Tesla has built a Supercharger station in the small town of Fort Macleod in Alberta, Canada. Tesla leased the space from a local business, and built eight charging stalls within a short walk from many of the town's businesses. For Tesla, the location is conveniently located at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 3, and is part of Tesla's strategy to place chargers near other amenities. For Fort Macleod, "The economic development impact is phenomenal," according to the town's chief administrative officer, Sue Keenan. Read more from CBC News.
China is reducing its subsidies for plug-in vehicles after cases of misreporting by automakers. The Ministry of Finance has defined caps on subsidies, and has tightened requirements to technical specifications for eligibility to receive funding. This move comes after a scandal in September wherein China punished a number of manufacturers for violating EV subsidy rules. For makers of electric buses, subsidies will be limited to about $43,000 per vehicle, down from about $86,000. The rollback on passenger cars will start with a 20-percent reduction. Subsidies for fuel cell vehicles will be left in place. Read more from Hybrid Cars.