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Weekly Radar (March 11 - March 17)

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March 21, 2024

Each week, our team curates a selection of news articles, expert insights, and innovations related to electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and the broader clean energy landscape. Whether you're an EV enthusiast, an industry professional, or simply curious about the future of transportation, our Weekly Radar will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the most relevant and engaging topics. Stay connected, stay informed, and join us on this electrifying journey towards a greener future.

  • Painesville City Council accepts federal grant for EV charging stations ( --> Painesville City Council has unanimously voted to accept a federal grant for new electric vehicle charging stations after discussing the grant at two recent meetings. Painesville will receive two level two charging ports and two fast charging ports that will cost an estimated $223,000, stated a March 4 city manager report. The city will need to pay 20 percent of the total amount, while the rest will be funded through a federal grant that is being distributed by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.
  • Wisconsin is closer to building out an EV charging network - WPR --> A GOP bill that would bring Wisconsin one step closer to building a network of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles has cleared the state Legislature. The state Senate almost unanimously passed the bill Tuesday that makes changes to state law allowing private businesses to own and operate charging stations without being regulated as utilities. It now heads to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for his signature.
  • California among most electric vehicle-friendly states in America | KTLA --> Electric vehicle charging infrastructure remains a limiting factor in the transition from internal combustion engines to electrified vehicles. Range and charging anxiety are among the biggest challenges for existing EV owners, and may be the primary concern for potential EV buyers who are considering their first electric car.
  • DFDS Boosts Sustainable Fleet with Order of 100 Volvo Electric Trucks - GreentechLead --> DFDS, a prominent shipping and logistics company in Northern Europe, has reinforced its commitment to environmentally friendly transportation solutions with an order of 100 electric trucks from Volvo Trucks. This procurement brings DFDS’s total Volvo electric truck fleet to 225 units, marking the largest company fleet of heavy electric trucks in Europe.
  • Whitmer signs directive transitioning the state’s fleet to zero emission vehicles by 2040 • Michigan Advance --> Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed an executive directive to convert 100% of the state’s fleet to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2040.  “With today’s executive directive, I am directing state agencies to begin the process of converting vehicles owned and operated by the state to ZEVs by 2033 for light-duty vehicles and 2040 for medium and heavy-duty vehicles,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Getting this done will help drive demand of Michigan-made electric vehicles, lower gas and maintenance costs for the state since ZEVs cost far less to fuel and maintain and reduce air and noise pollution in our communities.”
  • Tesla is most popular EV brand for US fleet companies | S&P Global ( --> With consumer demand for electric vehicles appearing to reach a plateau for the moment, automakers are finding new customers for their EV stock: daily rental, corporate, and government fleets. And the top seller into those fleets is Tesla — constituting nearly one-third of fleet purchases of EVs over the trailing 13 months. This makes a certain sense, as Tesla is building EVs at volumes unmatched by any other OEM. But other brands are joining the fleet fray as well. Exposing consumers to EV technology via rental cars and corporate fleets can be seen as a savvy marketing move — especially for a legacy OEM trying to nibble away at Tesla's dominant market share.
Melis Colak
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