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    Nuro secures permit to test autonomous vehicles Texas, US, without human controls
    California-based robotics firm Nuro has secured a permit to test its self-driving vehicles in Houston, Texas, US without human controls, according to a company press release on 6 February. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approv...
    POLICY: Mainland China extends NEV subsidies for two more years
    Mainland China has decided to extend  new energy vehicles (NEV) subsidies for an additional two years, Ideanomics announced in a press release on 31 March. NEVs will now be eligible for subsidies till the end of 2022. At a State Council meeting on March 31, Chinese Premier Li Leqiang also annou...
    REGULATION: US NHTSA, EPA release final SAFE Vehicles Rule on fuel economy standards
    The United States government has finalized its rollback of automotive emission norms which were initially adopted during the Obama administration. The rule, which required carmakers to improve efficiency in increments of 5% on an annual basis until the year 2026, now require annual increments of jus...
    POLICY: Serbia announces subsidy program for EVs
    Serbia has introduced a new subsidy program for purchase of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid vehicles, SeeNews reported on 16 March, citing a statement from the government. Under the program, light all-electric vehicles will be eligible for EUR5,000 (USD5,300) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV...
    China’s NDRC sets a more realistic timeline for development of intelligent vehicles
    Around two years ago, China’s National Development and Reform Corporation (NDRC) had released a draft on ‘Intelligent Vehicle Innovation and Development Strategy’ (draft strategy) to seek public opinion. The draft strategy aimed at intelligent vehicles, also referred to as intelligent and conn...
    REGULATION: NHTSA issues proposal to modernize occupant safety standards for vehicles without manual controls
    The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposal to modernize several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in automated vehicles that do not have manual controls such as steering wheels and brake pedals, the US-...
    Chinese city Guangzhou offers incentives for purchase of NEVs
    In a bid to push up demand for new electric vehicles (NEV), Chinese city Guangzhou has announced incentives for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Automotive News reported on 16 March. Guangzhou will offer an incentive of CNY10,000 (USD1,426) for both all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles ...
    REGULATION: Senate of US state Washington passes bill to adopt California’s ZEV mandate
    US state Washington has passed a bill to adopt California’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate, news website Electrek reported on 11 March. The ZEV standards mandate automakers to produce a certain number of ZEVs and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) each year, based on the total number of cars sold in Cal...
    POLICY: UK extends EV charging infrastructure grants scheme
    The United Kingdom government has extended its ‘electric vehicle homecharge scheme’ (EVHS), ‘workplace charging scheme’ (WCS), and ‘on street residential chargepoint scheme’ (ORCS) by another year, the government announced in a press release on 12 March.  From 1 April 2...
    POLICY: China’s MIIT seeks public opinion on Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles
    China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is seeking public opinion on the proposed “Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles,” Gasgoo reported on 10 March. The draft document will be available for to the public until 9 April 2020. Once fully approved, China’s own sta...
    POLICY: UK updates EV subsidy program for PEVs
    As part of the budget announced, the United Kingdom has updated its plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) grants program, the government announced in a press release on 11 March. The incentive program has been extended to 2022–23. A total of GBP532 million has been earmarked for the program, GBP403 milli...
    POLICY: Netherlands to offer subsidies for EV purchase
    The Netherlands is planning to offer subsidies for purchasing an electric car, nieuwsienw.nl reported on its website on 4 March. The government will give EUR4,000 (USD4,540) for the purchase of a new electric car, and EUR2,000 for the purchase of a used electric car. The policy is applicable fo...
    Novelis to divest Aleris’ Kentucky plant for planned acquisition of Aleris
    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a decision that clears the way for Novelis Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Aleris Corp., according to separate press releases from DOJ and Novelis on 9 March. The decision requires Novelis to sell Aleris' entire aluminum auto body sheet opera...
    Estonian government approves EUR1.16 million in subsidies for purchase of 232 EVs
    The Estonian Environmental Investment Center (KIK) has approved EUR1.16 million (USD1.31 million) in subsidies to push the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), The Baltic Times reported on 6 March. The government has endorsed 55 applications for the purchase of 232 new EVs, under a support arra...
