Mercedes-Benz is bringing its stationary energy storage system to the US. The company has founded Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, which will offer its alternative to the likes of the Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack in the States beginning in early 2017. "We are making an active contribution to the process of transition towards sustainable energy generation and continuing the success story of German-based battery production," says Mercedes-Benz Energy CEO Marc Thomas. The first offering will be a residential system for solar or backup power, with 2.5-kWh battery modules that can be combined for up to 20 kWh of storage. Read more in the press release.
A new EV coalition has formed in New Jersey as gas taxes increase. Shortly after state legislature and Governor Chris Christie agreed upon a gas tax increase of 23 cents per gallon, ChargEVC has emerged to "research, educate, and advocate for the widespread adoption of next-generation electric vehicles in New Jersey." The coalition is comprised of environmental advocates, electric utilities, car dealers, tech companies, and other stakeholders. With its dense population, large amount of renewable energy, and close proximity to states with stronger emissions regulations, proliferation of EVs in New Jersey could have a major impact on its air quality. Read more at Green Car Reports.