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    Rising interest in active dampers despite challenges in achieving precision
    Evolution of active damping systems: The automotive industry is undergoing significant changes driven by safety regulations, emissions standards and consumer demands for comfort. Key trends include a shift to electric mobility, integrated safety features and autonomous driving. This evolution is reshaping the role of active damping systems, which are transitioning from stand-alone to fully integrated and networked systems. As vehicles become more automated, the discomfort and motion sickne...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    New French subsidies favor European EVs over Chinese EVs
    The French government’s revised rules on consumer cash incentives for electric car purchases are now favoring electric vehicles made in France and Europe, over models manufactured in China and sold in Europe, according to a news report published by news agency Reuters on Dec. 14. Citing a government list of eligible car types published on Dec. 14, the report said about 65% of electric cars sold in France will be eligible for the scheme. With immediate effect, the said scheme has incorporate...
    Echion Technologies secures Faraday Battery Challenge funding
    UK-based supplier of niobium-based anode materials for batteries, Echion Technologies, announced on Dec. 13 that it has been awarded significant funding by the UK government to undertake a collaborative research project with cell-development experts at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). The company said in its press note that the funding has been awarded by Innovate UK (IUK) under the Faraday Battery Challenge, which aims to support the government’s "Road to Zero" strategy by accelerating t...
    European Parliament gives green signal to Critical Raw Materials Act
    The European Parliament has given a green signal to the Critical Raw Materials Act, which aims to secure the region’s supply of strategic raw materials, according to a press note released by the parliament on Dec. 12. The new legislation was adopted with 549 votes to 43, with 24 abstentions. The new law will now have to be formally endorsed by the European Council before publication in the Official Journal. It is known that critical raw materials are pivotal for the region’s green and ...
    UK’s Middlesbrough Council appoints Ubitricity to install, manage 160 EV charge points
    UK’s Middlesbrough Council has appointed Ubitricity, which is the UK’s leading charge point operator (CPO) with a network of over 7,500 public charge points, to supply, install and manage up to 160 electric vehicle charge points in 90 locations across the town, the CPO announced Dec. 12. The company said that the deployment, which is a first of its kind in North East England delivering public EV charging at scale, is part of a 15-year contract between the council and Ubitricity, a wholly ...
    WeRide obtains Singapore M1 and T1 autonomous vehicles licenses
    WeRide announced that it has successfully obtained the Milestone Testing Regime Level 1 License for Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads (referred to as M1 License) and the T1 Assessment License for Autonomous Vehicles on Public Paths (referred to as T1 License) from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore, according to a press release on Dec. 10. With these licenses, WeRide's Robobus will be able to conduct tests on a larger scale on public roads in Singapore, covering important are...
    COP28: UK plans to invest £70 million to boost rapid EV charging network
    The UK government’s Transport Secretary Mark Harper announced Dec. 6 that the country plans to invest £70 million on a pilot scheme to power up motorway service areas to pave the way for ultrarapid electric vehicle charge points. Harper was speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing COP28 Transport Day in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Launched on Dec. 6, the scheme laid down the plan for up to 10 trial sites in England with boosted electrical network capacity — ensuring electricity ...
    Ministry of Transport of China issues trial transportation safety guidelines for autonomous vehicles
    China's Ministry of Transport (MOT) General Office released the "Service Guidelines on Transportation Safety for Autonomous Vehicles (for Trial Implementation)." The guidelines, organized into eight sections covering aspects such as Scope of Application, Basic Principles, and Supervision and Administration, outline key regulations for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles, according to a press release by the China MOT on Dec. 5. In terms of Application Scenarios, the guidelines specify th...
    BYD, OLADE team up to accelerate electric mobility in Latin America, the Caribbean
    BYD Ecuador and the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) have signed an interinstitutional cooperation agreement with the aim of advancing the adoption of electric mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Chinese electric-vehicle maker said Dec. 6. The agreement was signed by Jorge Burbano, country manager of BYD Ecuador, and Andrés Rebolledo Smitmans, executive secretary at OLADE, in the presence of several other delegates, the company said. Established in 1973, OLADE ...
