Massive electrification? United States Postal Service plans to replace its entire fleet of 180,000 vehicles due to high maintenance costs and the need for more cargo space. It is thus asking carmakers to bid on a commercial van with low running costs. 25,000 to 35,000 dollars per vehicle are on the table, that means an investment of up to 6.5 billion dollars. We think: Going electric is the right way!
Supercharger update: Tesla says it had installed 125 new Superchargers in the fourth quarter of 2014, bringing up their number to 380 worldwide. Another 1,600 ‘Destination Chargers’ are placed at hotels and popular destinations in the States and Asia and the initiative is to be expanded to Europe from Q2.
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Successfully incentivised: Since the British government introduced its ULEV scheme in 2010, more than 25,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids were bought with the 5,000-pound grant. A lot more are to come, it seems, as in January alone nearly 2,000 EV buyers took advantage of the credit.
Fuel-cell forklifts in Japan: Kansai International Airport will start replacing its fleet of forklifts with hydrogen fuel-cell models, starting next week. The fuel-cell forklifts come from Toyota and can operate for eight hours on a single charge of hydrogen. Eventually, all 400 forklifts will be replaced.
Communal charging in France: Nissan France together with Borne Recharge Service is now offering a charging service for people living in collective housing complexes. The all-inclusive offer supports customers from the planning stage to the installation and amounts to 1,790 euros (about 2,000 dollars).
newsroom.nissan-europe.com (in French)
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