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    Mercedes-Benz to end sales of BS-IV vehicles within a few weeks
    Germany-based luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has stated that it will end the retail sales of BS-IV vehicles in India within a few weeks, according to a quote provided to ET Auto. The company has already stopped manufacturing these vehicles in India ahead of its preparation to switch completel...
    AutoX applies for permit to test self-driving car without safety driver in California
    Chinese self-driving technology startup AutoX has applied for a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to allow testing of its self-driving cars on the state’s public roads without safety drivers, Reuters reported on 4 December. “After three years of efforts, we believe th...
    ACEA presents ‘check-list’ of rules and regulations for automated driving in EU
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has drawn a ‘check-list’ of rules and regulations needed to enable automated driving in the European Union (EU), the association said in a press release on 3 December. The checklist details the legislative framework that is needed to be...
    FCC proposes to reallocate spectrum used for DSRC for Wi-Fi and C-V2X purposes
    The Federal Communications Commissions has proposed reallocating spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi and cellular vehicle to everything (C-V2X) purposes, it said in a release on 20 November. The spectrum is currently being used for a service called Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC)...
    China aims for NEV sales to reach 25% market share by 2025
    China is aiming for new energy vehicles (NEV) sales to touch 25% market share of total car sales in the country by 2025, Reuters reported today (3 December) citing China’s industry ministry. According to the report, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s draft on NEVs proposed tha...
    France proposes new initiatives to help automakers meet CO2 emission norms
    France has proposed new initiatives to support the automakers to meet the tightening CO2 emission norms for cars, Reuters reported on 2 December, citing Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. The government is planning to create two funds of EUR25 million (USD28 million) each to help the sector deal with ...
    LACI, partners release roadmap to accelerate deployment of ZEVs in Los Angeles region
    Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), along with its partners, has released the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0 to accelerate deployment of ZEVs in Los Angeles region, LACI announced in a press release on 26 November. The new program aims to have electric vehicles (EV) account for 30% of all light...
    European Commission clears acquisition of Cattierite by Umicore
    European Commission (EC) has approved Umicore’s acquisition of the Netherlands-based Cattierite Holdings Coöperatief, the EC announced on its website on 26 November. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because of the companies' limited market...
    European Union Agency for Cybersecurity publishes report on security of smart cars
    The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) published a report on the cybersecurity of smart cars on 25 November. The agency took stock of all existing standardization, legislative and policy Initiatives and said that the report is aimed to serve as a reference point to promote cybersecur...
    NHTSA seeks public comment on nine draft research test procedures to assess ADAS performance
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on a series on nine draft procedures developed by the US-based safety agency to assess the performance of certain types of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) available to consumers, the agency said in a state...
    Moscow City Council adopts law to exempt EVs from transport tax
    Moscow City Council has decided to exempt electric vehicles (EV) from transport tax, news website RusAutoNews reported on 23 November. The newly adopted law will remain in effect  until the end of 2024. Significance: The new law has been introduced to Moscow City Council by the mayor of the ...
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority extends free EV charging program until end of 2021
    The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority or DEWA has said that its initiative to offer free charging for electric vehicles (EVs) will be extended until 31 December 2021, the Gulf Business reported on November 24. The initiative was due to expire at the end of this year. DEWA added that the ...
    US groups request automakers to adopt common name for driver assistance technology
    In an effort to reduce confusion among consumers, a group of stakeholders in the United States have urged automakers to adopt standardized names for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology from a list they released last week, Reuters reported on 20 November. The list of names has been dr...
    California updates its EV rebates program
    US-state California has updated its electric vehicle (EV) subsidy programs, which will come into effect on 3 December 2019, the California government announced on Clean Vehicle Rebate Project website. Under the new rules, only vehicles with a price of less than USD60,000 vehicles will be eligible fo...
    California prohibits state purchasing of sedans solely powered by ICEs
    According to a press release from the California Department of General Services (DGS) on 15 November, the government body has issued an executive order (EO) that prohibits state agencies from purchasing sedans that are powered solely by internal combustion engines (ICEs). However, this order, w...
