Hack it to get it: Tesla Model 3 at CanSecWest
Those competing in the Pwn2Own contest at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, Canada usually have the task of hacking a device, generally a computer. If they can breach the devices security measures, they get it for free. This year a Tesla 3 is up for grabs.
Bulgaria, London, Vancouver, Australia, Michigan.
ABB in Bulgaria: The Swiss’ Bulgarian branch has opened its first fast-charging station in the city of Plovdiv, a industrial and logistics centre. But ABB is not alone in the Eastern European country. Sofia-based eMobility International recently installed three rapid charging stations near the city of Sandanski and operates another two close to Sofia and on the border with Greece.
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BlueCity for free: The London borough of Merton offers resident a free annual membership for the EV sharing service that usually costs 5 GBP per month. 10 hours of driving are included and Londoner just need to key in the code EARLYBIRD10 to redeem the offer.
Charging charge: Vancouver may introduce fees for using city-owned charge stations as EV use has increased. Some stations had over 17,000 charging sessions last year and fees for fast-charging could climb to up to 16 dollars. Another option under review is to introduce more curb-side charge points.
Charging in remote areas will become possible with this network of 70 EV stations in Western Australia. The initiative is a team effort by Synergy and the Australian Electric Vehicle Association and will install three-phase charge points along all major roads in the state.
Two new fast-charging stations do not sound like much but given that Michigan got only a total of 15 it helps. Nissan had the ChaDeMo chargers installed at convenience stores along the I-96 expressway.
Hyundai, Vancouver, South Korea, Tesla, Chargemaster.
Ioniq Electric carsharing and all-inclusive offer: Hyundai and WaiveCar want to kick off an e-carsharing scheme with 150 Hyundai EVs in Los Angeles. Another 250 units in three other cities will join the fleet by the end of 2017. Because of advertising on and inside the vehicle, the first two hours are free. Moreover, Hyundai will offer “Ioniq Unlimited” leasing in California, offering the Ioniq Electric, as well as charging and service for three years a flat fee.
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Vancouver plans more chargers: The Canadian city has earmarked another 3m Canadian dollars for the installation of more EV charging stations over the next five years. Vancouver wants to become “the world’s greenest city” by 2020 and increase their numbers of EVs from now 1,000 to 30,000 units.
Cheap EV hire: To push the uptake of electric mobility, South Korea’s environmental ministry has struck deals with several car hiring companies. They will offer long-term rentals of some 6,000 EVs, said to be cheaper than purchasing an electric car, Moreover, the government will offer monetary incentives to buyers of the rental EVs.
Tesla charges Australia: The EV maker has kicked off installation of three new Supercharger sites Down Under. One will be located between Melbourne and Adelaide in the south of the country, while the other two will connect Sydney and Brisbane. Tesla also plans to install another Supercharger along that route, so models with lower range can also go the distance.
Chargemaster partners with Mercedes: Mercedes PHEV drivers in the UK can now order a homecharger with 3.6 or 7 kW, which will be delivered and installed by the country’s largest EV infrastructure provider. Customers who sign up benefit from six months free access to Chargemaster’s “Polar Network.”
Kandi, West Horsley Dairy, Karlovac, Vancouver.
Kandi goes to Shanghai: From now on, the Chinese automotive company has an electric presence in Shanghai. A total of 208 Kandi EV have now been deployed for Shanghai’s carsharing program. This is only the start, as Kandi plans to deliver 3,000 to 5,000 electric cars by this year’s end.
Hybrid dairyman: West Horsley Dairy now delivers its milk products with a FUSO Canter Eco Hybrid truck in London. The lorry comes with a special cooling body with an eutectic cooling system, which is based on frozen gel that keeps goods cool even when no power source is available.
Methane to miles: The garbage collection company in the Croatian city of Karlovac plans to electrify its entire fleet. On top of it, the business will produce its own energy for the EVs by using methane – a by-product of waste decomposition at its local landfill.
No cable, no charge: In the Vancouver area, cable theft is increasingly becoming a problem for EV drivers as thieves are cutting the long charging cables to get their hands on the copper inside. Some stations had seen their charging cables stolen more than once.