London, eMERGE, Portugal, ChargeForward, New Zealand.
London electric bus update: The British capital reportedly plans to electrify two bus lines this autumn. BYD will be responsible for building the chassis and drivetrain system (including the battery) of all 51 electric buses, while Alexander Dennis Limited will assemble them.
eMERGE complete: A real world EV trial draws to a close after private and business customers drove 146 smart fortwo EDs more than 1 million km in Berlin, Potsdam and North Rhine-Westphalia. The lowest annual average energy consumption was 10.4 kWh/100 km, the longest range 161 km. Mercedes will now launch the eMERGE2 fleet project with 200 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and plug-in hybrid models.
Update on Portugal: The government in Lisbon reportedly strives to bring down carbon emissions of its fleet. It wants to buy 1,200 EVs and also encourages its more than half a million employees to take to pedalling. We suggest pedelecs to kill two birds with one stone.
The ChargeForward programme by BMW i is about to start in San Francisco. 100 selected BMW i3 drivers will test the practicalities of intelligent charging firsthand over the next 18 months (we reported). BMW i gets support from utility provider Pacific Gas and Electric.
Kiwis to charge publicly: New Zealand’s city of Auckland opened its first two public charging stations. Located in the Downtown Carpark, the two EV charging sites are free for garage users. The stations were installed by Mighty River Power and Auckland Transport.