Vehicle Emissions

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Volvo Cars said it is gearing up launch a new family of fully-electric vehicles, all of which will be sold online only.

On Tuesday, the Swedish-based automaker said it is phasing out production of all cars with internal combustion engines – including hybrids – and its entire vehicle lineup will be electric only by 2030.

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Nissan Motor Co said on Friday it has reached a breakthrough in achieving a 50% thermal efficiency with its in-development e-POWER hybrid technology, which could lead to a further reduction of car CO2 emissions.

This new thermal efficiency level would improve fuel consumption by 25% over the 40% thermal efficiency level in the upcoming e-POWER engine, the company said.

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is vowing to convert its entire passenger vehicle lineup in Europe to electric power by 2030, the automaker announced Wednesday. 

In order to meet that goal, Ford will spend $1 billion to revamp its plant in Cologne, Germany, to become a base for production of battery-powered cars, the company’s first such EV facility in Europe.

Ford said it is planning a gradual transition to EV production over the next decade.


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Europe’s push into electric cars is gathering speed — despite the pandemic.

Automaker Volkswagen tripled sales of battery-only cars in 2020 as its new electric compact ID.3 came on the market ahead of tough new European Union limits on auto emissions. And Germany, long a laggard in adopting electric vehicles, saw more people buy electrics in December than opted for previously dominant diesel vehicles.

Those are early signs of what will likely be an upcoming year of increasing market share for electric cars as EU regulations drive their adoption, despite the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic that has caused the overall car market to shrink.

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Ford Motor Co is urging major automakers to consider backing a framework deal with California on vehicle emissions in a bid to reach industry consensus before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Monday.

Major automakers are set to discuss next steps at a virtual meeting of their auto trade association Tuesday, which comes a week after General Motors Co abruptly announced it would no longer back the Trump administration’s ongoing effort to bar California from setting its own vehicle emissions rules.