Budapest, Clean Bus Technology Fund, Laos, Chargemaster.
Budapest presents the first of a total of 36 trolleybuses built by Skoda and Solaris, which are able to operate without connecting to the catenary. Delivery will be completed this year, and the city has the option to order another 72 trolleybuses. The contract is worth almost 22m dollars.
Bid for greener buses: The British government launched a 5-million pound (7.7m dollar) fund to cut down on NOx emissions. Local authorities are asked to bid to get therir share of the Clean Bus Technology Fund of up to 500,000 pounds to retrofit their buses. Applications are open until the end of October.
businessgreen.com, gov.uk (invitation to bid)
Laotian electric bus project: Laos’ province Luang Prabang is embarking on a project to deploy 34 electric mini buses, of which 14 were granted by the Japanese government. They are made for six people from Lao – foreigners are said to reduce capacity to three to four persons.
Ultracharger: Chargemaster has launched a new rapid charger built in the UK but destined for the world. Its compact dimension ensure installed without planning permission in most places. It is compatible with all charging standards and also uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
Bolloré, Singapore, Laos, Malaysia, PlugSurfing, BYD.
France to be charged up? Bolloré introduces plans to erect 16,000 charge points all across “La Grande Nation” and intends to invest 150 million euros over the next four years.
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Electric car sharing in Singapore: The government of the city state has launched the Electro-Mobility Singapore (EMS) task force to explore the viability of a 1,000-EV car sharing and charging infrastructure project. A Request for Information (RFI) is asking for business model proposals.
Laos to be electrified: Laotian city Luang Prabang plans to import 100 electric cars which the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is ready to fund with four million dollars. More trials in other cities of Laos are to follow if the pilot proves to be a success.
Malaysia to recharge: Another three million ringgit (about 860,000 dollars) will be invested next year to erect 300 charging stations in the south-east Asian country. They will join the existing 40 charge points in Malaysia and are in line with the country’s plan to boost the EV uptake (we reported).
Luxembourg added to PlugSurfing: Thanks to a cooperation with Estonteco, the PlugSurfing app now includes 26 charging points in Luxembourg where users can pay via a RFID-enabled key fob. The Berlin-based start-up now connects a total of more than 10,000 charging points across Europe.
BYD in Britain: British private-car service Thriev has ordered another 200 BYD e6. The EVs will add to the existing fleet of 32 e6 with deliveries due to start by April 2015. The London-based firm is now BYD’s biggest oversea partner but the Chinese carmaker has already set eyes on the U.S. market.
California, Sonoma County, Laos, Enel, Ogilvie.
Six pro EV bills in a row have just been signed by California’s governor Jerry Brown. Electric vehicles now get free or cheaper access to newly introduced high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, while more HOV stickers for plug-in hybrids have been made available. Low-income communities were promised easier access to EVs while renters now got the right to install chargers at their temporary homes.
Tribal EVs: The Kashia tribe of Sonoma County, California, purchased two Toyota RAV4 EVs and two plug-in hybrid Ford C-Max Energis. The EVs serve Kashia’s Department of Environmental Planning. Additionally, six charging stations will be installed in both remote and urban areas.
Mitsubishi in Laos: Mitsubishi’s importer in Lao just recently donated two i-MiEV to the Southeast Asian country’s government. The gesture is part of the Japanese company’s expansion into new markets. In Lao, hopes lie on green electricity generated through the country’s large rivers.
Hubject goes south: The Berlin-based IT platform operator for charging infrastructure expands its European network once more by signing an agreement with Enel. The latter operates about 1,600 EV charge points in Italy and Spain which will become part of the eRoaming framework that now allows charging at 5,000 stations.
Tesla to lease: British Ogilvie Fleet took delivery of two Model S that came together with two charge points at the company’s Stirling head quarters. The Teslas are available to the directors, staff as well as customers of the leasing company.