Record-setting EV order: The Chinese city of Hangzhou has ordered 2,000 all-electric buses and 1,000 electric taxis from BYD – one of the world’s largest all-electric fleets ordered to date. By making special arrangements, BYD will be able to already deliver 1,000 buses and 500 taxis by the end of 2014.
Swiss service centre: Tesla opened a new service centre and showroom in Möhlin, Switzerland, on Friday. The 1,000 sq-metre facility will serve Tesla drivers in the Basel region. It is Tesla’s fifth site in the alpine country (after Geneva, St. Gallen, Winterthur and Zurich), and more locations are to follow this year.
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Trial lease: Fleet management company Leaseplan now offers its clients the Nissan Leaf for a three-month trial period, to let them find out if the car is suitable for their business operations. In return, trial users are asked to give feedback. In total, Leaseplan customers have 150 electric cars in their fleets.
UPS electric in the Netherlands: A total of four UPS delivery vans have been converted by German EFA-S (Elektro Fahrzeuge Schwaben GmbH) and are now in service in Rotterdam. In October 2013, six of the P80-E had already been put in service in Amsterdam.