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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle capitals: Accelerating the global transition to electric drive

  • Date: 30-10-18
  • Category: ELECTRIC VEHICLES
  • Source: The International Council on Clean Transportation

This briefing provides an update on the cities around the world with the largest electric vehicle markets. We focus on 25 metropolitan areas which each have seen over 20,000 electric vehicle sales through 2017: Beijing, Changsha, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Zhengzhou, China; London, England; Paris, France; Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Bergen and Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle, United States. In addition to analyzing the electric vehicle sales and charging infrastructure in these markets, we identify and discuss the unique policies, actions, and programs in place that have enabled this success.

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FUEL CELLS: Hyundai Motor, BTIRDI to establish $100M hydrogen energy fund in China; foundation for fuel cell vehicle market

  • Date: 30-10-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Hyundai Motor has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Beijing-Tsinghua Industrial R&D Institute (BTIRDI) to establish a Hydrogen Energy Fund. Under this agreement, the South Korean automaker and its Chinese counterpart expect to strengthen their influence in the hydrogen ecosystem while accelerating the advent of a Hydrogen Society.

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AUTO SALES: China's Proposed Car-Tax Cut Brings Relief to Investors, Dealers

  • Date: 30-10-18
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

The prospect of China injecting stimulus into its moribund car market triggered a surge in automakers’ shares from Europe to Asia. But overseas investors aren’t the only ones cheering the chance of a 50 percent cut to the tax on vehicle purchases.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Mayors call for vehicle manufacturers to stop producing petrol and diesel cars

The mayors of Paris, Copenhagen, Seoul, and Medellín have called for vehicle manufacturers to stop producing petrol and diesel cars as soon as possible, to protect the health of children in cities around the world. Responding to alarming new research released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today, the mayors also urged every city around the world to help their youngest citizens by signing the C40 Green & Healthy Streets Declaration. The Declaration commits mayors to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and ensure that a major area of their city is zero emission by 2030.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: GM Cautious on Platinum Switch Even as Palladium Hits Record

  • Date: 29-10-18
  • Source: https://www.bloomberg.com

Palladium’s surge to a record has intensified talk among analysts that carmakers will look to replace it with cheaper platinum for use in pollution-control devices. The auto industry’s answer: Not so fast.

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EMISSIONS: Detroit 3 diverge on path to cut tailpipe emissions

  • Date: 29-10-18
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Automotive News

Detroit automakers expressed divergent views on how to reform U.S. rules on fuel economy and tailpipe emissions, even as they urged President Donald Trump to continue coordinating the federal government's policies with those enacted by California.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: India's electric rickshaw revolution tops China's EV push

NEW DELHI -- An electric-vehicle revolution is gaining ground in India, and it has nothing to do with cars. The South Asian nation is home to about 1.5 million battery-powered, three-wheeled rickshaws, a fleet bigger than the total number of electric passenger cars sold in China since 2011.

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AUTONOMY: Here's When Waymo, GM and Others Will Actually Put Self-Driving Cars on the Road

  • Date: 26-10-18
  • Category: AUTONOMY
  • Source: https://www.thestreet.com/

Autonomous driving solutions are just around the corner, but will regulators and tech be able to keep working together on this matter?

When looking at the autonomous driving industry, there are multiple components to consider before it becomes a reality. Broadly speaking, two main components have found their way to the forefront: Technology and regulation.

Companies like General Motors' (GM - Get Report) Cruise, Alphabet's (GOOGL - Get Report) Waymo, Mercedes Benz, Uber and others will be able to offer autonomous taxi services to customers in just a few years. Waymo is looking to launch its commercial service sometime this year in Arizona, while Cruise is eyeing a 2019 launch. Zoox, an autonomous mobility startup from the Bay Area, says it's aiming for a launch in 2020. Really, this is happening now.

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