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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
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    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 ...
    POLICY: Germany's new EV subsidy program takes effect
    In June 2020, Germany decided to double its contribution to electric vehicle (EV) purchase subsidy to EUR6,000 (USD7,681) as part of its strategy to bring recovery in vehicle demand in the country that had been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new EV subsidy program, called...
    POLICY: Indian state Karnataka removes registration fee, stamp duty for EVs
    The Cabinet of India’s Karnataka State Government on 25 June decided to completely waive stamp duty and registration charges for the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles (EVs) in a bid to push EV adoption in the state, according to a report by Deccan Herald. Significance: The decision is i...
    Beijing opens 52 more roads for testing autonomous vehicles
    Last week, Beijing opened 52 additional roads in Haidian District for testing of autonomous vehicles, Xinhua news agency reported on 1 July. The roads totaling 215.3 km are spread over 100-square-kilometers in the northern region of Zhongguancun Science City. According to the Haidian district g...
    US Democrats to unveil new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050
    The United States Democrats are planning to unveil a new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050, Reuters reported on 30 June. The plan will include mandating sales of zero-emission cars by 2035. The plan will also propose offering the federal tax credit for electric vehicles (EV) of USD...
    Germany grants USD 337 million to batterymaker Varta for local battery production
    German government has granted EUR300 million (USD337 million) to batterymaker Varta for push domestic battery production, Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) announced in a press release on 30 June. GTAI also said that four other companies,  BASF, BMW Group, Opel, and Umicore, with battery-cell pro...
    Automakers, suppliers may avoid compliance penalties under new USMCA trade deal for one year
    Automakers and their suppliers may avoid penalties for violating compliance for up to one year under the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), Reuters reported a US Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) official as saying. The new trade agreement, which replaces the 26-year-old North America ...
    Japan and Britain aim to finalize trade deal by end of July
    Japan and Britain are aiming to close a new trade deal by the end of July 2020, and Japan will attempt to secure at least the same tariff levels for automobiles that it has in its existing trade pact with the European Union, said Hiroshi Matsuura, the chief negotiator for trade talks with Britain, a...
    POLICY: German government plans to install 1,000 EV HPC stations through tender process
    German government is planning to install 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) high-power charging (HPC) stations in the country, National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH) announced in a press release on 26 June. The HPC fast-charge network is intended to cover the demand for medium- ...
    POLICY: Austria increases subsidies for EVs, charging stations
    Austria has increased the subsidies it will offer for buying an electric car and for setting up a charging station, Reuters reported on 29 June, citing Austrian economy minister Leonore Gewessler. A subsidy of EUR5,000 (USD5,640), up from EUR3,000 will be given for a new electric car. The government...
    REGULATION: Some 60 countries support UN regulation on automated lane keeping system
    Some 60 countries, including Japan, South Korea, and the European Union (EU) member states, have agreed to adopt a United Nation (UN) regulation that will pave the way for the safe introduction of automated driving function in vehicles in certain traffic environment, according to a press release by ...
    REGULATION: UN releases two new regulations on vehicle cyber security and software updates
    The United Nations has announced two new regulations on automotive cyber security and software updates, a press release on 25 June read. The regulations, which will apply to passenger cars, vans, trucks, and buses will come into effect from January 2021. The regulations, adopted by World Forum fo...
    Transportation groups in US call for review of FCC’s proposal on reallocation of spectrum in 5.9 GHz band
    Transportation groups in the United States have urged a Senate panel to direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider the proposal to reallocate a part of the 5.9 GHz band for broadband use, TT News reported on 23 June. The call to the Senate to act was led by the Intelligent T...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian supplier industry aims to reduce dependence on mainland Chinese imports
    The Indian auto component industry is working on steps to reduce import dependence on China and focus more on localization, according to a report by Press Trust of India (PTI) citing industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA). The domestic automotive industry is ...
    US Department of Energy to invest USD100 million toward hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects
    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is set to invest USD100 million toward hydrogen and fuel cell research and development (R&D), DOE said in a press release on 22 June. The investment is for two projects—one which is for conducting R&D to achieve large-scale, affordable elec...
    UK to invest USD91.2 million towards for advanced green automotive technology
    The UK government has announced that it will invest EUR73.5 million (USD91.2 million) toward advanced green automotive technologies, according to a press release on 23 June. A share of the new investment will be given to 10 projects across the UK to develop technology for the next generation el...
