Amping Up: Latest Developments in Electric Mobility (December 2023 II)

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In this edition, we delve into the German electric vehicle market, where BMW shines in a showdown that signifies the industry’s evolution. From significant policy shifts to substantial investments in clean energy, we cover it all — ensuring you’re well-informed about the dynamic forces shaping the future of transportation. Join us on this electrifying journey as we explore the key milestones and innovations propelling the global EV movement.

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Germany's Electric Vehicle Market Showdown: BMW Takes the Spotlight in Part XI

Overview of the German Auto Market in November 2023:

  • Decline in the overall German auto market by 6%.
  • Plugin Electric Vehicles (PEVs) faced challenges with BEV market dropping 22% YoY and PHEVs plummeting 59% YoY.

Market Share Analysis for November 2023:

  • BEVs had an 18% share of the auto market, consistent with YTD 2023.
  • Plugin hybrids represented 7.4% of the total market, marking a significant decline from the previous year.
  • BEVs continued to dominate the plugin market but still lagged behind the year’s average.

Outlook for December 2023 and Beyond:

  • Anticipation of a strong December due to subsidies ending, followed by a challenging first half of 2024.
  • The 3rd quarter of 2024 is expected to bring growth back to the German EV market, with a promising 2025.

Top 20 Best Selling Electric Vehicles in Germany — November 2023:

  • Skoda Enyaq surprised as the best seller, surpassing Tesla Model Y and VW ID.4.
  • BMW had a notable performance, with the i4 and iX1 achieving record registrations.
  • Mercedes GLC PHEV stood out with its best result since December 2021.
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EV Sales Forecast and Rankings for 2023:

  • Tesla Model Y positioned strongly, with a significant lead over other models.
  • Potential changes in the podium positions, with Skoda Enyaq challenging VW ID.4 and ID.3.
  • The forecast suggests a deviation from the previous years, with Tesla Model 3 not expected on the German podium.
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Biden-Harris Administration Allocates $40 Million for Clean Energy Workforce Training

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Introduction and Funding Announcement:

  • Overview of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) support for President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.
  • Announcement of the Energy Auditor Training program (EAT) and its competitive funding opportunity.

Program Details and Objectives:

  • Description of the Energy Auditor Training program (EAT) authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • Aim to provide up to $40 million in grants for states to train individuals in energy efficiency certifications.
  • Focus on upskilling the workforce for energy audits in commercial and residential buildings.
  • Connection to the broader goal of implementing national energy efficiency improvements.

Statements and Support from U.S. Secretary of Energy:

  • Quotes from U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm emphasizing the importance of building a strong clean energy workforce.
  • Emphasis on quality jobs and expanding the clean energy workforce to deploy investments in communities.

Application Process and Requirements:

  • Details on the funding opportunity, including application instructions for State Energy Offices.
  • Requirement for applicants to submit a Community Benefits Plan outlining support for local communities, labor, workforce investment, diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and environmental justice initiatives.
  • Deadline information for concept paper submission (March 28, 2024) and final applications (June 28, 2024).

Program Administration and Alignment:

  • Information on the oversight of the programs by DOE’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs.
  • Alignment with other programs such as Home Energy Rebate Programs, State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants, Building Training and Assessment Centers, and the Career Skills Training Program.
  • Emphasis on decarbonizing buildings through energy efficiency and electrification projects and alignment with President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative.
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30% Of New Cars In France Now Plugin Electric Cars!

Overview of Subsidy-Driven Surge in Plugin Vehicle Registrations in France:

  • Introduction to the impact of upcoming subsidy changes on plugin vehicle registrations in France.
  • Breakdown of last month’s registrations, emphasizing the significant growth in Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).
  • Analysis of other powertrains, highlighting the decline of diesel and the role of electrified powertrains in driving overall market growth.

Market Dynamics and Recovery:

  • Discussion of the role of electrified powertrains in the overall market growth, with a focus on a 14% increase in November 2023.
  • Comparison with pre-pandemic levels, noting a 12% decline in November 2023 compared to November 2019.
  • Examination of the Year-to-Date (YTD) plugin share, reaching 26%, and expectations for a December peak due to new CO2 emission-related subsidies.

Analysis of Plugin Vehicle Share and Market Ceiling:

  • Exploration of the plugin vehicle market share, anticipating a potential peak at 27% in December.
  • Observation of the dominance of pure electrics over PHEVs in November 2023, prompting consideration of the market reaching its current limits.

Top-Selling Electric Vehicles in France - November 2023:

  • Highlighting the performance of Tesla in the French market, particularly the record-breaking sales of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
  • Notable performances from other models, including the Dacia Spring, MG4, and domestic models like the Renault Megane EV.
  • Mention of unexpected successes, such as the Renault Twingo EV’s strong month.
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Prospects and Challenges in the Electric Vehicle Market:

  • Discussion of challenges faced by small superminis in transitioning to the electric era.
  • Consideration of upcoming models like the 2024 Citroen e-C3 and the potential impact on market electrification.
  • Notable performances in the second half of the table, with record-breaking sales for Skoda, BMW, and Peugeot 408 PHEV.
  • Mention of year-best performances for models like the Mercedes GLA PHEV and the BMW i4, with an eye on future developments.
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Canada's 2035 Automotive Mandate: All Vehicle Sales to Be Plug-in or Fuel Cell

Introduction of Canada's EV Mandate Framework:

  • Overview of Canada’s unveiling of the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard for 2035.
  • Brief explanation of the gradual transition toward 100% “zero-emission vehicles” in new-car sales

Milestone Targets and Timeline:

  • Specification of key milestones in the mandate, including a target of 20% zero-emission vehicle sales in 2026 and 60% in 2030.
  • Highlighting the ultimate goal of eliminating sales of conventional internal-combustion vehicles after 2035.

Definition of "Zero-Emission" and Inclusion of Vehicle Types:

  • Clarification of the term “zero-emission” for the mandate, encompassing battery electric, hydrogen, and plug-in electric vehicles.
  • Note on the inclusion of plug-in hybrids, permitted under certain regulations, such as California’s rule targeting the prohibition of gasoline cars by 2035.

Compliance Mechanism for Automakers:

  • Explanation of how automakers are required to demonstrate compliance through the accrual of credits for sales of qualifying vehicles.
  • Recognition of the opportunity for automakers to earn additional credits, both for early EV sales (pre-2026) and contributions to charging infrastructure.
  • Insight into the credit trading system, where companies with excess credits can sell them to those falling short of sales targets.

From Germany’s EV market showdown and the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to clean energy workforce training, to the remarkable surge of plugin electric cars in France and Canada’s ambitious 2035 automotive mandate — the EV revolution is undeniably gaining momentum worldwide.

 

As we witness these transformative developments, our commitment to keeping you informed remains unwavering. Stay tuned for more insights, breakthroughs, and news that illuminate the path to a greener, electrified future. Let’s drive change together and embrace the electrifying possibilities that lie ahead. Thank you for being part of our journey towards a sustainable and electric tomorrow.

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