Here, Smart Charge, British Columbia, Spinx, Rochester.
Charging alliance I: German mapping service Here has teamed up with Finish Vitra, which operates hundreds of public chargers in different European countries. Thanks to the cooperation, these are now visible on Here maps.
Charging alliance II: Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) and CLP Holdings have founded a 50-50 joint venture to offer charging solutions in Hong Kong. The new company Smart Charge is mainly said to install chargers at parking stalls in front of apartments and offices.
Climate Leadership Plan: The Canadian province of British Columbia has published its plan on how to reduce emissions. That includes making EVs more affordable and increasing the support for charging stations in buildings. The goal is to reduce emissions by up to 25m tonnes below current forecasts by 2050.
Charge while shopping: Spinx has set up fast-chargers (Level 3) at seven of its convenient stores in South Carolina. The charging stations are part of Nissans “No Charge to Charge” programme, but are accessible for an EV with the right inlet.
Rochester goes EV: The city of Rochester, Massachusetts, has received a state grant to lease three electric vehicles for three years, as well as set up a charging station. The best location of the latter will be decided on soon.
Tesla, Low-No, Proterra, Spinx, Daventry.
Tesla’s lawsuit: According to The Wall Street Journal, Tesla is preparing a federal lawsuit to prevent states from banning direct-sales. Six U.S. states (18 percent of the vehicles market) won’t currently allow Tesla stores, which could hurt sales of the new Model 3. The EV maker’s legal team has been studying a case in which monk were allowed to directly sell coffins to customers to establish precedence.
“Low-No” programme: The U.S. Federal Transit Administration has approved 55m dollars in funding for state and government agencies to purchase low or no emissions vehicles, as well as related equipment and facilities. The funding comes as part of their Low or No Emission Programme, designed to transition the nation’s transit to energy efficient vehicles.
Proterra tested: King County Metro Transit in Washington state, USA, has completed accelerated durability and reliability testing for the Proterra Catalyst e-bus. The highly rigorous test consisted of simulating continuous use with a 97 passenger sized load for one year. The Proterra averaged 325 miles per day, driving 572 miles/day max. The electric bus was charged over 1,750 times during the testing period.
Spinx in Carolina: Select Spinx locations in South Carolina will be getting Level 3 (DC) electric chargers. While Levels 1 and 2 chargers are already available, the Level 3 allows customers to load up faster. Chargers will be ready to use by May 3rd, and will cost a flat rate of 5.95 dollars plus 20 cents per minute.
Daventry local council: One new Nissan Leaf has joined the Daventry District Council in the UK. The EV was purchased with the help of a grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and will be used by staff for business travel.