Bolloré, Lower Saxony, Rhode Island, Volvo UK, Ankai.
Bolloré stretches: The French manufacturer presented a 12-metre version of its BlueBus, which is originally only 6 m long. Eight battery packs with 30 kWh each provide 200 km of range. Bolloré invested 40m euros in production, hoping to sell 200 units a year, especially as France plans a tender for electric buses by 2017.
Police plugs in: Police in Lower Saxony, Germany, ordered twelve VW Passat GTE. The federal state is home to the manufacturer that is in turn one of the biggest employers there. State fleets already include 38 (partially) electric cars, including the e-Golf and e-Up. However, state police own a total of 4,300 vehicles – so it is a long way before going all-electric. But the force already hopes for more state funding.
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Beneficial money laundering: Rhode Island will use fees paid by environmental law offenders to fund its DRIVE (Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification) programme. The scheme offers a rebate of up to 2,500 dollars. So far, 200,000 dollars have been “collected,” but only 17,500 paid out.
Plug-in partners: Volvo UK teamed up with Pod Point to supply customers with home charging equipment. British buyers of a plug-in Volvo will have the option to have a Pod Point Solo installed at their home within 10 working days for 390 GBP.
Electric bus deal: The Chinese city of Xuzhou has ordered 100 electric buses after just putting its first hundred into operation. The vehicles come from Ankai, a Chinese manufacturer whose factory has the capacity to turn out 6,000 units annually.