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    Impact of US tariff on permanent magnets imported from mainland China
    Announcement of US tariffs On May 14 the US announced changes in tariffs to thwart imports of electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries and critical minerals such as graphite and permanent magnets from mainland China. As per the official announcement, in 2024, the tariff on EVs imported from mainland China will increase from 25% to 100%, the tariff on lithium-ion EV batteries will increase from 7.5% to 25%, and the tariff on battery parts will increase from 7.5% to 25%. The new tariffs will ta...
    What Beijing Auto Show 2024 hints about the future of automotive lighting
    The 2024 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition that concluded earlier in May once again put the spotlight on the fast-growing automotive market of mainland China. The event, more popularly known as the Beijing Auto Show, saw participation from all major automakers, both foreign and local, and automotive suppliers. The massive scale of the event and the level of attention it garnered are evident from the fact that automakers showcased 278 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid el...
    EV tariffs to slow but not stop Chinese carmakers to grow presence in Europe
    The European Commission’s new tariffs on made-in-China electric vehicles may slow down Chinese carmakers looking to grow sales in Europe, but would not stop leading players such as BYD from penetrating further and continuing to pose serious competition to local carmakers, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on June 13. Earlier on June 12, the European Commission announced that it plans to impose provisional countervailing duties on Chinese carmakers from July 4, if discussio...
    European Commission to impose duties up to 38% on import of made-in-China EVs
    The European Commission has imposed additional duties on the made-in-China electric vehicles imported and sold in Europe, after arriving at a provisional conclusion that the battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) value chain in mainland China benefits from an unfair subsidization, the commission announced June 12. The announcement comes soon after Valdis Dombrovskis, a Latvian politician who is currently serving the European Commission as executive vice president and a trade commissioner, had recen...
    UK’s Watford Borough Council secures grant to expand EV charging infrastructure
    UK’s Watford Borough Council announced May 20 that it has secured a grant of £386,250 from the UK government’s On-Street Residential Scheme to expand its electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the town. It said that the government funding will support the installation of 24 twin-charge points and 40 lamp-column charge points, increasing the existing infrastructure across the town and bringing the total number of locations to 115 on-street charging points. The new EV charging columns...
    US state of Virginia to exit California EV mandate to ban combustion cars from 2035
    The US state of Virginia plans to exit the California electric vehicle mandate as the current regulations expire by the end of 2024, according to a press note issued by the governor of Virginia on June 5. An official opinion from Attorney General Jason Miyares in response to a request by the Governor and Senate Republican Leader Ryan McDougle has confirmed that Virginia is not required to comply with expansive new mandates adopted by the unelected California Air Resources Board (CARB), set to...
    Turkey plans to impose 40% additional tariff on vehicles imported from mainland China
    Turkey plans to impose an additional tariff of 40% on vehicles imported from mainland China in order to protect its domestic automotive industry, according to a press release dated June 10. The move is also expected to prevent a potential worsening of its current account balance. The additional tariff will be set at a minimum of $7,000 per vehicle and will become effective from July 7. According to the Turkish Trade Ministry, if the 40% tariff calculated from the price of an imported vehicle ...
    Electra Battery Materials receives funding of $3.6 million to improve battery material recycling technology
    Electra Battery Materials Corp. has received C$5 million in funding from Natural Resources Canada to further its battery materials recycling technology. The federal funding will allow Electra to continue testing its black mass refining to optimize the process, recover more critical metals and increase their quality. In 2023, Electra successfully operated a battery materials recycling demonstration plant in a batch process at its refinery complex, processing over 40 metric tons of battery...
    NIO receives regulatory approval for third plant in mainland China
    Electric-vehicle startup NIO has received approval to establish a manufacturing plant in mainland China, Reuters reported June 5. The company has started construction work at its third plant, known as F3, in Huainan city, in Anhui Province.  The plant will have annual production capacity of 100,000 units initially, which will eventually expand to 600,000 units. It is expected to produce EVs which will be sold under Onvo, the affordable car brand NIO launched last month. The approval f...
    BYD partners with Karamba Security for global automotive cybersecurity compliance
    BYD has selected Karamba Security's VCode to comply with global automotive cybersecurity regulations. The Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer will use Karamba’s VCode to create a software bill of materials (SBOM) for electronic control units (ECUs), manage supply-chain security and ensure that firmware used is free from critical vulnerabilities. This move will also help BYD's compliance with mandatory cybersecurity regulations in many major global markets. Karamba Security is a specialist...
    Volvo Cars plans to launch world’s first EV battery passport for flagship EX90 SUV
    Volvo Cars plans to launch the world's first electric vehicle battery passport for its flagship EX90 electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a news report published by Reuters on June 4. The said EV battery passport will disclose information on the origins of raw materials, components, recycled content and carbon footprint of the Volvo EX90 electric SUV, which is about to go into production. Citing the company, the report mentioned that the said battery passport was developed by Vo...
    Mainland China grants approvals to nine automakers for public trials of automated driving vehicles
    Mainland China has given approvals to a group of nine automakers, including BYD, Changan, GAC, Nio and SAIC to test their Level 3 automated driving technologies on public roads of the country, Reuters reported June 4. In addition to automakers, fleet operators such as ride-hailing service providers will also be able to participate in the trials. In November 2023, the mainland Chinese government issued new policies to accelerate mass adoption of automated driving technologies after allowing co...