    Euro-7 norms: The shifting dynamics of the European automotive industry
    In a vote held earlier in November, the European Parliament endorsed a modified Euro-7 emissions regulation, bringing testing procedures for new cars more in line with Euro 6 standards. While praised by some as a middle ground, apprehensions linger regarding the potential relaxation of car pollution standards. The members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will begin discussions with the EU government to finalize the new rules. What was proposed a year back in November 2022? The European Co...
    Altilium secures £700,000 from UK government for two collaborative research projects
    UK-based material recycling company Altilium has secured over £700,000 in UK government innovation funding for two collaborative research projects focused on the recovery of copper and rare earth elements (REE) from mine waste, the company announced Nov. 28. The company said that it plans to further build on its work on recovering lithium and other critical battery materials from end-of-life electric vehicle batteries by partnering with CPI and Camborne School of Mines (CSM) for the two...
    UK government’s allocation of £150 million for self-driving vehicles sector includes Oxa
    Oxa has been included by the UK government in its Advanced Manufacturing Plan, which sets out £150 million of investment to supercharge the self-driving vehicle sector as part of a bigger stimulus package targeted at high-tech industries, based on a press release on Nov. 28. In the government’s own words: “We want the UK to be the European leader in the transformation of how we move people and goods around the country. Through our CAM2030 programme, we are extending our current...
    UK government announces funding to advance autonomous transportation technologies
    The UK government has announced in a press release on Nov. 27 that it plans to make £4.5 billion investment in British manufacturing to boost economic growth, as part of a wider plan to support the country's position as a leader in connected and automated mobility (CAM). The funding will be delivered to eight sectors deemed crucial for economic growth, energy security and leveling up, including up to £150 million for CAM. This investment will be matched by industry and enable the UK's Centr...
    Nissan confirms production of electric Qashqai, Juke and all-new Leaf models in Sunderland, UK
    In an official announcement on Nov. 24, Japanese carmaker Nissan has confirmed that all the three cars it produces at its Sunderland, UK-based factory will be 100% electric. The facility, which Nissan calls the EV36Zero hub and refers to as its blueprint for future manufacturing, will consist of three electric vehicles, three gigafactories and up to £3 billion of investment. The commitment will support Nissan’s 7,000 UK employees and the 30,000 supply chain jobs in the UK, the company said...
    Horiba Mira receives RDW technical service designation for GSR2 subjects
    In a press release announcement on Nov. 23, Horiba Mira said that it has secured Technical Service Designation for automotive safety compliance from the Netherlands Type Approval Authority, RDW, for a range of critical General Safety Regulation (GSR2) requirements. The designated General Safety Regulation subjects obtained by Horiba Mira encompass a comprehensive scope, comprising: UN ECE Regulation 138 Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) UN ECE Regulation 140 Electronic Stability...
    New Jersey, US, sets goal to end gas-powered vehicle sales by 2035 to reduce emissions
    New Jersey, US, officials have announced plans to end the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles in the state by 2035, to reduce emissions and improve air quality. The rule, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2024, commits the state to an eventual move toward zero-emission vehicles. This move follows a growing number of states in the US, including California, Vermont, New York, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland and Connecticut, in making similar efforts to transition ...
    Tesla to debut in India in 2024, may begin localization by 2026
    Tesla is reportedly close to reaching an agreement with the Indian government to sell its electric vehicles in India through the Completely Built Unit (CBU) route and set up a manufacturing plant in the country. The plant is expected to be established in one of the three states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, which have well-developed ecosystems for making EVs and exporting them, according to a report published by Autocar on Nov. 22. The US-based EV maker is expected to invest a minim...
