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    Is Tesla’s application of LFP cathode technology indicative of price over performance?
    A recent development has got the automotive industry talking about a battery chemistry which, over the last half-a-decade, has been steadily losing market share in the electric vehicle (EV) segment—lithium iron phosphate (LFP). Tesla recently received an approval from the Mainland Chinese governme...
    Consumer Survey: Will we see an increase in anti-microbial coating in automotive due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the global automotive supply chain. With no immediate solution in sight, federal governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders and called for the closure of non-essential businesses. This forced OEMs to suspe...
    15-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19 Pinned
    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: 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...
    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...
    POLICY: UK updates EV subsidy program for PEVs
    As part of the budget announced, the United Kingdom has updated its plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) grants program, the government announced in a press release on 11 March. The incentive program has been extended to 2022–23. A total of GBP532 million has been earmarked for the program, GBP403 milli...
    POLICY: Netherlands to offer subsidies for EV purchase
    The Netherlands is planning to offer subsidies for purchasing an electric car, nieuwsienw.nl reported on its website on 4 March. The government will give EUR4,000 (USD4,540) for the purchase of a new electric car, and EUR2,000 for the purchase of a used electric car. The policy is applicable fo...
    Novelis to divest Aleris’ Kentucky plant for planned acquisition of Aleris
    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a decision that clears the way for Novelis Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Aleris Corp., according to separate press releases from DOJ and Novelis on 9 March. The decision requires Novelis to sell Aleris' entire aluminum auto body sheet opera...
    Estonian government approves EUR1.16 million in subsidies for purchase of 232 EVs
    The Estonian Environmental Investment Center (KIK) has approved EUR1.16 million (USD1.31 million) in subsidies to push the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), The Baltic Times reported on 6 March. The government has endorsed 55 applications for the purchase of 232 new EVs, under a support arra...
    POLICY: US state Maine approves pilot EV charging program
    Maine Public Utility Commission has approved a pilot electric vehicle (EV) charging program focusing on Level 2 and Level 3 chargers, the Commission announced in a press release on 25 February. Under the pilot program, the commission has approved four initiatives, including a rebate program run by E...
    REGULATION: Cruise receives CPUC permit to transport passengers in self-driving vehicles in California
    Cruise Automation, a self-driving company owned by GM, has gotten permission by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), to carry passengers in its autonomous vehicles in California, Tech Crunch reported on 24 February. Cruise must update the CPUC with data about any incidents, the...
    POLICY: Chinese city Guangzhou plans to reintroduce subsidies for NEVs
    Chinese city Guangzhou is planning to reintroduce its subsidy program for new energy vehicles (NEVs), Automotive News China reported on 1 March. While more details about Guangzhou’s subsidy program was not revealed, the subsidy is aimed at offsetting the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on the cou...
    REGULATION: Colorado Senate approves bill to allow EV makers to sell directly to customers
    The Colorado senate has approved a bill that allows electric vehicle (EV) makers to sell directly to customers, news website Jalopnik reported on 28 February. The bill is only applicable to automakers who only produce EVs and have no prior dealership networks in place. It has been reported that Colo...
    REGULATION: China delays mass production of conditional AVs until 2025
    China expects automakers to begin mass production of vehicles with SAE Level 3 automated driving capability, also known as "conditional automation" by 2025, Caixin Global reported on 25 February, citing a development plan jointly released by the country’s National Development and Reform ...
    Waymo joins Cruise in opposing California’s reporting requirement on self-driving vehicles
    Waymo is the latest company to raise concern about California’s mandatory reporting requirement for companies testing self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads saying such test data is not accurate or relevant in measuring performance or progress, Reuters report on 27 February. The Calif...
    California to invest USD5 million toward hydrogen refueling stations
    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District in California is planning to invest USD5 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding for hydrogen refueling stations, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced in a press release on 20 February. According to the re...
    NHTSA orders suspension of EasyMile’s driverless shuttles after passenger injury in Ohio
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered a temporary suspension of passenger operations on 25 February, for all autonomous electric shuttles from EasyMile in the US after a passenger in Columbus, Ohio, got injured when one of the pilot vehicles made an emergency stop, ...
    Malaysia launches National Automotive Policy 2020
    Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the country’s new National Automotive Policy 2020 (NAP 2020) on February 21 at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s (MITI) office in Kuala Lumpur, malaysian-based newspaper The Star reported. The new policy, an enhanc...
    Autoliv recommends measures to improve road safety in India
    Autoliv has released a series of recommendations to improve road safety in India, according to a company press release on 18 February. The Sweden-based safety systems supplier developed these recommendations in cooperation with the Indian government, local authority, and other stakeholders. Autoliv ...
    Singapore plans to offer subsidies for electric cars and taxis from 2021
    Singapore is planning to offer subsidies for those who buy electric cars and taxis from January 2021 onwards, todayonline.com reported on 18 February, citing deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat. Under the scheme, buyers will get a subsidy of  up to 45% on the additional registration ...
    Volvo Cars supports wider emerging market seat belt regulation
    Volvo Cars has called on governments and regulators around the world to address what the company calls “a large inequality in road safety” between developed and developing economies, according to a company’s press release on 19 February. According to World Health Organization data, each year a...
    New Zealand to add up to 110 EV charging stations
    The New Zealand government has announced additional funding to ramp up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the country, Beehive.govt.nz reported on 18 February. The government approved a total of 21 projects that would see the installation of up to 110 EV chargers in more than 20 ar...
    Germany's new EV subsidy programs comes into effect
    In a note on 19 February, Germany’s Federal Office of Economics and Export Control announced that the new subsidy program for electric vehicles (EV) is now in effect. As per the new program, the environment bonus for EVs priced up to EUR40,000 (USD44,650) will be raised by half, to as much as EUR6...
