The Canadian government is now officially launching regulations to implement its goal of allowing only zero-emission passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to be sold in the country from 2035. Initially, an EV quota of at least 20 per cent will be mandated from 2026.
The State Council of the People’s Republic of China has now confirmed that the share of New Energy Vehicles (BEV, PHEV and FCEV) in total new car sales in China is expected to rise to 20 per cent by 2025 and account for the majority of sales by 2035.
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.
The German government has now approved the country’s 2030 climate plan, first outlaid during the global climate strike initiated by the Fridays for Future movement. Activists call the package weak, yet it carries over measures for e-mobility at least.
As controversial as Germany’s latest climate protection package may be, for e-mobility a golden age is dawning. After all, its promotion is at the heart of efforts to reduce emissions from the transport sector. An overview.
In the USA, Democrats are launching a new bill to end the sale of cars with internal combustion engines nationwide from 2040. As an interim goal, the draft stipulates that by 2030 half of all new sold vehicles must be emissions-free.
The advisory body ‘National Platform for Future of Mobility’ (NPM) urges the German government to take drastic measures to increase climate protection in the transport sector. The consultants call for mandatory sales quotas for electric cars and plug-in hybrids of 25 per cent in 2025 and 50% in 2030.
The European Parliament, the EU Commission and the member states led by the Austrian Council Presidency have postponed their talks in the dispute over stricter climate protection targets for new cars in the EU. So far they have not been able to reach an agreement.
British Columbia joins the growing circle of regions that stop sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. Canada’s westernmost province will do so from 2040 and intends to install electric vehicle sales quotas prior to that date, starting by 2025.
Toyota and Honda will not be alone in selling electrified versions of the compact SUV Trumpchi GS4 by GAC under their own name. Now both Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi, who are also both also partners with GAC in China, plan to follow the same strategy.
More ambitious carbon dioxide reduction targets have been backed by the Environmental Committee of the EU Parliament. MEPs voted to reduce emissions of cars and vans by 45 percent by 2030 and set an interim goal of 20 percent reduction by 2025.
Toyota has an unusual approach to meet the incoming 2019 EV quota in China for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids: The manufacturer is going to start selling the ix4 from their joint venture partner GAC.
The People’s Republic is going to further exempt the 10 percent purchase tax on so-called new-energy vehicles (NEVs), as expected. The initiative was initially introduced in 2014 and got now government approval for three more years until end-2020.
In its latest special report, the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), a board consulting the German government for the last 45 years, recommends an EV sales share of 25 percent regarding passenger cars and light utility vehicles by 2025.
Dutchmen to ban combustion-powered cars by 2030: The new Dutch government coalition has published its plans for the upcoming years, underlining the ambition to make all newly registered cars emission-free by 2030. A ban of diesel and petrol vehicles has been discussed in the Netherlands since last year. But the new government, consisting of four coalition parties, had to struggle a lot to find common positions. Now, more than 200 days after the election in March, they have finally released the plan they agreed upon. electrek.co, nltimes.nl, telegraaf.nl (in Dutch)
EU to introduce carbon credits instead of EV quota? The European Union refrains from the idea to implement an EV quota, Reuters reports. Instead it favours a carbon credit initiative, inspired by California’s zero-emission policy – with the difference that carbon credits shall not be tradable in the EU. According to the press agency, the proposal additionally includes 800m euros of EU funding to motivate governments, regions and cities to erect more EV charging points and 200m euros to boost battery development between 2018 and 2020. The EU proposal’s official release is expected on 8th of November. reuters.com
A dozen bills for more EVs in CA: California’s governor Jerry Brown has signed a dozen bills to accelerate the state’s shift towards electric mobility. Besides extending the EV incentive programme with special focus on low-income Californians through 2019, pilot schemes for new charging stations and giving EV drivers further the right to use the carpool lanes, the government itself is willing to set a good example: At least half of the state’s car fleet shall get emission-free by 2025, the same is required for 30 percent of the state’s heavy-duty fleet by 2030. sacbee.com, gov.ca.gov
Electric bus made by New Flyer: The U.S. manufacturer has presented the next generation of its electric-powered bus Xcelsior called Xcelsior Charge. The new model is equipped with a Siemens motor and a battery pack by XALT Energy or A123 Systems, enabling a capacity of up to 600 kWh. Bus operator LA Metro has already ordered 35 units for Los Angeles and signed an option to purchase again 65 buses. greencarcongress.com
Mahindra extends its EV line-up: The Indian car giant plans to add all-electric versions of each of its existing SUV and crossover models to its line-up. First model to get a fully electrified twin next year is Mahindra’s compact SUV KUV 100. So far, the company’s electric assortment includes just two cars: the E20 and the e-Verito. autocarindia.com, financialexpress.com
Green4U presents electric SUVs: Don Panoz’ Green4U Technologies intends to launch two electric-powered SUVs in 2018: Both, the MTU-6 and the Enov, shall be able to reach up to 370 km. In the upcoming years, the U.S. company plans to create more and more electric models – among them sedans, vans and utility vehicles. autoblog.com, government-fleet.com