Asda to convert all company cars to electric by mid-2025
The British supermarket chain Asda has announced that it will convert its fleet of over 600 vehicles completely to electric cars by June 2025. The company is thus a few years ahead of the British government’s target of only allowing new zero-emission cars from 2030.
BlueBUS, The Mobility House, CarCharging, Zenith, Derby.
France electrified, again: Bolloré’s subsidiary BlueBUS has taken order of 12 electric buses to be delivered to the public transport providers in the Ile-de-France region, STIF und RATP. The 12-metre buses are said to have a range of up to 180 km (111 miles) and go into service by late 2015 or the beginning of 2016. There might be more to come as a total of 40 million euros (50m dollars) could be invested in electric buses serving in the region.
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Prepaid charge card: The Mobility House launches its ChargeCard, a prepaid card that can easily be topped up. It is valid at 2,400 charge points in Germany as well as in the Austrian cities of Vienna and Salzburg. Payment is being taken for kWh, not charging time. The card can be ordered online.
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Blink app: CarCharging has started a new app that enables users to remotely start charging at Blink stations. In a next step, the Blink App is to include payment options and become available to use with other charge points from GE and SemaConnect which are part of the CarCharging network as well.
Zenith’s electric vans are now eligible for the Drive Clean Truck program in Chicago. Effectively this brings down the price to 46,884 dollars via the program’s voucher. After the 7,500-dollar federal incentive the Zenith EV costs less than 40,000 dollars which puts it on par with its petrol-powered competitors.
Low carb car club: Derby city council is to start a car club for its residents with ten hybrid and electric cars by the end of next year. The cars will be available for hire on a pay-as-you-go basis but can also be “blocked” for longer periods by businesses hiring the vehicles for their employees.
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Public charging in Switzerland: Groupe E and Renault Suisse intensify their cooperation started in 2012. They have now opened 36 charging stations at Renault service centres to the public. The MOVE network includes 58 charging stations in twelve cantons thus making it the biggest public charging provider in Switzerland.
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Double pay-off: On Zenith’s salary sacrifice car schemes, drivers can get the BMW i3 for 310 pounds (517 dollars) a month. Apart from considerate savings on fuel, the company promotes its offer with low cost of ownership, claiming the i3 can cost 189 pound (315 dollars) per month less than a BMW 118d Sport over its life.
No charge to charge: Nissan’s promotion to offer free charging to Texan Leaf buyers seems to pay off. In 2013, Leaf sales increased by 500% in the area. The ‘No Charge To Charge’ offer is valid for 12 months and allows unlimited free charging at eVgo stations.
To be or not to be eligible for a white sticker remains a question for the BMW i3 REx. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) lists the i3 as qualified to wear a White Clean Air Vehicle Sticker but the range extended version is still missing. BMW said, the i3 REx qualifies for a green sticker, these are however limited and scarce with 29,000 of 40,000 for this year already assigned.