The European Commission is proposing a 30% CO2 reduction from 2021 to 2030 for light-duty vehicles (new cars and vans). 2025 will have an intermediary target of a 15% reduction. The purpose is to spur a rapid transition from internal combustion engines to alternative fuels. The proposed regulation applies to all passenger cars and light commercial vehicles newly registered in the European Union except for manufacturers selling less than 1000 new registrations per year. The proposal is tailored to promote zero-tailpipe-emission vehicles such as battery electric or fuel cell vehicles and low-emission vehicles such as plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Persistence Market Research projects a 13.4% annual growth rate for the global plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) market over the 2017-2022 period. Global sales of PHEVs are expected to account for over $20 billion in revenues by the end of the period. In comparison with pure battery EVs,  plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have longer driving ranges without being restrained by battery capacity limits. The researchers believe over the next ten years, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will come with lower lifecycle prices than the internal combustion and hydrogen fuel-cell engine equipped vehicles. Over the next five years approximately 4 million PHEVs are expected to be sold, with some 100 new models launched globally. Europe is expected to show the fastest growth rate followed by North America.

US fleet management service, Ryder Systems, has taken delivery of 125 medium-duty electric panel vans, the first of their kind in North America. These vans are now available for lease or rent. The Chanje Energy all-electric large delivery van is equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds and has up to 580 cubic feet of cargo space and can travel 100 miles (160 kilometers) on a single charge. To fuel the vans, Ryder is adding 40 level-2 charging stations at its maintenance facilities across the US.

The world’s largest electric vehicle ride sharing operator, DiDi Chuxing, is building its own EV charging network. Didi operates 260,000 EVs for use by for more than 450 million users across over 400 cities in China. Initially the countrywide charging network will be used by its own vehicles but later will be open to the public.

Mercedes-Benz is testing autonomous vehicles in heavy traffic in the Chinese city of Shanghai. The focus of the test drives is on assessing driving behavior in extremely heavy traffic with its different participants, as well as on infrastructure peculiarities associated with two-wheelers, three-wheelers, pedestrians, road signs and changing speed limits. Mercedes-Benz is currently testing automated driving functions on five continents using a test vehicle that will face traffic situations of different complexities to gather valuable experiences on the road to autonomous driving.

Microsoft plans to use hydrogen fuel cells to power its data centers throughout the world. The tech giant is currently testing new fuel cell systems at several of its data centers and plans to install a new 10 megawatt fuel cell system at one of its data enters.  These operations require highly reliable access to massive amounts of electrical power. Combined, data centers consume more than 1% of all the electricity that is generated throughout the world.

A solar park in the UK city of Exmouth is providing electricity to more than 1,200 homes. The 16,000 solar panels at Liverton Solar Park is supplying about 6% of the households in the city. The solar park generates 6 megawatts of electricity annually.

Baotou Bus in the city of Baotou in Inner Mongolia took delivery of 200 hybrid natural gas buses that use compressed natural gas (CNG).

Maritime transport company, CMA CGM Group, announced it will equip its 9 future container ships with engines using liquefied natural gas (LNG). These nine ships will be among the largest in the world, with a carrying capacity of 22,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit). This will be the first time giant container ships will be fueled with LNG.

Carnival Cruise Line has entered into an agreement with Shell to be its supplier of marine liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power North America’s first fully LNG-powered cruise ships. Two Carnival ships will be fueled as part of Shell’s plan to develop a global LNG bunkering network.  The ships will refuel with LNG at ports along the southern US East Coast. The 180,000-ton ships will be the largest ships in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet with an approximate passenger capacity of 5,200 based on double occupancy.

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