Poland wants to get 1 million EVs on its roads by 2025. The energy ministry says it will introduce tax relief for EV drivers, subsidies for the first 100,000 electric cars, and funds for the development and production of electric vehicles in 2018. The country's largest electricity producers also plan to help promote EVs. Poland, which gets much of its electricity from coal, would like to see more energy consumed at night so it doesn't go to waste. "The aim is to switch the tariffs system so that this night valley could become a source of energy for electric cars," says Deputy Energy Minister Michal Kurtyka. Read more at Automotive News Europe.
The US Postal Service is closer to choosing its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle. It has named six finalists, which will now produce about 50 prototypes. The USPS says, "Half of the prototypes will feature hybrid and new technologies, including alternative fuel capabilities." AM General, maker of the Humvee and one of the finalists, says its prototypes include technology providing "Substantial emissions decreases with a zero emissions option." The finalists have a year to provide their prototypes, after which the USPS will subject them to months of testing in a variety of conditions. Read more from Automotive News.
BMW, Bosch, and energy company Vattenfall have begun operation of a grid-scale energy storage system employing used EV battery packs. The second-life battery system, launched in Hamburg, Germany, has a storage capacity of 2.8 MWh and a power capacity of 2 MW. Using 2,600 battery modules pulled from over 100 BMW electric vehicles, the system makes the electricity available within seconds in order to stabilize the grid. Read more at Electrek.