Economic stimulus: EU could remove VAT on EVs

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COVID-19 isn't just a human tragedy. In economic terms it is devastating, with up to 14 per cent of GDP potentially being wiped from the UK's balance sheet this year with other countries suffering even more. Stimulating economies is now a top priority, and in the EU plans are afoot to drive the green transport agenda at the same time

Consortium Seeks Stimulus Funding for DME-Electric Hybrid Buses

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A consortium is seeking US stimulus funding available through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program to convert 20 hybrid diesel-electric buses to hybrid dimethyl-ether (DME)-electric propulsion.


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California High Speed Rail Authority Votes to Include $4.5B for High-Speed Train Projects In State Federal Stimulus Funding Application

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billion in federal stimulus funding for engineering, design and construction on the state’s high-speed train system (earlier post) —generating an investment of $9.1 The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board unanimously approved an application for more than $4.5 billion when state matching funds are added. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to formally submit California’s bid by the federal government’s 2 Oct.

mPhase to Pursue Funding From Stimulus Plan’s $2B for Advanced Automotive Battery Technology

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says it will pursue funding opportunities arising from the $2 billion allocated for advanced battery technology in the new economic stimulus package. mPhase Technologies , Inc., mPhase is developing a “smart” reserve battery, the Smart NanoBattery, which is a primary battery typically designed for a special purpose such as emergency or military use. The electrolyte is kept separate from the solid electrodes by a nanostructured membrane, preventing battery activation until power is needed.

Stimulus Bill Provides Major Increase in Plug-in Vehicle Purchase Credit Program

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The $787-billion stimulus bill (HR 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) that emerged from the joint House-Senate conference committee this week provides funds for a large range of transportation-related projects. It also made significant changes in the current plug-in vehicle tax credit program, including increasing the limit from a program total of 250,000 vehicles to a maximum of 200,000 plug-ins per manufacturer.

Bright Automotive Applies for $35M in Stimulus Package Grants to Accelerate Production of PHEV

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Bright Automotive has applied for $35 million in government grants to accelerate the production of its plug-in hybrid the IDEA ( earlier post ), and to deliver battery solutions to the industry through its engineering services arm. The IDEA is a multi-purpose, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the light truck classification aimed at commercial and government fleets.

Enova Confirms Participation in $10M DOE PHEV Award; Applies for $82M in Incremental Stimulus Opportunities

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Enova Systems confirmed that it will be the supplier to Navistar’s IC Bus Division for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Technology Acceleration and Deployment Activity program. Earlier post.). Navistar, with Enova, will develop and deploy 60 plug-in electric hybrid buses to fleets across the nation during the program. Using Enova’s electric drive system, IC Bus is the only bus manufacturer that currently offers a plug-in production hybrid school bus.

Ryder Awarded First-of-Its-Kind Natural Gas Heavy Duty Truck Rental and Leasing Project Using $19.3M in Stimulus Funding

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The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board has selected Ryder System, Inc. as its fleet partner in a groundbreaking heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern California. Ryder will use $19.3 million in state and federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding secured by SANBAG to implement the project. This is the first time that natural gas trucks will be deployed into a large commercial truck rental and leasing operation.

DOE to Award Up to $300M in Stimulus Bill Funding for Projects to Expand Use of Alt-Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles

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The FOA modifies a much smaller and earlier-issued FOA by incorporating a supplemental $300 million appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (the stimulus bill) for the Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 2005 Section 721 to fund a competitive grant pilot program to be administered through the Clean Cities Program.

Eaton to Support Project to Develop and Deploy Medium-Duty Plug-in Hybrid Systems; Stimulus Funding to Support Largest Commercial PHEV Demonstration to Date

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Eaton Corporation’s truck and electrical businesses will support a $45.4 million grant to develop a fully integrated, production plug-in hybrid system for Class 2 – 5 vehicles (8,501 – 19,500 lbs gross vehicle weight), and the accompanying demonstration of a fleet of 378 plug-in hybrid trucks and shuttle buses. The funding is part of the recently announced $2.4 billion in grants by the US Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Earlier post.)

