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Japan to ease regulations on costly hydrogen re-fuelling stations

Toyota Hydrogen Station concept
Source: Toyota

Nikkei Asian Review has reported that the government of Japan will be easing regulations upon the country’s hydrogen re-fuelling stations. The move comes as Japan tries to drive the uptake of zero and low emission vehicles. The news would build on the government’s ‘hydrogen road map’, which it announced in 2013, …

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Opinion: The UK’s Not-So-Electric announcement

UK Houses of Parliament

Gav Don reflects on the implications of the UK’s headline-grabbing electrification policy The newsflow here in the UK has been electrified (literally) by a new announcement on plans for EVs and the death of hydrocarbons. In short, our Environment Minister (Michael Gove) boldly stated that from 2040 UK manufacturers will …

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Volkswagen offers up to 10,000 euros to go electric

e-Golf, Source: Volkswagen

VW to offer incentives as part of German “environmental programme” Volkswagen has introduced a new “environmental programme” aimed at encouraging German consumers to trade in diesel-fuelled vehicles. In a bid to rectify the ongoing headache of its so-called “dieselgate” scandal, and shore up demand for its incoming suite of electric …

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St. Petersburg launches EV charging trial

Traffic in St. Petersburg

ABB-backed pilot will see 20 charging stations rolled out in Russian city The first city-wide network of multi-standard EV charging stations has been launched in St. Petersburg. 20 fast charging stations have been supplied by electrical engineering giant ABB to local distribution firm Lenenergo. A number have already been put …

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Automakers push back on Chinese quotas

Polluted highway outside Beijing

Associations from US, European, Japanese and Korean have called for a delay in the 8% EV mandate International car-makers are urging China to delay and reduce its planned quotas for sales of electric and hybrid vehicles. The auto-makers contend that they will be unable to meet China’s “impossible” mandates and …

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Oregon approves EV rebate bill

Source: Forth Mobility

New bill provides rebates of up to US$2,500 for new EVs sold in Oregon under US$50,000 Having already gotten behind charging infrastructure, and been a long-time member of the West Coast Electric Highway network, Oregon has now approved consumer rebates for EVs. The Oregon House and Senate have voted to …

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The post-Brexit future of the UK’s electric transport industry

A MINI chassis receives a polish at BMW's Oxford plant. Source: BMW

Ava Stoyanova looks at possible scenarios for a post-Brexit EV economy According to the latest edition of the International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook, the number of electric cars in motion has to reach 600 million by 2040 in order for the current greenhouse gas emission target of temperature increases …

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$3 billion legislation could boost California EVs

Phil Ting at the SA EV Arc - testing an electric BMW
Source: Express News

The state Assembly is considering legislation that would provide $3 billion for California’s zero emissions incentive programme. The bill, proposed by Phil Ting, would be used to create the California Electric Car Initiative which would operate for at least the next 12 years. The programme is intended to regulate costs for …

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