UK: BP Chargemaster open large rapid-charge hub
BP Chargemaster and its network arm Polar have opened what they claim to be Britain’s biggest rapid-charge hub in Milton Keynes. Up to eight electric vehicles can charge with up to 50 kW at the multi-standard stations. The set-up uses existing facilities.
Go Ultra Low Cities, H2 smart home, GM, Envision Solar.
Cash injection for British e-mobility: The cities of London, Milton Keynes and Bristol have qualified as “Go Ultra Low Cities” and will receive a total of 40m pounds in funding for rapid-chargers, as well as street lighting that doubles as chargers. The cities will also set up an Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, free parking for plug-ins and allow EVs to use bus lanes.
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Japanese H2 experience: Together with Honda and other partners, Japanese prefecture Tottori wants to set up a hydrogen demonstration project. It will include a smart home, a solar array for the production of hydrogen, and a hydrogen filling station for the Honda Clarity FCV.
GM to expand experimental carsharing: The carmaker wants to increase its fleet of shared vehicles as part of the “Let’s Drive NYC” initiative. There are currently 10 cars at one property in the New York, and GM looks to include a total of 24 locations where it may also offer its Volt and Bolt EVs.
Solar chargers for Europe: Envision Solar has founded a European subsidiary together with Aconfort, called Envision EU. Together they want to make the patented EV ARC chargers available for the European market.