Dutchmen to ban combustion-powered cars by 2030: The new Dutch government coalition has published its plans for the upcoming years, underlining the ambition to make all newly registered cars emission-free by 2030. A ban of diesel and petrol vehicles has been discussed in the Netherlands since last year. But the new government, consisting of four coalition parties, had to struggle a lot to find common positions. Now, more than 200 days after the election in March, they have finally released the plan they agreed upon.
electrek.co, nltimes.nl, telegraaf.nl (in Dutch)
EU to introduce carbon credits instead of EV quota? The European Union refrains from the idea to implement an EV quota, Reuters reports. Instead it favours a carbon credit initiative, inspired by California’s zero-emission policy – with the difference that carbon credits shall not be tradable in the EU. According to the press agency, the proposal additionally includes 800m euros of EU funding to motivate governments, regions and cities to erect more EV charging points and 200m euros to boost battery development between 2018 and 2020. The EU proposal’s official release is expected on 8th of November. reuters.com
A dozen bills for more EVs in CA: California’s governor Jerry Brown has signed a dozen bills to accelerate the state’s shift towards electric mobility. Besides extending the EV incentive programme with special focus on low-income Californians through 2019, pilot schemes for new charging stations and giving EV drivers further the right to use the carpool lanes, the government itself is willing to set a good example: At least half of the state’s car fleet shall get emission-free by 2025, the same is required for 30 percent of the state’s heavy-duty fleet by 2030.
Electric bus made by New Flyer: The U.S. manufacturer has presented the next generation of its electric-powered bus Xcelsior called Xcelsior Charge. The new model is equipped with a Siemens motor and a battery pack by XALT Energy or A123 Systems, enabling a capacity of up to 600 kWh. Bus operator LA Metro has already ordered 35 units for Los Angeles and signed an option to purchase again 65 buses.
Mahindra extends its EV line-up: The Indian car giant plans to add all-electric versions of each of its existing SUV and crossover models to its line-up. First model to get a fully electrified twin next year is Mahindra’s compact SUV KUV 100. So far, the company’s electric assortment includes just two cars: the E20 and the e-Verito.
Green4U presents electric SUVs: Don Panoz’ Green4U Technologies intends to launch two electric-powered SUVs in 2018: Both, the MTU-6 and the Enov, shall be able to reach up to 370 km. In the upcoming years, the U.S. company plans to create more and more electric models – among them sedans, vans and utility vehicles.