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Electric vehicle industry makes significant strides in Europe

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Regulatory moves by the UK, France and Germany have injected more momentum into the electric vehicle industry in Europe this week.

The British government has announced that new diesel and petrol cars will be banned outright in the UK by 2040, with ministers set to unveil a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles, as part of a £3bn package of spending on air quality.

The government will later publish its clean air strategy, favouring electric cars, before a High Court deadline.
Electric vehicle being charged
The news comes in the wake of the French decision to also phase out new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040.

Meanwhile progress has also been made in the safeguarding of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) & ElaadNL have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of working together to protect electric vehicle (EV) smart charging infrastructure from cyber security threats by developing effective security measures and regulation, industry-leading cyber security practices and common standards for EV charging.

ENCS will contribute technical information and expertise on cyber security in the energy domain. This will be married with ElaadNL’s expertise as the knowledge and innovation centre for charging infrastructure and smart charging in the Netherlands.

“In the Netherlands, we have one of the biggest EV markets in the world, with more than 100,000 EV’s and even more charge points.’ says Onoph Caron, Director at ElaadNL. “Now, if you imagine connecting all those charge points to the smart grid, you can start to appreciate how important proper cyber security is. Working with ENCS helps us to ensure that security.”

The acceleration of the EV industry has reached such an advanced stage in Germany that this week the government’s energy minister stated there would be a removal of subsidies for the sector.

In an interview with Handelsblatt, Energy and Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries rejected further state aid, arguing that between federally funded buyer’s premiums, tax incentives and other subventions, the state had already provided more than enough help in the current legislative period.

“Now it’s time for the automobile industry to get its act together,” she said.

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