Ricardo responds to electric drive stimulus package

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The company’s CEO Dave Shemmans described the Recovery Act funding as a “welcome stimulus&# and said it should provide some much needed and far-sighted direction that other countries may wish to emulate. “If the history of previous downturns holds any lessons for us, it is that as an industry we must not lose sight of the importance of research, development and product innovation,&# he said.

Even with $8,000 tax credit extended, fuel-cell lease prices won't change, automakers say

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An $8,000 federal tax credit on qualifying hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicles has been extended through January 2022 though the latest economic stimulus bill passed by the U.S.

Report: Jaguar Land Rover working on hydrogen fuel-cell SUV

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The automaker will receive UK government funding to develop a prototype called "ZEUS," for "zero and low-emissions vehicles in urban society," as part of a stimulus program for

Current issue of fka/Roland Berger E-mobility Index drops US to 4th place

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Increased sales volumes in Europe are to a large extent due to the purchase incentives contained in stimulus packages. But its effect on electric mobility has been the reverse, with sales volumes burgeoning thanks to government stimulus packages, particularly in Europe.

EGEB: Global megacities call for a ‘green recovery’ for public transport


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): C40 mayors, transport workers, and unions call for stimulus funding for public transport. The EDF releases two sets of policy recommendations on heavy-duty truck electrification and infrastructure.

IHS Markit forecasts 18% drop in global vehicle sales YoY to 73.3M units under extended lockdown scenario

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A 15% probability of an extended lockdown with ineffective stimulus scenario contains stringent virus-fighting efforts lasting into the third quarter of 2020. Stimulus measures prove ineffective at backstopping crisis and unemployment rates spiral.

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Zero-Emission Truck (ZET) Coalition calls for government to prioritize investments benefiting ZETs

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The National Zero-Emission Truck (ZET) Coalition, including some four dozen organizations representing the US’ major heavy truck makers, innovators, suppliers and key stakeholders, sent a letter to Congressional leadership calling on any stimulus or recovery legislative package to prioritize investments that benefit U.S. Support stimulus investments that boost U.S.

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BYD sells 18,220 EVs in China in November, up 128% year-on-year

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The market began to recover in the second quarter, supported by government stimulus measures to encourage the use and purchases of such vehicles, notes Argus Media. Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD sold 18,220 pure-electric passenger vehicles in November, up by 22.1% from October and by 127.8% from a year earlier. November sales of plug-in hybrids passenger vehicles hit 7,333, up by 2.9% on the month and by 174.1% on the year.

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Minneapolis gets EV Ready

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Minneapolis will be getting 18 electric cars from Ford, and stimulus funding will be used to install charging points, as reported in the Twin Cities

Argus: China’s Southern Rare Earth ups Tb, Ho, Gd, Dy prices; rising magnet demand

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China’s NEV industry began to recover in the second quarter of this year from the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, which started in late January, supported by government stimulus measures to encourage production and sales of such vehicles. Chinese medium and heavy rare earths producer Southern Rare Earth has continued to raise its weekly prices for terbium, holmium, gadolinium and dysprosium, supported by a shortage of spot supplies and firmer magnet demand, according to Argus.

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IHS Markit: better-than-expected growth in global automotive semiconductor revenue in 2020; bolstered by uptake in EVs

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Two factors are driving the recovery, notably low automotive inventory that will result in new car growth next year, combined with stimulus packages designed to benefit the ailing car sector while favoring the switch to electric and hybrid cars, which are typically more expensive than equivalent internal combustion-driven models.

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IEA: global carbon dioxide emissions have rebounded strongly

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In March 2020, the IEA urged governments to put clean energy at the heart of their economic stimulus plans to ensure a sustainable recovery.