    REGULATION: US opens investigations into tire imports from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam
    The United States Commerce Department has stated that it has begun its investigations into the imports of automotive tires from Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, and Vietnam to check whether these tires are being sold in the US market at less than fair values. According to a report filed by news age...
    REGULATION: US state Nevada to adopt California ZEV mandate from 2025
    US state Nevada is planning to adopt California’s zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate and tailpipe emission rules, Reuters reported on 23 June. While the rules will be effective from 2025 model year, automakers will be allowed to earn credits from 2023 model year onward. “New regulations will n...
    EC approves investment for setting up EV charging points in Germany
    European Commission (the Commission) has approved Germany’s investment for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, eureporter.co reported on 22 June. The approval is for setting up 1,500 additional recharging points for vehicles and charging stations in...
    US city Fort Worth approves USD68.9 million incentive for electric motor maker Linear Labs
    Fort Worth, US, has approved a USD68.9 million incentive package for electric motor maker Linear Labs, news website Green Car Congress reported on 17 June. According to the report, Linear Labs is planning to acquire a 500,000-square-foot facility for advanced, smart manufacturing. The research and p...
    POLICY: Mainland China relaxes rules for production of petrol-electric hybrids
    China has relaxed its environmental quota rules by reclassifying petrol-electric full hybrids, according to a press release by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Under the new policy, which is applicable from 2021 through to 2023, the negative points awarded for making petrol...
    EU industry chief urges EU governments to be more active in setting global standards for lithium
    European Union (EU) industry chief Thierry Breton has requested the EU government to accelerate the setting up of global standards for lithium, Reuters reported on 18 June. Breton said that it is necessary to stay technologically competitive and counter China’s growing influence in setting standar...
    Vietnam ratifies trade agreement with EU
    Vietnam ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) on June 8 2020. The ratified FTA will cut or eliminate 99% of tariff on goods traded between the Southeast Asian country and the 27-member bloc, according to a report by Reuters. The European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreemen...
    India places restriction on tire imports from mainland China
    The government of India has imposed restrictions on the import of several categories of tires in a bid to promote domestic manufacturing, according to a press release on the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) website on 12 June. The government has put curbs on imports of certain new pn...
    Nine companies and eight US states sign DOT’s AV TEST Initiative
    Nine companies and eight states in the United States have signed as the first participants in a new initiatives by the Department of Transportation (DOT) called, Automotive Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative, to improve safety, testing, and public engagement of...
    Number of EV models in Europe to reach 214 by 2021
    Europe is expected to have 214 electric vehicle (EV) models on sale in 2021, as compared to just 98 models available currently, according to a statement by Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of European Commission. Šefčovič also said that despite the current crisis, the European Battery Alliance ...
    Germany to offer USD565 million for EV charging infrastructure
    From the recently announced EUR130-billion stimulus package for industries to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany has set aside EUR500 million (USD565 million) toward electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The sum will be given to private users, including household...
    Japan, UK begin trade negotiations, auto tariffs key focus area
    Japan and the United Kingdom have formally started trade negotiations with aim to reach a deal by the end of this year, Kyodo News reported on 9 June. The negotiation started through a talk via video conference between Japan Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and the UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss. Th...
    IIHS requests NHTSA to expand, strengthen safety standards for autonomous vehicles
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has urged the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to expand and strengthen safety standards for self-driving vehicles (IIHS) said in a press release on 9 June. Significance: In Marc...
    Italy mulls financial incentives for latest generation IC-engine vehicles
    The government of Italy is considering providing incentives of up to EUR4,000 (approximately USD4,540) for new car buyers to purchase the newest generation of petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles. According to a report filed by new agency Reuters on 5 June, this scheme would make Italy the third coun...
    POLICY: Greece announces tax incentives for EVs
    Greece has announced that it will offer tax incentives for purchasing electric vehicles (EV) including for electric cars, Reuters reported on 8 June. The incentive is offered as part of Greece’s 10-year climate plan for lower carbon emissions. According to the report, which cited Prime Minister Ky...
    New South Wales to triple annual procurement of electrified vehicles
    The New South Wales (NSW) government in Australia is planning to triple the annual procurement of electrified vehicles by 2023, news website The Driven reported on 2 June, citing a spokesperson from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. The NSW government has set a 30% procurement ta...
    Germany to mandate all fuel pumps to install EV charging stations
    Germany is planning to mandate all fuel pumps to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, Reuters reported on 4 June. As part of the EUR130 billion economic recovery plan that the government recently unveiled, nearly EUR2.5 billion will be spent on battery cell production and charging infras...
