Star Charge & VinBus to electrify Vietnam’s bus system
Star Charge has signed a contract with VinBus to cooperate in the establishment of the first electric bus service system in Vietnam. According to the agreement, Star Charge will provide advanced smart charging technology for VinBus, who will field the fleet.
BMW & Parkmobile, Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City, California, Tesla.
BMW i parking: The Bavarians invest in Parkmobile to widen their BMW i ParkNow service. The partnership will allow American users to search for, reserve and pay for parking, with access to 2.7 million garage and on-street parking spaces. European launch is planned in the near future.
Hydrogen town: The Tokyo government plans to supply electricity and hot water to the Athletes’ Village for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games through hydrogen energy. Hydrogen will also be used to power fuel cell buses to transport athletes and others during the event.
Electric sightseeing: Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, will launch a tourist service with electric cars in April, according to the local Department of Transport. The chauffeur service with ten all-electric eight-seaters follows the successful start of a similar service in Hanoi.
New stickers for PHEVs: With the beginning of the new year, California has released another 15,000 green stickers that allow plug-in hybrid cars to access HOV lanes. Initially, the number was limited to 40,000, but demand urged the government to hand out of what is now a total of 70,000.
Workplace charging welcome: A new law in California prohibits commercial landlords from restricting the installation of EV charging stations on their premises. Conditions of approval can be made on “reasonable” grounds if they not generally obstruct the installation.
Tesla is wowing the UK with a new and pretty shiny underground Supercharger station in London. The Californian carmaker is expanding beyond the Big Smoke though and has just opened a Tesla Store in Knutsford, Cheshire in the Northwest of England.
gas2.org (London, with pictures), electriccarsreport.com (Cheshire)
E-Mart, Ho Chi Minh City, MobyPost, Eurotunnel, Greece.
EV-friendly shopping: E-Mart, the largest discount retailer in Korea, plans to erect charging infrastructure. A total of 119 EV charging stations are said to be built at 80 stores through 35 cities, while another 70 chargers are to follow at a later date.
Electric transport in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, which is the largest city in Vietnam, is planning a project with electric buses and cabs. Hanoi already has a similar project (we reported). At HCM City, the electric vehicles would mainly service tourist areas.
Meet the MobyPost: Based on the Ducati Energia, this hydrogen vehicle has been specifically designed for the needs of postal workers. Currently, ten MobyPost with a top speed of 50 kph and a range of up to 50 km are being tested in the departments of French Doubs and Jura.
New EVs for Eurotunnel: On the French side of the English Channel, the Eurotunnel Group and its facility management partner ISS will acquire 18 electric cars for their employees. Already, seven charging stations have been erected at the site in Coquelles.
More EVs for Greece: The Public Power Corporation (PPC) is planning to lease 15 electric cars while introducing a pilot scheme with 15 charging stations, eight in Kozani and seven in Athens. This will bring the number of EVs in the country to a humble 75 but PPC expects the market to grow soon.