The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) ruling on the proposed settlement, from the dieselgate scandal, will come very soon. The Volkswagen Group of America is proposing to invest $2 billion into the nation’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure over the next ten years. A significant portion of this investment is earmarked for California. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the deal. Will California accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 million settlement?
Germany is building out an EV fast charging infrastructure. Two months ago, the European Commission decided “Germany’s scheme to roll out a network of user-friendly infrastructure for charging electric vehicles across the country is in line with EU state aid rules.” The government will invest €300 million (nearly $320 US) and two-thirds of this is designated to accelerate the development of a fast charging network. The buildout started long before any announcement of Government funding. 292 units were installed last year. Construction of the Dutch company Fastned’s first German EV fast charging stations is about to commence.
In the five years since Fastned incorporated, they have built 59 fast charging stations through-out the Netherlands. Investors funded this expansion. Now many of these stations are generating revenue. Last week Europe’s largest EV Fast Charging Station company announced an important milestone.
Everyone knows that B.C. Ferries is losing money. According to their press release last November, the supposedly “publicly owned company” was $1.2 billion in debt. Yet this morning Claire Trevena, the NDP critic for transportation, announced that an NDP Government would reduce some ferry fares.
Compared to the 10 million miles that the city’s vehicles travel every day, Scoot’s penetration into the San Francisco market is still relatively small. The 800 vehicles in their shared light electric vehicle (LEV) fleet have covered 2 million miles since 2012. CEO Michael Keating admits that, even combining their statistics with those of Zipcar, Bay Area Bikeshare, and Uber, you would probably not reach 5% of the total volume.1 But the market is growing fast. Scoot’s LEVs produce about 2% of the average car’s emissions and are an attractive alternative to get around on the world’s traffic congested streets. Keating is looking expand into cities like Paris, Rome and Madrid in the EU. So, in partnership with providers like Renault-Nissan, Mahindra, Govecs, and Emco-Elektroroller, Scoot is unveiling the the Scoot Mobility Operating System (MOS).