Independent Superchargers? Tesla wants to go off-grid in the long run by feeding its charging infrastructure from solar panel arrays and batteries. At least that was CEO Elon Musk’s reply on Twitter following a question about the chargers’ energy sources but 140 characters were obviously not enough to draw up a timetable. A more detailed account was recently given when Tesla announced plans to extend its Supercharger network to more than 10,000 units before the year’s end.
BYD refuse truck not wasted: BYD and its partners LA Sanitation and Wayne Engineering completed their electric refuse truck trial and demonstrated the viability of zero-emission vehicles for municipal waste haulers. BYD’s test vehicles did more than 5,200 miles and up to 108 miles per day.
Approval for Hawaiian Electric: Hawaiian Electric can extend its DC fast charging scheme for five more years after obtaining the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission’s approval. One of the programmes sees the utility operate 25 publicly accessible DC fast-charge facilities on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.
Electric buses for CA school districts: The South Coast Air Quality Management District in SoCal raised about 1.6m dollars in order to support three school districts (Fontana, Rialto, and Jurupa) to buy two electric buses and charging stations each.
Shop and charge: Australian Stockland intends to erect Tesla Destination Chargers at 31 of its shopping centres across the country. In order to offer its clients free charging, the company is willing to invest 200,000 dollars.
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