Israel zeroing in on electric transport
The Israeli Minister for Energy, Yuval Steinitz, has outlines his plan to phase-out all fossil-fuel powered vehicles by 2030. He had hinted as much previously but now included commercial vehicles in his masterplan.
VW & FAW to double electric car production facility
Volkswagen and its joint venture partner FAW are pressing to double their production facility in China. Their electric car production site in Foshan is currently churning out 300,000 EVs a year but it to grow into a “mega factory” with an annual capacity for over half a million units.
PSA and Opel/Vauxhall agree on mid-term future
Ten months after French PSA has taken over Opel, they have come to an agreement regarding the Opel facilities in Germany. The Eisennach factory will start making the Grandland X including a PHEV version from mid-2019. Further investments into R&D are planned as well.
Korea to fully electrify buses and trucks by 2030
The government in Seoul wants all buses and trucks to run with zero emissions by 2030, according to local media reports. Moreover, they want to increase the number of fast-charging stations for electric cars to 10,000 by 2022 and also electrify mail delivery.
Kia to push first mild-hybrid system this year
Korea’s Kia will introduce their first 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain in the second half of 2018. The first model to utilise the compact system will be the Kia Sportage before the mild-hybrid will help along the Ceed as well from 2019.
Hawaii to electrify its transport with renewables
The three largest utilities of Haiwaii have released their strategic roadmap that shall lead to transport becoming electric and charged with renewable energy from 2045. The aim is to make the world’s most remote islands independent from fossil fuel imports.