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China overtaking the US in an electric car?

22 July 2009
China is set to take the drivers’ seat this year in terms of number of cars produced totaling 11 million. In a surprising green new stance, China also appears to be set to drive ambitious emissions standards tha...
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EPA grants California waiver after 4 years

EPA grants California waiver after 4 years

1 July 2009
Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator, yesterday announced that California could finally set a US precedence in applying its own emission standards for cars and light trucks. Eight years after its first call to adopt strict...
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Electric cars to sniff out pollution in California

Electric cars to sniff out pollution in California

22 June 2009
Last week, the Californian Air Board announced it was using two specially equipped RAV 4 electric vehicles to monitor GHG emissions statewide. The two vehicles will travel across the state to assess the quality of the...
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EC communication on the future of transport

EC communication on the future of transport

18 June 2009
On 17 June 2009, the European Commission published its communication on the future of transport. It outlines the main objectives and policy instruments it wishes to foster to ensure a sustainable future for European m...
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US announces new fuel economy and emissions standards

US announces new fuel economy and emissions standards

20 May 2009
US president Obama yesterday announced plans for a national policy aimed at both increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for all new cars and trucks sold in the US. The sale of electric and plug-...
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$3.3 billion in stimulus funds for US smart grids

$3.3 billion in stimulus funds for US smart grids

21 April 2009
US Vice-President Joe Biden has announced that the Obama administration would hand out $3.3 billion to fund smart grid projects across the country. In addition, the Department of Energy has earmarked $615 million for ...
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£2,000 for British motorist to go electric

£2,000 for British motorist to go electric

10 April 2009
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced an “environmentally-friendly budget” for later this month. As part of the UK recovery plan, financial measures will go towards greening British roads and ...
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€2,250 rebate for greener cars in Japan

€2,250 rebate for greener cars in Japan

8 April 2009
The Japanese government has announced a new measure to bring EVs and low emission vehicles quicker to market. As part of the new economic stimulus, cash rebates of up to €2,250 ($3,000) will be offered to EVs, PH...
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Austria goes electric with Th!nk

Austria goes electric with Th!nk

2 April 2009
EVs are set to conquer the region of Bregenz over the coming months as the Austrian Government initiates its Vlotte project to prove the functionality of car electrification and assess practical impacts on national gr...
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Chinese measures to kick start EV market

Chinese measures to kick start EV market

25 March 2009
The Chinese government has come up with a package of measures to bolster its auto sales and position itself as a world leader in EVs. Up to €1.6 billion are allocated to research subsidies for more environmentall...
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$2.4 billion for US PHEVs and EVs

$2.4 billion for US PHEVs and EVs

23 March 2009
Under the American Recovery Act 2009, US President Obama has announced that $2.4 billion funds will be made available through the Department of Energy (DOE) to bring high-efficiency PHEVs and EVs to the market. Part o...
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International agencies launch Global Fuel Economy Initiative

International agencies launch Global Fuel Economy Initiative

11 March 2009
The FIA Foundation, International Energy Agency, International Transport Forum and the United Nations Environment Programme have launched the first global automotive efficiency initiative to cut fuel consumption from ...
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Europe bids on electric vehicles for sector’s future

Europe bids on electric vehicles for sector’s future

4 March 2009
The European Commission (EC) has unveiled its response to the automotive industry crisis. The Commission has called on EU Member States to provide support to greener R&D and increase investments in transport relat...
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London to become 'electric capital of Europe'

London to become 'electric capital of Europe'

27 February 2009
Inspiring himself from the planned French Autolib scheme, the Mayor of London has announced he was considering a similar hire scheme, but with an electric fleet, within the UK congested capital.
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Chinese cash rebates for electric and hybrid plug-in cars

Chinese cash rebates for electric and hybrid plug-in cars

18 February 2009
Chinese authorities have announced a plan to green city traffic by offering cash rebates ranging from 50,000 yuan (€5,800) to 600,000 yuan (€70,000), for alternative fuel passenger cars and buses.