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…

Chinese electric vehicle startup Great Wall Motor to launch new brand targeting premium segment

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Chinese electric vehicle startup Great Wall Motor plans on launching a new standalone brand for electric and smart vehicles in China, as it tries to pursue growth in this burgeoning segment. Inspired by U.S. technology and auto giant Tesla Inc, several Chinese automakers have announced plans…

Shipping industry making strides towards green hydrogen to meet UN carbon emission goals

In a significant development, for the very first time, developers across the globe are testing the usage of hydrogen to power ships. The development comes as the maritime industry races to find technologies to slash carbon emissions; there is also a growing confidence that LNG can be used safely commercially. The United Nations has set…

Baidu-backed Chinese EV startup WM raises $1.5 billion in funding round

On Tuesday, Baidu-backed Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup WM Motor said, it has raised $1.47 billion (10 billion yuan) in its latest funding round. In recent months, shares of Electric Vehicle makers, including that of Tesla Inc, have surged with auto makers looking to the markets for funds. Incidentally, China’s Xpeng Inc and Li Auto…

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…

University of Cambridge’s DIOS-CoVax2 COVID-19 candidate set for autumn human trials

On Wednesday, in a statement, the University of Cambridge said, it aims to start clinical trials of its COVID-19 candidate in autumn. The development comes in the wake following funding to the tune of 1.9 million pounds from the British government. The approach adopted by the scientists behind the vaccine uses genetic sequences of all…

Nokia wins second round in legal fight against Daimler on patent licensing fees

In a significant win for Finnish telecommunication equipment maker Nokia, a German court has ruled against Daimler over patent licensing fees with the judge saying the carmaker had not made a serious attempt to resolve the issue with Nokia. The litigation underscores a wider battle with tech companies and carmakers over royalty payments for technologies…

Japan approves bill to develop 5G, drone technologies

On Tuesday, Japan’s cabinet approved a bill to support companies to develop secure 5G mobile networks and drone technologies midst a growing alarm from Tokyo policymakers over Chinese influence over the said technologies. The bill aims to provide companies, who want to develop the technologies, funds which will attract low-interest rate from government-affiliated financial institutions…

Japan’s Isuzu Motors likely to enter into alliance with Sweden’s Volvo AB

On Wednesday, Japanese truck maker Isuzu Motors disclosed, it plans on tieing up with Sweden’s Volvo AB, in order to deepen its grip on next-generation technologies including electrification and autonomous driving, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported that Isuzu would be holding a news conference at 0600 GMT in Tokyo on an “alliance” without elaborating.