FTA grants over $400Mn to modernise America’s buses
President Biden and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today awarded $409.3 million in grants to 70 projects in 39 states to modernise and electrify America’s buses. The money is, however, only the first instalment of funding that will run in the billions.
Nikola making plans for hydrogen fueling infrastructure
Nikola Motor is forging partnerships to develop and install hydrogen fueling infrastructure in North America. The aspiring manufacturer of fuel cell trucks has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with OPAL Fuels. Nikola also announced a strategic collaboration with TC Energy aiming to install ‘Hydrogen Hubs’.
Fraport & Volocopter set about air taxi infrastructure
Volocopter, and Fraport AG – the owner and manager of FRA, Germany’s biggest airport, intend to develop concepts for the ground infrastructure and the operation of electric aerial taxis at airports. The main focus will be on smooth passenger handling and efficient connections to existing traffic infrastructure.
Great Wall tackling H2 market first in Germany
One of China’s largest carmakers, Great Wall Motors (GWM), has announced an investment in H2 Mobility. The consortium that is backed by Daimler, Total or Shell, aims to install a network of hydrogen filling stations across Germany so Great Wall’s engagement comes as a bit of a surprise at first.
BP buys Britain’s POLAR charging network
BP will buy one of the UK’s largest EV charging providers. Chargemaster runs aboout 6,500 stations in their Polar network. They did not disclose any details but the new company will be called BP Chargemaster and plans on setting up more fast-charging stations at pit stops.
Rapid charging taskforce in London
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has turned to the private sector to increase electric car charging infrastructure in the capital with a nod to rapid charging. 16 organisations such as Shell UK or the RAC Foundation followed the call.
Trump agrees to gasoline tax hike verbally
Donald Trump, when asked to explain the budget for his new 200bn dollar infrastructure plan, has verbally agreed to a proposal, which would hike up the gas taxes in the USA by 25 cents. This move is surprising on various levels.