Semi-solid battery start-up 24M raises $22M
It has been quiet around the A123 spin-off 24M that had promised to deliver cheaper, semi-solid batteries by doing away with inactive materials in the electrodes. Now the company has received a 22 million dollar funding push and will build a small commercial plant beginning next year.
India, Indianapolis, SemaConnect, Kyocera, Tesla.
India ups subsidies: Starting in April, the country wants to increase subsidies for electric cars from around 10.5m euros to at least 70m euros as part of its FAME programme. More than half of the money will be earmarked for buying incentives for electric and hybrid cars, while the rest will be used for research grants and building up charging infrastructure.
IndyGo electrified: Indianapolis has received all of its 21 electric buses, each with a driving range of about 130 miles. The first bus was already delivered in July. The purchase was funded by a TIGER grant.
Colorado plugs in: Company Arrow Electronics installed a total of seven EV chargers from SemaConnect at its corporate headquarters in Englewood and Centennial, Colorado. Though the company does not say, whether these stations will be open to the public.
New solar chargers in Japan: Kyocera installed two new public solar chargers in the city of Kyotango. Due to the stations’ independence from the power grid, they can also double as central hubs for back-up power during emergencies.
Tesla expansion in Australia: The California EV pioneer sold 600 Model S in its first year Down Under and installed seven Superchargers. Another five are said to follow this year. There are already dozens of Destination Chargers installed across the country.
EU, Japan, China, Tesla, E-mobility NSR, Kyocera.
EU prefers multi-standard chargers: The European Parliament has adopted the final draft for the directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure. EU members are advised to erect sufficient charging points on a non-discriminatory basis. Even with choosing Type 2 and Combo 2 as an European standard, existing charging points and cars with other standards such as CHAdeMO should not be affected and multi-standard chargers should be installed.
europarl.europa.eu (directive), chademo.com (statement)
Japanese charging alliance: Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Honda will form a joint venture as early as next month to simplify EV charging in Japan, Nikkei reports. The decision follows the goal set last July to install 4,000 quick-charge and 8,000 standard stations with a unified payment system.
asia.nikkei.com via inautonews.com
Tesla to partner with petrol stations? Reportedly, Elon Musk is visiting China this month to speak to Sinopec (China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.). The aim is to integrate charging stations into Sinopec’s existing networks of petrol stations across China.
marketwatch.com via blog.sfgate.com
Follow up: The Epic American Roadtrip (we reported) on which Recargo manager Norman Hajjar is driving a Tesla Model S for approximately 12,000 miles in 20 days has now started. The team set up a website, where you can follow the journey.
roadtrip.plugshare.com (Epic website) via fastcoexist.com
Another epic electric trip has just come to an end. In only 78 hours and 14 minutes, a team managed to drive from London, UK to Oslo, Norway in two Model S.
EV as backup: Japanese Kyocera (KCCS) has installed a ‘Solar Cycle Station for EV’ at the headquarters of Shintec Hozumi in Japan, who planned the system. The station charges EVs with solar power which then cannot only be used as cars but also as disaster energy-backup.