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Bio-electricity or bio-fuel?

Bio-electricity or bio-sprit?

Electric motor, tesla. Photo: karlehorn, wikimedia; license: cc by-sa 3.0

How the car of the future will drive most efficiently

The most environmentally friendly way to move a vehicle is undoubtedly to pedal powerfully. However, the principle is hardly transferable to any distance and any kind of load transport. With the hydrogen revolution unlikely to materialize and the personal nuclear backpack of the 1960s set to remain a utopia, two technologies currently seem to hold the greatest promise for the powertrain of the future: the internal combustion engine, which burns fuel generated from organic matter, and the electric motor, which generates electrical energy (i.E., biofuel) "electricity") needed.

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Dispute over emissions limits: california boycotts automakers

In the dispute with u.S. President donald trump over emissions regulations, california now wants to set a sign. From 1. January 2020, the state will only buy cars for its agencies and other state functions that comply with the emissions standards of the california air resources board (carb). This was announced by the california department of general service on 15. November. Five manufacturers, including german brands bmw, audi and vw, have recently pledged that their products will comply with the standard in the future.

The california governor’s office said that one of the aims of choosing such vehicles is to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. "Automakers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history" will no longer support california, he said. This refers to manufacturers general motors, fiat chrysler and toyota, which, according to media reports, plan to follow washington’s plans.

The californian state orders involve a very limited number of vehicles – the planned boycott is primarily symbolic politics. The german manufacturers, who have sided with california, could hardly benefit economically from the government orders, if only because of their range of products. Rather, there is now the danger of being caught between the fronts because of their stance.

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Driving report: vw passat gte

Driving report: vw passat gte

Vw had to react, because the passat is about a lot: the share of the commercial liabilities was in 2018 in germany at the over 80 percent, the diesel content in the meantime at more than 90 percent. Sure, the passat is the classic company car. If this over decades is quite stable market into stumbling, vw gets a problem. The tax new regulation of the private use of service cars with e-motor has the stuff to uplift this part of the market. The revision of the vw passat would like to expect a targeted reaction. We were already able to get a first impression of the passat gte.

So far, the plug-in hybrid drive in passat was a niche model. Whether it will change, the time must show. Vw the motors and the transmission unnecessary. A recharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine makes 115 kw, an electric motor 85 kw. System performance is 160 kw (218 hp). Since the question is put back to us again and again: no, the achievements of the two engines do not add themselves positively because they deliver their maximum power at different speeds.

E plus

So far, the battery in the passat gte (test) had 9.9 kwh, now it’s 13. In the wltp, the for up to 55 km is rich in electric ride, our reverundy showed a maximum of 41 km. Electricity into the battery can come in different ways. At a 230 volt socket can be charged with a maximum of 2.3 kw, on a wallbox with 360 volts with 3.6 kw. Of course, the gte can also recuperate. With the update vw has a little further hiding a further possibility: so far, you could directly dial a mode in which the gasoline serves as a drive for the generator. It has probably hardly used anyone in practice, because the energy balance is scary. In the overworked passat, the driver in hybrid mode can now determine whether the charge level of the battery held, increased or lowered, so be used.

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Not quite the old one

Not quite the old one

Berlin, 17. July 2014 – if smart-boss annette winkler talked about his new generation, she often said "the new smart remains completely the old one."The question arises as daimler with a vast product that has been able to raise unsatisfactory sales figures since the 1988 smart 1998. But it was probably not so mean.

Because the smart has in third edition, as it from the 22. Will be conservative, just strongly changed november 2014. An important step is the cooperation with renault in the development and production of the engines. This should save so much money that you can earn more on this small car – even with the in-house carsharing provider car2go, which was last the big customer. And then there are the fleet consumption specifications. The more smarts daimler ag can discontinue, the more their coarse, significantly more profitable mercedes sedans and suv, they can sell without a penalty – a mixed calculation, where an electrified smart could be interesting again. Although he has achieved significantly lower sales, but could help the fleet balance by the supercredits on electric cars.

Forfour gets a real smart for the first time

Rather towards the audience, the reintroduction of the fourth forfour seems to be aimed at. This time, however, as a real version of the two-rise instead of as disguised small cars of a different manufacturer: the forfour of 2004 to 2006 was a mitsubishi colt with body powers and was largely so perceived. He was even less success than the original. After all, thanks to the rear motor concept, the colt had, in contrast to the fortwo the full front-cross motor.

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Deficiency

Deficiency

Munchen, 6. December 2012 – the tuv sud presented the shortage report 2013. He refers to the second half of 2011 and the first half of 2012. About 300.000 cars purchased with the help of scrapping program in 2009 came for the first time for the first time during this period. However, the young cars could not stop the lack of defects. The average ratio of significant lack increased by 0.3 percentage points to a total of 20 percent. The most common reason for complaints is the lighting.

Number of main examinations increased

Three years after the scrapping program, the then purchased cars provide a decent thrust at the total numbers for the tuv report. Accordingly, the sum of the main examinations of almost 7.8 grown to more than 8.1 million. However, the trend of rising shortfalls can only be braked. Especially with the debutants, the shortage rate of 5.1 to 6.1 percent has risen. More than half of the vehicles of all ages are very unplugged: your share has risen from 48.3 percent to more than 55 percent for five years ago. On the other hand, the quota of significant lack of cars of all ages has increased slightly: every fun car (20 percent) fell in the first run by the hu (tuv report 2012: 19.7 percent).

"The defect rate for the two to three-year cars shows that there are weary vehicle parts that can already fall in young car years", john naumann says from the association of technical monitoring associations (vdtuv). "Most comforting the lighting." also occasionally defects on axes, steering, exhaust or brakes young car complained.