    Ireland announces National Road EV Charging Network Plan
    Ireland has announced a new National Road EV Charging Network Plan to expand electric vehicle charging networks across the country, according to a press release on May 26. The National Road EV Charging Network Plan sets out the ambition to have a pool of high-powered chargers every 60 km on the motorway network. It also focuses on home and apartment charging, destination charging, and residential neighborhood charging (including new mobility hubs). The plan includes the roll out of ...
    Rock Tech Lithium receives permit to build lithium refinery in Germany
    Canadian lithium mining company Rock Tech Lithium Inc. announced May 17 that it has received full permits to move forward with its planned lithium refinery in Guben, Germany. In an official statement, the company said, “The Brandenburg State Office for the Environment issued the final approval for Rock Tech’s Lithium refinery. The approval was preceded by an extensive review according to the federal immission control act by the State Office for the Environment. The company plans to produc...
    EU grants €1.4 billion state aid for developing hydrogen value chain
    The European Commission has approved a fourth Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) aimed at supporting research, innovation and initial industrial deployment in the hydrogen sector. The project, known as 'IPCEI Hy2Move,' is designed to contribute to the EU's aim of cutting emissions from the transportation and mobility sectors by 90% and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. It has been prepared by seven member states, including Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, S...
    US government opens applications for $1.3 billion in funding for national EV charging network
    The US government has opened applications for a $1.3 billion funding opportunity for electric vehicle (EV) charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure in urban and rural communities and along designated highways, interstates, and major roadways, the US Joint Office of Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on May 30. The funding opportunity stems from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s signature EV charging investments, such as the $2.5 billion Char...
    Car Connectivity Consortium's digital key applet secures German certification
    The Car Connectivity Consortium's (CCC) digital key applet protection profile complies with the standards of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), CCC said in a press release May 29. This makes CCC’s digital key the only digital key application to have this security designation. The verification pertains to the CCC Digital Key Release 3, which outlines the standardized interface between the vehicle and the device as a near-field communication-based wireless interface des...
    New bill introduced in US to limit or ban entry of mainland China-built connected vehicles
    On May 29, US Representative Elissa Slotkin introduced a new bill that would limit or ban the introduction of connected vehicles produced by mainland Chinese automakers in the US. The Connected Vehicle National Review Act aims to establish a formal national security review for connected vehicles built by companies from mainland China or other countries of concern. It would allow the US Commerce Department to limit or ban the introduction of these vehicles in the US market if they pose a threat t...
    New South Wales announces grant of A$4.1 million for curbside EV chargers across the state in Australia
    The state government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has rolled out grants worth A$4.1 million for installation of 671 curbside electric vehicle charging points at 391 sites across the state, it announced on its official website on May 27. The press note called these grants part of the first round of EV curbside charging grants. It further added that these grants will be matched by A$8 million in private investment. “The new kerbside EV chargers will provide more convenient charg...
    The game of tariffs: US moves to stifle EV battery imports from mainland China
    The openness of international markets, amplified by the acceleration in globalization over the past few decades, is usurped by the creeping return of protectionism. Nothing illustrates this trend better than the ongoing tug of war over electric vehicles (EVs) and their related supply chains. Policymakers in the US and European Union are rattled by the ambitions of mainland Chinese companies to expand exports of low-cost EV and EV parts, forcing them to announce new policies and reconsider import...
    EU implements European Critical Raw Materials Act
    The European Commission announced May 23 that the European Critical Raw Materials Act went into force in the EU region with a primary aim of securing a stable supply chain of critical materials that are key to the European Green Deal. The newly implemented regulatory framework under the European Critical Raw Materials Act aims to strengthen domestic capacities and consolidate the sustainability and circularity of raw material supply chains in the EU, while reducing the region’s dependency o...
    Beijing may raise tariffs on imported cars with large engines to 25%
    Mainland China must raise temporary tariffs on imported cars to a maximum of 25%, a senior executive from a government-affiliated automotive research organization said in an interview with state-run media publication Global Times on May 21. Liu Bin, chief expert of China Automotive Technology and Research Center and deputy director of China Automotive Strategy and Policy Research Center, has called for raising the import duty to 25% on gasoline cars with engines larger than 2.5 liters, potent...
    Zero Carbon Charge rolls out off-grid fast EV charging stations in South Africa
    Zero Carbon Charge and South Africa’s Free State provincial government has signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a 4.3 billion South African rand ($233.67 million) rollout of a solar-powered, off-grid, ultra-fast electric-vehicle charging network across the country, the company said May 14. The rollout will see the construction of 15 electric passenger vehicle charging stations and seven electric truck charging stations that will be installed by Zero Carbon Charge and Zero Carbon L...
    UK passes automated vehicle legislation, allowing autonomous cars on roads by 2026
    The UK's Automated Vehicles (AV) bill has received royal assent and the AV Act has become law, according to the UK government's official website on May 20. Transport Secretary Mark Harper expressed his optimism, stating that self-driving vehicles could be seen on Britain's roads within the next two years. Harper emphasized that the deployment of this technology will not only enhance safety but also provide a significant boost to the economy. The newly enacted legislation applies nationwide, a...
    Japan, ASEAN plan joint automotive strategy to counter mainland China's dominance in EVs
    Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are reportedly planning to collaborate and develop a joint automotive strategy that will help the two regions counter the increasing dominance of mainland China in the electric vehicle domain, according to a press release on May 20. The economic ministers of Japan and ASEAN members are expected to meet in September to draft an interim joint strategy up to around 2035. The joint strategy is expected to entail cooperation in personnel...
    Mainland China asks domestic automakers to increase use of locally sourced chips in vehicles
    Mainland China has urged its domestic automakers, including BYD, Dongfeng, FAW, GAC and SAIC, to source up to a quarter of total chips locally, Nikkei Asia reported on May 16. Currently, these automakers meet around 10% of their total chip requirements locally. However, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology expects these automakers to increase the local procurement to 20% or 25% by next year. According to the business daily, the 20%-25% goal refers to both the number of ...
