Munich, Laval, Southampton, Columbus.
Funding details for e-cabs: Munich’s 2m euro electric cab scheme has been finalised and accelerated. Already from September, 1, every kilometre run electrically with a passenger will be acknowledge with 0,20 euros. Incentives are capped at 40 percent of the purchase price and the city said the initial budget is enough to fund 170 electric taxis. If demand takes off however, more funds will be allocated. Furthermore, three fast-charging stations are to be installed at central taxi ranks.
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30m electric bus scheme: Laval, a town in Québec, Canada, will be getting 30m dollars in funding from the federal and provincial government aimed at improving public transportation services through its Société de transport de Laval (STL). STL will be buying 22 new hybrid buses and install new charging stations but also plans a series of studies on electric buses and driverless transport. In total, the scheme funds 29 projects, with most to start latest next year.
Harbour electrification: The Port of Southampton has taken delivery of 13 electric vehicles to replace its diesel cars and vans. Three Nissan Leafs were joined by ten Nissan e-NV 200 and the British harbour hopes to further increase its PEV share in the future.
EV charging in Ohio: Columbus, Ohio is about to launch an incentive program to encourage the installation of 1,685 EV charging ports over the next three years at commercial and multi-family facilities. The grants are designed to provide up to 25,000 dollars per facility, though cannot exceed 3,500 dollars per plug.
Supercharger, California, Carsharing, Columbus, Zap-Map.
Frosting Supercharger parking: Elon Musk has unveiled new rules for Supercharger access after his recent promise to take action. Any Tesla caught blocking a Supercharger five minutes after being fully charged has to pay 40 ct per minute. The fee only applies if all chargers are blocked.
7,500 EV charging stations: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) ‘Charge Smart and Save’ scheme. The utility will install 7,500 EV charging stations at multi-unit sites and workplaces across NoCal. PG&E initially planned 25,000 charge spots but got turned down by regulators who feared a monopoly and wanted inclusion of disadvantaged communities.
Démenti: BMW’s DriveNow has explicitly denied any plans to merge with Daimler’s Car2Go, which the Manager Magazin had reported on Friday, claiming fear of competition from Uber as the reason for the unlikely liaison. DriveNow partner Sixt also rejected the allegation.
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Charging Columbus: American Electric Power (AEP) will install 250 public EV charging station in Columbus, the city that reportedly won the U.S. Smart City Challenge. Another 1,000 EV chargers are to be located in residential areas. Both the city and the utility pledged to electrify their fleets.
Dynamic charging data: Zap-Map has launched live data on availability of EV charging stations in Chargemaster’s Polar network with other networks to follow. PEV drivers in the UK will be able to see if a charge point is in use of free via desktop as well as mobile applications.
CharIN, PlugShare, Columbus, Brussels, New Jersey.
CCS gets support from the big leagues: Clever is not the only company that recently joined CCS initiative CharIN. Hubject, Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Atieva, Circontrol and Lafon have also signed up.
Charge with sun: PlugShare has started the programme ‘Drive Solar’ in California. Anyone who installs a Sungevity solar system can receive a GE WattStation for free – the installation in included.
Columbus is U.S.’ smartest city: The Ohio city has won the U.S. transportation ministry’s Smart City Challenge. Next to 40m dollars in funding for i.e. self-driving vehicles, Columbus gets another 10m dollars to push electric mobility (we reported). Companies will invest another 90m dollars.
Brussels without e-power: car2go will start its carsharing scheme in the EU’s capital in October. 250 Smarts and 50 Mercedes A-series will hit the road there, but unfortunately no electric cars. Even though it would have been nice if especially Brussels could have led with example.
New Jersey plugs in: The U.S. state earmarked 750,000 dollars for subsidies for the installation of more charging stations. Level 1 chargers qualify for up to 250 dollars; level 2 chargers for up to 5,000 dollars.