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    Recent earthquake in Taiwan put semiconductor industry to test
    Taiwan's semiconductor industry is a global powerhouse, home to industry leaders like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), MediaTek, United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and more. These companies are crucial contributors to the global supply of advanced semiconductor chips, which serve as vital components in numerous technological devices, including automobiles. On April 3, 2024, Taiwan was hit by the most powerful earthquake in 25 years, registering a magnitude of 7.4 off the island...
    Software-defined vehicles: An identity crisis for the industry?
    We are entering an era where vehicles will be defined by their software. Think of that statement. In isolation, it says a lot. Throughout the past hundred years or so, vehicles have largely been defined by their brand. Alfred Sloan built a whole company on this principle. Today, Carlos Tavares, with Stellantis, has built a house of brands that appeal to different parts of the market with varying degrees of overlap. The brand of car we drove defined who we were as people. Driving a Volvo defined ...
    European Commission approves €267 million in state aid to support Volvo Cars’ new EV plant
    The European Commission has found that Slovakia's €267 million state-aid to support Volvo Cars’ EV plant is in line with EU State aid rules, the Commission announced on April 8. The said aid is aimed at supporting the establishment of a new EV manufacturing plant in Valaliky, near Košice in Eastern Slovakia. Earlier, Slovakia had notified the European Commission of its plan to grant €267 million to support Volvo Cars’ EV factory, which will be the Swedish carmaker’s third produc...
    NHSTA opens preliminary probe into Fisker's Ocean vehicles over door failure
    The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it had opened a preliminary probe into Fisker's 2023 Ocean sport utility vehicles (SUVs) after complaints that the doors of the electric vehicles sometimes failed to open. The auto safety regulator said its Office of Defects Investigation received 14 complaints alleging an intermittent failure of the latch and handle that prevented the opening of the driver, front passenger, and/or rear doors. Some of the reports also alleged tha...
    Hyundai Ioniq 5 robo-taxi passes driver’s license test
    In a press release on March 31, Hyundai Motor Co. has released a campaign film showcasing its all-electric, self-driving Ioniq 5 robo-taxi successfully completing a driving test similar to a US driver's license test. The film features the Ioniq 5 robo-taxi completing various public-level driving tests in Las Vegas. The campaign aims to highlight the safety and trustworthiness of the Ioniq 5 robo-taxi's autonomous technology, particularly for individuals with mobility challenges. The...
    New York City introduces permitting system for autonomous vehicle testing with human safety driver requirement
    New York City has announced a new permitting system for companies testing autonomous vehicles on its roads. The system includes a requirement that a human safety driver sit behind the steering wheel at all times. The city claims this will ensure that applicants are ready to test their technology in the country's most challenging urban environment safely and efficiently. The requirements would exclude companies without previous autonomous vehicle testing experience in other cities. Applicants wou...
    India revises EV policy to attract new global players, accelerate investments
    The Union Government of India has approved a new electric vehicle policy aimed at attracting global EV makers to invest in India (the world’s third-largest automobile market), build local manufacturing facilities and increase localization of critical components, according to a press note issued by the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry on March 15. The new scheme to accelerate investments in the emerging EV domain is aligned with the central government’s Make in India initiativ...
    The UK officially launches Greenpower Park in Coventry to attract EV investments, drive R&D projects
    The UK government has officially launched the Greenpower Park, the country’s upcoming center of electrification and clean energy technologies, in Coventry, UK, Greenpower Park announced March 27. The facility is aimed at making the UK the epicenter of the green industrial revolution, attracting private investments, driving research and development, and innovation projects, and creating new jobs in the West Midlands region. The Greenpower Park is slated to host the planned West Midlands G...
    Connected Kerb to deploy up to 2,100 EV chargers in North East UK
    Connected Kerb, one of the UK’s leading charge-point operators (CPOs), plans to more than double the number of electric vehicle chargers in North East England, following its partnership with South Tyneside Council, the company announced March 20. Connected Kerb has partnered with South Tyneside Council to deploy up to 2,100 new charge points in the region, marking the single largest installation of public EV charge points in the North of England to date. “Up to 2,100 will be installed ...
