Fastned, Nissan, Nevada, Florida.
Fastned adapts to Tesla: All 50 of the Dutch infrastructure provider’s fast-charging stations will be equipped with Tesla-to-CHAdeMO charging adapters by the end of the month. Fastned thus significantly expands the Californian’s network, as there are only seven Superchargers in the land of tulips.
electriccarreport.com, insideevs.com, fastned-en.pr.co
Smart City: Nissan envisions a future where cars charge at the curb and swap charge bays autonomously before driving up to homes to share their power. This extremely connected vehicle-to-grid scenario was developed together with architecture firm Foster and is on display in Geneva.
Free to roam: British Columbia is getting ready to allow EV drivers to use HOV lanes, following California’s example. While the rule would go into immediate effect, the Canadian province still has to provide decals to clearly mark the privileged.
Electric Highway: Nevada opened another EV charging location that now enables electric cars to go the 450 miles from Las Vegas to Reno. The stop provides six charging spots, including one for fast-charging. More stations are to follow as part of the government backed project.
Free charging: Florida joins Nissan’s ‘No Charge to Charge’ programme, which offers Leaf drivers free charging. The Sunshine State is the 27th market the Japanese carmaker has added to the scheme.
India, Smart City Challenge, Nissan, Liverpool, Nevada.
Indian bus electrification: India’s run to electrify all its 150,000 buses has kicked off. In Delhi, 15 buses have been retro-fitted, supported by a pilot scheme by the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT). Others cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune will follow in a drive to turn a first batch of 1,000 buses from diesel to electric.
Smart City Challenge: 77 cities applied for the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge. The winner gets 50 million dollars, with 10m dedicated to electric vehicles and other CO2 decreasing measures. Five finalists will be chosen on March 12th, and will then have time to polish their proposals for the final selection in June.
Business travel: Nissan teams up with Go Travel Solutions and offers members of the Smartgo workplace travel networks discounts “worth thousands of pounds” when purchasing a Nissan Leaf. There are 95,000 Smart Go members from 200 companies in the UK.
Public charging: The city of Liverpool has installed 28 charge points. Half of them are for public use and stand at railway stations, the ferry terminal, and hospitals. The other half is located well within reach of the local authority, i.e. at council buildings. The Liverpool City Region will soon introduce 23 EVs to its fleet.
Highway charging: Nevada installed its first of four charging stations on route 95 that links Las Vegas and Reno. It is part of the state’s Nevada Electric Highway initiative, which lets EV drivers charge at no cost over the next five years.
Volkswagen, California, FedEx, AeroVironment & Recargo, Nevada.
12,000 EV charging stations could be built on Volkswagen carparks. At least that is what VW CEO Martin Winterkorn supposedly said behind closed doors at the national conference on e-mobility in Berlin this week, German Press Agency dpa reports. However, the carrot comes with a stick as he asked politicians to consider new taxation for the financial advantage workplace charging poses.
greencarcongress.com; welt.de (in German)
H2 consensus: The OEM Advisory Group has agreed on a list of 19 recommended locations to install the next hydrogen stations in California. The association unites carmakers like GM, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.
FedEx trials FCVs: At Memphis International Airport, the delivery company is testing 15 fuel cell vehicles in a demo project. Plug Power delivers the fuel cell system and will also be responsible for the hydrogen supply. The project is financed with 2.5 million dollars each from private investors and the DoE.
Pay by phone: AeroVironment and Recargo introduced a new smartphone-based payment option for EV drivers. The PlugShare app by Recargo now includes the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon and Washington. The pay per charge service invokes no additional charges but drivers can still subscribe for flat-rate unlimited charging.
Take no gamble: Plans have been announced to install electric car charging stations between Las Vegas and Reno. The so-called Electric Highway will be funded by NV Energy and Nevada’s renewable energy tax abatements. The first 15 stations are to be erected before this year ends.
Nevada, Peugeot, India, E-Golf, Golf GTE.
The Nevada-Gigafactory deal will offer Tesla more incentives than expected. In return for choosing Nevada as location for the Gigafactory, the state will support the enterprise with a package estimated at 1.25 billion dollars. If approved by legislature, Tesla will basically operate tax free for the first 10 years and not having to pay sales tax for another ten years. In exchange for the incentives, Tesla must agree to invest at least 3.5 billion dollars in the battery plant.
forbes.com, businessinsider.com, teslamotors.com
Updated hybrid for Paris: Peugeot will show a new version of the hybrid study Exalt at the Paris Motor Show. The updated vehicle feature new materials and a little extra – it will come with a foldable electric scooter, called the HYbrid-kick, stored in the boot of the car.
Chinese EV from India? A consortium of 15 Chinese companies allegedly wants to produce electric vehicles in the Indian region of Gujarat. Among them are seven carmakers. They are planning on investing 100 million dollars into building electric buses, ambulance and police cars.
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E-Golf with sirens: Though there are no reports suggesting that Germany’s police force is looking to go electric, Volkswagen will show its E-Golf police car at the upcoming General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference in Leipzig. More and more police forces worldwide have chosen to add EVs to their fleets.
Driving the Golf GTE: VW’s first plug-in hybrid is an overall smooth ride, especially in the city. Though Andy Pringle from AutoTrader finds the engine pretty noisy when going into sports mode and says, the vehicles extra pounds are weighing down acceleration. Still, he would “recommend it over a Toyota Prius plug-in or Vauxhall Ampera.”