2nd life batteries for fast-charging: The principle Renault and Connected Energy have installed at two fast-charging stations comes very close to a circular economy as the charge points give used batteries a second life. Fuelled by solar or wind power, the latter generated from micro turbines, the E-STOR system allows old EV batteries to become useful again as stationery energy storage. Once stored, the renewable energy then feeds Renault’s EVs. The first two stations stand in Germany and Belgium with more to follow over the coming few months.
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2.7m GBP for EV charging: Hampshire County Council is investing 2.7m pounds into 40 electric car charging points across the county. The council will also look to convert 156 of its own vehicle fleet and 23 staff pool cars from diesel to electric power on a phased basis.
New player in Thailand: Energy Absolute (EA) plans to develop and operate EV charging stations for the first time in Thailand. It earmarked 600m baht to set up chargers nationwide over the next few years. Starting in Greater Bangkok, a few hundred charging stations will be installed initially, rising to 1,000 units by the end of 2018.
Cable salad: PacifiCorp and several other stakeholders have reached an agreement with Oregon to set up a pilot for public charging stations worth 2m dollars. Competitor ChargePoint claims that despite their size, the programmes are inappropriate because the utilities are not allowed to own the stations.
BlinkCharging: CarCharging, the owner of the Blink Network, announced that the company has changed its name to Blink Charging and also launched a respective website.