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    Auto Care Association announces enhancements to its Vehicle Information Portal
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, has announced latest updates to the Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (VIP), according to a press release dated May 20. The VIP platform allows users to both manage and download the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) supporting relational databases, enabling companies to get the right part, to the right place, at ...
    MEMA applauds US government’s initiative to support vehicle suppliers
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced that it applauds the announcement on May 6 by US Vice President Kamala Harris and the Biden-Harris Administration in their support of small- and medium-sized auto parts manufacturers and autoworkers, according to a press release dated May 6. MEMA said through the announcement of more than $100 million in funding and...
    Auto Care Association hosts cataloging standards conference in Brazil
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, in collaboration with the US Commercial Service Office of the US Consulate in São Paulo, hosted a data standards conference on March 19, 2024, in São Paulo, according to a press release dated March 28. The conference was part of the association’s trade promotion initiatives, made possible by the Market Development Cooperator (MDCP) award from the US Commerce Departm...
    Report: Court case sheds light on emissions inconsistencies in car modifications in UK
    A recent court case involving AET Motorsport has highlighted a legal grey area surrounding car modifications that could put drivers and businesses at risk of prosecution, according to a news report by Autocar UK dated Feb. 9. The court found the company guilty of illegally altering a car's catalytic converter and engine control unit to increase noise levels, making it illegal to drive on public roads. The magistrates emphasized that business owners must be aware of the law and warned that simila...
    European mobility service providers call for action on in-vehicle data legislation
    As part of the Independent Service Providers (ISP) group, CLEPA and nine other European associations representing the mobility ecosystem, including consumers and insurers, have written to the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen to express dismay at a new delay in the Commission’s adoption of a long-promised sectoral legislation for access to in-vehicle data, according to a press release dated December 19 by The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (Comité de Liaison...
    Auto Care Association, MEMA welcome advancement of REPAIR Act
    The United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce, has favorably reported the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act, to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for future consideration. This move was applauded by the Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, and The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an ...
    UK PM pushes petrol and diesel car ban to 2035 from 2030
    UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has delayed a ban on new petrol and diesel cars as part of exemptions and delays to several of the country’s green policies in a major change to the government's approach to achieving net zero by 2050, according to an official press release dated September 20. The government has moved back the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years, so all sales of new cars from 2035 will be zero emission, according to the statement, which added that the mo...
    Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association looking to devise strategies for retired mechanics to reenter the industry
    In order to ease the labor force challenges in Australia, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is looking to understand what are the circumstances that would encourage retired master technicians to come back into the workshop on a part-time, part-day basis to make a unique contribution to the industry while at the same time, bringing their wisdom and experience to educate junior technicians, according to a press release dated September 18. This labor shortage is one of the...
    UK aftermarket body IAAF joins global automotive Right to Repair movement
    UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), announced that it has joined other global association leaders to support the critical global Right to Repair movement by signing the new right-to-repair position statement, according to a press release dated August 11. “The statement enumerates the core beliefs of the movement and the objectives and intended outcomes of right to repair legislation. The document sets out [10] best practice principles...
    Auto Care Association appoints director of Government Affairs
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, announced in a press release dated July 24 that it has appointed Jennifer Keaton as its new director of Government Affairs. Keaton will work within a four-person department advocating on behalf of the automotive aftermarket with federal and state legislators as well as relevant regulatory agencies. The association said her role is critical in ensuring the management of st...
    SERMI scheme off to strong start, says Independent Garage Association
    UK independent garages have responded enthusiastically to last week’s announcement that they will be able to access Security-related Repair and Maintenance Information (SERMI) using the same framework as their EU counterparts, thanks to agreements reached by the Independent Garage Association (IGA) in a press release July 11. The IGA reported that garages were getting in touch in large numbers to register their interest in the scheme, which will transform the way garages and workshops ...
    Independent auto repairers, automakers strike major right-to-repair pact
    The Automotive Service Association (ASA), the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation have released an agreement on automotive right-to-repair in a press release July 11. The agreement highlights the crucial importance of the fight for consumer choice and a fair market in automotive repair access and demonstrates that stakeholders can and should collaborate to find a solution that is in the best interests of the motoring public and the ma...
    French automotive trade body FIEV adds 10 new members
    FIEV, or the French trade association of OEMs, garage equipment manufacturers, and all other providers of automotive solutions, has announced the addition of ten new members, according to a press release dated 23 June. They include Acerta, Ateq, Borgwarner, Carmoov Energy, Daf Conseil, Mann Hummel Filtration, Muller Automotive, Provac, RAV France and Qwello. Acerta provides OEMs and automotive manufacturers with a predictive quality solution to reduce scrap rates, improve defect detectio...
    CLEPA calls for sector-specific proposal after EU Data Act agreement
    Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached an agreement June 28 on the Data Act legislation, which will regulate how data generated by connected objects can be accessed and shared, according to a press release from the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (Comité de Liaison Européen des Fabricants d'Equipements et de Pièces Automobiles: CLEPA) dated June 28. Automotive technology is rapidly advancing, with vehicles generating and collecting ever...
