Florence, Gorinchem, Australia, Tesla, New Flyer

Nissan rolls in Florence with a fleet of 67 electric Leafs. That is almost the entire electric taxi fleet of the Italian tourist haven, where city officials had issued 70 e-cab licenses last year. Florence’s cabbies are not the only ones convinced by the Nissan Leaf though and the Japanese company claims electric taxi fleets in Madrid and Amsterdam that are about a 100 EV strong. Back in Florence, Renault reportedly found favour with the city in 2015 already when it delivered 70 EVs for public service.
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Electric buses for fortress: Gorinchem, a historical fortress in the Netherlands, has taken delivery of two Citea LLE-99 Electric buses from VDL Bus & Coach to enter the city’s public services. Provider Arriva has had previous experiences with electric transport as it ordered 12 e-buses from Venlo before.

On the other side of the world three electrified buses will try to avoid koala bears on the roads of Canberra. The Australian capital has ordered two electric and one hybrid buses from Carbridge and Volvo. The contract is worth 900,000 dollars but for now it is just a 12 month trial.

Airport electrification: San José’s aviation hub has secured 3.2m dollars from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to purchase six electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. Raleigh Airport too managed to tap into the FAA 162.4m dollar infrastructure pot and will use its share of 1.6m to buy four EVs plus charging equipment.

Tesla home charging: Those ordering a Tesla may now also get a home charging solution installed as the EV maker is launching its ‘Home Charging Installation Program’ in selected markets in the States. The option in the configurator include a simple 240-volt outlet or a hardwired Tesla Wall Connector.

New Flyer is making progress on its mega deal that saw the company secure an order over a total of 525 hybrid buses. The firm is now advancing production of 105 Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid transit buses for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).



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