Eco / Environment

This Saturday will see 50 London roads closed, as part of London Car Free Day - which will coincide with World Car Free Day.
One million electric cars are now on European roads, after sales surged by 40% in the first six months of 2018. Europe has surpassed the 1m mark after China, which has a vastly larger automotive market. However, sales of electric cars in Europe have reached the milestone ahead of the United States, which is projected to have one million electric cars on its roads sometime this year.
Car manufacturers may face criminal charges if they use cheat software to defeat emissions tests, under powers sought by ministers - the Financial Times reports.
It is believed the UK may miss its climate change targets after a report revealed CO2 emissions from the average UK car had risen for the first time since 2000. The increase is thought to be because consumers are turning away from diesel and because they are buying larger vehicles.
Diesel car owners in London should be paid up to £3,500 to scrap their old diesel vehicles, according to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Air quality in the capital has deteriorated dramatically in recent years, a key contributor to which is believed to be nitrogen oxide – a pollutant emitted by diesel engines. City Hall has even advised people to stay indoors during the worst affected periods.
We hear a great deal about how to cut our fuel consumption these days, but there is often confusion over what works and what doesn’t. Here we look at 10 things motorists commonly believe about eco-driving – and dispel a few as myths. Idling your car in winter to warm up the engine? According to a report in Business Insider, this practice not only wastes fuel, but strips oil from your engine's components – particularly pistons and cylinders.

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