    EU, Norway sign strategic partnership on EV battery supply chain, critical materials
    The European Union and the Kingdom of Norway have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch a strategic partnership to develop sustainable land-based raw materials and battery value chains, the European Commission announced in a press note March 21. The MoU between the EU and Norway is being seen an important building block of the EU-Norway Green Alliance, as announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre in April 2023...
    Australian Strategic Minerals receives $600 million letter of interest from US EXIM Bank
    Australian Strategic Materials Limited (ASM) announced on March 21 that it has received a non-binding and conditional Letter of Interest (LoI) from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US EXIM) to provide a debt funding package of up to $600 million for the construction and execution phase of the rare earths and critical minerals Dubbo Project. US EXIM’s letter of interest for the construction phase of the Dubbo Project follows Export Finance Australia’s (EFA) previous conditional...
    ZF LIFETEC rebrands, eyes growth in safety equipment market
    ZF Group, a leading automotive supplier, has rebranded its Passive Safety Systems division as "ZF LIFETEC". The new branding is part of the company's legal separation of the Passive Safety Systems division, which was initiated in October 2022. ZF LIFETEC aims to further increase sales and profitability as a standalone business driven by megatrends in the automotive industry and increasingly stringent safety regulations. The company has achieved sales of around €4.7 billion in 2023 and is on...
    EPA's updated emission proposals: A balancing act between environment and industry
    The updated EPA proposal for light- and medium-duty vehicles On March 20, 2024, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final rules related to light- and medium-duty vehicles. The final Multi Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles expand on the EPA’s existing emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years (MY) 2023 through 2026. The rules are technology-neutral and take advantage of develop...
    Wallbox, Bidirectional Energy’s joint project receives $2.2 million from California Energy Commission
    Wallbox and Bidirectional Energy, a bidirectional EV energy management startup, have been awarded a funding of $2.2 million for the phase 1 of their ‘Bidirectional Residential V2X Demonstration Project’ from the California Energy Commission (CEC) REDWDS grant, Wallbox announced on March 21. Notably, the CEC REDWDS (Responsive, Easy Charging Products with Dynamic Signals) grant is aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of easy-to-use charging products, which helps customers m...
    Intel and US administration announces up to $8.5 billion in direct funding under CHIPS Act
    In a press release on March 20, the US administration has announced that Intel and the US Commerce Department have signed a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) for up to $8.5 billion in direct funding to Intel for commercial semiconductor projects under the CHIPS and Science Act. The CHIPS Act funding aims to increase US semiconductor manufacturing and research and development capabilities, especially in leading-edge semiconductors. Intel is the only US company that both de...
    US DOE provides a loan of $2.26 billion to Lithium Americas to finance construction of Thacker Pass
    Lithium Americas Corp. announced March 14 that it has received a conditional commitment from the US Energy Department (US DOE) for a $2.26 billion loan under the latter’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program for financing the construction of its processing facilities at Thacker Pass. The site, which is located in Humboldt County, Nev., is currently the largest known measured and indicated lithium resource in North America, targeting total production capacity of 80,...
    Norway supports Vianode’s anode graphite solutions plant with a grant of €30 million
    Norwegian battery-materials company Vianode announced March 14 that it has been awarded a €30 million grant from Innovation Norway under the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) EUBatin program. The government grant will support the development of VIanode’s Herøya, Norway, plant as part of the industrialization of a European low-carbon battery value chain. According to the press note, the grant from Innovation Norway under the IPCEI program is designed to expedite green...
    European Parliament votes in favor of the Euro 7 emission norms
    The European Parliament has given a green light to the implementation of the stricter Euro 7 emission standards for passenger cars, vans, buses, trucks and trailers, the European Parliament announced March 14. The immediate next step includes a formal approval from the European Council before the Euro 7 emission standards enter into force. The Euro 7 norms are slated for implementation across Europe from July 1, 2025, for new light-duty vehicles and July 1, 2027, for new heavy-duty ve...