    The European Commission may impose tariffs on made-in-China EVs soon
    The European Commission’s investigation into Chinese subsidies for electric vehicles is on track and the Commission may impose tariffs on the made-in-China electric cars in Europe, according to a news report published by Politico on May 2. The report cited Valdis Dombrovskis, a Latvian politician who is currently serving the European Commission as executive vice president and a trade commissioner. Dombrovskis told the media publication that the Commission could impose new tariffs on the ...
    US DOE allocates $5.2 million tax credits to Wallbox to support its EVSE plant in Texas
    The Barcelona-based leading provider of EV charging solutions Wallbox announced on April 23 that it has been allocated a $5.2 million tax credit under the highly competitive 48C Qualifying Advanced Energy Tax Credit Program by the US Department of Energy (DOE). The tax credit will support the expansion of its flagship US EV supply equipment (EVSE) manufacturing facility in Arlington, Texas. It is known that the US government’s 48C tax credit, which is part of the Inflation Reduction Act,...
    US raises tariffs on EV imports from China to 100% from 2024
    US president Joe Biden has announced new increased tariffs on a number of goods imported from mainland China, including electric cars, batteries, critical minerals, semiconductors, steel and aluminum, solar cells, medical products, among other product categories. The US administration has raised the tariff rate on electric vehicles (EVs) imported from mainland China under Section 301 from 25% to 100% in 2024, the White House said on May 14. “[We will impose] a 100% tariff on electric vehicl...
    Allego-backed Cross-E project to install high-power charging stations across Europe
    The Cross-E project, a cross-border EV charging infrastructure project set up by four companies — Allego, Petrol Group, GreenWay and Emobility Solutions — has been established to build a network of high-powered EV charging points along key routes and ports across Europe, Allego announced on May 13. Under the initiative, a total of 911 high-powered charging points, featuring 150 kW and 350 kW chargers, will be installed across 239 locations in Europe. These planned EV charging sites will b...
    Sabic showcases new foam resin applications at NPE2024
    Sabic showcased two transportation applications that illustrate the capabilities of its polypropylene-ultra melt strength (PP-UMS) foam resin at NPE2024. This material offers a high level of foamability, allowing for the creation of polypropylene (PP) foams with a low density, robust impact resistance and conformity with VDA 278 emission regulations. The resin's processing versatility enables it to be used in sandwich panels for trucks, delivery vans, and recreational vehicles, as well as i...
    US NHTSA opens preliminary probe into Fisker's cars over brake system issue ‒ report
    US auto safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has opened a preliminary probe into 6,813 Ocean sport utility vehicles (SUVs) made by Fisker in 2023, after complaints that the automatic emergency braking system used in the electric vehicles had activated inadvertently, according to a Reuters report on May 10. The regulator said its Office of Defects Investigation had received eight complaints alleging activation of the braking sys...
    EU needs eight times of current installation rate of EV chargers to achieve 2030 targets: ACEA
    The EU will need eight times the annual installation rate of electric vehicle chargers to achieve its 2030 targets, a new report released by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) on April 29 found. The ACEA report suggested that there is an alarming gap between the current availability of public EV charging points for electric cars in the EU region and what will be needed to meet CO2-reduction targets. It said that while the EU electric car sales grew three times fast...
    US government plans new funding for small, medium-sized auto component suppliers
    The US government plans more than $100 million in new funding for small and medium-sized automotive component manufacturers, aiding them in expanding and retooling their manufacturing facilities, the White House said in a press note issued on May 6. The announcement comes as US Vice President Kamala Harris is on a nationwide Economic Opportunity Tour to take stock of new investments in the US automotive industry. According to the press note, the new funding of over $100 million for small a...
    German Ministry rejects lithium producer Rock Tech’s funding application
    Lithium producer Rock Tech’s grant funding application has been rejected by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics, according to a news report published by the German newspaper Handlesblatt on May 7. The company was seeking federal funding under the ministry’s Resilience and Sustainability of the Battery Cell Production Ecosystem guidelines for its project in Guben, Brandenburg. Notably, these funding guidelines were launched by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2023 as part ...
    IIHS welcomes adoption of new AEB rule but expresses concern over delayed implementation timeline
    A new regulation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires automatic emergency braking (AEB) on all new passenger vehicles by September 2029. The final rule is a step forward for safety, though the long runway provided for compliance is unnecessary, IIHS-HLDI President David Harkey said, according to IIHS' press release on May 7. "We applaud the new regulation, which will ensure that all passenger vehicles come with robust AEB systems that can operate at high sp...
    European Commission warns BYD, Geely, SAIC for lack of cooperation in probe
    The European Commission has reached out to three leading mainland Chinese electric carmakers — BYD, SAIC and Geely — alleging that the companies have not provided enough information as part of the ongoing subsidy probe to the commission, according to a news report published by Politico on May 2. The European Commission has issued letters, dated April 23, to the three electric-vehicle makers from mainland China, informing them that they have not provided enough information on the governmen...
    US NHTSA finalizes safety rule to reduce crashes
    The US Transportation Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard that will make automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard on all passenger cars and light trucks by September 2029, according to a press statement dated April 29. The safety standard is expected to significantly reduce rear-end and pedestrian crashes. AEB systems can detect when a vehicle is about to crash and automatically apply the brakes. Pedes...