    Indian state of Tamil Nadu expects to see fivefold growth in EV charging stations by 2025
    The South Indian state of Tamil Nadu has outlined an ambitious plan to achieve a roughly fivefold increase in its currently available 400 electric vehicle charging stations by March 2025, according to a news report published by automotive publication Autocar Professional on Nov. 22. The plan was confirmed by T. R. B. Rajaa, Tamil Nadu's minister for Industries, Investment Promotions and Commerce Department, who recently disclosed the state government’s plan to the publication at a...
    German industry proposes new development standard for safe automated driving
    The German automotive industry has developed a new methodology for verifying the safety of automated driving systems in urban environments, following a four-year joint project by 21 partners. The Verification and Validation Methods (VVM) project aims to provide a consistent approach for the industry, closing a methodological gap and securing Germany's pioneering role in international competition, according to a press release on Nov. 21. The project's scenario-based safety verification approac...
    WeRide receives approval for commercial pilot operation of fully driverless robo-taxis in Beijing
    WeRide has received approval to launch a commercial pilot operation of its fully driverless Robotaxis in Beijing. The company has been granted permission to provide a charging service for the robo-taxis to the public in Yizhuang, Beijing, after receiving notice from the Beijing Intelligent Connected Vehicle Policy Pilot Zone, based on WeRide's press release on Nov. 17.  Since being approved to carry out driverless road tests in the Pilot Zone in October 2022, WeRide has successfully...
    UK government announces Automated Vehicle Bill in King’s Speech
    The UK government has revealed and shared details on the Automated Vehicle Bill, its new legislation for autonomous vehicles operating in the country, according to a press release dated Nov. 7. Announced through King Charles’ inaugural King’s Speech as monarch, the bill presents a series of measures that will, together, enable and facilitate the safe deployment of self-driving vehicles on UK roads. The government has said that the bill will support the UK autonomous vehicle market worth u...
    Australia allocates A$2 billion for critical mineral financing
    The government of Australia has allocated a A$2 billion expansion in critical minerals financing, aimed at consolidating Australia's position as a leading global supplier of critical minerals required to transition to net zero, according to a press note issued by the Australian Prime Minister's office on Oct. 24. Notably, critical minerals including rare earths are the building blocks for a clean energy future and are essential to achieving energy transition. The government estimates tha...
    Israel plans to set up 707 ultrafast EV chargers
    Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure plans to set up a total of 707 electric vehicle charging stations on traffic routes and central locations across the country, according to a press note issued by the ministry on Oct. 31. The Fuel and Gas Administration at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has confirmed the winners of the tender for the construction of fast and ultrafast EV charging stations, the ministry said, adding that it plans to allocate about 27.5 million shekels ...
    European Commission approves €659 million French state aid for EV battery startup Verkor
    Under EU state aid rules, the European Commission has approved a €659 million French measure to support battery startup Verkor in researching and developing new production processes of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles, the commission said in a press note issued Oct. 30. The measure will contribute to the achievement of the strategic objectives of the European Green Deal and the EU battery strategy, it said, adding that France had notified the commission of its plan ...
    UK passes new regulations to enable transparency in pricing of EV charging
    The UK government has passed new regulations that will ensure transparent pricing across electric vehicle charging stations, according to a press note issued by the UK Transport Department on October 25. The regulations are also aimed at ensuring that a large proportion of new public EV charging stations offer contactless payment options to the customers. These regulations, which were approved by the members of the UK Parliament on October 24, are expected to provide millions of EV drivers wi...
    EVCS receives $1.88 million from the California Energy Commission to install 247 EV chargers
    US-based electric vehicle charging network operator EVCS announced October 24 that it has been awarded $1.88 million from the California Energy Commission's (CEC's) Reliable, Equitable, and Accessible Charging for multifamily Housing (REACH) program. EVCS said that it will use the funds to install two DC fast chargers and 245 Level 2 chargers at multiunit dwellings in Southern California, Calif. These EV charging points are aimed at serving low-income and disadvantaged communities, the compan...
