Nikola announces sales partnerships across the USA
The US battery and fuel cell truck developer Nikola has significantly expanded its sales and service in the US. The cooperation with five new independent dealers adds 51 new locations in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland.
Washington State & Virginia mandate stricter EV regulations
The US state of Washington has introduced a law according to which all passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold there must be purely electric from 2030. In Virginia, stricter regulations are to apply from the 2025 model year, but a ban on internal combustion engines has not yet been decided.
Virginia to take Thomas Built Buses to school
The Daimler subsidiary was selected as the supplier for the 50 fully electric school buses of the initial phase of Dominion Energy’s electric school bus replacement program in Virginia. This will be the largest deployment of electric school buses in the USA yet.
Electric driving is relaxing for rats (video)
Researchers at the University of Richmond have taught a group of 17 rats to move and control a small electric car. They found that “driving” the electric ROV (rat-operated vehicle) lowered the rodents’ stress level instantly.
USA: new headquarters for BMZ in Virginia Beach
German battery systems manufacturer BMZ Group has opened the new headquarters of its American subsidiary BMZ USA in Virginia Beach. New assembly lines are also to be built at the site in order to further expand the company’s US business.
Electrify America announces charging collaboration
VW’s diesel-gate subsidiary Electrify America announced the collaboration with nine additional companies to host more than 30 fast EV charging stations across the U.S. More than 20 of these will be located in California with another six states being added.
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.
Virginia, Charge Your Car, E-car club, Cargohopper.
Virginia’s hybrid vehicle tax: The state of Virginia is finally making sense and scrapping the hybrid vehicle tax it had originally introduced for making up for the state’s gas tax shortfall. It turns out that the shortfall is not caused by fuel efficient cars but simply because Virginia has failed to raise gas taxes since 1986.
Charge Your Car before Tuesday: Because Charge Your Car (CYC), one of the largest networks of charging stations in the UK will undergo “vital system maintenance”, some EV drivers might not be able to charge their cars on Tuesday night.
E-car club: The University of Hertfordshire became the first university in the UK to launch their own electric car-sharing scheme. The two Renault Zoe and one Fluence Z.E. are part of the British E-Car Club and are open to anyone and not just members of the university.
Small electric lorry: The Dutch Cargohopper is getting more and more popular in the Netherlands. After Utrecht and Enschede, it is time for Amsterdam to adopt four of these small electric lorries, which have a cargo space comparable to that of 7.5 tonners.