Electrify America: VW’s 2bn dollar settlement on dieselgate will be managed by a dedicated EV infrastructure subsidiary owned by Volkswagen Group of America. It is to manage the installation of more than 300 EV charging stations in 15 metropolitan regions and another 200 to form a high-speed, cross-country network. Furthermore, VW will set up the ‘Green City’ initiative in California that will see electric car sharing or a ZEV shuttle or transit programme. Investments of 500m dollars are due every 30 months and have to be approved by EPA and CARB.
100 FCV are on the road and got there through the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project. They deployed 60 Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 in France and England as well as another 40 Mercedes B-series F-Cell in Germany. The fuel cell cars are the first 100 of 1,230 to come via H2ME.
E-bus trial a success: For BYD, an electric bus trial at Sydney Airport bears fruit as the ground transport provider Carbridge now ordered another 40 shuttles. The BYD Electric Blu bus can carry 70 passengers, comes with luggage storage racks and ranges 248 miles on a single charge.
eNV200 on security duty: North East Lincolnshire Council has added eleven Nissan eNV200 to its security and neighbourhood operations fleet. They replaced its diesel-powered vehicles as the council plans to become the UK energy capital by 2032.
Leaf on duty, too: eVolt has installed three rapid chargers for a Scottish taxi business to charge its five Nissan Leaf EVs, which are now ready for hire in Kirkcaldy.