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New report showcases innovative finance tools to electrify truck, bus fleets; TCE Toolkit

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The electrification of trucks and buses offers a massive investment opportunity, especially at a time when cities, counties, states and the federal government are exploring ways to merge economic stimulus initiatives with a commitment to build back better.

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Japan ends subsidy program for green car purchases

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The government revived the stimulus in a fourth supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 as many carmakers suffered disruptions to production and exports following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and flooding in Thailand. Nikkei. Japan has decided to end a government subsidy program to encourage purchases of environmentally friendly cars as funds dwindle. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the government only has ¥2.5 billion (US$32 million) left of the ¥274.7

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EIA expects US motor fuel consumption to increase this summer, but remain below 2019 levels

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The increase in fuel consumption we are forecasting for the summer driving season is a reflection of optimism about the US economy as COVID-19 vaccinations and fiscal stimulus support continued recovery. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts an increase in demand for petroleum products during the 2021 summer driving season as the impacts of COVID-19 diminish in the United States.

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Study Finds Global CO2 Emissions Dropped 1.3% in 2009; Emissions in China and India Rose 9% and 6%

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Although the stimulus package from the Chinese government in 2008 was said to have a green focus, even construction of windmills is a relatively emission intensive activity, at least in the short run Peters said. Due to large exports, China doesn’t only benefit from its own stimulus package, but also from stimulus packages in other countries ”, said Peters. Global CO 2 emissions decreased 1.3%

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Dayton RTA Adding 10 Gillig Hybrid Buses

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Dayton RTA used two-thirds of the stimulus money it received in spring, 2009, to buy buses, offsetting the cost of fleet replacement and reducing the agency’s budget deficit. The Dayton, Ohio RTA is adding 10 hybrid buses to its fleet, which also includes electric trolley buses. The hybrids, manufactured by Gillig, use the GM-Allison parallel hybrid drive system.

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Continental Mobility Study 2020 finds many people still have doubts about EVs

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In Germany, these have been increased as part of the stimulus package to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy; in China, the premiums that were set to expire have also been extended.

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Obama Administration Buys Electric Cars, Charging Stations

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The President may be currently abroad experiencing the horror of European ramps, but his government has been busy at home ordering the very cars its stimulus program has helped to fund. The General Services Administration responsible for the upkeep of the federal government’s 600,000 strong vehicle fleet has announced it will be buying 116

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Researchers suggests high level of air pollution in Northern Italy a co-factor in COVID-19 mortality rate

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Moreover, a prolonged exposure to air pollution leads to a chronic inflammatory stimulus, even in young and healthy subjects. Researchers from the University of Siena in Italy and Aarhus University in Denmark are suggesting that the high level of pollution in Northern Italy should be considered an additional co-factor of the high level of COVID-19 fatalities recorded in that area. An open-access paper on their work is published in the journal Environmental Pollution.

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Report: New China Policies to Favor, Boost Domestic EVs

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Zero emission pure electric cars would be the preferred technological paths for new energy cars in China, which would be reflected in the stimulus plan, said sources. The government’s stimulus policy, which will be released soon, will focus mainly on promotion of pure electric cars,” said Xu Changming, a senior economist of State Information Center, a thinktank under the National Development and Reform Commission.

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Application process now open for 2015 BASF/VW “Science Award for Electrochemistry”

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The international Science Award for Electrochemistry supports outstanding work in natural and engineering science and aims to provide a stimulus for the development of high-capacity energy storage systems. The application process for the fourth (2015) BASF/VW “ Science Award for Electrochemistry ” ( earlier post ) is now open. Researchers have until 24 July 2015 to apply. The International Science Award offers total prize money of €100,000, including €50,000 for the first rank.

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Dow to produce advantaged materials for energy storage; initial focus on automotive

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Federal stimulus funds channeled toward domestic development of electric vehicle technology has created an opportunity to strengthen the energy storage industry in the US, which is currently based in Japan and Korea. The combination of unmet technical needs, stimulus for rapid growth in vehicle electrification, and geographic shift creates unique opportunities for Dow.