    Council of the European Union to mandate presence of advanced safety systems in automobiles by mid 2022
    The Council of the European Union voted to adopt regulations to mandate the presence of advanced safety systems in automobiles by mid 2022, according to a press release on 11 November. The new rules state that all motor vehicles (including trucks, buses, vans, and sport utility vehicles) wil...
    Volvo offers one-year free electricity to car buyers in UK to charge their new plug-in hybrid cars
    Volvo has announced that it will provide free electricity for buyers in the United Kingdom (UK) to charge their plug-in hybrid cars, according to a company press release on 8 November. The offer is available across the full range of seven Volvo plug-in hybrid cars purchased from now until 30 June 20...
    Germany plans to increase purchase subsidies for EVs
    Germany plans to offer higher subsidies for purchase of an electric vehicle (EV) from 2020 onwards, Automotive News Europe reported on 5 November. Incentives for EVs priced up to EUR40,000 (USD44,650) will be raised by half, to as much as EUR6,000. For plug-in hybrid vehicles, the subsidy will ...
    British city Brighton to install more than 200 new EV charging points
    British city Brighton is planning to install around 207 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the next few months, Brighton & Hove City Council announced in a press release on 30 October. Following a tender process, the council appointed Electric Blue to install and maintain the electric ...
    German government partners with H2 Mobility to expand hydrogen refueling infrastructure
    Germany’s  Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and H2 Mobility have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further expand hydrogen refueling stations in the country, H2 Mobility announced in a press release on 5 November. Under the agreement, the hydrogen fi...
    5GAA issues feedback on call for inputs on the impact of 5G on regulation from BEREC
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) issued feedback on a call for inputs on the impact of 5G on regulation from Body of European regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) in a press release on 28 October. It has issued the following recommendations: 5GAA considers the availability...
    Germany aims to have one million EV charging points by 2030
    Germany is aiming to have one million electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed in the country by 2030, Reuters reported on 3 November citing a video message German chancellor Angela Merkel. “For this [speeding shift to low-emission battery-powered vehicles] purpose, we want to cre...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    South Korea plans to roll out 86 hydrogen refueling stations by end of this year
    The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of South Korea announced on October 22nd that it would ensure that 310 hydrogen refuelling stations will be installed across the country by the year 2022, and that installations will commence without any delay, according to South Korean news agency ...
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    Indian state Odisha plans to offer subsidies to EV buyers, manufacturers
    To promote electric vehicles (EVs), India’s Odisha state government plans to offer subsidies and incentives to both EV manufacturers and buyers, according to a report by Times of India on 22 October. The government has asked the finance department to finalize the size of subsidies and incentives f...
    Germany to invest USD25.9 million to promote hydrogen mobility
    Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is set to invest EUR23.5 million (USD25.9 million) in promoting hydrogen mobility, BMVI announced in a press release on 17 October.  “The scope of the funded projects ranges from forklift trucks to equipping a...
    UK invests USD32.2 million in three zero-emission transportation projects
    The United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and delivered by Innovate UK has announced an investment of GBP25.4 million (USD32.2 million) towards three zero-emission transportation projects, according to a press release by APC on 16 October. APC said that the three...
    Korea aims to have 33% of new vehicles to be electric by 2030
    South Korea is aiming to have 33% of all new vehicles sold in the country to be electric by 2030, Korea Herald reported on 15 October, citing South Korean president Moon Jae-in. In the same time frame, the country is expecting to corner 10% of the global green car market. “Korea will raise the por...
    EC probes Hungary's plans to grant EUR108 million of public support for Samsung SDI battery plant
    European Commission (EC) has initiated a probe into Hungary’s plans to grant EUR108 million (USD119 million) of public support for Samsung SDI’s lithium-ion  battery plant in Göd, Hungary, the EC announced in a press release on 14 October. EC will investigate if the investment int the plan...