    POLICY: US state Maine approves pilot EV charging program
    Maine Public Utility Commission has approved a pilot electric vehicle (EV) charging program focusing on Level 2 and Level 3 chargers, the Commission announced in a press release on 25 February. Under the pilot program, the commission has approved four initiatives, including a rebate program run by E...
    REGULATION: Cruise receives CPUC permit to transport passengers in self-driving vehicles in California
    Cruise Automation, a self-driving company owned by GM, has gotten permission by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), to carry passengers in its autonomous vehicles in California, Tech Crunch reported on 24 February. Cruise must update the CPUC with data about any incidents, the...
    POLICY: Chinese city Guangzhou plans to reintroduce subsidies for NEVs
    Chinese city Guangzhou is planning to reintroduce its subsidy program for new energy vehicles (NEVs), Automotive News China reported on 1 March. While more details about Guangzhou’s subsidy program was not revealed, the subsidy is aimed at offsetting the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on the cou...
    REGULATION: Colorado Senate approves bill to allow EV makers to sell directly to customers
    The Colorado senate has approved a bill that allows electric vehicle (EV) makers to sell directly to customers, news website Jalopnik reported on 28 February. The bill is only applicable to automakers who only produce EVs and have no prior dealership networks in place. It has been reported that Colo...
    REGULATION: China delays mass production of conditional AVs until 2025
    China expects automakers to begin mass production of vehicles with SAE Level 3 automated driving capability, also known as "conditional automation" by 2025, Caixin Global reported on 25 February, citing a development plan jointly released by the country’s National Development and Reform ...
    Waymo joins Cruise in opposing California’s reporting requirement on self-driving vehicles
    Waymo is the latest company to raise concern about California’s mandatory reporting requirement for companies testing self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads saying such test data is not accurate or relevant in measuring performance or progress, Reuters report on 27 February. The Calif...
    California to invest USD5 million toward hydrogen refueling stations
    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District in California is planning to invest USD5 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding for hydrogen refueling stations, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced in a press release on 20 February. According to the re...
    NHTSA orders suspension of EasyMile’s driverless shuttles after passenger injury in Ohio
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered a temporary suspension of passenger operations on 25 February, for all autonomous electric shuttles from EasyMile in the US after a passenger in Columbus, Ohio, got injured when one of the pilot vehicles made an emergency stop, ...
    Malaysia launches National Automotive Policy 2020
    Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the country’s new National Automotive Policy 2020 (NAP 2020) on February 21 at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s (MITI) office in Kuala Lumpur, malaysian-based newspaper The Star reported. The new policy, an enhanc...
    Autoliv recommends measures to improve road safety in India
    Autoliv has released a series of recommendations to improve road safety in India, according to a company press release on 18 February. The Sweden-based safety systems supplier developed these recommendations in cooperation with the Indian government, local authority, and other stakeholders. Autoliv ...
    Singapore plans to offer subsidies for electric cars and taxis from 2021
    Singapore is planning to offer subsidies for those who buy electric cars and taxis from January 2021 onwards, todayonline.com reported on 18 February, citing deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat. Under the scheme, buyers will get a subsidy of  up to 45% on the additional registration ...
    Volvo Cars supports wider emerging market seat belt regulation
    Volvo Cars has called on governments and regulators around the world to address what the company calls “a large inequality in road safety” between developed and developing economies, according to a company’s press release on 19 February. According to World Health Organization data, each year a...
    New Zealand to add up to 110 EV charging stations
    The New Zealand government has announced additional funding to ramp up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the country, Beehive.govt.nz reported on 18 February. The government approved a total of 21 projects that would see the installation of up to 110 EV chargers in more than 20 ar...
    Germany's new EV subsidy programs comes into effect
    In a note on 19 February, Germany’s Federal Office of Economics and Export Control announced that the new subsidy program for electric vehicles (EV) is now in effect. As per the new program, the environment bonus for EVs priced up to EUR40,000 (USD44,650) will be raised by half, to as much as EUR6...
