US announces retroactive subsidy extension
A new US American spending bill includes the retroactive extension of tax credits for home EV charger installation, electric motorcycles, and fuel-cell vehicles. Previously, the credits had been extended through 2017, and have now been extended to 2020.
Berlin, Uruguay, Singapore, tax credits, Virginia.
Berlin e-bus: As you maybe saw on our Facebook page yesterday, Berlin began operating four all-electric Solaris Urbino 12 buses to service the route 204. The buses are charged inductively at the first and last station on the line via the Primove charging system from Bombardier.
berlin.de (in German), infobus.pl (in Polish) facebook.com (our photos)
Uruguay wants more e-taxis: The country earmarked 100,000 dollars for each newly purchased electric taxi. A taxi license will be subsidized with 60,000 dollars and the taxi company will be exempt for a 23 percent sales tax. Charging infrastructure will be funded with 5,000 dollars. Moreover, BYD confirmed the delivery of 50 e6 e- taxis for the capital Montevideo.
EV infrastructure in Singapore: Greenlots is partnering with real estate developer CapitaLand and BMW to continue with its second phase of EV charging infrastructure installations in Singapore. The goal is to increase the number of public chargers to 45 at 31 locations across the city state.
Money for the rich: Researchers at the University of California, Berkley, found that between 2006 and 2012, 60 percent of all clean energy tax credits went to people who earned more than 200,000 dollars a year. In the case of electric and hybrid vehicles, that quintile even received 90% of all credits.
Port of Virginia cleans up: Kalmar delivered three hybrid shuttle carriers to The Port of Virginia. They will begin operations at the Virginia International Gateway and are part of the port’s voluntary Green Operator (GO) programme to replace equipment with more energy-efficient alternatives.
StromTicket, BMW, Tax Credits, Hagen, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Meet the ‘StromTicket’: The StromTicket (‘Strom’ is German for electricity) enables users to charge their EV and pay cashless via their mobile phone. The project is being developed within the framework of the German model region Saxonia and will be tested in Dresden and Leipzig. Partners are local energy utilities and infrastructure providers.
locationinsider.de (In German)
Setback for BMW i3 REx: In California, drivers of the BMW i3 with range extender might not get the privilege of using the HOV lane. That is because the green stickers necessary to drive a PHEV on the carpool lanes are limited to 40.000 and presumably sold out by the time the i3 with REx will be available in mid 2014.
Failure to renew EV incentives? The U.S. congress has missed the deadline for the renewal of three tax credits. The credits regard the installation of charging stations for homeowners, the purchase of electric motorcycles or three-wheelers and a credit for businesses buying an EV charger.
111 electric cars in a year: This is the catchy aim of ‘EcoDrive’, a citizens’ initiative in the city of Hagen, Germany. The group of 14 residents want to see more electric cars in their city and plan to address companies and charities that offer courier or carrier services in geriatric care for example. Car dealers are another target while public test rides are set to attract the group‘s fellow citizens. The project is now under the patronage of North Rhine-Westphalia‘s economics minster.
derwesten.de (in German)
Eco-friendly KFC delivery: Kentucky Fried Chicken Malaysia now uses 50 electric scooters to deliver its winged fast food. KFC plans to add more of the ES11 vehicles supplied by Eclimo later this year.