    California suspends tests of GM's Cruise autonomous vehicles over safety concerns
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued a statement on the immediate suspension of Cruise LLC’s deployment and driverless testing permits, according to DMV's press release on October 24. The DMV confirmed in their announcement that the subsidiary of General Motors, located in San Francisco, has had its permits for driverless testing and autonomous vehicle deployment put on hold with immediate effect. However, this suspension does not affect Cruise's authorization to conduct te...
    Hungarian government plans to launch €156 million EV adoption policy in November
    The government of Hungary plans to launch an electric vehicle adoption policy with a potential outlay of €156 million in November, according to a news report published by Hungary Today on October 20. The policy will support the adoption of electric cars by equally focusing on the development of a cross-country EV charging network as well as offering incentives to consumers on buying EVs. The report stated that the announcement was made by the Hungarian government’s Minister of Foreign Aff...
    Ontario allots C$91 million for EV charging infrastructure for smaller communities in Canada
    The Ontario government in Canada plans to provide an additional funding of C$91 million to build thousands of new electric vehicle charging stations in small and medium-sized communities, making it more convenient to charge up outside of large urban centers, in addition to encouraging people to transition to EVs in the region, the state government announced October 20. The government said in its press note that the province has begun accepting applications for its EV ChargeON program, wh...
    Queensland government plans to set up 2,500 EV charging stations in Australia
    The Queensland government in Australia plans to install 2,500 electric vehicle charging stations across the state over the next three years, according to a news report published by ABC News on October 24. The state government intends to invest A$42 million on the project, within which it aims to build an EV charging station every 150 km across the state, it said. The report added that the government also plans a trial of EV charger banks at public transport station car parks at Coomera o...
    New York to receive NEVI funding to expand network of DC fast chargers
    The US Federal Highway Administration has approved New York state’s updated plan to utilize National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program Funds to install and operate additional fast-charging stations, according to a press note issued by the New York state government in the US on October 16. To this end, the state is all set to receive its next apportionment of $37.4 million to continue expanding the network of DC fast chargers. The press note said that the approval has come as th...
    Volvo’s EX30 with Google built-in passes new European General Safety Regulation
    Volvo’s in-vehicle speed limit-announcing safety feature in collaboration with Google has received the European General Safety Regulation (GSR) certification, The Verge reported October 16. The technology, known as Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA), uses Google Maps data to accurately display the current posted speed limit on the instrument display at all times and warns drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit. “You need to know things about the road network that you cannot see to kn...
    US NHTSA fines Zipcar for uncompleted recall rentals
    US auto safety regulators National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said car-sharing firm Zipcar has agreed to pay a $150,000 fine after a government investigation found it allowed customers to rent vehicles with uncompleted recalls, Reuters reported October 17. Zipcar could be forced to pay another $150,000 if it does not comply with the terms of the settlement with the NHTSA, following a government investigation of over five years. A 2015 law requires rental car companies with ...
    Spain approves €87 million in state aid for seven EV battery projects
    Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has approved a new round of aid for electric vehicle battery production projects, according to a press note released by the ministry on October 11. It said that seven new proposals representing €87 million are provisionally authorized, wherein the aid is approved for projects that belong to Stellantis, Mobis, Fragnor and Lithium Iberia. Notably, Stellantis has four approved projects. In addition, the final resolution is approved for Be...
    Indian government panel wants vehicle-to-everything offering tied to safety rating – report
    An Indian government panel has recommended that automakers should incorporate connected car technology, such as vehicle-to-everything (V2X), to improve road safety in the country, Reuters reported October 11. The panel suggested that V2X technology can help communicate between vehicles and external systems, such as traffic lights, to prevent accidents. The panel's recommendations are based on the understanding that most traffic issues occur due to non-line-of-sight scenarios, and V2X technolo...
