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Australia launches Electric Vehicle Council

Minister Paul Fletcher at the Electric Vehicle Council Launch

National organisation will track EV sales and raise consumer awareness A new national body aimed at increasing the uptake of EVs in Australia was officially launched in Canberra on Monday May 22. The Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) is an industry-led organisation representing and coordinating the EV industry in Australia. According …

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11 companies take on ‘all-Japan’ approach to hydrogen infrastructure

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Toyota, Nissan, and Honda are among the 11 companies which have agreed to work together to construct large-scale hydrogen stations in Japan. According to Toyota, the move is intended to boost the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles through the development of infrastructure and vehicle production. The companies involved also …

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Argentina to expand EV imports, charging network

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Tariffs to be cut on selected brands, as ABB and YPF lead a build out of fast chargers Argentina is to reduce import taxes on EVs and expand access to fast-chargers across the country as part of efforts to increase low-carbon transport. Currently taxes on imported electric vehicles and hybrids …

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All Indian vehicles to be electrified by 2032, says think tank

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Niti Aayog report envisions a “leapfrog” transformation of India’s transport network A highly influential think tank in India is recommending that government policy is changed dramatically in favour of EVs, according to Reuters. Citing a 90-page blueprint seen earlier this week, Reuters reported that the National Institution for Transforming India …

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Fremont to make all new homes EV-friendly

Tesla Solar Roof. Source: Tesla

Solar panels and charging stations will be required on all new developments The City of Fremont, California, perhaps best known for being home to Tesla’s vehicle assembly plant, is following in the footsteps of its most famous corporate resident. A new ordinance passed by Fremont City Council on May 3 …

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ZSW notes record growth in German EVs

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Over 11,600 electrified vehicles registered in Q1 2017 A total of 11,624 electric vehicles were newly registered in Germany in the first quarter of 2017, including 5,060 purely battery-powered cars and 5,264 hybrids with an added combustion engine. This record growth marks a milestone for domestic e-mobility: It is the …

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German official moots EV quotas for automakers

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Maria Krautzberger believes such action is necessary if Germany is to achieve its climate agreement targets Ambitious goals call for ambitious measures, and these are exactly what Maria Krautzberger is proposing with regard to past climate agreements. The head of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) thinks that Germany’s goals cannot …

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Major US cities propose EV incentive to automakers

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Cities would spend out of their own pockets for a range of commercial vehicles, defying Trump’s EPA cuts EVs and renewable energy appear to be fighting a war on several fronts in Trump’s America. For one thing, the president is hoping to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) funding by …

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New Charge NY campaign launched by Governor

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Andrew Cuomo backs 450 new charging stations and a plan for an EV “model city” March 6 saw Governor of New York state, Andrew Cuomo, announce a new EV campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles and a public …

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