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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    AAA research finds that AEB and LKA features are affected by moderate to heavy rain
    North American motor club federation American Automobile Association (AAA) announced on 14 October the results of its research study that indicated that the performance of automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance features can be impeded by moderate to heavy rain. According to ...
    Vehicle AEB systems in Japan to include protection for cyclists from July 2024
    The Japanese transport ministry at the end of September amended the country’s automatic braking system safety provisions to include protection for bicycle riders from July 2024, according to the Asahi Shimbun. While automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems are currently only required to preven...
    German government begins releasing tenders for countrywide EV charging network
    Making an announcement on 1 October, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) said that it is starting the tender for the Germany network for which new companies and their consortiums can compete for the bid to set up and operate electric vehicle (EV) chargers acro...
    Waymo, Cruise win California permits to offer autonomous rides in California
    According to a Reuters press release dated 30 September, General Motors Co's Cruise and Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving car subsidiaries were the first to receive autonomous vehicle permits to offer rides to passengers in California. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted Cruis...
    EU court adviser finds VW 'temperature window' software is broadly illegal
    According to a Reuters press release dated 23 September, software used by Volkswagen AG to alter pollutant emissions based on temperature and altitude is illegal unless it prevents potentially dangerous sudden engine damage, an adviser to the European Union's top court said on Thursday. If confir...
    Michigan plans to build first road to wirelessly charge EVs
    While addressing the participants in the opening ceremony at Motor Bella on 21 September, Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state will soon see nation's first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road. According to a note released by the state government’s websit...
    China rolls out autonomous driving standards
    According to a press release published on South China Morning Post on 20 September, China has published its first national standards for grading autonomous driving, which will go into effect in March 2022, providing a benchmark for automakers to develop the futuristic technology. China's six-leve...
    US regulator opens investigation into 30 million vehicles over Takata air bag inflators
    According to an ETAuto press release dated 20 September, US auto safety investigators have opened a new investigation into 30 million vehicles built by nearly two dozen automakers with potentially defective Takata air bag inflators, according to a government document seen by Reuters on 19 Septe...
    Germany’s BMVI grants USD94 million to Fraunhofer Society for fuel cell production
    Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has granted nearly EUR80 million (USD94 million) to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's National Action Plan for Fuel Cell Production, BMVI said in a press release on 17 September. “Financing is provided by the future fund of...
    Indian government clears USD3.54 billion production-linked incentive scheme for auto industry
    The Indian government has on 15 September approved a production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme with an outlay of about USD3.54 billion (INR260 billion) to encourage domestic manufacturing capabilities of the automobile industry with a focus on futuristic technologies involving electric and hydrogen f...
    Europe plans a Chips Act to boost semiconductor sovereignty
    According to a press release on ET Auto dated 15 September, the European Commission announced plans for a new chipmaking "ecosystem" to keep the EU competitive and self-sufficient after a global semiconductor shortage showed the hazards of relying on Asian and US suppliers. "We will pre...
    ACEA lists 10 EU nations with no EV charging point per 100km of road
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has announced on 9 September that its new data findings reveal that there is a serious lack of electric charging points along the road networks in most EU member states. ACEA’s findings show that 10 countries do not even have one charger ...
    US Department of Energy grants USD30 million for R&D on critical materials
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has granted a funding of USD30 million for 13 national lab and university-led research projects to develop new technologies that will help secure the supply of critical materials required for building clean energy technologies, including the electric vehicle (EV) ba...
    South Korea announces USD10.3 billion budget to promote e-mobility
    The South Korean government has passed a bill that sets the year 2050 as the target for carbon neutrality in the country. According to a report filed by Electrive on 2 September, the National Assembly of the country has also earmarked KRW12 trillion (approximately USD10.3 billion) in 2022 for the e-...
    Indian state Odisha rolls out electric vehicle policy 2021
    The Indian state government of Odisha has approved an electric vehicle (EV) policy in an attempt to promote EV manufacturing and adoption of pollution-free transport, news agency PTI reported on 28 August. The Odisha Electric Vehicle Policy, 2021 was approved during a cabinet meeting chaired...