    Canada to invest CAD8 million for EV charging stations in Ontario
    The government of Canada is investing CAD8 million (USD6 million) to build 160 fast chargers in Ontario to encourage widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), according to a press release on its official website on 14 February. The chargers will be installed at 73 locations for EVs across the ...
    Germany releases USD98.4 million to promote e-mobility
    Germany has released EUR90 million (USD98.4 million) towards 168 initiatives which will promote electromobility in the country, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) announced in a press release on 11 February. The investment will support purchase of over 3,800 electric veh...
    EC approves Romania's EV charging infrastructure scheme
    European Commission (EC) has approved Romania’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure scheme, EC announced in a press release on 10 February. The scheme has a budget of EUR53 million (USD58 million) and will run between the year 2020 to 2025. It will cover urban, sub-urban, and rural areas...
    Uber receives permit to resume testing of self-driving vehicles in US state California
    Uber has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to restart testing its self-driving vehicles with a backup driver on the state’s public roads, Reuters reported on 6 February. However, the US-based app-based ride-hailing service provider has no immediate plans to p...
    UK mulls banning sales of ICE, all hybrid vehicles by 2035
    The United Kingdom is considering banning sales of internal combustion engines and all forms of hybrids by 2035, CNBC reported on 4 February. The plan was announced by the British Prime minister saying that the plans were subject to consultation. “We want to go further than ever before. That’s w...
    India increases custom duty on EVs
    In the latest budget, the Indian government has announced an increase in custom duty for imported electric vehicles (EV) to between 5% and 15%, The Economic Times reported on 1 February. This will increase the cost of EVs which are imported as completely-built units or as knocked-down kits. The cust...
    UK city Lancashire sets up 150 on-street EV charging stations
    Lancashire County Council, in partnership with BP Chargemaster, is nearing completion of a project that involves installation of 150 on-street charging points for electric vehicles (EV) in Lancashire, United Kingdom, according to a press release on the official website of Lancashire County Council o...
    ZF secures US, EU approval for Wabco deal
    German auto parts major ZF Friedrichshafen has secured unconditional US and EU antitrust approval for its previously announced USD7 billion acquisition of Wabco, Reuters reported on 23 January. According to the report, US regulators had required the companies to sell Wabco's steering components busi...
    United Kingdom doubles funding for on-street EV charging infrastructure
    The UK government has announced its plans to double its funding to install electric vehicle (EV) charge points on residential streets, according to a press release on the official website of the UK Department of Transport on 21 January. This will double the funding from GBP5 million (USD6.5 million)...
    South Korea outlines safety standards for Level 3 automated driving
    The South Korean government released safety standards for production and commercialization of Level 3 autonomous driving vehicle in the country earlier this month. The standards, first of their kind in the world, were finalized by the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (...
    US DOT releases latest version of federal guidelines for automated vehicles
    The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) released the latest version of automated vehicle guidelines, called ‘Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0’ (AV 4.0),’ during the CES 2020 held earlier this month in Las Vegas. According to a ...
    New York announces "Make-Ready" program for EV charging infrastructure
    New York has announced a new utility-supported "Make-Ready" program for developing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the state, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on his website on 17 January. The "Make-Ready" Program would run through 2025 to coincide with New York's goa...
    US-state New Jersey aims for 330,000 units of PEVs on-road by 2025
    US-state New Jersey has passed a bill which aims to have 330,000 units of light plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the road by 2025. As per the bill which was adopted on 9 January, by 2035, PEV registrations are expected to go up to 2 million units, and by the end of 2040, at least 85% of all new l...
    China to not cut NEV subsidies in July, says minister
    China is not planning to cut new energy vehicle (NEV) subsidies in July this year and the NEV subsidy scheme will largely remain stable through the year, reported Reuters, citing Miao Wei, China’s minister for industry and information technology (MIIT). “There was a subsidy cut on July 1 la...
