Shanghai, Tesla, Spain, Caltech, Vector.
Shanghai on track: The Shanghai Transportation Trade Association confirms that electrifying the city’s public buses remains a priority. They aim to have nearly 1,500 new-energy buses, making up half of their entire fleet, in operation by the end of 2016. Sixteen bus depots will also be fitted with electric charging stations.
Tesla grand opening: Tesla is opening a third Australian store in Sydney later this year. The two-level showroom will house all of Tesla’s cars and let customers both customise and order the vehicles. However, no on-site Superchargers will be available. Meanwhile, first the Supercharger in Russia is now live.
gizmodo.com (Australia), insidedevs.com (Russia)
Funded by Movea: The Spanish city of Murcia has purchased its first electric car as well as four more hybrids. They hope to have 20 alternative energy vehicles in their fleet by 2020. Purchases were encouraged by regional government subsidies under the “Movea” scheme,” which provides between 6,000 and 20,000 euros.
New at Caltech: The California Institute of Technology is getting an EV charging network on campus. A research group installed 54 electric vehicle charging stations to be used by Caltech and JPL personnel and guests. All are free to use. The charging network was developed by computer science and electrical engineering professor, Steven Low.
Rapid Kiwis: Two rapid charging stations points have arrived in Silverdale, New Zealand, further consolidating the area as the first viable EV region in the country. Vector installed six points in Auckland and plans for 15 more by the end of 2016. They are currently scouting areas around Wellsford and the Matakana area.