    EV maker Tesla’s proposal for lower import duty in India finds support
    U.S.-based electric car maker Tesla’s proposal for a reduction in import duty to enter the Indian market has found support by several government agencies, including the road transport ministry, department for promotion of industry and internal trade and think tank NITI Aayog, according to a news r...
    US approves licenses for Huawei to buy auto chips
    According to press release on Reuters dated 26 August, US officials have approved license applications worth hundreds of millions of dollars for China's blacklisted telecom company Huawei to buy chips for its growing auto component business, two people familiar with the matter said. Huawei, ...
    Indian government to launch PLI scheme soon, plans to allocate USD7.7 billion to auto sector
    The Indian government, which has been pushing for growing localization of automotive parts and reducing import dependency for the industry, is in the final stages of announcing a big-ticket production-linked incentive or PLI scheme, The Economic Times reported on 27 August, citing a cabinet minister...
    Germany commissions 1,000 fast charging locations, unveils price models
    In order to provide the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in medium- and long-haul traffic, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has issued tenders for the construction and operation of 1,000 fast charging locations, each with several charging point...
    Germany commits over USD584 million for EV charging infrastructure
    German government’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has committed a total of EUR500 million (USD584 million) to be invested by the end of 2025 for further development of public charging infrastructure in Europe’s largest car market, BMVI said in an official statem...
    Autonomous vehicle startup Aurora launches safety framework for self-driving vehicles
    Aurora, the Silicon Valley self-driving startup founded by former Tesla, Uber, and Google executives, has released what it claims is the industry's first tool for evaluating whether and when autonomous trucks and cars are safe to deploy on public roads without a human behind the wheel, according to ...
    UK presents its first hydrogen strategy, targets production of 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030
    The UK Government has unveiled its first Hydrogen Strategy, aimed at developing a thriving low carbon hydrogen sector in the country. According to a publication by the UK Government dated 17 August, the country is targeting production numbers of 5 GW of low carbon hydrogen by the year 2030, in accor...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    Renesas, Dialog Semiconductor announces conclusion of final regulatory review
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 16 August, Renesas Electronics Corporation and Dialog Semiconductor announce that the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission has waived its jurisdiction to review Renesas' proposed all-cash acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor. The relevant authoritie...
    US government opens investigation into Tesla Autopilot crashes with emergency vehicles
    According to a press release published on The Verge on 16 August, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into Tesla's Autopilot software in order to evaluate the technologies and methods used to monitor, assist, and enforce the driver's engagement...
    India announces National Hydrogen Mission, aims for energy self-reliance by 2047
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the launch of a National Hydrogen Mission, which aims to accelerate generation of carbon-free fuel from renewables as India targets to achieve self-reliance in energy generation by 2047, a report filed by news agency PTI said on 15 August. While d...
    Volkswagen, Tesla call for lower import tax on EVs in India
    Volkswagen AG and Tesla Inc have called for lower import duties on electric cars in India to help drive demand for clean vehicles, according to a Reuters report. Lowering import duties on electric vehicles (EVs) even to 25% from the current levels of as high as 100% would not pose a threat to the...
    Democrats ask for USD85-billion funding for EV charging in the US
    A group of 28 US House Democrats on Monday asked congressional leaders to allocate USD85-billion funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, Reuters reported on 10 August, citing that the demand represents a big jump over the funding proposed in a bill before Congress. The cur...
    MG Motor India to reflash software in 14,000 Hector SUVs after CoP failure
    According to a press release from The Times of India, Morris Garages India will perform software reflashing or remapping in approximately 14,000 DCT BS6 variant Hectors after a government-owned testing company discovered that samples of this model failed conformity of production (CoP) checks. Acc...
    Russia plans to subsidize locally produced electric cars to spur demand
    Russia plans to subsidize the purchase of locally manufactured electric vehicles (EVs) to boost the demand and production in the country, Reuters said in a report on 4 August, citing Russia’s economy ministry. According to the report, Russia is lagging in the global EV race as no EVs are curren...
