Diesel ban: Judges postpone decision until Tuesday
The German federal administrative court in Leipzig has announced their decision to postpone their decision on a possible diesel prohibition within cities until Tuesday, 27. Central to the discussion is the question whether German cities can afford to ban diesel vehicles in legal terms.
Project Ireland 2040 with €22bn for Climate Action
The Irish government has published its new national development plan ‘Project Ireland 2040’ which outlines the country’s move to a low carbon economy bolstered with 116 billion euros. 22bn have been earmarked for climate protection measures, including electric transport initiatives.
Balearic Islands to become EV oasis
The Balearic government has announced plans to ban vehicles that run on fossil fuels from the streets of Mallorca, as well as from those on the other Balearic Islands by 2035. A diesel-ban is to start even sooner, by 2025.
Free public transport for all in Germany – reactions
The new German government is thinking to make public transport in cities free of charge for everybody in an attempt to clear the air with Brussels. The EU Commission threatens to file a lawsuit against Germany after cities continue to fail to stay within emission limits.
USA retroactively extends tax credits for e-mobility
The U.S. Congress has voted to retroactively extend tax credits for EV charging infrastructure, fuel cell vehicles and electric motorcycles through the end of 2017. Anyone who had invested in such vehicles or installation can qualify for these rebates on their upcoming tax return.
North Rhine-Westphalia expands eMobility support
The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has announced new support and subsidies for electric mobility concepts in the state, which will take effect as of the 5th of February. This will include public charging sites as well as communal support to transform the public transportation system.
South Korea’s new subventions have gone live
The recently announced subvention program that the South Korean government planned to roll out, has officially taken effect. A total of 12 million Won (11,160 dollars) per person have been allocated to subvention a total of 16 different car models from both local and foreign producers.
Argentina: Zero import duty on electric buses
The Latin American country has put the import tax for electric buses to 0%. Importers and manufacturers can bring in a total of 350 electric buses duty-free over the next three years. But, for each electric bus imported, they must source another one locally.
Japan aims for zero sales of ICEs by 2040
It looks like 2040 will be the year that finishes fossil-fuel powered vehicles off for good. Japan has now joined the growing circle of countries to set that deadline. Tokyo though wants to work with substantial incentives rather than penalties.
ICE ban in California comes 2040
The Golden State has set its course on climate action and the latest proposal requests to put a halt on all sales of gas guzzlers from 2040 onwards. Chances are for the zero-emission legislation to be passed into law.
French government cancels subsidies for PHEVs
With the beginning of 2018, several modifications within the government’s electric mobility programme are coming into effect. While electric-powered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles further benefit from a 6000-euro purchase rabat, PHEVs are no longer included in this list.
China extends tax rebates for NEVs
The People’s Republic is going to further exempt the 10 percent purchase tax on so-called new-energy vehicles (NEVs), as expected. The initiative was initially introduced in 2014 and got now government approval for three more years until end-2020.