Electric scooter safety still a subject for discussion
In order to make e-scooters more perceptible to other road users, 60 of the small EVs from Voi will be equipped with artificial sound systems in three English cities (Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool). However, the measure is not as unilaterally welcomed as the initiators hoped.
Voi adds another UK city as Liverpool goes live
Kickscooter rental company Voi has scored another contract in the previously closed UK market. The Swedish company has entered Liverpool on a trial basis with a fleet of 50 e-scooters, to begin with. The new project follows similar advances on the isles that so far, had mixed results.
Water Witch switches workboats to Torqeedo drives
The Liverpool-based boat builder Water Witch has announced that it will replace its existing outboard motors with electric drives from Torqeedo. The company has been building specialized cleaning boats for over 50 years and uses around 200 workboats to remove waste and refuse in harbours and waterways around the world.
Liverpool fights air pollution
The city’s parliamentarians approve the installation of 100 EV charging points throughout Liverpool, but that’s not all: The city council also partners with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to calculate the costs to establish a Clean Air Zone, which shall be completed by March 2018.
eGUTS, Vienna, Liverpool, New York, Bay Area, Utah.
E-mobility in Danube region: EU project eGUTS (Electric and Green Urban Transport Systems) has launched and unites 22 partners in the search for standards that foster electric transport across the Danube region. Eight cities will share feasibility studies in the form of pilots that will look at charging infrastructure, electric car sharing, parking policies as well as develop and test the eGUTS app. The EU funds the project with 1.5m euros until June 2019.
oe-journal.at (in German), interreg-danube.eu (project website)
Diesel is not welcome in cities any longer with the latest example being Vienna and Liverpool. The Austrian capital is currently marking areas and districts, where diesel vehicles will be banned once fine particle pollution hits high levels. Meanwhile Liverpool wants to ban diesel entirely from 2022. The city looks to create a “clean air zone” which will result in restrictions on diesel vehicles on all roads and also could involve refusing to offer new licenses to diesel cabs.
kurier.at (Vienna, in German), liverpoolecho.co.uk (Liverpool)
New York to launch EV rebate: The state of New York plans to start its own incentive scheme this April. Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will thus be eligible for an up to 2,000 dollar rebate. It took the state some time as the money was already earmarked last year.
electrek.co, nbcnewyork.com, usnews.com
5m dollars for EV charging infrastructure have been made available in the Bay Area. The 2017 funding cycle of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is calling on businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies to install electric vehicle charging stations through the “Charge! Program” that wants to establish a network for public use.
EV credit cut off: Utah’s House of Representatives has decided against extending the state’s tax credit for electric vehicles in a vote that could have seen an extension until 2022. The measure failed by a very narrow margin of 37-38.
India, Smart City Challenge, Nissan, Liverpool, Nevada.
Indian bus electrification: India’s run to electrify all its 150,000 buses has kicked off. In Delhi, 15 buses have been retro-fitted, supported by a pilot scheme by the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT). Others cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune will follow in a drive to turn a first batch of 1,000 buses from diesel to electric.
Smart City Challenge: 77 cities applied for the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge. The winner gets 50 million dollars, with 10m dedicated to electric vehicles and other CO2 decreasing measures. Five finalists will be chosen on March 12th, and will then have time to polish their proposals for the final selection in June.
Business travel: Nissan teams up with Go Travel Solutions and offers members of the Smartgo workplace travel networks discounts “worth thousands of pounds” when purchasing a Nissan Leaf. There are 95,000 Smart Go members from 200 companies in the UK.
Public charging: The city of Liverpool has installed 28 charge points. Half of them are for public use and stand at railway stations, the ferry terminal, and hospitals. The other half is located well within reach of the local authority, i.e. at council buildings. The Liverpool City Region will soon introduce 23 EVs to its fleet.
Highway charging: Nevada installed its first of four charging stations on route 95 that links Las Vegas and Reno. It is part of the state’s Nevada Electric Highway initiative, which lets EV drivers charge at no cost over the next five years.