IBM claims that it has developed a newbattery, with an entirely new chemistry, which does away with the need for rare substances such as lithium and cobalt

Batteries made from seawater and quantum computing could make better electric cars

Particulate emissions are the tiny fragments of soot that are an inevitable by-product of burning fuel in an engine, and diesel cars are an especially egregious source

Research by environmental group claims that even latest engine technology doesn’t stop troubling levels of harmful emissions

Aston Martin DBX: Performance is pretty impressive – 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, and a top speed of 291km/h

British carmaker ‘not jumping on the bandwagon, we’re redefining it’

According to second-hand sales site Carzone, some 25 per cent of Irish buyers say  ‘fear of the unknown’ is holding them back from buying an electric car

AA calls on the Government to do more as diesel tops buyers’ 2020 wish lists

Mazda 3: the saloon certainly looks the part but its engine tech lets it down

Skyactiv-X engine is supposed to be the Holy Grail but it’s more of a sippy cup

Mixed Reality means that you still view the world through the windscreen, but the glass can also be used as a gigantic projection screen, with information on road hazards, traffic and local information flashing up in front of the driver’s eye.

Futurus and BMW link up to provide real-time hazard detection

Skoda reckons  new car sales will  rise to 120,000 in 2020. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Emissions tax on imports should cause a small increase in sales, says Czech carmaker

Those with the tough job of driving all those new cars for The Irish Times, look back on their year behind the wheel

Frank Stephenson: ‘There has always been a trend to go safer and safer, and that’s not going to change.’

‘Natural world will not steer you wrong when it comes to great, and safe, designs’

BMW’s software update has turned its car’s parking cameras into dashcams. Photograph:  Angel Garcia/Bloomberg via Getty Images

German carmaker U-turns on much-criticised Apple CarPlay charges

Motoring in the right direction: the all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover has made people feel a lot more positive about the Ford brand. Photograph: Ringo Chiu/EPA

Reception for electric Mustang-badged crossover indicates firm’s plans may bear fruit

Go to Rally School Ireland in Monaghan to sample sideways action in classic Escorts, Subarus and even a Nissan 350Z police car.

Rally driving, personal breathalysers and petrol-head socks among top gifts

“The ideal solution is an immediate transition to petrol and diesel hybrids, with a further decade spent refining the technology, infrastructure and battery supply chain to allow the adoption of BEVs.”

Car makers and emissions analysts claim that mild hybrids are a better solution in reducing C02 emissions

Nasa’s AI expert Steve Chien says Captain Kirk can stand aside, as it will be robots that will boldly go where no man has gone

Skoda Superb’s 62km electric range means for anyone with a county-to-city commute,  you could conceivably get from Monday morning to Friday evening without a single millilitre of petrol being burned

Electric range of 62km makes this big cruiser potentially perfect for commuters

Land Rover Discovery is the current wading champ, but electric cars will get your further than most

There is something of a perception of BMW having to play catch-up as it opens its new battery competence centre, just a few kilometres down the road from its Munich headquarters. Even then, the very title – battery competence centre – will have the critics circling

Facility will give BMW’s engineers better insights into how to make better e-cars

Munich’s first all-electric four-door claims 600km range, 18-months before it goes on sale

Top-spec GT version will match the mighty 5.0 V8 for power

The new Ford will be priced to be  a Tesla Model 3 rival, arriving here  in 2021 at the earliest.

500km-plus electric Mach-E is Tesla rival and will make its full debut on Sunday

Ford GT40MK

Matt Damon, Christian Bale star but movie can’t match the true drama behind the story

‘Formula One is effectively reinventing itself through individual teams, whereby the racing on a Sunday is actually showcasing the technological ability that you can sell to companies Monday to Friday,’ says Mark Gallagher. Photograph: Max Earey

Selling tech worldwide could fund teams, says former Jordan F1 marketing boss

Electric vehicles sit parked at charging stations  in Oslo, Norway. File photograph:  Fredrik Bjerknes/Bloomberg via Getty Images

One of Norway’s leading electric car experts says Ireland must be strong and stable if it’s to go fully electric

Diesel still expected to be the big seller in the new Captur range

Volkswagen Golf 8: There’s no doubt that the Golf is still a hugely important car for Europe and for Ireland.