    The Netherlands plans to add 35,000 new public EV charging points over next four years
    The Netherlands plans to add 35,000 public electric vehicle charging points in the provinces of North Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht over the next four years, MRA-Electric said March 12. MRA-Electric, a government agency promoting electric mobility in the Netherlands, said that it has put out a tender for 74 municipalities for building EV charging infrastructure as part of this plan. It further said that Shell Ubitricity, Vattenfall InCharge and TotalEnergies plan to install, manage and opera...
    5GAA, partner associations issue statement on US DOC’s inquiry into connected vehicles
    On March 7, the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), along with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), and National Electrical Manufacturers Association have issued a statement in response to the US Department of Commerce’s inquiry into connected vehicles at the end of February. The US Department of Commerce issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comment to inform the potential development of...
    Advanced Propulsion Center UK announces £35.7 million in new grant to support zero-emission projects
    The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC), which works as a bridge between the UK government and the automotive industry, has announced the latest round of government and industry funding for zero-tailpipe-emission vehicle technologies. In a press note issued on March 4, APC said that a government grant of £35.7 million will be granted to the new collaborative projects that bring together companies developing key zero-emission technologies, including power electronics and electric drive units (ED...
    UK parliament introduces bill on safe deployment of self-driving vehicles
    In a press release on March 5, the UK parliament announced that the Automated Vehicles Bill 2023–2024 (Bill 167) was introduced for its Commons second reading on March 5, 2024. The bill aims to establish a framework for the safe deployment of self-driving vehicles in Great Britain, addressing legal liability issues from the Automated and EVs Act 2018. The bill incorporates recommendations from a four-year review by the Law Commission of England and Wales, and the Scottish Law Commissio...
    Bridgestone earns top environmental rating for climate action and transparency
    Bridgestone Corp., a leading tire manufacturer, has been recognized for its commitment to corporate transparency and climate action by the global environmental nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The company has been placed on CDP's prestigious "A List" for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Bridgestone is one of 346 companies to achieve an "A" rating out of over 21,000 companies evaluated. CDP is a global nonprofit that opera...
    Hong Kong's new regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles allows more flexible trials
    The Transport Minister of Hong Kong has announced a new regulatory framework allowing broader and more adaptable trials and usage of autonomous vehicles on the roads. This initiative aims to enhance public acceptance of driverless cars, as reported by South China Morning Post on March 2. Private car dealers have expressed support for the move, indicating their willingness to introduce more driverless vehicles. Meanwhile, an industry representative has called upon the government to further str...
    Government of Canada, city of Toronto to invest C$10 million to add over 500 EV chargers
    The city of Toronto is partnering with the government of Canada to add more than 500 new electric vehicle chargers to the city’s corporate charging network, the local government said Feb. 28. The city of Toronto and the government of Canada plan to jointly invest a total of C$10 million on expanding the EV charging network across the city, which is set to benefit from 486 new Level 2 chargers, and 40 new fast chargers for the city’s growing fleet of EVs by the end of 2025. The said inv...
    About:Energy selected by Innovate UK to participate in the Global Business Innovation Programme in South Korea
    About:Energy, a leading innovator in battery-development software, has been selected by Innovate UK as one of 14 companies to participate in the Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP) in South Korea, an initiative to accelerate business growth globally and drive innovation for battery technology, About:Energy announced Feb. 28. As part of the program, Innovate UK brings together pioneering companies focusing on battery development and technologies. The program in South Korea will in...
    Cadillac Lyriq qualifies for $7,500 federal tax credit under US IRA
    The Cadillac Lyriq, General Motors' (GM's) luxury-car brand’s first electric vehicle, has once again become eligible for the $7,500 federal government clean-vehicle tax incentive, according to a news report published by The Detroit News on Feb. 21. The EV model had lost the eligibility for federal tax credits after the US government released new foreign entity of concern (FEOC) requirements in December 2023. The new FEOC requirements, which are imposed on top of the existing requirements un...
    German government funds vehicle-to-grid project aimed at stabilizing the power grid
    The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) announced Feb. 21 that a team of scientists are working with a consortium of researchers, industry and users on a project named "BiFlex Industry — Bidirectional flexibility through fleet power plants in and around companies" to research how bidirectional-charging technology can be implemented technically and economically on vehicle fleet applications. The focus of joint research is to better utilize electric vehicle batterie...
    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...
    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...
    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...
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