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    Germany Considers Free Public Transport to Fight Air Pollution

    Germany Considers Free Public Transport to Fight Air Pollution

    In car-obsessed Germany, the government is considering free public transportation in some of its most polluted cities to reduce road traffic and emissions from private vehicles. “We are considering public transport free of charge in order to reduce the number of private cars,” three ministers wrote in a letter to EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella […]

    Volkswagen Group to Offer Electric Version for All 300 Models by 2030

    Volkswagen Group to Offer Electric Version for All 300 Models by 2030

    The world’s biggest automaker is shifting away from traditional gas guzzlers. Volkswagen, which has been rebounding from its emissions-cheating scandal, plans to offer an electric version across the group’s 300 models by 2030. The company is also rolling out 80 new electric cars under its multiple brands by 2025. “Customers want clean vehicles. People want […]

    Volkswagen Offers Cash Back for Trade in of Old Diesel Cars

    Volkswagen Offers Cash Back for Trade in of Old Diesel Cars

    Volkswagen is offering German drivers up to 10,000 euros ($11,810) off a new, cleaner VW if they trade in an older diesel car of any brand. The carmaker, which has taken a big hit to its public image ever since its emissions-cheating scandal, said in a statement it is “shouldering its share in the responsibility […]

    Hippie-Approved Volkswagen Electric Microbus Soon to Hit the Road

    Hippie-Approved Volkswagen Electric Microbus Soon to Hit the Road

    Volkswagen is bringing back its hippie-approved minivan but with a 21st century upgrade—the new I.D. Buzz is all-electric. The concept car was first revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January and now the German automaker is officially putting its reinvigorated Microbus into production. “Emotional cars are very important for the brand,” VW boss Herbert […]

    U.S. Judge Approves Historic Settlement in Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

    U.S. Judge Approves Historic Settlement in Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

    A U.S. federal judge approved a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” scandal. Yuankuei / Flickr This is one of the largest consumer lawsuits affecting more than 475,000 diesel cars in the U.S. The settlement gives Volkswagen owners the option to sell their vehicle back or get a free fix. “The settlement is fair, […]

    No Combustion-Engine Cars Sold in Germany After 2030, Parliament Says

    No Combustion-Engine Cars Sold in Germany After 2030, Parliament Says

    On Jan. 29, 1886, Carl Benz—who had invented the first stationary gasoline engine seven years earlier—patented a “vehicle powered by a gas engine,” which he had built in Mannheim, Germany. By 2030, the country may ban his invention. The world’s first automobile, invented in 1886.Mercedes-Benz Germany’s Bundesrat, its upper house of parliament, passed a bipartisan […]

    Is the End in Sight for the Internal Combustion Engine?

    Is the End in Sight for the Internal Combustion Engine?

    When Volkswagen (VW) engineers were challenged to enable small diesel engines to meet stringent U.S. standards for nitrogen oxide pollution, they tried—tried—and failing—cheated. Now VW has agreed to one of the largest pollution penalties in history—whose hidden underside is that the engineers are still failing. Of the $15 billion VW has so far committed, $5 […]