Coronavirus delays UK Clean Air Zones
The introduction Clean Air Zones in British cities will be postponed until January 2021 at the earliest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Clean Air Zones planned for Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds, among other locations in the UK, are designed to limit the number of polluting vehicles driving in city centre during certain periods. Weiterlesen
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UK to invest 1bn pounds in electric mobility: The British has government announced to spend 2.5bn pounds until 2021 to meet its climate targets, fixed in its “Clean Growth Strategy”. As part of this roadmap, 1bn pounds have been approved to promote electric and low-emission vehicles. The Clean Growth Strategy is detailing government spending between 2015 and 2021. In its update, the government also confirmed once more the aim to ban combustion-powered cars by 2040.
Ireland supports electric corporate fleets: In order to promote electric cars in company-owned fleets, the Irish government establishes a zero percent rate of Benefit-in-Kind for such vehicles. Existing EV incentives such as a purchase premium of up to 5,000 pounds and a reduction of the vehicle registration tax are going to be continued, too.
Leeds welcomes electric double decker: Bus company First Leeds is currently testing an all-electric double decker bus in Leeds. The vehicle called Metrodecker EV carries up to 99 passengers and provides a range of almost 150 miles. The bus company’s trial project is part of its plan to invest 71m pounds into the purchase of 284 ultra-low emissions buses.
Ford triples charging opportunities for staff: The U.S. carmaker says it will extend the amount of charging stations for its employees in North America from currently 200 to 600 within the next three years. The company explains this move by pointing at the fact that charging options at the workplace are a decisive criteria to opt for an electric vehicle purchase.
150 electric buses for Malaysia: GETS Global and Putrajaya Leisures & Services Group signed a MoU as both partners seek to bring 150 electric buses to the streets of Putrajaya. However, they take their time: The electric bus fleet shall not go into operation before 2025.
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Electric cab charge: Leeds and neighbouring towns won a bid for 2m pounds in government funding to help install 88 dedicated taxi and private hire charge points. 33 shall be rapid chargers and Leeds will get £745,000 of the total grant through the ULEV Taxi Scheme. The vehicles however, must be acquired by the drivers and cab companies.
The world’s longest EV super highway in one state mark you, is about to unroll in Queensland, Australia, where the first fast-charging station has been inaugurated in Cairn. It forms the beginning of a network that will span from the Gold to the Far North coast and use will be free initially. The Queensland Electric Super Highway is a collaboration between Energy Queensland and several public offices.
Power combined: eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet Solar cloud platform lets owners of PV systems that also happen to have an EV, make the most of their own renewable energy via smart charging. The idea is to maximise self-consumption and thus increase energy savings.
Electric state fleet: 22 Chevy Bolt have joined the ranks of the Minnesota Administration, where the departments of health, education, pollution control, and transportation will use them.
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Crime and punishment: Utility Duke Energy has earmarked 1.5m dollars for charging stations in North Carolina. 1m will be reserved for cities and towns wanting to install chargers for cars, the rest for municipalities looking to set up charging for electric buses. The investment is part of a lawsuit settlement with the state, which accused the utility of illicit smokestack pollution.
New charge to charge: After earning much criticism for its newly introduced flat rate at fast-chargers along Britain’s motorways, charge point operator Ecotricity has adjusted its rates. Originally asking 5 pounds per 20-minute charge, it will now cost EV drivers 6 pounds to plug-in for 30 minutes.
Plugging in: Leeds City Council is adding 42 electric cars to its fleet. The newcomers will also replace existing hybrid and electric cars. The council will also allocate more parking stalls for EVs and offers free parking permits to drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles.
Strong hybrids for police: Ukrainian police have ordered a total of 651 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to replace its (very) old fleet and help the country comply with the Kyoto Protocol.
20 percent EV: The Indian government wants to electrify 20 percent of its own fleet, as well encourage taxi drivers to invest in electric vehicles. Mahindra is probably already waiting by the phone.
Electric driving in Shanghai: Some 1,700 EV charging points will be set up in the Shanghai district of Songjiang before the end of the year. It will also benefit the 100 EV strong carsharing scheme in the area.
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Toyota in Tokyo: Toyota has begun testing its two-wheeled electric Winglet on the roads of Tokyo’s Koto Ward. The Segway-style vehicle stands 1.2 m tall, weighs 20 kg, and can reach speeds up to 6 kph. Testing will continue through the end of March 2017, and the public will be given a chance to test drive the vehicle from April.
Palermo entrance fees: From today, Italian city of Palermo is introducing access fees for cars to city centre. Only Euro IV vehicles (or higher), as well as motorcycles and electric cars can enter the city free of charge.
Free permits for Leeds: A twelve-month free parking permit will be issued to people in Leeds who own ultra-low emissions cars and vans. The move is marketed as an incentive for those considering electric and hybrid cars to make the switch. Permits are only available to Leeds residents.
Delhi’s big incentives: The Delhi government enacted a slew of new EV incentives, cutting VAT on EV purchases from 12.5 to 5 percent, while subsidies for e-rickshaws have been doubled. Electric cars will also be exempted from road tax. The Karnataka government also eliminated all taxes on electric vehicles earlier this month.
Go LEAFs!: Four all-electric Nissan Leaf have been delivered to the Colorado State University fleet. Two will be used by housing and dining staff to travel to work events during the day, while the other two are specifically for the facilities’ management staff. Two training events were held with the help of community initiative Drive Electric Northern Colorado.