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    The evolution of displays in the automotive cockpit
    The size of automotive displays has increased over the past few years, as has the number of displays in the vehicle. The rapid growth in display-based instrument clusters; heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) control displays; digital display mirrors (both rear and side view); passenger di...
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    Automotive semiconductor demand running ahead of 2020 expectations
    IHS Markit conducted a survey in July that asked 30 automotive semiconductor suppliers about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) viral pandemic. According to the survey, most respondents saw demand for automotive semiconductors rebounding faster than expected compared to a previous...
    Japan plans to double purchase subsidies for EVs
    Japan is planning to double the subsidies offered for purchase of electric vehicles (EV), The Japan Times reported on 25 November. The amount of subsidies per vehicle will be raised to JPY800,000 (USD7,654), from the current JPY400,000 currently. However, the increased subsidy will only be available...
    German court refers Nokia-Daimler patent licensing dispute to European Court of Justice
    The Duesseldorf Regional Court in Germany has referred a patent licensing dispute between Nokia and Daimler to the European Court of Justice, Reuters reported on 26 November. The dispute is regarding royalties for technology used in navigation systems, vehicle communications, and autonomous vehicles...
    ‘No deal’ Brexit could cost UK automotive industry USD74 billion in five years, estimates SMMT
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is urging the UK government to enter a deal with the European Union (EU) before the transition period ends on 31 December. The association has estimated that in the event of a no-deal with the EU, the UK automotive industry would suffer prod...
    Motional receives approval to launch fully autonomous service in Nevada, US
    Motional, the autonomous driving joint venture (JV) between Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Aptiv, has received regulatory approval to launch fully autonomous service on public roads in the state of Nevada, US, the JV’s CEO Karl Iagnemma informed in a blog last week. The permit will eventually allow...
    NHTSA seeks public comment automated driving system safety principles
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on its proposal to develop a framework for automated driving system (ADS) safety, the agency said in a press release on 19 November. NHTSA submitted the advanced notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) to the Federal...
    FCC votes to open 5.9 GHz spectrum for nonautomotive use
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules for the 5.9 GHz band, a press release dated 18 November read. The rules allow for the adoption for unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi, within the said spectrum. The plan designates the lower 45 megahertz (5.850–5.895 GHz) for un...
    CPUC to allow robo-taxi operators to charge for rides in California
    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has allowed robo-taxi operators to charge for rides in their autonomous vehicles (AVs) in California, United States, The Los Angeles Times reported on 19 November. However, to become eligible for that, these companies will have to get approval f...
    German government to provide additional USD3.56 billion support for auto industry
    The German government has announced that it will be providing a further EUR3 billion (approximately USD3.56 billion) in support to the German automobile industry, which has been struggling. According to a report filed by Germany-based news channel Deutsche Welle on 18 November, this will bring the t...
    UK to ban sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles from 2030
    Sales of new gasoline and diesel powered cars in the United Kingdom is set to be banned by 2030. According to a report filed by news publication Financial Times on 15 November, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is likely to make this announcement this week as part of a broader set of eco-fr...
    Honda partners with Tesla to jointly meet fleet emission standards in Europe
    Honda Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have pooled their fleets along with Tesla in order to comply with emission norms for passenger vehicles in the European region in 2020. According to a report published by news agency Bloomberg on 2 November, Honda was newly added last week to a Eur...
    UK government grants USD118.7 million funding to 49 low-carbon automotive projects
    The UK government has granted GBP92 million (USD118.7 million) to 49 low-carbon automotive projects, Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) announced in a press release on 3 November. Funding is across three streams which includes a fast-start recovery, competition, and an Automotive Transformation Fund (...
    South Korean government aims to have 500,000 EV charging stations by 2025
    The South Korean government is planning to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging station network to reach 500,000 stations by 2025, The Korea Herald reported on 30 October citing the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The number of the hydrogen charging stations are also expected to reach 450 s...
    FCC proposes new draft rules to make lower portion of 5.9 GHz band available for Wi-Fi
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States has proposed a new draft allowing the lower spectrum of the 5.9 GHz band be available for unlicensed services such as Wi-Fi, according to a press release issued by the group on 28 October. The Commission will vote on these new rules at...
