Israel, Leicester, Canada, Supercharger, Ruby Tuesday.
Israel electrifies: The country wishes to clean the air with the government spending about 57m dollars on initiatives for electric mobility and more. Grants for the acquisition of 2,000 hybrid taxes have been set up, and electric buses will be bought. On the private side, 4 carsharing schemes with at least 800 electric cars and 2,000 charge stops will be introduced in 4 Israeli cities including Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Diesel replacement: British Leicester will potentially replace a 95 strong diesel fleet with EVs if tests with ten Nissan Leaf proof successful. The Leaf will be joined by five Nissan e-NV200 within the following weeks and testing is to resume over six months.
Rapid charging in Canada: Six EV fast-charging stations are to go up along Canada’s Highway that connects Montréal and Quebec. The province will pay half the price of each station that are estimated to cost 60,000 dollars and would like to see them go up within the next six months.
Supercharge and dine: Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday plans to install a series of Superchargers at its diners. The first has gone up in Miner, Missouri, yet the chain has not specified how many EV charging stations will follow.
Nissan, EV Connect, Leicester, Seaward, Apcoa & The New Motion.
Nissan’s ‘No Charge to Charge’ programme arrives in three more U.S. cities. Leaf drivers in Austin, Texas, Monterey, California, and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina receive complimentary public charging in the selected cities for two years. Eligible chargers can be located via the EZ -Charge app.
Charger financing: EV Connect teamed up with GE and financing provider SparkFund to create the EV Charging-as-a-Service (EV CaaS) programme. Flat rates for the installation of a public EV charging station start at 99 dollars a month with some upfront costs.
Diesel to electric: Leicester replaced 15 diesel vehicles with EVs in a 6-month trial. The electric cars are to serve for school transport as well as patrol cars for city wardens. If the test is successful, up to 95 diesels could be replaced with electric vehicles within the next three years.
EV chargepoint tester: Seaward developed the compact EV100 diagnostic tester for all types of AC EV charging stations. The handheld device carries out all tests required for compliance with IEC 61851. Test results can be printed or emailed to the the provider directly.
Park & Charge: Parking facility operator Apcoa is working with The New Motion to equip 50 Apcoa sites in Germany with EV charging stations. The company plans to continually expand the network to include more locations also outside the German borders.
Madrid, Leicester, EV battery reuse, Daimler.
License to park: The City of Madrid installed smart parking metres that will charge higher parking fees for high-emission cars (we reported). To determine its drivetrain technology, drivers have to type in their license plate number at the metre, which is linked to Spain’s vehicle registration database. Hybrid and electric cars receive a 20% discount on standard rates.
Mobile air pollution stations: Starting today, the University of Leicester and CENEX will use EVs to measure the risk of air pollution in the British city. Several electric Smart fortwos have been equipped with special sensors to provide insight into the air quality in polluted urban areas.
Reusing EV batteries: A report by the MINETA National Transit Consortium looks at the possibility of using decommissioned electric vehicle batteries as grid energy storage, as well as at the recycling possibilities for the cells.
sjsu.edu (Report as PDF) via hybridcars.com
Autonomous lorry: At its Shaping Future Transportation 2014 event, Daimler shows its concept of a self-driving lorry. The Highway Pilot system could be ready for real-world use by 2025 and help reduce physical and mental stress on drivers, as well as improve efficiency of the vehicle.
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