End of flat rate charging: British EV drivers will have to pay as they charge along the Isles’ motorway as Ecotricity changes its fee system. The eco utility initially offered free charging at its 300 stations before introducing a 6 pound flat fee for 30 minutes – much to the dismay of its users. Now Ecotricity will drop that flat rate and introduce PAYG instead, based on 0.17p per kWh, with an additional 3 pound fee every time you plug your car in. Ecotricity customers get 52 free charges a year though and also won’t pay the 3 GBP connection charge.
A H2 network in Japan has been agreed between Toyota, Nissan, Honda and eight other companies among them JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy and Iwatani. The agreement had been awaiting pen and paper for almost a year and will reportedly lead to 400 hydrogen fuel stations over the next ten years with 160 to be operational by 2020.
BYD builds on Montevideo’s electric cab fleet as it delivers an additional 20 e6 EV to join the existing 50. The government supports the effort with an impressive subsidy that practically amounts to 50 percent of the purchase price and also exempts EVs from import tax.
Fast-charge China: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium brings its Veefil-RT 50kW DC charger to China together with Oxford University’s Hong Kong office. The first trial is in Jiangsu Province, close to Shanghai, and Tritium is actively seeking partners in the country.
Sun-powered Fresno: Envision Solar comes to Fresno, where 13 mobile solar charging stations will be deployed. 12 of the EV Arcs will benefit people living in so-called disadvantaged communities.
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