    GreenNano receives Canadian government funding to produce wood fiber-based composite material
    GreenNano Technologies has received CAD1.2 million (USD913,000) funding from the Canadian government  to scale up production of a new lightweight wood fiber-based composite material, Natural Resources Canada announced in a press release on 15 October. The composite material will be used to crea...
    GM, Cruise to seek regulatory approval from US government to deploy autonomous vehicles without pedal, steering wheel
    General Motors (GM) and its autonomous driving subsidiary Cruise are planning to seek regulatory approval from the US government to deploy autonomous vehicles without conventional controls such as a brake, accelerator pedals, and steering wheel, Reuters reported on 21 October. “And because the Ori...
    Regulation: Australia proposes mandatory fitment of AEB on all new cars within two years
    The Australian government has proposed a mandatory fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) on all new cars sold in Australia within two years, Motoring reported on 16 October. The proposal is a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS proposes the introduction of an Australian Design Rule...
    California approves USD384 million toward zero-emission transportation plan
    California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a USD384 million investment for accelerating Zero-Emission Transportation in the state, CEC announced in a press release on 14 October. The funds will become available over the next three years and will be distributed to projects through a mix of compe...
    Cruise receives permission to test autonomous vehicles without safety drivers in California, US
    Cruise has received permit from the California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test its autonomous vehicle  fleet in San Francisco without safety drivers, Dan Ammann, CEO of the company announced in a blog on Medium on 15 May. The company, which is driving autonomous driving developme...
    Indian government invites EV charging infrastructure proposals
    India’s Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) has invited proposals from electric vehicle (EV) charging station operators to set up EV charging infrastructure on highways and expressways across the country, according to a notice issued by DHI on 12 October. The proposal is for around 1,370 chargers...
    EU levies provisional duties of up to 48% on aluminum products imported from mainland China
    The European Union (EU) has decided to impose provisional duties of up to 48% on aluminum extrusions imports from China, Reuters reported on 13 October. According to the EU official, the duties ranging from 30.4 to 40% will become effective from 14 October. The European Commission, the execu...
    NHTSA to investigate vehicle fires in all-electric Chevrolet Bolt
    The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has decided to open an investigation after reports of fire in three all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, Reuters reported on 13 October. The probe will cover 77,842 Bolt electric vehicles (EVs) from model year (MY) 2017 to 20...
    Mainland China announces new plan to support NEV industry
    China has announced a new plan to support new energy vehicle (NEV) industry and to accelerate adoption of NEVs, CGTN reported on 11 October citing a statement issued after a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang. According to the plan, at least 80% of public transportation, t...
    Canada to invest USD443 million in new Ford EV plant in Ontario
    Canada has announced that it will invest CAD590 million (USD43 million) in Ford’s electric vehicle (EV) plant in Ontario, according to a press release on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official website on 8 October. This project, valued at USD1.8 billion, will include federal and provi...
    EuroNCAP releases new assisted driving grading
    Automotive safety performance assessment program, Euro NCAP, has announced a new series of Highway Assist tests to ensure the safe adoption of these and other assisted driving technologies by consumers. For this purpose, Euro NCAP has developed a dedicated test, assessment protocol, and grading syst...
    Are UK-based OEMs at risk of failing local content requirements in Brexit deal blow?
    The EU has rejected calls from Brexit’s chief negotiator Lord David Frost to include components as ‘local content’ if they imported from countries with which both the EU and the UK have trade deals with or are in the processing of finalizing, such as Japan and Turkey.   Under this so-c...
    European Commission launches European Raw Materials Alliance
    The European Commission has launched the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) for securing access to sustainable raw materials, advanced materials, and industrial processing know-how, EIT RawMaterials announced in a press release on 29 September. ERMA will be managed by EIT RawMaterials. ERMA will...
    European Commission fines Brose and Kiekert USD21.1 million in cartel settlement
    The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of EUR18 million (USD21.1 million) for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars in the European Economic Area (EEA), the Commission announced in a press release on 29 September. Magna was not fined as ...
