DHL Parcel UK buys 50 Mercedes eSprinter vans
DHL Parcel UK will add 50 new electric vans to their fleet before the year’s end. The logistics company will deploy the 50 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter L2s in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Bristol and Southampton and complement the fleet in London.
UK: UPS rolls-out Rex EVs powered by Tevva Motors
The logistics giant UPS plans to bring 15 electric vans with range extenders onto British roads in the next few weeks and deploy them permanently. In the EVs developed in cooperation with Tevva Motors, a small diesel engine is used to charge the batteries.
Munich, Laval, Southampton, Columbus.
Funding details for e-cabs: Munich’s 2m euro electric cab scheme has been finalised and accelerated. Already from September, 1, every kilometre run electrically with a passenger will be acknowledge with 0,20 euros. Incentives are capped at 40 percent of the purchase price and the city said the initial budget is enough to fund 170 electric taxis. If demand takes off however, more funds will be allocated. Furthermore, three fast-charging stations are to be installed at central taxi ranks.
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30m electric bus scheme: Laval, a town in Québec, Canada, will be getting 30m dollars in funding from the federal and provincial government aimed at improving public transportation services through its Société de transport de Laval (STL). STL will be buying 22 new hybrid buses and install new charging stations but also plans a series of studies on electric buses and driverless transport. In total, the scheme funds 29 projects, with most to start latest next year.
Harbour electrification: The Port of Southampton has taken delivery of 13 electric vehicles to replace its diesel cars and vans. Three Nissan Leafs were joined by ten Nissan e-NV 200 and the British harbour hopes to further increase its PEV share in the future.
EV charging in Ohio: Columbus, Ohio is about to launch an incentive program to encourage the installation of 1,685 EV charging ports over the next three years at commercial and multi-family facilities. The grants are designed to provide up to 25,000 dollars per facility, though cannot exceed 3,500 dollars per plug.
Japan, Manitoba, New York, Jejudo, Southampton.
Fuel cell overload: Japan hopes to have 40,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2020, again increasing that number 20-fold (to 800,000 FCVs) by 2030. The country also plans to double the number of H2-filling stations in the coming decade (to 160 units), while there shall be 320 hydrogen fuelling stations by 2030.
EV subsidies in Manitoba: Campaigning for local elections in the Canadian province of Manitoba, Liberals have proposed between 2,000 and 5,000 dollar rebates for low emission cars, based on fuel efficiency. The party says it would earmark 2m CAD annually to fund the scheme.
A bill for boroughs: A Queens councilman introduced a bill would mandate that all five New York boroughs to install public EV charging stations. He proposes a total of 35 curbside chargers be erected throughout the city during a four-year pilot programme.
Charging included: Korean SK car hiring company kicked off an “all-inclusive” long-term rental scheme for electric cars on the South Korea island of Jejudo. The EVs can be rented for up to five years to a fixed monthly rate that includes everything from the energy charged to the warranty of the battery. The vehicles can be purchased once the lease it up.
Free electric ride: New York’s Southampton may be getting an electric shuttle to offer free rides to residents and visitors. The cost for the service will covered by advertising on the vehicle. Since there are few chargers in the area, American Legion in Hampton Bays offered their parking stall so the shuttle could plug in overnight.