China, Japan, Rajarhat New Town, LAX, Abu Dhabi.
China charges up: According to Beijing’s Economic Observer, the Chinese government plans to install uo to 400,000 charge points already this year. In order to do so, a new incentive programme promises business installing charging stations subsidies of up to 40 percent of the installation cost.
Electric post in Japan: The Toyota Auto Body Co. has delivered four of its so-called Coms to the Japanese post. The Toyota subsidiary’s single-seat EVs reach a maximum speed of 60 kph and can run about 50 kilometers between charges. If the trial that will run until March 2016 is successful, the electric mail delivery service might be expanded.
Township gone green: Electric buses are to connect the New Town in Rajarhat with Kolkata, India. Hidco and Coal India Ltd. have agreed on the initiative and the three buses will be operated by Hidco. Furthermore, the New Town Development Authority is trying to introduce e-rickshaws.
Electric shuttle: Phoenix Cars supplied an electric shuttle bus to a parking company at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Another of the so-called ZEUS vehicles is to go to Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, where it will transport up to 14 passengers and visitors.
prnewswire.com (LAX), yahoo.com (Masdar)
Berlin, L.A., Daimler & Recargo, ThyssenKrupp, COMOS, Abu Dhabi.
Fast-charging Berlin: The ‘Schnell-Laden Berlin’ initiative yesterday inaugurated five CCS charging stations in the German capital. These are the beginning of a project which will see Berlin and the surrounding areas being connected with a simple and unified pay and fast-charge system. Another three chargers are said to follow this year. The showcase project is led by RWE Effizienz and supported by Vattenfall, Total, Daimler, VW, DLR, and TÜV Rheinland. The TU Berlin is the academic partner.
schnell-laden-berlin.de (project’s website in German)
Electric buses for LA: Californian public transport provider Foothill Transit recently acquired twelve electric buses by Proterra. The new EVs will serve on line 291 which connects the cities of Pomona and La Verne in Los Angeles County.
Daimler to cooperate with Recargo: Drivers of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will soon get access to Recargo’s PlugShare network. PlugShare is a smartphone app that allows users to find charging stations and connect with other users and will be incorporated into Daimler’s navigation system via the e-Navigator App.
ThyssenKrupp electrified: ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has converted some of their fleet vehicles using the XL3 hybrid-electric systems from XL Hybrids. The new vehicles will be operating in Atlanta, Dallas, and Boston and are part of a growing fleet of fuel saving vehicles of the company that also incorporates CNG vehicles.
Malaysian EV carsharing about to start: COMOS has officially introduced its electric carsharing (we reported) to the Malayan public and has now opened membership registration. The 46 Renault Zoes and 30 Renault Twizys will be available for use starting in October.
Hybrid cabs in Abu Dhabi: Cab company Cars Taxi has integrated 15 hybrid cabs (presumably Toyota’s hybrid Camry) into its service in Abu Dhabi and plans to acquire more. In total, a hundred hybrid taxis are said to serve the population of the United Arab Emirates already this year.