Madrid claims clean air
Madrid’s new conservative city government attempted to roll back the driving bans in the inner city, causing a series of protests. The penalties for driving in the environmental zone with a combustion vehicle have now been reinstated, following a court decision on a lawsuit filed by environmental activists, including Greenpeace.
EASA releases new electric aircraft regulations
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has adopted a framework plan for battery electric and hybrid electric vertical take-off aircraft in Europe: With the “Special Condition”, the designers now have the first specifications for this group of aircraft.
Japan tightens CO2 vehicle standards for 2030
The Japanese government has set new standards for the fleet consumption of car manufacturers until 2030. Car manufacturers must reduce the consumption and thus the CO2 emissions of their vehicles sold by 32 per cent by 2030 compared to 2016 – to an average of around 3.9 litres of gasoline per 100 kilometres.
FCA considers buying goodwill from Tesla
In order to meet the incoming EU emissions regulations, the U.S. manufacturer Fiat Chrysler is reportedly paying hundreds of millions of euros to Tesla, so that they can technically be calculated as “their” BEVs.
Germany paves way for electric micro-mobilty
The German federal cabinet has passed the long-announced Small Electric Vehicle Ordinance (eKFV). Now it is up to the federal council to take the next steps. It could adopt the new regulations on 17 May so that the regulation would enter into force this spring.
US government wants to curb California emissions standards
The Trump administration has found another bone to pick with their opponents at home: This time, the administration will attempt to remove state emissions standards and force California to accept the weaker federal regulations recommended by the EPA, formerly led by Scott Pruitt.