Countries around the world are showing increasing interest in electric vehicle motoring. If you judge that interest via internet news traffic, then EVs are no longer a quirky by- product, but a viable alternative to future main stream vehicle use. Here is a taste of current EV news from around the world.
HAWAII – State officials said that because of an increase in demand for electric cars, $350,000 is being added for rebates on new electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and chargers.
JAKARTA - State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said “I want (EVs) to be our national vehicle. He added that producing electric vehicles was crucial, considering the ever- increasing demand for private cars in Indonesia.
CINCINNATI – AMP Electric Vehicles joins the list of plug-in electric drive motor manufacturers, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Tesla, Toyota, and 13 EV manufacturers in all, qualifying purchasers for $7,500 tax credit when purchasing an AMP Electric Vehicle.
OREGON – 160 miles of Interstate 5 will be served by eight EV charging stations. The stations go from the California border north to Oregon and are located at gas stations, restaurants and motels just off the nation’s second busiest interstate highway.
TOKYO - Nissan, an electric-car leader, has sold 25,000 Leaf cars around the world since late 2010, including 12,000 in Japan. It is targeting global sales of 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2015 in conjunction with alliance partner Renault SA of France.
CANBERRA – Australia’s biggest energy retailer, Origin Energy, and Nissan Australia have joined forces to boost the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia. The deal means that all commercial, fleet and residential purchasers of Nissan LEAF in Australia will be directed to Origin’s fully-installed charging equipment and services as a “one-stop solution,” including electricity management and advice. The Leaf will be marketed here in June.
EDINBURGH - The Scottish Government is teaming up with industry leaders and environmental campaigners in a new drive to get more electric cars on the roads. Transport Minister Keith Brown has launched the E-Cosse partnership which brings together government body Transport Scotland with car manufacturers, power companies, local councils and environmental charity WWF Scotland. Mr Brown said the new group would “develop a shared vision and set future priorities to promote the uptake of electric vehicles in Scotland”.
NEW DELHI – With petrol prices increasing in India and more tax penalties planned for motorists this year, many are seeking alternatives to their gas guzzlers. The government wants to capitalise on this and has launched a push to get more electric cars on the road.
DUBLIN – Audi is working on fitting charging plates into the ground below parking spaces, so that an adapted electric car can simply drive into a space in a purpose-built car park and be charged automatically. Audi says the system can go into series production “within a few years” and it has the potential to allow electric motoring to take a “big step forward”.
BERLIN & BEIJING – Mercedes-Benz will partner with China’s BYD to create a new brand called Denza. The new joint venture brand will have a strong focus on electric vehicles. An entire line of affordable EVs is planned to go to the assembly lines. The public will see the first Denza car really soon at the Beijing Auto Show on the 23rd of April. Michael Berry – Email: [email protected]