    India mulls offering over USD4 billion incentives for battery manufacturing by 2030
    India is mulling to offer around USD4.6 billion in incentives for battery manufacturing in India by 2030, Reuters reported citing a government proposal by NITI Aayog. The incentives will be offered to companies, which will set up an advanced battery plant in the country, starting with a USD122 milli...
    US State California to ban sale of new gasoline vehicles from 2035
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector, according to a press release on 23 September on the official website of the ...
    China introduces fresh policies to support adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
    Mainland China has introduced new policies for accelerating the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in the country, Reuters reported on 21 September, citing the finance ministry. The new policy is focused toward supporting the development of a mature supply chain for the hyd...
    Zoox receives permit to test autonomous vehicles without driver in California
    Zoox has received permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test autonomous vehicles without a safety driver, Reuters reported on 18 September. The permit will allow the US-based company, which Amazon acquired in June 2020, to test two autonomous vehicles without driver behind...
    Three US House lawmakers ask GAO to review delay in NHTSA’s vehicle safety rulemaking process
    Three Democrats in the US House of Representatives—Frank Pallone, Jan Schakowsky, and Lisa Blunt Rochester—have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to probe why US auto safety regulators have failed to write a “dozen” of new vehicle safety rules, Reuters reported on 17 September...
    UK government announces USD15.6 million in funding for EV research projects
    The United Kingdom government has announced to grant GBP12 million (USD15.6 million) for electric vehicle (EV) research projects including fast-charging battery, news website Verdict reported on 9 September. The announcement was made during the World EV Day organized by Green TV. Significance: Th...
    European Commission to propose tighter vehicle emissions norms in the EU
    The European Commission is set to recommend stricter limits on vehicular emissions to the European Union (EU). According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 11 September, this has prompted resistance from the German automotive industry, which is the largest in the EU. Current emission nor...
    US federal agencies form consortium to develop advanced lithium batteries
    US federal agencies, including Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of State, formed a new consortium for development of a domestic industrial base for advanced batteries. DOE Office Of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) a...
    France to invest EUR7 billion to promote hydrogen fuel adoption
    The Government of France is set to invest EUR7 billion (USD8.2 million) towards accelerating adoption of hydrogen fuel in the transportation and industrial sector, Automotive News Europe reported on 8 September. The government is expected to announce tenders next year for development of clean hydrog...
    POLICY: Mainland China plans to increase policy focus on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
    Mainland China is planning to increase policy focus on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the future, Reuters reported on 5 September citing Song Qiuling, a finance ministry official. The country is expected to unveil a new package of policies to support fuel cell vehicles development. The policies will...
    European Commission approves Hyundai's joint control of EV charging network IONITY
    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control over IONITY by Hyundai Motor, the Commission announced in a press release on 2 September. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of the limited impact on the market. The...
    Europe considers a uniform payment system for EV charging and hydrogen refueling
    European lawmakers are considering implementing a uniform payment system for electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling across Europe, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure said in a press release on 3 September. “With the electrification of transport alon...
    European Commission gets power to recall vehicles for breaching EU emission limits
    The European Commission will begin applying new regulations which “overhauls and tightens the previous type approval and market surveillance system”, a press release on 31 August read. The implementation is expected to improve the quality of vehicle type-approval and testing, increase checks of ...
    Southern California Edison to install around 38,000 EV chargers in next five years in California
    California has approved Southern California Edison (SCE) to install around 38,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the next five years in the state, SCE announced in a press release on 27 August. The chargers will be installed as part of Charge Ready 2 program which has USD436 million allocated to ...
    US NHTSA extends deadline for OEMs by six months to meet ‘quiet car’ regulations
    The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has extended the deadline for automakers to meet ‘quiet car’ regulations by six months to 1 March 2021, Reuters reported on 29 August. The regulations require electric and hybrid vehicles to produce sounds to warn pedestrians of it...
    US Securities and Exchange Commission charges BorgWarner for misstating financial statements
    The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled charges against BorgWarner Inc., a motor vehicle parts manufacturer headquartered in Michigan, United States, for materially misstating its financial statements by failing to account for certain asbestos liabilities, according to a press re...
