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You don’t need a driver’s license to drive a fully electric Opel Rocks-E on German roads

Opel Rocks-E, a fully electric vehicle that can be driven without a car license. Opel describes it as a SUM, sustainable urban mobility rather than a car and it’s aimed at 15/16-year-olds, similar to the Citroen Ami. It has a range of 75kms and a top speed of 25kph (16 mph).

The Rocks-e is available in three different versions, that mainly differ by their looks. In Germany, it can be purchased for less than €8,000 (CDN$11,600 / USD$9,000).

EV Trend » Auto executives expect EVs will own half of Japan, U.S. and China markets by 2030

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Auto industry executives expect electric vehicles will make up just over half of new vehicle sales in the United States and China by 2030, and could do so without receiving government subsidies, according to a new survey by accounting and consulting firm KPMG.

But combustion vehicles, including hybrids, are expected to retain a significant share of most major vehicle markets for years to come, according to KPMG’s latest annual survey of 1,000 auto industry executives.

The speed at which automakers can phase out combustion engines and the carbon dioxide they emit is a pivotal issue for the global auto industry. A group of automakers and countries signed a statement earlier this month calling for phase-out of combustion vehicles globally by 2040, and by 2035 in richer nations.

But the world’s two largest automakers by sales, Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp, and three of the world’s biggest vehicle-buying nations – China, the United States and Germany – did not sign on.

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German coalition government proposal would all but ban the sale of ICE cars within a years

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The incoming coalition of pro-business Free Democrats, center-left Social Democrats and environmental Greens plans to have at least 15 million fully electric vehicles on Germany’s roads by the end of the decade. Reaching such a goal, also vital to meeting Germany’s international commitments on slashing greenhouse gases, would require ending sales of combustion-engine cars in just a few years.

“It can only be achieved if new cars with internal combustion engines are no longer registered before 2030,” said Volker Quaschning, professor of renewable energy systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. “It makes sense to stop the registration of gasoline and diesel cars by around 2028.”

Germany’s 15 million EV target rests on maintaining 33% annual growth rate

So far, only 570,000 pure EVs drive on Germany’s roads, accounting for just over 1% of the nation’s fleet. Following a generous boost to incentives that can total 9,000 euros ($10,092) in vehicle-price reductions, registrations have more than doubled in the year through October.

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Daimler Truck and TotalEnergies to jointly develop European hydrogen ecosystems

Daimler Truck and TotalEnergies have reached an agreement to develop fuel cell ecosystems for heavy-duty trucks running on hydrogen in the European Union.

The collaboration includes hydrogen sourcing and logistics, dispensing of hydrogen in service stations, development of hydrogen-based trucks, establishment of a customer base and other areas.

By 2030, TotalEnergies plans to operate up to 150 hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, and France.

Daimler Truck has committed to start offering hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks to its customers by 2025.

Source » Daimler Truck AG

Six automakers sign the Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans and commit to end fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040

The Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans, announced at the COP26 climate summit, includes a commitment to “work towards all sales of new cars and vans being zero emission globally by 2040, and by no later than 2035 in leading markets”.

Ford, General Motors, Geely-owned Volvo, Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz, BYD, and Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover all signed the commitment.

Major automakers notably absent include Toyota (unsurprisingly*), Volkswagen, BMW, Renault, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, and Stellantis.

Toyota Motors is the third most obstructive company in the world, actively lobbying against national climate policies. They are third behind gas and oil giants ExxonMobile and Chevron.

Chinese-owned Sweden-based Volvo has already committed to going fully electric by 2030.

Countries that did sign the declaration include » Austria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

Major auto producing countries notably absent include » China, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

Canadian provinces of British Columbia, and Quebec also committed.

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International opposition mounts over proposed U.S. EV tax credit

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The European Union, Germany, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, South Korea, Italy and other countries wrote U.S. lawmakers saying a proposed U.S. electric vehicle tax credit violates international trade rules, according to a joint letter made public Saturday.

A group of 25 ambassadors to Washington wrote U.S. lawmakers and the Biden administration late Friday saying “limiting eligibility for the credit to vehicles based on their U.S. domestic assembly and local content is inconsistent with U.S. commitments made under WTO multilateral agreements.”

The U.S. Congress is considering a new $12,500 tax credit that would include $4,500 for union-made U.S. electric vehicles and $500 for U.S.-made batteries. Only U.S. built vehicles would be eligible for the $12,500 credit after 2027, under a House proposal released this week.

Canada and Mexico have issued separate statements in the last week opposing the plan. The U.S. State Department declined to comment Saturday and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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