Future bus put to test: Mercedes presented its autonomous CityPilot Bus in Amsterdam. The vehicle drove itself over 20 km at an average speed of 70 kph. Stops for imaginary passengers were part of the demo. The bus avoided collisions with cars and pedestrians in its separate lane successfully. Daimler plans to go into serial production by 2020. An electric version is likely but as of yet unconfirmed.
Charging Canada: Ontario province will set up a network of 500 new EV charging stations, including 84 fast-charging stops. The chargers shall be installed at stores and offices by March 2017. The 24m dollar programme includes partners like McDonald’s and Ikea or the airport.
Supercharging Canada is Tesla who just installed another two of its fast-charging stations in Montreal and Magog in Québec. Those join the existing nine Superchargers in Eastern Canada.
1.5m dollar public charging programme: Duke Energy aims to increase the number of public charging stations in North Carolina by 30 percent. The firm offers cities and towns 1.5m dollars. 500,000 dollars go into the installation of charging stations for electric buses. Deadline for applications is September, 1.
greencarcongress.com, Apply for public charger, Apply for buses
Rent a Prius: Hertz Mexico adds Toyota’s hybrid bestseller to its rental line-up. The 2016 Toyota Prius is available at all stations in Mexico City as part of Hertz’ Green Collection scheme.