Category Archives: Climate Change and Renewable Energy

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The urgency of the shift to electric cars isn’t just about climate change

Vehicle emissions regulations are meant to promote clean air and reduce carbon dioxide in order to combat climate change. In Europe, aggressive new rules are also a direct response to a massive diesel-emissions scandal, accelerating the shift to electric vehicles, said Renault CEO Thierry Bolloré. The tightening of emissions limits has created huge tension in … Continue reading The urgency of the shift to electric cars isn’t just about climate change

Renault Helps an Island Ditch Fossil Fuels With Vehicle-to-Grid Technology

Cutting-edge grid innovation is coming to a small Portuguese island in the Atlantic. French carmaker Groupe Renault said last month that it would collaborate with island authorities and grid operator Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (EEM) on a project called Sustainable Porto Santo/Smart Fossil Free Island, which will include vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. The project grapples … Continue reading Renault Helps an Island Ditch Fossil Fuels With Vehicle-to-Grid Technology

Introducing Night-time Solar Charging for Electric Vehicles

As we transition away from polluting fossil-fuelled vehicles to electric vehicles it is common for owners to think about the source of the electricity they use for charging. Here I’d like to touch on the options for charging with renewable electricity, and introduce the idea of charging at night using spare solar electricity. A rule … Continue reading Introducing Night-time Solar Charging for Electric Vehicles

T-CHARGE: NEW LONDON TRAFFIC CHARGE COMES INTO FORCE

Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles now have to pay almost twice as much to drive in central London. Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £10 T-Charge, which mainly applies to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006, has come into force. It covers the same area as the existing congestion charge zone, bumping up the cost to … Continue reading T-CHARGE: NEW LONDON TRAFFIC CHARGE COMES INTO FORCE

Car makers offer cash incentives to trade in older vehicles

As buyers consider getting rid of their older diesel cars, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Vauxhall are launching trade-in schemes designed to get more of us driving low-emissions cars Owners of older diesel vehicles will receive an incentive of up to £2000 when they trade in their old car for a new BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini or … Continue reading Car makers offer cash incentives to trade in older vehicles