Spain increases electric mobility subsidies
The Spanish government has expanded the budget for its Moves II subsidy programme from 100 to 120 million euros. In the course of the programme, the purchase of electric cars will be subsidised by up to 5,500 euros. The following programme Moves III will be endowed with at least 400 million euros.
Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Proterra, Formula E, Catalonia.
Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid scrapped: The Japanese manufacturer seized its the hybrid SUV after only two years, probably due to low sales. And with the Pathfinder, its luxury version, the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid disappeared from all websites as well.
Toyota and BMW JV progresses: Apparently, the two carmakers have agreed on a platform on which its joint sport car will sit. News on where the model might be built have not been released, while component testing will not take place before 2020.
Proterra finalises investment: The electric bus manufacturer has received another 55 million dollars in funding; 19 million from new strategic investors, while current creditors added the rest of the cash. The money will be used to further scale production and to accelerate growth.
Formula E race in Brussels? The city is another hot contender to host the ePrix during the second season of the Formula E. Brusselshas agreed to look into the feasibility. Berlin and Paris are the city’s rivals, but mainly it is a question about timing, as the 24 Hours of Le Mans might coincide.
Catalan EV privileges: Electric vehicles will be freed from road toll in Catalonia, i.e. the area in and outside of Barcelona. The new rule will go into force on September, 15th, and will be followed by other privileges such as free parking or access to bus lanes.
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