Electric Nation, Austria, Sweden, ITM Power, Shell, Michigan.
The Electric Nation project gets underway as first smart chargers are installed for free at homes of participants in Britain. Electric Nation is the follow up trial of the Electric Avenue and probes a future, where electric cars will be plenty and smart enough to stabilise rather than destabilise the grid.
72m euro e-mobility package kicks off: Austria has started its planned subsidy programme for electric vehicles. From March, 1 communities, companies and municipalities may apply for grants for EVs and charging infrastructure. The overall scheme is worth 72m euros.
diepresse.com (in German)
Swedish police on EV call: Ten electric cars entered a trial as police cars in Sweden, where they will serve in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö but not on call-outs. The test will run until April.
Hydrogen on the M25: ITM Power and Shell opened a fuel cell station at Cobham services on the M25 motorway. It is the first on a British highway.
Infrastructure withdrawn: Michigan utility Consumers Energy has scrapped its plan to install 810 EV charging stations for 15m dollars in the state. The scheme met dissent from authorities, competitors and environmental groups that had concerns about funding.
Shell, Bangkok, New Jersey, Jedlix, FLO.
Shell plans EV chargers: The oil giant will kick off construction of EV chargers this year, starting in the UK and Netherlands. More markets could follow. The number of planned chargers has not been released.
ft.com (paid content) via heise.de
200 e-buses for Bangkok? The Thai capital’s plan to replace 200 conventional buses with electric ones is getting more concrete. If the cabinet gives the green light in February, those 200 electric buses could already go into service before the end of the year.
Charging toll roads: The U.S. state of New Jersey passed two bills to push EV charging along toll roads. The first requires the installation of places to plug in at three service areas on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, and two Atlantic City Expressway service areas. The second bill will see the installation of EV chargers along to toll roads as part of a public-private partnership.
Charging renewables: Jedlix, a subsidiary of Dutch utility Eneco, is making its #ichargesmart charging app available to Tesla drivers. When charging at home, it helps increase the amount of renewable energy used to charge the battery, as well as keep costs low, by selecting optimal charging moments.
New home charging solution for Canadians: Nissan is working with FLO in Canada, recommending the FLO Home charging station to its customers there. Nissan will even offer a 500-dollar discount on the charger when purchased with a new Nissan leaf by March 31st.
EV-Box, Shell, ChargePoint, PSA, U Drive.
4,000 chargers in Rotterdam: ENGIE Services and EV-Box are said to install 4,000 chargers in region of Rotterdam by 2018, some 1,800 will be erected in the city itself. EV-Box already won a similar deal earlier this year (we reported) to set up 4,000 chargers in Amsterdam.
duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl (in Dutch), ev-box.com
Is Shell going EV? According to the Guardian, the oil company is looking to set up EV chargers at its petrol stations in the UK from 2017. Moreover, Shell asked the government about its plans to install roads with inductive charging technology. Further details or how many chargers will be installed are still under wraps.
95 fast-chargers along the coasts: BMW, VW and ChargePoint have completed their project setting up fast-chargers along the East and West Coast in the U.S. Placed 50 km apart, the 24 kW stations are said to make it easier for EV drivers to go long distance.
theverge.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
PSA-Carsharing in LA? The joint carsharing scheme that PSA and Bolloré announced last year (we reported) is taking shape. According to PSA CEO Carlo Tavares, talks with numerous cities are still ongoing, with LA being a top choice.
lesechos.fr (in French) via fortune.com
U Drive goes into second round: The programme from the University of Utah is designed to help staff and students go EV or PHEV, sponsoring up to 20 percent of the lease or purchasing price. All who live or work in the Salt Lake City region qualify.