Gas-guzzler ban? Oxford is looking to only allow electric vehicles in its city centre by 2020, thus effectively banning all petrol and diesel cars. By 2035, the proposed policy could be enforced across the whole city. Only one council member voiced his objection. The vote is due on September 8th.
Electric travel in Japan: Nissan and the Japan Travel Bureau initiated EV sharing in the country’s rural areas. Until the end of August, 1,622 new charging stations will be installed for relaxed travel. The stations in Matsunoyama are powered by electricity from local hot springs.
greencarreports.com, nissan-global.com, youtube.com (video)
Tesla recharged: Charging a Model S in the Big Apple just became easier, as Tesla installed a dozen destination chargers with another 12 to follow. Also, Manhattan will soon see its first Supercharger. In Australia, things are moving fast with three more rapid-chargers being installed between Sydney and Melbourne.
wsj.com (New York), cnet.com (Australia)
Liberation from Lisbon: The Portuguese government is opening the market for charging stations, previously in the hands of the monopolistic consortium MOBI.E. The latter has been found “inefficient” in regards to the installation and operation of a public charging network.
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