Hilton will install EV chargers at more hotels. The company plans to have 50 chargers at its properties by the end of the year, and 100 chargers by the end of 2016. Charging is free to hotel guests. "Our goal is to support our guests in their travels no matter what technology they're using," says Hilton Worldwide's Executive VP for Global Brands, Jim Holthouser. Read more at The Diesel Driver.
Formula E is expanding its television audience in Europe. The electric racing series renewed or inked new contracts with various broadcasters, including markets in Albania, Cyprus and Iceland. "Green energy is gaining more importance each passing day," says Oskar Thorvaldsson, Head of Sports at 365 Media Iceland. "We are really looking forward to retaining Formula E in our motorsport portfolio and have high hopes it will remain hugely popular with our subscribers." Formula E says it will announce more TV deals in the coming weeks. Read more from Formula E.
ChargePoint is praising California Governor Jerry Brown for signing the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. Senate Bill 350 aims to cut the use of petroleum in vehicles by 50 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, which will require utilities to invest in renewable energy and EV charging infrastructure. "From utilities to automakers, private corporations to government entities, we all have a role to play in lowering our state's greenhouse gas emissions," says ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano. "Encouraging drivers to make the switch to zero-emission electric vehicles is a critical part of that effort, and SB 350 will go a long way to support that transition by increasing access to EV charging stations, including in disadvantaged communities throughout the state." Read more in the press release below.
Campbell, Calif. – Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, joined California Governor Jerry Brown at today's signing of Senate Bill 350. This landmark legislation is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through new and expanded policies promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and the electrification of transportation. Romano issued the following statement:
"ChargePoint applauds Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin De Leon and the California State Legislature for continuing to expand California's commitment to cleaner air and a more sustainable future. The passage and signing of SB 350 prove once again that California is the nation's leader in the fight against climate change, and ChargePoint is proud to have been among those championing this important issue.
"From utilities to automakers, private corporations to government entities, we all have a role to play in lowering our state's greenhouse gas emissions. Encouraging drivers to make the switch to zero-emission electric vehicles is a critical part of that effort, and SB 350 will go a long way to support that transition by increasing access to EV charging stations, including in disadvantaged communities throughout the state.
"SB 350 is a giant step forward for California and the entire country must follow our lead. As a proud California-born company and an industry leader, ChargePoint looks forward to continuing to work with our elected officials, the California Public Utilities Commission and with stakeholders across the state to implement this ambitious and important state policy"
To meet aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals, SB 350 specifically requires California electric utilities to invest in EV charging infrastructure and support EV adoption in a way that leverages private-sector funding, protects competition and allows consumers choices in equipment and services. ChargePoint has consistently supported Gov. Brown's commitment to expanding the EV industry in California and legislative efforts to support EV adoption.