In Central Europe, the government of Slovenia has adopted a strategy to boost the adoption of electric vehicles and reduce carbon emissions.Under the new framework, cars are being restrained to emit carbon above 50g per kilometer. According to Emerging Europe, electric vehicles and plug-in vehicles are the ones able to meet the set carbon emission reduction standard.
In addition, the registration of diesel and petrol cars will be banned as from 2030.
The Slovenian government has also set a target to have 17% of passenger vehicles and 12% of vans and lorries to be electric by 2030. In the same year, 25% of buses are expected to be powered by natural gas whilst 12% of heavy lorries will use liquefied petroleum gas.
The first eight months of 2017 experienced 900 registrations of electric vehicles, an increase by three fold from the 2016 record during the same period.
However, in 2016, of the 1,470,000 cars sold, 53% were petrol fueled, 46% used diesel and 1% use liquefied petroleum gas.
The adopted standard also calls for the government to expand the country’s electric vehicle charging stations from 227 to 1,200 by 2020, 7,000 by 2025 and 22,300 by 2030.
Tanja Mohorič, director of the Slovenian cluster of automotive suppliers, said: “The industry will have a complete range of vehicles (all-electric, hybrid) ready, and the question is whether other stakeholders will be prepared. By this we mean primarily the proper charging infrastructure and the establishment of smart grids. End users will also play an important role, as the acceptability of these vehicles is primarily in their hands.”
Meanwhile, Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to acquire New Motion, Dutch operator of electric vehicle charging stations.
The acquisition will expand Shell’s footprint in the electric vehicle space. New Motion currently operates some 30,000 electric vehicle charging points across western Europe.
Outside Europe, the Canadian government partnered with global energy storage firms eCamion, Leclanche and independent power producer SGEM to increase EV charging infrastructure.
Under the partnership, the Canadian government through Natural Resources Canada will provide $6.2 million in funding toward the construction of some 34 electric vehicle fast charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway. Read more...
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