Pennsylvania under fire for funding diesel
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that 34 cleaner energy projects would receive $8.5 million from the state’s share of the Dieselgate settlement with Volkswagen. According to critics, however, much of the money is going to fund new diesel vehicles.
Electrify America and Harley-Davidson cooperating
With the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson is planning to launch their first electric motorcycle soon. In order to offer its customers a simple charging solution on the road, the motorcycle manufacturer is now relying also on the fast-charging network of VW subsidiary Electrify America.
California aims to open up charging markets
The California Air Resources Board is considering a new regulation in two weeks, which would mandate that EV charging network operators have credit card readers. Besides, it looks like memberships or subscriptions may also be banned.
Electrify America to build more chargers at Walmart
Volkswagen’s diesel-gate redemption subsidiary has announced the completion of 120 fast-charging stations installed at Walmart locations across 34 states. While no specific final number was announced, the partners announced plans to continue expanding the EV charging network.
Electrify America announces charging collaboration
VW’s diesel-gate subsidiary Electrify America announced the collaboration with nine additional companies to host more than 30 fast EV charging stations across the U.S. More than 20 of these will be located in California with another six states being added.
Electrify America presents details for phase 2
Volkswagen’s subsidiary Electrify America has provided details of the second phase of its US-wide charging infrastructure build-up plan, which includes $300 million in investment over 30 months, the implementation of which will begin in July 2019.
VW’s Electrify America to integrate Tesla batteries
Volkswagen’s redemption subsidiary for diesel gate, Electrify America has made a surprise announcement on cooperation with Tesla. Throughout this year, Electrify America plan to equip 100 charging station across 42 states with stationary energy storage systems by Tesla.
Taycan customers get free charging in the USA
Purchasers of the electric Porsche Taycan will be allowed to use Electrify America fast-charging stations for up to 30 minutes for free for a three year period. The corresponding agreement between Porsche and the VW subsidiary was just announced.
Huber+Suhner liquid-cooled HPC cables prove safe
After a potential safety issue was discovered regarding the liquid-cooled cables produced by Huber+Suhner, several major charging infrastructure operators shut down the affected stations. Now the manufacturer has confirmed “correct functionality of the system and proved that the series products supplied by HUBER+SUHNER meet the required standards without any restrictions.”
Blackout: Major operators shut down HPC stations
Several major charging infrastructure providers have shut down their High Power Chargers over the past two days to investigate a potential safety issue with Huber+Suhner’s liquid-cooled charging cables. Extensive safety testing is unfolding as you read.
Plug&Charge: Electrify America and Hubject team up
Hubject has announced a strategic cooperation with Electrify America, Volkswagen’s subsidiary founded in the wake of the diesel scandal in the USA for the purpose of establishing charging infrastructure. The main focus of the cooperation is on the implementation of standards.
VW launching cross branding EV campaign (video)
Volkswagen has kicked-off a new campaign promoting electric vehicles in the USA. But it is not just their electric cars that are featured but EVs of 5 different brands (all but one). Why? Because they must as part of Electrify America, VW’s court-mandated effort.
Electrify America to enter car sharing
The VW subsidiary founded in the wake of the diesel scandal has announced plans to open an EV car sharing service in Sacramento, starting with 260 vehicles. The company is also investing in a budget car-sharing service and electric buses in the region for a total amount of $44 million.
Supercharger, Romania, Electrify America, BYD, Korea.
Tesla’s first XL Supercharger stations with 20 charging points are soon opening in Albany, New York and Burbank, California. The installation of significantly bigger charging stations represents the EV maker’s current strategy for the States but also a readiness for the Model 3 roll-out.
40 charging stations for Romania: E.ON Romania and Hungarian MOL agreed on erecting 40 EV charging stations in Romania until 2020. The project partners count on support through European funds.
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Debut of VW’s infrastructure project in the U.S.: Volkswagen has started the installation of its charging network in the States, following the company’s court settlement for the diesel-gate. The first quick charging station under the label “Electrify America” recently opened in Washington D.C. and marks the beginning of the first stage, that will see 50 DC charger installed in 10 cities until September.
BYD enters partnerships in Chile: Chinese BYD has signed an agreement with Enel Chile in order to deliver 90 electric buses to the Latin American country. Additionally, the company teams up with the Federico Santa María Technical University as both seek to improve the education of teachers and students when it comes to EV tech and to support electric mobility research.
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Korea halves EV’s toll charges: The country’s transport ministry intends to halve highway toll charges for EVs and FCVs from September to boost EV sales. Korea’s government raised its electric mobility objectives generally and now wants 1.5m electrified cars to populate the country’s roads by 2020.
Electrify America, H2ME, BYD, Nissan, eVolt.
Electrify America: VW’s 2bn dollar settlement on dieselgate will be managed by a dedicated EV infrastructure subsidiary owned by Volkswagen Group of America. It is to manage the installation of more than 300 EV charging stations in 15 metropolitan regions and another 200 to form a high-speed, cross-country network. Furthermore, VW will set up the ‘Green City’ initiative in California that will see electric car sharing or a ZEV shuttle or transit programme. Investments of 500m dollars are due every 30 months and have to be approved by EPA and CARB.
100 FCV are on the road and got there through the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project. They deployed 60 Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 in France and England as well as another 40 Mercedes B-series F-Cell in Germany. The fuel cell cars are the first 100 of 1,230 to come via H2ME.
E-bus trial a success: For BYD, an electric bus trial at Sydney Airport bears fruit as the ground transport provider Carbridge now ordered another 40 shuttles. The BYD Electric Blu bus can carry 70 passengers, comes with luggage storage racks and ranges 248 miles on a single charge.
eNV200 on security duty: North East Lincolnshire Council has added eleven Nissan eNV200 to its security and neighbourhood operations fleet. They replaced its diesel-powered vehicles as the council plans to become the UK energy capital by 2032.
Leaf on duty, too: eVolt has installed three rapid chargers for a Scottish taxi business to charge its five Nissan Leaf EVs, which are now ready for hire in Kirkcaldy.