Vienna, BluePointLondon, Yorkshire, Addison Lee, ClimateCars.
Viennese electric cabs: Some 250 electric taxis will roam the Austrian capital within the next few years, 120 of which will go into service in 2016. The project is shared between taxi firms and research institutions like TU Vienna and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). Companies willing to chauffeur electrically will receive up to 8,000 euros for the acquisition of each EV and charge for free for a year at Wien Energie chargers.
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More control: EV charging points in three London boroughs Kensington & Chelsea, Hackney, and Greenwich will now be in in the care of BluePointLondon, the operator of Source London. BluePoint is now responsible for managing 110 EV charging points in the British capital.
Electric buses in Britain: More electric buses will go into service in Yorkshire, where a new all-electric bus fleet has been introduced at Monks Cross Park&Ride. Operator First Bus received a 566,000-pound grant from the Department for Transport towards its investment in six electric buses by Optare.
Eco chauffeur service merger: Addison Lee announced the acquisition of ClimateCars, a London-based passenger car service operating a fleet of hybrid vehicles. Addison Lee started its eco fleet with 350 hybrids this February and hopes to strengthen its offering through the takeover.
A new electric car club has started in British Harbury with two Renault Zoe. The French EVs are provided together with E-Car Club and can be hired and paid for by the hour, while membership is for life. The Harbury initiative is funded by a grant from the Department for Transport.