    Advanced Propulsion Center UK announces new funding of £86.9 million for net-zero technologies
    The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) has announced new government funding of £86.9 million to the successful applicants working on zero tailpipe emission vehicle technology, the UK government-backed agency said October 9. It said that the package of funding supports collaborative research and development (R&D) projects, which included four selected projects under this category. Further, the funding under the UK government’s Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) are allotted to: ...
    Ontario, Nevada sign MOU to cooperate on EVs, batteries, critical minerals
    Ontario, Canada, and Nevada, US, have signed a new economic cooperation memorandum of understanding (MOU), which is aimed at increasing trade, attracting new investments and consolidating supply chains in both the jurisdictions, according to a press note released by the government of Ontario on September 27. With the new MOU, the two jurisdictions plan to support joint promotion of electric vehicles, advanced manufacturing, mining, critical minerals, renewable energy and related supply chains...
    Aston Martin receives £9 million in government funding for its electrification strategy
    British luxury-car maker Aston Martin has been awarded a government funding of £9 million to execute its electrification strategy and develop high-performance premium electric cars, the company announced October 9. Funding from the UK government has been approved through the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC), the company said, adding that the grant will help in further supplementing the research and development (R&D) of Aston Martin’s innovative modular battery-electric vehicle (BEV)...
    Endolith secures $1.1M grant from the US DOE for sustainable lithium extraction
    Material mining company Endolith, which is a prominent subsidiary of Cemvita, has secured a $1.1 million grant from the US Energy Department (DOE) to harness microbes for sustainable mining, the company announced October 2. It said that the grant will be directed toward the optimization and expansion of sustainable lithium extraction with an eye toward field deployment, alongside industry partner Arizona Lithium and supporting companies, which includes Lithium Americas and Ioneer. I...
    Eighty percent of all new cars sold in the UK to be zero emission by 2030
    In a revised mandate for new car and van sales in the UK, the Department of Transport of the UK government announced September 28 that 80% of all new cars and 70% of all new vans sold in the country must be zero-emission by 2030. The threshold will be increased to 100% for both cars and vans by 2035. This also means that no petrol and diesel cars and vans will be allowed for sale in the UK after 2035. The revised mandate comes soon after UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delayed the previous gove...
    US NHTSA expands probe into Ford vehicles over engine failure risk
    The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has upgraded and expanded its investigation into 708,000 Ford Motor vehicles over catastrophic engine failures linked to a faulty valve. The agency revealed that under normal driving conditions, vehicles without warning may experience a loss of power due to engine failure related to a potentially faulty valve in 2.7-liter and 3.0-liter EcoBoost engines, a Reuters report said October 3. The investigation covers 2021 and 2022 mo...
    UK agrees on zero-emission car timetable despite shift on target for hybrids – report
    The UK government announced that it was sticking to a previous timetable to phase out cars that burn fossil fuels by 2035, limiting the impact of last week's five-year delay to a requirement that petrol and diesel cars have hybrid engines, according to a Reuters report on September 29. The latest announcement means that last week's policy change will not cause as much disruption to the industry as some manufacturers had feared when it was announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a major spe...
    Chinese automakers look to make EVs in Europe amid subsidy probe
    Several China-based automakers are planning to manufacture electric vehicles in Europe, emphasizing on the creation of new jobs while reassuring authorities of local production, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on September 26. The European Commission has been worried about the influx of cheap Chinese EVs into the market, undercutting Europe-made EVs in terms of pricing. Citing Chinese state-owned SAIC Motor and BYD, one of the largest EV makers globally, the report ment...
    UAW strike: Struggling with stoppages, suppliers urge US president to provide financial assistance
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a US automotive component supplier group, has urged US President Joe Biden to provide federal assistance to help auto parts companies impacted by the ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against the Detroit Three automakers, according to a news report published by Automotive News on September 26. The report stated that MEMA, which includes the association’s Original Equipment Suppliers and Aftermarket Suppliers groups, had in a...