    CLEPA endorses Euro 7 as key regulation for future air quality standards
    The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (Comité de Liaison Européen des Fabricants d'Equipements et de Pièces Automobiles: CLEPA) has welcomed the initiative by the European Commission’s move to publish the Euro 7 proposal saying that the proposal offers potential for further reduction in the environmental impact of new vehicles on air quality, according to a press release dated June 5. “The European supply industry supports Euro 7 as an important tool to meet f...
    DENSO Aftermarket changes its internal packaging, reducing 51 metric tons of plastic
    In an effort to enhance environmental sustainability, DENSO Aftermarket announced that it has identified and implemented changes to how it both sources and uses the inner packaging for its rotating products and compressors, according to a press release dated May 4. Significance: “Although the packaging we have used to protect the rotating products (starters and alternators) and [air-conditioning] compressors in our aftermarket range has ensured that the products are delivered in good c...
    European Commission proposes new vehicle category that can run only on e-fuels – report
    The European Commission drafted a plan allowing sales of new cars with internal combustion engines that run only on climate-neutral e-fuels, in an attempt to resolve a spat with Germany over the European Union's phasing out of combustion-engine cars from 2035, according to a Reuters report dated March 21. The draft proposal, seen by Reuters on March 21, suggested creating a new type of vehicle category in the EU for cars that can only run on carbon-neutral fuels. Such vehi...
    German auto body says 9 out of 10 companies in its survey consider Germany to be uncompetitive
    VDA or the German Association of the Automotive Industry said in a press release dated 15 February that around 9 out of 10 companies (88%) consider Germany to be internationally uncompetitive in terms of energy costs, labor, and tax burden. The finding was part of its survey among automotive suppliers and medium-sized manufacturers conducted from 23 January to 3 February. VDA said 116 companies took part in the survey. VDA President Hildegard Müller said, "More and more companies consider Ge...
    US government finalizes rules for Made-in-America Electric Vehicle Chargers initiative
    The US government announced the next steps to bolster its electric vehicle (EV) charging industry and infrastructure, a government statement on 15 February read. The next steps include publishing minimum standards for federally funded EV infrastructure, finalizing the Build America, Buy America initiatives for EV charging equipment, and announcing that cities, towns, Tribes, and states will soon be able to apply for the first round of USD2.5 billion in competitive grants to build EV charging sta...
    New EU vote confirms the 2035 ban on the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles
    As a part of the law change, carmakers operating within the EU must achieve a 100% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars sold. As a result, this would make it impossible to sell new fossil fuel-powered vehicles. On Tuesday 14th February, the European Parliament formally approved a new law that will effectively ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the European Union (EU) from 2035. The goal of this latest piece of automotive legislation is to accelerate the switch to electric vehicles...
    CLEPA calls for legislation on access to in-vehicle data
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has announced that it believes access to in-vehicle data requires the urgent introduction of regulatory guidance, according to a press release dated 8 February. The urgency was also recently outlined by the Independent Service Providers (ISPs) group in a letter sent to the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, CLEPA said. CLEPA believes the continued delay risks access to the untapped potential in creating real competitio...
    Goodyear announces cost savings actions on weak replacement tire demand
    US tire manufacturer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, announced in a press release dated 27 January that it is implementing cost savings actions in response to a challenging industry environment and cost pressure driven by inflation. It said planned rationalization and workforce reorganization would result in an approximately 5% reduction in salaried staff globally, or about 500 positions. The company said its global replacement tire industry demand remained weak in the fourth quarter...
    Report: Indian government to scrap 900,000 vehicles
    According to a report by The Economic Times, India’s Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the government plans to scrap more than 900,000 vehicles older than 15 years that are owned by the central and state governments. This decision is aligned with the government's effort to decarbonize the road transport sector. Speaking at a session on future of mobility, organized by a trade body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (F...
    Report: Europe could end reliance on Chinese li-ion battery cells by 2027
    The European Union can end its reliance on China for lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cells by 2027, renewable energy campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) has forecast, according to a press release dated 24 January. New analysis of battery-makers’ announcements suggest that Europe is on track to produce enough Li-ion cells by 2027 to fully meet domestic demand for electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage, the release added. However, the group cautioned that the EU needs a policy ...
    SEMA says 2021–22 Congressional session ends without passage of RPM Act
    SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA and Performance Racing Industry (PRI) have announced in a statement that despite strong Congressional backing and extraordinary support from the racing community, the 2021–22 Congressional session is ending without passage of the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act, according to a press release dated 22 December. The RPM Act is a legislation to protect Americans' right to convert street vehicles into dedicated race cars and the motorsports...
    European Commission proposes implementation of Euro 7 standards for cars from July 2025
    The European Commission has presented a proposal to implement Euro 7 emission norms for new cars and vans from 1 July 2025 and new heavy-duty vehicles such as lorries, trucks, and buses from 1 July 2027, according to a media note released by the Commission on 10 November 2022. Besides the tailpipe emissions, the Euro 7 proposal also includes emissions from brakes and tyres and therefore also covers electric vehicles too in its purview. The battery electric vehicles (BEVs) also still caus...
