London pushes electrification: Transport for London announced two more bus lines to be served with electric buses. Route 507 and 521 will see 51 electric buses in regular service, starting this autumn. By 2020, all London buses (300 trolleys and 3,000 double deckers) will be electric.
BMW i3 for DriveNow: The first 100 electric BMW for the German DriveNow carsharing fleet have arrived. They replace the 60 BMW ActiveE that have been operating in Berlin and Munich. 40 BMW i3 go to Berlin and 30 to each Hamburg and Munich. Later in autumn, Cologne and Dusseldorf will follow.
BMW i3 for Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) in Happy Valley received 19 BMW i3. Furthermore, 12 new Pro Wall Box electric vehicle chargers will be set up on the club’s premises. BMW used the occasion to announce the installation of the first BMW i fast-charging station at a shopping mall in Hong Kong.
Electric buses in India: The state of Maharashtra plans to introduce 50 to 60 electric or hybrid buses in various cities by December. The move would be part of the FAME initiative that aims to get India moving more ecologically.
Electrification in Auckland: The city’s council has begun replacing gas guzzlers with (partially) electrified cars, adding two Nissan Leaf and eight Toyota Prius to its 800 vehicle-strong fleet. Officials want to electrify 40 percent of the fleet in the next 20 years.
Twizy to rent: Top Rent a Car from Bulgaria now carries 10 Twizy in its fleet. During the summer, they will be available at beach resorts before being moved to the capital Sofia in autumn. Charging is free at Top Rent a Car locations, as well as public chargers.