British Taxis, Innogy, British Gas, ChargeMap, Dubai.
Massive rebates for electric cabs: British taxi drivers may rejoice. Not only has production of a brand new electric taxi started yesterday but its acquisition will be subsidised by the UK government as it announces a 64m pound electric taxi incentive scheme. 50m GBP will be handed out in chunks of 7,500 pounds to anyone buying a TX5 cab. The remaining 14m GBP will be spend on erecting dedicated taxi charging infrastructure across 10 UK counties but with £5.2m headed for London.
Complete fleet electrification: RWE subsidiary innogy will drive entirely electrically within four years time. The board has decided to replace all 1,000 vehicles in its fleet with either plug-in hybrid or electric cars. Already, the only options available to company directors, executives and frequent drivers are climate-friendly models. From 2018, driving a PEV will be mandatory for all innogy employees but the board has a dedicated budget to even out the higher cost for electrified models.
Incomplete fleet electrification: British Gas has missed its target to have 10 percent of its commercial fleet electrified this year. Instead of the planned 1,300 electric vehicles, the utility currently has just 113 on fleet and is now pushing back the 10% goal to 2020. British Gas claims London’s infrastructure problems as one reason.
Easier access: ChargeMap will launch its charging-point access system in the next few weeks. About 100,000 users will be able to set up payments in their ChargeMap account and order a RFID access badge for (some) European charging networks.
Charging oasis: Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) that oversees the free zone technology park, has opened the EV chargers on its premises to the public. Electric car drivers can charge at no cost until the end of the year.