Research firm MarketLine projects that Europe will overtake the US as the second largest market for electric car sales by 2021. China is the world’s largest market for EVs. The firm says The Paris Climate Change agreement has been a big motivator for the adoption of electric and hybrid cars in Europe. This has resulted in EU government incentives and perks for consumers to encourage the purchase of EV such as tax incentives and subsidies and allowing electric cars to drive in bus lanes. Moreover, France and Germany have committed to banning all non-electric cars from their roads within a couple of decades.

Across the European Union, only 0.2% of new passenger cars sold last year were fully electric (1.3% if hybrids are included).

Following Britain’s announcement it will ban all diesel and petrol cars by 2040, the country’s National Grid (which manages the UK’s power supply) said peak demand for electricity could increase by 50% if and when the nation switches to electric vehicles. The government has said wind farms, natural gas or nuclear power stations are the only energy sources that it will consider to bridge the looming energy gap. National Grid noted the number of plug-in electric cars and vans could reach 9 million by 2030, up from around 100,000 today. National Grid acknowledged the cars’ batteries could also return power for the grid but cautioned that there was “still debate over whether it will become commercially viable to flow electricity from a vehicle back onto the network to provide network services”.

Energy analyst Wood Mackenzie estimates that if one in three cars sold in the UK in 2035 is fully electric, EVs would collectively account for 3% of the UK’s total electricity demand. Building 400,000 charging points for them all would cost £30 billion.

Electric car charging infrastructure installer Chargemaster predicts there will be 1 million electric vehicles on UK roads by 2022. The country registered its 100,000th plug-in EV in May, up from 2,000 5 years ago. Chargemaster says over the next five years it expects to see a significant number of new models that will have a range of more than 200 miles (322 km) and with a lower purchase price than earlier EVs.

German auto industry association VDA said a ban of internal combustion engine vehicles in 2030 would threaten more than 600,000 German industrial jobs, of which 436,000 are at auto manufacturers and suppliers. In Europe, there are 126 plants making internal combustion engines, employing 112,000 people (66,000 making powertrain, 46,000 making transmissions).

Eighteen electric vehicle fast-charging stations will be installed around the Australian state of Queensland to create a “super highway” to allow electric vehicles to travel from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The stations will be able to charge EVs in about 30 minutes, and will be free to users for at least one year. The stations will be available for use in early 2018. Currently there are only some 700 fully electric electric vehicles registered in Queensland. In all of Australia last year EVs accounted for only 0.1% of all cars sold.

Lyft Inc has formed a self driving car division as the second-largest ride-sharing firm in the US jockeys for position in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle race. The company is opening a facility in Palo Alto, California, where Lyft engineers will collaborate with autonomous vehicle experts from other companies to build self-driving systems. The company says its ride sharing business in 350 cities provides it with detailed knowledge of traffic patterns, bridges, construction and other roadway data critical for building autonomous systems.

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