Japan, Dorset, New Mexico, Phoenix Taxis.
H2 expansion bogged down: According to Reuters, Japan could miss its goal of installing 100 hydrogen filling stations by March 2016. A mere 76 stations were approved prior to the end of an application deadline for subsidies last month.
New fast-chargers: 18 rapid-charge points will be installed in Dorset in southern England until the end of May. These will be accessible via the Charge Your Car membership card or smartphone app.
New Mexico gets rapid charging: A total of five fast-chargers will be installed in the towns of Albuquerque, Corrales and Santa. The stations are funded by Nissan. There are nearly 11,000 plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles on the road in New Mexico.
Phoenix Taxis wants more Teslas: The British taxi company took its first Tesla into service and already announced that it is planning on purchasing another nine in the next year.
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U.S. EV initiatives, New Mexico, Memphis, Atlanta, Hong Kong.
250 million dollars for EVs: At an event at the White House, two new initiatives have been launched. More than 70 utility providers plan to invest over 250 million dollars in EVs to electrify their fleets. PG and the Edison Electric Institute furthermore announced a new initiative for the ‘Workplace Charging Challenge’ the DoE had called for.
New Mexico e-fleet: The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) plans to replace most of its vehicles, possibly all 450, with plug-in electric vehicles. For a start, seven vehicles will be acquired, with six pick-ups and ten bucket trucks to follow within the next few weeks.
H2 station at Memphis airport: Plug Power has completed installation of its first GenFuel hydrogen infrastructure at the Memphis Airport. The GenFuel station includes a hydrogen tank, compression system, fuel pipelines, and hydrogen dispensers that will power a fleet of 15 airport tugs.
American Football goes electrically: ChargePoint provided ten Atlanta Falcons-branded charging stations to the team at various training facilities. Atlanta is the second biggest EV market in the U.S. after California.
Cheaper charging stations in Hong Kong: Hong Kong Productivity Council and Chinese ITE Engineering have locally developed low-cost fast-charging stations to be installed at two government facilities in Hong Kong, adding to another ten already existing imported ones in Hong Kong.