Light and Charge, Kandi, Japan, ChargePoint, Slough.
Light and Charge: BMW has developed a streetlight named “Light and Charge”, that also serves as a charge point for EVs. It will become part of the BMW i ChargeNow network as well as Hubject’s Intercharge. BMW commissioned the first two prototypes in Munich yesterday. A city-wide pilot project where existing streetlights will be replaced with the BMW technology will follow in spring 2015.
bmwgroup.com (in German)
Sharing Kandi EV: The Chinese city of Chengdu will launch its electric carsharing scheme before the end of the year, for which carmaker Kandi Technologies will provide 1,000 of its electric vehicles.
Charging flat rate in Japan: For 3,000 Yen per month (26 USD), Nissan customers now have unlimited access to charge points of the Japan Battery Charge Service (JBCS). The service is a cooperation between Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda, which plans to have installed up to 2,500 rapid chargers in Japan by March 2015.
japan.ahk.de (article in German), itmedia.co.jp (article in Japanese)
ChargePoint expands across USA: According to company figures, ChargePoint already has more than 18,700 charge points in the U.S., 8,158 are located in California. Moreover, the infrastructure provider says that it will add over 500 new charging ports every month
Slough Borough Council adds 15th EV: The council, part of the My Electric Avenue smart charging trial project in the UK, has added its 15th electric vehicle to its fleet, a Nissan Leaf. The council owns eleven of the vehicles, the other four are being leased.