London Mayor Boris Johnson's desired scrapping program for polluting diesel vehicles could cost £300 million (about $488 million). The program would provide incentives of up to £2,000 (about $3,250) to drivers willing to scrap their cars in order to make it easier to afford cleaner vehicle. It is part of Johnson's plan to create an Ultra Low Emission Zone in the center of London, which would charge diesel polluters a fee to enter. Johnson hopes the plan will help bring the city in line with EU pollution standards. Read more at Auto Express.
Zap and its subsidiary Jonway Autos have sold 2,000 electric vehicles since June. Zap credits China's EV incentives and growing charging infrastructure for the success. The group has also hosted 150 interested dealerships at promotional events in the hopes of building a strong sales network. Zap also introduced a sub-$10k SUV powered by a 1.5-liter engine, which it feels might be a good candidate for CNG power. Read more in the press release below.
The China Automotive Technology and Research Center is teaming up with University of California, Davis to accelerate EV adoption in China and, hopefully, worldwide. As part of the newly established the China-US ZEV Policy Lab, the partners establish cooperation and exchange of knowledge in all things related to new energy vehicles. The two groups will research policy, driving and charging habits, train each other in new energy vehicle information and provide each other with needed information on the relevant research. Get more details at Green Car Congress.
University of California, Riverside has found that a smart navigation system can cut EV energy use by 51 percent. The "eco-routing" navigation system takes into account traffic, grade and road type. Choosing the quickest route option showed energy savings between 25 and 51 percent. Choosing the route using the least energy, though, came with a time tradeoff of up to 186 percent in some cases, and the possibility of 16 percent more distance. The tested eco-routing system could reduce emissions, allow drivers to get more range out of their vehicles, and mitigate range anxiety. Read more at Green Car Congress.Permalink | Email this | Comments