Amsterdam, Athens, Ireland, Conneticut.
Amsterdam electrifies: The Dutch capital strives for zero-emission by 2025. Starting by 2017, it will set-up an environmental zone that bans elderly gas guzzlers from entering the city centre. Over the course of one year, the prohibition will gradually include vans, cabs, buses and scooters made before set dates. For positive encouragement, Amsterdam reportedly plans to upgrade charging infrastructure to 4,000 stations and will also introduce subsidies for EVs. Electric cabs will get priority at the Central Station.
Athens electrifies: The Greek capital will apply for a 6m dollar state grant to support Athens Transit in the acquisition of ten hybrid buses, which will replace ten diesel-powered units. Another 1.5m dollars will come through local funding.
Ireland charges rapidly: Irish utility ESB installed six multi-standard fast-charging stations in Belfast and Dublin. Co-financing of the 7m euro project came through the TEN-T EU programme, as well as BMW, Nissan, Renault and VW. The chargers support CCS, CHAdeMO, and Type 2.
Extra incentives: Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) tops up its EV rebate programme CHEAPR with 2m dollars. 1m have been earmarked for cash rebates of up to 3,000 dollars for private buyers, while the other million will be made available as grants for state agencies and cities.