Ford talks partnership details with Rivian
After its $500M investment in the electric car startup Rivian, Ford will not only use its platform for a future electric vehicle but will also probably have it assembled by Rivian. In an interview, Ford’s CEO, Jim Hackett, indicated that Rivian’s Illinois plant would suit Ford’s assembly requirements.
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.
Pod Point, Utah, Georgia, Maven, Illinois.
Shop and charge: Supermarket chain Lidl struck a deal with British charging infrastructure provider Pod Point, asking the latter to set up fast-chargers for electric vehicles at some 40 locations in the UK. Customers will be able to charge for free while they shop.
Electric transport: Park City in the U.S. state of Utah will purchase six all-electric buses from Proterra, as well corresponding charging infrastructure. The state is funding the initiative with 3.9m dollars. The first e-bus will already be commissioned this month, with the other to follow in June.
Repercussions: Back in June 2015, the U.S. state of Georgia agreed to cut a 5,000 dollar subsidy for the purchase of an EV. The consequences are now becoming more apparent, as EV sales dropped 80 percent since then.
Maven fleet get electric addition: GM will offer its electric Chevy Bolt as part of its ride-hailing service Maven in California. Users can catch the EV from February 1st.
Going clean: The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District in Illinois announced that 18 new hybrid buses will go into service there in summer. That would increase the hybrid share of its fleet to 77 percent.
Car2Go , Netherlands, Illinois, UK, Cheshire East Council, Solvania.
No Car2Go in Montreal? The Canadian city reportedly plans to set up a 1,000-EV carsharing scheme and is looking for potential providers. However, not all qualify as Montreal wants four-seaters (at least) with a range of 150 kilometres. The electric Smarts of the Car2Go fleet does therefore not qualify.
cjad.com, lapresse.ca (in French)
33 million for infrastructure: The European Commission has approved the Netherland’s plan to provide 33 million euros in public funding for EV infrastructure. The funding is in line with EU state aid rules and will run until 2018. Infrastructure providers will be selected through competitive tenders.
Criminalizing ICEing: The U.S. state of Illinois may enact a law that would make blocking parking lots reserved for EVs with a conventional car a crime that could be fined with up to 100 dollars. Furthermore, the gas guzzler will be towed, making the cost for ICEing substantial.
20m GBP for electric cabs: Eight British cities have been shortlisted to win parts of 20 million pound fund for electric taxi schemes. The selected bidders will receive a government-backed study to establish how Birmingham, Cambridge, Coventry, Dundee, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and West Yorkshire could use the money most wisely.
EV fleet: Cheshire East Council will replace four of its pool car fleet with electric vehicles. Furthermore, it has secured funding for six rapid-charging stations while it operates five 7-kW chargers already.
Fast charging Slovenia: More than 20 rapid-charging stations will be installed along the Eastern European country’s motorways before the end of the year. The news comes from the Slovenian press agency STA that quotes utility provider SODO.
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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Electric Circuit, Concord, Illinois, Germany.
Electric Circuit grows: Eight public charging stations will be installed in a total of six Canadian municipalities, all of which signed a partnership agreement with Electric Circuit. Regional municipality L’Érable MRC in the state of Québec had called for the development of EV infrastructure in the region.
Six charge points for South Carolina: Canadian charging infrastructure provider EV Charge Solution will install these in the city of Concord. Locations include the city’s airport, transit center, operations center and a parking deck center.
Charging in Illinois: Level 1 charging points have been installed in parking garages at the University of Illinois. Some are located in metered spaces, others in parking garages that require a specific permit. The university plans to install Level 2 chargers within the next year.
Germany incentivizes EVs: To push sales of electric cars and cut emissions, Germany will propose tax incentives for owners of electric company cars. According to an outline of a national action plan, owners will be able to offset half the cost of the vehicle against tax in the year it is bought from 2015.
Mahindra, Berlin, Illinois.
Perfect for the island: Mahindra is directly eyeing the latter as the perfect market for its E20. The EV will be shipped to Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Bermuda and the Seychelles in the coming weeks. Next stop is Europe in 2015, where the E20 will first be made available in the UK and Norway.
Electric mobility in Berlin, take two: The German capital’s “Eco-Mobility Festival,” planned for 2015 had to be cancelled, due to too much opposition from residents and politicians (we reported). The plan was that, for a whole month, only electric cars were to be allowed in parts of city. Now politicians hope to give it another go – this time without forbidding the use of petrol cars and in closer cooperation with local residents.
morgenpost.de, tagesspiegel.de (both in German)
New ‘CarCharging’ station in Illinois: The company has partnered with Roundy’s Supermarket, a leading grocer in the Midwest, installing a Blink Level II EV charging station in Frankfort, Illinois (U.S.). Drivers can pay by using their Blink InCard, as well as directly by credit card.