France, Belgium, ZEV Alliance, BMW, Volvo, Nur Majan.
Mass market EV challenge: At the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Paris, French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has come up with an ambitious challenge for carmakers: She announced a global competition to be launched next year which aims to create a small electric car that will sell for under 7,000 euros and that “may not look like traditional electric cars.” Anyone interested?
EV subsidies in Belgium: Starting in January 2016, the Flemish regional government will pay private buyers of electric cars an one-off bonus of up to 5,000 euros, which is intended to help increase the number of EVs in the Belgian province to 60,000 by 2020. Flanders also plans to install about 5,000 charging stations by the end of this decade.
deredactie.be (in German), annemieturtelboom.be (in Dutch)
ZEV Alliance: The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance was officially launched on the sidelines of the COP21 summit in Paris. 13 international members including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and California signed a commitment to promote cleaner motoring and slash transport emissions, which also includes an agreement to make all passenger vehicle sales zero emission vehicles by 2050.
Fighting climate change: BMW announced that it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to fight climate change by taking action. The carmaker will invest 2.7m dollars in a public private partnership with DoE’s Argonne National Laboratory to significantly improve the performance of EV batteries and deploy nearly 350 fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles at its South Carolina facility.
Volvo hybrid update: Volvo will publicly unveil the plug-in hybrid version of its new S90 premium sedan at Detroit Motor Show in January. The Swedish carmaker will likely also launch high-performance Polestar versions of its S90 and the upcoming V90 station wagon, including hybrid derivatives.
greencarcongress.com (Detroit), autocar.co.uk (Polestar)
Arab super EV: Commercial production of Oman’s first electric car Nur Majan is scheduled to start in 2018 and the company plans to produce about 1,000 cars per year. The carbon fibre electric supercar comes with solar panels on the roof and is said to have a range of up to 600 km on a single charge.