London, Frankfurt, Proterra, Hammersmith and Fulham.
Boris Buses: London’s Mayor Boris Johnson will leave office this year but is busy buying more of his “signature” hybrid buses, ordering another 195 from Wrightbus. This will eventually bring the total number of orders to a 1,000 of which 600 are already in service. Potential successors to the mayor already said they would not continue to aim for 2,000 hybrid buses by 2020. Instead, they would seek full electrification or “true” hybrids if not suspending infrastructure spending altogether.
Electric fleet in Frankfurt: The city added 35 electric cars to its official fleet as part of its procurement initiative. Departments and offices could apply for monetary support and Frankfurt spent all 200,000 euros initially reserved. The city hopes to set an example not only for its citizens but also other cities as it considers itself to be a European mobility metropolis.
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Electric buses on campus: Proterra received an order from the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Transportation. The two electric buses and a semi-fast charging stations are the beginning of ASUM’s initiative to phase out diesel buses and to move into electric transit.
Let the charge begin: The London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has started the installation of its on-street EV charging facilities. The first nine of 20 planned charging locations with two charging points each will be ready by March.