Japanese carsharing to debut in France: 70 Toyota i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact EV as well as 30 charging stations will go into service in Grenoble in Southern France this October. For this three-year trial, Toyota has formed a partnership with the City and the Metropolitan Area of Grenoble, as well as EDF, whose subsidiary Sodetrel will operate the charging points.
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Nissan almost triples fast-charging points: The carmaker reports that it has 633 functioning CHAdeMO charging stations in the U.S., 180 of those at dealerships. January of last year, Nissan counted only 160 DC quick chargers. That means, the company is right on target, having promised to triple its number of or add 500 charging points by mid-2014. In comparison, Tesla just installed its worldwide 101st Supercharger.
First female for the Formula E: The Amlin-Aguri team has chosen Katherine Legge as one of their drivers in the electric racing series. The 33-year-old former Champ Car racer is the first of the team’s two drivers to be announced.
Llewellyn gets behind the wheel of Nissan’s e-NV200 and traveled to Barcelona, just to do exactly that. Robert Llewellyn was impressed with Nissan’s second fully-electric vehicle and the fact that it will serve as a taxi in the Spanish city as of sometime this year. And electric taxis are “exactly the thing every city needs” he concludes.
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