    Canada to invest CAD8 million for EV charging stations in Ontario
    The government of Canada is investing CAD8 million (USD6 million) to build 160 fast chargers in Ontario to encourage widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), according to a press release on its official website on 14 February. The chargers will be installed at 73 locations for EVs across the ...
    Germany releases USD98.4 million to promote e-mobility
    Germany has released EUR90 million (USD98.4 million) towards 168 initiatives which will promote electromobility in the country, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) announced in a press release on 11 February. The investment will support purchase of over 3,800 electric veh...
    EC approves Romania's EV charging infrastructure scheme
    European Commission (EC) has approved Romania’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure scheme, EC announced in a press release on 10 February. The scheme has a budget of EUR53 million (USD58 million) and will run between the year 2020 to 2025. It will cover urban, sub-urban, and rural areas...
    Uber receives permit to resume testing of self-driving vehicles in US state California
    Uber has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to restart testing its self-driving vehicles with a backup driver on the state’s public roads, Reuters reported on 6 February. However, the US-based app-based ride-hailing service provider has no immediate plans to p...
    UK mulls banning sales of ICE, all hybrid vehicles by 2035
    The United Kingdom is considering banning sales of internal combustion engines and all forms of hybrids by 2035, CNBC reported on 4 February. The plan was announced by the British Prime minister saying that the plans were subject to consultation. “We want to go further than ever before. That’s w...
    India increases custom duty on EVs
    In the latest budget, the Indian government has announced an increase in custom duty for imported electric vehicles (EV) to between 5% and 15%, The Economic Times reported on 1 February. This will increase the cost of EVs which are imported as completely-built units or as knocked-down kits. The cust...
    UK city Lancashire sets up 150 on-street EV charging stations
    Lancashire County Council, in partnership with BP Chargemaster, is nearing completion of a project that involves installation of 150 on-street charging points for electric vehicles (EV) in Lancashire, United Kingdom, according to a press release on the official website of Lancashire County Council o...
    ZF secures US, EU approval for Wabco deal
    German auto parts major ZF Friedrichshafen has secured unconditional US and EU antitrust approval for its previously announced USD7 billion acquisition of Wabco, Reuters reported on 23 January. According to the report, US regulators had required the companies to sell Wabco's steering components busi...
    United Kingdom doubles funding for on-street EV charging infrastructure
    The UK government has announced its plans to double its funding to install electric vehicle (EV) charge points on residential streets, according to a press release on the official website of the UK Department of Transport on 21 January. This will double the funding from GBP5 million (USD6.5 million)...
    South Korea outlines safety standards for Level 3 automated driving
    The South Korean government released safety standards for production and commercialization of Level 3 autonomous driving vehicle in the country earlier this month. The standards, first of their kind in the world, were finalized by the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (...
    US DOT releases latest version of federal guidelines for automated vehicles
    The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) released the latest version of automated vehicle guidelines, called ‘Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0’ (AV 4.0),’ during the CES 2020 held earlier this month in Las Vegas. According to a ...
    New York announces "Make-Ready" program for EV charging infrastructure
    New York has announced a new utility-supported "Make-Ready" program for developing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the state, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on his website on 17 January. The "Make-Ready" Program would run through 2025 to coincide with New York's goa...
    US-state New Jersey aims for 330,000 units of PEVs on-road by 2025
    US-state New Jersey has passed a bill which aims to have 330,000 units of light plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the road by 2025. As per the bill which was adopted on 9 January, by 2035, PEV registrations are expected to go up to 2 million units, and by the end of 2040, at least 85% of all new l...
    China to not cut NEV subsidies in July, says minister
    China is not planning to cut new energy vehicle (NEV) subsidies in July this year and the NEV subsidy scheme will largely remain stable through the year, reported Reuters, citing Miao Wei, China’s minister for industry and information technology (MIIT). “There was a subsidy cut on July 1 la...
    Oxford plans to set up zero-emission zone in 2020
    Oxford, in the United Kingdom, is planning to set up a zero-emission zone in the city center, Autocar reported on 10 January. The proposal is expected to come into effect from December 2020. Under the proposal, non-electric vehicles are expected to be charged GBP10 per day to enter th...
    South Korea to increase e-mobility subsidy budget for 2020
    South Korean Government is planning to allocate KRW950 billion (USD821 million) towards electromobility activities in South Korea, which is a growth of 54% as compared to allocation in 2019, Yonhap News Agency reported on 3 January, citing Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The amount will be u...
    Indian state Kerala to install 131 EV charging stations under central government scheme
    Indian state Kerala is planning to install 131 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state as part of the central government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) Scheme, Mathrubhumi reported today (6 January). Nearly 50 of these charging stations will b...
    Germany sets up national control center for EV charging infrastructure
    Germany has set up a new national control center for developing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the country, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) announced in a press release on 20 December. The center will be responsible for calculation of need...
    India’s Delhi government launches EV policy
    India’s capital territory Delhi has launched a new electric vehicle (EV) policy to increase the adoption of EVs in the city, Autocar Professional reported on 24 December. The government will offer incentives to all classes of vehicles, from 2-wheelers to 4-wheelers, and also for charging infrastru...
    London to install 1,000 more EV chargers in 2020
    The government of London is planning to install 1,000 additional electric vehicle (EV) chargers in residential areas across across 29 boroughs in the city, it announced in a press release on 20 December. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, together with London Councils and Transport for London (TfL), w...
    California DMV permit testing of light vehicle commercial vehicles on public roads
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has allowed testing and commercial use of light commercial vehicles on its public roads, KRCR News reported last week. The change in regulation will allow companies to test light autonomous vehicle weighting less than 10,001 pounds, including Class 1...
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