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Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system
Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system

The outside world can be smelly: exhaust fumes, foul food, and farm animals. The South Korean automaker announced this week it developed a new "smart air purification system" that may appear in new cars soon. The smart system monitors the air quality inside of the car and purifies the air to an...Read More»

BYD London double-decker bus
London begins charging drivers of older cars to curb pollution

Beginning last week, drivers of most diesel vehicles and all older cars will pay an extra charge to enter certain parts of London. The Ultra Low Emissions Zone rules went into effect, which are intended to discourage driving older, higher polluting cars into central London. According to a report...Read More»

Chevy Bolt EV
Proposed bill calls for ban on internal combustion cars in California by 2040

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that aims to ban the sale of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. If approved, the ban would take effect in 2040. While at first blush it might sound like a ploy to draw attention to an issue, the man behind the bill insists it’s neither a threat or a...Read More»

Coal power plant in China
China halts production of 500-plus gas-guzzling cars

China’s Vehicle Technology Service Center has announced a large-scale stop-sale of various gas guzzling cars, including some that are effective January 1st. The move is part of the Chinese government’s ongoing efforts to curb pollution and promote electric vehicles. All told, carmakers...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype in London, U.K.
London ups congestion charge on older cars

Brexit be damned. In an effort to comply with European Union pollution regulations, London says that later this year it will begin levying a £10 (about $12.50) charge on older cars if they want to drive in the city's core. Though not an outright ban on cars, the fee is a step toward creating...Read More»

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)
Sacre vroom! Paris bans cars in the city center

Air pollution is a major problem in many city centers. So, what's the solution? The powers-that-be in Paris, France think it's banning older cars. That ban goes into effect on July 1 and will affect cars registered before 1997. (Motorcycles registered before June 1, 1999 will be included in the...Read More»

Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S Shows How Tough It'll Be For China To Meet Green Car Goals

Tesla's acclaimed, all-electric Model S sedan will soon go on sale in China, and this week, the company announced how much it'll cost the country's green car fans: 734,000 yuan, or just over $121,000. In America, the same vehicle would run closer to $81,000. And that 50 percent premium helps...Read More»

Traffic fatalities vs. fatalities from power-plant emissions (via NY Times)
For $3 Billion, Could We End Traffic Deaths? Should We?

Traffic accidents were responsible for 32,788 deaths in the U.S. last year (not to mention $41 billion in medical costs and lost work). If we could eliminate those fatalities with new regulations that cost the private sector $3 billion, would we? Should we? Unless you're an elected official, your...Read More»

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