    EU lawmakers confirm zero-emissions target for new cars and vans by 2035
    The European Parliament and Council reached an agreement on 27 October ensuring all new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles registered in Europe will be zero-emission by 2035, according to an official press release dated 27 October issued by the European Commission, who welcomed the agreement. As an intermediary step towards zero emissions, the new carbon dioxide (CO2) standards will also require average emissions of new cars to come down by 55% by 2030, and new vans by 50% by 2030. ...
    UK AFCAR makes it easier for garages to highlight restricted access to vehicle data
    The UK Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair (AFCAR) has announced that it has opened a route for garages to highlight restricted access to OEMs' data, according to a released dated 15 July by the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Garages can access an online survey form floated by UK AFCAR, a coalition representing automotive trade associations and commercial organizations that formed in 2021 to lobby the UK government on upho...
    Massachusetts Right to Repair court case decision delayed for the sixth time
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops said in a press release dated 1 July that the United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice informing of another delay to provide a decision on the Right to Repair court case in Massachusetts. Citing “the need to consider fully the implications of the long-anticipated decision” and “unforeseen and unforeseeable scheduling complications encountered in the...
    Aftermarket distributor body FIGIEFA discusses key regulations with European Commission
    FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors announced that its Independent Service Providers (ISPs) group recently had a very positive exchange with European Commission Commissioner Thierry Breton on how the DataAct and forthcoming sector-specific regulation can create the space for rapid vehicle-generated data innovation in the European automotive and mobility eco-system, according to a statement dated 23 June. FIGIEGA’s members representing 4.5...
    US-based Blink Charging acquires EV charging firm SemaConnect
    Blink Charging Co, a US-based owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, said via a press release dated 14 June that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SemaConnect, Inc., a provider of EV charging infrastructure solutions in North America, for USD200 million, subject to certain customary adjustments for working capital. The cash and common stock transaction will add nearly 13,000 EV chargers to Blink’s existing footprint, an additional ...
    German workshop chain ATU ties-up with the Netherland’s Allego for e-charging stations
    Germany-based ATU, a master vehicle workshop for all brands, and Allego, a Netherlands-based provider of EV charging solutions in Europe, have signed a contract to equip 400 additional ATU branch locations with e-charging stations, according to a press release by ATU dated 31 May. The gradual expansion of the charging network for the whole of Germany will begin this year, the release added. The contract provides for the construction of fast charging stations at a further 400 ATU branches with...
    German auto body says charging infrastructure expanding too slowly
    VDA or the German Association of the Automotive Industry, said that Germany still has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to expanding the publicly accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a press release dated 13 June. The VDA believes that the gap between the charging infrastructure and the number of e-cars has continued to grow and the same is reflected in the newly published update of its e-charging network ranking. According to the update, there a...
    CLEPA: EU’s 100% CO2 reduction target puts half a million auto supplier jobs at risk
    Sigrid de Vries, the Secretary General of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has strongly opposed a decision by the European Parliament to phase out all carbon dioxide (CO2) emitting light vehicles by 2035, according to an official statement by CLEPA dated 8 June. On 8 June, a majority of MEP’s (Members of the European Parliament) approved the target of reaching zero-emission or 100% reduction of CO2 emissions for new passenger cars and light-duty vehicles by 2035, as ...
    CLEPA 2022 Aftermarket Conference: suppliers push for automotive-specific legislation on data access
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, reiterated the need for a sector-specific legislation to ensure fair and equal access for all providers to create a competitive market for the benefit of consumers, according to a press release dated 3 June. The discussion on access to in-vehicle data was one of the topics in focus at the 13th edition of its annual Aftermarket Conference held from 1–2 June in Brussels. Other topics included mobility use cases and dataplaces, according to...
    Autopromotec 2022: latest edition of aftermarket trade fair held in Bologna
    Autopromotec, the international exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket industry held every two years in Bologna, Italy, recently concluded its 2022 chapter held between 25–28 May, according to an official event announcement. The event saw significant participation from foreign exhibitors with a total of 42 countries represented. According to the release, the strong international importance of the event was reflected in a record number of foreign delegates which stood at 180 from...
    Aftermarket distributor body FIGIEFA urges members to comply with sanctions on Russia
    FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors, has called on its members to comply with the sanctions imposed by the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries on Russia or Belarus, according to a statement dated 9 May. The distributor body said the safest and most effective way to ensure compliance with the sanctions is to cease all commercial activities with Russia and Belarus and it urged all operators in the automotiv...
    UK auto body expresses concern over biannual vehicle check proposal
    UK’s apex motor industry body Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has expressed concern over the UK lawmaker’s proposal to shift the annual vehicle check from annual to biannual, according to an official SMMT statement released on 27 April. In the statement, Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive said that extending MOT intervals could cast a shadow over the safety of the vehicles at a time when vehicle miles driven are increasing. According to Sky News, UK PM Boris Johnson hel...
    US paints maker PPG to cut CO2 emissions at its automotive paint site in Italy
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG announced that it has set up a high-efficiency power-generation facility at its Quattordio, Italy, automotive paint and coatings manufacturing site, and the move is expected to reduce energy costs by 13% and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 10% annually, according to a press release dated 4 May. Combining cooling, heating, and power, which is known as trigeneration, the facility can operate on a combination of natural gas an...
