When the express lanes on Interstate 66 near DC opened up to solo travelers, the tolling price (known as congestion pricing, based on demand and distance being traveled) hit $40 for those drivers.
Forty bucks is a lot for a toll, but it just might be the fair price for the right to drive by yourself down a majorly busy highway. Congestion charges make drivers pay for their role in creating traffic and spewing greenhouse gases.
Matthias Müller, the chief executive of Volkswagen, suggested that the German government should look at the subsidies that encourage Europeans to buy diesel cars, and begin phasing them out.
Until last year, more than half of all cars sold in Europe were diesels, which were marketed as being not only economical but also environmentally friendly until the widespread cheating on emissions tests drew attention to the health hazards of diesel exhaust.
"If diesel were taxed at the same rate as gasoline, Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, a professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen said, the German government would collect 8 billion euros, or $9.4 billion, more in revenue."
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No one can hear you or feel your positive impact in disruptive waters.
By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.
You probably know this scenario. You are enjoying a walk along your favorite lake or stream, and pick up a stone to skip it across the water. Where the stone impacts the water, you can see the ripples fan out from the impact spot. The ripples start close to the stone with a big wave, and as they get farther out, the waves get dulled and smaller until the waters are calm once more. Just a few moments later, all is calm again and you can’t detect the stone was thrown in the first place.
Throw the same stone on a stormy day, with rougher waters or a rushing stream, and you don’t see any of your ripples in the already turbulent waters. Your efforts go unnoticed…just another bump in an already bumpy environment.
PARS announced the hiring of Teri Ross as Vice President of Sales & Client Relations, reporting to Lori Rasmussen, President and Chief Operating Officer. Ross replaces Terry Langness, who announced his retirement effective January 31, 2018.
Ross, an accomplished fleet industry professional, has over 20 years of experience in business development, strategic planning, sales and marketing, contract negotiations and project management within the fleet industry.
First in a series on global fleet electric vehicle prospects
By Mark Boada, Senior Editor
As some industry observers predicted, the time for electric vehicles (call them “EVs”) to become a significant component of fleets is rushing toward us faster than anyone anticipated just a few years ago. This is particularly true in Europe, where a number of initiatives, both public and private, are bringing the future of the all-electric fleet closer to today.
There could be no better indication that fleets on the continent should be preparing now to dive into EVs than the announcement last month that LeasePlan N.V. has launched a pilot electric vehicle leasing program for large fleets in 10 countries. The program was slated to be available beginning this month in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the U.K., and to be expanded to include Italy, Spain and Sweden early next year.
Driving Dynamics Inc., announced today it has been named as a 2017 award recipient in the twenty-ninth annual Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) competition.
The company was honored with its 10th APEX award in the Electronic Media Education & Training category for the redesign and quality of writing of its driver safety microlearning library which currently includes 33 safety tip videos.
The Tesla Semi could substantially reshape the trucking industry as witnessed by the 50 preorders from Sysco, in addition to preorders from other big players including Anheiser-Busch, Wal-Mart, and J.B. Hunt.
In its announcement, Sysco reiterates Tesla’s claims that the Semi will deliver a better experience for drivers while reducing maintenance and fuel costs, on top of environmental benefits.
As a food distributor, Sysco’s operation may be particularly friendly to incorporating the electric trucks, which will have a shorter range and longer refueling times than diesel-powered trucks.
Read the original article at Fortune.
Phil Ting, a California state assembly member, and chair of the state’s budget committee, plans to introduce a bill when the 2018 legislative session starts up that, beginning in 2040, would only allow the DMV to register cars that don’t emit carbon dioxide.
If it passes, it would be a huge step forward as the state works to drastically cut emissions by 2050. Currently, the goal is to bring statewide emissions down 80 percent from the level they were in 1990.
While it would certainly be a controversial move, banning fossil fuel cars already has support from a number of lawmakers. “I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already?’” Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board, said back in September. “The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California.
Read the original article at MOTORTREND.