Berlin, charging challenge, Evercar, Vietnam, Honolulu.
Berlin’s water utility added 20 Nissan Leaf to its fleet. That makes 10 percent of BWB’s fleet, not counting the BMW i3, which the company got for free. Before choosing the Leaf, BWB tested various electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. The EVs are leased for four years and were simply the cheapest alternative.
bwb.de (in German)
Ministerial charging: The U.S. Department of Transportation is the first federal agency to join the Department of Energy’s workplace charging challenge, aiming to provide 500 EV charging stations by 2025.
Rent an electric cab so you can offer rides via Uber or Lyft. That is the business model of Evercar. The electric carsharing service is directed at freelance drivers and charges them five dollars an hour. The service will kick off in LA after the LA Auto Show, while Evercar aims to go nationwide before the end of 2016.
cleantechnica.com, insideevs.com, myevercar.com
Electric tourism: Two electric vehicles have gone into service in the city of Quy Hnon, Vietnam, to shuttle tourists for less than a dollar. Up to 12 people fit in the open carriers that can drive with up to 30 kph. The pilot service is one of several such initiatives in the country.
8 hybrid buses now serve on Honolulu, as Hawaiian firm TheBus adds them to the fleet. The buses come from Gillig Corp. and cost 700,000 dollars each. Yet, almost 83 percent of the investment is covered by a five million dollar government grant called TIGGER.