    US targets 50% of all vehicles sold in 2030 to be zero-emission vehicles
    The United States has set an ambitious new target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), or fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), the White House administration said in a stateme...
    US Senate bill seeks to require passive vehicle technology to prevent drunk driving
    According to a press release on Reuters dated 3 August, a USD1 trillion infrastructure bill currently being debated in the US Senate includes a provision directing US regulators to mandate a passive technology to prevent intoxicated drivers from starting vehicles, potentially averting more than 10,0...
    AV startup Argo AI to offer the public rides in its autonomous vehicles in California
    According to a press release published on TechCrunch on 31 July, Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle technology startup backed by Ford and VW, has received a permit from California. This will allow the company to ride self-driving cars for free on public roads throughout the state. The California Pub...
    US state Minnesota adopts California clean air standards
    Minnesota has become the latest state to adopt California clean car standards, Green Car Congress said in a report filed on 27 July. According to the report, the new policy will implement two clean car standards to reduce vehicle emissions: a) The low-emission vehicle (LEV) standard requi...
    UKRI grants USD14 million to 17 projects working on next-generation battery technologies
    UK government–backed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has sanctioned a further investment of USD14 million (GBP10 million) from the Faraday Battery Challenge to support collaborative R&D projects mainly focusing on electric vehicle (EV) battery technologies, it said in a press release on 27 J...
    30-Jul-2021 News New Products
    MAHLE secures funding, joins German government’s hydrogen project
    Stuttgart-based manufacturer of powertrain technologies, MAHLE has secured funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as part of the ‘New Vehicle and System Technologies’ program, the company said in a press release on 22 July. The said program is a three-year projec...
    MAHLE criticizes CO2 regulation proposal of the EU Commission
    Stuttgart-based engine parts manufacturer, MAHLE has expressed disapproval of the proposals made by the European Union Commission to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, it said in an official statement on 14 July. Welcoming the approach of defining a roadmap toward climate neutrality adopted by...
    Shanghai issues draft regulation to regulate data from smart vehicle testing
    The mainland Chinese city of Shanghai has issued draft regulations with the purpose of protecting data generated while testing smart vehicles. According to a report published by business news agency Reuters on 17 July, the Shanghai Economic and Information Technology Commission issued a statement de...
    Indian state Maharashtra unveils new Electric Vehicle Policy
    The Indian state Maharashtra, which revealed its new Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2021 on 13 July, has set an ambitious target for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to contribute 10 percent of new vehicle registrations by 2025. It said that all EVs eligible under the policy shall be exempt from&nb...
    ISO releases first international safety standard for fully automated driving systems
    According to an official press release dated 7 July, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published its first set of standards for the safe operation of low-speed automated driving (LSAD) systems on predefined routes, which are commonly used in commercial, business,...
    US DOE allocates USD52.5 million to fund 31 clean hydrogen projects
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated USD52.5 million to fund 31 projects to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies and support its recently announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative to reduce costs and accelerate breakthroughs in the clean hydrogen sector, the US&nb...
    Spanish authority designates Applus+ IDIADA as Technical Service for UN Regulation No. 155 on cybersecurity
    Applus+ IDIADA has been selected by the Spanish Type-Approval Authority as Technical Service for UN Regulation No. 155 for automotive cybersecurity, according to a company press release on 22 June. UN Regulation No. 155 includes provisions to evaluate the robustness of measures implemented by manufa...
    Grab aims for a full fleet running on cleaner energy by 2030
    Grab Singapore has released its 2030 Transport Sustainability Goal, which entails the ride-hailing and transport company to target its full fleet running on cleaner energy by 2030, the company said in a press release on 7 July. “This goal is set as part of the broader GrabForGood initiativ...
    SMMT says UK needs at least 60 GWh of battery gigafactory capacity by 2030
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched an ambitious plan called ‘Full Throttle: Driving UK Automotive Competitiveness’, which studies and makes recommendations to secure the interests of the automotive industry in UK, the trade association said in a press release on J...
    Indian government mandates airbags for front seat passengers from 1 December
    The Government of India has announced that airbags for both front occupants will become mandatory from 1 December 2021 onward on all new cars sold in the country. According to a report filed by news publication ET Auto on 27 June, this rule also applies to existing car models, and it was deferr...
