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VULE Partagé electric van-sharing trial launches in Paris

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The PSA and Renault-backed program will be tested by small, central businesses Over the past 12 months, the Parisian government has taken a number of tough stances on air pollution. One of the more notable of these was the legislation in June of last year barring any car built before 1997 from entering the …

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China issues list of subsidy-approved EVs

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China has published a list of EV models which are approved to receive state subsidies, including those using batteries made by South Korean firms batteries China has released a new list of recommended clean energy vehicles. This would allow 185 car models to get government subsidies. Cheating in the government …

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California utilities push for more EV charging infrastructure

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Three companies aim to gather $1 billion in order to finance over 10,000 new charging stations Earlier this week, ElecTrans reported that the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) had submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that would help boost adoption of EVs in the state. …

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New Zealand funds new EV projects

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New government funding to increase EV uptake and stimulate new technologies A total of 15 projects have been conditionally approved to receive around NZ$3.5 million from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins. The Fund was established as part of a package of initiatives …

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PG&E proposes EV acceleration plans for California

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Utility has suggested large-scale projects in fleet electrification, new fast charging and more San Francisco-headquartered Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for projects aimed at accelerating widespread electric vehicle adoption. For seven proposed projects, PG&E is requesting a total …

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Automakers might be forced to mass-produce EVs in the United States

Tesla Model S on the production line at the company's Fremont factory. Source: Steven Jurvetson CC 2.0

EPA’s new fuel consumption rules would significantly raise fleet requirements for mpg By the end of this week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to put in place fleet requirements of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 for all automakers. The Agency has filed its midterm review of the fuel …

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Australia’s NTC consults on EV safety standards

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Transport Commission looks to update vehicle standards to aid emergency personnel Interested parties have been invited to make submissions on amendments to the light and heavy vehicle standards, which include new ways to identify hydrogen and electric powered vehicles. The amendments would require identification labels to be visible on the …

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States challenge EU plans to independently check vehicle emissions

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Individual countries are reluctant to penalise domestic automakers despite EU regulations Governments around Europe are not supportive of the EU’s plans to independently check vehicle emissions, in spite of the fact that manufacturers have been shown to regularly cheat tests. A report in the Guardian this week claims to have …

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