    US DOE grants USD15 million to 13 projects for battery manufacturing innovations
    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has granted USD15 million to 13 projects for battery manufacturing innovations, DOE announced in a press release on 24 August. The program will be jointly-funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE’s) Advanced Manufacturi...
    Automakers urge US Federal Trade Commission to seek appeal against Qualcomm ruling
    Automakers have urged the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to appeal against a favorable court ruling for Qualcomm, Reuters reported on 25 August. Tesla, Ford, Honda, Daimler along with Intel and MediaTek are in support of the FTC. In 2017, FTC filed a complaint against Qualcomm in a federal dis...
    Germany grants USD12.3 million for hydrogen and fuel Cell project HyFaB
    Germany has granted EUR10.5 million (USD12.3 million) to the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) for hydrogen and fuel Cell project HyFaB, ZSW announced in a press release on 19 August. ZSW will use the funds for development of infrastructure with a building extens...
    Indian government holds discussion with automotive industry representatives to boost localization
    The Indian government held discussion with various automotive industry representatives to discuss ways to reduce imports in the automobile industry and increase localization of auto components, according to a report by The Economic Times on 22 August. The meeting focused on the possibilities of incr...
    Israel considers legislation to allow autonomous vehicle testing without safety driver
    Israel is considering introducing legislation to allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads without  a safety driver, The Jerusalem Post reported on 20 August. The new legislation is promoted by Transport Minister Miri Regev. The initial proposal will be published within 90 days, afte...
    California Air Resources Board finalizes agreements to cut vehicle emissions
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and major automotive OEMs have announced that they have finalized binding agreements to lower vehicular emissions in the state of California, United States. According a report filed by news agency Reuters on 18 August, this move comes in defiance of the Trum...
    Nokia wins ruling against Daimler on mobile technology at Mannheim court
    Nokia won a ruling in a patent dispute with Daimler over mobile technology in cars, Bloomberg reported on 18 August. The court at Mannheim, Germany, ruled that Daimler violated Nokia’s mobile-technology patents. Daimler said that it would appeal the decision. The court in Mannheim stated that Daim...
    UK government launches consultation on automated lane keeping system
    The UK government has launched consultation on automated lane keeping system (ALKS) technology which is capable of taking control of vehicle at low speed and keep it in lane on motorways without any input from the driver, the GOV.UK website reported on 18 August. The government is seeking opini...
    Germany to grant USD525 million to Northvolt for battery plant in Sweden
    German government has decided to grant USD525 million to Northvolt for its upcoming battery plant in Sweden, Federal Ministry For Economy And Energy (BMWI) announced in a press release on 17 August. “The federal guarantee is taken over within the framework of the federal foreign trade promotion. [...
    UK city Birmingham to install over 390 EV chargers by 2022
    UK City Birmingham is planning to install 392 electric vehicle (EV) chargers by 2022, the Birmingham City Council announced in a press release on 10 August. The city council has secured GBP2.9 million (USD3.7 million) from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and through its newly-procured Ele...
    BSI published taxonomy for automated driving in UK
    The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published the first taxonomy for specifying the operational design domain (ODD) of an automated driving system (ADS), the UK-based national standards body said in a press release on 11 August. The new standard, “PAS 1883 Operational Design Doma...
    POLICY: India’s capital city Delhi announces new EV policy
    India’s capital city Delhi has announced a new electric vehicle (EV) policy to boost demand for EVs in the region, The Economic Times reported on 7 August. The three-year policy aims to have 25% of the new vehicles registered in Delhi to be EVs by 2024. Under the policy, EV buyers will get purchas...
    Egypt, China in talks for cooperation on EV manufacturing
    Egypt and China are planning to cooperate to jointly manufacture electric vehicles (EVs) in Egypt, Daily News Egypt reported on 28 July. Egypt’s Minister of Public Enterprises Sector Hisham Tawfik and Chinese Ambassador to Cairo Liao Liqiang held a meeting last month to discuss the local...