Mild-hybrid and plugin-hybrid power available across the new Golf 8 range

VW Gold: the eighth generation - we could either be peering at the endgame for the Golf, or its rebirth into a new electric future.

No all-electric version but plenty of spark in upgrade for well-connected hatchback

New Skoda Superb

Strong sales expected for four-door diesel saloon in world of SUVs and electric cars

The IEA’s report states the dramatic shift towards bigger and heavier cars has led to a doubling of the market share of SUVs over the last decade

German experts are calling for city-centre bans for 4x4s, while an IEA report says that they’re undoing efficiency gains

first battery model is a two-seat ‘ultra-compact BEV.’

Nameless tiny two-seater part of Toyota’s plan to maximise battery life

Those expecting this to be a panel-van version of Merc’s incoming 450km-ranged EQV MPV will be disappointed.

The truth is e-Vito will never leave you - until you need to charge it

From the sketch shown, it’s clear that the eighth Golf looks like… a Golf - hardly a surprise, and VW was never going to mess with a winning formula

First look: See Volkswagen's eighth generation Golf hatchback inside and out

The Budget 2020 tax on emissions of nitrogen oxide has the potential to be a game-changer for the Irish car trade, and for where and how we buy our cars.  Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

New tax on harmful emissions could change the balance of where we shop for our cars

The first 60mg/km of NOx emissions from new cars is to be charged at a rate of €5 per mg. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty

Tax based on NOx emissions to replace diesel surcharge as carbon taxes inflate fuel prices

The Vehicle Certification Agency’s website is, rather obviously, the official one and it’s the one whose numbers are likely to be accepted here by those rubber stamping such things

Now that nitrogen oxides look like forming part of our car taxation system, which cars will hit your pocket the hardest? And which(...)

23 years on, a chance to drive an iconic A80 Supra back-to-back with the new model

Is going all-battery the right solution for today? File photograph: iStock

Adding batteries to your car is clearly part of the motoring future, but how many is the right number, right now?

There are few motoring-related anxiety attacks more acute than seeing the low charge light start flashing in an electric car when you’re still short of a charging point. Photograph: iStock

With bigger batteries than ever, have new electric cars wiped out the worry of finding a charging point?

The cars identified in the report are strong-selling models, accounting for more than 5,000 new car sales so far this year. Photograph: Getty

Models from Ford, Hyundai, Skoda, BMW, and VW would see reductions in VRT rates

Royal Dutch Shell’s first UK  hydrogen refuelling station. Hydrogen’s big advantage, as a fuel, is that it’s quick and easy to use by a driver. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Currently only two hydrogen-fuelled cars available and neither is sold in Ireland

You may be surprised to learn that we do, actually, already recycle old cars. Photograph: Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg via Getty Images

With plans for one-million EVs on roads in 10 years, what happens to the ones that get scrapped?

With ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft investing in autonomous vehicle technology, the obvious conclusion is that they’re seeking to take human drivers out of the equation. Photograph: iStock

The future of the brave new world of autonomous driving might not be that bright after all

The Toyota Daily Rental app operators hope to have some 500 cars available for rental by next March. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

App users get lists of cars available to rent from nearby Toyota dealers

As late as 2007, it was still being built, new, in China and Nigeria.

Fifty years on this durable, unfussy model still feels right: an ultimate motoring detox

Hyundai’s 45 Concept car look so much like a modernised Austin Princess from the 1970s. Hyundai openly says — the car is inspired by the original 1974 Pony Coupe Concept

The biggest European motor show reveals a retro trend amongst car makers seeking some comfort in an age of great uncertainty

A futuristic concept car from Mercedes, on display at the Frankfurt auto show.

