National Grid has concluded that just 50 ultra-rapid charger locations placed strategically across the UK would be sufficient to quell range anxiety. The plan is estimated to cost as little as £0.60 per car per year and would mean that 96% of UK drivers would be within 50 miles of a rapid charger at all times.
Swedish start-up Einride plans to have a driverless electric truck in operation by the end of 2018, capable of a range up to 200 km on a single charge with space for 15 standard pallets and a maximum weight around 20 tonnes. The ‘T-pod,’ as the electric truck is called, will be sold at roughly US$150,000 per unit. Einride is in partnership with supermarket giant Lidl, who have set targets to reduce emissions 40% by 2035.
The Irish government has launched a new grant scheme to encourage the uptake of EVs in the country’s taxi, limousine, and hackney fleet. Drivers will be offered up to €7,000 towards the purchase of a full or plug-in hybrid EV and will be able to access additional incentives, including vehicle registration tax relief, the lowest band of road tax, and a home charger grant—together worth up to an additional €10,000.
A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance expects half of the world’s bus fleet to be electric by 2025, with China dominating with 99% of the market share. With the falling cost of batteries, the upfront cost of electric buses is expected to be competitive with diesel by 2026, although their lifetime cost is competitive now.