    Canadian province British Columbia to fully switch to all-electric vehicles by 2040
    Canadian province British Columbia is planning to switch to 100% sales of all-electric vehicles by 2040, the British Columbia government announced in a press release on 30 July. The regulations follow the Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Act that was passed in 2019. “British Columbians are e...
    German government grants EUR60 million to BMW for battery research
    German government has granted EUR60 million (USD70.3 million) to BMW for battery cell research. Federal Ministry of Economy And Energy (BMWi) announced in a press release on 29 July. The aim of the now funded BMW research is to develop, pilot, and test a new and highly innovative generation of lithi...
    UK launches USD1.2 billion Automotive Transformation Fund for vehicle electrification
    The United Kingdom has launched a EUR1 billion (USD1.2 billion) Automotive Transformation Fund for research and development (R&D) and capital projects in the field of vehicle electrification, the government announced on its Innovation Funding Service website. The program is expected to support t...
    Mainland Chinese AV startup AutoX gets permit from California DMV to test driverless car
    AutoX Technologies has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test its autonomous vehicles (AV) fleet on public roads in San Jose without a safety driver, the company said in a press release on 17 July. The permit also allows AutoX for testing its AVs with passen...
    POLICY: South Korea to extend EV subsidy program to 2025
    The South Korean government has extended the timeline of state subsidies on electric vehicles. According to a report filed by South Korea-based news publication Pulse News on 17 July, the sunset provision date for electric vehicle (EV) subsidies has now been pushed back until 2025. This is in lin...
    Croatia offers EUR5.8 million for EV subsidies in 2020
    Croatia is offering EUR5.8 million as electric vehicle (EV) subsidies in 2020, news website Balkan Green Energy News reported on 14 July. The incentives cover up to 40% of the purchase or from EUR665 to EUR9,297, depending on the vehicle category.  Significance: According to the report, the ...
    REGULATION: USITC approves anti-dumping probe on tire imports from South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam
    The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) approves anti-dumping probe on tire imports from South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam, it said in a press release on 14 July. This will allow the US Department of Commerce to continue its investigations on imports of tire products f...
    POLICY: Italy plans to increase EV subsidies temporarily
    Italy is planning to increase the subsidies for electric vehicle (EV) purchase to accelerate the recovery in the automotive sector, CleanTechnica reported on 13 July. The subsidy will be increased to EUR6,000 (USD6,779), up from EUR4,000 currently. With the scrapping of the old car, the buyer can ge...
    Germany to invest EUR100 million in battery research
    Germany is set to invest EUR100 million (USD112.9 million) in battery research at universities and non-university research institutions, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced in a press release on 8 July. As part of the umbrella concept "Battery Research Factory,"&n...
    EU launches European Clean Hydrogen Alliance for advanced hydrogen technologies
    The European Union (EU) has adopted two new strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen usage to create a more efficient and interconnected energy sector. According to a press statement issued by the European Commission on 8 July, these strategies are alligned with the ...
    POLICY: Germany's new EV subsidy program takes effect
    In June 2020, Germany decided to double its contribution to electric vehicle (EV) purchase subsidy to EUR6,000 (USD7,681) as part of its strategy to bring recovery in vehicle demand in the country that had been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new EV subsidy program, called...
    POLICY: Indian state Karnataka removes registration fee, stamp duty for EVs
    The Cabinet of India’s Karnataka State Government on 25 June decided to completely waive stamp duty and registration charges for the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles (EVs) in a bid to push EV adoption in the state, according to a report by Deccan Herald. Significance: The decision is i...
    Beijing opens 52 more roads for testing autonomous vehicles
    Last week, Beijing opened 52 additional roads in Haidian District for testing of autonomous vehicles, Xinhua news agency reported on 1 July. The roads totaling 215.3 km are spread over 100-square-kilometers in the northern region of Zhongguancun Science City. According to the Haidian district g...
    US Democrats to unveil new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050
    The United States Democrats are planning to unveil a new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050, Reuters reported on 30 June. The plan will include mandating sales of zero-emission cars by 2035. The plan will also propose offering the federal tax credit for electric vehicles (EV) of USD...