    WLTP replaces NEDC
    The article provides information on the measurement procedures for determining fuel consumption and emissions in accordance with the law. As of January 1, 2022, the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) has replaced the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test cycle, and therefore, no NEDC values are available for new type-approved vehicles after that date. The article notes that the fuel consumption and CO emissions measured according to WLTP may be higher than the values measu...
    Can data privacy concerns spoil the connected-car party?
    A popular adage goes that “data is the new oil.” This is remarkably true for the automotive industry as it stands currently, where always-connected, software-defined vehicles are constantly exchanging data, updating in real-time over the air, and adapting to changing road and traffic conditions. The mobility ecosystem is increasingly employing big-data analytics to gather actionable insights on customer behavior, understand product performance, and gain competitive advantages. What consum...
    Japan, Europe to share critical information on battery supply chain to counter mainland China
    Japan and Europe have agreed to cooperate in establishing a circular economy for critical materials that are used in producing batteries. According to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on April 22, Japan's Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, plans to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with European counterparts on information sharing and mutual certification. The partnership between the two regions will focus on sharing ...
    BMW receives permit to build a new battery assembly plant in Lower Bavaria, Germany
    The BMW Group has received the building permit for its new electric vehicle battery assembly plant in the communities of Irlbach and Straßkirchen, Lower Bavaria, Germany, the carmaker said April 18. The decision for the development plan was made on April 10, 2024, in the planning association of the two communities of Irlbach and Straßkirchen. It was only in September 2023 that a referendum in Straßkirchen cleared the way for the BMW Group to settle in Straßkirchen and Irlbach, the company...
    US, UK prohibit import of Russian-origin aluminum, copper and nickel
    The US Treasury Department, in coordination with the UK, has issued two new prohibitions to disrupt the revenue that Russia earns from its export of aluminum, copper and nickel on April 12. The new action prohibits the import of Russian-origin aluminum, copper and nickel into the US, and limits the use of Russian-origin aluminum, copper and nickel on global metal exchanges and in over-the-counter derivatives trading. This action solidifies the Treasury’s follow through on the G7 Leaders...
    US Illinois EPA announces $25.1 million in grants for public EV charging infrastructure
    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) plans to award grants totaling $25.1 million to 20 applicants for electric vehicle charging infrastructure under the Driving a Cleaner Illinois program in the US, the agency announced April 10. The said grants will fund 643 new direct current fast charging (DCFC) ports at 141 locations throughout the state in the US. The awards are based on a Notice of Funding Opportunity issued in late 2023, seeking publicly accessible locations ...
    Euro 7: European Council adopts new emission rules for cars, vans and trucks
    On April 12, the European Council announced that it has adopted the Euro 7 regulation, which lays down rules on new emission restrictions for road vehicles and battery durability. The adoption of the mandate by the European Council is the last step in the decision-making procedure. The text adopted by the council covers passenger cars, vans and heavy-duty vehicles in one single legal act and aims to further lower air pollutant emissions from exhaust fumes and brakes. The Euro 7 regulati...
    European Commission approves €267 million in state aid to support Volvo Cars’ new EV plant
    The European Commission has found that Slovakia's €267 million state-aid to support Volvo Cars’ EV plant is in line with EU State aid rules, the Commission announced on April 8. The said aid is aimed at supporting the establishment of a new EV manufacturing plant in Valaliky, near Košice in Eastern Slovakia. Earlier, Slovakia had notified the European Commission of its plan to grant €267 million to support Volvo Cars’ EV factory, which will be the Swedish carmaker’s third produc...
    NHSTA opens preliminary probe into Fisker's Ocean vehicles over door failure
    The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it had opened a preliminary probe into Fisker's 2023 Ocean sport utility vehicles (SUVs) after complaints that the doors of the electric vehicles sometimes failed to open. The auto safety regulator said its Office of Defects Investigation received 14 complaints alleging an intermittent failure of the latch and handle that prevented the opening of the driver, front passenger, and/or rear doors. Some of the reports also alleged tha...
    Hyundai Ioniq 5 robo-taxi passes driver’s license test
    In a press release on March 31, Hyundai Motor Co. has released a campaign film showcasing its all-electric, self-driving Ioniq 5 robo-taxi successfully completing a driving test similar to a US driver's license test. The film features the Ioniq 5 robo-taxi completing various public-level driving tests in Las Vegas. The campaign aims to highlight the safety and trustworthiness of the Ioniq 5 robo-taxi's autonomous technology, particularly for individuals with mobility challenges. The...
    New York City introduces permitting system for autonomous vehicle testing with human safety driver requirement
    New York City has announced a new permitting system for companies testing autonomous vehicles on its roads. The system includes a requirement that a human safety driver sit behind the steering wheel at all times. The city claims this will ensure that applicants are ready to test their technology in the country's most challenging urban environment safely and efficiently. The requirements would exclude companies without previous autonomous vehicle testing experience in other cities. Applicants wou...
    India revises EV policy to attract new global players, accelerate investments
    The Union Government of India has approved a new electric vehicle policy aimed at attracting global EV makers to invest in India (the world’s third-largest automobile market), build local manufacturing facilities and increase localization of critical components, according to a press note issued by the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry on March 15. The new scheme to accelerate investments in the emerging EV domain is aligned with the central government’s Make in India initiativ...
    The UK officially launches Greenpower Park in Coventry to attract EV investments, drive R&D projects
    The UK government has officially launched the Greenpower Park, the country’s upcoming center of electrification and clean energy technologies, in Coventry, UK, Greenpower Park announced March 27. The facility is aimed at making the UK the epicenter of the green industrial revolution, attracting private investments, driving research and development, and innovation projects, and creating new jobs in the West Midlands region. The Greenpower Park is slated to host the planned West Midlands G...
