Toyota and Honda gain support: The Japanese Ministry of Economy has revised technical standards for hydrogen filling stations, essentially loosening existing requirements. Suppliers can now use liquefied hydrogen instead of only compressed gas in their tanks and make storage units using cheaper composite materials instead of steel of non-iron materials. Moreover, the space away from public spaces required to establish a filling station was reduced.
Update from South Korea: The island of Jeju hopes to be carbon and petrol free by 2030 by then replacing all 370,000 regular cars with EVs, Governor Won Hee-ryong announced. It was previously announced that 9,500 electric cars would be delivered to locals by 2019.
A dozen EVs for German police departments: A total of twelve Volkswagen e-Golf have been delivered to police departments in the German cities of Brunswick, Hanover, Lüneburg and Göttingen, as well as the police headquarters and police academy of Lower-Saxony.
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80 plug-ins for London: Private hire company Openstart ordered 80 Toyota Prius Plug-in and has already taken delivery of 50 of the vehicles. They join a fleet that has added more than 60 standard Prius and Prius+ cars this year.
South Yorkshire police electrified: The police received a fleet of ten Vauxhall Ampera, to be used to visit victims of crimes or carry out inquiries. During high speed chases, they will have to stay in the garage, though. Still, the police force hopes to safe 25,000 pounds in fuel costs (39,200 USD).
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