Testing Fuso: The German city of Stuttgart and logistics company Hermes will be testing five battery-powered Fuso Canter e-cells from Daimler. The 6-tons e-cells will be tested over twelve months in tough, everyday environments. Two will be deployed in road construction and landscaping, two in furniture transport and waste disposal, and one will make deliveries for Hermes.
Electric fleet: AMT vehicle rental invested 200,000 pounds to add Nissan Leaf and a Tesla Model S to its fleets in Leeds, Stockport and London. Nearly 10 percent of AMT’s rental fleet is now made up of electrics and hybrids.
From free to fees: EV owners in South Korea will now have to pay to charge their car. While automakers argue that charging should remain free to help build the industry, owners will now pay roughly 27 cents per kWh at all of the 337 charging stations in the country. Many were not aware of the subsidy change, and worry that the future of EVs in Korea is now in question.
EVs for the underprivileged: One region in China hopes to introduce 100,000 low-cost EVs by 2020. The cars will be aimed at poorer regions and come with a significantly smaller price tag ranging from 4,600 to 7,700 dollars. This measure is part of a larger programme that hopes to make 50 percent of new vehicles electric in pilot areas.
Senior transportation: A collaboration between Toyota and Nagoya University is testing a carsharing service to help elderly citizens find rides. An undetermined number of Toyota’s super compact COMS EV will also be available for rent. The programme is currently being tested in the city of Toyota in the Aichi Prefecture and is expected to integrate automated driving in its third year.
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