Electric Autobahn, PHEV Taxation, Charge Your Car, New Zealand, Dubai.
Electric Autobahn confirmed: Two stretches of highway will be designated for testing electric trucks in Germany this year, the German Environment Agency (UBA) confirmed. Proposals have been handed in and the selection process is underway. Once a decision is made, construction works are to begin. Siemens’ eHighway sees hybrid and electric trucks equipped with a pantograph hooked up to a catenary system. It has already been set up in Sweden and California.
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PHEV taxation reform: Company car tax for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in Britain could soon be based not just on CO2 emissions but also on their range, HM Treasury has proposed. The policy is designed to incentivise longer ranges and to move away from hybrids.
Charging Scotland will be Charge Your Car (CYC) as it was selected operator by Transport Scotland. The charging network includes over 550 public charge spots and the contract is worth 750,000 pound.
10m dollar EV fund for NZ: The government of New Zealand intends to double the number of EVs each year to reach 64,000 by 2021, a market share of about 2%. A 10m EV fund has been set up to co-finance private and public sector partners working on e-mobility initiatives.
Driving in Dubai will become more electric over the years. The government willed for new cars to be ordered by its bodies to include a 10 percent share of electric or hybrid vehicles in the future.