More carmakers agree on CO2 reduction with CARB
The Californian environmental authority CARB has now concluded five individual agreements with car manufacturers for voluntary CO2 reduction in the US state. The emission target supersedes the levels promoted by the Trump administration. Weiterlesen
California introduces Advanced Clean Trucks scheme
California now requires manufacturers to sell a gradually increasing proportion of electric trucks, vans and pickup trucks from 2024 onwards until 2035. By the year 2045, every new commercial vehicle sold in the US state should have zero-emission propulsion. Weiterlesen
More US states adopt tighter emission standards
Washington State has become the twelfth state to adopt tighter emissions standards in the face of the new laxer laws brought in by the Trump administration, following the example of California. Four more states are about to do the same. Weiterlesen
Tesla distances from German battery production
Tesla does not plan to manufacture lithium-ion cells near Berlin in the first construction phase. This could be due to the tight schedule. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model Y has received certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the USA. Weiterlesen
US brewery to use 21 BYD heavy-duty e-trucks
The US brewery Anheuser-Busch will use 21 BYD electrically powered heavy-duty trucks in its Californian fleet as part of a government project. The BYD 8TT electric trucks are scheduled to go into service at the end of this year. Weiterlesen
US car makers make deal with CARB for CO2 reduction
While the Trump government is sticking to its plan to freeze emissions standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles at today’s levels until 2026, VW, BMW, Ford and Honda have now signed a framework agreement with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce emissions. Weiterlesen
California considers tripling EV subsidies
The state of California could soon triple the subsidies for zero-emissions cars while cutting those for hybrids. This means buyers in the Golden State could get as much as $7,500 per EV. However, the Senate has yet to approve the draft bill. Weiterlesen
California aims to open up charging markets
The California Air Resources Board is considering a new regulation in two weeks, which would mandate that EV charging network operators have credit card readers. Besides, it looks like memberships or subscriptions may also be banned. Weiterlesen
62 kWh Nissan Leaf basic trim offers highest range
The new Nissan Leaf featuring a 62 kWh battery, has approximately 40 km more range in the basic version, than in premium trims due to the higher weight of the more luxurious models. Meanwhile, Nissan also updated their US strategy with regards to rapidgate. Weiterlesen
Toyota working on fuel cell truck with Kenworth
Truck maker Kenworth and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop ten trucks using Toyota fuel cell technology. The hydrogen trucks are to run at the Port of Los Angeles and are part of a million dollar initiative funded by CARB. Weiterlesen
California requires all new buses to be electric by 2029
California on Friday became the first state to mandate a full shift to electric buses on public transit routes. Starting in 2029, mass transit agencies in California will only be allowed to buy buses that are fully electric under a rule adopted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Weiterlesen
Construction begins for USA’s first hydrogen ferry
In the Bay Ship & Yacht shipyard, the construction for the first fuel cell ferry named Water-Go-Round has begun. The ferry will most likely be completed in September 2019, before it will be used for three months of testing in the San Francisco Bay. Weiterlesen
CARB approves $483 million budget for 2018-19
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a 483 million dollar budget for the 2018 to 2019 fiscal period. The budget will be used to fund clean vehicle rebates, zero emission public transport and logistics and other mobility pilot projects. Weiterlesen
CARB announces up to $205 million in EV grants
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced up to $205 million in grants for projects to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and improving air quality in the state. Eleven projects will receive $150 million, with another $55 million to be considered for further investment. Weiterlesen
Blue Bird electric school buses now fully certified
US bus maker Blue Bird has received all required certifications for its electric school buses which are now in pre-production. The company also opened the order books and their EVs qualify for grants available in California and New York respectively. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
Helsinki, California, CARB, Ather Energy, Renault.
Hello Helsinki says DriveNow as BMW brings its car sharing service to Finland. The Nordic capital will receive 150 BMW and Mini cars by May, 24 but it is not clear how many will be electric. After Stockholm and Copenhagen, Helsinki is the third Scandinavian city to welcome the service but as a franchise.
Clean transport in California: 24m dollars have been granted through the California Energy Commission to green freight transportation projects in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Another 12m dollars went to other clean transportation projects. Among the funded demos are electric yard tractors, cranes or charging stations for harbours but also airports and farms or high school districts.
Another type of freight will be “hauled” in California emission-free as well as CARB grants 7.5m dollars to an electric school bus initiative. MotivPower Systems together with school bus maker Trans Tech, is bringing 13 all-electric school buses to the Sacramento region. Theirs was the only application approved.
Scooter superchargers: Indian Ather Energy wants to install charging stations in crowded areas like offices, malls, or business hubs ahead of the launch of its electric scooter S340. The start-up is backed by Hero and derives its charging idea from Tesla’s Supercharger model.
Renault extends its range in Paris where it will deliver 50 Kangoo Z.E. equipped with Symbio’s fuel cell range extender to Engie Cofely. To supply the extra energy, a dedicated hydrogen station will be opened on the firm’s site in Hauts-de-Seine.
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Reading tip: New figures show that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has already invested more than 599m dollars in zero-emission vehicles since 2013. Green Car Congress summarises the details and gives an overview of the types of vehicles that have been supported so far.
Reading and video tip: The trike Solo is an ultralight EV made by Canadian start-up Electra Meccanica with place for just one person. A CNET reporter climbed now behind the steering wheel of a preproduction piece and found out that this is by far “not the only weird thing.”