    Indian government extends FAME 2 EV subsidy scheme until 2024
    The Union government of India has extended its electric vehicle (EV) subsidy scheme named Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) by another two years till 31 March 2024, according to a notification issued in the Central government’s Gazette of India on 25 June. ...
    ACEA warns of irregularities in EV charging infrastructure development in Europe
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents 15 major Europe-based vehicle manufacturers including BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Renault, JLR, and Stellantis, has released findings of its new data analysis on electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the Eur...
    US regulators introduce new rules for automated vehicle crash reporting
    According to a press release on Reuters dated 29 June, US safety regulators have issued an order requiring automakers and operators of vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance or automated driving systems (ADS) to immediately report crashes, allowing the industry to spot issues more quickly...
    Germany paves the way for adoption of autonomous vehicles
    On 28 May, German legislators passed legislation allowing some self-driving vehicles to operate on public roads as early as 2022. In addition, the Bundestag, Germany's lower house, has approved a new draft to amend the Road Traffic Act and the Compulsory Insurance Act – Act on Autonomous Driving. ...
    Canada to ban sale of new fuel-powered cars and light trucks from 2035
    The Canadian government has announced that it will ban the sale of new light-duty cars and passenger pickup trucks that are powered by fossil fuels from 2035 onward, in order for Canada to achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2050. According to a press release issued by the Government of Canada...
    ACEA urges the European Commission to bring binding targets for EV infrastructure in all member states
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents 15 major Europe-based vehicle manufacturers including BMW Group, Volkswagen Group, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Renault Group, Toyota, Volvo Group, among several others, has urged the European Commissi...
    Indian state Gujarat announces new EV policy
    The Indian state of Gujarat has launched ‘Gujarat Electric Vehicle Policy 2021’, wherein the state aims to accelerate the adoption of EVs with anticipated sales of almost 200,000 EVs over the next four years, state chief minister Vijay Rupani said on 22 June . The state government aims to pro...
    Luokung announces CSAE's approval for subsidiary's HD map standards in China
    According to a press release on PR Newswire dated 23 June, Luokung Technology announced that the Intelligent and Connected Vehicles-Highly Automated Driving Map-Acquisition Element Model and Exchange Format standard, sponsored by Luokung's wholly owned subsidiary eMapgo Technologies, a provider...
    Australia’s New South Wales invests USD368 million to promote EV, FCEV adoption
    Australia’s southeastern state New South Wales has announced a package of about AUD490 million (USD368 million) to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) over the next four years. The package includes stamp duty waivers and rebates for zero-emission vehicles, along with allocation o...
    German state Bavaria in talks with US chipmaker Intel on building a factory
    Germany's southern state of Bavaria is in talks with the American chipmaker Intel to build a factory for semiconductors, Reuters reported, quoting a local economy minister. Germany looks to not only reduce its import dependency but also counter supply constraints for the capital intensive, but ve...
    US senators recommend 25% tax credit to attract semiconductor manufacturing
    To increasingly attract semiconductor manufacturing and reduce its import dependency, a bipartisan group of US senators have proposed a 25% tax credit to the companies setting up their production facilities, Reuters reported on 17 June. According to the US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, g...
    US Senate Commerce Committee rejects legislative proposal for autonomous vehicles
    According to a press release on The Hindu dated 17 June, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee again rejected attempts to lift regulations to allow the deployment of thousands of autonomous vehicles, as union groups and attorneys campaigned against the legislative proposal. The senator argued t...
    Vitesco Technologies targets climate neutral production by 2030
    German automotive supplier for powertrain technologies Vitesco Technologies has set a goal of achieving climate neutral production by 2030, the company said in a press release on 9 June. Post its spin-off from Continental, Vitesco has signed up to become an independent member of the RE100 alliance, ...
    New Zealand announces new rebates for electrified vehicles from 1 July
    The Government of New Zealand is taking action in line with the advice of the Climate Change Commission to increase the uptake of low emission vehicles by introducing a range of measures that will help meet the country’s 2050 carbon neutrality target and create jobs to support economic recovery. A...