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On test: honda civic 1.0 vtec turbo cvt

On test: honda civic 1.0 vtec turbo cvt

It can happen that you buy an opel astra instead of a renault megane – because the offer is so good, the salesman is so nice or the dealer is so close. A honda civic, on the other hand, is probably not bought by chance. With the eighth generation, the brand has decided to step out of the mass of cars in this class by means of a rough wedge. Since then the civic has been a case for individualists. The tenth edition can be accused of all sorts of things, but it is everybodys darling it is certainly not. A test with the basic petrol engine shows this impressively in many respects.

Polarized

We don’t want to say too much about the design – the design is polarizing, which can be seen as an enrichment. However, the civic has left its original competitors far behind in one dimension. With a length of 4.52 meters, it far exceeds the length of the golf class and is thus about as long as a vw touran. This would not be a problem if the space available were correspondingly better.

But neither in the front nor in the back does the civic offer more than is usual in the compact class. Especially on the front seats the space is even quite limited. The seats do not recline far enough, so people with very long legs have to squat with their buttocks on the seat surface. A tilt adjustment of the seat could partly solve the problem, but there is no such adjustment. In addition the right knee has permanent contact with the center console. Neither the nimble seat heating nor the stable headrests that reach far upwards are any consolation. In the rear, the isofix straps are wedged behind leather flaps between the seat and the bench in such a way that you have to worry about the upholstery if you have to change it frequently.

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Main inspection in the future with test drive

As of april 1, 2012, vehicle owners will be given a detailed. April 2012, vehicle owners will receive a detailed list of defects. An amendment to the road traffic licensing regulations (stvzo), which is due to pass the bundesrat in february 2012, provides for this change to the main inspection, among other things tuv sud with. If, for example, the right-hand rear light is defective, this should be pointed out directly in the test report and no longer generally to defective vehicle lighting. The list of defects could then be used as an order for a workshop, argue the inspectors.

The vehicle inspection could take a little longer in the future, because the experts will be obliged to perform a test drive before the technical check in the test lane. If the amendment to the german road traffic licensing regulations (stvzo) actually enters into force on. April 2012, the test drive will be relevant for all vehicles newly registered after this date. Since the first general inspection for new cars is due after three years, tuv sud does not expect frequent test drives until 2015.

With the changes, backdating is no longer mandatory in the future. This means that a sticker will be ied for 24 months if the main inspection is completed late. Until now, the time that the car was presented too late for the hu was deducted. Example: if the main inspection date was overdue by three months, the car received the inspector’s blessing for only 21 months.

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Vehicle stock growth in spite of environmental debate

Vehicle stock growth in spite of environmental debate

A total of 65.8 million vehicles were 1st 1. January in germany approved, as the motor trip federal office (kba) announced on monday. That was about a million more than a year ago. The big part of it had cars. Your number took around 700.000 at last just under 47.7 million units too. Particularly strongly rose the number of suv – by almost 20 percent to around 3.77 million.

Boom at the e-mobile

The electric cars, on the other hand, continues to record strong growth of around 64.4 percent. However, the level remains low in absolute numbers. Only 135.617 electric vehicles were on the 1. January this year approved in germany. This corresponds to a share of around 0.3 percent throughout the car fleet in germany.

According to the kba, almost 98 percent of all auto-drives were still otto and diesel engines. On average, the registered authorized vehicles were in this country to 1. January 9.6 years old. This increased the average age slightly 0.1 years compared to the previous year. More than 857.000 vehicles were ages than 30 years.

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Grune: from 2030 no new cars with combustion engines

Grune: from 2030 no new cars with combustion engines

The grunes want to promote electromobility and stop registering new cars with gasoline or diesel engines from 2030. This is the demand of a motion for the federal party conference of the grunen in munster in november. "More and more cars worldwide are one of the greatest threats to the climate and human health," states the paper of the federal executive committee, which was made available to the german press agency is available.

This necessary "traffic turnaround" is also in the interest of the automotive industry, the greens emphasize. "The automotive industry only has a future if it develops vehicles that are clean and quiet and no longer produce co2."German car manufacturers had maneuvered themselves into a dead end by sticking to the combustion engine. Car manufacturers from china, japan and the usa had a big head start in the production of electric vehicles. The scandal about falsified diesel emission values must be a "wake-up call" for the industry to switch more quickly to electric mobility.

This accusation is heard in many quarters, but it overlooks two factors at once. For some time now, all major german automakers have had alternative drive systems in their product range – not as studies, but as production models. But customers, who ultimately decide whether a technology will be successful, have so far paid little attention to alternatives to gasoline and diesel. The prospect of increasing ranges in the very near future has also been allowed to limit consumers’ desire to opt for an e-car right now.

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Federal environmental agency criticizes e-scooter

Federal environmental agency criticizes e-scooter

Electric scooters make traffic in the inner states after consulting the environmental estate office so far hardly more environmentally friendly and were better repealed in sub-districts. "The driven routes are mostly very short and can also be too fedged, with bus, train or bicycles," said uba prasidentin maria krautzberger the german press agency. Compared to the bike, be the "much more environmentally accurate" variant.

It would be more helpful if providers were set up the vehicles in sub-districts, krautzberger said. "Here it can be reasonable to bring the too long route to bus or train quickly with the e-scooter instead of car."Also, the german city and municipal office had criticized that at the edge of coarse dates often no borrowers are available.

In a paper that the federal environment agency (uba) on tuesday (3. September 2019) set to the net, it says: "if the e-scooter is used instead of your own fruze or bicycle, that’s bad for environmental and health."The environment helps it when the change from the car makes it easier for public transport and get your own car overflow. "However, this type of use seems to be applied only to a small proportion of the uses."