GreenPower triples e-bus production capacities
The U.S. bus manufacturer GreenPower has announced their intention of tripling their production capacities for electric buses. For this purpose, the company has leased a factory in the Californian Porterville with an area of more than 50,000 m².
London, Volvo, Porterville, Scoot Networks.
First Low Emission Bus Zone: London has launched its first Low Emission Bus Zone, that bans the dirtiest buses from one of the UK capital’s pollution hot spots. Different from other measure such as the congestion charge zone, the LEBZ targets the city’s outer boroughs. In the case of Putney High Street, it means the 145 buses on seven designated routes in the area have to meet tighter minimum levels for nitrogen oxide. A further 11 zones are due to be introduced by 2020 with two more zones to come into effect from this October.
Volvo’s first custom EV charging station: The Swedish brand selected AeroVironment to develop an EV charging stations specifically for Volvo. It will incorporate customer design and branding and shall be wall-mounted but charge three times faster than standard home chargers.
E-bus order from Porterville: The city of Porterville, California, chose GreenPower Motor Company from Canada to supply ten electric transit buses. The 9m dollar order includes 11 charging systems and an option for 20 more GreenPower EV350 40 models. The funds were granted from CARB’s Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Pilot Programme.
Scoot Networks expands: The LEV sharing service from San Francisco wants to launch in other cities in Europe, Latin America and Asia and has already named first partners such as Mahindra for its GenZe e-scooter and Renault for the Twizy. The fleet of various light-electric vehicles is managed via the new Scoot MOS platform.
Tokyo, CoMO Connect, Porterville, Sonoma County, Tirol.
2020 Olympics powered by H2: Toyota and Honda plan to have at least 6,000 fuel cell vehicles on Japan’s roads by 2020. Tokyo is reportedly ready to spend 45.2bn yen on FCV subsidies of which 1m is reserved for Tokyo residents and 35 hydrogen charging stations. By 2025 , their number shall grow to 80 refuelling stops with the addition of 100,000 hydrogen vehicles and 100 fuel cell buses.
Electric bus pleases: CoMO Connect from Columbia, Missouri, ordered another five electric buses with charging stations from BYD in a lease-to-own agreement over the next 12 years. The lease is valued at about 3.6m dollars. The new buses will join an existing fleet of four.
Funding for electric buses is to go Porterville, as the Californian town receives 9.5m dollar through the Air Resources Board. The money is earmarked for nine electric buses by GreenPower and charging infrastructure. Deliveries will to start in autumn next year.
County charging: 240,000 dollars will be reserved for fostering electric and hybrid vehicles in Sonoma County, California, via an incentive scheme. Meanwhile, six EV charging stations are to be installed for staff and students on the campus of Sonoma State University.
Rent a fuel cell car: Austrian Tirol offers fuel cell vehicles for hire for testing reasons. One day with a hydrogen car costs 40 euros including insurance. There is one hydrogen charging station in Western Austria.
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Chargemaster, Mirai, Cape Town, British Columbia, Porterville.
London charges fast: Chargemaster plans to install up to 200 rapid-chargers at public parking spots in London by the end of 2017. The first 30 are said to be operational by mid-March already.
Dutch government goes H2: Ahead of the country taking on the presidency of the European Council, Toyota delivered two of its fuel cell Mirai to the Dutch government. The keys were handed over at an event in The Hague, promoting the development of more hydrogen infrastructure.
Cape Town invites tenders: South Africa’s second biggest city is looking to buy a fleet of 12 metre electric buses and the corresponding infrastructure. The tender for the 50m rand (3m dollar) project is said to kick off in February.
BC to keep funding EVs: British Columbia’s incentive scheme for electric cars is due to run out of money in March, but lawmakers are already looking to extend the programme. The second round had seen 10.6m Canadian dollars earmarked for the purpose and a third phase could look similar.
Porterville looks to electrify: The California city has asked the California Air Resources Board to help with the funding of ten electric buses and ten charging stations. Five of the latter would be overhead chargers. Porterville is hoping to get a 10m dollar grant.