    Oxford plans to set up zero-emission zone in 2020
    Oxford, in the United Kingdom, is planning to set up a zero-emission zone in the city center, Autocar reported on 10 January. The proposal is expected to come into effect from December 2020. Under the proposal, non-electric vehicles are expected to be charged GBP10 per day to enter th...
    South Korea to increase e-mobility subsidy budget for 2020
    South Korean Government is planning to allocate KRW950 billion (USD821 million) towards electromobility activities in South Korea, which is a growth of 54% as compared to allocation in 2019, Yonhap News Agency reported on 3 January, citing Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The amount will be u...
    Indian state Kerala to install 131 EV charging stations under central government scheme
    Indian state Kerala is planning to install 131 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state as part of the central government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) Scheme, Mathrubhumi reported today (6 January). Nearly 50 of these charging stations will b...
    Germany sets up national control center for EV charging infrastructure
    Germany has set up a new national control center for developing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the country, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) announced in a press release on 20 December. The center will be responsible for calculation of need...
    India’s Delhi government launches EV policy
    India’s capital territory Delhi has launched a new electric vehicle (EV) policy to increase the adoption of EVs in the city, Autocar Professional reported on 24 December. The government will offer incentives to all classes of vehicles, from 2-wheelers to 4-wheelers, and also for charging infrastru...
    London to install 1,000 more EV chargers in 2020
    The government of London is planning to install 1,000 additional electric vehicle (EV) chargers in residential areas across across 29 boroughs in the city, it announced in a press release on 20 December. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, together with London Councils and Transport for London (TfL), w...
    California DMV permit testing of light vehicle commercial vehicles on public roads
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has allowed testing and commercial use of light commercial vehicles on its public roads, KRCR News reported last week. The change in regulation will allow companies to test light autonomous vehicle weighting less than 10,001 pounds, including Class 1...
    eSync Alliance becomes associate member of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association
    The eSync Alliance has announced that it has formally joined the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) as an associate member, a press statement read on 16 December. The eSync Alliance is an open consortium for standardizing over-the-air (OTA) vehicle updates and diagnostic data gathering platf...
    Japan to make automatic braking mandatory for new vehicles from November 2021
    Japan plans to make fitment of the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system mandatory in all new and remodeled passenger cars sold in the country from November 2021, The Japan Times reported on 17 December. The existing models will be required to be equipped with automatic brake systems from De...
    South Korea increases purchasing of green cars in 2019 to align with new energy drive
    The public sector organizations of South Korea have ramped up the purchasing of environmentally-friendly vehicles this year amidst a new energy drive, according to a report filed by Seoul-based news agency Yonhap on December 10th. This purchasing includes fuel cell vehicles in particular, and is bei...
    GEF launches new global e-mobility program
    The Global Environment facility (GEF) launched a global e-mobility program at the COP25 climate summit to help an initial set of 17 developing countries deploy electric vehicles (EV) at scale, GEF announced in a press release on 6 December. The initial countries that will participate in the GEF Glob...
    FCC votes to split 5.9 GHz band for C-V2X, Wi-Fi
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to split the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi and cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) uses, in a statement made on 12 December. Of the 75 MHz in question, the commission proposed to allocate the lower 45 MHz spectrum of the band for unlicen...
    Nokia, Daimler, and other automotive suppliers agree on mediation to resolve technology licensing dispute
    Nokia, Daimler, and certain car parts suppliers have agreed to an independent mediation to resolve their technology licensing dispute, Reuters reported on 12 December. Nokia and the German automaker have been at odds over royalties regarding technologies in navigation systems, vehicle commun...
    EC approves USD3.5 billion towards battery value chain R&D
    The European Commission (EC) has approved nearly EUR3.2 billion (USD3.5 billion) for research and development (R&D) of the entire battery value chain in Europe, according to a press release on 9 December. The funding is under EU State aid rules for an Important Project of Common European in...
    Denso agrees to pay USD19 million to settle class action lawsuits in Canada
    Denso Corporation and some of its consolidated subsidiaries have entered into a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in putative class action lawsuits in Canada, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 9 December. The company agreed to pay approximately JPY2.1 billion (USD19 million). ...
