Posts Tagged: EV Regulations

California to ban time-based billing for EV charging

California’s Office of Administrative Law has approved amendments to its Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems Specifications that will eventually ban public charging operators from billing by the minute in the state. The ban will apply to new Level 2 chargers beginning in 2021, and to new DC fast chargers beginning in 2023. Chargers installed before 2021… Read more »

Madrid private car ban is here to stay

Several countries, including the UK, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, have announced plans to eliminate ICE vehicles, and a few cities are proposing to ban them from city centers. Paris and Amsterdam have ambitious plans to banish dinosaur burners by 2030. Obviously, such plans have opponents, and they aren’t likely to become law without political battles…. Read more »

Could new regulations hold back EV charging development?

While regulators and the charging industry are hashing out the details of new regulations, some are concerned that well-intentioned policies could have negative effects. The availability of EV charging infrastructure is increasing every day, and action by federal, state and local governments has been a major driver of this growth. However, like anything in life,… Read more »

EU Parliament votes for stronger emissions regulations, German automakers lobby for weaker rules

The European Parliament has voted to mandate a 20% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans in 2025 and a 40% reduction in 2030. The EU’s elected chamber rejected the European Commission’s more modest proposal of a 30% cut in 2030 compared to 2021 emission levels. The Parliament’s plan includes penalties for automakers… Read more »

Japan may relax regulations to allow smaller gas stations to add EV charging

The Japanese government is considering a change to regulations that prevent many smaller gas stations from adding EV charging stations. Japan’s fire safety law regulates where gas stations can install electrical receptacles. Currently, charging stations must be at least 10 meters away from a fuel pump. For small gas stations, this may preclude the possibility… Read more »

What’s going to happen with US emissions regulations?

Q&A with emissions standards expert Michael Steel of the law firm Morrison & Foerster For better or for worse, the proliferation of plug-in vehicles that has occurred over the past few years is largely the result of government regulation. Automakers are producing some excellent EVs, but (except for a certain California carmaker) to put it… Read more »

UK to ban new ICE vehicles from 2040

Following announcements by Norway, the Netherlands, India and France, the UK government has announced that new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned after 2040. Ministers have also unveiled a £255-million fund to help local councils tackle emissions. Compared to other countries that have announced an end to fossil vehicles, the UK’s timeline… Read more »

Oregon explores replacing gas tax with per-mile road tax

US drivers are using less fossil fuel, a trend that’s certain to continue, as fuel-economy standards get stricter and plug-in sales grow. That’s a good thing. However, road maintenance is funded by gas taxes, and less fuel burned means less tax revenue. That’s a bad thing. “Fuel efficiency is getting better and better, which is… Read more »

New CARB regulations deciphered by Transport Evolved Panel

Even voracious EV news junkies should be sated by a recent episode of the Transport Evolved Panel Talk Show, as electromobility experts Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield, Chelsea Sexton and John Voelcker hold forth for 90 minutes on the latest developments on the plug-in scene, including Michigan’s new anti-Tesla law, the UK’s sudden surge in plug-in sales, and the… Read more »