Berliners turn London on: Dozens of street posts in the British capital have been transformed into easy access charging spots with Ubitricity technology. The Berlin start-up’s latest addition to the network is the borough of Richmond upon Thames, where ten charge posts went live. The London Borough of Hounslow, Westminster City Council, and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea are other districts that have turned lamp posts into EV charging opportunities. Ubitricity’s progress is reflected in them opening a new London HQ.
Fleet electrification: French utility Engie wants to electrify 20 percent of its vehicle fleet in the UK by 2020. It’s low emission pledge effectively sees the company switching to 395 EVs in the next three years but also includes a no diesel policy by 2025.
California signs tough stance on VW into law as legislators approved a bill asking Electrify America to spend a portion of clean car infrastructure funds in so-called disadvantaged communities. The request had been on the table for a while and is part of Volkswagen’s infrastructure obligations following the diesel fraud scandal. CARB wants VW to invest 35 percent of the first 30-month investment in poor neighbourhoods that are often worst affected by air pollution.
L.A. buses to go all-electric? SoCal’s most thriving metropolis may replace 2,200 buses with electric models. If testing by transport provider Metro goes well, Los Angeles may have a complete zero-emission fleet by 2030. Interestingly the phase out is for natural gas buses. The first trial is set in North Hollywood and downtown LA and the board will decide by 2019 if to go ahead.
Electric double-deckers are making their way into New Zealand, where the capital of Wellington has ordered a total of 32 buses from Tranzit and Uzabus. The first ten may serve from July next year with the rest joining the feet until 2021. Eventually, Wellington wishes to electrify all its buses.