Volkswagen, Route 66, Seattle, Winnipeg, 360 Eco-Loop, Panasonic.
The Charge & Fuel card is a new initiative by Volkswagen. Together with an app, customers of VW and Audi will be able to charge their hybrids or EVs at more than 1,200 German charging stations by RWE, EnBW, and Ladenetz.de and to refuel them at around 10,800 stations in the network of UTA. Payments are taken at the end of the month while charging will be free in the first six months.
Route 66 to be electrified: Charging stations will be installed along parts of the Mother Road. Eight cities in Illinois, namely Plainfield, Dwight, Pontiac, Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Edwardsville will install at least one fast charger each. Time for Harley’s LiveWire to hit the road…
Seattle is to follow California’s lead on promoting the use of EVs, as Governor Jay Inslee voices his ideas to explore tax breaks and the use of car pool lanes. Furthermore, Seattle is to get more EV charging stations and developers will be encouraged to include EV fast charge points in their planning.
First e-bus in Winnipeg: The Canadian town has started its regular electric bus service on a 40-km route. A total of four New Flyer Xcelsior electric buses will be operated by Winnipeg Transit for a four year test period and charged via a roof mounted pantograph at the Winnipeg Richardson Airport.
Philippine electric shuttles: Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprise (EVEEI) and Filinvest Land launched the ‘360 Eco-Loop’ in Filinvest City, a commercial business district in southern Metro Manila. Ten EVs stop at 26 pick-up points every ten minutes. By the end of next year, the shuttle service is to expand to include 40 so-called e-Jeepneys.
gmanetwork.com, mb.com.ph, manilastandardtoday.com
Panasonic opens Smart City: The ‘Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town’ at the outskirts of Tokyo is designed to generate its own energy, also used to power various EVs and e-bikes. Due for completion by 2018, the city will include the ‘Car Life Lab’ where EVs can be test driven as early as this month.