    Mercedes-Benz to end sales of BS-IV vehicles within a few weeks
    Germany-based luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has stated that it will end the retail sales of BS-IV vehicles in India within a few weeks, according to a quote provided to ET Auto. The company has already stopped manufacturing these vehicles in India ahead of its preparation to switch completel...
    AutoX applies for permit to test self-driving car without safety driver in California
    Chinese self-driving technology startup AutoX has applied for a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to allow testing of its self-driving cars on the state’s public roads without safety drivers, Reuters reported on 4 December. “After three years of efforts, we believe th...
    ACEA presents ‘check-list’ of rules and regulations for automated driving in EU
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has drawn a ‘check-list’ of rules and regulations needed to enable automated driving in the European Union (EU), the association said in a press release on 3 December. The checklist details the legislative framework that is needed to be...
    FCC proposes to reallocate spectrum used for DSRC for Wi-Fi and C-V2X purposes
    The Federal Communications Commissions has proposed reallocating spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi and cellular vehicle to everything (C-V2X) purposes, it said in a release on 20 November. The spectrum is currently being used for a service called Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC)...
    China aims for NEV sales to reach 25% market share by 2025
    China is aiming for new energy vehicles (NEV) sales to touch 25% market share of total car sales in the country by 2025, Reuters reported today (3 December) citing China’s industry ministry. According to the report, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s draft on NEVs proposed tha...
    France proposes new initiatives to help automakers meet CO2 emission norms
    France has proposed new initiatives to support the automakers to meet the tightening CO2 emission norms for cars, Reuters reported on 2 December, citing Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. The government is planning to create two funds of EUR25 million (USD28 million) each to help the sector deal with ...
    LACI, partners release roadmap to accelerate deployment of ZEVs in Los Angeles region
    Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), along with its partners, has released the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0 to accelerate deployment of ZEVs in Los Angeles region, LACI announced in a press release on 26 November. The new program aims to have electric vehicles (EV) account for 30% of all light...
    European Commission clears acquisition of Cattierite by Umicore
    European Commission (EC) has approved Umicore’s acquisition of the Netherlands-based Cattierite Holdings Coöperatief, the EC announced on its website on 26 November. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because of the companies' limited market...
    European Union Agency for Cybersecurity publishes report on security of smart cars
    The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) published a report on the cybersecurity of smart cars on 25 November. The agency took stock of all existing standardization, legislative and policy Initiatives and said that the report is aimed to serve as a reference point to promote cybersecur...
    NHTSA seeks public comment on nine draft research test procedures to assess ADAS performance
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on a series on nine draft procedures developed by the US-based safety agency to assess the performance of certain types of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) available to consumers, the agency said in a state...
    Moscow City Council adopts law to exempt EVs from transport tax
    Moscow City Council has decided to exempt electric vehicles (EV) from transport tax, news website RusAutoNews reported on 23 November. The newly adopted law will remain in effect  until the end of 2024. Significance: The new law has been introduced to Moscow City Council by the mayor of the ...
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority extends free EV charging program until end of 2021
    The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority or DEWA has said that its initiative to offer free charging for electric vehicles (EVs) will be extended until 31 December 2021, the Gulf Business reported on November 24. The initiative was due to expire at the end of this year. DEWA added that the ...
    US groups request automakers to adopt common name for driver assistance technology
    In an effort to reduce confusion among consumers, a group of stakeholders in the United States have urged automakers to adopt standardized names for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology from a list they released last week, Reuters reported on 20 November. The list of names has been dr...
    California updates its EV rebates program
    US-state California has updated its electric vehicle (EV) subsidy programs, which will come into effect on 3 December 2019, the California government announced on Clean Vehicle Rebate Project website. Under the new rules, only vehicles with a price of less than USD60,000 vehicles will be eligible fo...
