Australia: Evie begins building fast charging network
Evie Networks is building a fast charging network for electric cars on motorways throughout Australia and is cooperating with California-based EV Connect. Compared to the size of the country, however, the number of planned HPC stations seems somewhat small.
EVgo interoperates with ChargePoint & EV Connect
EVgo just announced a massive expansion of roaming access to public chargers for EVgo customers across the US. The expansion has been made possible with bilateral interoperability agreements with network providers ChargePoint and EV Connect.
Volvo, Shanghai, EV Connect, BMW, Powerco.
Volvo supports CCS: Volvo gets behind the Charging Interface Initiative, joining Audi, BMW, Daimler, Opel, Porsche, VW, TÜV Süd, Mennekes and Phoenix Contact in their effort to establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as a standard. CharIN is working towards EV charging with 200 and up to 350 kW although it is currently operating at 50 kWh, similar to CHAdeMO.
Shanghai stocks up: The Chinese mega city reportedly plans to have 3,000 rental EVs in its vicinity by the end of the year and a government paper now proposes 5,000 new charge points. As many as 20,000 electric cars will be available for hire by Shanghai’s 24m inhabitants by 2020 and could be charged at 30,000 locations.
West Coast electric highway: EV Connect received 1.8m dollars from the California Energy Commission to add charge stops along parts of the California 99 and Interstate 5 highways. The West Coast Electric Highway will include fast- and Level 2 EV charging stations and will connect Canada with Mexico.
BMW is looking for partners to erect solar EV charging ports in South Africa. The plan is to install four stations by the end of the year, two in Johannesburg, as well as one in each Cape Town and Durban. BMW SA also called on the government to scrap its 25 percent tax on EV imports, esp. as gas guzzlers are taxed with 18%.
EV charging in New Zealand: Company Powerco says it will install 20 EV charging stations across the country over the next three years. The first station will go up next week in Tauranga and another one in New Plymouth. Plans there are supported by the district council.
Hydrogenics, China Dynamics, India, Supercharger, EV Connect.
Chinese-Canadian cooperation: Hydrogenics says it sealed several deals with EV integrators from China to supply its fuel cell technology and hydrogen stations. The agreement covers more than 2,000 vehicles over the next three to five years, the Canadian company reports.
100 electric buses: The city of Xingtai in Chinese Hebei province ordered a hundred electric buses from China Dynamics after a successful trial. Deliveries will be completed before the end of this year. 90 of those electric buses measure eight metres in lenght, the another ten are 10.5 metres long.
10 electric buses: The government of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh bought ten electric buses with subsidies to serve on the Manali-Rohtang route and elsewhere. At the same time, a trial with Mahindra’s electric maxi-cabs will start in the second week of December.
154.2m dollars net book value is what Tesla reports for its Supercharger network. At the end of the last quarter, 536 charging stations were live worldwide resulting in average costs of 284,000 dollars each.
2.7m dollars in funding were collected in EV Connect’s latest round of equity financing. The company provides software solutions to manage EV charging infrastructure via cloud. The money will be spend on growth and to take EV Connect to profitability.
Nissan, EV Connect, Leicester, Seaward, Apcoa & The New Motion.
Nissan’s ‘No Charge to Charge’ programme arrives in three more U.S. cities. Leaf drivers in Austin, Texas, Monterey, California, and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina receive complimentary public charging in the selected cities for two years. Eligible chargers can be located via the EZ -Charge app.
Charger financing: EV Connect teamed up with GE and financing provider SparkFund to create the EV Charging-as-a-Service (EV CaaS) programme. Flat rates for the installation of a public EV charging station start at 99 dollars a month with some upfront costs.
Diesel to electric: Leicester replaced 15 diesel vehicles with EVs in a 6-month trial. The electric cars are to serve for school transport as well as patrol cars for city wardens. If the test is successful, up to 95 diesels could be replaced with electric vehicles within the next three years.
EV chargepoint tester: Seaward developed the compact EV100 diagnostic tester for all types of AC EV charging stations. The handheld device carries out all tests required for compliance with IEC 61851. Test results can be printed or emailed to the the provider directly.
Park & Charge: Parking facility operator Apcoa is working with The New Motion to equip 50 Apcoa sites in Germany with EV charging stations. The company plans to continually expand the network to include more locations also outside the German borders.
UK, Illinois, EV Connect & GE, Mitsubishi & Chargemaster.
Electric van subsidy extended: The UK government announced the extension of the plug-in van grant that offers buyers a 20 percent discount off the upfront cost worth up to 8,000 pounds as demand is only picking up. So far, 1,250 electric van purchases were suppoerted since the scheme began in 2012.
Meanwhile, Illinois ended its rebate scheme which saw customers get 4,000 dollars back when buying a plug-in vehicle. The suspension of the Alternate Fuel Rebate Programme is definite for now but does not affect other EV incentives in the state.
Charging partnership 1: EV Connect and GE embarked on a joint marketing and product agreement which will see them use their respective expertise. EV Connect thus becomes GE’s preferred management partner for its charging stations worldwide.
Charging partnership 2: Mitsubishi and Chargemaster have agreed to cooperate in the UK. Mitsubishi customers who install a Chargemaster homecharger will receive free access to the Polar network for half a year as well as to the ChargeVision reporting system.
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