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Electric Vehicle Weekly News Roundup-Feb 15

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We thought this might brighten up your Friday, unless you got pulled over on your way to work today.

 

Electric Vehicles

FSU is one of the first universities in the nation to decommission its entire fossil-fuel powered fleet and upgrade it to a 100 percent battery-electric fleet thanks to the leadership of StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee's public transit system. How about it Gators?


The Model 3 is the best selling luxury car with no dealerships and no advertising, really let’s all pause and be dazzled at the success from the American startup.


The largest U.S. automaker repeated its commitment to transition their entire fleet to “all-electric,” but expects it will take a few years to turn a profit.


Amazon and General Motors Co are negotiating an investment in Rivian Automotive LLC that would valuate the U.S. electric pickup truck manufacturer at between $1 and $2 billion.


Mercedes, given the success why not increase your production volume targets?


Infrastructure

EV Word of the Day: Interoperability- the ability to have one account and payment mechanism among many charging systems. EV charging is evolving similarly to how ATM banking has. It used to require the card to be used exclusively at the issuing bank but now they all speak the same ‘language’. This new standard will have your car communicate with the charging station directly with no card or phone app required!


Policy

In response to the Fairness for Every Driver Act, (sponsored by Senator Barrasso) which aims to eliminate the federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) and Electrification Coalition (EC) President and CEO, Robbie Diamond, published this statement. Diamond highlighted, “Electric cars are growing in popularity, but they have not reached a tipping point. The federal EV tax credit is a crucial policy that has the potential to provide significant national security benefits—and as policing the world’s oil supply lines costs the U.S. military at least $81 billion every year, it provides excellent value for money.”


EV-ready building energy codes will help more people make the switch to electric vehicles sooner, especially for those living in multi-family buildings. One study found that the average cost of an EV-ready parking space was roughly $900 when incorporated into initial construction, whereas a retrofit cost nearly $4,000 per parking space.


A coalition of cities in North Carolina recently proposed a set of policy changes to help them meet ambitious energy goals-everything from renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric transportation.

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