    EU imposes anti-dumping duty on Chinese steel road wheels
    European Union (EU) has imposed a provisional anti-dumping duty of up to 66% on Chinese steel road wheels for motor vehicles, Reuters reported on 10 October. EU has accused Chinese exporters of selling the steel wheels at below market cost. “Provisional measures should be imposed to prevent furthe...
    China plans to stop subsidies for FCEVs by the end of 2020
    China is planning to stop subsidies for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) as well by the end of 2020, China Daily reported on 14 October, citing China’s Ministry of Finance. "Some carmakers have become over-reliant on subsidies and thus find it difficult to compete in the global markets. And desp...
    Indian state West Bengal plans to offer subsidy to covert diesel taxis to electric
    The West Bengal state government has planned to phase out diesel taxis and replace them with electric cabs or e-cabs in a bid to phase out vehicles emitting noxious smoke, according to a report last month by ET Auto, citing a senior official. The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) in c...
    South Korean government plans to modify expressways for self-driving vehicles
    The South Korean government is planning to modify all expressways in the country for use by self-driving vehicles by 2024, the Yonhap News Agency reported today (16 October). As part of the plan, the government will initially upgrade its 5,500 kilometers of highways with wireless communication netwo...
    Delhi city government in India to reserve site for EV charging stations at parking lots under new policy
    In a bid to curb pollution and promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Delhi, India, the municipal corporations in Delhi are now mulling over reserving spots and setting up charging stations in parking lots, according to a report by the Economic Times on 16 October. South Delhi Municipal Corp...
    Ireland changes EV incentive policy for corporate purchases
    Ireland's government has discontinued the electric vehicle (EV) incentives for businesses purchasing electric or plug-in hybrids cars, The Irish Times reported on 9 October. The companies buying electric vans will still be eligible for the EUR3,800 incentive. The government has also extended the 0% ...
    UK’s BSI invites comments on autonomous vehicle safety rule ‘PAS 1881’
    The British Standard Institution (BSI) is inviting comments on PAS 1881 to assure safety for automated vehicle trials and development testing in the United Kingdom, BSI said in a press release on 9 October. “We welcome comments on this draft Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) 1881: Assur...
    Denmark calls for strategy to ban sale of petrol, diesel cars in EU by 2030
    Denmark has has called for a strategy to ban petrol and diesel cars in the European Union by 2030, Reuters reported on 4 October. The proposal was supported by 10 other European Union countries. According to the report, which cited Denmark’s Climate and Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen, Denmark’s n...
    Government of India modifies EV charging station norms
    The government of India has modified its guidelines for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the country, The Economic Times reported on 4 October. Under the new guidelines, there will be at least one charging station to be available in a grid of 3km x 3km in cities and one charging...
    EV battery production in Europe enters the fast lane
    From being almost non-existent on a global battery production map a couple of years back, Europe has emerged as a key location for setting up electric vehicle (EV) battery cell development and manufacturing facilities. There has been a strong push from national governments and the European Unio...
    UK government offers grants for EV charging to nine local authorities across Wales
    The United Kingdom has announced hundreds of thousands of pounds in grants for nine local authorities across Wales for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, according to a government press release on 25 September. The government has earmarked GBP458,724.50 (USD571,601) for five c...
    US states Minnesota and New Mexico plan to adopt California's vehicle emissions, ZEV standards
    US states Minnesota and New Mexico have decided to adopt California’s vehicle emission standards and zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate, Reuters reported on 26 September citing the governors of the two states. While Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was quoted as saying that the state plans to ad...
    ACEA, CLEPA, other automotive industry associations urge UK and EU to avoid ‘no-deal’ Brexit
    The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) as well as 21 national associations including the Committee of French Automobile Manufacturers (CCFA), the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), and the Society of Motor M...
    US revokes California’s power to set own emission standards
    The United States government has revoked the federal waiver to California that allowed it to set its own automotive emissions standards, president Donald Trump said in a tweet on September 18. “The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce...
    Indian state Tamil Nadu unveils EV policy
    In a bid to promote adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), the Indian state Tamil Nadu has unveiled its EV policy called ‘Tamil Nadu Electric Vehicle Policy 2019’, according to a press release on the official website of the government of Tamil Nadu on 16 September. The policy offers a slew of sops...