    California needs 1.2 million EV charging stations by 2030, says new CEC report
    California would require nearly 1.2 million electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2030 to charge 7.5 million passenger plug-in EVs anticipated to ply on the roads of the western US state, a new report compiled by the California Energy Commission (CEC) said. CEC had released the said report...
    US draws up a 10-year national blueprint to locally produce lithium batteries
    Moving fast to secure domestic supply chains for large-scale production of lithium batteries, thereby cutting down dependency on other markets and promoting research and development in critical materials, the US government released a 10-year national blueprint for lithium batteries (2021–30) on 7 ...
    15-Jun-2021 News Investments
    US Government announces supply chain disruptions task force
    The US Government will establish a new Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force that will address the near-term supply chain challenges to ensure faster economic recovery, it said in a statement on 8 June 2021. According to the statement, the Biden-Harris administration’s task force will be led by t...
    09-Jun-2021 News Investments
    West Bengal plans to roll out 1 million EVs in the next five years
    According to an article by Mercom India on 7 June, the Indian state of West Bengal, which announced its electric vehicle (EV) policy earlier this week, plans to achieve sales of one million EVs across two-, three-, and four-wheeler segments over the next five years. The state government also plans t...
    US state California allows Cruise to transport passengers in driverless test vehicles
    According to a press statement on the Verge dated 5 June, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted the self-driving technology startup, whose principal stakeholder is General Motors, permission to provide public rides in its autonomous prototypes on Californian highways on 4 June. ...
    US electric vehicle plan to also focus on battery recycling
    US President Joe Biden’s newly introduced strategy to provide a boost to electric vehicles (EVs) will include plans to ramp up the domestic recycling of EV batteries. According to a report filed by business news agency Reuters on 5 June, this plan calls for increasing the reuse of lithium and othe...
    kVA by UL, Stantec GenerationAV collaborate on safe deployment of autonomous vehicle projects
    kVA by UL, a global leader in automotive safety standards, and Stantec generation, the autonomous vehicle consulting arm of global design firm Stantec, has announced that they are collaborating to advance the safe deployment of autonomous vehicle(AV) projects as per press release on company website ...
    Cambridge launches autonomous passenger shuttle trial
    British autonomous vehicle company Aurrigo has officially begun trials of its Auto-Shuttle in Cambridge as per company press release on 26 May. The vehicles, known as ‘Auto-Shuttles’ can travel at 20 mph (32 kmh) with a range of 100 miles (161 km) between charges. The trial—part of a project l...
    Cruise urges US president to back autonomous vehicle deployment
    Cruise, the autonomous vehicle (AV) company majority-owned by General Motors, has urged President Joe Biden to back efforts to speed thousands of self-driving cars to US roads, saying the country risks lagging behind China, according to a press release by Reuters dated June 1. The chief executive...
    Indian state Karnataka offers 15% capital subsidy to investors in EV sector
    The Cabinet of India’s Karnataka State Government has decided to offer 15% capital subsidy to investors in electric vehicle (EV) sector, according to a report by ET Auto on 27 May 2021. The government will offer a 15% capital subsidy on the value of fixed assets over five equal annual payments, La...
    SAIC-GM-Wuling’s subsidiary to help draft NEV policies in Indonesia
    SAIC-GM-Wuling’s subsidiary in Indonesia will be helping draft local new electric vehicle (NEV) industry standards and policies, to boost shift towards electrification in Malaysia, China Daily reported. Significance: In a statement to China Daily, the carmaker said, “We will actively par...
    LHP, Konrad technologies to deliver new solution for ADAS and ADS functional safety test
    According to a press release by PR Newswire on 25 May, Konrad Technologies and LHP Engineering Solutions announced a collaboration to deliver their new A³DAS Solution, workflow management with test automation for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems (ADS) fun...
    US Commerce Secretary proposes USD52-billion funding for semiconductor production
    US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has announced the proposal of USD52-billion government funding for semiconductor production, which could lead to the establishment of 7 to 10 new factories in the US, Reuters reported on 25 May. The bill includes USD39 billion in production and R&D inc...
