How man EVs does it take to save the planet?
According to the International Energy Agency, some 20,000,000 emission free cars will have to be on the road by 2020 worldwide, in order to keep temperatures from rising more than the two degrees agreed upon in Paris. An ambitious goal that the IEA says cannot be reached without major support from the transport sector.
Nissan, Avis, Nanjing, BMW, Cagliari, BlueIndy, Tesla.
416 electric Nissans are to enter Denmark as the Danish Avis branch expands its fleet. 401 e-NV200 and 60 Leaf have been ordered by the rental car company that already holds 400 Nissan Leaf which had been bought back in 2014. Avis Denmark will thus have a fleet of 861 EVs in total.
Better Place reloaded: Ziv Av Engineering, one of the developers of the Better Place battery swap stations, has been asked to deploy battery swapping stations for electric buses in Chinese Nanjing. If it works well (this time), electric cabs could be added to the system too.
Electric scooters for Sardinia: The police force in Cagliari, capital of the Italian island Sardinia, is being equipped with 15 custom-made C Evolution scooters by BMW. The Sardinians are not the first to set eyes on the electric two-wheeler from Germany as the police in Barcelona recently added 30 units.
bmwgroup.com (in German), motorionline.com (in Italian)
BlueIndy update: The electric car sharing in Indianapolis could get up and running after being in deadlock over financing issues. Both Bolloré and the city will spend about 6 million dollars each to get the project started – maybe already by this July.
The wait is over for those wishing to charge their Model S at CHAdeMO stations. The adapter for the Japanese standard is now available on Tesla’s website for 450 dollars.
teslamotors.com via insideevs.com
Seoul, Barcelona, Stockholm, Avis, Club Intrawest.
Seoul to charge up: South Korea’s capital plans to install 136 fast-charging stations this year with another 270 to follow in 2016. Until 2018, a total 0f 600 rapid chargers shall stand. To put them to good use, Seoul will acquire 40,000 electric cars, 3,000 electric buses and 7,000 electric taxis and trucks.
Electric patrol in Barcelona: BMW delivered 30 electric C Evolution scooters to Barcelona. As they are destined to serve as patrol vehicles for the Spanish police force, the two-wheelers have been modified accordingly, while the technology remains the same.
Stockholm starts hybrid bus service: The Swedish capital now has a first purely hybrid bus line in place. Eight Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrids are serving route 73 since yesterday, after being trialled before. The buses are part of the European ZeEUS project.
Rental hybrids: Car hire service Avis is about to add 100 hybrid Toyota Yaris to its London fleet. They will first become available at the British capital’s airports. The exemption from the congestion charge in central London is one of the reasons for Avis’ decision.
Destination charging: Club Intrawest is to install EV charging stations at its main locations, starting with Quebec, Canada. The boutique vacation club says ClipperCreek and Tesla charging stations will eventually be rolled out company-wide.
Baden-Wuerttemberg, London, Avis, Isle of Wight, Malaysia.
Setting an example: The provincial government of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, has affirmed plans to further lower its county’s carbon emissions. Therefore, a tenth of the ministry’s fleet shall be electrified by 2015. Funding has also been extended to support electric buses and cabs. Baden-Wuerttemberg aims to have 200,000 electric vehicles on its roads by 2020.
mvi.baden-wuerttemberg.de (In German)
E-cabs in London: The 20 BYD electric taxis ordered by chauffeur service Thriev (we reported) are now in operation. London’s first electric cab fleet is expected to be joined by a further 50 cars in July ordered by minicab firm Green Tomato Cars.
Avis to include hybrids: The rental car service’s UK branch has now included Peugeot’s hybrid version of the 508 and 3008 in its fleet. The low-emission cars are available to customers across the UK.
H2 on the Isle of Wight: ITM Power has received planning permission for five hydrogen stations on the Isle of Wight. Two of four sites will be ready for operation in November 2014. The four land locations will be complemented by one marine refueling station.
E-buses for Malaysia: The Malayan transport authority Prasarana Transit has announced BYD as winning bidder to supply 15 electric buses. It is South East Asia’s largest electric bus project so far. The decision for BYD follows a trial of a BYD bus serving successfully in Kuala Lumpur since last August.