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    Schaeffler to develop hydrogen mobility components for commercial vehicles
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler has announced that it is developing key components and systems for hydrogen mobility for commercial vehicles, according to a press release dated 14 September. The company is demonstrating a fuel cell-powered demonstration vehicle, developed in collaboration with REFIRE, a supplier of commercial hydrogen fuel cell technologies, at the upcoming IAA Transportation show in Hanover. It is also leveraging its bearings know-how to develo...
    Amazon strikes "green hydrogen" deal with US-based Plug Power
    Amazon announced that the company has signed an agreement with Plug Power, a US-based turnkey hydrogen and fuel-cell solutions provider, to supply 10,950 metric tons per year of green hydrogen for its transportation and building operations starting in 2025, according to a press release dated 25 August. The new green hydrogen will be used to replace the grey hydrogen, diesel, and other fossil fuels and will provide enough annual power for 30,000 forklift trucks and 800 long-haul trucks used for t...
    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 ...
    US paints maker PPG showcases innovations in paints, coatings, specialty materials
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG showcased its latest innovations at its production and research and development (R&D) facility in Amsterdam. According to a press release dated 20 May, the event focused on advancements in three key areas—sustainability, efficiency and mobility—reflecting the company’s goals of helping customers lower costs, reduce their environmental footprint and support the global shift to electric vehicles (EVs). Recent PPG inno...
    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...
    Pennsylvania awards grants to EVgo to expand DC fast charging network
    Leading public EV charging network provider in the US, EVgo Inc. was awarded several grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to install new high powered 350 kW DC fast charging stations, the company announced on 8 November. It said that these projects are supported by the latest funding from the Pennsylvania DEP’s ‘Driving PA Forward’ initiative and adds to the three stations and 10 DC fast chargers the company has already installed. “EVgo is ...
    South Korea announces USD10.3 billion budget to promote e-mobility
    The South Korean government has passed a bill that sets the year 2050 as the target for carbon neutrality in the country. According to a report filed by Electrive on 2 September, the National Assembly of the country has also earmarked KRW12 trillion (approximately USD10.3 billion) in 2022 for the e-mobility sector. The budget covers incentives for both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as well as hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs), in addition to the installation of EV charging stations acros...
    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...
    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...
    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’...
    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...
    US President Biden earmarks USD174 billion for EVs, charging infrastructure, renewable power
    President of the United States, Joe Biden, has unveiled the details of his vast USD2 trillion infrastructure plan, which outlines his administration’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality for the US economy by the year 2050. However, the plan is still awaiting approval from the US Congress. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 31 March, this budget has allocated USD174 billion for reinforcing the markets for electric vehicles. Additionally, the plan has also earmarked fund...
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