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Tesla has opened the 50th Supercharger in Europe. In the year since the first on was installed in Norway in August 2013, Tesla has been building the network that, like it does in the US, will allow Model S drivers to go long distances for free. There are now 168 Superchargers open throughout the world. Find more in the press release below.

BMW is partnering with Greenlots to bring an open standards EV charging network to Singapore. As part of BMW's 360 Electric program, Greenlots will install public chargers and manage the network that allows BMW i owners to find and use the chargers with BMW's navigation system and ChargeNow card. The 30 possible public chargers Greenlots plans to install will use the company's SKY Smart Charging platform. Greenlots will also install the BMW i Wallbox Pure charger at customer's homes and offices. Read more in the press release below.

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Greenlots And BMW Group Asia Partner to Provide Singapore's First Electric Vehicle Network

Open EV Network provides Public & Private Charging to accelerate Singapore's growing EV adoption

SINGAPORE – August 12, 2014 – Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks, has partnered with BMW Group Asia to provide Singapore with its first Home and Public Charging network as part of BMW's 360º ELECTRIC program.

Designed to cover BMW i owners from an all-round perspective, 360º ELECTRIC comprises four key pillars that will come standard with the purchase of every BMW i model. (1) Public Charging, (2) Home Charging, (3) Flexible Mobility, and (4) Assistance Services.

The network, based on the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), the global standard for open charger-to-network communications, will provide BMW i owners as well as Singapore EV drivers, with the infrastructure necessary to support the country's burgeoning EV adoption.

For Public Charging, Greenlots' open standards based, SKY Smart Charging™ platform will administer ChargeNow (BMW i's public charging program) in Singapore to enable local BMW i customers to access its vast and expansive network of AC charging units by using the BMW i ChargeNow card and Greenlots mobile app. Real-time information about the availability and location of these stations is provided to BMW i drivers via the car's navigation system to assist them in locating the nearest available charging point. Greenlots expects to rollout up to 30 L2 (AC) chargers across 20 strategic public locations within 2014.

For Home Charging, Greenlots will manage and install the BMW i Wallbox Pure to ensure BMW i owners have a convenient charge at home or the office. A qualified advisor will support BMW i drivers through the entire installation process, including electrical inspection. Prior to the purchase of a new BMW i vehicle, a Greenlots electrician/surveyor will determine if the intended buyer's home or office environment is electric mobility-friendly at an initial site visit. Once the environment has been deemed suitable, full installation will commence upon the purchase of the BMW i vehicle. The installation is backed by a Greenlots warranty with ongoing technical support.

This partnership and rollout has been synchronized with BMW i's first market launch in Southeast Asia and the first publicly available commercial EV to hit Singapore streets. The industry milestone signals how promising the island is for sustainable plug-in mobility and how essential charging infrastructure is for this market.

"We're pleased to partner with BMW Group Asia and to provide BMW i owners with an EV charging network," said Lin Khoo, Senior Vice-President of Greenlots. "Being at the helm since 2009, will allow us to continue to support Singapore's transition to electric mobility."

About Greenlots
Greenlots is a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks and grid management. Designed to answer the needs of site hosts offering workplace and public charging applications, Greenlots' SKY Smart Charging™ platform is a robust network management solution that utilizes Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), the largest open standard for charger-to-network communications. SKY is the only charging network to be OpenADR 2.0b certified and enables utilities and site hosts to work together on demand response programs, leveraging EVs as a grid resource and avoiding costly energy infrastructure upgrades. Greenlots is headquartered in San Francisco and has deployed solutions in 13 countries around the globe. Visit www.greenlots.com for more information or follow us on Twitter @greenlots.


Tesla Opens 50th Supercharger Site in Europe

AMSTERDAM, August 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Model S drivers can drive from Stockholm to Cote d'Azur for free

Tesla marked the continued rapid expansion of its fast-charging network last week by opening its 50th Supercharging location in Europe. The unveiling of the new site in Narbonne, France, is another step towards an extensive Supercharger network in Tesla's major European markets, including the UK, Scandinavia, the DACH region, Benelux, and France.

Tesla's Supercharger network in Europe has expanded quickly since the first installation in Norway in August 2013. Supercharger routes now enable free electric travel between major cities and the most popular highways from Scandinavia to the French Riviera. Routes covered include Oslo-Stockholm-Copenhagen, Hamburg to Geneva and Berlin to Frankfurt. In France, the "Route du Soleil" runs from Paris to the Cote d'Azur and new locations in the north are coming soon to allow travel to Amsterdam. In the UK, new Supercharger sites open in London and Birmingham this week.

Tesla recently energised its 168th Supercharger worldwide, making it both the largest and the fastest-growing fast-charging network in the world. In July, the European Supercharger network alone delivered more than 600 MWh of energy to Model S vehicles. That energy accounts for a collective 2.2 million miles driven, the equivalent distance of driving to the moon and back four and a half times. In this same month, Superchargers in Europe have saved more than 380,000 litres of petrol and offset up to 1,100 tons of carbon dioxide.

Twitter: @Tesla_Europe

For more details on the continued global expansion of the Supercharger network, visit http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger & http://www.teslamotors.com/findus.

SOURCE Tesla Motors Inc