    US DOT offers USD60 million funding to test safe integration of automated driving systems
    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded nearly USD60 million in federal grants to eight projects in seven states to test the safe integration of automated driving systems on the country’s transportation systems, the DOT said in a statement. Of the total, Virginia Polytechnic Institut...
    South Korea sets aside more than KRW1 trillion in subsidy for purchase of EVs in 2020
    South Korea is planning to offer KRW1 trillion (USD827 million) as purchase incentive for battery electric electric (BEV) and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in 2020, Yonhap News Agency reported earlier this month, citing a government official. Nearly KRW738.2 billion will be for the purchase of ...
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    Three US states get DoT funding for research on autonomous vehicle technology
    The US Department of Transportation (DoT) has provided funding to advance research and testing of autonomous vehicle technology, Automotive News reported citing announcements from representatives this week. While representatives from Ohio and Michigan confirmed receiving USD7.5 million in grant fund...
    UK government to invest USD492.8 million for EV charging infrastructure
    The United Kingdom is planning to set up a GBP400 million (USD492.8 million) fund to develop rapid charging infrastructure points for electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, according to a government press release on 10 September. Initially, GBP70 million will be invested for setting up 3,000 new ra...
    UK government opens new testing facility for self-driving vehicles in Bedfordshire
    The UK government has inaugurated a new testing facility for self-driving vehicles in Bedfordshire, in the East of England, according to The Telegraph. The new testing facility is located at the UK’s first so-called ‘Autonomous Village’ at Millbrook Proving Ground, which has been used for test...
    Irish government announces funding to support rollout of 1,000 on-street EV charge points
    Ireland will support installation of 1,000 on-street public electric vehicle (EV) charging points by local authorities across the country over the next five years, according to a press release by the Irish Government News Service last week. The funding was announced by Richard Burton T.D., the minis...
    US NHTSA to test mirrorless, camera-based rearview systems
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to test how drivers could use cameras to replace traditional rearview mirrors in vehicles in the US, Reuters reported on 27 August. The federal safety agency would examine driving behavior and lane change maneuver execution in cars wit...
    Australian government invests USD10 million in EV charging infrastructure company Evie Networks
    The Australian government, through Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has announced an investment of AUD15 million (USD10 million) in Evie Networks, the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure network. The investment will be used to install a total of 42 charging sites at roadside ser...
    New incentive policies will promote EV component manufacturing in India
    The electromobility industry has started taking shape around the world with some countries taking a big lead, especially China, the United States and Norway. India too is now pushing hard to catch up with these leaders through aggressive incentive policies. In February this year, the Indian governme...
    Two US senators question cybersecurity vulnerabilities of connected cars
    Two US senators have raised concerns about the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of internet-connected cars with the country’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a letter dated 22 August. Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal asked whether the NHTSA has been notified abo...
    Beijing plans to have 20,000 electric taxis by end-2020, says taxi association president
    Beijing plans to have 20,000 electric taxis by the end of 2020, Xinhua News Agency reported quoting Wang Jianhua, president of the Beijing Taxi Association, on 19 August. The move is expected to help the Chinese capital city fight rising vehicular pollution. Significance: The Beijing mu...
    European Commission approves acquisition of Toyota’s Hirose Plant in Japan by Denso
    The European Commission has approved Denso’s acquisition of the Hirose Plant from Toyota, it said in a press release on 21 August. The plant, located in the Aichi prefecture in Japan, produces semiconductors and electronic components for vehicles. The Commission said that the deal wou...
    US state Pennsylvania to invest USD8.5 million in cleaner energy transportation projects
    US state Pennsylvania is planning to invest USD8.5 million in 34 clean energy transportation projects, the governor announced in a press release on 1 August. The investment will come from Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement with Volkswagen Group of America. The investment will go towards replac...