Digital experience will drive car sales and use in a decade, tech giant says

Chinese-built car, designed by a Corkman, goes on sale in Europe in 2021

The new Honda e: arriving in Ireland in 2021 with a range of 200km on  a single charge and a price tag we can guess will start close to €30,000 depending on grants

Honda’s electric city car is coming but will not land in Irish showrooms until 2021

Liverpool football club manager Juergen Klopp helps launch the new Opel Corsa-e

Audi's AI-Trail is an autonomous Mad Max creation for the Generation-i

Honda presents its Honda E electric car

Smaller stands and fewer media, but Frankfurt might might just show a brighter future

Hyundai’s 45 concept shows an exiting retro-future as Ford makes electric promises

Distant motoring cousins linked by electricity but the Lamborghini shades it with 819bhp

New all-electric hatchback will go on sale in Ireland next year from under €30,000 after grants

Frankfurt this year will see several (literally) electric debuts, a new Land Rover Defender, and the fastest Lambo ever built

Porsche’s Taycan will likely set you back about €200,000 when it arrives in Irish showrooms

Big performance numbers but electric supercar falls short of 500km range

The Enzo museum is hugely impressive. You enter a vast, vaulted haul in which are, unsurprisingly, a troop of Ferrari’s on display, like the LaFerrari (centre)

A visit to Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and Pagani’s museums sparks some musings on the message from the famous Italian brands

Sisk has estimated that the EV car move will reduce its overall company emissions by 560 tonnes. Photograph:  Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty

EV move acknowledged as first step on the road to decarbonisation

Ford’s concept crossover. The company says it will be ‘adding to our product line-up and by 2020 we’ll have the freshest showroom in the industry’.

Carmaker appears to keep options open by registering Mondeo Evos name in Europe

The way in which cars work hasn’t  changed that much since 1923. That was the year that Herbert Austin launched the first Austin 7. Image: iStock

It’s not just that cars will change in the next few years, it’s that our whole idea of how they work will

Major car makers are chasing a purported €300-billion pot of autonomous gold, the predicted level of cash to be made from autonomous car services by 2030.

Silicon Valley tech is about making money, not saving or improving lives

Mercedes is expanding out its EQ-branded electric and plugin-hybrid technology to its smallest, and tallest, models, the A-Class and B-Class, and the V-Class-based new EQV

As much as 75km electric range for Merc’s new plugins

Is hydrogen fuel going to be the fuel of the future?   Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New consortium Hydrogen Mobility Ireland seeks to create a H2 refuelling network in Ireland

Now you see it, now you don’t. Most of the keyless car thefts take place outside the homes of the car owners

Report from WhatCar reveals astonishing vulnerability of keyless-entry systems

If a car buyer has the choice between a BMW 320d with diesel power, or a new BMW 330e with plugin-hybrid electric power, which one should they choose?

Impressive official figures mean the 330e should be future-proofed against tax changes

A woman cooks nshima – a porridge made from ground  corn – in an old, cracked saucepan on an open fire in Fwalu village, beside South Luangwa national park in Zambia. Photograph: Tina Stallard/Getty Images

Irish organisation Vita says it can offset emissions in a socially impactful way

The idea of offsetting is that to compensate for the carbon emissions from your own lifestyle, you pay to have an equivalent amount of carbon reduced from another location, or to at least have enough trees planted to absorb the carbon your pricey German sports machine has emitted

You can now salve your 911-driving conscience for a year

The cost of the Ford-Centrica home chargers has not yet been announced, but most home charging systems currently cost between €900 and €1,000, installed, but are eligible in most cases for a €600 grant. Photograph:  Reuters

Move comes ahead of launch of Ford’s new long-range electric Mach One SUV

Could we open up our motor market, and cure the import ills, by changing to the right side of the road?

Porsche now expects to build around 40,000 Taycans in 2020, the first full year of production. That’s more than double the original estimate.

