France is to offer companies the same tax credit for petrol (gasoline) cars as for diesel cars over the next two years, removing a key incentive that has boosted sales of diesel models. Currently, companies buying diesel cars can get a bigger VAT rebate than for gasoline cars. Some 68% of cars and vans on French roads are diesels.
Global Fleet is reporting that three German carmakers – Audi, BMW and Daimler – have signed an agreement with four of the largest players in the telecoms industry: Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm, designed to develop, test, promote and standardise, the future 5G communications network.
The new 5G network will dramatically reduce the reaction time for data transfer, particularly important for self-driving cars to react to what is happening around them. Two of the firms – Ericsson and Nokia – believe the new standard is unlikely to be deployed before 2020.
Sales of petrol and diesel cars in Germany could be banned by 2030, under proposals approved in the Bundesrat (Federal Council) this month. The move is in line with the European Commission’s strategy to decarbonise the transport sector by 2050. Germany is the third European country to commit to 100% electric vehicles within the next 20 years.