Reading tip I: The Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) has released its final project report, intended to help cities and bus fleet operators understand the reality of operating fuel cell buses. The report includes an environmental analysis and social study results.
Reading tip II: Amazon has completed its first delivery via drone in the UK. The buyer in Cambridge only had to wait 13 minutes for its package to arrive at his doorstep.
engadget.com (with video)
New York City, Munich, Paris, CHIC, London.
NYC committed to e-mobility: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the NYC Clean Fleet, a plan to create the largest municipal fleet of electric vehicles in the country. Over the next decade, about 2,000 city-owned fossil fuel sedans will be replaced with plug-in electric cars. The plan’s costs are expected to range from 50m to 80m dollars and will also include the creation of new charging stations.
Munich supports EVs: The German city will launch a 22.2m euro programme in Q2/2016 to fund the adaptation of EVs. Businesses will receive grants between 4,000 and 5,500 euros when they buy a four-wheeled EV and up to 1,000 euros for the purchase of an electric scooter or an e-bike.
abendzeitung-muenchen.de (in German)
Paris, Capital of H2 cabs: The Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien (STEP) will launch a hydrogen-powered taxi fleet. The first five Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell will soon be commissioned and the H2 taxi fleet is expected to grow to 70 vehicles within a year and as many as several hundred within the next five years. The first hydrogen filling station in downtown Paris has just been inaugurated by Air Liquide.
gasworld.com, businesswire.com; breezcar.com (in French)
H2 buses fight climate change: In the EU-funded CHIC project (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities), 56 fuel cell buses have been operated in eight cities and have avoided over 4 million litres of diesel and 6,000 tonnes of greenhouses gases. The CHIC project will run until the end of 2016. The city partners are currently planning for the expansion of their use of the technology.
E-cab crowdfunding: London-based taxi firm eConnect Cars has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the next phase of its growth ahead of the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. So far, the company has already raised more than 25 percent of its £400,000 crowdfunding target.
nextgreencar.com, crowdcube.com (campaign)