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Electric Vehicle News Roundup-July 12

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Events


Driving on Sunshine Electric Vehicle Roadshow Launch If you live in South Florida, join us on July 20, 2019 for the official launch of our Driving on Sunshine Electric Vehicle Roadshow, which will provide opportunities for Floridians to experience the ease and benefits of driving electric firsthand! We are excited to hold the launch event as part of the 2019 e4 Life: Green Health & Wellness Expo at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in partnership with the West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. The expo features fun and educational activities for the entire family. Sign up to attend this roadshow kick-off event and test drive an electric vehicle here. Have an idea for another ride and drive event location? Let us know here.


The 2019 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo showcases the latest and

greatest in advanced vehicles, fuels, and technologies — including data-driven solutions. This conference is a source of on-the-ground experience for increasing fleet efficiency and sustainability, while reducing emissions and costs. Join them on August 7-8, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina and learn from your peers and experts. Or, share your expertise — opportunities to sponsor, exhibit, and display vehicles are still available. Register and learn more at www.sustainablefleetexpo.com. Contact Allison Carr (akcarr@ncsu.edu) at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center for additional information.

Electric Vehicles

Tesla has a secret lab trying to build its own battery cells to reduce dependence on Panasonic Tesla is reportedly working to develop its own batteries, a move that could help the automaker offer cheaper, higher-performance electric vehicles.


Toyota Tests Prius PHV With 860 W Solar Charging System Toyota — in collaboration with with NEDO and Sharp — is conducting research on a plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius Prime with a solar charging system. A thin film of solar battery cells covering the roof, hood, rear hatch door and rear hatch door garnish could enable enough power to fully recharge the battery to 25 miles of range.



Tesla Pickup truck overtakes Ford F150 as most talked about pickup

An analysis of geotagged Twitter data found that the yet-to-be-unveiled Tesla Pickup is now a more popular topic of discussion than the widely popular Ford F150 pickup truck.


Infrastructure

US now has over 20,000 electric car charging stations with more than 68,800 connectors The Department of Energy recently reported that the U.S. now has more than 20,000 electric vehicle charging stations with more than 68,800 connectors — up from about 16,000 public charging stations with about 43,000 connectors two years ago. California has the largest number of chargers by a wide margin, followed by Florida, Texas, and New York.

Policy

Electric vehicle owners won’t pay higher NC registration fees next year after all

The bill isn't final yet, but it looks like North Carolina electric vehicle drivers likely won't pay higher registration fees next year after all. We'll share an update once the bill is final.


US cities to purchase 2,100 EVs by 2020 — but it could have been many more

A coalition of U.S. mayors from 127 cities, 15 counties and 38 states announced that it will buy more than 2,100 electric vehicles for city and county fleets by the end of next year.

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