Japan, Manitoba, New York, Jejudo, Southampton.
Fuel cell overload: Japan hopes to have 40,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2020, again increasing that number 20-fold (to 800,000 FCVs) by 2030. The country also plans to double the number of H2-filling stations in the coming decade (to 160 units), while there shall be 320 hydrogen fuelling stations by 2030.
EV subsidies in Manitoba: Campaigning for local elections in the Canadian province of Manitoba, Liberals have proposed between 2,000 and 5,000 dollar rebates for low emission cars, based on fuel efficiency. The party says it would earmark 2m CAD annually to fund the scheme.
A bill for boroughs: A Queens councilman introduced a bill would mandate that all five New York boroughs to install public EV charging stations. He proposes a total of 35 curbside chargers be erected throughout the city during a four-year pilot programme.
Charging included: Korean SK car hiring company kicked off an “all-inclusive” long-term rental scheme for electric cars on the South Korea island of Jejudo. The EVs can be rented for up to five years to a fixed monthly rate that includes everything from the energy charged to the warranty of the battery. The vehicles can be purchased once the lease it up.
Free electric ride: New York’s Southampton may be getting an electric shuttle to offer free rides to residents and visitors. The cost for the service will covered by advertising on the vehicle. Since there are few chargers in the area, American Legion in Hampton Bays offered their parking stall so the shuttle could plug in overnight.
Germany, The Hague, BMW i3, Utilib, UK, Jejudo.
400 quick chargers for Germany: German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has said to the regional newspaper Passauer Neue Presse thatfast charging stations will be installed along German motorways. Motorway services operator Tank & Rast GmbH is to equip all of its 400 sites with charging and parking spots by 2017. The German government will take over some of the costs.
reuters.com, pnp.de (in German)
Dutch charging up: The Hague plans to install another 1,000 charge points to increase the number of EVs on its roads. Currently, there are 300 charge points in the city which serve about 1,500 electric cars.
7+ kW charging rate for BMW i3: BMW is finally keeping its promise to American i3 owners as it now offers to replace (faulty) on-board chargers. Together with a software update, the move is to enable the initially advertised Level 2 maximum charging rate of 7.4 kW.
Autolib expansion: Bolloré has issued a new variant of its rental EV in Paris. There, 100 new so-called Utilibs are to populate the streets. They come in bright red and with two seats instead of four, while taking a payload of 230 kg or 900 litres. Utilib will be in beta phase until the end of February.
insideevs.com, paris.fr (in French)
Bid for ULEVs: British cities are invited by the UK government to hand in proposals to increase EV use. A total of 35 million pounds (54m dollars) are up for grabs in the go ultra low city scheme. Up to four cities with the best proposals could get a share of the fund.
E-mobility arrives on Jejudo: The first 15 Nissan Leaf have been delivered to the Korean island together with two quick charging stations. Jejudo will also host the International Electric Vehicle Expo this March where BYD will showcase its all-electric e6 model.
koreaherald.com (Nissan), koreaherald.com (BYD)