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Future of the Automotive Sector in Europe, China and the United States

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Guest Author: Ruth Knox, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP Given the pace of change in the automotive industry and related technologies, combined with increasing regulatory scrutiny, there are several risks and challenges the global automotive industry can expect to deal with in 2018 and beyond across Europe, China, and the United States. On April 10, 2018, Foley … Continue reading this entry

China to Relax Joint Venture Requirements for Manufacturing

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On Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a planned rollback of the manufacturing foreign ownership limits first set forth in the 1990s, which require that manufacturing operations in China be at least 50% Chinese owned.  Specifically, China will begin by eliminating this ownership requirement for electric vehicle production and gradually roll back the requirements for … Continue reading this entry

Fueled by Auto Industry Support, Bike Sharing Systems are Taking Over Cities

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Back in November 2017 we discussed the “last mile” issue facing cities and urban planners around the globe. At that time we noted that “… transit options often fail at providing a solution of getting people to their final destination with relative ease.” We noted the benefit of Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communication systems as a … Continue reading this entry

Battery Revolution May Lead to Future Electric Vehicle Boom

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The evolution of mobile devices and smart technology has lagged in one area – power.  Although batteries are powering our devices for increasingly longer periods, battery technology advancements do not match the pace of other innovation.  This presents a challenge for the auto industry with the push towards electric and hybrid vehicles.… Continue reading this entry

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

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When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities defined by walking distance or streetcar line, and short-distance commuting gave way to massive boulevards, interstate highways, and the rise … Continue reading this entry

Recently Introduced Bill Takes New Approach to Reach Familiar Goal in California

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Over the past decade, California has passed sweeping legislation to cut greenhouse emissions in its efforts to slash emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.  Phil Ting, a California Assemblymember, hopes his recently introduced bill can provide a huge boost to those efforts.… Continue reading this entry

Battery Development in the Auto Industry Leads to Electrification of Ships and Planes

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With the release of the new Tesla semi-truck in November, the public’s attention was captured with the idea of emission-free movement of freight.  In the United States, over 70% of freight is carried at some point by truck, and the potential transition from diesel to electric could have a dramatic impact on emissions. However, recent developments have … Continue reading this entry

European Union Proposes Stricter Emissions Targets and Incentives For Electric Vehicles

On November 8, the European Commission proposed a new set of emissions standards for vehicles, starting in 2030.  The standards include a further 30% CO2 emissions reduction for new cars and vans, on top of the standards in place for 2021. These targets are proposed within the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy framework, adopted … Continue reading this entry

Does Repeal of the EV Tax Credit Really Matter?

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Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released their first attempt at tax reform legislation.  Buried in the proposed legislation is a repeal of the current tax credit of up to $7500 to purchasers of electrified vehicles that has subsidized early adopters of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.  The repeal would affect new … Continue reading this entry

From Vacuums to Electric Cars: How Dyson Should Fit Into the Auto Industry by 2020

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A few weeks ago, another player threw its hat into the ring of outsiders hoping to bring electric cars to the masses.  Dyson, famous for its vacuums and other consumer products, announced that it has begun work on its own battery-powered electric car, aiming for a 2020 release.  While this move seems out of left … Continue reading this entry