New Zealand, West Coast alliance, Caltrans, Kia Soul, Evercar.
Electric delivery: New Zealand’s postal service will add 500 electric scooters to its fleet over the next two years. Manufacturer is Norwegian company Paxster. The first 50 cargo-scooters have already been delivered.
West coast alliance: The mayors of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and Seattle have signed an agreement to reduce CO2 emissions. To do so, they will push EV uptake by installing a charging corridor between California and British Columbia, as well as more chargers in cities.
Green funding: The California Department of Transport (Caltrans) earmarked 16.2m dollars to fund green energy initiatives. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, for example, will be granted 3.5m USD to buy five electric buses, San Mateo County will get just under 1m USD for one electric bus, and Livermore Amador Valley will purchase two hybrid buses with its 250,000 USD in funding.
Soul EV for California: Kia will provide six of its all-electric cars to a V2G project at the University of California in Irvine (UCI). They will help develop advanced smart charging software algorithms and to better understand how electric cars are managed on the grid.
Electric ridesharing: Evercar has already rented its 100th EV. The company provides electric and hybrid cars to drivers for ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber. Moreover, Evercar says it has 4,500 registered drivers, who have given 125,000 people a lift in an Evercar.