    V2X regulatory review
    Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication technology—a key enabler of an intelligent transportation system (ITS) —allows cars to communicate with their surroundings and makes driving safer and more efficient. V2X helps to optimize traffic flow, reduce traffic congestion, and lessen the environme...
    US state Colorado adopts California's ZEV standards
    The US state Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission has voted in favor of adopting California’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards, news website Green Car Congress reported on 16 August. The ZEV standards mandate automakers to sell more than 5% ZEVs  by 2023 and more than 6% ZEVs by 2...
    UK government increases funding for on-street electric car charging
    The United Kingdom government announced it had increased the funding for on-street electric car charging by an additional GBP2.5 million (USD3 million), in a press release on 12 August. The funding will be used to set up 1,000 new residential street charge points. "It’s fantastic that th...
    New York State Public Service Commission approves expansion of EV DC fast-charging infrastructure program
    New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved  the expansion of its electric vehicle (EV) DC fast-charging infrastructure program, PSC announced in a press release last month. The program will make fast-charging plugs at newly constructed charging stations eligible for an incentiv...
    Korea Free Trade Commission (KFTC) fines Denso, three others Japanese suppliers for auto-parts bid rigging
    The Korea Free Trade Commission (KFTC) has imposed fines totaling KRW9.2 billion (7.6 million) on four Japan-based suppliers for participating in bid rigging for auto parts supplied to South Korean automakers, The Korea Herald reported on 4 August. The four Japanese suppliers fined by KFTC are Denso...
    European Commission approves Hitachi’s acquisition of Chassis Brakes International
    The European Commission (EC) has approved, under the ‘EU Merger Regulation’, the acquisition of Chassis Brakes International (CBI) by Hitachi, through its subsidiary Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. (HIAMS), according to a press release on 2 August on the official website of the European Commiss...
    Indian government forms consortium to source lithium, cobalt
    The Indian government has formed a joint venture (JV) to source 12 strategic minerals, including lithium and cobalt, Autocar Professional reported on 2 August. The JV consortium, called Khanij Bidesh India (KABIL), consists of three central Public Sector Units (PSU) namely—National Aluminium Compa...
    Ricardo partners with EU to assess autonomous driving impact on automotive industry
    The European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) has retained Ricardo Strategic Consulting to undertake a comprehensive study to assess the impact of autonomous driving on Europe’s automotive industry, Ricardo said in a press release on 31 July. The six-month long study will assess the key technologies...
    Colorado officials, automakers file joint proposal to implement California ZEV regulation
    US state Colorado and automakers have filed a joint alternative regulatory proposal to implement the California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation in Colorado, Association of Global Automakers announced in a press release on 29 July. The filing will be considered by the Colorado Air Quality Cont...
    US city Grand Rapids begins year-long autonomous vehicle trial
    On 26 July, the city of Grand Rapids in Michigan, United States, officially launched a year-long trial of autonomous vehicles, according to MLive. The Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (AVGR) is using four autonomous shuttles, provided by May Mobility, for the trial. These six-seat shuttles...
    Indian government reduces tax on EVs, chargers
    The government of India has announced reduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on electric vehicles (EV) from 12% to 5%, The Economic Times reported on 27 July. The GST Council has also slashed GST on EV chargers from 18% to 5%. The new rates will be effective from 1 August 2019. Significance: T...
    US state California, four automakers reach framework agreement on clean emission standards
    US state California has signed a framework agreement on clean emission standards with Ford, Honda, BMW of North America and Volkswagen Group of America, California Air Resource Board (CARB) announced in a press release on 25 July. Under the framework, gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks will g...
    UK government proposes policy to fit all new homes with EV charging point
    The United Kingdom government has proposed a policy mandating all new homes be fitted with an electric vehicle (EV) charging point, according to a government press release earlier this month. The proposals aim to support and encourage the growing uptake of electric vehicles within the UK by ensuring...
    UK government unveils new, GBP80-million investment plan for EVs
    The government of the United Kingdom has unveiled an investment plan of GBP80 million (USD100 million) for developing the next generation of electric vehicles (EVs) and other forms of transportation, according to a government press release on 22 July. The investment will be used for development...