    Connected Kerb to deploy up to 2,100 EV chargers in North East UK
    Connected Kerb, one of the UK’s leading charge-point operators (CPOs), plans to more than double the number of electric vehicle chargers in North East England, following its partnership with South Tyneside Council, the company announced March 20. Connected Kerb has partnered with South Tyneside Council to deploy up to 2,100 new charge points in the region, marking the single largest installation of public EV charge points in the North of England to date. “Up to 2,100 will be installed ...
    EU, Norway sign strategic partnership on EV battery supply chain, critical materials
    The European Union and the Kingdom of Norway have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch a strategic partnership to develop sustainable land-based raw materials and battery value chains, the European Commission announced in a press note March 21. The MoU between the EU and Norway is being seen an important building block of the EU-Norway Green Alliance, as announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre in April 2023...
    Australian Strategic Minerals receives $600 million letter of interest from US EXIM Bank
    Australian Strategic Materials Limited (ASM) announced on March 21 that it has received a non-binding and conditional Letter of Interest (LoI) from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US EXIM) to provide a debt funding package of up to $600 million for the construction and execution phase of the rare earths and critical minerals Dubbo Project. US EXIM’s letter of interest for the construction phase of the Dubbo Project follows Export Finance Australia’s (EFA) previous conditional...
    ZF LIFETEC rebrands, eyes growth in safety equipment market
    ZF Group, a leading automotive supplier, has rebranded its Passive Safety Systems division as "ZF LIFETEC". The new branding is part of the company's legal separation of the Passive Safety Systems division, which was initiated in October 2022. ZF LIFETEC aims to further increase sales and profitability as a standalone business driven by megatrends in the automotive industry and increasingly stringent safety regulations. The company has achieved sales of around €4.7 billion in 2023 and is on...
    EPA's updated emission proposals: A balancing act between environment and industry
    The updated EPA proposal for light- and medium-duty vehicles On March 20, 2024, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final rules related to light- and medium-duty vehicles. The final Multi Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles expand on the EPA’s existing emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years (MY) 2023 through 2026. The rules are technology-neutral and take advantage of develop...
    Wallbox, Bidirectional Energy’s joint project receives $2.2 million from California Energy Commission
    Wallbox and Bidirectional Energy, a bidirectional EV energy management startup, have been awarded a funding of $2.2 million for the phase 1 of their ‘Bidirectional Residential V2X Demonstration Project’ from the California Energy Commission (CEC) REDWDS grant, Wallbox announced on March 21. Notably, the CEC REDWDS (Responsive, Easy Charging Products with Dynamic Signals) grant is aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of easy-to-use charging products, which helps customers m...
    Intel and US administration announces up to $8.5 billion in direct funding under CHIPS Act
    In a press release on March 20, the US administration has announced that Intel and the US Commerce Department have signed a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) for up to $8.5 billion in direct funding to Intel for commercial semiconductor projects under the CHIPS and Science Act. The CHIPS Act funding aims to increase US semiconductor manufacturing and research and development capabilities, especially in leading-edge semiconductors. Intel is the only US company that both de...
    US DOE provides a loan of $2.26 billion to Lithium Americas to finance construction of Thacker Pass
    Lithium Americas Corp. announced March 14 that it has received a conditional commitment from the US Energy Department (US DOE) for a $2.26 billion loan under the latter’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program for financing the construction of its processing facilities at Thacker Pass. The site, which is located in Humboldt County, Nev., is currently the largest known measured and indicated lithium resource in North America, targeting total production capacity of 80,...
    Norway supports Vianode’s anode graphite solutions plant with a grant of €30 million
    Norwegian battery-materials company Vianode announced March 14 that it has been awarded a €30 million grant from Innovation Norway under the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) EUBatin program. The government grant will support the development of VIanode’s Herøya, Norway, plant as part of the industrialization of a European low-carbon battery value chain. According to the press note, the grant from Innovation Norway under the IPCEI program is designed to expedite green...
    European Parliament votes in favor of the Euro 7 emission norms
    The European Parliament has given a green light to the implementation of the stricter Euro 7 emission standards for passenger cars, vans, buses, trucks and trailers, the European Parliament announced March 14. The immediate next step includes a formal approval from the European Council before the Euro 7 emission standards enter into force. The Euro 7 norms are slated for implementation across Europe from July 1, 2025, for new light-duty vehicles and July 1, 2027, for new heavy-duty ve...
    The Netherlands plans to add 35,000 new public EV charging points over next four years
    The Netherlands plans to add 35,000 public electric vehicle charging points in the provinces of North Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht over the next four years, MRA-Electric said March 12. MRA-Electric, a government agency promoting electric mobility in the Netherlands, said that it has put out a tender for 74 municipalities for building EV charging infrastructure as part of this plan. It further said that Shell Ubitricity, Vattenfall InCharge and TotalEnergies plan to install, manage and opera...
    5GAA, partner associations issue statement on US DOC’s inquiry into connected vehicles
    On March 7, the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), along with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), and National Electrical Manufacturers Association have issued a statement in response to the US Department of Commerce’s inquiry into connected vehicles at the end of February. The US Department of Commerce issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comment to inform the potential development of...
    Advanced Propulsion Center UK announces £35.7 million in new grant to support zero-emission projects
    The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC), which works as a bridge between the UK government and the automotive industry, has announced the latest round of government and industry funding for zero-tailpipe-emission vehicle technologies. In a press note issued on March 4, APC said that a government grant of £35.7 million will be granted to the new collaborative projects that bring together companies developing key zero-emission technologies, including power electronics and electric drive units (ED...
