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EVs have gained immense popularity in five Nordic countries

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 18:51

In an interesting report, US News has revealed that electric cars have gained a lot of popularity in five Nordic countries --- Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland. The report is based on information shared by the International Energy Agency.

The above-mentioned five Nordic countries account for barely 0.4 percent of the world’s population. These countries have excessively cold weather conditions and lots of snowfall; thereby leading to the assumption that people in these countries would ideally prefer gas-powered or diesel-powered vehicles. However, quite surprisingly, electric cars are extremely popular in these five countries.

According to the US News report, almost eight percent of the total worldwide sales of fuel-efficient cars --- including battery-powered vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and fuel cell cars -- were attributable collectively to the five mentioned Nordic countries in 2016.

The reason behind the popularity of electric vehicles in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland is that the governments in these five Nordic countries are encouraging consumers to ditch gas-powered vehicles and choose vehicles running on alternative fuels. Consumers who purchase fuel-efficient cars in these countries get generous tax breaks and rebates, along with discounts to use toll roads.

With regard to the popularity of EVs in the five mentioned Nordic countries, Mark Gottfredson -- a partner at Bain & Company -- said that “it's just cheaper to own an electric vehicle” in these countries, so EV demand here has rocketed.

Category: EuropeNorwayCleanTech

Australian EV industry wants extra $3.2 billion spending on infrastructure

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 16:51

A new report for the Electric Vehicle Council has highlighted the need for boosting the battery-charging network in Australia, in order to enable the country to aim at an increased adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). The report was sponsored by energy technology investor Trevor St Baker.

According to the report, an addition expenditure of $3.2 billion on charging infrastructure is being desired by electric vehicle industry in Australia, so that the number of electric vehicles on the country’s roads can reach 3 million by the year 2030.

With the report emphasizing that public charging infrastructure should be given a boost, the plan is being backed by the NRMA, which has commenced the rollout of $10 million worth of public chargers in NSW. The mentioned expenditure for financing the rollout has come from the funds of the members.

Assuring that the measures to improve charging network and increase EV penetration in Australia will be supported by the government, Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said that the “revolution” will be backed via the Australian Renewable Energy Agency as well as the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Predicting that 1 million electric vehicles will run on Australian roads by 2030, Frydenberg said: “The government stands ready to support the rollout of vehicles, as we are currently doing.”

Category: WorldCleanTechLaw

JLR to use BlackBerry’s infotainment and security software in its vehicles

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 15:55

In a move which marks a noteworthy partnership between an automaker and a technology company, luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) -- owned by Indian conglomerate Tata Motors -- will be using Canada-based BlackBerry’s automotive technology in its vehicles.

According to a last-week, announcement, BlackBerry and Tata Motors have signed a licensing deal, under which BlackBerry’s infotainment and security software will be used in the vehicles manufactured by JLR.

Although the terms of the deal have not been officially disclosed, the automotive technology to be licensed by BlackBerry to JLR will essentially include its QNX software platform and Certicom security technology.

The QNX software platform which is an important of the BlackBerry-JRL licensing deal is essentially a software solution for vehicle systems, advanced driver assist systems as well as telematics, which are compatible with the architectures of the next-generation models of connected and autonomous vehicles.

The Certicom security technology which Blackberry will be licensing to JLR is already being used in millions of cars on the road.

Overall, the deal between JLR and BlackBerry is indicative of the need for vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-cloud communications in connected cars of the future, as well as the need for highly advanced security technologies to prevent the potential hacking of the communications data.

Tags: Jaguar Land RoverCategory: United KingdomTechCompany News

German Finance Minister thinks the country should avoid imposition of diesel car bans

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 15:51

According to a Reuters report, Germany’s new Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said in a recent interview with the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain that all possible measures should be taken by the co

Hyundai’s Nexo FCEV --- a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell car

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 18:55

South Korean automaker Hyundai recently introduced its Nexo FCEV at the 2018 CES event.

Renault Kangoo Van Z.E.33 named ‘Best Electric Van’ by VansA2Z and Van Fleet World

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 17:55

In the first ever ‘Best Electric Van’ prize awarded by VansA2Z and Van Fleet World for the first time to electric vehicles, the all-electric Renault Kangoo Van Z.E.33 has emerged as the winner.

Over 5,750 electric-car buyers have benefitted from NY’s ‘Drive Clean Rebate’ program

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 16:55

In a recent announcement, New York State Governor Andrew M.

NY Auto Show: VW unveils Atlas Cross Sport PHEV concept

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 15:51

At the New York Auto Show this week, German automaker Volkswagen (VW) showcased a new edition of the Atlas SUV --- the Atlas Cross Sport PHEV concept.

World’s largest charge depot goes live in Amsterdam, will serve 100-e-buses

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 14:51

In a noteworthy move aimed at making public transport more sustainable in the Netherlands, “world’s largest charge depot” for electric buses has recently gone live in Amsterdam.

Workhorse launches real-world testing of N-Gen all-electric delivery van

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 21:55

Loveland, Ohio-based Workhorse Group has deployed four units of its new lightweight all-electric delivery van, N-Gen, in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

SF Motors reveals two new electric SUV models --- SF5, SF7

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:55

In a move which underscores a big push by a Chinese automaker into the US market, SF Motors revealed two new electric SUV models -- the SF5 and the SF7 -- at its headquarters in Santa Clara on Wedn

Tata Motors and Indian Oil Corporation launch India’s first fuel cell bus

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 18:51

Tata Motors and Indian Oil Corporation have recently launched India’s first-ever hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus --- the Tata Starbus.

Toyota ‘Sora’ fuel cell bus goes on sale in Japan

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 17:51

In a recent announcement, Toyota Motor Corporation has disclosed that it has commenced the sale of its first fuel cell bus (FC bus) under brand name ‘Sora’ in Japan.

BMW i3 electric car sales in UK hit ‘10,000 units’ mark

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 16:51

German automaker BMW has recently revealed that the total number of company’s i3 electric cars sold in the UK has touched ‘10,000 units’ milestone.

123,000 Model S cars recalled by Tesla Motors due to power steering bolt defect

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:51

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has issued a voluntary recall of 123,000 units of its Model S electric cars, owing to a defect in a power steering bolt.

Indian Government aims to increase electric vehicles share to 30% by 2030

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 20:51

In a move which underscores the scaling back of Indian government’s efforts to switch to electric vehicles, the country’s 2030 target for electric vehicles has been revised downward from 100% to 30

Tesla Motors stock plunges to 52-week low after fatal Model X crash

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 19:51

The shares of the Silicon Valley-based electric-car manufacturer Tesla Motors plunged to a 52-week low this week, with the freefall of the company’s stock continuing on Wednesday.

Toyota releases details and photos of US version of 2019 Corolla Hatchback

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 18:51

Toyota has shared some information and photos of the US version of the 2019 Corolla Hatchback at the New York Auto Show.

Bollinger partners with Optimal to begin production of B1 all-electric utility truck in 2019

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 17:51

In a recent announcement, New York-based startup Bollinger Motors revealed that it has efforts underway to bring its B1 all-electric utility truck to production.

Hyundai’s Kona Electric compact SUV launched in US Market

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 16:51

South Korean automaker Hyundai introduced its Kona Electric crossover at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday.

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