    San Francisco aims to have 100% zero-emission transportation by 2040
    San Francisco is aiming to have 100% a zero-emission transportation in the state by 2040, according to ‘Proposed Electric Vehicle Roadmap for San Francisco’ from Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Working Group (EVWG). The implementation is expected to be in a phased manner with mid-term targets set for...
    Canada launches ‘Charging the Future Challenge’ for advancing battery manufacturing
    Canada has launched a new ‘Charging the Future Challenge’ for developing and manufacturing batteries within the country, the government of Canada announced in a press release on 17 July. Canada will invest CAD4.5 million (USD3.4 million) in the 18-month ‘Charging the Future Challenge’ under ...
    Chinese city Chongqing to launch zone for 5G-based autonomous driving trials
    Chongqing municipality in southwest China will launch a pilot zone for 5G-based autonomous driving next month, reported Xinhua News Agency on 17 July, citing the China Autonomous Technology & Research Center, a co-founder of the zone. The pilot zone will feature SAE Level 4 autonomous ...
    Canada awards CAD4.6 million to Petro-Canada to set up EV chargers
    The government of Canada has awarded CAD4.6 million (USD3.5 million) to Petro-Canada to set up electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the country, it announced in a press release on 11 July. Petro-Canada will use the funds to install 92 EV fast chargers in its coast-to-coast network. “Our government...
    Indian government invites bids for 1,000 EV charging stations under FAME-II scheme
    The Indian government has invited bids for installation of 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the country under the second phase of its 'Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India’ (FAME-II), according to a Department of Heavy Industry notice on 12 July. The char...
    China proposes higher NEV credits from 2021 to 2023
    China has proposed increasing the new energy vehicle (NEV) credit requirement in 2021 to 14%, which will further rise to 16% in 2022 and 18% in 2023, according to a report by Auto News Herald on 11 July. According to the proposal, automakers will need to get NEV credits equivalent to 14% of annual s...
    France expands incentive program for EV charging station network
    France has expanded its ADVENIR incentive program for development of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the country, Avere-France announced in a press release earlier this month. Under the program, the government will offer a surcharge of EUR300 (USD336.2) for on-demand kiosk...
    UK government plans to invest USD46.3 million in new EV charging projects
    The government of the United Kingdom is planning to invest GBP37 million (USD46.3 million) in further developing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the country, the government announced in a press release on 9 July. The investment will be given to projects working on varied chargi...
    Beijing opens first autonomous vehicle testing ground
    Beijing has opened its first autonomous vehicle testing ground in Yizhuang, Yicai Global reported on 8 July. The new testing ground covers an area of 40 square kilometers and features 322 kilometers of roads to help companies test their self-driving vehicles in different urban, rural and highway sce...
    EU members vote against new rules that support Wi-Fi-based technology for V2X communication
    The European Union (EU) member states have voted against a proposal by the European Commission (EC) to make Wi-Fi technology as the basis for vehicle communications, Bloomberg reported last week. Germany, France and Italy along with 18 others EU countries voted against the EC proposal, paving the wa...
    Indian government announces several initiatives under Union Budget for FY2019/20 to push EV adoption
    The Indian government has announced a slew of initiatives under Union Budget for FY2019/20 to encourage quicker adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in India. The new proposals include income tax rebates of up to INR150,000 (over USD2,000) to customers on interest paid on loans to buy electric vehicle...
    China 6 emission legislation
    To address air pollution problems in China, the country’s regulatory bodies are working toward swiftly adopting more stringent protocols to reduce harmful automotive emissions and fuel consumption. In December 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment put forward the final version of i...
    Baidu secures T4 license for testing self-driving cars on public roads in Beijing
    Baidu has secured a T4 license from the Beijing government to test self-driving cars on public roads, Yicai Global reported on 2 July. The Chinese internet company has won five T4-level autopilot test licenses from the Beijing government.    According to TechNode, China offers five leve...
