Recharge Wrap-up: France's single EV network; Geely and methanol

ZTE Developing Wireless Charging Infrastructure For China

France plans to make all of its EV charging stations interoperable among all networks. A decree, set to be imposed by the end of the year, would make sure subscribers to various charging networks would be able to use any of the country's public chargers. France currently boasts 9,400 charging stations, with that number expected to reach 40,000 by 2020. Some network operators have already begun working on interoperability at the request of French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron. Read more from Reuters.

Chinese telecommunications company ZTE is working on wireless charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. ZTE (the same company working with Kandi on its electric carsharing program) is developing inductive charging systems and services, and has already begun deploying them in six Chinese cities, with about 21 cities signing memorandums of understanding to launch its wireless power transfer systems. ZTE says its charging system has a capacity of up to 30 kW with a gap of 20 cm and up to 90 percent efficiency. ZTE New Energy Vehicle Company Vice President Academus Tian presented the company's wireless charging program at electric vehicle standardization workshop between the US and China. Read more from Green Car Congress.

Geely will invest in Icelandic methanol producer Carbon Recycling International (CRI). Geely, the world's leading methanol carmaker, is investing $45.5 million into CRI, which captures industrial carbon dioxide emissions to make renewable methanol fuel. Methanol produces far fewer greenhouse gases and particulate pollutants than traditional fossil fuels, and costs about half as much. "It is no doubt that methanol will be widely used as its advantages compared with gasoline fuel will be more and more prominent," says Geely Chairman and Founder Li Shufu. "I believe the cooperation with CRI will greatly promote Geely's development in clean energy for vehicles." Read more from Want China Times.

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