Sales of electric cars in the UK have risen 11% on last year, putting the country in the premier league of those ditching petrol and diesel engines, though it is still miles behind Norway and China. An analysis of the latest global sales of electric vehicles found that nearly half the vehicles registered in Norway in the first three months of 2018 were electric (48%), compared to just over a third (35%) during the same period in 2017. The vehicles are run almost exclusively off the nation’s hydropower resource, underlining Norway’s claim as the world leader. China’s raw numbers were the most impressive, even if the total market share of e-vehicles was only 2% of new registration s. In the first quarter of 2018, 142,445 electric vehicles – private cars, lorries, trucks and buses – were sold in China, a 154% increase on the previous year.
Guardian 19th April 2018 read more »
TransLink unveiled the prototype for its new clean energy buses Thursday morning at its bus yard in South Vancouver. Four of the new electric-only buses will added to the No. 100 route connecting Vancouver and New Westminster sometime next year. The battery-powered buses will be capable of recharging in minutes at new charging stations to be installed at both ends of the route. A robotic arm will swing down and charge the buses while passengers remain onboard. It means drivers will be able to top up the battery while taking a coffee break or loading and unloading passengers, say officials.
CBC 12th April 2018 read more »