    Massachusetts Right to Repair court case decision delayed again
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops, in a press release dated 18 April announced that United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice on 15 April, informing of another delay to provide a decision on the Right to Repair court case in Massachusetts. Citing “the resurgence of a demanding criminal trial schedule, resumption of long delayed in-court non-trial proceedings coupled with insistent writin...
    US ‘Right to Repair’ legislation receives further lawmaker support
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops, in a press release dated 13 April welcomed US Representative Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) for co-sponsoring the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair’ Act (REPAIR Act). The Association was joined by Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), CAR (Consumer Access to Repair) Coalition, and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in applauding Davi...
    UK AFCAR pushes for aftermarket inclusion in vehicle tampering debate
    The UK Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair (AFCAR), a coalition comprising automotive trade associations and commercial organizations, formed in 2021 to lobby the UK government on upholding the rights of the independent aftermarket and consumers in the post-Brexit era has pushed for aftermarket inclusion in the ongoing vehicle tampering debate, according to a released dated 8 April by the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The UK Government is ...
    Aftermarket coalition welcomes EU Data Act proposal but calls for automotive specific legislation
    A broad coalition representing a wide range of major automotive aftermarket stakeholders, as well as operators in the mobility services value chain, consumers, the insurance and the tire industries has welcomed the European Commission’s proposal for a European Union’s (EU) Data Act, according to a press release on FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors, dated 23 February. However, the coalition believes the Act will not be sufficient on its o...
    Perrone Robotics advances retrofit autonomous vehicle kit program
    Perrone Robotics, a US-based provider of fully autonomous vehicle technology, announced via a press release dated 30 March that its collaboration partner Roush Industries, a provider of engineering, testing, prototype, and manufacturing services to the transportation sector, has completed the first phase of the integration of Perrone’s TONY autonomous vehicle retrofit kit. The new fully autonomous, zero-emissions, electric prototype will be the model for a large-volume production process th...
    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, India to be held in February 2024
    ACMA Automechanika, New Delhi, India, the exhibition of auto parts, auto components and products for car aftersales service, is scheduled to be held from 1–3 February, 2024 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, according to a press release dated 7 March. The announcement was made by event organizers Messe Frankfurt India, the Indian arm of German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, and India’s apex component industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India ...
    Auto Care Association says Massachusetts Right to Repair court case decision delayed
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops said in a press release dated 8 March that the United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice informing of a delay to provide a decision on the court case due to “unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances, principally involving supervening but insistent writing responsibilities in other matters”. The battle over access to vehicle repair information has bee...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Automechanika Moscow 2022 suspended
    Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of Automechanika Moscow 2022, has announced its decision to suspend all events of its Russian subsidiary Messe Frankfurt RUS until further notice, according to an official statement released on 2 March 2022. The annual aftermarket and aftersales trade show was scheduled to be held from 22–25 August 2022 in Moscow, Russia at Expocentre Moscow. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine poses an unprecedented threat to peaceful coexistence in Europe. Messe Frankfurt sup...
    Wallbox partners with Polaris for EV charging in US and Canada
    Barcelona-based provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions, Wallbox, and Polaris, a powersports company, have announced a new partnership in the US and Canada, according to a press release dated 22 February. Under the partnership, Polaris will sell the 40 Amp version of Wallbox's Pulsar Plus charger directly to its off-road EV customers, according to the release. The news follows Polaris’ recent launch of the all-electric 2023 RANGER XP Kinetic, which is expecte...
    Stellantis targets 50% growth in aftermarket revenue by 2030
    Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an automaker and a mobility provider based in the Netherlands, has announced that it intends to grow its aftermarket revenue by more than 50% by 2030. The announcement was part of its ‘Dare Forward 2030’ strategy, a long-term vision for the business, that was revealed at an event held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 1 March. To achieve an overall 50% growth in aftermarket revenues, the company is targeting a 4x growth in its turnover from ...
    US lawmakers introduce ‘Right to Repair’ legislation
    The automotive Right to Repair movement in the US gained further traction as US Representative Bobby Rush introduced the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act on 3 February with an aim to ensure equal access to auto repair data for independent repair shops, according to an official announcement by Rush’s office dated 3 February. This legislation would preserve consumer access to high quality, affordable vehicle repair by ensuring that, vehicle owners and indepen...
    India proposes mandatory side and curtain airbags in all cars
    India on Saturday, 15 January proposed mandating at least six airbags in all M1 category vehicles (passenger vehicles that comprise not more than eight seats inclusive of the driver) that are manufactured from 1 October, according to a Nikkei news report dated 16 January. The government wants automakers to provide two side air bags and two curtain air bags, to protect those seated in the rear seats, in addition to the already required two airbags for all vehicles. The side air bags are to "he...
    Aftermarket lobby group AFCAR meets Swedish Transport Agency on vehicle data law
    The Swedish arm of the Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair in the EU (AFCAR), along with the trade associations SBF (Association of Swedish Wholesalers of Automotive Parts and Accessories) and SFVF (Swedish Vehicle Workshop Association), recently met with the Swedish Transport Agency to discuss the importance of a law regulating access to vehicle data for the workshops, according to a press release by SBF dated 17 January. AFCAR is a lobby group that seeks to ensure the right of independen...
