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London to ban buses: The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, confirmed his plans for ‘Low Emission Bus Zones’ that prioritise the greenest buses on the worst polluted routes. The first route will start in Putney in February, where then only hybrid or Euro 6 diesels will be permitted to run. A second route will be converted in October 2017. The zones will also incorporate changes to the road layout to ensure buses have priority over other traffic. All shall be implemented by 2020.
The world’s biggest bike sharing is to be installed in Indian Hyderabad. 300 stops for 10,000 bicycles and e-bikes will be located at metro and rail stations and around the city. The project will be co-funded by UN Habitat and climate protection agencies. A first station is scheduled to go up in September.
Fuel cell van: Plug Power is working on fuel cells to extend the range of electric delivery vans. The firm has been part of a trial with the U.S. DoE and FedEx, where fuel cell trucks returned to the depot to be refuelled, thus tripling their reach effectively. Plug Power hopes for a deal with FedEx.
Tesla disqualified: Neither the Model S nor the Model X are eligible for EV subsidies in South Korea because their batteries are too big essentially. Grants are given only to EVs which charging takes less than 10 hours with a 7 kWh charger. Yet, Tesla now offers a 60 kWH variant that might be a hit in Korea.
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