Hong Kong (CNN Business)China wants to boost its adoption of electric vehicles. So far, that hasn't been easy. Data released this week suggests that the Chinese market for new energy vehicles could shrink this year, according to an industry group. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Monday that the sales of electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars plunged by over 45% in October, marking four straight months of declines in the sector. "Because of the insufficient demand of the domestic market, the pressure for automakers to upgrade their technology to the national standard, and the major subsidy cuts for new energy vehicles, the recovery of production and sales is still limited," said Chen Shihua, assistant secretary general of the group. "Based on the current developing trend, we may see negative growth for new energy vehicles this year." China's car market fell off a cliff this year. It faces a long road back The findings underscore the delicate spot that … [Read more...] about China has been slashing its electric car subsidies. That could backfire
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BLUE Planet and Extinction Rebellion have helped green issues to shoot up the agenda for this year's General Election. Just over half of voters said that climate change would influence how they cast their ballot in the December poll, research showed last month. And for young Brits under 25 it leaps to 74 per cent, suggesting those who can tap into their demands will do well this time around. The Sun Online takes a look at the green battlegrounds which could swing the vote, and what each of the parties want to do about it.CLIMATE CHANGE The Tories will be keen to highlight Theresa May's promise to make the UK the first major economy to go carbon neutral by 2050. And they have pointed to a strong record on cutting greenhouse gases by 25 per cent since 2010 - faster than any other G20 nation. Recently they've promised to plant a million trees to help offset carbon too. The Lib Dems have promised to do the same by 2045, and have demanded citizens assemblies and a Green Investment Bank to … [Read more...] about Plastic bans, free double-glazing and electric cars… what are the main parties’ green policies at the election?
The Skoda Octavia is one of the most successful nameplates for the automaker and the car has just entered its fourth generation (since the nameplate's resurrection in 1996) making its global debut at a special event in Prague, Czech Republic. The 2020 Skoda Octavia brings an evolutionary design language along with more tech, better cabin space and a larger footprint than the predecessor. It also gets a plug-in hybrid engine this time and several segment-first features that will help make the model at an attractive choice in the segment. The new generation Skoda Octavia has been unveiled just in time for the brand's 60th anniversary and marks a major step forward for the manufacturer. It also follows the same footsteps as the new Volkswagen Golf revealed last month. Most prominently, the 2020 Skoda Octavia shares its design language with the new Superb and the car certainly feels more premium and executive-like, while the larger proportions are noticeable as well. The generation sedan … [Read more...] about 2020 Skoda Octavia Breaks Cover; Gets More Tech & Practicality
On the flip side, the next-gen C-Class will get a more advanced version of Mercedes' new infotainment. Introduced in January at CES in Las Vegas, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience is a brand new infotainment system (pictured above) debuting with the next-generation A-Class. It’s bound to ultimately replace the aging Comand setup, but it won’t happen right away as some of the models will be stuck for a while with the old hardware. One of them is going to be the C-Class, which was recently facelifted without making the transition to MBUX even though it received a whopping 25,000 new components, including a new electrical architecture. Here's an early look at the next C-Class: New Mercedes C-Class Sedan Caught Enduring Cold Weather 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Spied In A Winter Wonderland Why is that so? C-Class program manager, Christian Fruh, told Car Advice the electrical architecture of the car is based on the same one used for the E-Class and … [Read more...] about Mercedes Explains Why 2019 C-Class Doesn’t Have MBUX Infotainment