Rivian to launch their own charging network in the USA
Rivian has presented plans for its own charging networks, in which the North American electric car startup is strongly inspired by Tesla’s Superchargers and Destination Chargers. Rivian is focusing on North America with the new network, and there is no mention of a similar project for Europe.
Tesla consolidates supercharger network in China
Tesla has further expanded their charging network in China. Now it covers most cities in the Jangtse Delta, the Pearl River Delta, the Region Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and the Region Chengdu-Chongqing. Also three of the largest charging parks belonging to Tesla are on Chinese soil.
Helsinki, California, Bolloré, Destination Charger, London.
Electric buses for Helsinki: The Finnish capital commissioned their first electric bus on Monday. Another three will follow before spring and the city plans to have a total of 12 electric buses in service before the end of the year. The buses were delivered by Linkker and are fitted with drivetrains from Visedo.
EV uptake programme: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) asked for 253m dollars from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fund at total of seven projects that will help accelerate EV uptake in the Golden State. Most of these projects involve setting up EV charging infrastructure and electrifying fleets.
Loosing game: Bolloré’s e-carsharing scheme Autolib’ (as it is called in Paris) is a loss-making business in any city that it is active, unless the programme is highly subsidised. In Paris alone, the company expects to lose 179m euros by the end of the contract duration. And Bolloré’s cars are not a sales hit either – only 942 of the tiny BlueCars were sold to individuals in 2016; 15 percent less than in the year prior.
Destination charging for all? Company DigiNow has developed an adapter to allow electric cars other than Tesla to also plug-in at Destination Chargers. So far, Tesla have not commented, but they can surely not be too happy if EVs other than their own use their free infrastructure.
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London funds emobility, earmarking a total of 1.4m pounds to set up a zero emission zone including fast- and regular charging in Hammersmith, a trial of one of the UK’s first hydrogen-diesel powered vans at Heathrow Airport, and high-voltage training for electricians, new chargers and EV test drives for local businesses in Harrow. These are only three of a total of six neighbourhoods that will receive funding.