EV incentives in Luxembourg? The small Grand Duchy is looking into the feasibility of encouraging the uptake of zero-emission vehicles as part of fiscal reform. 800 EV charging stations will reportedly be erected by the end of the decade and complimentary incentive schemes like those in Norway and France are being considered, says Sustainable Development Minister François Bausch.
Sensible: British Enviro Technology Services transformed two Nissan e-NV200 into “Smogmobiles” or Air Quality Monitoring Vehicles. They served in a pilot running from Reading and Waterloo Bridge in London, finding that in some parts of the city, NOx levels were twice as high as permitted by EU law.
Sharable: City Car Club launches in British Surrey. Residents can now rent 14 electric and hybrid models. If successful, another five low emission vehicles will follow this April. The car club is available in Guildford, Redhill, Dorking, Leatherhead, and Woking.
Workplace charging works: Electric cars with access to a charger during office hours are driven more than those without, the Idaho National Laboratory shows. This is particularly true for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, which travel up to 25 percent more than average if plugged-in at the office.
Electrified bus fleet: King County, Washington, released the first of three electric buses into service in Bellevue. The Proterra prototype sits 38 and can be charged wirelessly, and is just one step in the direction of electrifying of the entire fleet. By 2020, all buses in the county shall be hybrid or electric.
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