Recharge Wrap-up: UK funds new charging infrastructure, there's Tesla Gigafactory progress

DOE Requests Info On Buying Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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The Department of Energy is requesting information regarding bulk purchasing of alternative fuel vehicles. The DOE issued the information request to various sources, such as manufacturers, universities and government agencies, seeking details into aggregated purchase of the vehicles and their components. The DOE believes an aggregated buying process would help OEMs and suppliers increase production and reduce costs. Read more from Green Car Congress.

The UK Government has announced new funding for electric vehicle infrastructure and low-emission vehicle technology. $49 million will go toward infrastructure projects: $23 million for home charging incentives, $12 million for public charging infrastructure and $14 million for other projects to be detailed more specifically later this year. $17 million will go toward funding 15 different low-emission vehicle research and development projects, including creating a lightweight car from recycled carbon fiber as well as a fuel cell range extended electric bus. Read more from Green Car Congress.

New photos show the progress of Tesla's battery Gigafactory in Nevada. The images show that the large two-story building - at least its shell - is coming along nicely, with about a quarter of the area erected. There's a roof on most of what's been built, but nothing has been closed in yet. Of course, there's a lot of work left to be done, including installing all the equipment on the factory floor when the building is completed. Tesla targets 2017 for the production of the new Model 3 sedan, but it needs this battery facility finished to provide batteries for the car. See the photos over at Green Car Reports.

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