    China approves Chaoji GB/T as the new standard for EV charging infrastructure
    The State Administration for Market Regulation and the National Standardization Administration of China has officially approved its own national DC fast-charging standard, according to a press note issued by the CHAdeMO Association on September 20. According to the note, the government body in China released the three key standards for ChaoJi-1, the next-generation DC charging technology using the GB/T communication protocol, on September 12. Interestingly, ChaoJi-1 uses the new, harmonized c...
    UK PM Rishi Sunak delays ICE car ban by five years to 2035, calls it a ‘fairer path’ to trimming emissions
    UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has moved back the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the country by five years to 2035, the UK government announced September 20. “This means some measures that were planned are no longer needed to fulfil them,” the government said in a note, adding that the UK will remain the country with the most ambitious, stringent decarbonization targets in the world even after these changes are made. Notably, the delay in the earlier planned ban on the...
    US prepares to embrace cellular V2X—a watershed moment for road safety?
    Communication between vehicles and everything around them, often referred to as vehicle-to-everything (V2X), have developed along two distinct technical paths based upon the underlying technology being used—wireless local area networks which are standardized around the IEEE 802.11p specifications (also called dedicated short-range communications or DSRC), and of course, cellular V2X that is based around LTE and 5G specifications published by the 3GPP (also called C-V2X). C-V2X—the clear w...
    UAW plans more strikes against the Detroit Three as both sides fail to reach agreement
    United Auto Workers (UAW) members protesting in Michigan, US, and Ohio, US, have urged the UAW union leaders to continue the ongoing strike, holding to the union’s biggest demands on pay hikes and compensation, according to a news report published by Reuters on September 20. The report stated that the UAW strike against the Detroit Three — General Motors, Stellantis and Ford Motor Co. — has entered its fifth day. Citing UAW, the report said that the labor union plans to expand...
    European Commission launches probe on Chinese EVs flooding European markets
    The European Commission has launched an anti-subsidy investigation to figure out whether it should impose punitive tariffs on cheaper Chinese electric vehicles in an attempt to guard European carmakers, according to a news report published by Reuters on September 13. Several China-based EV makers such as Nio, BYD, SAIC, XPeng, Geely and FAW, among others, have been lately expanding their presence across Europe by setting up retail stores. The commission estimates that Chinese EVs are che...
    Saudi Arabia to deploy vehicle-to-everything solutions using 5.9-GHz bandwidth
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to launch the 5.9-GHz bandwidth for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, The Siasat Daily reported on September 17. The use of V2X is seen as the initiation of autonomous mobility in the country. The Saudi Communication, Space and Technology Commission (CST) will initially examine V2X applications, types of communication and significant developments. Significance: V2X is already a major part of roadways in Europe, North America, Japan, South Korea and Chi...
    Mercedes-Benz could recall Euro 6 vehicles due to installation of defeat devices – report
    Mercedes-Benz could be asked to make further recalls after German transport authority KBA regarded inadmissible defeat devices installed in some of its vehicles, Reuters reported on September 16. The report cited a letter leaked by a whistleblower to environmental nongovernmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe. According to the letter, the German transport authority referred to three devices found in cars produced under the Euro 6 standard. While the KBA did not respond to Reuters...
    US NHTSA demands explanation from Tesla over Autopilot safety
    The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is investigating Tesla's Autopilot driver assistance system, has sought an explanation for a software change that allows drivers to keep their hands off the wheel for longer, Reuters reported August 30. The NHTSA believes it increases the risk of collisions. The regulatory body has asked Tesla when the software update was introduced, the number of vehicles affected, its reason for installing, and collisions or near-misses in...
    Ford gets regulatory nod to use BlueCruise technology in Germany
    Ford has received approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority to use BlueCruise technology in Germany, according to a company press release on August 28. In designated sections on highways called Blue Zones, drivers will be able to take their hands off the steering wheel. An important requirement for the German authorities was an infrared camera mounted behind the steering wheel. It checks whether the driver is still watching the traffic situation. It essentially ensures that the driv...
