Sep 6, 2017 - 08:24 am

Duke Energy Florida, BYD, SmartE, Belarus, Powercharge.

Favourable future: A nuclear power plant got cancelled and Duke Energy Florida invests the 6bn dollars in clean energy instead. Projects include the installation of more than 500 electric vehicle charging stations and up to 50MW battery storage, (partially) powered by solar energy as the utility builds on previous plans and adds 700MW solar capacity. The decision comes after a settlement that followed nuclear giant Westinghouse filing for bankruptcy last March.

Rapid fleet restructuring: An order over 432 electric buses has reached BYD from Shenzhen where Shenzhen Westernbus wants to exchange its entire fleet within this month. This rather rapid electrification will include all taxis too that shall be all electric by the end of 2020. The move is preemptive in what happens to also be BYD’s headquarter as Shenzhen requires all operators anyway to use pure electric vehicles when adding or replacing buses.

China is not the only tiger on the jump as SmartE, that proclaims to be India’s first and largest shared e-mobility service has launched 1,000 electric rickshaws in the cities of Gurgaon and Faridabad. Set up together with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the service may be found close to metro stations and could soon be assessed with a common mobility card.

Charging Belarus: Petrol stations in Belarus are being equipped with charge points. Belorusneft has already installed eight EV charging stations that offer all standard connectors and DC charging. Another seven shall follow this year and the provider aims for a total of 40.

Workplace charger: Chargemaster has launched Powercharge, a compact electric vehicle charging point, designed specifically for workplace charging and fairly affordable for less than a 1,000 GBP. Charging is open access and via Type 2.


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