Smart city: London borough of Greenwich will introduce an electric bike sharing together with 300 smart parking bays and the Thames will serve as renewable energy source. The trial is part of the ‘Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse’ programme funded with 25m euros, which are shared between the British capital, Milan, Lisbon, Warsaw, Bordeaux, and Burgas.
Another smart city: Beijing intends to build another 5,000 charging stations. The Chinese capital now counts 5,008 public and 12,000 private charge points that serve its 35,800 plug-in vehicles. EV drivers will be able to check location and availability online.
Responsible sourcing: The city of Hamburg issued new guidelines for its purchasing department, designed to decrease the carbon footprint. In accordance with the new measures, the city intends to electrify half of its fleet by 2020. Currently, 24 percent of Hamburg’s 315 cars are electric.
klimaretter.info (in German)
European expansion: Tesla looks to solidify Supercharger coverage in Europe, a map of planned stations shows. Eastern and southern Europe in particular will see the opening of new Tesla charging stations. So maybe soon, Model S drivers will be able to drive from Lisbon to Moscow.
Close Chinese ties: Envision Solar has found two organisations in Fujian Province, who will take care of brokerage and sales. Both have close connections to the local authorities and believe Envisions charging stations, which can operate without grid connection, are ideal for the Chinese market.