    NCAP plans to add new generation ADAS tech to its feature rating system
    Automakers have developed safety enhancement features that could reduce the number and severity of accidents—the innovation developed by component manufactures an opportunity to upgrade vehicle safety and save lives. The most noteworthy of these innovations' technologies are automated driving assi...
    JD.com, Meituan, and Neolix to test autonomous delivery vehicles on Beijing roads
    Beijing has permitted JD.com, Meituan, and Neolix to trial automated delivery vehicles on designated public roads in the Yizhuang Development Area, according to an announcement made by local authorities at a mobility conference on 25 May. At the Tuesday event, authorities from the Beiji...
    Startup Pony.ai gets approval to test driverless cars in California
    Chinese autonomous vehicle startup Pony.ai has received a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) permit to test its driverless cars without human safety drivers behind the wheel on specified streets in three cities. Pony.ai has been authorized to test autonomous vehicles with safety driver...
    German lawmakers approve new rules for self-driving cars
    After the UK's announcement on self-driving vehicles, German lawmakers have followed suit in agreeing to allow some driverless vehicles on public roads, an article by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) stated on 23 May. Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament adopted the legislat...
    California Governor proposes earmarking USD3.2 billion to boost EV adoption goals
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has debuted a new proposal to set aside USD3.2 billion to boost electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and adoption in the US state over the next three years, according to a California Department of Finance filing on 14 May. This translates into an investment of USD1.8...
    18-May-2021 News Investments
    Apollo Tyres gets ISO/IEC 17025 certification from NABL
    Apollo Tyres has been accredited with ISO/IEC 17025 for the wet grip and coast by noise tire tests on the track, according to a company press release on 17 May. The development comes on the heels of Apollo Tyres’s collaboration with Global Automotive Research Centre (GARC) to lead the indigenizati...
    Waymo, Cruise seek permission to charge for autonomous car rides in San Francisco
    Waymo and rival Cruise have applied for permits needed to start charging for rides and delivery using autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, state documents reviewed by Reuters dated 12 May. According to the documents, California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has yet to decide on the previo...
    Apple, Google, Microsoft push for US chip production subsidies
    The world's biggest chip buyers, including Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Alphabet Inc's Google, are joining top chipmakers such as Intel Corp to create a new lobbying group that’ll push the federal government to subsidize chip manufacturing. The group is called the Semiconductors in America Coali...
    China drafts rules to secure data from connected cars
    According to Reuters dated 29 April, China published draft rules to ensure the security of data generated by connected vehicles as the proliferation of smart cars such as Tesla's fuels concerns about privacy and national security. Last month, US electric carmaker Tesla Inc. came under scruti...
    New York to phase out new IC-engine vehicle sales from 2035
    The New York state of the United States has announced that it will permit only zero-emission passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to be newly registered from the year 2035 onward. According to a report filed by Electrive on 28 April, all new medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles registe...
    UK government to permit self-driving vehicles at slow speeds on motorways
    According to a news release from CNBC dated 28 April, the UK government has announced to regulate the use of self-driving vehicles at slow speeds on motorways by the end of 2021. The Department of Transport said it was working on specific wording to update the country's highway code for the ...
    Thailand to go all-in on EVs from 2035
    Thailand has announced that it has plans to allow only zero-emission vehicles from the year 2035 onward. According to a report filed by news agency Hindustan Times on 22 April, the Thai government’s earlier plan was to have electric vehicles (EVs) accounting for 30% of all new vehicle registration...
    Ireland to halve subsidies for PHEVs from July 2021
    The Government of Ireland will adjust its purchase incentives for electric vehicles (EVs) as of 1 July 2021. According to a report filed by Electrive on 20 April, plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are set to have their subsidies slashed by half from EUR5,000 (USD6,022.99) to EUR2,500. However, the sub...
    Washington state to phase out gasoline vehicles by 2030
    The Washington State legislature has passed a legislation that sets a target for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington state, US, to be electric vehicles (EVs). The new law puts Washington five years ahead of California's target of 2035. According to a pre...
