EU prefers multi-standard chargers: The European Parliament has adopted the final draft for the directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure. EU members are advised to erect sufficient charging points on a non-discriminatory basis. Even with choosing Type 2 and Combo 2 as an European standard, existing charging points and cars with other standards such as CHAdeMO should not be affected and multi-standard chargers should be installed.
europarl.europa.eu (directive), chademo.com (statement)
Japanese charging alliance: Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Honda will form a joint venture as early as next month to simplify EV charging in Japan, Nikkei reports. The decision follows the goal set last July to install 4,000 quick-charge and 8,000 standard stations with a unified payment system.
asia.nikkei.com via inautonews.com
Tesla to partner with petrol stations? Reportedly, Elon Musk is visiting China this month to speak to Sinopec (China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.). The aim is to integrate charging stations into Sinopec’s existing networks of petrol stations across China.
marketwatch.com via blog.sfgate.com
Follow up: The Epic American Roadtrip (we reported) on which Recargo manager Norman Hajjar is driving a Tesla Model S for approximately 12,000 miles in 20 days has now started. The team set up a website, where you can follow the journey.
roadtrip.plugshare.com (Epic website) via fastcoexist.com
Another epic electric trip has just come to an end. In only 78 hours and 14 minutes, a team managed to drive from London, UK to Oslo, Norway in two Model S.
EV as backup: Japanese Kyocera (KCCS) has installed a ‘Solar Cycle Station for EV’ at the headquarters of Shintec Hozumi in Japan, who planned the system. The station charges EVs with solar power which then cannot only be used as cars but also as disaster energy-backup.