    Automotive Right to Repair law on track in Australia
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced that the highly anticipated implementation of the Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme took a step forward on 16 December with the inaugural board meeting of the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA), according to a press release dated 16 December. The new law requires the operation of an industry body to implement the secure data release model and the program that supports ele...
    EU approves USD3.3 billion Spanish scheme for electric and connected vehicles value chains
    According to an official press release dated 9 December, the European Commission has approved a EUR3 billion (USD3.3 billion) Spanish scheme under EU State aid rules to support research, development, and innovation (RD&I), as well as environmental protection and energy efficiency measures of companies in the value chain for electric and connected vehicles. The measure will assist Spain in hastening the transition to more sustainable and connected mobility while not unduly distorting compe...
    MARELLI commits to carbon neutral operations by 2030
    MARELLI announced its roadmap to become carbon neutral within its operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 2030, it said in a press release on 30 November. The company will reflect its vision of a carbon neutral operations specialist through measures aimed at minimizing energy consumption and neutralizing emissions. Beda Bolzenius, president and CEO of MARELLI said, "This is a first step for MARELLI in outlining firm plans to reduce our overall carbon emissions. Our next step will be to define cle...
    CEC approves USD1.4-billion plan for zero-emission transportation infrastructure and manufacturing
    In an announcement on 15 November, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a three-year, USD1.4-billion plan aimed at helping California achieve the 2025 electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling goals. According to the CEC announcement, the three-year plan closes the funding gap to speed up California’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure build-out in support of Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order phasing out the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger v...
    Electric Last Mile Solutions partners with EVgo for its charging ecosystem for commercial EVs
    Electric light commercial vehicle manufacturer, Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc. (ELMS) has announced a partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging network provider EVgo in the United States, the company said in a press release on 4 November. ELMS said that its partnership with EVgo combines best-in-class charging solutions with zero-emissions commercial EVs. Notably, EVgo is the first charging solutions company to partner with ELMS, which plans to build a charging ecosystem that suppor...
    German government extends funding of private EV charging stations
    Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has extended the funding for private charging stations for electric cars in residential buildings by a further EUR300 million (USD349 million), according to a Green Car Congress report filed on 25 October. “A total of 800 million euros in federal funds are now available for this,” it said referring to the wall box EV chargers. The German government provides a grant of EUR900 (USD1,047) for the purchase and install...
    UK aftermarket parts maker Klarius gears up for surge in vehicle tests
    Klarius Products, a UK-based manufacturer of replacement exhausts, CATs, and DPFs said that the company is prepared to meet the increase in demand due to the expected surge in Ministry of Transport (MOT) tests in the UK in September–October period, according to a company release on 28 September. To meet the demand, Klarius said it has the range and availability in place to enable distributors and stockists to quickly support garages with replacement aftermarket emissions products. The compa...
    German government begins releasing tenders for countrywide EV charging network
    Making an announcement on 1 October, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) said that it is starting the tender for the Germany network for which new companies and their consortiums can compete for the bid to set up and operate electric vehicle (EV) chargers across around 900 fast-charging locations throughout Germany. The Germany network aims to provide EV charging facilities with fast charging infrastructure in medium and long-haul traffic with around 8,...
    Hyundai launches e-mobility pilot in Singapore to enhance EV aftersales
    Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Group has announced the roll out of an e-mobility pilot program in Singapore in partnership with SP Group and Komoco Motors with an aim to enhance electric vehicle (EV) ownership and aftersales experience of customers. In a press release dated 25 September, the company said the program is designed to identify real-world customer concerns and requirements and establish a robust EV ecosystem in the city. Hyundai has earmarked 50 Ioniq EVs for a group of an equ...
    Indian state Odisha rolls out electric vehicle policy 2021
    The Indian state government of Odisha has approved an electric vehicle (EV) policy in an attempt to promote EV manufacturing and adoption of pollution-free transport, news agency PTI reported on 28 August. The Odisha Electric Vehicle Policy, 2021 was approved during a cabinet meeting chaired by the state chief minister Naveen Patnaik, the report said. "The objective of the policy is to achieve adoption of 20% electric vehicles of all automobile registrations by 2025 and to promot...
    EV maker Tesla’s proposal for lower import duty in India finds support
    U.S.-based electric car maker Tesla’s proposal for a reduction in import duty to enter the Indian market has found support by several government agencies, including the road transport ministry, department for promotion of industry and internal trade and think tank NITI Aayog, according to a news report filed by the Times of India on 30 August. The report said that the final call to make any changes to the import duty levied on completely built electric cars is now to be taken by the finance...
    Indian government to launch PLI scheme soon, plans to allocate USD7.7 billion to auto sector
    The Indian government, which has been pushing for growing localization of automotive parts and reducing import dependency for the industry, is in the final stages of announcing a big-ticket production-linked incentive or PLI scheme, The Economic Times reported on 27 August, citing a cabinet minister. The proposed PLI scheme by the government focuses on increasing local production and thereby growing exports for made-in-India goods. “The department of heavy industries is in the final stag...
