NRG eVgo, Coca-Cola, Ontario, Colibri, London.
Coca-Cola energy: NRG eVgo has signed a cooperation with Coca-Cola and will install charging stations for employees at seven locations in California. The deal is part of the “Workplace Charging Challenge” by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Money for EVs and smart grids: Ontario, Canada is financing 17 energy projects in the region with a total of 24 million dollars. Smart grids and energy storage are on top of the list. The integration of EVs is also part of the deal.
Colibri in the starting blocks: German company IMA has begun issuing sales licenses for its electric one-seater Colibri. Dealerships can apply until December 12th. According to IMA, some 1,200 units have already been ordered at a price of 10,900 euros, plus a monthly rental fee of 40 euros for the battery.
Electrifying London: Newly released study “Powering ahead – fast track to an all-electric city” outlines the benefits for the English capital, if by 2035 it would only use electricity to power transport and heating systems. It could apparently lower pollution by one third and significantly cut CO2 emissions.
wspgroup.com via greenbuildnews.co.uk
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EVs are a must: South Korea’s government yesterday announced that starting next year, all government agencies and national universities must choose from electric cars for over 25 percent of their new purchases and rentals. The goal is not only to protect the environment, but also to create new jobs.
Charging on route: Swiss Multi-Contact has developed an automatic charging system for electric buses. While at a stop, a flexible plug clicks into the bus’s charging socket, allowing for charging current of up to 900 ampere. According to Multi-Contact, the stops of existing bus lines can easily be retrofitted.
Coke hybridises: Coca-Cola is adding 140 additional gasoline-electric hybrid Chevrolet Express 3500 vans converted by XL Hybrids by early 2015 to go with the 103 it already has in the fleet. 70 of the new vans are currently being delivered, a further 70 will follow.
Chicago gets two electric buses: The New Flyer Industries buses are said to go between 80 and 120 miles on one charge and save 25,000 dollars in fuel cost per year. The electric buses cost one million dollars each and were funded by a 2.2 million dollar grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Moreover, 300 of Chicago’s 1,800 buses are hybrid.