.
Plans to cut emissions in the capital’s polluted streets have been boosted by the launch of the first electric-only car hire service in London.
The company’s fleet of zero-emission 100% electric BMW i3s are now available to drive in London for daily or weekly hire (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)The company’s fleet of zero-emission 100% electric BMW i3s are now available to drive in London for daily or weekly hire (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The fleet of BMW i3 vehicles are now available for hire from as little as £21.50 per day, with no fuel costs.
As well as free charging -which can be done in as little as 30 minutes – drivers can avoid having to pay the congestion charge, and get free parking in some London boroughs by using the state of the art eco-luxury cars.
The news will come as a boost to the Government’s Go Ultra Low campaign, which is pushing for British motorists to drive ultra-low emission vehicles.
Launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, an investment of £9million was made to increase the number of car chargingpoints across the country, with three more manufacturers signing up earlier this month and pledging to expand the range of low emission cars on the market.
The UK, with London at the heart of it, aims to lead the way in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles – and in June the capital will host the finish of the world’s first fully electric motor racing series, Formula E.
The European electric vehicle market grew by 37 per cent last year, with the UK recording the biggest increase – where there are now more than 15,000 new electric vehicles on the road.
Matthew Munson, managing director of Electric Car Hire, said, “We are on the cusp of a new and exciting era in motoring with sustainable driving now becoming part of the nation’s conscience.
“There are now more charging points in London than petrol stations, and with the Government funding only increasing the numbers, it has never been easier to make sure your vehicle is charged fuelled and ready for use.
“We’re here to support this trend and offer an affordable service that’s environmentally and user-friendly.”
Twelve British cities shortlisted to become international beacons of ultra-low emission vehicle use.
A dozen cities bidding for a share of a £35 million fund to become centres of excellence for low emission vehicles have been announced by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer and Business Minister Matt Hancock today (11 March 2015).
The Go Ultra Low city scheme will reward cities that demonstrate the most potential to become internationally outstanding examples for the adoption of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in a local area.
The funding has been announced alongside an additional £30 million to enable local authorities and bus operators to replace existing vehicles with greener, cutting-edge alternatives to help clean up urban air quality. » Read the rest of this entry «
As i am trying to source a Renault Twizy Loan to roam around london promoting this magical commuter alternative to passer-by’s, I am yet to actualy, well, source one.
I dont know if i am underestimating the sales, (doubt that) or they are simply all over the place and people are holding onto-them, (again, doubt so) or finally, if there is supply issue. (hmm, lets look into that)
Registrations spiked in the release year, as a result of good promotions/preorder/leases, and then it slows down to a trickle.
Are Twizy’s right to fullfill that aimed “lifestyle”, as renault sees it, or does it need to be adjusted.
From a different angle, at 7k-8k for a brand new spanking Twizy, – are they simply too expensive… for a quad bike, considering the Batteries are “not included”. They start from £40 odd a month/for 4,500miles/year range.
I personally think that they are great for urban areas (as long as they are not abused – having unsecured cabin access hinders that)
But i also believe they are not marketed enough, well, and may have a wrong price tag.
Afterall, I am a firm believer of “economies of scale” and having a few for expensive price tag sold is not as good as have quite a few sold for a cheaper price tag. (never mind additional battery lease contracts arranged)
I am thinking out loud. Let me know your thoughts.
The popularity of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) continues to rise sharply, with more than 25,000 plug-in car and plug-in vangrant claims submitted since the scheme began in 2010.
Even the traditionally quiet January sales market saw nearly 2000 claims and total ULEV sales in 2014 were some 4 times the level of the previous year. The UK is now ahead of France and Germany in ULEV take-up, placing this country at the forefront of this green and cheap-to-run car technology. The acceleration in popularity is matched by the growing number of ULEVmodels on the market with some 25 car models and 7 van models eligible for the plug-in grant. A further 40 ULEV models from major manufacturers are expected to come to market over the next 3 years. » Read the rest of this entry «
The UK’s first entirely electric pay-per-use car club service, ‘E-Car Club’, has been launched in Northampton.
Northamptonshire County County officially launched the scheme yesterday, giving visits a chance to test one of the three new ‘zero emission’ cars which will soon be available in the town.
Users can sign up to the scheme online book slots to hire the E-Car for £5.50 an hour or £45 per day. Members can also book a vehicle by smartphone, online or by calling the ECar team. The cars can be reserved for as little as an hour at a time or as long as several days.
The charging points will be based in Albion Place, next to Royal and Derngate theatre, which is where users would pick the car up from and return them back.
It costs £50 to sign up to the E-Car Club scheme online (http://www.e-carclub.org/) – or £25 up to Christmas – and members have to be at least 19-years-old and they must have held a full drivers licence for a year.
Once signed up, the users are given a card, similar to a London Oyster Card, which enables them to ‘unlock’ their car and use it.
This video goes through the whole procedure step-by-step.
We would like your views on the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone which will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the same area as the Congestion Charging zone. The zone would be introduced in 2020 and aims to encourage the use of newer, cleaner vehicles, reducing vehicle pollution by half.
All cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, and heavy vehicles would need to meet a new emission standard or pay a daily charge to travel within the zone. The proposed daily Ultra Low Emission Zone charge will be in addition to the existing Congestion Charge.
To find out more and to have your say please visit tfl.gov.uk/ultra-low-emission-zone
This consultation will run until Friday 9 January 2015.
Government has today (14 October 2014) committed the first £11 million of funding available to accelerate research and development of the carbon-cutting technologies which will power the vehicles of tomorrow.
Plug-in cars and other ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) are already widely available, with sales gathering pace, and the government is funding further research to support the growth of this important sector and cement the UK’s position as a world leader in the development of the technology behind the vehicles. » Read the rest of this entry «
2016: “The government’s current air quality plan with respect to London is based on the very limited ambition of the previous mayor to tackle air pollution and isn’t enough to protect Londoners health,” said Khan. “I know from personal experience that the city’s air is damaging people’s health as I suffer from adult-onset asthma myself.”
Khan’s first major policy announcement after winning the mayoral election for Labour were new plans to tackle the capital’s air pollution. These include more than doubling the size of the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone.