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    First quantitative assessment of the impact of the integrated circuit (IC) shortage on light vehicle production 
    In December 2020, IHS Markit published a comprehensive update on the impact of the semiconductor supply shortage on the automotive market, the link for which can be found here. Toward the end of 2020, it was evident that a shortage in the supply of semiconductors would disrupt the automotive indu...
    OEMs launching 5G-enabled cars years before the technology goes mainstream 
    The introduction of 5G telecommunication services is going to be a game-changer for the automotive industry. Its low latency properties will drive growth in connected and autonomous vehicle markets while enabling data and signal sharing in real time, which is crucial for maintaining safety in t...
    NHTSA expands AV TEST Initiative in US
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded its Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative from a pilot to a full program, the US-based vehicle safety agency said in a press release on 11 January. Earlier, nine states and nine comp...
    Germany asks Taiwan to help with the shortage of automotive semiconductors
    Germany has urged Taiwan to ask Taiwanese manufacturers help ease the semiconductor shortage currently plaguing the automotive sector, Reuters reported on 24 January. German carmakers including Volkswagen and Daimler are among those affected by the dearth of semiconductors for automobiles. Reuter...
    Toyota agrees to pay USD180 million fine to settle delayed emission defect report in US
    Japanese automaker Toyota has agreed to pay USD180 million in fine to settle allegations made by the US government. According to a report filed by news agency The Detroit News on 14 January, the US government alleged that Toyota failed to report and rectify pollution control defects in its vehicles ...
    New US government instructs agencies to review fuel efficiency norms
    Newly-elected president of the United States, Joe Biden, has issued executive orders instructed his team and US agencies to review and, if necessary, reverse orders implemented by the previous administration that harm the environment and endanger public health. According to a report by news agency A...
    NHTSA seeks public comment on upgrading US NCAP
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on its proposal to further upgrade its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the agency said in a press release on 14 January. NHTSA’s latest update plan to update NCAP include the testing of four additional advanced...
    NHTSA issues rule to update vehicle safety standards in automated vehicles
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued what it termed as a final rule to modernize several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to facilitate development, testing, and deployment of highly automated vehicles, the US-based safety agency said in a press release on ...
    California governor proposes USD1.5 billion stimulus for EV industry
    California’s governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a USD1.5 billion stimulus package to increase adoption of electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, CNBC reported on 6 January. The grant will be used for purchase of electric or hydrogen vehicles and equipment by individuals and businesses, and to inv...
    Mainland China reduces subsidy NEVs by 20% in 2021
    Mainland China is set to reduce the subsidy for new energy vehicles (NEV) by 20% in 2021, Nikkei Asia reported on 5 January 2021. For commercial vehicles, including buses, taxis, ride-sharing vehicles and waste collection trucks, the subsidy has been reduced by 10%. With the reduction, a fully-elect...
    EU approves acquisition of Getrag Ford Transmissions by Ford
    The European Commission has approved, under the European Union Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Getrag Ford Transmissions (GFT) of Germany by Ford, according to a press release on The Commission's website on 4 January 2021. GFT manufactures and sells manual transmissions primarily for Ford...
    EU, UK agree for 12-month grace period on rules of origin paperwork
    The United Kingdom and European Union (EU) have agreed to a grace period of 12 months to produce the documentation related to the rules of origin of products that allow zero-tariff access between the two markets, according to the Independent reported on 1 January. The one-year waiver allows companie...
    South Korea sets upper price cap for EV subsidies
    South Korea has set a cap on the price of an electric vehicle (EV) which are eligible for subsidies, BusinessKorea reported on 4 January. EVs which cost more than KRW90 million (around USD115,000) will no longer be eligible to get a purchase subsidy. EVs with prices of below KRW60 million will get f...
    US Department of Commerce approves anti-dumping duty on tires imported from certain Asian countries
    The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty investigations of passenger vehicle and light truck tires imported from Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, and Vietnam. According to a report filed by automotive publication Modern Tire Dealer on 30 D...
    Germany imposes USD302 million fines on five aluminum forging companies for anticompetitive agreements
    Germany has imposed a fine of EUR175 million (USD302 million) on five aluminum forging companies and their 10 employees for anticompetitive agreements, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office announced in a press release on 23 December. The fines were imposed on OTTO FUCHS Beteiligungen KG, Leiber Group G...
    Indian government proposes mandatory fitment of airbag for front passenger on all vehicles
    The Indian government has proposed to make it mandatory for automakers to offer airbags for front passenger in all new vehicles manufactured from 1 April 2021, the Mint reported on 29 December. For existing models produced currently, the new rule become effective from 1 June. Driver airbags are alre...
    Malaysia approves autonomous vehicle testing routes
    Malaysia has approved two routes in Cyberjaya town for testing autonomous vehicles, The Star reported on 23 December. The routes, stretching 7 km, include a shorter route that loops around Futurise and MaGIC buildings and a longer one that includes Persiaran Apec, Persiaran Cyberpoint, and Persiaran...
    Pakistan announces tax exemptions for EVs
    The Pakistan government has approved a slew of tax cuts for electric vehicles (EV), Dawn reported on 24 December. According to the report, only 1% sales tax will be levied for locally-made EVs with up to 50-kwh battery and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) with up to 150-kwh battery. EVs will also ge...
    UK, EU reach post-Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement
    The United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) have reached a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on 24 December, just a week before the UK will officially exit the 27-nation bloc, according to a press release by the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU. Once ratified by both sides, th...
    Japan targets 100% automotive electrification by mid-2030s as part of ‘green growth strategy’
    Japan is planning to end the sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by the mid-2030s in a push to attain 100% vehicle electrification. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 25 December, this is being done as part of Japan’s green growth strategy, where the country aims to r...
    Nuro receives permit to launch autonomous delivery services in California
    Nuro has received permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to deploy its autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads, the company said in a blog today (24 December). The permit will allow the US-based autonomous delivery startup to operate commercially on California’s ro...
    Will the UNECE regulation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems pave the way for automated driving?
    In June this year, some 60 countries, including European Union (EU) member states, Japan, and South Korea, agreed to adopt a United Nation (UN) Regulation on automated lane keeping systems (ALKS) in passenger vehicles starting in January 2021. When applie...
    Kandi receives certification for K23 electric model in California
    Kandi America, the US subsidiary of Kandi Technologies Group Inc., has announced that it has received a certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its electric model, the K23. According to a press release issued by Kandi America on 9 December, the company had already received C...
    California grants USD28 million for incentive program for switching to low-emission cars
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved USD28 million in Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) funding to support two statewide incentive programs aimed at bringing the cleanest vehicle technologies to low-income and underserved communities, CARB announced in a press release on 14 De...
    California to invest USD115 million for hydrogen refueling stations
    California Energy Commission (CEC) is set to invest USD115 million for building new hydrogen refueling stations in California, CEC announced in a press release on 9 December. Under the plan, up to 111 new hydrogen fueling stations will be built in the state by 2027, including many designed for multi...
    France introduces purchase subsidy for used EVs
    France is now offering a subsidy for purchasing used electric vehicles (EV) as well, The Connexion reported  on 14 December. Owners of any second-hand passenger car or light commercial vehicle (such as a van) will now be eligible for EUR1,000 (USD1,210) at the time of purchase. The subsidies wi...
    ACEA calls EU's zero emission targets for 2030 “unrealistic”
    European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has said that the European Commission’s zero emission’s targets for 2030 is unrealistic, according to a press release on 9 December. Under the European Commission’s ‘Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy', the Commission is aiming for...
    Denmark eyes 775,000 electrified cars on road by 2030
    Denmark is planning to have at least 775,000 electric or hybrid cars by 2030 on its roads, Reuters reported on 4 December. The move is to achieve the country's target to reduce greenhouse emissions by 70% by 2030. As part of the deal that the government reached with the parliament, taxes on int...
    EU plans to have 30 million electric cars by 2030
    European Union (EU) is planning to have 30 million electric cars on roads by 2030, Reuters reported on 4 December citing a draft document by European Commission. “The EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050 cannot be reached without introducing very ambitious measures to reduce transport’s rel...
    Alliance for Automotive Innovation releases four-year roadmap to guide federal policies on automated vehicles in US
    The Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI) has released a four-year roadmap to guide federal government policies that can facilitate testing and deployment of automated vehicles (AVs) in the United States. The roadmap includes 14 recommendations under three pillars: reform regulation to allow AV d...
    Japan mulls banning sales of gasoline cars by mid-2030
    The Japanese government is mulling banning sales of gasoline-powered cars by the mid-2030s, Japan Times reported on 3 December citing a government official. After the ban, only hybrid, electric, and fuel cell cars will be allowed to be sold in the country. However, an exact year on when the ban will...
    Wales to invest USD40.1 million to expand EV charging infrastructure by 2025
    Wales is planning to invest GBP30 million (USD40.1 million) by 2025 for expanding the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure the Welsh government announced in a press release on 2 December. Over the next decade, the government’s strategy identifies the need for between 30,000 and 50,000 fas...
    Flanders in Belgium to install 30,000 new EV charging points by 2025
    Flanders region in Belgium is planning to install 30,000 new electric vehicles (EVs) charging points by 2025, The Brussels Time reported on 23 November citing Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters. The government is expected to invest EUR30 million (USD36 million) toward this project. “By 2025, ...
    Australia’s Tasmania State plans 100% electric government fleet by 2030
    Australia’s Tasmania state government has announced plans to transition its entire vehicle fleet to be 100% electric by 2030. In the next 10 years, the Tasmanian government vehicle fleet will comprise of only battery electric vehicles (BEVs), hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and fuel-cell electric...
    CARB partners with utility companies to offer additional subsidy on purchase of electric cars in California, US
    California Air Resource Board (CARB) has partnered with electric utility companies to offer California Clean Fuel Reward (CCFR), an additional purchase subsidy, for electric cars in California, CARB announced in a press release on 17 November. CARB and Utilities will offer a point-of-sale price redu...
    Canadian state Quebec to ban sale of new gasoline vehicles from 2035 onward
    The province of Quebec, in Canada, has announced that it will ban the sale of new vehicles that are gasoline-powered from the year 2035 onward. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 16 November, this ban is part of a CAD6.7 billion (approximately USD5.1 billion) investment plan over ...
    Japan plans to double purchase subsidies for EVs
    Japan is planning to double the subsidies offered for purchase of electric vehicles (EV), The Japan Times reported on 25 November. The amount of subsidies per vehicle will be raised to JPY800,000 (USD7,654), from the current JPY400,000 currently. However, the increased subsidy will only be available...
    German court refers Nokia-Daimler patent licensing dispute to European Court of Justice
    The Duesseldorf Regional Court in Germany has referred a patent licensing dispute between Nokia and Daimler to the European Court of Justice, Reuters reported on 26 November. The dispute is regarding royalties for technology used in navigation systems, vehicle communications, and autonomous vehicles...
    ‘No deal’ Brexit could cost UK automotive industry USD74 billion in five years, estimates SMMT
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is urging the UK government to enter a deal with the European Union (EU) before the transition period ends on 31 December. The association has estimated that in the event of a no-deal with the EU, the UK automotive industry would suffer prod...
    Motional receives approval to launch fully autonomous service in Nevada, US
    Motional, the autonomous driving joint venture (JV) between Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Aptiv, has received regulatory approval to launch fully autonomous service on public roads in the state of Nevada, US, the JV’s CEO Karl Iagnemma informed in a blog last week. The permit will eventually allow...
    NHTSA seeks public comment automated driving system safety principles
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on its proposal to develop a framework for automated driving system (ADS) safety, the agency said in a press release on 19 November. NHTSA submitted the advanced notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) to the Federal...
    FCC votes to open 5.9 GHz spectrum for nonautomotive use
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules for the 5.9 GHz band, a press release dated 18 November read. The rules allow for the adoption for unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi, within the said spectrum. The plan designates the lower 45 megahertz (5.850–5.895 GHz) for un...
    CPUC to allow robo-taxi operators to charge for rides in California
    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has allowed robo-taxi operators to charge for rides in their autonomous vehicles (AVs) in California, United States, The Los Angeles Times reported on 19 November. However, to become eligible for that, these companies will have to get approval f...
    German government to provide additional USD3.56 billion support for auto industry
    The German government has announced that it will be providing a further EUR3 billion (approximately USD3.56 billion) in support to the German automobile industry, which has been struggling. According to a report filed by Germany-based news channel Deutsche Welle on 18 November, this will bring the t...
    UK to ban sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles from 2030
    Sales of new gasoline and diesel powered cars in the United Kingdom is set to be banned by 2030. According to a report filed by news publication Financial Times on 15 November, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is likely to make this announcement this week as part of a broader set of eco-fr...
    Honda partners with Tesla to jointly meet fleet emission standards in Europe
    Honda Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have pooled their fleets along with Tesla in order to comply with emission norms for passenger vehicles in the European region in 2020. According to a report published by news agency Bloomberg on 2 November, Honda was newly added last week to a Eur...
    UK government grants USD118.7 million funding to 49 low-carbon automotive projects
    The UK government has granted GBP92 million (USD118.7 million) to 49 low-carbon automotive projects, Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) announced in a press release on 3 November. Funding is across three streams which includes a fast-start recovery, competition, and an Automotive Transformation Fund (...
    South Korean government aims to have 500,000 EV charging stations by 2025
    The South Korean government is planning to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging station network to reach 500,000 stations by 2025, The Korea Herald reported on 30 October citing the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The number of the hydrogen charging stations are also expected to reach 450 s...
    FCC proposes new draft rules to make lower portion of 5.9 GHz band available for Wi-Fi
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States has proposed a new draft allowing the lower spectrum of the 5.9 GHz band be available for unlicensed services such as Wi-Fi, according to a press release issued by the group on 28 October. The Commission will vote on these new rules at...
    GreenNano receives Canadian government funding to produce wood fiber-based composite material
    GreenNano Technologies has received CAD1.2 million (USD913,000) funding from the Canadian government  to scale up production of a new lightweight wood fiber-based composite material, Natural Resources Canada announced in a press release on 15 October. The composite material will be used to crea...
    GM, Cruise to seek regulatory approval from US government to deploy autonomous vehicles without pedal, steering wheel
    General Motors (GM) and its autonomous driving subsidiary Cruise are planning to seek regulatory approval from the US government to deploy autonomous vehicles without conventional controls such as a brake, accelerator pedals, and steering wheel, Reuters reported on 21 October. “And because the Ori...
    Regulation: Australia proposes mandatory fitment of AEB on all new cars within two years
    The Australian government has proposed a mandatory fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) on all new cars sold in Australia within two years, Motoring reported on 16 October. The proposal is a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS proposes the introduction of an Australian Design Rule...
    California approves USD384 million toward zero-emission transportation plan
    California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a USD384 million investment for accelerating Zero-Emission Transportation in the state, CEC announced in a press release on 14 October. The funds will become available over the next three years and will be distributed to projects through a mix of compe...
    Cruise receives permission to test autonomous vehicles without safety drivers in California, US
    Cruise has received permit from the California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test its autonomous vehicle  fleet in San Francisco without safety drivers, Dan Ammann, CEO of the company announced in a blog on Medium on 15 May. The company, which is driving autonomous driving developme...
    Indian government invites EV charging infrastructure proposals
    India’s Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) has invited proposals from electric vehicle (EV) charging station operators to set up EV charging infrastructure on highways and expressways across the country, according to a notice issued by DHI on 12 October. The proposal is for around 1,370 chargers...
    EU levies provisional duties of up to 48% on aluminum products imported from mainland China
    The European Union (EU) has decided to impose provisional duties of up to 48% on aluminum extrusions imports from China, Reuters reported on 13 October. According to the EU official, the duties ranging from 30.4 to 40% will become effective from 14 October. The European Commission, the execu...
    NHTSA to investigate vehicle fires in all-electric Chevrolet Bolt
    The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has decided to open an investigation after reports of fire in three all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, Reuters reported on 13 October. The probe will cover 77,842 Bolt electric vehicles (EVs) from model year (MY) 2017 to 20...
    Mainland China announces new plan to support NEV industry
    China has announced a new plan to support new energy vehicle (NEV) industry and to accelerate adoption of NEVs, CGTN reported on 11 October citing a statement issued after a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang. According to the plan, at least 80% of public transportation, t...
    Canada to invest USD443 million in new Ford EV plant in Ontario
    Canada has announced that it will invest CAD590 million (USD43 million) in Ford’s electric vehicle (EV) plant in Ontario, according to a press release on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official website on 8 October. This project, valued at USD1.8 billion, will include federal and provi...
    EuroNCAP releases new assisted driving grading
    Automotive safety performance assessment program, Euro NCAP, has announced a new series of Highway Assist tests to ensure the safe adoption of these and other assisted driving technologies by consumers. For this purpose, Euro NCAP has developed a dedicated test, assessment protocol, and grading syst...
    Are UK-based OEMs at risk of failing local content requirements in Brexit deal blow?
    The EU has rejected calls from Brexit’s chief negotiator Lord David Frost to include components as ‘local content’ if they imported from countries with which both the EU and the UK have trade deals with or are in the processing of finalizing, such as Japan and Turkey.   Under this so-c...
    European Commission launches European Raw Materials Alliance
    The European Commission has launched the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) for securing access to sustainable raw materials, advanced materials, and industrial processing know-how, EIT RawMaterials announced in a press release on 29 September. ERMA will be managed by EIT RawMaterials. ERMA will...
    European Commission fines Brose and Kiekert USD21.1 million in cartel settlement
    The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of EUR18 million (USD21.1 million) for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars in the European Economic Area (EEA), the Commission announced in a press release on 29 September. Magna was not fined as ...
    India mulls offering over USD4 billion incentives for battery manufacturing by 2030
    India is mulling to offer around USD4.6 billion in incentives for battery manufacturing in India by 2030, Reuters reported citing a government proposal by NITI Aayog. The incentives will be offered to companies, which will set up an advanced battery plant in the country, starting with a USD122 milli...
    US State California to ban sale of new gasoline vehicles from 2035
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector, according to a press release on 23 September on the official website of the ...
    China introduces fresh policies to support adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
    Mainland China has introduced new policies for accelerating the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in the country, Reuters reported on 21 September, citing the finance ministry. The new policy is focused toward supporting the development of a mature supply chain for the hyd...
    Zoox receives permit to test autonomous vehicles without driver in California
    Zoox has received permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test autonomous vehicles without a safety driver, Reuters reported on 18 September. The permit will allow the US-based company, which Amazon acquired in June 2020, to test two autonomous vehicles without driver behind...
    Three US House lawmakers ask GAO to review delay in NHTSA’s vehicle safety rulemaking process
    Three Democrats in the US House of Representatives—Frank Pallone, Jan Schakowsky, and Lisa Blunt Rochester—have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to probe why US auto safety regulators have failed to write a “dozen” of new vehicle safety rules, Reuters reported on 17 September...
    UK government announces USD15.6 million in funding for EV research projects
    The United Kingdom government has announced to grant GBP12 million (USD15.6 million) for electric vehicle (EV) research projects including fast-charging battery, news website Verdict reported on 9 September. The announcement was made during the World EV Day organized by Green TV. Significance: Th...
    European Commission to propose tighter vehicle emissions norms in the EU
    The European Commission is set to recommend stricter limits on vehicular emissions to the European Union (EU). According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 11 September, this has prompted resistance from the German automotive industry, which is the largest in the EU. Current emission nor...
    US federal agencies form consortium to develop advanced lithium batteries
    US federal agencies, including Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of State, formed a new consortium for development of a domestic industrial base for advanced batteries. DOE Office Of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) a...
    France to invest EUR7 billion to promote hydrogen fuel adoption
    The Government of France is set to invest EUR7 billion (USD8.2 million) towards accelerating adoption of hydrogen fuel in the transportation and industrial sector, Automotive News Europe reported on 8 September. The government is expected to announce tenders next year for development of clean hydrog...
    POLICY: Mainland China plans to increase policy focus on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
    Mainland China is planning to increase policy focus on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the future, Reuters reported on 5 September citing Song Qiuling, a finance ministry official. The country is expected to unveil a new package of policies to support fuel cell vehicles development. The policies will...
    European Commission approves Hyundai's joint control of EV charging network IONITY
    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control over IONITY by Hyundai Motor, the Commission announced in a press release on 2 September. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of the limited impact on the market. The...