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European automotive sector calls for vehicle renewal incentives to kickstart economic recovery after COVID-19; 25-point action plan

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Demand stimulus will boost the utilization of our manufacturing capacity, safeguarding jobs and investments. The response to COVID-19 is having a major impact on the economy, with retail and manufacturing activity crippled without precedence and concerns mounting on consumer sentiment. The European automotive sector, which has been hit particularly badly, is proposing a plan comprising 25 actions to support a strong restart of the sector and the economy at large.

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EnerDel To Deploy AeroVironment Advanced Electric Vehicle Power Cycling and Test Systems at Indiana Facility

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Automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel will be using a portion of its recent federal stimulus grant to purchase eight AeroVironment (AV) advanced electric vehicle power cycling and test systems. million grant to expand its domestic manufacturing capacity under the Advanced Battery Manufacturing Initiative (ABMI), part of the federal stimulus package enacted last February.

Brookings analysts recommend against repeating cash for clunkers program in future recession

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jobs for each million dollars of program costs) than other fiscal stimulus programs, such as increasing unemployment aid, reducing employers’ and employees'' payroll taxes, or allowing the expensing of investment costs.

South Bay Bicycle Coalition Scores $240,000 Grant! Huge Grassroots Victory for Brand New Bike Group

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And we can thank Barack Obama and his stimulus programs for all the money to do this since the grant dough comes from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and was made available as a result of a stimulus grant the County itself won from Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative.

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Government of Canada Awarding $18.79M to Biodiesel Producer

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The Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan also dedicates $1 billion for the Clean Energy Fund and $1 billion for the Green Infrastructure Fund to provide additional economic stimulus. The Government of Canada is delivering an investment of up to $18.79 million over seven years to Biocardel Québec Inc. through the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program. Biocardel Québec Inc., located in Richmond, Quebec, will produce about 40 million liters (10.6 million gallons US) of biodiesel a year.

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Azure Dynamics Wins 10 Balance Hybrid Electric Sales to Kentucky Municipalities; Option for 40 Additional Buses

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The State of Kentucky, under direction of its Office of Transportation Delivery, is one of the first states to receive Federal Transit Administration (FTA) stimulus money aimed at providing fuel efficient and environmentally friendly transportation solutions. The stimulus funds were provided to members of the Kentucky Public Transit Association. Azure Dynamics Corporation recently won orders for up to 50 Balance Hybrid Electric Shuttle Buses by Kentucky municipalities.

King County, Washington, Purchases 24 Azure Dynamics Balance Hybrid Electric Buses

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King County was able to award this contract with the support of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) stimulus funds aimed at providing fuel-efficient and more environmentally friendly transportation solutions. Azure Dynamics Corporation announced the sale of 24 Balance Hybrid Electric buses to King County, Washington for its Access Transportation services.

PECO Expanding Fleet with NGVs & PHEVs

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The utility is participating in a national consortium that recently was awarded a federal stimulus grant to purchase plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and the company is buying more trucks to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) as well. PECO is one of 50 utilities and other fleets in the program, which was awarded the $45 million competitive stimulus grant. The matching stimulus grant will provide up to $2.5

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Valence Considering Building Battery Plant in US or Europe

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is considering building a battery plant in the US or Europe and will look into the possibility of funding from the economic stimulus package proposed by President Barack Obama. Before moving forward with plans for a US plant, Valence officials said, they would need a better sense of how the government plans to distribute stimulus money and what strings would be attached. Lithium-ion battery company Valence Technology Inc.

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Oregon opens first phase of West Coast Electric Highway

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ODOE awarded ODOT $915,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) funding through ODOE’s State Energy Program to install the network of EV charging stations. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), along with charging station partner AeroVironment and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), opened the first phase of the West Coast Electric Highway, which is anticipated to eventually stretch along Interstate 5 from the Canadian to Mexican borders. Earlier post.).

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