India, Smart City Challenge, Nissan, Liverpool, Nevada.
Indian bus electrification: India’s run to electrify all its 150,000 buses has kicked off. In Delhi, 15 buses have been retro-fitted, supported by a pilot scheme by the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT). Others cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune will follow in a drive to turn a first batch of 1,000 buses from diesel to electric.
Smart City Challenge: 77 cities applied for the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge. The winner gets 50 million dollars, with 10m dedicated to electric vehicles and other CO2 decreasing measures. Five finalists will be chosen on March 12th, and will then have time to polish their proposals for the final selection in June.
Business travel: Nissan teams up with Go Travel Solutions and offers members of the Smartgo workplace travel networks discounts “worth thousands of pounds” when purchasing a Nissan Leaf. There are 95,000 Smart Go members from 200 companies in the UK.
Public charging: The city of Liverpool has installed 28 charge points. Half of them are for public use and stand at railway stations, the ferry terminal, and hospitals. The other half is located well within reach of the local authority, i.e. at council buildings. The Liverpool City Region will soon introduce 23 EVs to its fleet.
Highway charging: Nevada installed its first of four charging stations on route 95 that links Las Vegas and Reno. It is part of the state’s Nevada Electric Highway initiative, which lets EV drivers charge at no cost over the next five years.