SLAM dunk: The first three rapid chargers of the German SLAM network have gone online as scheduled. Petrol station operator Tank & Rast installed them at its service stations along the motorway A9. A total of 400 fast-charging points will be installed by the end of 2017. Charging is free for now and the project includes all standards. SLAM is a joint project by BWM, Daimler, Ford, VW and the German ministry of economics.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)
Clean air zones: The British Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs started consulting on its plan to improve air quality by banning or charging most pollutant vehicles like diesel cars in so-called clean air zones. Among the cities named likely to miss EU air quality standards are London, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby, and Southampton.
telegraph.co.uk, consult.defra.gov.uk (consultation)
Support for TNM: The New Motion has gained AutoBinck as a new shareholder. Existing investors and founders will also help fund the expansion of the company’s charging network across Europe, namely in Great Britain, France and Germany.
California charges: Six new charging stations were inaugurated by cutting a symbolic petrol pump hose in the Californian city of Torrance. The stations are part of a larger regional network.
Petrol stations to chargers: Sri Lanka decided to equip all petrol stations with EV chargers, as it believes demand for electric cars to be huge but hampered by the lack of charging infrastructure.
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