US states fight back to reduce emissions despite Trump
California and 22 other US states have now filed lawsuits against the Trump administration, who is trying to deny them the right to set their own – higher – emissions standards. California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has also just signed two laws to tighten emission standards for trucks and other vehicles.
US-China trade war to hit e-bike market with price surge
Trump could be responsible for hitting U.S. sales of electric bikes hard as pedelecs from China are included in a list of goods proposed for a 25% import tariff hike. This would drive prices up a couple of hundred dollars, potentially stifling a strong-going industry.
Trump agrees to gasoline tax hike verbally
Donald Trump, when asked to explain the budget for his new 200bn dollar infrastructure plan, has verbally agreed to a proposal, which would hike up the gas taxes in the USA by 25 cents. This move is surprising on various levels.
France funds U.S. climate scientists
French president Macron puts the money where his mouth is as he pledges to grant millions to U.S. scientists working on climate change. Such foreign aid had become vital since Trump is in open denial and wants to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
U.S. EV subsidies to stay untouched
In the wake of the big tax reform in the States, the future of the nationwide EV subsidies providing up to 7500 dollars for EVs has been widely unclear. But according to insiders, the programme stays now finally untouched.
Donald Trump, Norway.
Reading tip I: U.S. President-elect Trump has vowed to opt out of the climate deal once in office. Now, some 365 businesses and major investors have addressed a letter to the president to be, current President Barack Obama and U.S. Congress, asking them to uphold the fight against climate change (which the real estate tycoon turned president believes to be a hoax).
lowcarbonusa.org via nytimes.com
Reading tip II: Norway is reportedly miles ahead of other countries when it comes to getting electric mobility on the road. And even as Oslo officials plan on building 200 new chargers per year, finding a plug is getting more and more difficult. By 2020, there could be as many as 36,000 electric car owners who will have to share around 2,000 city-run charging stations.
Donald Trump, Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
Reading tip: Forbes writer Joann Muller took a closer look at the auto industry under a President Trump, and found that manufactures will continue to have to push electrification, if they don’t want to lose their standing in China or other parts of the world. “So Trump would be wise to jump on the climate train, which has already left the station.”
Video tip: Hyundai goes the distance, releasing a video of a driving range test of its Ioniq Electric. The EV made it 218 miles (351 km) on one charge. Only downside: he did so driving at an average speed of 50 kph.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Donald Trump's car park.
Trump car: The newly elected president of the USA may have deceived some poor people to believe he would be their saviour but his car park is anything else than a little man’s array. It includes Mercedes S as well as a Rolls Royce and obviously no electric car. At least he himself got to live the American dream.
Donald Trump's victory a "disaster" for the planet?
Reading tip: Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election is going to be a “disaster” for the planet, writes Brad Plumer. He reminds us that Trump said he wants to repeal all federal spending on clean energy and electric vehicles and concludes: “With Congress at his side, this is totally doable.”
Zero SR, Donald Trump.
Reading tip I: Travelling to the four corners of the USA on a Zero SR electric motorcycle is this summer’s holiday for Ben Rich. Seattle, Los Angeles, Florida, and Maine, are you ready?!
Reading tip II: What would Donald Trump do to electric vehicles if he becomes president? It would be the end of tax incentives, a return to the era of unregulated emissions, and a feast for oil companies.