Germany, Next, Rolec EV, Varma, Sacramento, Layer3 TV.
Germany to fund e-buses: Faktor 100 is a new programme adopted by all environment ministers of Germany’s federal states to deploy more electric buses in public transport. The name comes from the notion that one electric bus can save emissions equivalent to 100 cars. The plan requests 50m euros from the government in 2018 and 100m euros in each of the following years. This means 250 zero-emission buses could hit German roads next year, followed by 500 vehicles annually from 2019. While public transport providers welcomed the decision, they pointed to producers to offer more and more price-competitive electric buses.
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Shop & Charge: Fashion retailer Next and Rolec EV have agreed to offer British shoppers EV charging opportunities. The infrastructure company will therefore extends its installations across Next’s retail network. Users shall be able to use them trough their mobile phones instead of traditional RFID cards.
250 parking spots with charging function: Finish pension insurance company Varma and EV charging specialist Parking Energy are currently installing charging infrastructure at no less than 250 parking spots next to Varma’s head office in Salmisaari, Helsinki. In summer they shall be ready to use.
Free car sharing at public housing sites: Residents of three public housing areas in Sacramento are about to benefit from a small fleet of Zipcars free of charge. The pilot project, initiated by the city, includes eight electric Kia Souls for which up to 300 people in the estates can apply for on-demand access.
TV service provider orders 100 Model X: Layer3 TV intends to renew its fleet through 100 Tesla Model X. The Denver-based company says it would purchase the vehicles by the end of the year.