    EU urges carmakers to make deeper CO2 cuts to meet climate goals
    The executive European Commission of the European Union is pushing for automotive OEMs to work more toward slashing the carbon footprint of their model fleet in order to meet the more stringent emission norms that will come into effect later this year. According to a report filed by news age...
    POLICY: France increases subsidies for EVs
    France has increased the subsidies it offers to buyers of all-electric vehicles as part of its plan to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the automotive industry, EN24 news reported on 26 May. France has increased the purchase incentive for a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) (battery el...
    Mainland Chinese automaker SAIC calls for supportive legislation for autonomous driving
    Chen Hong, president of SAIC Motor has requested the mainland Chinese government to pass legislation that will allow testing Level 3 and above automated driving vehicles on highways first in certain areas and then across the country, technode reported on 22 May. Hong also called for legislation for ...
    UK designates 300 km of roads for testing connected, autonomous vehicles
    The United Kingdom has designated about 300 km (188 miles) of road in the West Midlands for testing connected and autonomous vehicles later in 2020, Autocar reported on 19 May. The planned route, stretching from Coventry to Birmingham, takes in a variety of different settings, including inner-c...
    REGULATION: EuroNCAP introduces changes in safety rating
    The European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP) has announced major changes in safety rating from later in 2020, EuroNCAP said in a press release on 20 May. One of the key changes is the implementation of a new Mobile Progressive Deformable Barrier (MPDB) for frontal crash test. Instead of test...
    UK aims to install 6,000 high power charging point by 2035
    The United Kingdom is aiming to install 6,000 high power charging points across England’s motorways and major A roads by 2035, the government announced in a press release on 14 May. This is an increase from 6 high power charging points expected to be available by 2023 and 2,500 expected by 2030. T...
    Pony.ai receives permit to test self-driving vehicles carrying passengers in Beijing
    Chinese autonomous vehicle startup Pony.ai has received permit to pick up passengers in its autonomous  vehicles on public roads in Beijing, China, Xinhua reported on 18 May. The company will test its fleet of robotaxis on limited routes in the Haidian district and Yizhuang town of Daxing distr...
    Mainland China releases new mandatory EV safety standards
    Mainland China has released new mandatory safety standards for electric vehicles, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced in a press release on 13 May. The ministry released three standards—GB 18384-2020 "Safety Requirements for Electric Vehicles", GB 38032-2020 "Safety...
    California awards USD7.8 million to two lithium recovery projects
    California Energy Commission (CEC) has announced a grant of USD7.8 million to two lithium recovery projects, CEC announced in a press release on 13 May. This includes USD6 million for BHER Minerals, LLC and USD1.8 million for Palo Alto-based Materials Research LLC. “California’s energy goals wil...
    Shanghai plans to install 100,000 new EV charging points by 2022
    Shanghai is planning to install 100,000 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points by 2022, news website electrek reported on 8 May. According to the report, the new charging points will have enhanced data-collecting capabilities. The chargers are being added as part of Shanghai Municipal Government...
    POLICY: German government invites application to offer funding for EV charging infrastructure
    Germany has invited applications to offer funding for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, the government announced in a press release on 29 April. Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has called for applications from private investors, cities and muni...
    POLICY: South Korea plans to invest USD896 million by 2027 on development of ‘high automation’ vehicles
    South Korea will invest KRW1 trillion (USD896 million) by 2027 to develop high automation or Level 4 self-driving cars, Yonhap News Agency reported last week. The Level 4 self-driving cars can take full control of driving almost without any human input. Such vehicles can be driven in full automation...
    Alliance for Automotive Innovation proposes plans to utilize 5.9 GHz spectrum for transportation
    The Alliance for Automotive Innovation have reached a consensus on using the 5.9 GHz Safety Spectrum band for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies: Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) and Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC). In a regulatory filing with the Federal Communication Comm...
    POLICY: South Korea’s Ministry of Environment to offer subsidy for electric LCVs
    South Korea is planning to offer subsidies for 8,200 electric light commercial vehicles (LCV), The Korea Herald reported on 26 April. The government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, and five logistics firms—CJ Logistics, Hanjin, Lotte Global Logisti...
