Recharge Wrap-up: Formula E to relocate Buenos Aires ePrix, Mercedes-Benz Energy comes to US

EV advocacy coalition ChargEVC forms in NJ following gas tax hike.

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Formula E is seeking a new venue for the Buenos Aires ePrix. As the city will be working to improve the area where the race has been held in Puerto Madero for the past two years, the venue will have to change after the ePrix on February 18, 2017. Former Formula One circuit Autodromo Juan y Oscar Galvez is being considered as a possible location for the fourth season, possibly using some of the city streets around the site as well. "We want to find a new track and this is key in order to renew the contract between FE and Buenos Aires for the future," says Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, noting that he is working with the local government on the relocation. Read more at, or at Current E.

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.

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