Japan, Manitoba, New York, Jejudo, Southampton.
Fuel cell overload: Japan hopes to have 40,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2020, again increasing that number 20-fold (to 800,000 FCVs) by 2030. The country also plans to double the number of H2-filling stations in the coming decade (to 160 units), while there shall be 320 hydrogen fuelling stations by 2030.
EV subsidies in Manitoba: Campaigning for local elections in the Canadian province of Manitoba, Liberals have proposed between 2,000 and 5,000 dollar rebates for low emission cars, based on fuel efficiency. The party says it would earmark 2m CAD annually to fund the scheme.
A bill for boroughs: A Queens councilman introduced a bill would mandate that all five New York boroughs to install public EV charging stations. He proposes a total of 35 curbside chargers be erected throughout the city during a four-year pilot programme.
Charging included: Korean SK car hiring company kicked off an “all-inclusive” long-term rental scheme for electric cars on the South Korea island of Jejudo. The EVs can be rented for up to five years to a fixed monthly rate that includes everything from the energy charged to the warranty of the battery. The vehicles can be purchased once the lease it up.
Free electric ride: New York’s Southampton may be getting an electric shuttle to offer free rides to residents and visitors. The cost for the service will covered by advertising on the vehicle. Since there are few chargers in the area, American Legion in Hampton Bays offered their parking stall so the shuttle could plug in overnight.