    Is the vehicle-data brokerage business sustainable?
    There is no denying that connected cars generate big data. Data has received increasing attention in the automotive industry over the last five to 10 years, alongside the expansion of connected-vehicle fleets and the digital-services ecosystem. More global players have placed data on the top of their strategic agendas as they prepare to engage in new data-driven business models. Additionally, the software-defined vehicle and its always-on connectivity have made it possible to monetize data and s...
    Xiaomi gets Chinese regulatory approval to manufacture EVs
    Xiaomi has received approval from China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to manufacture electric vehicles, Reuters reported on August 23, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. The NDRC regulates new investments and production capacity in China's auto industry. Xiaomi still has to get clearance from the Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT) before it can start manufacturing cars. It has been over two years since the firm first announced that it would start ma...
    India launches Bharat New Car Assessment Programme
    According to a press release on August 23, India's Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari launched the Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (Bharat NCAP) in New Delhi, aiming to enhance road safety by elevating vehicle-safety standards for up to 3.5-metric-ton vehicles in India. Addressing the gathering, Minister Gadkari said this is a landmark step toward empowering consumers for being able to make a better choice for buying safer cars. He further said that Bharat NCAP wi...
    US NHTSA proposes requiring passenger, rear seat belt reminder systems – report
    According to a Reuters report dated August 22, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed expanding and enhancing reminder systems in vehicles, aiming to boost seat belt use and reduce traffic crash deaths and injuries that are on the rise. The intended new warning system would extend to both rear seat and front seat passengers, and expand current warnings for the driver. It would apply to passenger cars, trucks and most buses that weigh 10,000 lb or ...
    California Department of Motor Vehicles probes crash involving General Motors’ Cruise robo-taxis
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said that it is investigating "recent concerning incidents" involving autonomous vehicles operated by General Motors' unit Cruise in San Francisco, and asked the company to take half its robo-taxis off the roads, according to a report published by Reuters on August 21. The statement from the California DMV came after a Cruise robo-taxi was involved in a crash with an emergency vehicle in San Francisco late August 17. The regulator also said it...
    Cohda Wireless’ connected vehicle technology solution gets certification in Europe
    Cohda Wireless has announced that its connected vehicle technology solution, the MK6, has achieved CE Certification in Europe, in a press release dated August 16. The MK6 is also Radio Equipment Regulations (RER) certified for the UK. The certification will help with the implementation across the continent. The MK6 road-side unit (RSU) and onboard unit (OBU) offer holistic connectivity features as standard, including dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), cellular vehicle-to-everything ...
    CPUC approves 24-hour Cruise and Waymo robo-taxi services in California
    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) have greenlit the expansion of two competing robo-taxi services, Cruise and Waymo, to provide round-the-clock autonomous rides across San Francisco, according to a report published by CBS News on August 10. The CPUC, after a lengthy deliberation and public input, voted 8-2 in favor of the expansions. This move positions San Francisco as the first major US city to host two fleets of driverless vehicles in competition with traditional human-oper...
    US DOE announces $10.9 million for 10 battery-grade lithium sourcing projects
    The US Energy Department (DOE) has announced a funding initiative of $10.9 million for 10 projects that are aimed at developing new technologies to extract and convert battery-grade lithium from geothermal brine sources in the US, according to a news report published by Electrive.com on August 7. All of the selected 10 projects are categorized under two main topics — "Field Validation of Lithium Hydroxide Production from Geothermal Brines" and the "Applied Research & Development fo...
    Japanese government plans to mandate charging point operators to increase output of EV chargers to 90 kW
    The Japanese government plans to roll out a new mandate aimed at more than doubling the power output of electric vehicle chargers installed on the country’s highways in order to reduce charging duration and encourage the adoption of EVs, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on August 7. The report stated that Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry looks to set new standards applied to quick chargers for EVs and plug-in hybrids. These standards will require charging...
