Kroger increases EV charging offer across US stores
US grocery retailer Kroger says it was increasing EV charger deployment across its stores in America as it tested and phased in installations from Blink, Electrify America, EVgo, Tesla and Volta. The plan is to bring hundreds more charging stations to stores in select markets across the United States.
Blink Charging to expand in Europe starting in Greece
The US charging infrastructure provider Blink Charging and the greek Eunice Energy Group have established a joint venture to target the European EV charging market. ‘Blink Europe’ will begin by focusing on Greece, before expanding to other European markets.
AZRA Networks, BYD, Arizona, Blink, Florida.
Coming to Canada: AZRA Networks will be investing 40m dollars over the next 18 months to deploy 8,000 electric charging points and get the Renault Twizy on the road in Canada. This will be Renault’s first 100% electric vehicle in the country and will be available for lease at 99 dollars per month.
BYD bids: BYD put in a bid for the “2016 Shenzhen Eastern Bus Co., Ltd. Solution to Upgrade 3,024 Battery Electric Buses Project,” and was named first ranked supplier. It appears that Shenzhen is not only planning to purchase 3,024 electric buses, but that BYD will be providing the majority.
Arizona upgrades: More than 2,100 traditional cars, SUVs, and trucks in the Arizona Public Service will be replaced with electric vehicles. ATVs and bucket trucks will also be replaced, but a completion date for the project has not yet been set.
Gone in a Blink: Blink is ending its free Level 2 Charging under Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” programme. The abrupt announcement comes without any further details. Inside EVs suspects the change may be related to the company’s pending insolvency. Blink is, however, still offering free access to its fast chargers.
Touring Tampa: The city of Tampa, Florida, is investing 560,000 dollars in a free electric shuttles in the downtown area, aiming to cut down on unnecessary drives and cars. The shuttle service could begin operating in mid- to late summer and will include nine low-speed EVs that can be hailed on the street or arranged via an app.
Malaysia, Tesco Bengaluru, Neusoft Reach, Blink.
Put to the test: The Malaysian city of Putrajaya (and recent setting for the Formula E) will begin a trial run with ten electric buses in September of next year. The Japanese-built e-buses are said to have a range of 30 km after ten minutes of charging. If the trial is successful, the latter could replace buses currently in service.
Electric ride to work: Partnering with Lithium Urban Technologies, Tesco Bengaluru will have its employees picked up and dropped off in electric Mahindra E2O taxies. 40 EVs will be in service to start. Tesco Bengaluru will also install a fast-chargers on its premises, which is supplied with hydroelectric energy.
V2G system from Shanghai: Chinese company Neusoft Reach has introduced an intelligent internet-based charging system with vehicle-to-grip capabilities. The system uses power line communication technology, able to pass information between EV and charging pile via the charging cable.
Park and plug: The Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania will get two Blink DC rapid-chargers. The first will be installed early 2016 at the “cellphone lot,” where people can wait to pick up passengers. The second will be erected at a parking garage at a later date.