    UK parliament introduces bill on safe deployment of self-driving vehicles
    In a press release on March 5, the UK parliament announced that the Automated Vehicles Bill 2023–2024 (Bill 167) was introduced for its Commons second reading on March 5, 2024. The bill aims to establish a framework for the safe deployment of self-driving vehicles in Great Britain, addressing legal liability issues from the Automated and EVs Act 2018. The bill incorporates recommendations from a four-year review by the Law Commission of England and Wales, and the Scottish Law Commissio...
    Bridgestone earns top environmental rating for climate action and transparency
    Bridgestone Corp., a leading tire manufacturer, has been recognized for its commitment to corporate transparency and climate action by the global environmental nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The company has been placed on CDP's prestigious "A List" for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Bridgestone is one of 346 companies to achieve an "A" rating out of over 21,000 companies evaluated. CDP is a global nonprofit that opera...
    Hong Kong's new regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles allows more flexible trials
    The Transport Minister of Hong Kong has announced a new regulatory framework allowing broader and more adaptable trials and usage of autonomous vehicles on the roads. This initiative aims to enhance public acceptance of driverless cars, as reported by South China Morning Post on March 2. Private car dealers have expressed support for the move, indicating their willingness to introduce more driverless vehicles. Meanwhile, an industry representative has called upon the government to further str...
    Government of Canada, city of Toronto to invest C$10 million to add over 500 EV chargers
    The city of Toronto is partnering with the government of Canada to add more than 500 new electric vehicle chargers to the city’s corporate charging network, the local government said Feb. 28. The city of Toronto and the government of Canada plan to jointly invest a total of C$10 million on expanding the EV charging network across the city, which is set to benefit from 486 new Level 2 chargers, and 40 new fast chargers for the city’s growing fleet of EVs by the end of 2025. The said inv...
    About:Energy selected by Innovate UK to participate in the Global Business Innovation Programme in South Korea
    About:Energy, a leading innovator in battery-development software, has been selected by Innovate UK as one of 14 companies to participate in the Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP) in South Korea, an initiative to accelerate business growth globally and drive innovation for battery technology, About:Energy announced Feb. 28. As part of the program, Innovate UK brings together pioneering companies focusing on battery development and technologies. The program in South Korea will in...
    Cadillac Lyriq qualifies for $7,500 federal tax credit under US IRA
    The Cadillac Lyriq, General Motors' (GM's) luxury-car brand’s first electric vehicle, has once again become eligible for the $7,500 federal government clean-vehicle tax incentive, according to a news report published by The Detroit News on Feb. 21. The EV model had lost the eligibility for federal tax credits after the US government released new foreign entity of concern (FEOC) requirements in December 2023. The new FEOC requirements, which are imposed on top of the existing requirements un...
    German government funds vehicle-to-grid project aimed at stabilizing the power grid
    The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) announced Feb. 21 that a team of scientists are working with a consortium of researchers, industry and users on a project named "BiFlex Industry — Bidirectional flexibility through fleet power plants in and around companies" to research how bidirectional-charging technology can be implemented technically and economically on vehicle fleet applications. The focus of joint research is to better utilize electric vehicle batterie...
    Li-Cycle’s German unit receives approval for €6.4 million in grants from the state of Saxony-Anhalt
    Li-Cycle Germany GmbH, a subsidiary of Canada-based Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., a leading global lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery-recycling company, has received approval from the German state of Saxony-Anhalt for a grant of up to €6.4 million for its Li-ion battery-spoke recycling facility, the company announced Feb. 7. The said grant will be given to Li-Cycle for its battery-spoke recycling facility, which is located in Sülzetal, Saxony-Anhalt, in Germany, under the state government’s Improvi...
    US DOE offers a conditional loan of $165.9 million to American Battery Solutions
    The US Energy Department's (US DOE's) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has offered a conditional loan of $165.9 million to American Battery Solutions (ABS) to help finance the expansion of an advanced battery-pack assembly facility, the DOE announced Feb. 22. The batteries produced at ABS’ Springboro, Ohio, and Lake Orion, Mich., facilities are slated to support light-, medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle and industrial equipment applications. According to the press note, if finalized, the lo...
    EV.energy receives a $41 million grant from California Energy Commission
    UK-based electric vehicle charging software company EV.energy has been selected for the California Energy Commission's (CEC's) competitive Responsive, Easy Charging Products With Dynamic Signals (REDWDS) grant to deploy up to $41 million of public funding to make affordable EV charging available for EV owners across California, US, the company announced Feb. 21. The grant funding comes on the heels of EV.energy’s latest $33 million Series-B fundraise, which the company is using to bols...
    GlobalFoundries and US administration announce CHIPS and Science Act funding for essential chip manufacturing
    GlobalFoundries (GF) has announced a proposed investment of $1.5 billion from the US Commerce Department's CHIPS and Science Act to expand and modernize its facilities in New York, US, and Vermont, US. The investment will support the creation of new manufacturing capacity and capabilities for essential chip production in automotive and other vital markets, as read in a press release on Feb. 19. Governor Kathy Hochul of New York and Governor Phil Scott of Vermont have expressed their support f...
    US government to invest $17 million to strengthen country’s critical minerals supply chain
    The US Energy Department (DOE) has earmarked government grants of over $17 million for three projects that aim to support the design and construction of facilities that produce rare earth elements, and other critical minerals and materials from coal-based resources, the DOE said in an announcement on Feb. 15. The selected projects, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, are expected to strengthen domestic supply chains, helping to meet the growing demand for critical minerals and materi...
