ELIPTIC, Philippines, London, Tampa, McDonald's.
Urban e-mobility: EU project ELIPTIC (electrification of public transport in cities) is looking at 23 user cases in 11 cities like Barcelona, London, Bremen, and Warsaw. The findings will be copied by “twin cities” that can receive funding and advice. Interested cities or public transport providers can apply until August 31st.
The 3,000-trike project in the Philippines goes to Japanese Uzushio Electric and its local partner Bemac Electric Transportation. From five initial bidders, it was the only group that fulfilled requirements for the scheme funded by the Asian Development Bank. 100,000 electric trikes will be introduced on the island by 2017.
Twizy shuttle service: Londoners hit by the recent tube strike had the chance to hitch a ride in a Twizy instead. Renault launched a small fleet to help stranded commuters reach their destination, or at least have some fun trying to get through traffic.
Fly and charge: Tampa International Airport added 12 EV charging stations in its parking garages. This brings the total number of chargers up to 15 that offer 18 charge points altogether.
Fast-food and charge: McDonald’s has started erecting Rolec charging stations at its locations in Italy. Customers receive a token with their burger that allows them to charge their EV for free for an hour. However, the fast-food chain failed to install fast-chargers.
ELIPTIC, Iberdrola & BMW, Envision Solar, Texas, Hilton Head Island.
ELIPTIC stands for “Electrification of public transport in cities” and is combining research with demonstration. Under the lead of the German city of Bremen, 34 partners from all over Europe are to test the feasibility of electric mobility solutions in public transport. Electric buses as well as intermodal models combining electric car sharing and electric bikes are some of the topics to look at.
bundesverkehrsportal.de (in German), eliptic-project.eu (pdf)
Corporate i3 sharing: Spanish utility provider Iberdrola together with BMW and Alphabet is to start the countries first corporate EV sharing. About 350 Iberdrola employees in Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, and Valencia will get access to a fleet of electric BMW i3.
Solar on a trailer: Envision Solar now introduced a new trailer to tow its portable solar charging station EV ARC into position. The trailer is designed to easily transport the off-grid stations to customers.
Texas scrapping scheme: The ‘AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program’ has been reopened for a limited time. Motorists that hand in their old car receive a voucher of up to 3,500 dollars towards the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle. In 2014, 652 vehicles were replaced through the programme.
EV charger included: Hilton Head Island has come up with a new requirement asking every new development to include at least one electric car charging station. The new rule applies to multifamily as well as nonresidential developments.
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