May 6, 2018 - 03:34 pm
Norway to protect fjords with zero-emission zone
Norway is planning on creating the first zero-emissions zone on water. The parliament has accepted a resolution which would see emissions banned in the world heritage fjords “as soon as technically possible and no later than 2026”.
May 1, 2018 - 02:33 pm
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.
Apr 25, 2018 - 04:50 pm
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.
Apr 18, 2018 - 01:22 pm
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.
Apr 17, 2018 - 05:40 pm
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.
Apr 16, 2018 - 04:22 pm
Australia: ACT launches new EV action plan
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is Australia’s federal district that contains the capital Canberra. ACT now decided to well, act, on driving growth for electric vehicles with a new action plan running throughout 2021.
Apr 16, 2018 - 02:43 pm
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.
Apr 12, 2018 - 02:01 pm
German government considering dropping tolls for e-trucks
The German government is set to drop the tolls for electric semi trucks as of January, 1, 2019. The move by transport minister Andreas Scheuer is designed to motivate the slow electrification of truck transport as it promises savings for haulage firms.
Apr 10, 2018 - 07:29 pm
German government spends €20 mil for 2,000 EVs
The German minister for transport Andreas Scheuer has handed over the first four grants for the acquisition of 2,000 new EVs and the required charging infrastructure as a part of the Clean Air 2017-2020 program.
Apr 10, 2018 - 03:54 pm
China considers lowering tolls on car imports
Chinas president Xi Jinping announced plans to “significantly” lower import tariffs on cars this year. Furthermore, foreign companies will generally receive better market access and improved investment opportunities.
Apr 9, 2018 - 05:12 pm
Liverpool’s clean air plan includes EVs and diesel-bans
The city council of Liverpool is currently discussing a new clean air plan to curb NOx pollution. Transport got a big role to play, meaning that EVs will be incentivised and charging infrastructure installed, while diesel may be banned.
Apr 8, 2018 - 05:27 pm
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.
Apr 3, 2018 - 01:36 pm
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.
Mar 27, 2018 - 02:40 pm
Netherlands discussing 100 measures for cleaner air
The Dutch are discussing an extensive series of measures to improve air quality in Holland. The approx. 100 measures include investing in charging infrastructure for EVs as well as options to incentivise the driving of EVs, such as reduced parking fees.
Mar 26, 2018 - 01:43 pm
Sweden’s towns may ban old diesel cars from 2020
The centre-left government in Stockholm has given Sweden’s towns and cities the green light to decide to ban old cars. Local policies may prohibit vehicles below Euro 5 to drive into town from 2020 with all-electric rules being an option too.
Mar 24, 2018 - 11:53 pm
Paris considers free public transport to curb air pollution
Paris may provide free public transport if a motion by Mayor Anne Hildago overcomes the opposition. A feasibility study is to see whether such a measure would motivate more people to take the Métro. Paris transport authority IDFM, rejected the proposal despite other examples from Europe.
Mar 14, 2018 - 01:55 pm
EU inks Innovation Deal for battery regulation
The EU Commission has made a deal with 8 partners to review regulations governing EV battery recycling and reuse scenarios. Among the signees is the Renault-Nissan Alliance next to ministers from both France and the Netherlands.
Mar 12, 2018 - 07:44 pm
Ontario adjusts PEV subsidy based on range, size and price
The Canadian province of Ontario has adjusted its Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP). It now includes fuel cell vehicles but also determines eligibility of PEVs based on their range and seating capacity. It exempts luxury EVs such as Tesla’s.
Mar 8, 2018 - 02:35 pm
Scotland to phase out ICEs in favour of plug-in cars
Scotland’s national transport agency publishes specifications regarding the country’s plan to phase out the need for combustion-powered cars by 2032. In September it was Nicola Sturgeon, head of the Scottish government, who announced this ambition.
Mar 7, 2018 - 01:49 pm
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 energy and transport by 2030, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz stated at a conference in Tel Aviv. The goal is to rely solely on renewable energy and natural gas.
Mar 2, 2018 - 01:32 pm
Brussels to tackle air pollution
The Belgian capital has passed a law which will make public transport and the bike sharing programme free on high pollution days. The law will also cut speed limits. Temporary ICE bans are also possible.
Mar 1, 2018 - 11:55 am
Rome to go diesel free by 2024
The Italian capital has announced plans to ban private diesel vehicles within the historical centre as of 2024. The Roman mayor Virginia Raggi announced the plan in at the Women4Climate conference in Mexico City.
Feb 28, 2018 - 07:22 pm
Hybrid and electric cars may stay quiet until 2020
The silent approach of electric vehicles is seen as a danger by some and so hybrid and electric vehicles must emit artificial noises sounding their approach. The “Quiet Car Rule” was to take effect in the States next year but has now been delayed until 2020.
Feb 28, 2018 - 12:36 pm
German state to cover 80% of cost for electric buses
The German ministry for the environment (BMUB) has now made its support for the electrification of electric transport official. Bus operators can recover 80 percent of cost when buying more than 5 electric buses, including charging infrastructure.
Feb 22, 2018 - 04:40 pm
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.
Feb 17, 2018 - 04:52 pm
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.