    Germany grants USD 337 million to batterymaker Varta for local battery production
    German government has granted EUR300 million (USD337 million) to batterymaker Varta for push domestic battery production, Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) announced in a press release on 30 June. GTAI also said that four other companies,  BASF, BMW Group, Opel, and Umicore, with battery-cell pro...
    Automakers, suppliers may avoid compliance penalties under new USMCA trade deal for one year
    Automakers and their suppliers may avoid penalties for violating compliance for up to one year under the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), Reuters reported a US Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) official as saying. The new trade agreement, which replaces the 26-year-old North America ...
    Japan and Britain aim to finalize trade deal by end of July
    Japan and Britain are aiming to close a new trade deal by the end of July 2020, and Japan will attempt to secure at least the same tariff levels for automobiles that it has in its existing trade pact with the European Union, said Hiroshi Matsuura, the chief negotiator for trade talks with Britain, a...
    POLICY: German government plans to install 1,000 EV HPC stations through tender process
    German government is planning to install 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) high-power charging (HPC) stations in the country, National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH) announced in a press release on 26 June. The HPC fast-charge network is intended to cover the demand for medium- ...
    POLICY: Austria increases subsidies for EVs, charging stations
    Austria has increased the subsidies it will offer for buying an electric car and for setting up a charging station, Reuters reported on 29 June, citing Austrian economy minister Leonore Gewessler. A subsidy of EUR5,000 (USD5,640), up from EUR3,000 will be given for a new electric car. The government...
    REGULATION: Some 60 countries support UN regulation on automated lane keeping system
    Some 60 countries, including Japan, South Korea, and the European Union (EU) member states, have agreed to adopt a United Nation (UN) regulation that will pave the way for the safe introduction of automated driving function in vehicles in certain traffic environment, according to a press release by ...
    REGULATION: UN releases two new regulations on vehicle cyber security and software updates
    The United Nations has announced two new regulations on automotive cyber security and software updates, a press release on 25 June read. The regulations, which will apply to passenger cars, vans, trucks, and buses will come into effect from January 2021. The regulations, adopted by World Forum fo...
    Transportation groups in US call for review of FCC’s proposal on reallocation of spectrum in 5.9 GHz band
    Transportation groups in the United States have urged a Senate panel to direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider the proposal to reallocate a part of the 5.9 GHz band for broadband use, TT News reported on 23 June. The call to the Senate to act was led by the Intelligent T...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian supplier industry aims to reduce dependence on mainland Chinese imports
    The Indian auto component industry is working on steps to reduce import dependence on China and focus more on localization, according to a report by Press Trust of India (PTI) citing industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA). The domestic automotive industry is ...
    US Department of Energy to invest USD100 million toward hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects
    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is set to invest USD100 million toward hydrogen and fuel cell research and development (R&D), DOE said in a press release on 22 June. The investment is for two projects—one which is for conducting R&D to achieve large-scale, affordable elec...
    UK to invest USD91.2 million towards for advanced green automotive technology
    The UK government has announced that it will invest EUR73.5 million (USD91.2 million) toward advanced green automotive technologies, according to a press release on 23 June. A share of the new investment will be given to 10 projects across the UK to develop technology for the next generation el...
    REGULATION: US opens investigations into tire imports from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam
    The United States Commerce Department has stated that it has begun its investigations into the imports of automotive tires from Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, and Vietnam to check whether these tires are being sold in the US market at less than fair values. According to a report filed by news age...
    REGULATION: US state Nevada to adopt California ZEV mandate from 2025
    US state Nevada is planning to adopt California’s zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate and tailpipe emission rules, Reuters reported on 23 June. While the rules will be effective from 2025 model year, automakers will be allowed to earn credits from 2023 model year onward. “New regulations will n...
    EC approves investment for setting up EV charging points in Germany
    European Commission (the Commission) has approved Germany’s investment for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, eureporter.co reported on 22 June. The approval is for setting up 1,500 additional recharging points for vehicles and charging stations in...
    US city Fort Worth approves USD68.9 million incentive for electric motor maker Linear Labs
    Fort Worth, US, has approved a USD68.9 million incentive package for electric motor maker Linear Labs, news website Green Car Congress reported on 17 June. According to the report, Linear Labs is planning to acquire a 500,000-square-foot facility for advanced, smart manufacturing. The research and p...