    Spain announces ‘Moves III’ e-mobility subsidy program
    The Spanish government has announced Budget Moves III, a new e-mobility subsidy program to encourage electric car sales. The initial budget plan is EUR400 million (USD475 million) until 2023, which can further increase up to EUR800 million based on requirements. The new program aim...
    President Biden calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates
    The recently announced USD174 billion plan proposed by US President Joe Biden to boost the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and bolster EV charging infrastructure also calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 8 April, the plan also...
    US President Biden earmarks USD174 billion for EVs, charging infrastructure, renewable power
    President of the United States, Joe Biden, has unveiled the details of his vast USD2 trillion infrastructure plan, which outlines his administration’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality for the US economy by the year 2050. However, the plan is still awaiting approval from the US Congress. Ac...
    Deepen AI, WMG and University of Warwick introduce safety pool scenario database for automated driving systems
    Deepen AI and WMG, University of Warwick launches the Safety Pool Scenario Database which claims to be the largest public repository of scenarios for testing AVs in the world. The database provides a diverse set of scenarios in different operational design domains (ODDs or simply put, operating cond...
    South Korea to invest USD176.4 million toward developing automotive chip technology
    South Korea has announced plans to invest over KRW200 billion (USD176 million) toward developing automotive chip-making technology by 2022, the Korea Herald reported on 12 March. The South Korean government plans to invest KRW75.7 billion in related R&D projects in 2021 with overall investm...
    Singapore to end registration of new diesel cars by 2025
    Singapore has announced that the registration of new diesel cars and taxis in the country will cease from 2025. According to a report filed by Singaporean news agency Channel News Asia on 4 March, this announcement came from the country’s Minister for Transport, Ong Ye Kung, and it is being done&n...
    Indian government makes front passenger airbag mandatory in all new cars from 1 April
    The Indian government has made fitment of airbag for front passenger seat mandatory in all new cars from 1 April, Autocar reported on 7 March. The existing cars on sale will have time till 31 August 2021 to comply with new rule. Significance: In India, airbag fitment is already mandatory for the ...
    Chinese lawmakers call for more support for local automotive chip industry
    Mainland Chinese lawmakers have called for greater support and promotion of automotive chips made domestically and improving the supply chain to boost the development of the new energy vehicle (NEV) and smart vehicle markets, China Daily reported on 10 March. Chen Hong, a deputy to the National P...
    Germany to invest additional USD121 million toward private EV wallbox chargers
    Germany is investing another EUR100 million (USD121 million) into a subsidy program for private wallbox chargers, according to a report by Green Car Congress on 27 February 2021. “This enormous demand shows that we are spot on with our funding program. Charging must be possible anywhere and any...
    Prague plans to install over 750 EV charging stations in next four years
    Prague, the capital city of Czechia, is planning to install over 750 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the next four years, Prague Morning reported on 23 February. The charging stations will be placed strategically throughout the metropolis. The city government expects to have around 4,...
    Singapore to set up 60,000 EV charging points by 2030
    The Singapore government is planning to set up 60,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the country by 2030, South China Morning Post reported on 17 February. Singapore expects plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) to account for one-third of total car sales in Singapore by 2030, according to ...
    UK’s Coventry City Council plans to set up new battery gigafactory
    In a press release dated 16 February, Coventry City Council in the United Kingdom announced that it will enter a joint venture (JV) partnership with Coventry Airport Ltd to develop proposals for a Gigafactory at Coventry Airport in the West Midlands. The JV partners will develop proposals and submit...
    France to offer USD121 million for expanding EV charging infrastructure
    France is planning to grant EUR100 million (USD121 million) for expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the country, Le Figaro reported on 14 February. The grant will be given to companies which are looking to install EV charging stations on service areas located on the public ...
    UK government announces USD69 million grant for EV charging infrastructure
    The United Kingdom has announced that it will grant GBP50 million (USD69 million) for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, according to a press release by the UK government on 13 February. The government has expanded its electric vehicle charging schemes to benefit small business, lea...
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