EV boost in California: A number of government and business leaders announced new initiatives to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and workplace charging in California. For instance, the Department of the Navy will lease more than 450 EVs to replace gas-powered vehicles. PG&E will invest 35 million dollars for 180 new charging stations and 152 new plug-in electric vehicles. Coca-Cola is deploying 28 hybrid service vans in California and will add chargers at seven facilities. Furthermore, LADWP announced it will purchase and lease 157 PEVs (117 Volts and 40 Leafs) and charging stations.
New e-bus plant in China: BYD and Guangzhou Automobile started operations at an electric-bus plant in Guangzhou, where they are targeting an annual production capacity of 5,000 buses. The Guangzhou municipal government has already ordered 400 e-buses.
Austria extends EV funding: Austria’s funding programme “klimaaktiv mobil” for companies and municipalities (we reported) will be extended by one year. The country will sponsor electric taxis with up to 6,000 euros, electric vans with up to 30,000 euros and fast charging stations with up to 10,000 euros.
ots.at (in German)
TMH chargers for VW customers: In Germany, VW has teamed up with charging infrastructure provider The Mobility House. The latter will provide Volkswagen customers purchasing a plug-in model with a home charging package including a wallbox and an installation service.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)
EverCharge secures investment: The Californian EV charging provider EverCharge has received a seed investment of 1.4 million dollars led by the venture fund Bolt. EverCharge will use the money to continue its national expansion and to further develop its SmartPower technology platform.
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