    How will mainland China’s graphite export curbs impact battery demand
    In an ever-evolving trade war between two of the world’s largest economies, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced on Oct. 20, 2023, that it would deploy a temporary export control measure on graphite, a critical raw material used in manufacturing batteries. The measure was later implemented as a state policy on Dec. 1, 2023. Mainland China’s implementation of the graphite export control policy came about four months after it had announced restrictions on exports of germanium and galliu...
    French government cuts EV subsidies by 20% for high income buyers
    The French government has reduced its electric vehicle subsidies aimed at accelerating the adoption of battery electric and hybrid vehicles by 20% specifically for high income buyers, according to a news report published by Reuters on Feb. 13. The report mentioned that a French government regulation lowered the EV subsidy from €5,000 to €4,000 for the 50% highest income car buyers, but left the subsidy for people belonging to lower incomes at €7,000. It said that the French governmen...
    UK government plans installation of more than 300 EV chargers across West of England region
    The UK government is planning to set up hundreds of new EV charging stations in Bristol as part of a project that is slated to start this summer, according to a news report published by Bristol Post on February 9. The report mentioned that more than 300 charging stations are planned to be installed across the West of England region, including 187 in Bristol. These EV charging stations are expected to come up in car parking areas, train stations, supermarkets and on residential streets without...
    Government-led consortium unites battery, car companies in mainland China to commercialize solid-state batteries
    Mainland China’s battery and carmakers have come together to join a government-led initiative that aims to commercialize all solid-state batteries while maintaining its hegemony on the EV battery industry, according to a news report published by the Nikkei Asia on Feb. 12. In January, Beijing set up a consortium, the China All-Solid-State Battery Collaborative Innovation Platform, which aims to bring together government, academia and industry, including EV battery rivals CATL and BYD to bui...
    Electra Battery Material Corp. receives $5 million grant to build cobalt sulphate refinery
    Electra Battery Materials Corp. has received a $5 million investment from the Government of Canada toward the construction of North America’s first cobalt sulfate refinery, the company announced Feb. 9. The government grant will be provided from the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, the company said, adding that the refinery, which will be located in Temiskaming Shores, Ontario, will produce approximately 5% percent of the global supply of battery grade cobalt ne...
    EVCS and Energy Northwest to receive $14.6 million in government grant from US DOT
    EVCS, one of the largest EV fast-charging network operators on the US West Coast, and Energy Northwest, a joint operating agency in Washington state, are slated to receive $14.6 million from the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program by the US Department of Transportation (US DOT), EVCS announced on February 6. The charge point operator (CPO) said that the said award will fund the development of more than 50 chargers across 12 charging locations, covering over 5...
    Tritium to deploy 48 fast chargers in Tennessee, secures over $21 million in federal funding
    Tritium DCFC Ltd., a leading manufacturer and supplier of DC fast chargers for electric vehicles, has secured more than $21 million in federal funding under the first round of the US state of Tennessee’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, the company announced Feb. 5. The grant awarded to Tritium has come from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), it said, adding that over $10.5 mi...
    UK government announces EV charging scheme for state-funded educational institutes
    The UK government has rolled out a new scheme to support the installation of electric vehicle chargers at state-funded educational institutes, the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), Department of Transport, UK, announced Feb. 5. The government grant for state-funded education institutes is aimed at providing support toward the costs of the purchase, installation and infrastructure of EV charge points. According to the government notification, installation of EV chargers cost about £...
    Washington earmarks $85 million in grants to expand EV infrastructure across the state
    The Washington state government in the US has earmarked over $85 million in grants to fund nearly 5,000 new electric vehicle charging stations in communities throughout the state, the Washington State Department of Commerce announced Feb. 1. All of the funds are going to nonprofits, electric utilities, tribes and public agencies, and half of the grants will install chargers in communities most at risk of negative health effects caused by fossil fuel pollution, the state Department of Commerce...
    European Commission launches unannounced inspections into tire industry for antitrust violations
    The European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections at various companies operating in the tire industry across several member states, according to an official press statement on Jan. 30. The commission suspects potential violations of EU antitrust rules. The inspections aim to investigate possible price coordination among the companies, including through public communications. The commission has concerns that these practices may have breached Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functio...
    Lyten secures $4 million grant from US DOE to accelerate production of lithium-sulfur battery technology
    Lyten Inc., a leading supplier of 3D Graphene materials, announced Jan. 30 that it has secured a $4 million grant from the US Energy Department (DOE) to accelerate the manufacturing of its advanced lithium-sulfur battery technology. The grant, awarded by the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy/Vehicle Technologies Office, specifically targets lithium-sulfur technologies that can alleviate offshore supply chain risk for electric vehicle batteries and increase EV driving range. No...
    Volkswagen confirms most ID.4 models to be eligible for full $7,500 IRA tax credit in 2024
    Volkswagen announced Jan. 24 that the 2023 and 2024 version of its ID.4 electric vehicle models, which use battery components supplied by SK On, placed in service in 2024, will be eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The tax credits will make the ID.4 models not only extremely affordable, but competitive with conventional compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs), VW said in a press note. The company said that the qualification of model year ...
    California introduces two new bills on human operator requirements, autonomous vehicle controls
    The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters), a labor union in the US and Canada, applauded the introduction of two bills in California, US, that are part of the California Automotive Regulatory Standards (CARS) Package, a series of legislative measures that state lawmakers are prioritizing to regulate autonomous vehicles, according to a press release on Jan. 16.  An assembly bill to be introduced at a later date will require a trained human operator behind the wheel ...
