Department of Energy launches $100 million tech funding in push towards clean energy

In a statement the Biden Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Energy will “offer $100 million in funding to support low-carbon energy technologies”; it will also create a working group to aid their development and sale. The announcement was made by National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy at the White House’s first meeting of the…

German agrees 100% depreciation of digital assets as part of economic stimulus measure

According to a statement from German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Germany will provide an annual tax relief of around 2.3 billion euros as part of part of a new measure to support purchases of digital assets, including computer software hardware. German state government and the federal government agreed on Tuesday, that digital assets could be…

Japan plans on eliminating gas powered vehicles by mid-2030s, ramps up renewable energy investments

On Friday, in a significant development, the Japanese government said it aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the country in the next 15 years so as to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050. The “green growth strategy,” sees an increased adoption of hydrogen in…

Automakers urge incoming Biden Administration for tax credit, incentives to boost R&D into self driving cars, EVs

On Tuesday, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a major automotive trade association urged U.S. policymakers to back support for electric vehicles (EV), including new incentives to boost up consumer purchases, as well as research and development. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has made boosting electric vehicles a top priority and has pledged to build 550,000 new EV…

Japan considering support for electric vehicles, policy to be released later this month

On Thursday, during a news conference, Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s chief spokesman for the government stated, the trade ministry is weighing options to support a shift to electric-powered vehicles and will map out a plan by the end of this year. Japan plans on stopping the sale of new gasoline powered cars by mid-2030s in favour…

China unveils financial incentives to boost adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

On Monday, China finance ministry stated, it plans on rolling new policies to support hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in order to boost the industry’s supply chain and related technologies. China has emerged as the world’s biggest market for new energy vehicles (NEVs), which includes plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles as well as and hydrogen fuel…

Tesla to suspend production at California & NY factory to curb spread of Wuhan coronavirus

In a statement Tesla Inc said, starting from March 24 it will suspend production at its California vehicle factory so as to comply with local orders aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. Tesla’s New York factory will also temporarily suspend production, while operations at its Nevada plant will continue. “Despite taking all known health…

Airline industry will require state support if Wuhan coronavirus lasts for long time: Lufthansa

In a statement, German airline Group Lufthansa said, if the Wuhan coronavirus which has gone pandemic lasts for a long time, it would be very difficult for the airline industry to survive without state help. Lufthansa, which has slashed flight capacity, suspended its dividend and has introduced short-time working, said it was impossible to forecast…