Recharge Wrap-up: ChargePoint Home available, WaPo reviews EV books

Wyoming Taxes Alternative Fuels; ElringKlinger May Cancel EV Contract

A new Wyoming law taxes alternative fuels. Governor Matt Mead signed a bill that extends fuel taxes to natural gas, pure ethanol, E85 and biodiesel beginning in July. Taxes will be included in the price of the fuel, and will be based on energy content equivalent to a gallon of gasoline. Read more from Casper Star-Tribune.

ChargePoint now offers electric vehicle chargers for the home. Called ChargePoint Home, it plugs into a 240-volt outlet, and can offer up to 25 miles of range per hour. It allows drivers to schedule charging for use during off-peak hours, can be controlled with a smartphone app and works with the Nest learning thermostat. It will even remind owners to plug in their car if they haven't. It uses a universal J1772 connector and offers various cable lengths. The charger is also suitable for the outdoors. Read more about ChargePoint Home or watch the introductory video at the company's website.

The Washington Post has reviewed two books that look at the future of EVs. The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future is written by Levi Tillemann, who worked as policy advisor with the DOE. Tillemann sees regulation as the key to successful EV proliferation. Steve LeVine, a correspondent for Quartz, studied battery development at Argonne National Laboratory. His book, The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save The World, focuses on the science and scientists behind creating a battery that can compete with the energy density and convenience of gasoline. Read the review of both books at The Washington Post.

German company ElringKlinger could terminate a contract to provide EV components to an unnamed customer. ElringKlinger CEO Stefan Wolf cites losses at the company's E-Mobility business as the reason it may need to back out. "If there is no improvement we are going to terminate the contract and they will just have to see whether they get the stuff somewhere else," says Wolf. ElringKlinger supplies components for the BMW i3, as well as other EVs. Read more at Automotive News Europe.

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