Stadtwerke Konstanz has purchased six new electric buses as a prelude to the long-term conversion of its bus fleet. The new Mercedes eCitaro e-buses have already been delivered and are scheduled to enter service on routes 6 and 14 in February.
Paris public transport operator RATP is continuing its procurement of electric buses with two new major orders. Irizar has received an order for 113 E-buses, while Bolloré subsidiary Bluebus has received an order for 158 E-buses. The vehicles are to be delivered in 2022 and 2023.
PKM, the public transport authority of the Polish city of Jaworzno, has ordered six more Solaris Urbino 18 electric articulated buses for delivery within a year.
Austrian company Biogena has taken delivery of 82 all-electric Mini Cooper SEs for its employees, the largest electric Mini fleet in Austria.
By law, the market for GHG quota trading will also be opened to operators of electric fleets from 2022 onwards. This means that three- to four-digit euro revenues per year and e-vehicle await. The company GreenTrax is active in quota trading and explains everything worth knowing for fleet operators in the following guest article.
Hyundai is also bringing its XCIENT fuel cell truck to the U.S., specifically California, with two government-funded projects that will initially see two units of the XCIENT deployed starting in August of this year and an additional 30 units starting in the second quarter of 2023 - with technical modifications.
UK supermarket chain Asda has announced plans to convert its fleet of over 600 vehicles entirely to electric cars by June 2025, several years ahead of the UK government's target of only allowing new zero-emission cars from 2030.
In the Netherlands, the province of North Holland has awarded the country's first zero-emission bus concession. Operator Transdev will replace all buses with internal combustion engines with electric ones in the Gooi en Vechtstreek region during 2022 as part of the concession, which runs until the end of 2030.
The BYD-ADL manufacturing alliance has signed a framework agreement with the National Transport Authority of Ireland (NTA) for the supply of up to 200 units of the Enviro200EV, with the NTA having already placed firm orders for the first 45 of the e-buses as part of the deal.
UK energy provider and charging network operator Octopus Energy is taking delivery of 23 e-Expert all-electric vans from Peugeot. The vehicles will be used in the company's service fleet to install charging stations in London.
Leasing company LeasePlan plans to contract British electric vehicle developer Arrival to build 3,000 e-transporters. The corresponding sales contract is expected to be concluded before the end of the third quarter of 2021. Series production of the Arrival transporter is scheduled to start in Q3/2022.
The possible uses of electric cars in police operations are already more far-reaching than assumed. This is the result of the multi-year research project "silent&ready" from Lower Saxony. The findings have led to a new guideline.
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has ordered 500 Nissan Leafs through its offshoot NHS Fleet Solutions. The electric cars will be made available to healthcare staff and other public sector workers under a leasing scheme via deferred compensation.