Ontario, UC Berkeley, Tata Motors, FedEx.

Next level EV incentives: Canadian province Ontario has topped up its EV and PHEV incentive scheme. Buyers now get 6,000 – 10,000 dollars instead of 5 – 8,000. EVs with high battery capacity are eligible for another 3,000 dollars, plus another thousand dollars for five-seaters. If the EV cost more than 75,000 dollars, however, the state will pay only 3,000 dollars under the so-called Tesla clause.
cbc.ca, citynews.ca, insideevs.com

Meanwhile, Ontario’s Oxford County applied to add 16 EV charging stations, as the Oxford Electric Vehicle Accessibility Plan has been accepted. Four stations will be Level 3 for extra fast-charging, while the remaining 12 stations will be Level 2.

Controlled charge: UC Berkeley has received 1.5m dollars from the California Energy Commission to develop the OpenVBOSS (Open Vehicle and Building Operation System Services) software platform. It can control charging and grid load in residential and small commercial settings using open-source, open-software communication.

Hybrid and electric bus focus: Indian Tata Motors has developed its first CNG hybrid electric bus. The 12-metre bus is set for launch this year already in India. An electric bus is in the cards as well. The company says it will focus future developments on hybrid and electric buses next to premium trucks and LCV.

Electric deliveries: FedEx Express added two Nissan e-NV 200 vans to its fleet in Tokyo. It is the first time the mail company delivers electrically in Japan. An EV charger has been installed at Shinsuna station.


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