South African charging union: Nissan and BMW will connect to install a network of charging stations across South Africa until 2017. Both CHAdeMO and CCS standards will be supported. How many fast-charging stations there will be remains yet to be seen.
Uber in China: Online hire service Uber now started a new cooperative approach in Chinese Wuhan. There, UberGreen consists of ten hybrid cars called Trumpchi GA5 REV by Chinese manufacturer Guangzhou Auto. Meanwhile, the city of Guangzhou has banned the conventional Uber cabs and announced to open its own app-based service instead based on the city’s existing cab companies.
carnewschina.com (Wuhan), cnbc.com (Guangzhou)
New Zealand update: The Charge.Net.NZ initiative that had just announced its plan to install 75 fast-charging stations across New Zealand has taken its first action. Already, 23 Veefil DC fast-charging devices have been ordered from Australian provider Tritium.
Electric delivery in Moscow: DHL Express has started to electrify its Russian courier fleet with the deployment of two electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Moscow. The cars will be used for last-mile assignments in both the city centre and the outskirts and will be charged at the company’s facilities.
Free charging in Canada: The city of Brampton just unveiled the first of a total of 32 EV charging stations, which will be installed in municipal parking lots across the Canadian town by 2016. The stations are free to use while regular parking charges apply.