BMW & Parkmobile, Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City, California, Tesla.
BMW i parking: The Bavarians invest in Parkmobile to widen their BMW i ParkNow service. The partnership will allow American users to search for, reserve and pay for parking, with access to 2.7 million garage and on-street parking spaces. European launch is planned in the near future.
Hydrogen town: The Tokyo government plans to supply electricity and hot water to the Athletes’ Village for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games through hydrogen energy. Hydrogen will also be used to power fuel cell buses to transport athletes and others during the event.
Electric sightseeing: Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, will launch a tourist service with electric cars in April, according to the local Department of Transport. The chauffeur service with ten all-electric eight-seaters follows the successful start of a similar service in Hanoi.
New stickers for PHEVs: With the beginning of the new year, California has released another 15,000 green stickers that allow plug-in hybrid cars to access HOV lanes. Initially, the number was limited to 40,000, but demand urged the government to hand out of what is now a total of 70,000.
Workplace charging welcome: A new law in California prohibits commercial landlords from restricting the installation of EV charging stations on their premises. Conditions of approval can be made on “reasonable” grounds if they not generally obstruct the installation.
Tesla is wowing the UK with a new and pretty shiny underground Supercharger station in London. The Californian carmaker is expanding beyond the Big Smoke though and has just opened a Tesla Store in Knutsford, Cheshire in the Northwest of England.
gas2.org (London, with pictures), electriccarsreport.com (Cheshire)