Ford says it will provide free charging stations to nearly 4,600 of its first Transit Connect Electric van customers. Under the program, residents, businesses and municipalities in nine designated markets -- including Redmond -- could receive a free charging station with the purchase of one of the vans (shown above). The hardware would average about $1,000 for the typical home.
China has begun paying subsidies of up to 60,000 yuan ($8,784) a car to manufacturers of electric and hybrid vehicles on a trial basis in five cities. Separately, private buyers of such cars can get a 3,000 yuan ($440) subsidy from dealers, the Ministry of Finance announced this month.
--The Associated Press