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Early next month, Siemens will launch a pilot project focused on gaining a thorough understanding of, "the interplay between the cars and their infrastructure." Yeah, that's probably code for another electric test fleet but Siemens words it in such a way that the project could be a little more techy than most others – truth be told, it likely is.

The Austrian government is the latest to jump into the electric vehicle testing field with a program called the Vlotte EV project. 100 electric vehicles will be operated in the first of several such programs around the country this year. This first test will be run in the Bregenz region in the western part of the country.