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New study on car subsidy schemes

leafCar fleet renewal programmes in US, France, Germany fall short of their potential on emissions and safety benefits

Car fleet renewal schemes introduced in the US, France and Germany fell short of their potential to deliver on environmental and safety objectives, according to a new report published by the International Transport Forum at the OECD and the FIA Foundation today.

The focus of the 70-page study are three of the largest car fleet renewal schemes introduced primarily to stimulate consumer spending on cars in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.


Opel/Vauxhall and Europcar launch major electric vehicle co-operation

vauxhallEuropcar offers Ampera as rental car across Europe from end of 2011.Cooperation brings Europe’s first electric vehicle offering ‘go anywhere at any time’ mobility to a wider audience

Rüsselsheim/Luton/St. Quentin en Yvelines.  Opel/Vauxhall, one of Europe’s largest automakers, and Europcar, the leading car rental company in Europe, have announced an agreement to introduce the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera as a rental car throughout Europe.


Transport minister opens green charging facility

leafBRENTWOOD, Essex, 6th July, 2011 – The Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, today opened a new solar assisted electric vehicle charging facility at the Centre of Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in Rainham, East London.  Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicles were the first users of the facility, known as eTap, installed by Essex-based company Use The Sun Ltd.


NISSAN wins Green Car Guide award

nissan-leaf-electric-vehicleNissan has been awarded Green-Car-Guide’s Greenest Manufacturer of the Year Award for showing real commitment and leadership with the launch of the all-electric Nissan LEAF. presents its Greenest Manufacturer Award every year with the aim of recognising manufacturers that have made a special contribution by offering motorists more efficient, lower carbon vehicles – as long as they are also great to drive.


Green deal: white knight or red herring? Find out at Microgeneration UK 2011

Microgeneration technologies may be included in the Green Deal, according to a discussion document released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change late last week. Key questions remain: which technologies? How might Green Deal work with FITs and RHI? How will Green Deal Providers gear up for microgeneration?

Join us to consider these questions during two days of busy and informative conference and discussion at Microgeneration UK 2011, the meeting place for the UK microgeneration sector.


The top 5 greenest gadgets from CES 2011

cesEach year the Consumer Electronics Show lights up Las Vegas with an exhilarating showcase of cutting-edge technology.

Although the Nevada desert may not be the first place you'd look for energy-efficient tech, this year we spotted an array of green gems that exhibit trends towards more efficient, versatile, and sustainable gadgets.


The evolution of the Toyota Prius. The green piece

Prius-family-2_thumbIt has been the market-leading hybrid car since its inception back in 1997, and now the Toyota Prius is ready to enter the next stage of its development.

The vehicle, which is sold in more than 70 countries and regions, was the first mass-produced hybrid car and in September last year reached more than two million cumulative sales. Now in its third generation it is ready to expand into an entire family of vehicles as it looks to fend off increased competition and remain the front runner in what is no longer a niche sector.


The AGT GSM Temperature Monitor

leafThe AGT GSM Temperature Monitor is a remote controlled device that can monitor temperature and report back by SMS text message or by email. It will respond with the current temperature when sent a text message, and will automatically send warnings when pre-set temperature limits are exceeded.

Also, it has a “Ring Out” mode, where it will dial up to 10 telephone numbers to 'ring the phone' The incoming caller ID tells the receiver that the AGT is calling with a temperature issue. The temperature sensor is digital and operates via a built-in RS232 port, and is supplied with.


3D laser mapping delivers UK’s first long range laser scanner

10515_aNottingham, UK, 04 April 2011 – 3D Laser Mapping has delivered the first long-range laser scanner in the UK. Purchased by Mining Surveys (UK) the VZ-1000 allows for high speed, non-contact surveying at distances of up to 1,400 metres making it ideal for use in inhospitable and difficult to access areas. The narrow laser beam and fast scanning mechanism enables superior performance and accuracies of measurement, even under adverse weather conditions.