    POLICY: Mainland China relaxes rules for production of petrol-electric hybrids
    China has relaxed its environmental quota rules by reclassifying petrol-electric full hybrids, according to a press release by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Under the new policy, which is applicable from 2021 through to 2023, the negative points awarded for making petrol...
    EU industry chief urges EU governments to be more active in setting global standards for lithium
    European Union (EU) industry chief Thierry Breton has requested the EU government to accelerate the setting up of global standards for lithium, Reuters reported on 18 June. Breton said that it is necessary to stay technologically competitive and counter China’s growing influence in setting standar...
    Vietnam ratifies trade agreement with EU
    Vietnam ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) on June 8 2020. The ratified FTA will cut or eliminate 99% of tariff on goods traded between the Southeast Asian country and the 27-member bloc, according to a report by Reuters. The European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreemen...
    India places restriction on tire imports from mainland China
    The government of India has imposed restrictions on the import of several categories of tires in a bid to promote domestic manufacturing, according to a press release on the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) website on 12 June. The government has put curbs on imports of certain new pn...
    Nine companies and eight US states sign DOT’s AV TEST Initiative
    Nine companies and eight states in the United States have signed as the first participants in a new initiatives by the Department of Transportation (DOT) called, Automotive Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative, to improve safety, testing, and public engagement of...
    Number of EV models in Europe to reach 214 by 2021
    Europe is expected to have 214 electric vehicle (EV) models on sale in 2021, as compared to just 98 models available currently, according to a statement by Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of European Commission. Šefčovič also said that despite the current crisis, the European Battery Alliance ...
    Germany to offer USD565 million for EV charging infrastructure
    From the recently announced EUR130-billion stimulus package for industries to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany has set aside EUR500 million (USD565 million) toward electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The sum will be given to private users, including household...
    Japan, UK begin trade negotiations, auto tariffs key focus area
    Japan and the United Kingdom have formally started trade negotiations with aim to reach a deal by the end of this year, Kyodo News reported on 9 June. The negotiation started through a talk via video conference between Japan Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and the UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss. Th...
    IIHS requests NHTSA to expand, strengthen safety standards for autonomous vehicles
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has urged the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to expand and strengthen safety standards for self-driving vehicles (IIHS) said in a press release on 9 June. Significance: In Marc...
    Italy mulls financial incentives for latest generation IC-engine vehicles
    The government of Italy is considering providing incentives of up to EUR4,000 (approximately USD4,540) for new car buyers to purchase the newest generation of petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles. According to a report filed by new agency Reuters on 5 June, this scheme would make Italy the third coun...
    POLICY: Greece announces tax incentives for EVs
    Greece has announced that it will offer tax incentives for purchasing electric vehicles (EV) including for electric cars, Reuters reported on 8 June. The incentive is offered as part of Greece’s 10-year climate plan for lower carbon emissions. According to the report, which cited Prime Minister Ky...
    New South Wales to triple annual procurement of electrified vehicles
    The New South Wales (NSW) government in Australia is planning to triple the annual procurement of electrified vehicles by 2023, news website The Driven reported on 2 June, citing a spokesperson from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. The NSW government has set a 30% procurement ta...
    Germany to mandate all fuel pumps to install EV charging stations
    Germany is planning to mandate all fuel pumps to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, Reuters reported on 4 June. As part of the EUR130 billion economic recovery plan that the government recently unveiled, nearly EUR2.5 billion will be spent on battery cell production and charging infras...
    EU urges carmakers to make deeper CO2 cuts to meet climate goals
    The executive European Commission of the European Union is pushing for automotive OEMs to work more toward slashing the carbon footprint of their model fleet in order to meet the more stringent emission norms that will come into effect later this year. According to a report filed by news age...
    POLICY: France increases subsidies for EVs
    France has increased the subsidies it offers to buyers of all-electric vehicles as part of its plan to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the automotive industry, EN24 news reported on 26 May. France has increased the purchase incentive for a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) (battery el...
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