Volkswagen, Shell, GM, Wellington, New York City.
Electrify America with 150kW: In the course of VW’s dieselgate penalty payment in the States, the German carmaker and EPA have now released the national plan for the first instalment of 300m dollars. It is to set up a nationwide quick charging network, including around 240 charging points with a minimum output of 150 kW but suitable to CCS, CHAdeMO and AC and open protocols. The project is to start in the second quarter of 2018. On top, VW has to implement around 300 charging stations with up to 50 kW in 11 metropolitan areas. The proposal still awaits approval.
Another giant trying to make amends is Shell, which has just joined the quick charging initiative CharIN. The oil company intends to add quick charging points to its petrol stations, first in Britain this year but later also in other countries. Besides, Shell murmured about its own intelligent tech for charging.
Autonomous Bolt fleet: There exist 50 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt in three U.S. cities today but GM plans to raise their game. According to new documents handed in at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 300 additional Bolts are soon to hit the roads of San Francisco, Detroit, and Scottsdale. If they do, it would make GM’s autonomous EV fleet the world’s largest.
Reserved for EVs: New Zealand’s capital Wellington plans to keep 100 parking spaces free for electric cars and those to share exclusively during the course of this year. 37 bays have been assigned already and will be equipped with EV charging opportunities.
Paid to charge off-peak: EV owners in New York City and Westchester County are able to benefit from a new reward programme when charging their EV at times only few do. Electric utility Con Edison claims to pay 5 cents for each kilowatt-hour of charging during off-peak hours.