BP Chargemaster presents new 150 kW charger
By 2021, BP Chargemaster plans to have 400 rapid charging stations in the United Kingdom. The company has also introduced a new 150 kW high power charger. By the end of the year, 100 of the new charging stations should already be in use.
UK: BP Chargemaster open large rapid-charge hub
BP Chargemaster and its network arm Polar have opened what they claim to be Britain’s biggest rapid-charge hub in Milton Keynes. Up to eight electric vehicles can charge with up to 50 kW at the multi-standard stations. The set-up uses existing facilities.
Polar Network, Balearic Islands, London.
Polar late start: The Polar Network charging provider in the UK, had planned to switch its billing scheme from flat-rate charging to charging per use two days ago. However, users found they could still charge their cars as usual while the new website appears anything else but ready. The few infos found by Transport Evolved leave room for speculation whether personal data of future Polar users will be shared with BMW.
Charging stations on Balearic Islands: With two million euros funding from the institute for alternative energy (IDAE), the Spanish government wants to install 2,000 EV charging points on Mallorca and other islands. The bidding process is soon to begin.
finanzas.com (in Spanish), mallorcazeitung.es (in German)
Testing the new cab for London: Finally, the Range Extended Electric Metrocab (we reported) got into the right hands – its future drivers. According to the video of the first rounds of testing, the cabbies are loving it.
Massachusetts, Highway Code, Polar Network, Hamburg.
EV incentives in Massachusetts: Governor Deval Patrick announced plans to start offering rebates for electric car and plug-in hybrid purchases similar to those in California. Buyers could thus get 2,500 dollars at the point of sale. At the same time, Massachusetts will continue to provide funding for institutions and businesses in its existing EV programme.
Highway Code update: RightDriver.co.uk has found that almost 65% out of 1,056 driving instructors would like to see hybrid vehicles included into the standard UK driver’s guide. More than a third believe that specifically all-electric vehicles belong into the Highway Code while 68% wish to see more information on alternatively-fuelled vehicles in general.
Charging for charging: Just ahead of the launch of new tariffs for charging at Polar Network stations in the UK today, the company seemed to have lowered its prices. However, customers are still indignant with some considering boycotting the network altogether.
Leafs for bus company: The Hamburger Hochbahn company has acquired eleven electric Nissans. The Leafs will be driven by mechanics and supervisors in the German city of Hamburg. There, they will certainly catch some attention as they bare the slogan “Wenn ich groß bin, werde ich ein Hochbahn-Bus” (“When I grow up, I will be a Hochbahn bus”). The company already has 36 alternatively-fuelled buses in its fleet.
newstix.de (in German)