EU initiative for more electric buses: Representatives of numerous cities and regions, of OEMS and transportation authorities seek to deploy at least 2,000 electric buses by 2019 and just signed a respective MoU. Within the next 8 years, the share of alternatively fuelled buses in the European bus fleet shall rise from currently 10 – 12 percent to 30%.
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7 EU member states miss strategy: The EU Commission has reminded Greece, Ireland, Malta, Romania, Slovenia and Great Britain to present their national strategies concerning infrastructure for alternative fuels (e.g. charging stations, H2 stations) to comply with EU regulations. Another letter will reach the Swedish government as its current strategic framework does not meet the guideline’s minimum requirements. The governments in question now have two months left to carry out their duty, if not the Commission can appeal to the ECJ.
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Mandtory charging points? Finland’s National Coalition Party wants to write EV fast-charging points at all service stations located along the country’s major roadways into law. The party promised it will push the proposal during upcoming budget talks.
9 electric buses to run in Iceland: Several electric buses are to commute between Reykjavík main bus terminal and the Breiðholt neighbourhood by early autumn. The island’s bus authority Strætó bs. ordered nine units from Chinese bus manufacturer Yutong.