    California prohibits state purchasing of sedans solely powered by ICEs
    According to a press release from the California Department of General Services (DGS) on 15 November, the government body has issued an executive order (EO) that prohibits state agencies from purchasing sedans that are powered solely by internal combustion engines (ICEs). However, this order, w...
    Council of the European Union to mandate presence of advanced safety systems in automobiles by mid 2022
    The Council of the European Union voted to adopt regulations to mandate the presence of advanced safety systems in automobiles by mid 2022, according to a press release on 11 November. The new rules state that all motor vehicles (including trucks, buses, vans, and sport utility vehicles) wil...
    Volvo offers one-year free electricity to car buyers in UK to charge their new plug-in hybrid cars
    Volvo has announced that it will provide free electricity for buyers in the United Kingdom (UK) to charge their plug-in hybrid cars, according to a company press release on 8 November. The offer is available across the full range of seven Volvo plug-in hybrid cars purchased from now until 30 June 20...
    Germany plans to increase purchase subsidies for EVs
    Germany plans to offer higher subsidies for purchase of an electric vehicle (EV) from 2020 onwards, Automotive News Europe reported on 5 November. Incentives for EVs priced up to EUR40,000 (USD44,650) will be raised by half, to as much as EUR6,000. For plug-in hybrid vehicles, the subsidy will ...
    British city Brighton to install more than 200 new EV charging points
    British city Brighton is planning to install around 207 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the next few months, Brighton & Hove City Council announced in a press release on 30 October. Following a tender process, the council appointed Electric Blue to install and maintain the electric ...
    German government partners with H2 Mobility to expand hydrogen refueling infrastructure
    Germany’s  Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and H2 Mobility have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further expand hydrogen refueling stations in the country, H2 Mobility announced in a press release on 5 November. Under the agreement, the hydrogen fi...
    5GAA issues feedback on call for inputs on the impact of 5G on regulation from BEREC
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) issued feedback on a call for inputs on the impact of 5G on regulation from Body of European regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) in a press release on 28 October. It has issued the following recommendations: 5GAA considers the availability...
    Germany aims to have one million EV charging points by 2030
    Germany is aiming to have one million electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed in the country by 2030, Reuters reported on 3 November citing a video message German chancellor Angela Merkel. “For this [speeding shift to low-emission battery-powered vehicles] purpose, we want to cre...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    South Korea plans to roll out 86 hydrogen refueling stations by end of this year
    The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of South Korea announced on October 22nd that it would ensure that 310 hydrogen refuelling stations will be installed across the country by the year 2022, and that installations will commence without any delay, according to South Korean news agency ...
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    Indian state Odisha plans to offer subsidies to EV buyers, manufacturers
    To promote electric vehicles (EVs), India’s Odisha state government plans to offer subsidies and incentives to both EV manufacturers and buyers, according to a report by Times of India on 22 October. The government has asked the finance department to finalize the size of subsidies and incentives f...
    Germany to invest USD25.9 million to promote hydrogen mobility
    Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is set to invest EUR23.5 million (USD25.9 million) in promoting hydrogen mobility, BMVI announced in a press release on 17 October.  “The scope of the funded projects ranges from forklift trucks to equipping a...
    UK invests USD32.2 million in three zero-emission transportation projects
    The United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and delivered by Innovate UK has announced an investment of GBP25.4 million (USD32.2 million) towards three zero-emission transportation projects, according to a press release by APC on 16 October. APC said that the three...
    Korea aims to have 33% of new vehicles to be electric by 2030
    South Korea is aiming to have 33% of all new vehicles sold in the country to be electric by 2030, Korea Herald reported on 15 October, citing South Korean president Moon Jae-in. In the same time frame, the country is expecting to corner 10% of the global green car market. “Korea will raise the por...
    EC probes Hungary's plans to grant EUR108 million of public support for Samsung SDI battery plant
    European Commission (EC) has initiated a probe into Hungary’s plans to grant EUR108 million (USD119 million) of public support for Samsung SDI’s lithium-ion  battery plant in Göd, Hungary, the EC announced in a press release on 14 October. EC will investigate if the investment int the plan...
