California, driverless pod, e-bus, Maryland, DriveNow.

Help from Japan: The Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) have signed a Memoranda of Understanding. The former will help build a fast-charging network in the northern part of the state and demonstrate a redox-flow battery storage system. Nissan and Kanematsu will thus work together with NRG EVgo.

The final design of Milton Keynes’ driverless electric pods was presented after only 18 months of close collaboration of the partners of the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) project. The LUTZ pathfinder will be the first driverless vehicle of its type to operate in public areas and trial automated vehicles in pedestrianised areas.,

Battery bus conversion: The Indian city of Nagpur wants to electrify a diesel bus. Following a two month conversion time, the trial will at last six month. If the trial proves successful, local bus operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited plans to convert another 60 broken-down diesel buses.

Rail and Charge: Maryland has installed 17 new charging spots at eight rail stations, bringing the number of chargers to 39 at a total of 16 locations. The initiative is funded by a one million dollar grant from the Maryland Energy Administration and charging is free.

BMW i3 expansion: DriveNow, the carsharing programme run by BMW and Sixt, will soon include more of the all- electric i3. The goal is that at least every fifth DriveNow car will be electric and that EV will be available in every of the participating cities. (in German)

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