    Germany commissions 1,000 fast charging locations, unveils price models
    In order to provide the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in medium- and long-haul traffic, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has issued tenders for the construction and operation of 1,000 fast charging locations, each with several charging points, BMVI said in an official statement on 16 August. The plan, according to the Federal Ministry, will create several thousand new fast charging points, which would be called ‘The Germany network...
    Germany commits over USD584 million for EV charging infrastructure
    German government’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has committed a total of EUR500 million (USD584 million) to be invested by the end of 2025 for further development of public charging infrastructure in Europe’s largest car market, BMVI said in an official statement on 17 August. The aim is to set up a total of at least 50,000 charging points, of which at least 20,000 are fast charging points, it said. The Federal Ministry said that first call for fundi...
    UK presents its first hydrogen strategy, targets production of 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030
    The UK Government has unveiled its first Hydrogen Strategy, aimed at developing a thriving low carbon hydrogen sector in the country. According to a publication by the UK Government dated 17 August, the country is targeting production numbers of 5 GW of low carbon hydrogen by the year 2030, in accordance with the 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution. The Hydrogen Strategy outlines how the UK will rapidly and significantly scale up production and lay the foundations for a low carbon...
    India announces National Hydrogen Mission, aims for energy self-reliance by 2047
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the launch of a National Hydrogen Mission, which aims to accelerate generation of carbon-free fuel from renewables as India targets to achieve self-reliance in energy generation by 2047, a report filed by news agency PTI said on 15 August. While delivering his Independence Day address on Sunday, PM Modi said that India can achieve self-reliance in energy through a mix of a gas-based economy, usage of ethanol in petrol and adoption of electric ...
    Volkswagen, Tesla call for lower import tax on EVs in India
    Volkswagen AG and Tesla Inc have called for lower import duties on electric cars in India to help drive demand for clean vehicles, according to a Reuters report. Lowering import duties on electric vehicles (EVs) even to 25% from the current levels of as high as 100% would not pose a threat to the domestic players but would help drive investment, Reuters report said, quoting ŠKODA Auto Volkswagen India’s managing director. "The market for EVs has to be big enough for investments to ...
    Democrats ask for USD85-billion funding for EV charging in the US
    A group of 28 US House Democrats on Monday asked congressional leaders to allocate USD85-billion funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, Reuters reported on 10 August, citing that the demand represents a big jump over the funding proposed in a bill before Congress. The current USD1-trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill under consideration allocates USD7.5-billion funding to EV charging infrastructure but Democrats plan additional funding in a separate measure that co...
    Russia plans to subsidize locally produced electric cars to spur demand
    Russia plans to subsidize the purchase of locally manufactured electric vehicles (EVs) to boost the demand and production in the country, Reuters said in a report on 4 August, citing Russia’s economy ministry. According to the report, Russia is lagging in the global EV race as no EVs are currently manufactured in the country. However, the Russian government has ambitious plans for stimulating for vehicle manufacturing industry locally as it is considering a financial stimulus to boost the s...
    US targets 50% of all vehicles sold in 2030 to be zero-emission vehicles
    The United States has set an ambitious new target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), or fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), the White House administration said in a statement on 5 August. The executive order also kicks off development of long-term fuel efficiency and emissions standards to save consumers money, cut pollution, boost public health, advance environmenta...
    US state Minnesota adopts California clean air standards
    Minnesota has become the latest state to adopt California clean car standards, Green Car Congress said in a report filed on 27 July. According to the report, the new policy will implement two clean car standards to reduce vehicle emissions: a) The low-emission vehicle (LEV) standard requires vehicle manufacturers to deliver passenger cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that produce lower greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants for sale in Minnesota. The Minnesota LEV...
    UKRI grants USD14 million to 17 projects working on next-generation battery technologies
    UK government–backed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has sanctioned a further investment of USD14 million (GBP10 million) from the Faraday Battery Challenge to support collaborative R&D projects mainly focusing on electric vehicle (EV) battery technologies, it said in a press release on 27 July. To build a capable EV battery ecosystem in the UK, 17 projects are identified that are working on making EV batteries safer, more powerful, cheaper, faster charging, and easier to recycle. The...
    MAHLE secures funding, joins German government’s hydrogen project
    Stuttgart-based manufacturer of powertrain technologies, MAHLE has secured funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as part of the ‘New Vehicle and System Technologies’ program, the company said in a press release on 22 July. The said program is a three-year project, which aims to convert a few undisclosed units of light commercial vehicles of Ford-make with conventional internal combustion engines (ICE) to hydrogen operation, it said. The company said that ...
    MAHLE criticizes CO2 regulation proposal of the EU Commission
    Stuttgart-based engine parts manufacturer, MAHLE has expressed disapproval of the proposals made by the European Union Commission to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, it said in an official statement on 14 July. Welcoming the approach of defining a roadmap toward climate neutrality adopted by the EU Commission, MAHLE said it does not consider that the proposals made by the Commission maintains the balance required between environmental protection, technology, and employment. The EU Com...
