India's biggest ride-hailing company has ambitious plans to put a million electric vehicles on the country's polluted streets. Ola, Uber's main rival in India, said Monday that as a first step it's aiming to roll out a fleet of 10,000 electric rickshaws in several cities over the next 12 months. India's ubiquitous three-wheeled taxis are normally fueled by gas. Ola wants its drivers to switch to battery-powered versions. The company said it plans to hit the 1 million vehicle target by 2021. The Bangalore-based startup, which is backed by major investors such as Japan's SoftBank (SFTBF), did not elaborate on how it plans to grow its electric fleet so rapidly. It said it intends to work with vehicle manufacturers, city and state governments and battery manufacturers on the initiative. Ola currently has more than a million drivers across 110 Indian cities, so its plan would mean electrifying the vast majority of the vehicles available via its app. Related: One carmaker is leading … [Read more...] about India’s Ola wants to put a million electric vehicles on the road
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian ride-hailing firm Ola, backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group will launch 10,000 electric three-wheelers in the country over the next 12 months as part of a broader electrification plan, the company said in a statement on Monday. FILE PHOTO: An employee speaks over his phone as he sits at the front desk inside the office of Ola cab service in Gurugram, previously known as Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/File photo The move is part of a broader push by Ola to launch 1 million electric vehicles on its platform by 2021, it said in the statement, adding that it will work with various state governments, vehicle manufacturers and battery companies to meet its target. Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Swati Bhat … [Read more...] about Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to launch 10,000 electric vehicles…
0 Have your say Nicola Sturgeon’s aim for petrol and diesel free motoring has been questioned after it emerged that a finance scheme to buy electric vehicles has been used just 500 times by ordinary motorists. The Scottish Government has announced plans to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2023 and has introduced an electric vehicle loan scheme to encourage drivers to take up environmental motoring.Data retrieved by the Scottish Conservatives found that only 214 loan applications were made in the last year for the scheme, which hands out interest free loans of up to £35,000.The scheme was launched in 2011 and the first few years of its existence saw a very low take-up with just 12 loans being issued in 2012/13 and six the following year.Yesterday Transport Scotland pointed out that the number of successful applications had increased almost every year since its launch.But Conservative shadow environment secretary Donald Cameron said the figures showed Scotland … [Read more...] about Concern over low take up of SNP’s electric vehicle finance scheme
May 29, 10:39 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Corazon Victorino 04/10/18 AT 10:08 AM Buick has dropped an interesting teaser for its electric vehicle concept it is making for the Chinese market. The automaker did not reveal any information about the all-electric SUV, but it’s just one of the many EVs GM is launching in the next five years. AutoBlog reported Monday that Buick is unveiling an electric concept car at an event it has scheduled to happen on April 17 in Wuzhen, Zhejiang in China. Ahead of the Buick Brand Night event, the company released a teaser image (found here) that only shows a portion of the EV’s back and Buick’s name badge. Buick’s upcoming electric vehicle is called Enspire, and the company says it is going to leverage parent company GM’s global resources. This caused many car news sites to surmise that the Buick Enspire could be based on the … [Read more...] about Buick’s Electric Vehicle Concept ‘Enspire’ Based On Chevy Bolt?
PUBLISHED: 10:45 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:45 06 April 2018 Fullers Hill car park, Picture: Anthony Carroll Archant The national drive to install electric car chargers has led to a borough council to take further steps to set up one of the units in a prime car park site. Great Yarmouth Borough Council is looking at installing an electric vehicle charging point at the Fullers Hill car park. The council’s economic development committee has agreed the project should move forward, with a further report to be drawn up looking at fees to be charged. In 2017 the council joined a consortium of local authorities in the eastern region that bid for funding from a new grant introduced by Highways England. The rapid charge point at Fullers Hill would charge two vehicles at the same time. The borough council says fees for charging vehicles would meet maintenance costs for looking after the charging unit. Highways England will review the process and give formal approval for the … [Read more...] about Plan to install electric vehicle charging point in Great Yarmouth car park moves forward