    POLICY: China to slash NEV subsidies by 10% in 2020
    China has decided to reduce the subsidies for new energy vehicles (NEVs) by 10% in 2020, Reuters reported on 23 April, citing information from China’s finance ministry. The government will, in principle, cut subsidies by 20% in 2021 and 30% in 2022. Under the new policy, the subsidies are only app...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Japan’s Aichi Prefecture to support Toyota suppliers with emergency loans
    Hideaki Ohmura, the governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, announced plans to offer JPY400 billion (USD3.72 billion) in emergency loans for struggling small and midsize companies, Reuters reported on 23 April. The emergency loan is expected to help several suppliers of Toyota Motor who are under pr...
    Autonomous vehicle startup Voyage receives permit to launch robo-taxi service in California
    Autonomous vehicle startup Voyage has secured a permit to launch its robo-taxi service in the US state California, according to a press release issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on 16 April. The CPUC issued a permit to Voyage, allowing the company to transport passengers in...
    POLICY: Mainland China plans to complete framework for low-level autonomous vehicles by end-2020
    Mainland China is planning to complete the formulations of a framework for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and low-level autonomous driving vehicles by the end of 2020, China Daily reported citing the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Last week, MIIT released ...
    US-state Missouri offers billion-dollar incentive package to Tesla for new plant
    US-state Missouri has offered a billion dollar incentive package to Tesla for setting up a new Cybertruck Gigafactory in the state, The Joplin Globe reported on 13 April. The official bid is from the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce for the city of Joplin. The incentives include a 1,042-acre site at ...
    Board of Investment of Thailand approves Mitsubishi Motor's EV investment project
    Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) has approved Mitsubishi Motors’ electric vehicle (EV) investment project, BOI announced in a press release on 13 April. The project will have a total investment of THB5.48 billion (USD167.3 million) and will be used to upgrade the company's existing car produ...
    Nuro secures permit to test autonomous vehicles Texas, US, without human controls
    California-based robotics firm Nuro has secured a permit to test its self-driving vehicles in Houston, Texas, US without human controls, according to a company press release on 6 February. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approv...
    POLICY: Mainland China extends NEV subsidies for two more years
    Mainland China has decided to extend  new energy vehicles (NEV) subsidies for an additional two years, Ideanomics announced in a press release on 31 March. NEVs will now be eligible for subsidies till the end of 2022. At a State Council meeting on March 31, Chinese Premier Li Leqiang also annou...
    REGULATION: US NHTSA, EPA release final SAFE Vehicles Rule on fuel economy standards
    The United States government has finalized its rollback of automotive emission norms which were initially adopted during the Obama administration. The rule, which required carmakers to improve efficiency in increments of 5% on an annual basis until the year 2026, now require annual increments of jus...
    POLICY: Serbia announces subsidy program for EVs
    Serbia has introduced a new subsidy program for purchase of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid vehicles, SeeNews reported on 16 March, citing a statement from the government. Under the program, light all-electric vehicles will be eligible for EUR5,000 (USD5,300) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV...
    China’s NDRC sets a more realistic timeline for development of intelligent vehicles
    Around two years ago, China’s National Development and Reform Corporation (NDRC) had released a draft on ‘Intelligent Vehicle Innovation and Development Strategy’ (draft strategy) to seek public opinion. The draft strategy aimed at intelligent vehicles, also referred to as intelligent and conn...
    REGULATION: NHTSA issues proposal to modernize occupant safety standards for vehicles without manual controls
    The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposal to modernize several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in automated vehicles that do not have manual controls such as steering wheels and brake pedals, the US-...
    Chinese city Guangzhou offers incentives for purchase of NEVs
    In a bid to push up demand for new electric vehicles (NEV), Chinese city Guangzhou has announced incentives for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Automotive News reported on 16 March. Guangzhou will offer an incentive of CNY10,000 (USD1,426) for both all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles ...
    REGULATION: Senate of US state Washington passes bill to adopt California’s ZEV mandate
    US state Washington has passed a bill to adopt California’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate, news website Electrek reported on 11 March. The ZEV standards mandate automakers to produce a certain number of ZEVs and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) each year, based on the total number of cars sold in Cal...
    POLICY: UK extends EV charging infrastructure grants scheme
    The United Kingdom government has extended its ‘electric vehicle homecharge scheme’ (EVHS), ‘workplace charging scheme’ (WCS), and ‘on street residential chargepoint scheme’ (ORCS) by another year, the government announced in a press release on 12 March.  From 1 April 2...
    POLICY: China’s MIIT seeks public opinion on Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles
    China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is seeking public opinion on the proposed “Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles,” Gasgoo reported on 10 March. The draft document will be available for to the public until 9 April 2020. Once fully approved, China’s own sta...
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