100% renewable: Chargemaster, which operates UK’s Polar and Charge Your Car networks, wants to switch to 100 percent renewable electricity from 1st August. Its 5,600 public charging points supplied more than 500,000 kWh of electricity in the first half of 2017, says Chargemaster. Prices are to stay the same so Polar Plus members for example will still charge for free after paying 7.85 GBP per month.
Fast-charging St. Petersburg: ABB has convinced Russian utility Lenenergo to order 20 fast-charging stations and the first form part of a pilot project already. The others await commission during the next few months and allow any type of EV to charge in St. Petersburg. Beyond that, ABB EV charging stations stand in other Russian cities and the Swiss hope to spread their infrastructure further across Russia.
Malta extends EV grants: Transport Malta and the ministry for transport earmarked another 150,000 euros for EV grants after the fund was depleted. Any Maltese who buys an EV thus receives 5,000 euros or 8,000 if a car older than 10 years is scrapped, and a Twizy or e-quad gets 2,000 euros off.
Charge at any pit stop: Ireland’s Green Party wants the government to make EV charging stations mandatory at all gas stations in the country. They also call for diesel incentives to be scrapped, including a change to the excise duty that currently makes diesel cheaper than petrol.
EV infrastructure finance: EV charging company Greenlots says it has received a “significant investment” from Energy Impact Partners (EIP). The utility investment group includes Southern Company, National Grid, or Xcel Energy among others, plus Greenlots already works with Avista, Southern and Southern California Edison.