UK to continue subsidizing EVs until October
The British government will not change the subsidization scheme from the current format until October this year. This means that electrified personal vehicles will receive up to a 4,500 pound subsidy from the government, while electrified transporters get up to 8,000 pounds.
Electric cars coming to FAME II in India
India is advancing their electric transport initiative on various levels. Details on the second part of their EV scheme FAME have been leaked. Plus, those electric cars already on the road will now receive a special green license plate with other privileges planned as well.
Denmark considering more funding for e-mobility
The Danish centre-right government is publicly considering to strengthen subsidies or the purchase of electric vehicles again. They had to admit that EV sales have massively dropped in the country from almost 5,000 in 2015 to 700 last year since a change in policy.
Croatia launches PEV subsidy scheme
The Croatian government has earmarked 12 million kuna (1.6M euros) for a new subsidy scheme to foster electric mobility in all forms. While the programme aims at citizens, another scheme is in the making targeting businesses to switch to PEVs.
EU agrees rules to make buildings EV ready
The EU Parliament has had its final vote on the energy performance of buildings including the installation of EV charging infrastructure. The rules differ from the EU Commission’s initial proposal as it asks for less charging opportunities.
China drops JV requirements for foreign companies
Now it’s official, the government in Beijing has dropped the requirement for foreign car manufacturers to team up with a local joint venture partner – and sooner than expected. Specifically foreign firms making BEVs and PHEVs may begin selling in China this year.
India extends FAME scheme once more
India’s government extends its Faster Adoption And Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (FAME) subsidy scheme for another six months until the end of September. A relaunch as FAME 2 is currently in the making.
UK government extends operating licenses for vans
The British government changed the laws regarding driving permits to make alternative energy vans more attractive to the wider public. The normal drivers license now allows for drivers to drive a hybrid or electric transporter weighing up to 4.25 tons, instead of the previous 3.5 tons.
EPA to roll back emissions standards
Citing the Obama era EPA consumption standards for cars and light trucks as “too high”, administrator Scott Pruitt has announced the plan to implement “more appropriate” GHG emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.
Israel to cease the use of fossil fuels by 2030
Israel aims to stop the use of fossil fuels such as coal, gasoline and diesel in en energy and transport by 2030. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz stated as much at a conference in Tel Aviv. The goal is to rely solely on renewable energy and natural gas.