Trump’s DOE splits $300 million in research between EVs, biofuels, and hydrogen

The Trump administration is trying to weaken fuel-economy standards and kill California’s ability to set emissions standards. But today at the Washington Auto Show, the Department of Energy said it would fund nearly $ 300 million in new research for EVs, biofuels, and hydrogen.

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Honda works on second EV, quits diesel, and puts hydrogen on hold

There’s no doubt that Honda fell behind on electric cars. Beat up the company as much as you like about its meager EV offerings to date. But also consider signs that the Japanese automaker is slowly correcting its course. In addition to introducing the small Honda E in Europe next year, Honda is working on a second EV for about 2022. Other small victories include quitting diesel, putting hydrogen indefinitely on hold, and agreeing with California’s emissions standards.  more…


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VW CEO Diess says batteries are better than hydrogen, calls for carbon price

At Volkswagen’s ceremony celebrating the start of ID.3 production, CEO Herbert Diess made several comments on the electrification of the industry. In particular, he stated that batteries, as opposed to hydrogen, are a quicker and cheaper way to reduce automotive industry emissions. He also called for a price on carbon and committed to reducing his company’s fleet carbon emissions by 30% by 2025, and to zero carbon by 2050.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also spoke at the event and called for the German government to increase electric car incentives and set a target for the country to install a million public charging stations by 2030 to fuel 7-10 million German EVs by the same year.

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