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Britain for the second time this year, slashes EV subsidies

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The U.K. is reducing electric vehicle grants, the second cut in nine months, as the government looks to rein in spending.

From Wednesday, drivers in Britain can expect grants of as much as 1,500 pounds ($1,987) on cars that cost less than 32,000 pounds, the Department for Transport said, with about 20 models continuing to receive subsidies. The change means the incentive has now been halved in the space of less than a year.

The decision will make funding to go further and allow more people to make the switch to EVs after sticker prices have come down, the government said. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said lowering the cap is a setback to the country’s plans to phase out internal combustion powered cars by 2030.

EV Trend » New car registrations in the UK in November rose slightly as EVs increase market share

Hybrids and EVs claim a 27 percent market share of November 2021 sales.

Electric vehicle boom fuels rise in UK new car sales » The Guardian »

Almost 22,000 pure electric vehicles were registered in November, more than double the 10,345 registered in the same month last year, as the share of total sales accounted for by battery-powered electric vehicles climbed to 19%.

The Tesla Model 3 was the third bestselling car, with 3,077 sold, and is the bestselling pure electric vehicle in the UK, according to the figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The boom in electric car sales helped overall sales of new cars to reach 115,706 in November, a 1.7% rise on the same month last year. While the increase is a welcome boost for the car industry, sales are still close to a third down on pre-pandemic levels.

“After four miserable months that the motor industry would rather forget, the tide is finally turning for new car sales,” said James Fairclough, the chief executive of AA Cars. “But the patch supply of new vehicles continues to peg back the number of sales dealers can make. Stock levels of some vehicles are so low that some dealers are even struggling to offer test drives.”

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PM Boris Johnson pledges legal help to woo EV giant Rivian to the UK

Sky News is reporting UK Prime Minister has written Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe promising the government would use a special development order to facilitate the rapid construction of a new manufacturing plant at a site near Bristol, England.

Mark Kleinman / Sky News »

In the letter, details of which have been shared with Sky News, Mr Johnson said that government officials had been instructed to devise a “bespoke incentives package” to encourage Rivian to give the green light to the UK project.

The PM added that the government would use a special development order (SDO), a rarely used legal power aimed at enabling rapid planning decisions, to facilitate Rivian’s use of the site, called Gravity.

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Elsewhere » The Telegraph

Nissan plans to build 20-megawatt solar farm in the UK, big enough to build every Nissan Leaf sold in Europe

Nissan already has a solar farm and wind turbines next to its Sunderland plant

Reuters »

Nissan said construction will begin immediately and be completed by May 2022. The new solar farm will double the amount of renewable electricity generated at Nissan’s Sunderland plant to 20% of its needs.

In July, Nissan said it would spend 1 billion pounds ($1.33 billion) with its Chinese partner Envision AESC to build a battery plant that will power 100,000 vehicles a year, including a new crossover model.

Earlier this week, Nissan said it will spend 2 trillion yen ($17.64 billion) over five years to accelerate vehicle electrification to catch up with competitors in one of the fastest growth areas for car makers.

Elsewhere » BBC

UK car manufacturing in October down 41.4%, while EV production rose 17.5%

  • 30.9% of all cars made in the UK in October were either battery electric (BEV), plug-in (PHEV), or hybrid electric (HEV) models.
  • UK car manufacturing fell October 41.4% to 64,726 units produced.
  • Output for domestic and overseas markets declines, down 37.9% and 42.1%.

UK car production declined 41.4 percent in October 2021 as factories turned out 64,729 units, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

It was the fourth straight month of decline and the weakest October since 1956 as firms grappled with the global shortage of semiconductors which led to production stoppages. The weak output totals compared to last year are exacerbated by the closure of a UK car plant at the end of July, a deficit that will impact figures for a year.

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EV Trend » UK auto dealers see surge of interest in EVs

John Kirwan / Motor Trade »

This month we saw The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) reveal that it has now accredited over 200 dealers on its Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme, which has been reopened. Volvo is one carmaker that wants its network fully accredited by the end of the year.

The scheme was developed in 2019 to encourage retailers to enhance their expertise in the electric vehicle sector and support consumer confidence. EVA certifies the efforts and investments that retailers are making in the EV sector to meet the consumer demand. Following the reopening of the scheme, retailers can now apply to receive their EVA badge of approval.

November also saw electric vehicle drivers from Europe and the UK on ‘The Electric Road to COP26’ visiting the Arnold Clark Innovation Centre in Glasgow before heading to the Cop26 UN Climate Change Conference. It was part of a tour of leading companies that are providing solutions to help combat climate change through their innovative work with electric vehicles and charging.

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UK’s National Highways will create energy storage systems to support rapid charging in areas where the national grid is currently not strong enough to provide such facilities

Rob Hakimian / New Civil Engineer »

The new investment from National Highways will create around 20 ESSs, which are like giant battery packs, in the next two years. They will be installed at service stations at the furthest reaches of the Strategic Road Network, where the grid supply is not at the requisite level for rapid charging.

The ESSs work by drawing power from the grid in quiet periods, storing it and making it accessible for rapid charging when it is needed.

In time, it is hoped that all service stations on the road network will be able to access enough power for rapid charging without the ESSs.

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