    European Commission approves state aid for Taiwan’s solid-state battery-maker ProLogium
    The European Commission has approved a €1.5 billion French measure to support Taiwan’s solid-state battery (SSB) technology company ProLogium Technologies, the commission announced August 3. The aid has been approved under the EU state aid rules, and will be provided to the company for researching and developing a new generation of batteries for electric vehicles, it said, adding that the measure will contribute to the achievement of the strategic objectives of the European Green Deal and th...
    Japan launches joint exploration with three African nations to build battery supply chain
    The Japanese government plans to work with three African nations with an aim to establish reliable supply chains for cobalt and other critical minerals that are used in manufacturing electric vehicle batteries, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on August 2. The report mentioned that Tokyo plans to work with Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia to expand joint exploration for critical battery materials in each country. The said exploration projects are expecte...
    New mandate in India may require carmakers to use 20% recycled materials from 2026–27
    Carmakers in India may soon have to use 20% recycled materials of the total weight of metals they use to produce a vehicle from 2026–27 under an upcoming policy, according to a news report published by The Economic Times Auto on August 2. The policy — Extended Production Responsibility (EPR) — is currently being prepared by the central government, it said, adding that the quantum of recycled materials will progressively increase as more vehicle scrapping centers become operational acros...
    OMV Petrom plans to install over 400 fast-charging points along Europe’s TEN-T network
    Southeast European energy company OMV Petrom announced July 27 that it plans to install more than 400 ultrafast-charging points along the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) by November 2025. The company said that it will develop the regional network along the highways passing through Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. To this end, the group of companies formed by OMV Petrom Marketing (OPM), OMV Hungária Ásványolj Kft/OMV Hungária Kft (OMV HU) and OMV Slovensko sro (OMV SK) have received...
    US and Europe begin their quest for secure REE supply chain
    As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to become mainstream and witness rapid adoption across the world, securing an uninterrupted supply of rare earth elements (REEs) has emerged as a critical issue for automakers and governments alike. Demand for REEs and other critical materials for battery and permanent magnet for e-motors is expected to witness an exponential rise over the next decade, compelling automakers, tier 1 suppliers and governments to look for ways to establish a secure and sustainabl...
    California agency to investigate connected-car data collected by automakers
    The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) is reviewing the privacy practices of automakers and vehicle technology companies amid concerns about the growing volume of data collected by cars. The agency’s Enforcement Division is making inquiries about vehicles embedded with features such as location sharing, web-based entertainment, smartphone integration and cameras; however, the agency declined to identify which companies it is reviewing, Reuters reported August 1. "Modern vehicles ar...
    Auto safety and consumer advocates urge Congress not to advance autonomous vehicle legislation in US
    According to a report published by Automotive News on July 25, auto safety and consumer advocates have voiced strong opposition to proposed autonomous vehicle legislation, claiming that the bills lack essential safety measures to protect road users. The advocates called on Congress not to advance the legislation, which they believe lacks "common sense" safeguards and proper regulations. Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, expressed concerns during a virtual press ...
    Monetization potential of connected-car data
    As soon as a vehicle is connected to the internet, it turns into a hub for an entire ecosystem of connected services driven by data and content generated both inside and outside the car. Depending on how the value of the data changes and what new data become valuable during the coming decades, vehicle-related data segments will continue to hold value for various industries, including automotive. Premium infotainment, feature upgrades and enhancements, service unlocks, premium advanced driver ass...
    European Union enacts €43 billion ‘Chips Act’ to boost semiconductor production
    According to a report published by Bloomberg on July 25, the EU has enacted a €43 billion "Chips Act" to bolster domestic semiconductor production. The Chips Act was approved by the European Parliament earlier in July and will become effective once it is published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This act was proposed by the European Commission as part of an ambitious goal to produce 20% of the world's semiconductors by 2030. Companies such as Intel and STMicroelectron...
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