License to park: The City of Madrid installed smart parking metres that will charge higher parking fees for high-emission cars (we reported). To determine its drivetrain technology, drivers have to type in their license plate number at the metre, which is linked to Spain’s vehicle registration database. Hybrid and electric cars receive a 20% discount on standard rates.
Mobile air pollution stations: Starting today, the University of Leicester and CENEX will use EVs to measure the risk of air pollution in the British city. Several electric Smart fortwos have been equipped with special sensors to provide insight into the air quality in polluted urban areas.
Reusing EV batteries: A report by the MINETA National Transit Consortium looks at the possibility of using decommissioned electric vehicle batteries as grid energy storage, as well as at the recycling possibilities for the cells.
sjsu.edu (Report as PDF) via hybridcars.com
Autonomous lorry: At its Shaping Future Transportation 2014 event, Daimler shows its concept of a self-driving lorry. The Highway Pilot system could be ready for real-world use by 2025 and help reduce physical and mental stress on drivers, as well as improve efficiency of the vehicle.
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