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.
London extends the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ)
London’s ultra-low emission zone will be extended to the whole of Greater London by the end of next year under plans set out by the mayor, Sadiq Khan. Khan has ruled out a proposed £3.50 boundary charge for motorists to enter Greater London, as well as a daily clean air charge, which would apply to […]
South Korea to strike PHEVs from subsidy list
The South Korean government wants to remove hybrid cars from its list of environmentally friendly cars from 2025 or 2026. This would mean that owners of cars with hybrid drives would no longer enjoy tax benefits and purchase bonuses. Instead, electric two-wheelers are to be promoted in future.
EU Commission funds the EBA Academy
The European Commission has awarded energy investor EIT InnoEnergy a 10-million-euro grant for the European Battery Alliance (EBA) Academy. Launched in 2021, the EBA Academy trains professionals across the value chain of the European battery industry.
UK invests in EV supply chains
UK Research and Innovation is investing £16.7 million to build “the manufacturing capability Britain needs to lead the electric revolution”. The funding will go to 10 different projects around the UK, each surrounding the self-sufficiency of Britain’s supply chains for power electronics, machines, and drives.
Australia co-funds charging and H2 infrastructure
The Australian government has launched the second round of its Future Fuels Fund. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will provide $127.9 million to encourage fleet operators to integrate battery and hydrogen vehicles into their fleets by co-financing charging facilities and H2 refuelling stations.
Ireland provides funding for electric taxis
The Irish government has announced the re-launch of the electric vehicle taxi scheme, with a funding pot of €15 million allocated by the Department of Transport for 2022. The grants will enable owners of small public service vehicles, such as taxis, to buy electric vehicles.
Scotland aims to double public EV charging network
The Scottish Government has published a new draft outlining its vision to double the availability of public electric vehicle charging. The country intends to launch a dedicated fund to attract investment from the private sector and to provide up to £60 million to local authorities over the next four years.