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China to motivate EV uptake with new green licence plates

New green licence plate issued by Chongqing. Source: Yicai

China’s Traffic Management Bureau, part of the Ministry of Public Security, has released further details about its national scheme to use green licence plates to designate electric and hybrid vehicles. The scheme has been successfully piloted in Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi, Jinan, and Shenzhen, meaning that the country has decided to continue …

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UK to open National Battery Manufacturing Facility

UK Houses of Parliament

The BEIS is to provide GBP80 million for the development of a battery R&D and production facility in Coventry and Warwickshire The UK government is to fund a new National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF) as part of its flagship innovation programme, the Faraday Battery Challenge. Backed with GBP80 million, …

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ATCO and FLO deploy chargers in Western Canada

FLO charging stations across North America.

The duo has announced the deployment of three fast-charging stations in Alberta’s major cities This initiative is made possible by a partnership with Canadian Tire Corporation and Natural Resources Canada. “Our energy landscape is changing, which is why we are investing in infrastructure that empowers our customers to take full …

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BMW to put €200 million into Battery Cell Competence Centre

BMW Group Board of Management at the BCCC Ceremony in Munich
Source: BMW

BMW Group has announced details of its upcoming electric drivetrain and will invest €200 million in a new Battery Cell Competence Centre. BMW Group has announced some of its spending plans on electrification technologies over the next four years. Specifically, the interdisciplinary Battery Cell Competence Centre, opening early in 2019 …

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“Expensive” battery EVs not a fit for Toyota, says chairman

Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada in 2015. Source: Toyota

Current battery technology and expense means EVs are not ready for mass production, Toyota’s chairman said in an interview Electric cars are not yet ready for the mainstream, the chairman of Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp told Der Spiegel. “Battery-powered cars with a long range are very expensive and it takes …

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UK Budget to propel EV growth, says GlobalData

UK Houses of Parliament

UK government earmarks funds of over £400 million for EV industry Delivering his second Budget as chancellor on Wednesday November 22, Philip Hammond announced UK government funding of over £340 million to boost sales of electric cars and to develop new regulations for driverless cars. The Chancellor confirmed that the …

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