Charged EVs | EV industry fights congressional plans to abolish federal EV tax credit

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Faced with the potential for job losses and a further erosion of the US’s competitive position, the EV industry is marshalling its forces to fight the proposed repeal. Tesla and GM, the two main US EV-makers, have each issued a statement in support of the tax credit. “Because General Motors believes in an all-electric future, we will work with Congress to explore ways to maintain this incentive,” the Detroit automaker told Electrek.

EV advocacy groups are mobilizing to defend the tax credit.

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Charged EVs | Mayors of 12 major cities pledge to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025

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The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, pledging to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and to create substantial zero-emission zones in their cities by 2030.

The signatories also pledged to procure zero-emission vehicles for city fleets. Cities will report back every two years on the progress they are making towards the goals of the C40 Declaration.

“Air pollution caused by petrol and diesel vehicles is killing millions of people in cities around the world,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair. “In Paris we are taking bold action to prioritize the streets for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Charged EVs | Shenzhen goes fully electric with over 16,000 electric buses

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announced that it has completely electrified its fleet, with some 16,359 e-buses in operation.

The city has built 8,000 charge points at 510 bus charging stations, and can charge roughly half the fleet at any given time. The electric buses are saving an estimated 345,000 tons of fuel per year, and 1.35 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Meet Alauda, the company that wants to build flying cars and race them

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An Australian startup called Alauda has an ambition to fast-track that reality with its electric, low-altitude aircraft, the Airspeeder Mark I.

Alauda is founded by Matt Pearson, who also cofounded space startup Fleet. Over the past two years, Pearson has been working on the project as part of a team of five in a Sydney warehouse.

Unlike the DeLorean, Pearson’s Airspeeder Mark I is a quadcopter — essentially a bigger version of a drone, with a single seat for the pilot.

“About three years ago I started to look at hover technology, and magnetic hovering. The problem with that is you need to build a track as well as the vehicle. You can’t just build a magnetic hover car and fly it on any road, you need to build the road,” Pearson explained to Mashable.

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Thor Trucks could cut in on Tesla’s Semi in 2019

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Tesla’s all-electric Semi truck has been the biggest story of the year for freight hauling, but the rig won’t even go into production until 2019, assuming everything actually goes according to plan.

In the meantime, Elon Musk’s dream machine will face some steep competition from other future-forward truck companies looking to cut in on the marketshare with energy and emissions-conscious fleet operators. The newest player just threw its hat — or more appropriately, its mythological hammer — into the ring: Thor Trucks, a new Los Angeles-based startup, has an all-electric semi truck design that could convince trucking companies to pass on a new Tesla in two years’ time.

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Charged EVs | Ford plans to launch 15 new electrified models in China

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Executive Chairman Bill Ford and new CEO Jim Hackett were in China to make the announcement. “China is not only the largest car market in the world, it’s also at the heart of electric vehicle and SUV growth and the mobility movement,” said Bill Ford. “The progress we have achieved in China is just the start.”

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