Xiamen, Kuala Lumpur, AttainIT & TomTom Telematics, Tesla.
Another Chinese city is to be electrified as Xiamen announces its plan to introduce a fleet of 200 buses and 600 taxis with either electric or plug-in hybrid drives until the end of this year. Already 237 of these vehicles are on the street. The cabs will be complemented with 400 charging spots while buses will be able to charge at eleven bus stops.
BYD buses in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur has taken delivery of 15 electric buses by the Chinese manufacturer. The BYD buses will serve on the Sunway Line by BRT that spans 5.4 kilometres on elevated bus lanes. The buses are able to go 250 km on a single charge.
Electric car sharing platform: AttainIT and TomTom Telematics have developed technology connecting booking systems with EV data. Be Smart is already using it for electric car sharing in Naples and Milan as the system allows to locate and activate cars and check for remaining battery power remotely.
Swap party invite: Tesla is currently sending emails to additional selected Model S drivers inviting them to test its battery swapping station in California. However, one swap costs 80 dollar with the return of the original battery at a later date included.
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Malaysia to be electrified: An electric car sharing service will be set up in Kuala Lumpur by KL Electric Mobility. The ‘KL Electric A-gogo’ is to start with 150 electric cars while at least 3,000 charge stations are to be installed over the next two years.
1,000 EVS for Chengdu: Kandi has completed the sale and delivery of 1,000 electric vehicles to the leasing company ZuoZhongYou. The EVs will be used for a newly launched car-share program in the Chinese city of Chendu.
Hybrid buses in San Francisco: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors just granted 68 million dollars for the acquisition of 61 hybrid buses by New Flyer over the next six years. The contract also includes options to purchase an additional 363 hybrid buses.
Hydrogen cooperation: Sandia National Laboratories and Linde LLC have signed a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) to accelerate the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The first projects will look into R&D for the expansion of hydrogen fuelling stations.
Washington on the EV case: Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s plans to make the state more EV friendly (we reported) are taking shape. He is to extend tax incentives, create an EV infrastructure bank, and ask city planners to incorporate infrastructure in their planning.
Plymouth has installed its first charge points and expects EV ownership to grow over the coming years while the council plans to add EVs to its own fleet as well. The charging stations are the beginning of a two-phase project which will see public charging opportunities pop up all over the British city.
Kuala Lumpur, Eden EV, Lincoln, ChargePoint.
Kuala Lumpur police goes electric: The police force in the Malaysian capital will deploy 30 electric motorbikes for use in the city. Moreover, it plans to use hybrid patrol cars. The fleet is part of the “Going Green” campaign, set to safe fuel and protect the environment.
Eden EV to rent Tesla in the UK: Businesses as well as potential customers around London will be able to make use of one of ten Model S. Eden EV intends to expand its fleet to 15 Teslas by 2015 and has already placed an order for the Model X SUV. Moreover, it says it will renew the fleet every twelve months.
EV charging in Lincoln is evolving fast, as now two more stations will join five recently set up at Duncan Aviation (we reported) and two at local dealerships. Lincoln Electric System will install the ChargePoint stations at a parking garage this week, which makes Lincoln the city with the most charging points in Nebraska.
Reviewing the ChargePoint app: The locator app lists charging stations, though does not allow customer reviews, a feature many EV drivers find helpful, the reviewer notes. Moreover, there are apps that also list residential locations, where private owners provide charging. Conclusion – the app loads very fast, but is missing some helpful features that other already have.