China Gogoro, Ford, Edinmore Contracts, Montral.
Private drive for infrastructure: In China, EV charging infrastructure booms thanks to the government opening up the sector to new companies and making clear its preference. Both Beijing Automotive and SAIC set up subsidies to deploy EV charging stations. SAIC’s Anyue plans to build 50,000 nationwide by 2020. Technology companies like LeTV or ZTE are also part of the effort. In Shanghai alone, 100,000 charge spots will be build if crowdfunding campaign Star Charge is successful in its quest for spaces.
china.org.cn, shanghaidaily.com (Star Charge)
Gogoro goes Europe: The battery-swapping rental scooters are bound for Amsterdam in 2016. More European cities are to follow after the Dutch capital, where Gogoro works with the Smart City Experience Lab. The system already runs with 90 GoStations and 2,000 electric scooters in Taiwan.
EV 1-2-3 Charge: Ford started a pilot project in the USA. Everyone who buys or leases a 2016 Ford C-Max Energi in California or Maryland gets free access to 500 charging stations from NRG EVgo and SemaConnect. Ford promises three years of free charging.
Hybrid fleet: Scottish Edinmore Contracts adds seven Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to its fleet. The plug-in hybrids will travel with the team across all of Scotland. The insurance firm looks to successively make the Outlander PHEV its standard fleet vehicle.
Montreal opens a lane on Highway 20 just for electric vehicles. Also taxis, buses, and vehicles with three or more people are allowed on the 4.5 km long left-hand stretch.