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The truth about road-pricing

Certain anti-European groups have been getting agitated lately about an experiment in road-pricing that is underway. They complain that the EU is forcing another tax on motorists, in order to pay for road-building in other parts of Europe. The truth is rather different. First of all, there is no compulsion on any member state […]

Fondation EurActiv organised for Tuesday 29 June a lunchtime Stakeholder Workshop on electric cars and the future of transport. The workshop was organised with the support of The Nickel Institute. Programme Europe’s auto sector is undergoing restructuring which many see as an opportunity for a major shift towards cleaner, greener cars. The European Union earmarked… » read more

If you want an illustration of how bad the news reporting of Europe is in some parts of the British press, look at page 5 of the Daily Express today. (Or read it online here: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/1530….) The claims made about European transport policy are simply false. Let’s start with the opening sentence: “Brussels bureaucrats want to… » read more

China’s Bullet Train Network

China’s loss of US export markets has determined Chinese officials to invest huge amounts of money into the construction of a 16,000-km fast train network, to be fully completed by 2020. During the first three quarters of 2009, investment in fixed assets like factories and railroads has amounted to more than 90 percent of China’s… » read more

“So far in 2009, battery companies have received over $600 million in venture capital funding, compared with $478 million garnered for 2008, according to research analyst Lux Research. The investment isn’t without reason. In a report released Tuesday, Lux predicted that the energy storage market will grow to become a $60 billion industry by 2013.”… » read more

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