Scotland mobilises millions for e-mobility
The Scottish government has several e-mobility investments coming up: 15 million pounds (€16.6 million euros) will be invested into the set up of 1,500 new charging locations, and a subsidy of 1.7 million pounds (€1.9 million) will support the acquisition of more than 100 new “green” buses.
Two London councils to ban polluters
Two London borough councils are going to ban all vehicles except ultra-low emission variants in key areas during peak times to reduce air pollution. Starting on September 3rd, petrol, diesel and older hybrids will have to be careful where they drive at times.
Tesla feels discriminated against by Ontario
The new conservative Ontario government cancelled the previous administrations EV subsidies for drivers in July. Unlike other car manufacturers, apparently this was only effective immediately for Tesla. The Californians are now taking legal action against this.
France sharpening emissions law
France has announced sharper regulations for the ecological tax, and will lower the threshold for acceptable emissions. The previous 120 grams/km will now be lowered to 117 grams per kilometre, starting in 2019.
China to further define plug-in vehicle policies
The government in Beijing is looking at a further reduction in new energy vehicle subsidies in 2019. They want carmakers to become less dependent on state funding and to innovate instead. As with previous programmes, the new policies would emphasise range and efficiency.
Sweden establishes e-mobility testbed worth 1BN SEK
Carmakers Volvo and Volkswagen’s Scania together with the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), and Chalmers University of Technology are establishing a testbed for electric mobility. With funding from the Swedish government the investment totals one billion krona (about 96M euro).
Berlin: Extensive EV subsidy scheme for businesses
Berlin step up their e-mobility efforts big time as they launch a new plug-in vehicle subsidy scheme for SMEs and businesses in the German capital. As of July, 1, companies may claim up to 4,000 euros for buying an EV and 8,000 for an electric van, all on top of the federal incentive.