GM takes hard steps towards electrification in USA
General Motors has announced a comprehensive restructuring plan to save six billion dollars annually by the end of 2020. This will free up funds to invest in the development and production of electric cars and autonomous vehicles, but also means closing down large U.S. factories.
Tesla, Black & Veatch, Baltimore, ZEV programme, Sri Lanka.
Destination Europe: Tesla announced that its Destination Charger programme will soon arrive on the old continent. Possible locations such as hotels, restaurants, shopping centres or resorts can be summited on the website.
Best in show: U.S. company Black & Veatch says it will take part in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge. There are already 41 chargers at its headquarters near Kansas City, making Black & Veatch one of the region’s top providers of EV infrastructure at the workplace.
Baltimore tests electrification: The city of Baltimore wants to electrify its fleet, leasing four EVs for three years to test the waters. It also installed a DC fast-charger and will look at i.e. financial benefits and at whether charging times affect the work flow. Meanwhile, Baltimore is working to double the number of charging stations (from 20 to 40).
EVs and airports: The U.S. Transportation Ministry earmarked 955,088 dollars for the Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle (ZEV) programme. The bulk of the cash (926,789 dollars) will go to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is looking to buy an all-electric shuttle bus and install charging infrastructure, including inductive charging stations.
Charging Sri Lanka: Vehicle importers Wasana Trading Lanka (WTL) says it installed a total of 100 charging spots in the country. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka now offers special electricity tariffs for charging EVs at home during off-peaks, namely at night.
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Milan, GoE3, New Zealand, British Gas, Baltimore.
Electric car sharing in Milan: Italy’s design capital now has a fleet of 100 EVs for the free-floating carsharing scheme Share’Ngo. The two-seat ZD1 by Geely subsidiary Xin Da Yang Electric Vehicles is made in China. Women are allowed to drive the EVs free of charge at night. Share’Ngo plans to grow its fleet in Milan as well as to expand the service to Florence, Modena, Pisa, and other European cities.
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Universal charging: GoE3 is building a coast-to-coast fast-charging network in the U.S. Its charging stations support both Level 2 and Level 3 quick charging with both CHAdeMO and SAE standards. The first stations have already been installed in Arizona between Phoenix and Tucson.
New Zealand charged up: A new initiative, ‘Charge.Net.NZ’ aims to install fast-charging stations all over New Zealand. Within the next three years, 74 stations are set to become available to Kiwis, the first 23 of which will already be installed this year.
British Gas runs an electric shuttle service for staff travelling between its two sites located west of London. The two Mercedes-Benz E-CELL Traveliners are part of the utility provider’s plans to replace at least 10 percent of its 13,000-strong fleet with electric vehicles.
Park & Charge in Maryland: The Electric Vehicle Institute (EVI) has been asked to install 20 EV charging stations in municipal parking garages in Baltimore. The city already has 20 charge spots in garages. The new stations will be run by EVI over the next 3 years.