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More Signs of Future BMW Plug-ins in Various FormsThe BMW blog reported earlier this month that the 2017 BMW 5-Series will be offered with three plug-in hybrid options. The launch of one or more of these plug-in cars in global markets could be as early as December 2016. Stories about these models first emerged late last year, and add to a growing roster of BMW EVs and plug-in hybrids expected in the next couple of years.
Should Charging Networks Assess Post-Charging Occupancy Fees?Blink Network, the second largest network of electric car charging stations, will assess a fee of $0.08 a minute, when an electric car remains in an EV charging spot after the vehicle is fully charged. The “charger occupancy” fee will begin on Monday, July 20. The $0.08 a minute fee equates to $4.80 an hour, or $115.20 per day. While Blink is considering waiving the occupancy fee in certain locations, such as airports, there are no exceptions at this point.
New Target Date for Outlander PHEV Introduction: Spring 2016Mitsubishi announced in late June that the long-anticipated Outlander Plug-In Hybrid utility vehicle would arrive to the American market in spring 2016, as a 2017 model year. The model was originally slated for US introduction in 2013. When it arrives, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will be a unique offering—a mid-sized plug-in SUV with all-wheel drive capability and high ground clearance.