South Korea, London, I-CVUE, Nissan & Georgia Power, Phoenix Cars.
South Korea to charge up: The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has signed a MoU to form a so-called special project company (SPC) with five public and private firms, among them Hyundai. Together they are to spend 32.2 billion won (29.24 million dollars) on building 5,580 new charging stations over the next three years. Almost half of the stations will be located in residential areas. The Korean government itself plans to supply some 3,000 electric vehicles for public use in 2015 alone.
All-electric bus route: Transport for London (TfL) has asked bus operator Arriva to serve route 312 with electric buses only, possibly starting from September. A date for full electrification is yet to be set. Two electric buses that run between Croydon and Norwood might soon be joined by seven more.
The ‘Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe’ (I-CVUE) project is calling pan-European fleet operators to switch to EVs. Ten members of the consortium that includes Bosch and TfL are offering their expertise. The project is coordinated by the British Energy Saving Trust.
Nissan partners with utility: The Japanese are expanding a workplace charging programme which was begun by Georgia Power in 2014. Local employers in Atlanta can now receive a 1,000-dollar rebate for each Level 2 charger installed. Nissan matches the 500 dollar from the utility provider.
ZEUS shuttle for NASA: Phoenix Cars announced the delivery of the first of four Zero Emissions Utility Shuttles (ZEUS) to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) campus in Pasadena, California. The electric buses will carry up to 14 NASA employees around the Pasadena campus facilities.
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