    Indian state Maharashtra unveils new Electric Vehicle Policy
    The Indian state Maharashtra, which revealed its new Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2021 on 13 July, has set an ambitious target for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to contribute 10 percent of new vehicle registrations by 2025. It said that all EVs eligible under the policy shall be exempt from registration charges. Furthermore, all EVs sold in the state shall also be exempt from the road tax. The policy has laid down demand incentives for EVs across segments; for example, while...
    US DOE allocates USD52.5 million to fund 31 clean hydrogen projects
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated USD52.5 million to fund 31 projects to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies and support its recently announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative to reduce costs and accelerate breakthroughs in the clean hydrogen sector, the US government department announced on 7 July. Clean hydrogen is a form of renewable energy, which, if made cheaper and easier to produce, can play a major role in dealing with the climate crisis. W...
    Grab aims for a full fleet running on cleaner energy by 2030
    Grab Singapore has released its 2030 Transport Sustainability Goal, which entails the ride-hailing and transport company to target its full fleet running on cleaner energy by 2030, the company said in a press release on 7 July. “This goal is set as part of the broader GrabForGood initiative that seeks to positively impact three core groups —People, Partners, and the Planet,” it said in an official statement. The company has unveiled the JustGrab Green pilot and Green Program, wh...
    SMMT says UK needs at least 60 GWh of battery gigafactory capacity by 2030
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched an ambitious plan called ‘Full Throttle: Driving UK Automotive Competitiveness’, which studies and makes recommendations to secure the interests of the automotive industry in UK, the trade association said in a press release on June 29. Commissioned by SMMT, the report puts out some bold policy recommendations for this year and the decade, covering critical aspects key to the auto industry’s competitiveness. While the...
    Indian government extends FAME 2 EV subsidy scheme until 2024
    The Union government of India has extended its electric vehicle (EV) subsidy scheme named Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) by another two years till 31 March 2024, according to a notification issued in the Central government’s Gazette of India on 25 June. “Now with the approval of the competent authority, it is decided that FAME India Phase II scheme is extended for a period of two years i.e. up to 31 March 2024," the Ministry of Heavy Industries an...
    ACEA warns of irregularities in EV charging infrastructure development in Europe
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents 15 major Europe-based vehicle manufacturers including BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Renault, JLR, and Stellantis, has released findings of its new data analysis on electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the European Union (EU). “A new data analysis shows a completely unbalanced picture when it comes to the spread of charging points for electric cars across the European Union,” ACEA said in a press re...
    Canada to ban sale of new fuel-powered cars and light trucks from 2035
    The Canadian government has announced that it will ban the sale of new light-duty cars and passenger pickup trucks that are powered by fossil fuels from 2035 onward, in order for Canada to achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2050. According to a press release issued by the Government of Canada on 29 June, it will use a combination of investments and regulations to help Canadians and industry transition to achieve the 100% zero emission vehicle sales by 2035. The government will work also w...
    Australia’s New South Wales invests USD368 million to promote EV, FCEV adoption
    Australia’s southeastern state New South Wales has announced a package of about AUD490 million (USD368 million) to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) over the next four years. The package includes stamp duty waivers and rebates for zero-emission vehicles, along with allocation of AUD171 million for the new EV charging infrastructure and AUD33 million for purchase of EVs for government fleet, among others, the state government said in a media release on 20 June. “Stamp d...
    New Zealand announces new rebates for electrified vehicles from 1 July
    The Government of New Zealand is taking action in line with the advice of the Climate Change Commission to increase the uptake of low emission vehicles by introducing a range of measures that will help meet the country’s 2050 carbon neutrality target and create jobs to support economic recovery. According to a press release issued by the government on 13 June, new rebates will be introduced for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from 1 July onward—with up to NZD8,625 (approximately USD6,15...
    California needs 1.2 million EV charging stations by 2030, says new CEC report
    California would require nearly 1.2 million electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2030 to charge 7.5 million passenger plug-in EVs anticipated to ply on the roads of the western US state, a new report compiled by the California Energy Commission (CEC) said. CEC had released the said report on 9 June. Earlier in 2020, the state had issued a mandate that requires all new passenger vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2035. The said report is part of the California Assembly Bill (AB) 2...
    US draws up a 10-year national blueprint to locally produce lithium batteries
    Moving fast to secure domestic supply chains for large-scale production of lithium batteries, thereby cutting down dependency on other markets and promoting research and development in critical materials, the US government released a 10-year national blueprint for lithium batteries (2021–30) on 7 June. The national blueprint is prepared by the Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (FCAB), which is led by the Departments of Energy, Defense, Commerce, and State and includes many organizat...
    US Government announces supply chain disruptions task force
    The US Government will establish a new Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force that will address the near-term supply chain challenges to ensure faster economic recovery, it said in a statement on 8 June 2021. According to the statement, the Biden-Harris administration’s task force will be led by the Secretaries of commerce, transportation, and agriculture, and will focus on pain points entailing supply-demand mismatch in areas including semiconductors and transportation. “The Task Force w...
