Crime and punishment: Utility Duke Energy has earmarked 1.5m dollars for charging stations in North Carolina. 1m will be reserved for cities and towns wanting to install chargers for cars, the rest for municipalities looking to set up charging for electric buses. The investment is part of a lawsuit settlement with the state, which accused the utility of illicit smokestack pollution.
New charge to charge: After earning much criticism for its newly introduced flat rate at fast-chargers along Britain’s motorways, charge point operator Ecotricity has adjusted its rates. Originally asking 5 pounds per 20-minute charge, it will now cost EV drivers 6 pounds to plug-in for 30 minutes.
Plugging in: Leeds City Council is adding 42 electric cars to its fleet. The newcomers will also replace existing hybrid and electric cars. The council will also allocate more parking stalls for EVs and offers free parking permits to drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles.
Strong hybrids for police: Ukrainian police have ordered a total of 651 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to replace its (very) old fleet and help the country comply with the Kyoto Protocol.
20 percent EV: The Indian government wants to electrify 20 percent of its own fleet, as well encourage taxi drivers to invest in electric vehicles. Mahindra is probably already waiting by the phone.
Electric driving in Shanghai: Some 1,700 EV charging points will be set up in the Shanghai district of Songjiang before the end of the year. It will also benefit the 100 EV strong carsharing scheme in the area.