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US: strong EV incentives to convince consumers

US: strong EV incentives to convince consumers

26 March 2010
EVs seem to have become the political choice for moving our society to low carbon living. Many different initiatives have been put into place to encourage the massive uptake of electric mobility. For those, who skilfu...
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California starts heavy rebates on EVs

California starts heavy rebates on EVs

17 March 2010
Starting this week, the $4.1 million heavy Clean Vehicle Rebate Project offers up to $20,000 rebate for the purchase or leasing of some zero-emission commercial vehicles. This is likely to spike demand, but is the mar...
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UNECE adopts first international regulation on EV electri...

UNECE adopts first international regulation on EV electri...

11 March 2010
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has adopted a regulation that introduces type approval requirements for all types of electric and hybrid vehicles’ electric safety. The new regulation of...
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Austrian Clean Motion Project concentrates on flexible co...

Austrian Clean Motion Project concentrates on flexible co...

2 March 2010
In Upper Austria (OÖ), automotive suppliers work on developing concepts to pave the way for electric vehicle mass production. They believe in a building block system to adapt electric mobility to every day use.&n...
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Britain reveals details of plug-in car grant

Britain reveals details of plug-in car grant

26 February 2010
The UK government yesterday revealed details of the consumer incentive scheme that will reduce the cost of eligible EVs and PHEVs by 25% to a maximum of £5,000. To ensure that the infrastructure to support the g...
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China pushes EV infrastructure

China pushes EV infrastructure

25 February 2010
China is pushing ahead on building a national charging network for electric vehicles. Large stations strategically positioned in the country are supposed to facilitate the wide-spread use of EVs in one of the world's...
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US city prepares for charging needs of mass market EVs

US city prepares for charging needs of mass market EVs

19 February 2010
Ahead of the introduction of the first mass-market electric cars in the US, the city of San Francisco is revising its building code to require all new homes and offices to be wired for electric car chargers.
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EV associations react to EU plans on electric mobility

EV associations react to EU plans on electric mobility

16 February 2010
Last week, the 27 EU ministers of competitiveness discussed the possibility of a Europe-wide plan for the development of electric cars. The two associations representing the EV business in Europe, Going-Electric and A...
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France and Germany standardise plugs

France and Germany standardise plugs

11 February 2010
Franco-German automakers have agreed to harmonise their plugs and create a uniform billing system. The move comes in parallel to an EU ministerial announcement that standardisation is paramount for EV success in the EU.
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Seeds sown for a common European EV strategy?

Seeds sown for a common European EV strategy?

10 February 2010
A two day informal meeting of the EU ministers of competitiveness focused exclusively on electric vehicles. They conveyed a positive message about the future of EV’s in Europe and insisted on the need for more s...
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California’s revised ZEV Regulation enhances E...

California’s revised ZEV Regulation enhances E...

26 January 2010
Four external experts have provided independent scientific advice on California’s need to revise its Zero Emission Vehicle Regulation (ZEV), the programme requiring specified numbers of ZEVs be sold each year by...
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10 Steps for Austria to go electric

10 Steps for Austria to go electric

25 January 2010
Last week, the Austrian Ministry of Environment published a 10 point action plan for electric mobility in order to stimulate the EV market. Renewable energies, higher energy efficiency, EV mass market, conversion of f...
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Europe to promote electric vehicles

Europe to promote electric vehicles

22 January 2010
Energy ministers meeting in San Sebastian, Spain, on 8 February will unveil a Europe-wide plan for the development of electric cars, Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told the European Parliam...
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Incoming EU climate policy chief will act on transport em...

Incoming EU climate policy chief will act on transport em...

18 January 2010
At a hearing to evaluate her for the position of EU Climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard maintained that during her mandate she will take initiatives to strengthen emission cuts from transport, including passenger c...
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Japanese EV safety rules as global standard?

Japanese EV safety rules as global standard?

7 January 2010
The United Nations is likely to adopt Japanese safety rules for hybrid as well as electric vehicles. The UN panel on international automobile standards will probably announce an official agreement in March that will t...