    West Bengal plans to roll out 1 million EVs in the next five years
    According to an article by Mercom India on 7 June, the Indian state of West Bengal, which announced its electric vehicle (EV) policy earlier this week, plans to achieve sales of one million EVs across two-, three-, and four-wheeler segments over the next five years. The state government also plans to set up about 100,000 EV charging stations during the period. The state not only aims to promote EVs but also aims to become one of the top three states in India in EV sales in near future. Wes...
    US electric vehicle plan to also focus on battery recycling
    US President Joe Biden’s newly introduced strategy to provide a boost to electric vehicles (EVs) will include plans to ramp up the domestic recycling of EV batteries. According to a report filed by business news agency Reuters on 5 June, this plan calls for increasing the reuse of lithium and other materials used in EV battery packs. The Biden administration is also reportedly seeking new ways to reduce metals usage in new battery chemistries. To this end, reports from government bodies is ...
    Indian state Karnataka offers 15% capital subsidy to investors in EV sector
    The Cabinet of India’s Karnataka State Government has decided to offer 15% capital subsidy to investors in electric vehicle (EV) sector, according to a report by ET Auto on 27 May 2021. The government will offer a 15% capital subsidy on the value of fixed assets over five equal annual payments, Law minister Basavaraj Bommai was quoted as saying. The subsidy will apply to plots of up to 50 acres. Significance: The Cabinet decided to amend its Karnataka Electric Vehicle & Storage Policy, ...
    SAIC-GM-Wuling’s subsidiary to help draft NEV policies in Indonesia
    SAIC-GM-Wuling’s subsidiary in Indonesia will be helping draft local new electric vehicle (NEV) industry standards and policies, to boost shift towards electrification in Malaysia, China Daily reported. Significance: In a statement to China Daily, the carmaker said, “We will actively participate in drafting relevant NEV policies and industry standards. And we will share our experience in the segment with the Indonesian government to foster the segment's local development.” Indon...
    California Governor proposes earmarking USD3.2 billion to boost EV adoption goals
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has debuted a new proposal to set aside USD3.2 billion to boost electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and adoption in the US state over the next three years, according to a California Department of Finance filing on 14 May. This translates into an investment of USD1.8 billion in 2020–21. Significance: “This is a big deal. The Biden administration’s been talking a lot about this, they’re hoping to do something with the Senate, but we’re doing it. We’...
    China drafts rules to secure data from connected cars
    According to Reuters dated 29 April, China published draft rules to ensure the security of data generated by connected vehicles as the proliferation of smart cars such as Tesla's fuels concerns about privacy and national security. Last month, US electric carmaker Tesla Inc. came under scrutiny in China when the military banned its cars from entering its complexes, citing security concerns over vehicle cameras, sources told Reuters at the time. Significance: The rules released on the N...
    New York to phase out new IC-engine vehicle sales from 2035
    The New York state of the United States has announced that it will permit only zero-emission passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to be newly registered from the year 2035 onward. According to a report filed by Electrive on 28 April, all new medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles registered in the state by the year 2045 will have to be zero-emission as well. This law has passed the US Senate as part of a more comprehensive environmental protection bill, and is now pending approval...
    Thailand to go all-in on EVs from 2035
    Thailand has announced that it has plans to allow only zero-emission vehicles from the year 2035 onward. According to a report filed by news agency Hindustan Times on 22 April, the Thai government’s earlier plan was to have electric vehicles (EVs) accounting for 30% of all new vehicle registrations by the end of this decade, with the number now slated to be increased to 50%. The report included a quote by Yossapong Laoonual, honorary chairman of the Electric Vehicle Association of Thai...
    Ireland to halve subsidies for PHEVs from July 2021
    The Government of Ireland will adjust its purchase incentives for electric vehicles (EVs) as of 1 July 2021. According to a report filed by Electrive on 20 April, plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are set to have their subsidies slashed by half from EUR5,000 (USD6,022.99) to EUR2,500. However, the subsidies for pure electric vehicles (PEVs) will continue to remain at EUR5,000. Additionally, a new subsidy cap is being introduced for all electrified vehicles from mid-2021. Additionally, EVs ...
    Washington state to phase out gasoline vehicles by 2030
    The Washington State legislature has passed a legislation that sets a target for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington state, US, to be electric vehicles (EVs). The new law puts Washington five years ahead of California's target of 2035. According to a press release issued by Coltura on 15 April, the bill now needs to be signed by the Governor of Washington state, Jay Inslee. The US automotive industry has accelerated its shift away from gasoline ca...
    Spain announces ‘Moves III’ e-mobility subsidy program
    The Spanish government has announced Budget Moves III, a new e-mobility subsidy program to encourage electric car sales. The initial budget plan is EUR400 million (USD475 million) until 2023, which can further increase up to EUR800 million based on requirements. The new program aims to improve the charging infrastructure, especially in low-density areas. Private buyers would be entitled to subsidies of up to EUR7,000 per car, while authorities in small towns and companies ...
    President Biden calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates
    The recently announced USD174 billion plan proposed by US President Joe Biden to boost the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and bolster EV charging infrastructure also calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 8 April, the plan also proposes USD15 billion for the purpose of setting up 500,000 new EV charging stations across the United States. This plan is part of a much larger USD2.3 trillion proposal for new jobs and to re...
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