Porsche Centre Dublin says ‘customer interest is growing’ in the new Taycan

Delightful: the BMW 3 Series Touring is a pleasure to drive and the steering is the best you’ll find in any car this side of your local Porsche garage – it bursts with feel and feedback

Estate version of the 3 Series sells strongly, and that could accelerate as higher Co2 taxes start to hit SUVs

The Audi S4 TDI

Defeat devices? Electric revolution? Never mind that, feel the torque…

The market for new cars in Ireland is under severe pressure, according to a new report. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Government needs to urgently change motor tax regime to account for new emissions testing system, says SIMI

The X-Storage system is designed to be charged up overnight, storing energy in a compact battery pack, about the size of an electricity meter box, that mounts on to the wall of your house

X-Storage system can be charged up with low-cost night-rate power, or from solar panels

Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the moon on July 20th, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. Photograph: Nasa/Liaison

Radio chatter from the Apollo 11 landing still sounds like science fiction 50 years on

British brands in the chase with Porsche’s Panamera hybrid also in the running

The Merc is still the boss, but there’s now a Tesla giving chase

It’s a dwindling market as more buyers move to crossovers, but there are still families who need the space

The MX-5 boasts old-school charm, but the 2 Series Coupe is a sweetheart

Asian rivals are closing in, but the German still has a lead

Mini has revealed its first electric model, the Mini Cooper SE, and it will go on sale in Ireland later this year at a price of €27,765 or €309 per month on a PCP finance plan

Mini will go electric in its 60th anniversary with a little help from an Irish engineer

A view of the new Renault Clio (2019)

Renault likely onto a winner as it treads a careful – but largely successful – path with the new Clio

VW’s Golf still in the race though, while Mazda 3 is gorgeous alternative

Citroën’s C3 has the flair, while Seat’s Ibiza is a common sense choice

Germans have total control of this sector - even with a bit of British flavour

Skoda Superb lives up to its name, but Camry’s return adds some life to dwindling saloon market

German technology giant Continental has presented a vision of the future that posits autonomous delivery vans that roam our cities and towns, stopping to unleash a pack of robotic, intelligent, delivery drones that bear more than a passing resemblance to Snoopy the dog.

Small robotic drones known as delivery dogs may soon be dropping parcels to a door near you

BMW and Daimler-Benz, the parent company of Mercedes, have announced plans to co-own a mobility services provision company. The as-yet-unnamed joint entity will offer users access to car-sharing schemes, taxi and ride-hailing services, parking, and electric car charging points.

Car companies seek similar for close relationship, possibly more

The Germand rule the roost in this luxury end of the market - but don’t discount Land Rover

Improved engines keep the premium SUV market humming along

Of the rest, VW has a tempting offer in the larger Tiguan Allspace

The Government’s target to have 950,000 electric vehicles on the roads in the Republic by 2030 is already being described as unrealistic within the motor trade. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

New tighter emissions testing could push vehicles into higher tax brackets

The C-HR is our top pick but Peugeot 3008 and Seat Ateca have family appeal when space is a requirement

Global demand will dictate supply for now, but what’s our top three - and wild card - in motoring with a plug

Volvo has the edge over rivals but the Lexus should be included in any shortlist

There’s also a Korean, French and surprise Italian option on our list

The Union Of Concerned Scientists studied the ‘well to wheel’ conundrum and came up with the following conclusion: “We found that battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for.”

Debate over plugin-hybrids re-ignites controversy over just how good for the environment an EV can be

An electric charger for a Citroen SUV C5 Air Cross plug-in hybrid   is on display at  the Paris Motor Show. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

Department of Environment ‘considering all options’ when it comes to promoting low-carbon motoring

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC: There are new bumpers and lights, new grilles, some new colour options, and a revised interior with (optional) digital instruments and a bigger (also optional) touchscreen for the MBUX infotainment system.

Diesel, plugin-hybrid, V8 or hydrogen power? The GLC can cater to all whims

Florent Grelier, clean vehicles engineer at T&E, said: “The industry has had four years since the diesel scandal broke but has failed to deliver even on its own commitments to fix manipulated cars”

Pressure group says Ireland lagging behind when it comes to cleaning up diesels

‘Hybrids are supposed to be powered by a mixture of petrol and electricity, but the NSX’s engine note will have you convinced that this one runs on venom and rage.’

Hybrid turbo V6 supercar monsters Mondello Park

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