EPA rolls back emissions standards on coal plants

Coal power plant in China

On Thursday, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law allows.

The proposal came on the eve of a climate summit in Poland that started over the weekend where world leaders were set to codify the next steps in meeting goals for the Paris Climate Accords.

The new rule is part of President Trump’s plan to revitalize the U.S. Continue reading “EPA rolls back emissions standards on coal plants”

Electric cars could spell end of front-wheel drive, VW exec says

Volkswagen ID Crozz concept

First it was Tesla, now Volkswagen.

Ever since British designer and engineer Alec Issigonis developed the original Mini Cooper for 1959, front-wheel-drive vehicles have been consolidating their hegemony on the car market.

Volkswagen itself was one of the main champions of front-wheel drive when it switched from the rear-wheel-drive Beetle to the front-wheel-drive Golf as its mainstream car in the 1970s.

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3-row Jeep Grand Cherokee will reportedly be built at idled Detroit plant

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will reportedly retool an idled plant in its Mack Avenue Engine Complex located in Detroit to build a three-row version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The information was first reported on Friday by The Detroit News, which cited multiple sources familiar with the matter. A formal announcement could be made by FCA as early as this week.

The plant has been idled since 2012 and sits next to the Jefferson North Assembly Plant were the Grand Continue reading “3-row Jeep Grand Cherokee will reportedly be built at idled Detroit plant”

McLaren 720S Spider, 2020 VW Passat, 2019 Audi e-tron: Today’s Car News

McLaren 720S Spider

McLaren’s just revealed the open-top Spider version of its 720S. The changes made to the giant-killing supercar are significant, as the Spider boasts a unique version of McLaren’s Monocage carbon fiber tub, as well as flying buttresses made from glass.

Volkswagen’s set to introduce a redesigned Passat for 2020 and we’ve just driven a prototype. Find out about all the changes in our first drive review.

Audi’s e-tron is almost ready for its showroom debut and we’ve Continue reading “McLaren 720S Spider, 2020 VW Passat, 2019 Audi e-tron: Today’s Car News”

Why company car drivers are going electric (sponsored)

Switched-on company car drivers are seeing the benefits of running the Volkswagen e-Golf over the mainstream alternatives

What makes the perfect company car? This is one of the most challenging briefs to fulfil. On the one hand it must satisfy the highly-trained eye of the fleet manager and their spreadsheet, honed to evaluate a vehicle by its performance, residual values and P11D values in search of the most tax-efficient means of mobilising an employee.

Yet that same car must also reward Continue reading “Why company car drivers are going electric (sponsored)”

Over half of suspected drug-drivers test positive

A summer crackdown by 38 police forces in England and Wales saw 1,962 drivers screened for drugs, of which 1,108 tested positive

Some 56.5 per cent of drivers screened for drugs tested positive during a police crackdown in the summer.

A police operation conducted by 38 police forces in England and Wales from 14 June to 15 July 2018 saw 1,962 drivers given drug wipe tests, of which 1,108 – or 56.5 per cent – were positive.

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Formula E: 2018-2019 season preview

The 2018-2019 Formula E season sees the debut of the all-new Gen2 car, while an innovative ‘Attack Mode’ has also been introduced

Season five of the FIA Formula E electric single-seater racing championship kicks off this weekend.

The race on the streets of Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, marks an important milestone for the series, as it launches its second-generation machinery and moves to 45-minute races with no pitstops to swap cars.

• New Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy racer driven

Also Continue reading “Formula E: 2018-2019 season preview”

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy: new electric racer driven

We get behind the wheel of the new Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy electric racing car ahead of the 2018-2019 series start this weekend

The Jaguar I-Pace is going racing. Starting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 15 December, the I-Pace eTrophy one-make series will see up to 20 race-prepared examples of the electric SUV battling for honours on city street tracks around the world, supporting the fifth season of the FIA Formula E electric championship.

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New Audi A4 Avant spied testing

The latest Audi A4 Avant has been spotted during winter testing, ahead of its 2019 release

The latest version of the new Audi A4 Avant has been caught on camera during its winter testing regime. Due for release in 2019, it will likely follow Audi’s revised A4 saloon into the showrooms.

BMW and Mercedes have both recently released new versions of their 3 Series and C-Class models. To keep pace with its competitors, Audi’s revisions to the A4 are extensive with the company spending £500 Continue reading “New Audi A4 Avant spied testing”

London ULEZ to cover most of capital from October 2021

Cars not meeting emissions standards to pay £12.50 a day to drive past North and South circular roads into London ULEZ

The London Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, will be heavily expanded to cover most of the capital on 25 October 2021.

The ULEZ will target all diesel cars and vans not meeting Euro 6 standards, as well as petrol cars and vans not meeting Euro 4 targets. Divers of non-compliant vehicles will pay £12.50 a day to drive into the zone, which will be in operation 24 hours a Continue reading “London ULEZ to cover most of capital from October 2021”