Climate Group launches ZEV Pledge for government fleets
A number of national, regional, state and city governments in the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK have made a commitment to convert their fleets to zero-emission vehicles by 2040. This involves a total of 121,355 vehicles, almost a third of which are medium- or heavy-duty vehicles.
ZEBRA to bring electric buses to South America
The ZEBRA (Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator) project, led by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and C40 Cities, is dedicated to accelerating the rollout of electric buses in Latin America. Phase one focuses on four cities.
BYD presents XXL electric bus K12A
BYD has introduced what they are calling the longest electric bus in the world. The K12A is 27 metres long, seats 250 passengers, has a top speed of 70 km/h and a range of 300 kilometres. The XXL bus was primarily developed for the South American market, for example for large cities such as Bogotá.
BYD to deliver 64 electric buses to Medellín
BYD has received an order to supply 64 electric buses to Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city. The electric buses are to be delivered to the local public transport operator Metroplús during the second half of 2019.
Nissan to offer Leaf in Latin America
Nissan will be offering the Leaf as of the coming year in Latin America as well. The EV will be released in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay and Puerto Rico in the first phase of South American rollout.
Scotland, Tasmania, Columbia, Leviton.
EV boost in Scotland: Scottish motorists will be able to take out an interest-free loan of up to 50,000 pounds (100,000 pounds for businesses) to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle under a new fund from the Energy Saving Trust. In addition, full grant funding is currently available through the ChargePlace Scotland programme for electric car drivers to install a charge point in their home.
EV boost in Tasmania: Tasmania’s electric car industry is driving forward with the official launch of an electric vehicle association. Currently, there are about 120 registered EVs in Tasmania and there are plans to build up 40 to 50 charging stations in the state.
Columbia electrifies: The City of Columbia, Missouri has ordered four electric buses from BYD. The first bus to be delivered in September will be a full-size 40-foot transit bus, followed by three 30-foot low floor transit buses in December.
New Leviton charger: Leviton unveiled its Evr-Green 320 Level 2 charging station. The device, which is capable of providing 32 amps at 208 or 240 volts AC with a maximum output of 7.7 kW, claims to display an improved installation process and to reduce the charge time of next-gen SAE J1772 plug-ins.
Too modern for bureaucrats.
The third-largest city in Columbia has slammed the breaks on granting a license to an electric bus produced in the country. Why? Because it doesn’t fit in any existing categories in terms of carbon dioxide emission since legally, vehicles that do not emit carbon dioxide do not exist.