    EU imposes anti-dumping duty on Chinese steel road wheels
    European Union (EU) has imposed a provisional anti-dumping duty of up to 66% on Chinese steel road wheels for motor vehicles, Reuters reported on 10 October. EU has accused Chinese exporters of selling the steel wheels at below market cost. “Provisional measures should be imposed to prevent furthe...
    China plans to stop subsidies for FCEVs by the end of 2020
    China is planning to stop subsidies for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) as well by the end of 2020, China Daily reported on 14 October, citing China’s Ministry of Finance. "Some carmakers have become over-reliant on subsidies and thus find it difficult to compete in the global markets. And desp...
    Indian state West Bengal plans to offer subsidy to covert diesel taxis to electric
    The West Bengal state government has planned to phase out diesel taxis and replace them with electric cabs or e-cabs in a bid to phase out vehicles emitting noxious smoke, according to a report last month by ET Auto, citing a senior official. The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) in c...
    South Korean government plans to modify expressways for self-driving vehicles
    The South Korean government is planning to modify all expressways in the country for use by self-driving vehicles by 2024, the Yonhap News Agency reported today (16 October). As part of the plan, the government will initially upgrade its 5,500 kilometers of highways with wireless communication netwo...
    Delhi city government in India to reserve site for EV charging stations at parking lots under new policy
    In a bid to curb pollution and promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Delhi, India, the municipal corporations in Delhi are now mulling over reserving spots and setting up charging stations in parking lots, according to a report by the Economic Times on 16 October. South Delhi Municipal Corp...
    Ireland changes EV incentive policy for corporate purchases
    Ireland's government has discontinued the electric vehicle (EV) incentives for businesses purchasing electric or plug-in hybrids cars, The Irish Times reported on 9 October. The companies buying electric vans will still be eligible for the EUR3,800 incentive. The government has also extended the 0% ...
    UK’s BSI invites comments on autonomous vehicle safety rule ‘PAS 1881’
    The British Standard Institution (BSI) is inviting comments on PAS 1881 to assure safety for automated vehicle trials and development testing in the United Kingdom, BSI said in a press release on 9 October. “We welcome comments on this draft Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) 1881: Assur...
    Denmark calls for strategy to ban sale of petrol, diesel cars in EU by 2030
    Denmark has has called for a strategy to ban petrol and diesel cars in the European Union by 2030, Reuters reported on 4 October. The proposal was supported by 10 other European Union countries. According to the report, which cited Denmark’s Climate and Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen, Denmark’s n...
    Government of India modifies EV charging station norms
    The government of India has modified its guidelines for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the country, The Economic Times reported on 4 October. Under the new guidelines, there will be at least one charging station to be available in a grid of 3km x 3km in cities and one charging...
    EV battery production in Europe enters the fast lane
    From being almost non-existent on a global battery production map a couple of years back, Europe has emerged as a key location for setting up electric vehicle (EV) battery cell development and manufacturing facilities. There has been a strong push from national governments and the European Unio...
    UK government offers grants for EV charging to nine local authorities across Wales
    The United Kingdom has announced hundreds of thousands of pounds in grants for nine local authorities across Wales for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, according to a government press release on 25 September. The government has earmarked GBP458,724.50 (USD571,601) for five c...
    US states Minnesota and New Mexico plan to adopt California's vehicle emissions, ZEV standards
    US states Minnesota and New Mexico have decided to adopt California’s vehicle emission standards and zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate, Reuters reported on 26 September citing the governors of the two states. While Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was quoted as saying that the state plans to ad...
    ACEA, CLEPA, other automotive industry associations urge UK and EU to avoid ‘no-deal’ Brexit
    The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) as well as 21 national associations including the Committee of French Automobile Manufacturers (CCFA), the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), and the Society of Motor M...
    US revokes California’s power to set own emission standards
    The United States government has revoked the federal waiver to California that allowed it to set its own automotive emissions standards, president Donald Trump said in a tweet on September 18. “The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce...
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