Bolloré, Lower Saxony, Rhode Island, Volvo UK, Ankai.
Bolloré stretches: The French manufacturer presented a 12-metre version of its BlueBus, which is originally only 6 m long. Eight battery packs with 30 kWh each provide 200 km of range. Bolloré invested 40m euros in production, hoping to sell 200 units a year, especially as France plans a tender for electric buses by 2017.
Police plugs in: Police in Lower Saxony, Germany, ordered twelve VW Passat GTE. The federal state is home to the manufacturer that is in turn one of the biggest employers there. State fleets already include 38 (partially) electric cars, including the e-Golf and e-Up. However, state police own a total of 4,300 vehicles – so it is a long way before going all-electric. But the force already hopes for more state funding.
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Beneficial money laundering: Rhode Island will use fees paid by environmental law offenders to fund its DRIVE (Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification) programme. The scheme offers a rebate of up to 2,500 dollars. So far, 200,000 dollars have been “collected,” but only 17,500 paid out.
Plug-in partners: Volvo UK teamed up with Pod Point to supply customers with home charging equipment. British buyers of a plug-in Volvo will have the option to have a Pod Point Solo installed at their home within 10 working days for 390 GBP.
Electric bus deal: The Chinese city of Xuzhou has ordered 100 electric buses after just putting its first hundred into operation. The vehicles come from Ankai, a Chinese manufacturer whose factory has the capacity to turn out 6,000 units annually.
San Diego, New York, Rhode Island, Georgia, Konya.
3,500 EV charging stations: Utility San Diego Gas & Electric received approval to start a pilot programme that will see the installation of 3,500 EV charging stations in California. They will be erected at 350 sites of which 10 percent are in disadvantaged communities. The scheme seeks to encourage charging with energy from renewables through dynamic pricing.
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NYC scales up: New York City reportedly wants to install 3,000 EV charging stations until 2018 and now added another 800 to support the Charge NY initiative. Meanwhile, the first fast-charging stations have been erected at four service areas in the Hudson Valley, where drivers can charge with up to 50 kW.
New EV rebate: Rhode Island is offering 2,500 dollars to those who buy or lease a plug-in car. For starters, a pool of 200,000 dollars in state funds has been made available to boost the number of EVs from the current 450 in Rhode Island.
Return of the rebate? A lawmaker in Georgia seeks to reinstate tax credits for electric cars, which the state discontinued last year. Instead of 5,000 dollars, the proposed rebate would offer up to 3,000 dollars through 2017 and 2,000 dollars through 2019.
Turkish electric bus: The city of Konya will soon put four electric buses into regular service after a trial was successful. Built by a Turkish firm, the buses sit 25 passangers and have a range of up to 200 km. Several charging stations will be erected.
Hydrogen and fuel cell development plans.
A total of 10,800 FCVs, 640 FC buses, and 110 H2 fuelling stations in eight North-Eastern states until 2025 are outlined in the ‘2015 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Plans’ by the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster in the USA.
Google, BlueIndy, McLaren, Rhode Island.
Google drive: The residents of Mountain View will soon be able to hop on and off an electric shuttle bus sponsored by the internet company. The pilot project is set to start this autumn with four 16-seaters that also come with bicycle carriers. The service will run every 30 minutes and is free.
Who is to pay for BlueIndy? Apparently, the city of Inidianapolis has urged its utility provider to apply an extra charge to help finance the planned electric car sharing by French Bolloré group. Obviously, this plan has now sparked opposition by ratepayers, who would never have anything to do with the electric cars.
Special edition P1: McLaren’s Special Operations team has been commissioned by a North American customer to outfit his hybrid super car to unique specifications for the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach. While the “regular” P1 is limited to 375 pieces, now only 374 of them will be left alike.
EV license plate: Rhode Island created a special license plate for EVs. Its aim is not primarily privileges but to give first responders an indication that they are approaching an electric car. Instead of “Ocean State” the words “Electric/Hybrid” will appear on the plate.