Sometimes, cities and towns around the world partner with an automaker to bring plug-in vehicles to the area. Renault-Nissan is one of the main car companies is pushing this trend, with recent agreements signed with Lombardy, Italy and Paris, France, to name just two examples.

The town of Norwich, UK, though, is foregoing a direct partnership with an OEM and is instead working to a plug-in future by trying to get money and help from government and private sources. The town is working with the Hethel Engineering Centre and the University of East Anglia to develop a bid for part of a huge (£30 million) government Plugged in Places scheme. EDP 24 writes that Norwich, "could become one of the first cities in the country to embrace the new technology with the potential for recharging posts to be installed on appropriate streets, in car parks and at various other sites," if the bid is successful.

As part of its write-up, EDP 24 mentions an electric vehicle we haven't heard about before, the eBipper van, a battery-powered version of the Peugeot Bipper compact van. This van can go up to 80 miles on a charge and has a top speed of 60 miles per hour. It will be officially launched during the Commercial Vehicle Operator show next week.

[Source: EDP 24]

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