Congo & Zambia to build up battery supply chain
As the world’s largest producer of cobalt, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no longer wants to settle for the role of a raw material supplier. Instead, it wants to build its own battery supply chain in the country. A battery factory is also being considered.
Delaware extends Clean Vehicle Rebate Program
In the USA, the state of Delaware has announced that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is extending the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program through the end of the year, providing rebates for drivers switching to electric vehicles.
UK gov’ pushes £200Mn towards zero-emission HGVs
The UK government says it will release over £200 million in funding for a major zero-emission road freight demonstrator programme. Vehicle manufacturers, energy suppliers and fleet and infrastructure operators will be asked to showcase their technology on UK roads.
Western Australia starts subsidies + road tax for EVs
The Western Australian government has launched the Clean Energy Car Fund doted with almost $60 million (AUS – almost 40 million euros). This includes rebates for the purchase of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and charging infrastructure, but also an extra road tax for drivers of these vehicles.
Norway reconsiders electric car privileges
The Norwegian Ministry of Transport is considering abolishing or reducing privileges for electric vehicles in taxes and tolls in larger cities. According to its own statements, the government wants to push ahead with the traffic turnaround – and not simply replace combustion engines 1:1 with electric cars.
Italy to invest €650 million per year to lower emissions
The Italian government is allocating 650 million euros annually for 2022, 2023 and 2024 for incentives to purchase electrified and low-emission vehicles. Private individuals can receive a subsidy of 3,000 euros for the purchase of new electric cars. Small and medium-sized enterprises will also be supported.
Germany issues first grants to decarbonise urban bus fleets
The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) has granted around 600 million euros in funding to procure climate-friendly buses. The largest single purchase is planned by Berlin’s operator BVG, with Transdev Berlin leading the field. But many buses are also being subsidised in Hamburg.
Canada sets interim emissions reduction targets
The Canadian government has presented its ‘2030 Emissions Reduction Plan’ and included several e-mobility investments. The goal announced last year of bringing forward the phase-out of internal combustion engines by five years to 2035 is confirmed and supplemented by interim targets.
No new combustion vehicles in Washington State by 2030
The US state of Washington has passed a bill banning the sale, purchase and registration of new petrol-powered vehicles of model year 2030 or later. If it becomes law, Washington will phase out internal combustion vehicles five years earlier than other states such as California.
Thailand adopts new EV incentives
Thailand’s government has adopted new government incentives to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. The incentives are part of the Thai government’s plan to convert half of the country’s total car production to electric vehicles by 2030.