Mar 25, 2023 - 05:31 pm
Germany and EU compromise on e-fuels discussion
The EU Commission and the German government have agreed on a compromise on how new cars with combustion engines can be registered after 2035 as long as they run on climate-neutral fuel. The original regulation on the phasing out of internal combustion engines is not to be touched again, and the exceptions will now be […]
Mar 24, 2023 - 11:28 am
Potential compromise found in EU e-fuels discussion
A potential solution is on the horizon in the dispute over the phasing out of ICEs in the EU. The German transport ministry no longer wants to renegotiate CO2 limits for cars, thus the de facto end of internal combustion vehicles from 2035. It is not yet clear whether the EU Commission will accept the […]
Mar 24, 2023 - 10:38 am
EU and US near deal on EV subsidy agreement
After the US and the EU announced in mid-March that they wanted to negotiate an agreement on critical minerals for electric car batteries, the US government now submitted a concept paper for a transatlantic raw materials partnership to the EU Commission.
Mar 23, 2023 - 01:02 pm
Ireland cuts electric vehicle subsidies
The Irish government has announced a reduction of its subsidy for privately purchased electric vehicles. From 1 July 2023, the purchase premium will drop from 5,000 to 3,500 euros.
Mar 22, 2023 - 12:53 pm
California keeps pushing for zero-emissions trucks by 2045
California will have cleaner air than the rest of the US sooner. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to greenlight plans allowing the state to phase out diesel trucks earlier than the rest of the United States and introduce stricter emission regulations.
Mar 22, 2023 - 12:45 pm
Final EU vote on combustion ban this week looking questionable
After the postponed final vote of the EU states on the ban of combustion engines in new cars from 2035, the hanging game continues. Although the EU Commission has submitted a proposal to the German government on e-fuel use after 2035, an agreement at the EU summit this week remains doubtful.
Mar 21, 2023 - 01:21 pm
Belgium’s ministries to drive electric from summer 2024
In Belgium, federal ministries will only be allowed to buy or lease purely electric official vehicles from July 2024 onwards. The Belgian Council of Ministers has now approved a corresponding proposal by the Minister for the Civil Service Petra De Sutter.
Mar 16, 2023 - 04:46 pm
EU Commission presents strategy to secure critical raw materials
The EU Commission is aiming for ten per cent of the EU’s demand for critical raw materials to be met from its own mining operations in 2030, 40 per cent from local processing and 15 per cent from EU recycling capacities. This was outlined in the newly presented ‘Critical Raw Materials Act’.
Mar 16, 2023 - 02:02 pm
US wants to cut the cost of clean hydrogen
The US Energy Department (DOE) has allocated $750 million for research, development and demonstration efforts to lower the cost of green hydrogen. One of the areas of interest is onboard storage systems for liquid hydrogen to enable low-cost, energy-dense storage on medium- and heavy-duty on-road trucks using fuel cells.
Mar 16, 2023 - 11:58 am
Maryland to ban combustion vehicle sales from 2035
Maryland’s Governor Wes Moore announced the adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars II rule, which requires manufacturers to continuously increase the share of electric vehicles they sell, reaching 100% of passenger car and light truck sales by 2035.
Mar 15, 2023 - 02:37 pm
US opens infrastructure program for communities
The US Department of Transportation released the first funding charge through a new infrastructure-building program. The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program is in addition to NEVI and pushes US infrastructure funding to the expected $7.5 billion.
Mar 14, 2023 - 03:08 pm
Quebec pushes public chargers via private companies
The Quebec government is investing nearly $60 million to expand its public network of EV charging stations by 30 per cent. The province has selected 81 projects so far and expects around 400 new charge stops to be created through these public-private partnerships.
Mar 13, 2023 - 09:45 am
US and EU to coordinate EV incentive programmes
The US and the EU want to negotiate an agreement on critical minerals for electric car batteries, said US President Joe Biden and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen after a meeting at the White House. The planned agreement would make EVs manufactured in the EU eligible for US tax credits, currently reserved for […]
Mar 10, 2023 - 11:42 am
EU loosens EV & battery subsidy requirements
The EU Commission has adapted state aid rules to simplify the approval of subsidies in key sectors such as batteries and renewable energies. The new rules are a reaction to the US government’s Inflation Reduction Act.
Mar 7, 2023 - 01:31 pm
Indonesia introduces EV incentives
Indonesia will offer government incentives starting 20 March to boost electric vehicle sales and attract investment from foreign companies. Manufacturers must have their own plants in the country to qualify for the subsidies.
Mar 3, 2023 - 12:13 pm
Singapore is getting serious about the environment
Singapore will reduce its domestic emissions by rolling out various green initiatives across the land, air and sea transport sectors. The measures include electrifying bus fleets, as well as support vehicles in the airport and harbour, and a major charging initiative.
Mar 2, 2023 - 10:35 am
Europe: The end of the end of combustion engines?
The decision to phase out new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with internal combustion engines in the EU from 2035 seemed to be a done deal. But now, Germany could overturn it. Other EU countries also revised their acceptance of the agreement, making its future unclear.
Feb 27, 2023 - 02:01 pm
Sydney greatly expands charging infrastructure
Australian megacity Sydney has adopted a new electrification strategy. This includes doubling the number of charging stations in city parking lots and a comprehensive project to retrofit existing apartment buildings with chargers.
Feb 21, 2023 - 01:11 pm
UK Govt. expands charging infrastructure funding
British Transport Minister Jesse Norman announced today a £56 million expansion of charging infrastructure. The funding will help add 2,400 charge points across the country, with sixteen local authorities joining the effort for the first time.
Feb 20, 2023 - 01:50 pm
Mexico signs decree to nationalise lithium deposits
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has now officially signed a decree to nationalise the lithium mined in the country. The material vital for the production of electric vehicle batteries may now only be extracted and sold by state agencies.
Feb 16, 2023 - 04:51 pm
New Jersey looks at banning ICE sales by 2035
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy outlined broad climate goals, including the creation of a rule adopted by a handful of other states to require all new cars and light-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission by 2035.
Feb 15, 2023 - 02:27 pm
White House confirms NEVI requirements; gets Tesla on board
The US government has set the final requirements for its “Made in America” EV charging stations to qualify for the 7.5 billion dollar subsidy programme and NEVI. As leaked in advance, CCS is the new standard, and this time, Tesla is specifically on board.
Feb 14, 2023 - 04:33 pm
EU Commission lays out new truck and bus emission targets
The EU Commission’s expected draft legislation on emissions of heavy goods vehicles has arrived, requiring new trucks to cut emissions by 90% by 2040 and all new city buses to have zero emissions from 2030. Still, the draft falls slightly short of delivering a fully effective ban of ICE trucks.
Feb 2, 2023 - 12:04 pm
EU not to phase out combustion trucks before 2040
Trucks with combustion engines will still be able to be registered in the EU after 2035. A possible phase-out would take place in 2040 at the earliest, according to an internal Commission document on the revision of CO2 fleet limits for heavy-duty vehicles.
Jan 31, 2023 - 01:59 pm
London introduces scrappage scheme
The City of London has launched a £110 million scrappage scheme for combustion engine vehicles. This follows the announced extension of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the whole of London from 29 August 2023. The scrappage subsidies target economically vulnerable groups.