    Europe considers a uniform payment system for EV charging and hydrogen refueling
    European lawmakers are considering implementing a uniform payment system for electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling across Europe, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure said in a press release on 3 September. “With the electrification of transport alon...
    European Commission gets power to recall vehicles for breaching EU emission limits
    The European Commission will begin applying new regulations which “overhauls and tightens the previous type approval and market surveillance system”, a press release on 31 August read. The implementation is expected to improve the quality of vehicle type-approval and testing, increase checks of ...
    Southern California Edison to install around 38,000 EV chargers in next five years in California
    California has approved Southern California Edison (SCE) to install around 38,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the next five years in the state, SCE announced in a press release on 27 August. The chargers will be installed as part of Charge Ready 2 program which has USD436 million allocated to ...
    US NHTSA extends deadline for OEMs by six months to meet ‘quiet car’ regulations
    The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has extended the deadline for automakers to meet ‘quiet car’ regulations by six months to 1 March 2021, Reuters reported on 29 August. The regulations require electric and hybrid vehicles to produce sounds to warn pedestrians of it...
    US Securities and Exchange Commission charges BorgWarner for misstating financial statements
    The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled charges against BorgWarner Inc., a motor vehicle parts manufacturer headquartered in Michigan, United States, for materially misstating its financial statements by failing to account for certain asbestos liabilities, according to a press re...
    US DOE grants USD15 million to 13 projects for battery manufacturing innovations
    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has granted USD15 million to 13 projects for battery manufacturing innovations, DOE announced in a press release on 24 August. The program will be jointly-funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE’s) Advanced Manufacturi...
    Automakers urge US Federal Trade Commission to seek appeal against Qualcomm ruling
    Automakers have urged the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to appeal against a favorable court ruling for Qualcomm, Reuters reported on 25 August. Tesla, Ford, Honda, Daimler along with Intel and MediaTek are in support of the FTC. In 2017, FTC filed a complaint against Qualcomm in a federal dis...
    Germany grants USD12.3 million for hydrogen and fuel Cell project HyFaB
    Germany has granted EUR10.5 million (USD12.3 million) to the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) for hydrogen and fuel Cell project HyFaB, ZSW announced in a press release on 19 August. ZSW will use the funds for development of infrastructure with a building extens...
    Indian government holds discussion with automotive industry representatives to boost localization
    The Indian government held discussion with various automotive industry representatives to discuss ways to reduce imports in the automobile industry and increase localization of auto components, according to a report by The Economic Times on 22 August. The meeting focused on the possibilities of incr...
    Israel considers legislation to allow autonomous vehicle testing without safety driver
    Israel is considering introducing legislation to allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads without  a safety driver, The Jerusalem Post reported on 20 August. The new legislation is promoted by Transport Minister Miri Regev. The initial proposal will be published within 90 days, afte...
    California Air Resources Board finalizes agreements to cut vehicle emissions
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and major automotive OEMs have announced that they have finalized binding agreements to lower vehicular emissions in the state of California, United States. According a report filed by news agency Reuters on 18 August, this move comes in defiance of the Trum...
    Nokia wins ruling against Daimler on mobile technology at Mannheim court
    Nokia won a ruling in a patent dispute with Daimler over mobile technology in cars, Bloomberg reported on 18 August. The court at Mannheim, Germany, ruled that Daimler violated Nokia’s mobile-technology patents. Daimler said that it would appeal the decision. The court in Mannheim stated that Daim...
    UK government launches consultation on automated lane keeping system
    The UK government has launched consultation on automated lane keeping system (ALKS) technology which is capable of taking control of vehicle at low speed and keep it in lane on motorways without any input from the driver, the GOV.UK website reported on 18 August. The government is seeking opini...
    Germany to grant USD525 million to Northvolt for battery plant in Sweden
    German government has decided to grant USD525 million to Northvolt for its upcoming battery plant in Sweden, Federal Ministry For Economy And Energy (BMWI) announced in a press release on 17 August. “The federal guarantee is taken over within the framework of the federal foreign trade promotion. [...