    Waymo gets permit to transport passengers in self-driving vehicles in California
    Waymo has received a permit from the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) to transport passengers in its self-driving vehicles, CUPC said on its website. The state regulator issued the approval to Waymo to join a test program called Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service Pilot. The regulatory a...
    New regulation on EV sound comes into force in EU
    A new regulation that requires electric vehicles (EVs) to have an artificial sound at low speeds has come into force from 1 July in the European Union, BBC reported on 30 June. All new electric 4-wheelers must be fitted with an acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS), which produces sounds like a ...
    China extends tax breaks for EVs until end-2020
    China has extended the tax breaks for new electric vehicle (EV) purchases until the end of 2020, South China Morning Post reported citing China’s Ministry of Finance. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will continue to attract 10% sales tax exemption...
    US state Michigan unveils EV Charging Infrastructure Package
    US state Michigan has unveiled a new electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure package to increase access to EV charging for the public, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a US-based, nonprofit international environmental advocacy group, reported on 28 June. The package aims to creat...
    Indian state Uttar Pradesh invites bids for setting up EV charging stations
    The Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has invited bids for setting up of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in cities and highways/expressways in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the authority announced on its website last month. The objective of floating the...
    Canada, US state California partner to develop regulations for cleaner transportation
    Canada and the US state of California have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop regulations for cleaner transportation, the Californian government announced in a press release on 26 June. The MOU was signed between the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Department of Env...
    US government to waive 10% tariffs on aluminum from Japan used in Tesla battery cells
    On Monday (24 June), the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) approved a request by Tesla to waive 10% tariff on imported aluminum from Japan, reports Reuters, citing government documents. The electric carmaker uses the imported aluminum in the production of battery cells at its Gigafacto...
    Brazil approves tax exemption for hybrids, EVs
    Brazil has approved IOF tax exemptions for all hybrid and electric vehicles, Global Fleet reported on 24 June citing a new legislation signed by President Jair Bolsonaro. The tax exemption will be available to hybrids and EVs without any limit on the power output of the vehicle. Significance: Bra...
    UK mandates all government-funded home charge points to be ‘smart' from July
    The United Kingdom government has mandated that all electric vehicle (EV) charge points funded by government’s ‘Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme’ need to be ‘smart’ from July 2019, the government announced in a press release on 24 June. According to the directive, all such charge points ...
    Israeli city Kfar Saba to install 500 EV chargers
    Kfar Saba Municipality in Israel is planning to install 500 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the city, Globes reported on 20 June. Most of the chargers will be 22kW AC points except for two which will have higher 50kW charging output. The chargers will be installed by EV Edge and Milgam, owner ...
    Barnet Council in UK to install 110 EV charging points in 2019
    Barnet Council is planning to install 110 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the London borough in 2019, the Council announced in a press release on 18 June. The council has already installed 40 CityEV lamp column charging points. It will further install 40 points this autumn in the second pha...
    Fairfax County in US, Dominion Energy begin autonomous electric shuttle pilot
    Fairfax County in Virginia, United States, has partnered with Dominion Energy to start an autonomous electric shuttle pilot for the Merrifield area, according to a press release by Fairfax County last week. The project partners hope to learn about the various aspects of deploying autonomous vehicles...
    Indian government proposes registration fee exemption for EVs
    The government of India has proposed to exempt electric vehicles (EVs) from registration fees, according to a statement by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on 19 June. The amendment proposes to exempt battery-operated vehicles from payment of fees for the purpose of issue or renewal of re...
    Romania reopens three rare earth mines to attract EV battery producers
    Romania has reopened three rare earth mineral mines to become an attractive manufacturing hub for electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturers, Automotive News Europe reported on 18 June. The mines produce rare metals, including europium and dysprosium. Romania is also looking to become a member of t...
    German government plans to invest over USD1.1 billion in three battery cell consortiums
    The German government is planning to invest EUR1 billion (USD1.1 billion) in three battery cell consortiums, Reuters reported on 18 June, citing Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier.  “We’ve now reached a point where we can say that there is likely to be not only one battery cell con...
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