    US government earmarks $150 million in new grants to repair 4,500 public EV chargers
    In an attempt to make the electric vehicle charging infrastructure more reliable, the US government plans to award $150 million in new grants to repair or replace nearly 4,500 existing EV charging ports across 20 states, the US Transportation Department (US DOT) announced Jan. 18. The said grant will be awarded to 24 grant recipients spread across 20 states in the US, it said, adding that these targeted investments will complement the tens of billions in federal and private-sector funding tha...
    Will new FEOC guidelines narrow the funnel for Chinese companies to qualify for IRA tax credits?
    A little over 15 months after the US President Joe Biden signed the US Inflation Reduction Act (US IRA) into law, the government has released guidance on the foreign entity of concern (FEOC), further raising the eligibility criteria for electric vehicles to qualify for a total tax credit of $7,500. On Dec. 1, 2023, the US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published guidance on compliance with the prohibitions around FEOC in relation to the IRA’s Section 30D Clean Ve...
    US government announces a fresh grant of $623 million to support EV charging network
    On Jan. 11, the US Transportation Department (US DOT) announced $623 million in fresh grants to help build out an electric vehicle charging network across the US, providing a significant boost to upcoming EV charging infrastructure across the country. The new grants are a part of the Biden Administration’s goal of building out a convenient, affordable, reliable EV charging network of at least 500,000 publicly available chargers by 2030. According to the press note, the said grants are ma...
    European Commission approves €902 million German State aid for Northvolt’s battery factory
    The European Commission has approved a €902 million German measure in state aid to support Norwegian battery-maker Northvolt’s upcoming battery plant in Germany, the commission announced Jan. 8. Northvolt is building a 60-GWh gigafactory in Heide, Germany, to produce electric vehicle batteries and contribute toward transition to a net-zero economy, which is in line with the Green Deal Industrial Plan. The battery factory’s planned annual capacity is expected to translate into produ...
    Cohda’s MK6 secures FCC certification for C-V2X in the US
    Cohda Wireless’ connected vehicle technology solution, the MK6, has been certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which recently granted waivers permitting deployment of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology in the upper 30 MHz of spectrum in the 5.895-5.925 GHz band, according to a press release on Jan. 5. As a participant in the FCC Joint Waiver program, Cohda is the first to receive the green light for C-V2X (B47) from the FCC for its Original Equipment Produ...
    China issues guidelines on vehicle-grid integration
    China, the world’s largest electric vehicle market, has issued new guidelines on vehicle-grid interaction in an attempt to explore new possibilities in the EV ecosystem following the widespread adoption of new-energy vehicles (NEVs), according to a news report published by CnEVPost on Jan. 4. Four government departments, including China's economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), have released implementation guidelines aimed at enhancing the interaction of NEV...
    US explores raising tariffs on made-in-China EVs
    The US government is exploring ways to raise tariffs on some Chinese goods, including electric vehicles, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on Dec. 21. The report cited The Wall Street Journal as the original source of the story. Notably, The Wall Street Journal had cited sources familiar with the matter in its story. Chinese EVs imported into the US are already subject to a 25% tariff, the report said, adding that further raising the tariff would have little immediate impact on...
    EU, UK sign deal to extend EV, battery rules of origin under Trade and Cooperation Agreement
    The EU and the UK government have signed a deal to extend the current battery and electric vehicle rules of origin (ROO) under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said in a press note on Dec. 21. ACEA said that the vehicle manufacturers in Europe welcome this solution, which will help support the competitiveness of Europe’s burgeoning EV manufacturing industry. Commenting on the new deal, ACEA Director General Sigrid de V...
    UK government endorses bidirectional charging in EV batteries
    In an attempt to promote bidirectional-charging technology in electric vehicles, the UK government has selected four projects to provide a funding of £4.8 million to support their development work, it announced Dec. 20. The chosen companies are: a) Hangar19 in Chelmsford, UK: The company is slated to demonstrate a three-socket bidirectional charger, making a wider range of EVs available for energy flexibility and bidirectional charging. b) 3ti Energy Hubs Ltd. in Leatherhead, UK: It plans...
    Fastned installs ultrafast EV chargers at Germany’s first official EV charging park in Düren
    Dutch charging point operator (CPO) Fastned will install four high-performance electric vehicle charging points with an output of up to 400 kW per charger at the new Deutschlandnetz charging park in Düren, Germany, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport announced Dec. 21. In the press note, the Federal Ministry said that the new Deutschlandnetz charging park in Düren is slated to be operational by Christmas. It added that up to eight additional high-performance fast-charging...
    Daihatsu to stop all vehicle shipments, in widening safety scandal‒ report
    According to a Reuters report dated Dec 20, Toyota Motor's Daihatsu unit will stop shipments of all of its vehicles after a safety scandal investigation found issues involving 64 models, including almost two dozen sold under Toyota's brand. The report quoting the company said an independent panel has been investigating Daihatsu after it said in April it had rigged side-collision safety tests carried out for 88,000 small cars, most of those sold as Toyotas. But the latest revelations suggest t...
    AmpUp receives $1.7 million to drive EV charging network in Connecticut
    California-based startup AmpUp, which is a leading EV charging operating system, announced on December 18 that it has been awarded up to $1.7 million in project funding by the State of Connecticut’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) to ensure EV charging demand flexibility. The grant was awarded on December 13 under PURA’s ‘Innovative Energy Solutions’ program, a statewide initiative to identify, pilot, and scale innovative ideas that enable a decarbonized, affordable, and eq...
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