ZEV sharing: The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg awarded 1.1m euros to the e-carsharing project “zeozweifrei unterwegs” (en route with zero emission). The aim is to set up 39 EV-sharing stations in the Bruchsal region by April 2017, with the first stations ready to open this September. There will be an EU-wide tender for the purchase and operation of the vehicles.
DriveNow Seattle: Following DriveNow’s leaving San Francisco in November, the carsharing service seems to be headed to Seattle, where GeekWire spotted three i3 in the street. The city says it issued 63 carsharing permits to BMW – but the carmaker has not yet confirmed the extend of the program.
Costa Rica electrifies: In an effort to promote electric vehicles, Costa Rica is looking to put in place new measures like tax relief, quotas for charging stations, and the integration of electric vehicles into government fleets, where at least ten percent of government vehicles would be replaced by electric or hybrid cars. The programme could also offer 100% financing for people who opt to exchange their vehicles.
Full charge in New Zealand: Christchurch, New Zealand, will become home to a new car hiring hub to include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Apex. The 10m dollar, three-storey complex houses everything a car could need – including ten EV charging stations. It is scheduled to be finished by May 2017.
Updates in India: Volvo will deliver the first five hybrid buses to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport Corp. in the coming weeks. It is only the first step, as the Swedish manufacturer will deliver a total of 25 of its buses to India, financed by the FAME (Faster Adoption of Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India) subsidy scheme.