BP announced it will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months. The charging units will top up cars in half an hour. The trial will start in the UK during February and March before expanding to European locations later this year. There are around 130,000 electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the UK.

The Czech Republic city of Prague is adding 59 new recharging stations for electric cars, in addition to the approximately 100 that already exist. The stations will be completed in 2019 and then leased to private operators through a tender process. Nine bases  medium-speed charging stations will be built at current parking lots, and 50 for fast charging at busy locations in the city. The city will also build and additional 3 charging stations for its own fleet of EVs.

German automaker BMW will have 25 electric cars, plug-in hybrid models by 2025. BMW says it expects up to 25% of its sales to be plug-in electric vehicles by 2025.

German automaker Daimler will electrify the entire portfolio of Mercedes-Benz by 2022, offering its customers at least one electrified alternative in all Mercedes-model series. The company is planning to offer more than 50 electrified vehicle variants by that year. The company plans to invest €10 billion in the expansion of its electrical fleet and an additional €1 billion in a global battery production network. The global battery network currently comprises five battery factories on three continents. Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said:

“We address every market segment: from the smart fortwo seater, to the large SUV. The battery is the key component of e-mobility. As batteries are the heart of our electric vehicles we put a great emphasis on building them in our own factories. With our global battery network we are in an excellent position: As we are close to our vehicle plants we can ensure the optimal supply of production. In case of a short-term high demand in another part of the world our battery factories are also well prepared for export. The electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars is right on track. Our global production network is ready for e-mobility.”

Volvo says it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019. Keith Brandis, Volvo Trucks North America vice president for product planning added:

“We are working closely with customers, cities, suppliers of batteries and charging infrastructure, and other key stakeholders to create the necessary framework for battery-powered electric trucks.”

Renault Trucks announced it will be making a range of electric vehicles in 2019. These all-electric trucks are designed for use in urban and suburban areas in Europe. The company said it has been testing various types of experimental full-electric 12-16 tonne trucks to obtain information on conditions of use, battery behavior, recharging facilities and specific maintenance requirements for these vehicles.

California Governor Jerry Brown wants 5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2030 to meet the state’s goals.  ZEV technologies include hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles, which include both pure battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Last year the US state had about 340,000 of these vehicles on its roads.

Beacon Economics says that California’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) market is on track to meet or exceed a target of 1.5 million ZEVs on California’s roads by 2025. However, the report did note that California is lagging behind when it comes to ensuring its charging infrastructure keeps up with the growth of its electric vehicle fleet. California has over 16,000 public and nonresidential private-sector charging outlets but will need 125,000 to 220,000 charging ports from private and public sources by 2020 in order to provide adequate infrastructure for its EV fleet.

The western US state of Colorado has set a goal of 1 million electric vehicles on its roads by 2030. Currently there are only 13,000 of these vehicles in the state. To achieve its goals the state will be providing funding for fast charging stations on its highways and in cities. The funding for these stations will come from the $69 million the state received in the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Settlement. In addition the state will offer tax incentives to buyer of electric vehicles as well as as provide funding to cities to purchase 500 electric transit vehicles such as buses.


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