Feb 15, 2022 - 01:35 pm
South Korea increases subsidy funding pot for 2022
The Seoul city government said it will pay subsidies to buyers of about 14,200 electric vehicles during the first half of 2022, as part of its bid to support the purchase of 27,000 electric vehicles for the whole year.
Feb 14, 2022 - 01:03 pm
US to invest almost $3 billion in battery supply chain
The US Department of Energy has announced funding of 2.91 billion dollars to develop a national battery supply chain – including for electric vehicles. This makes another e-mobility funding from the infrastructure bill concrete.
Feb 10, 2022 - 02:32 pm
USA: National EV charging infrastructure program is a Go (NEVI)
The plan to build a national network of 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the US is taking shape. The US Department of Transportation and Energy announced it would provide nearly $5 billion in funding over five years to help states build said network, particularly along highways.
Feb 8, 2022 - 03:26 pm
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.
Feb 8, 2022 - 02:32 pm
EU likely to adopt battery standards by March
After the EU Commission presented proposals for mandatory sustainability criteria for batteries at the end of 2020, the Commission’s text with amendments is expected to be adopted by the EU Parliament in March 2022.
Feb 7, 2022 - 12:10 pm
EU to implement stricter hybrid vehicle regulations
The EU is apparently planning to tighten the methodology for measuring the CO2 emissions of plug-in hybrids. The revised test procedure, which is expected to be enforced from around 2025, will incorporate real-world measured fuel consumption data.
Jan 28, 2022 - 04:54 pm
California raises e-mobility subsidy pot to $10 billion
California Governor Gavin Newsom has unveiled expanded plans for investment in electric mobility. The US state is investing an additional 6.1 billion US dollars in electric vehicles and infrastructure. This brings the total budget for this area to ten billion US dollars.
Jan 27, 2022 - 03:26 pm
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.
Jan 24, 2022 - 02:00 pm
Serbia blocks lithium mining project
The Serbian government has denied permission for the Jadar project of the British-Australian mining company Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto wanted to build a lithium mine in Serbia as part of the project.
Jan 20, 2022 - 04:13 pm
New York boosts EV subsidy funding pot
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced an addition of more than $12 million to the Drive Clean Rebate program, which provides up to $2,000 on the purchase of an electric vehicle and funding of $2.7 million to local governments to purchase EVs and install charging stations for public use.
Jan 14, 2022 - 12:12 pm
EU to demand stricter CO2 standards for new cars
There are signs of a possible further tightening of the EU targets for CO2 emissions from new cars. After the EU Commission had submitted its proposals for this in July 2021, it is now the EU Parliament’s turn – and it has apparently demanded stricter interim targets until 2035.
Jan 13, 2022 - 04:07 pm
Oregon doubles PEV rebates for lower-income households
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has changed the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. Low- and moderate-income households may now claim double the money, i.e. $5,000, to purchase or lease a new or used battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Jan 4, 2022 - 12:22 pm
China cuts NEV subsidies by 30 per cent
China has cut government subsidies for private New Energy Vehicles by 30 per cent from 2021 with the new year. From 31 December 2022, government NEV subsidies in China will be completely eliminated.
Dec 29, 2021 - 04:43 pm
New York City to transition City fleet by 2030
New York City is investing $420 million in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure to accelerate its transition to an all-electric municipal fleet. This transition goal is being brought forward five years from 2035 to 2030.
Dec 22, 2021 - 11:55 am
Canada is investing in its EV subsidy programme
The Government of Canada is funnelling more money into its Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) programme. An additional $73 million will be added to Transport Canada’s budget to offer purchase incentives for zero-emission vehicles until the end of March 2022, when the next federal budget is due.
Dec 21, 2021 - 11:29 am
US to tighten emissions regulation in 2026
In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set emissions requirements for new passenger cars and light-duty trucks through model year 2026. The new regulations come into effect with the 2023 model year and require a 28.3 per cent reduction in vehicle emissions by 2026.
Dec 15, 2021 - 03:54 pm
UK lowers EV subsidies again
The British government has again adjusted its electric car subsidy downwards. Both the subsidy rate and the price cap for eligible electric cars have been slightly reduced. There are also new subsidy rules for other electric vehicle types such as vans, motorbikes and mopeds.
Dec 13, 2021 - 12:40 pm
Italy to ban sales of new ICEs in 2035
Italy’s government has decided to ban new passenger cars with combustion engines from 2035 in line with the EU Commission’s plans. For light commercial vehicles, this is to apply from 2040. This has now been decided by the Italian government’s Committee for the Ecological Transition (CITE).
Dec 9, 2021 - 02:12 pm
US plans to drive transport electrification becoming concrete
The Biden administration is driving plans to increase electric transport across the US. Advances such as replacing all Government vehicles with electric ones have resulted in a new executive order. The President demands all light-duty vehicles acquired by the government to be emission-free by 2027.
Dec 6, 2021 - 04:34 pm
S.Korea builds charging and H2 stations
The government of South Korea is planning a significant expansion of the infrastructure for battery and hydrogen vehicles. By the end of this year there should be over 1,000 charging stations and 43 hydrogen stations along motorways by the end of 2022.
Nov 30, 2021 - 05:15 pm
Climate Group launches ZEV Pledge for government fleets
A number of national, regional, state and city governments in the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK have made a commitment to convert their fleets to zero-emission vehicles by 2040. This involves a total of 121,355 vehicles, almost a third of which are medium- or heavy-duty vehicles.
Nov 25, 2021 - 03:58 pm
Germany’s new government aims for more sustainable transport
The newly-elected German federal coalition government has presented its coalition agreement. This is titled “Mehr Fortschritt Wagen” and can be translated to something like “dare to innovate” or “dare to make progress.” This, of course, has a number of ramifications for the transport industry.
Nov 23, 2021 - 06:10 pm
Purchase support for Québec school buses
The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has just signed an agreement with the Bus Carriers Federation (Federation) to invest up to $400 million to enable the purchase of 4,000 zero-emission school buses (ZEBs) in Quebec.
Nov 23, 2021 - 12:41 pm
Japan agrees on new EV subsidy budget
The Japanese government is providing a total of 37.5 billion yen (290 million euros) for e-mobility in a supplementary budget for 2021. The majority of the sum is to flow into purchase premiums for vehicles, the rest into charging and hydrogen infrastructure.
Nov 22, 2021 - 02:29 pm
CARB releases first $1.5Bn in e-mobility funding
After California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $3.9 billion investment package for e-mobility projects this autumn, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the first tranche of $1.5 billion. The most considerable sums were earmarked for commercial electric vehicles and EV rebates.
Nov 15, 2021 - 12:34 pm
UNECE wants minimum durability for batteries
The EU, the USA, China and other countries want to oblige carmakers to commit to a minimum durability of the batteries installed in their electric and hybrid cars. This was agreed in principle by the countries at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations in Geneva.
Nov 10, 2021 - 11:56 am
COP26: 30 nations & 11 carmakers want to exit combustion transit
At the World Climate Conference in Glasgow, 30 countries, 11 carmakers and other partners issued a joint declaration to move away from the internal combustion engine. The goal is to be emission-free worldwide for passenger cars and LCVs by 2040. But some of the signatories have already set themselves stricter targets.