The US is looking to end electric vehicle subsidies and other items including renewable energy resources, reported Reuters on Tuesday.
Asked about plans after General Motors Co announced US plant closings and layoffs last week, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow pointed to the US$2,500-to-US$7,500 tax credit for consumers who buy plug-in electric vehicles, including those made by GM, under federal law.
“As a matter of our policy, we want to end all of those subsidies,” Mr Kudlow said.
He added the US was ending other subsidies that were imposed during the Obama administration, whether for renewables or not.
He did not state a timeline for the plans, but said: “It’s just all going to end in the near future. I don’t know whether it will end in 2020 or 2021.”
The tax credits are capped by Congress at 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer, after which the subsidy phases out. GM has said it expects to hit the threshold by the end of 2018, which means under the current law, its tax credit scheme would end in 2020.
Tesla in July said it had hit the threshold. Other automakers may not hit the cap for several years.
Experts say the White House cannot change the cap unilaterally. US president Donald Trump last week threatened to eliminate subsidies for GM in retaliation for the company’s decision.
However, a spanner in the works would be the Democrat takeover of the House in January. They are unlikely to agree to end electric vehicle subsidies, and many have been pushing for additional incentives.
In Singapore, a nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging standard, TR25:2016 has been established for EV charging systems.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Economic Development Board (EDB), which co-chair the Electro-Mobility Singapore (EMS) taskforce, announced that Type 2 AC and Combo-2 DC charging systems would be adopted.
To ensure safe use of the public charging infrastructure, a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) has to be equipped with:
- A matching Type 2 vehicle inlet (or AC charging only); or
- A Combo-2 vehicle inlet (for AC and DC charging).
This story uses reporting from Reuters.