cars
Mercedes Recall Wants 3m Diesel Cars Back for an OS Update

The software handling the emissions of Mercedes cars needs a tweak, they say, so 3m of the cars sold across Europe need to go back to the garage to have someone plug something in, swear a few times, glance at a calendar of a lady, and refresh the cars' software. Read More >>

energy
Fatbergs Should be Dragged Out of Sewers and Used as Biofuel

A seemingly boring report on the future of the creation and use of biofuels in the UK exploded into life with one bizarre suggestion; that we dredge up "fatbergs" from the sewers of the nation and convert their pale and congealed bodies into usable biofuel. Read More >>

cars
London Tests £2.45 Diesel-Parking Surcharge

Parts of the centre of London are full of new virtual/financial barriers to some car owners from today, as Westminster Council activates a separate and additional congestion charge element for people wanting to take diesel cars into some streets. Read More >>

cars
Boffin Says Petrol Cars Will be Dead by 2025

An economist is telling everyone to sell their BP shares in a roundabout way, by warning that the switch to electric cars could be so swift that current petrol and diesel models could all be on the scrap heap within eight years. Read More >>

environment
Government May Expand Congestion Charge to Everywhere Stinky

The government is keen on having some of the same riches that London hoovers up via its congestion charge scheme, and is considering introducing the idea of forcing commercial drivers and some car owners to pay to drive through the middle bits of towns and cities to 35 locations across the country. Read More >>

cars
Paris Is Now Banning All Pre-1997 Cars

Paris has tried just about everything to combat its terrible smog problem. The city has launched attempts to take half the cars off its road, introduce regular car-free days, and close famous streets to vehicular traffic—but Paris still has some of the worst pollution in Europe. Now a much bigger idea is going into effect: Kicking the oldest cars out of the city. Read More >>

cars
Policy Planners Want £800 “Diesel Tax” to Force Switch from Dirty Engines

A thinktank has emerged from its tank with a damp list of ideas on how to clean up the UK's urban air quality, with the key suggestion being a new scrappage scheme for the most polluting cars -- funded by an £800 one-off car tax bill for buyers of new diesels. Read More >>

cars
Check Your UK VW (Audi, Seat and Skoda) to See if it’s an Emissions Cheat

Volkswagen's various UK divisions have launched a series of web sites designed to let owners of its cars check to see if they're one of the shameful diesel emissions test cheaters, with individual UK sites for Volkswagens, Audis, Seats and Skodas now online. Read More >>

cars
Audi Wants to Turn Cars into CO2 Vacuums With Environmentally Sound E-Diesel Cars

Audi is testing a new form of liquid to put in its cars, claiming the e-diesel it's testing mixes the CO2 in the air with water and electricity from sustainable sources to create a viable future alternative to petrol and diesel. Read More >>

cities
What Will Happen When all Paris Traffic Slows to 19 Miles Per Hour?

Sixty per cent vehicles in Paris run on diesel, and the city is struggling to curb emissions—banning half its cars for a day, making public transport and bike shares free for a weekend, and pedestrianising large swathes of the urban grid. Now, a new proposal by Mayor Anne Hidalgo will cap the speed limit at 30 kilometres (about 19 miles) per hour. For the entire city. Read More >>

environment
Smog is Forcing France to Rethink its Love of Diesel

Last week, the smog in Paris got so bad, city officials made public transit free and banned half the city's cars from the road. The vehicle ban only lasted a day, with the reduced traffic and changing weather patterns alleviating the smog situation. But why did the smog get so bad in the first place? Blame France's long love affair with diesel-powered vehicles—an affair the country will probably have to end, or at least modify, to prevent further smog emergencies. Read More >>

overkill
This Diesel-Powered Scooter Packs More Utility Than a Swiss Army Knife

If I started telling you about a new all-wheel-drive, turbodiesel-powered off-roader, you'd probably think I was talking about a new Land Rover or something, right? Wrong. Check out the RNT, a concept from Indian motorcycle company Hero that could be the only back-country survival tool a motorcycle adventurer would ever need. Read More >>

environment
Bees Can’t Find Flowers Thanks to Diesel Exhaust

Diesel exhaust is pretty nasty stuff. Pass an overloaded articulated lorry clouding up the motorway, and that acrid plume of hydrocarbons will overpower even your best little tree air freshener. As new research lays out, that exhaust doesn't just smell bad, it messes with the scent of flowers. And that's big trouble for our already struggling bee friends. Read More >>

Jaguar X-Type
cars
Cruise Control Code Glitch Forces Jaguar Recall

Jaguar has had to recall over 17,000 diesel X-Types over an error in the code that controls cruise control. The bug affects cars that rolled off the line between 2006 and 2010, and can prevent the system from disengaging. Read More >>