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Plastics use in cars to nearly double in four years: report

Plastics use in cars to nearly double in four years: report

Perhaps the single greatest driver of innovation in the auto industry these days is increasingly stringent government regulations concerning fuel efficiency standards and carbon emissions. One of the simplest ways to achieve higher fuel efficiency is, of course, to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle, and lightweighting has become a major area of research… Continue Reading

Ford looking to use agave plant biomass to make green plastic for cars

Ford looking to use agave plant biomass to make green plastic for cars

Normally, when the plant has been used for its commercial purpose of making tequila, the substantial left-overs of the agave plant are considered waste and, except for some that are used for compost, they join the estimated 5 billion metric tonnes of agricultural biomass that are wasted every year. That quantity could soon be reduced… Continue Reading

Volkswagen hit with $14.7 billion in fines, compensation over emissions scandal

Volkswagen hit with $14.7 billion in fines, compensation over emissions scandal

Volkswagen, prosecuted in the United States under the Clean Air Act for falsifying diesel emissions results in several of its car models, must pay $10 billion to compensate drivers. The company must pay an additional $2.7 billion fine to the US government, and spend $2 billion on developing zero-emission vehicles. Volkswagen is required to repair… Continue Reading

Auto industry back on top as Canada’s biggest exporter: report

Auto industry back on top as Canada’s biggest exporter: report

Canada’s auto industry is “single-handedly” boosting the country’s manufacturing activity and leading in non-resource exports, says a Scotiabank Economics report on the global auto industry. Global car sales were stronger in February in most countries, especially in Western Europe, while data for March show solid growth in North America as well. Canada had record volumes… Continue Reading

Truckers hopeful about progress on border security, emissions, after Washington summit

Truckers hopeful about progress on border security, emissions, after Washington summit

Canada’s truckers are cautiously optimistic about the state of bi-lateral relations between Canada and the United States, following yesterday’s meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama in Washington. Two of their main issues of concern are enhanced border security and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) said in a statement that… Continue Reading

Ontario increases incentives for EV buyers

Ontario increases incentives for EV buyers

Canadians have not switched to electric vehicles (EVs) in a big way. In 2015, total car sales in Canada set a new record: 1.898 million vehicles sold. Compared to that number, the tiny number of EVs now on the roads in Ontario, 5,800 units, is almost insignificant, especially given that the Ontario government has had… Continue Reading

Development proposals presented for major new National Capital project

Development proposals presented for major new National Capital project

A group consisting of land developers, investors, realtors and theatrical producers has created a plan for a major re-development of a parcel of land in Ottawa. The area, called LeBreton Flats, consists of fifty-five acres in the centre of Ottawa, near Parliament Hill. The plan, called LeBreton Re-Imagined, is a response to a National Capital… Continue Reading

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