    UK city Birmingham to install over 390 EV chargers by 2022
    UK City Birmingham is planning to install 392 electric vehicle (EV) chargers by 2022, the Birmingham City Council announced in a press release on 10 August. The city council has secured GBP2.9 million (USD3.7 million) from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and through its newly-procured Ele...
    BSI published taxonomy for automated driving in UK
    The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published the first taxonomy for specifying the operational design domain (ODD) of an automated driving system (ADS), the UK-based national standards body said in a press release on 11 August. The new standard, “PAS 1883 Operational Design Doma...
    POLICY: India’s capital city Delhi announces new EV policy
    India’s capital city Delhi has announced a new electric vehicle (EV) policy to boost demand for EVs in the region, The Economic Times reported on 7 August. The three-year policy aims to have 25% of the new vehicles registered in Delhi to be EVs by 2024. Under the policy, EV buyers will get purchas...
    Egypt, China in talks for cooperation on EV manufacturing
    Egypt and China are planning to cooperate to jointly manufacture electric vehicles (EVs) in Egypt, Daily News Egypt reported on 28 July. Egypt’s Minister of Public Enterprises Sector Hisham Tawfik and Chinese Ambassador to Cairo Liao Liqiang held a meeting last month to discuss the local...
    Canadian province British Columbia to fully switch to all-electric vehicles by 2040
    Canadian province British Columbia is planning to switch to 100% sales of all-electric vehicles by 2040, the British Columbia government announced in a press release on 30 July. The regulations follow the Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Act that was passed in 2019. “British Columbians are e...
    German government grants EUR60 million to BMW for battery research
    German government has granted EUR60 million (USD70.3 million) to BMW for battery cell research. Federal Ministry of Economy And Energy (BMWi) announced in a press release on 29 July. The aim of the now funded BMW research is to develop, pilot, and test a new and highly innovative generation of lithi...
    UK launches USD1.2 billion Automotive Transformation Fund for vehicle electrification
    The United Kingdom has launched a EUR1 billion (USD1.2 billion) Automotive Transformation Fund for research and development (R&D) and capital projects in the field of vehicle electrification, the government announced on its Innovation Funding Service website. The program is expected to support t...
    Mainland Chinese AV startup AutoX gets permit from California DMV to test driverless car
    AutoX Technologies has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test its autonomous vehicles (AV) fleet on public roads in San Jose without a safety driver, the company said in a press release on 17 July. The permit also allows AutoX for testing its AVs with passen...
    POLICY: South Korea to extend EV subsidy program to 2025
    The South Korean government has extended the timeline of state subsidies on electric vehicles. According to a report filed by South Korea-based news publication Pulse News on 17 July, the sunset provision date for electric vehicle (EV) subsidies has now been pushed back until 2025. This is in lin...
    Croatia offers EUR5.8 million for EV subsidies in 2020
    Croatia is offering EUR5.8 million as electric vehicle (EV) subsidies in 2020, news website Balkan Green Energy News reported on 14 July. The incentives cover up to 40% of the purchase or from EUR665 to EUR9,297, depending on the vehicle category.  Significance: According to the report, the ...
    REGULATION: USITC approves anti-dumping probe on tire imports from South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam
    The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) approves anti-dumping probe on tire imports from South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam, it said in a press release on 14 July. This will allow the US Department of Commerce to continue its investigations on imports of tire products f...
    POLICY: Italy plans to increase EV subsidies temporarily
    Italy is planning to increase the subsidies for electric vehicle (EV) purchase to accelerate the recovery in the automotive sector, CleanTechnica reported on 13 July. The subsidy will be increased to EUR6,000 (USD6,779), up from EUR4,000 currently. With the scrapping of the old car, the buyer can ge...
    Germany to invest EUR100 million in battery research
    Germany is set to invest EUR100 million (USD112.9 million) in battery research at universities and non-university research institutions, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced in a press release on 8 July. As part of the umbrella concept "Battery Research Factory,"&n...
    EU launches European Clean Hydrogen Alliance for advanced hydrogen technologies
    The European Union (EU) has adopted two new strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen usage to create a more efficient and interconnected energy sector. According to a press statement issued by the European Commission on 8 July, these strategies are alligned with the ...
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