Berlin, Bristol, Cincinnati, Fleetdrive Electric, California.
Dutch win Berlin bid: Alliander together with Allego and The New Motion won all three tenders to expand the EV charging infrastructure in the German capital. By October 2016, another 420 charge points and 20 fast chargers will be set up. If demand is strong enough, an additional 700 could follow.
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Hybrid buses in Bristol: The UK government has granted Europe’s Green Capital 2015 one million pounds (about 1.5 million dollars) to buy hybrid buses that automatically switch to electric when entering areas of poor air quality. The city council will shortly launch a competition to select a bus operator in order start trials before the end of this summer.
Tesla chauffeur service: Drivr Green Transportation from Cincinnati operates a chauffeur service with three Model S. The service is so successful that the start-up is now looking to expand its fleet with ten more Teslas in the next few months.
Try before you lease: British Fleetdrive Electric has come up with a new offer for fleet operators who are uncertain if an EV fits their needs. The ‘flexi-lease’ arrangement is used by Slough council and allows them to operate two Nissan Leaf without a long-term commitment – yet.
New EV rebate: The California Public Utilities Commission is urging utility providers to offer a one-time rebate check or utility bill credit to EV drivers. Electric car owners could get up to 350 dollars while the incentive for utilities lies in learning where EV owners live and charge.
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