Charging prices rise in the UK over December
From 1 December, new prices are being applied across the BP Pulses’ UK network. The cost per kWh of energy for subscribers has risen from 23p to 32p for the standard public chargers with AC 43kW/DC 50kW and from 29p to 38p for registered users.
InstaVolt strikes a deal with KFC UK & Ireland
The charging station operator InstaVolt announced a significant partnership with the fried chicken fast-food giant KFC, which will see rapid chargers installed at up to 450 KFC drive-thru restaurants at locations across the UK and Ireland.
McDonalds to connect chargers in UK locations
McDonald’s wants to set up hundreds of fast charging points for electric cars branches in Great Britain in cooperation with InstaVolt. The rapid chargers are designed for charging capacities of up to 125 kW. New Aldi branches in the UK are also to receive charging points – but at a much slower rate.
CIIF secures Church support in the UK
The manager of the UK Treasury’s Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund has announced a second close valued at £80m. The support comes from the Church Commissioners for England group with HM Treasury matching, as was announced by the fund management company Zouk Capital.
InstaVolt adds 125 kW chargers to UK network
The British provider InstaVolt is expanding its existing 50 kW fast-charging network with new stations delivering up to 125 kW. The first was built in Basingstoke, England, and more will follow in the course of the summer.
Cenex, InstaVolt, Car2Go, Source East, LG.
First vehicle-to-home unit: Cenex has announced the installation of the first domestic EV-to-grid unit in the UK. The appliance was developed through Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems (EFES) project and allows the owner to power a home through the electric car. It serves as V2G demonstration for the project partners.
Rapid charging in Devon: InstaVolt is to install rapid electric vehicle charging points across Mid Devon. Eight PAYG rapid chargers will be installed in in Tiverton, Cullompton and Crediton during the first phase of the project that is led by Mid Devon District Council.
Car2Go is valid for emission credits through the Spanish government, that has agreed to buy CO2 certificates Mercedes’ electric car sharing gathers in the capital Madrid. Daimler deployed 500 electric Smarts in town and is given credits for both their green nature as well as the sharing. Spain will put the emission credits forward to reach its climate protection obligations laid out in both EU treaties as well as the Kyoto protocol.
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End of Source East: EV charging network Source East will cease to exist on 31st March. Its operators cite unsustainable running costs as main reason for its closure. The existing charge points mainly in the East of England will return to their owners, with others being transferred to other networks.
LG workplace charging: 100 electric charge spots will be set up by LG Electronics at 16 locations in South Korea. Employees can use the hubs for free but the project receives state support.
InstaVolt, Uber, A1, Rwanda.
3,000 EV charger by 2020: British InstaVolt received 12m GBP from Zouk Capital. With the addition of government funds, the infrastructure provider plans to erect 3,000 EV charge points in Great Britain before the decade’s end.
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Uber with Tesla in Madrid: The taxi service launched a Tesla fleet with licensed drivers in Madrid. The 20-strong electric fleet was introduced after the Spanish city banned Uber until March because of its unlicensed drivers. Its expansion is restricted still.
Upcycling: Austrian operator A1 has opened its 25th electric vehicle charging station reutilising a public pay phone booth in the centre of Herzogenburg. E-cars, e-scooters or e-bikes can be recharged for free.
VW in Rwanda: Volkswagen signed a MOU with the Rwanda Development Board to build a production plant in the country. The plan includes a concept for app-based mobility solutions such as car sharing and ride hailing with electric cars in the mid-term.