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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California, Sonoma County, Laos, Enel, Ogilvie.
Six pro EV bills in a row have just been signed by California’s governor Jerry Brown. Electric vehicles now get free or cheaper access to newly introduced high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, while more HOV stickers for plug-in hybrids have been made available. Low-income communities were promised easier access to EVs while renters now got the right to install chargers at their temporary homes.
Tribal EVs: The Kashia tribe of Sonoma County, California, purchased two Toyota RAV4 EVs and two plug-in hybrid Ford C-Max Energis. The EVs serve Kashia’s Department of Environmental Planning. Additionally, six charging stations will be installed in both remote and urban areas.
Mitsubishi in Laos: Mitsubishi’s importer in Lao just recently donated two i-MiEV to the Southeast Asian country’s government. The gesture is part of the Japanese company’s expansion into new markets. In Lao, hopes lie on green electricity generated through the country’s large rivers.
Hubject goes south: The Berlin-based IT platform operator for charging infrastructure expands its European network once more by signing an agreement with Enel. The latter operates about 1,600 EV charge points in Italy and Spain which will become part of the eRoaming framework that now allows charging at 5,000 stations.
Tesla to lease: British Ogilvie Fleet took delivery of two Model S that came together with two charge points at the company’s Stirling head quarters. The Teslas are available to the directors, staff as well as customers of the leasing company.