Scotland, GM, California, PonyCar, Burlington.
Scotland boosts electric transport: 8.2m pounds in funding for electric and low carbon vehicles have just been made available through the Scottish government. Individuals and businesses may apply for interest-free loans and for the first time electric motorbikes, scooters and trucks can be obtained through the fund as well.
Autonomy drive: GM has added another 130 Chevy Bolt to the self-driving fleets in San Francisco, Scottsdale and Detroit. The numbers now add up to 180 and GM praises itself as mass producer of autonomous EV for the GM Cruise project, formerly the Cruise Automation start-up.
SoCal ports climate-friendly: The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach signed a joint declaration for zero emissions goods movement at their twin ports of San Pedro Bay. The Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) will also include an electric drayage truck pilot programme and clean tech investments.
China EV rental firm raises 22m: PonyCar has raised 22m dollars in Series B funding led by Huiyou and Oppo. The EV rental platform runs operations in Shenzhen and Guangzhou and has deployed about 2,000 electric cars as well as hundreds of EV charging stops.
Rebate for PHEV: Utility Burlington has added plug-in hybrids to its EV incentive scheme, reportedly started two weeks ago. The 600 dollar rebate will be available to customers through the end of 2017.
Amsterdam, Ireland, Belgrade, ChargePoint, Burlington.
13 MW charge infrastructure: Amsterdam is about to become home to the world’s largest depot charging network to be installed by Heliox. The 13 MW turnkey project is to charge 100 electric buses from Connexxion (Transdev) and the order will include installation sites at Amsterdam Airport and Amstelveen. Heliox’s opportunity chargers provide 450 and up to 600 kW from 2018, resulting in charging times of 2 to 4 minutes via pantograph.
Irish EV task force: Ireland joins the countries that wish to drive all-electric from 2030, as outlined in its ‘National Policy Framework on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland’. A Low Emission Vehicle Taskforce is to work out how to best achieve such LEV uptake, including infrastructure measures. So far, Ireland is far behind its intended EV share with estimates for 8,000 electric cars on the roads – far from the targeted 50,000 by 2020.
60 e-buses for Belgrade? Serbia’s capital plans to deploy 60 electric buses, says a report from Belarus, where local company Belkommunmash actually hopes to win the bid as Belgrade is testing one of its electric buses. Competition comes from China but Belkommunmash bets on competitive pricing.
EV inclusive: U.S. Bank’s Voyager Network Fleet Card will now be accepted at ChargePoint’s stations across the States. ChargePoint will begin updating its locations immediately and expects the process to be completed over the summer so that corporate fleets may adopt electric cars more easily.
Utility rebate: Burlington Electric of Burlington, Vermont is the next utility to offer customers a rebate on the purchase of a new electric vehicle. The 1,200 dollar discount applies to any electric car priced 50,000 dollars or less.