60m for Scotland’s energy transition: The Scottish government has launched a 60m pound fund reserved for innovations that will help its transition to a low carbon society. This includes a switch to electric vehicles – Scotland wants to ban sales of ICE by 2032 reportedly – and respective charging infrastructure. The latter may be partially paid for from the new fund. Further measure include the introduction of low emission zones as well as a ban of the worst gas guzzlers in Glasgow from late 2018 and in Aberdeen and Dundee by 2020.
cleanenergynews.co.uk, thelondoneconomic.com, scotsman.com (low emission zones)
Funding for 1,100 electric vans: Germany’s Ministry of the Environment will top up its programme for zero emission deliveries (‘CO2-freie Zustellung’) with 7.7m euros, bringing the total funding available to 17m euros. Enough to support another 1,100 StreetScooter vans built by Deutsche Post DHL to deliver parcels and mail in cities with high levels of air pollution. The decision follows the second so-called diesel summit and already 1,100 electric vans had been funded previously. In total, Deutsche Post operates 3,400 StreetScooters in Germany today.
bmub.bund.de (in German)
Kiwis in EVs are on the freeway literally since Auckland has agreed to open 11 priority bypass lanes on busy State Highways by late September. The California-style move is part of a one year trial by New Zealand’s transport agency (NZTA) and existing owners will be sent a sticker that allows access.
Riding electric in Carolina: Clemson Area Transit (CATbus) has purchased ten electric buses and related charging infrastructure from Proterra. They will join another six e-buses already in operation and further CATbus’ plan to build a 100 percent electric fleet.
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