BMW and Nissan will build an EV charging network across South Africa. Through 2017, the two automakers will build fast-charging and AC stations around the country in order to encourage the adoption of EVs. Nissan has been selling the Leaf in South Africa since 2013, and BMW introduced the i3 and i8 in March. "In order for the introduction and expansion of electric vehicles as well as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to be successful in this market, we need to work together," says BMW South Africa Managing Director Tim Abbott. Read more at Automotive News Europe.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will provide the United Nations with 200 electric vehicles for the COP21 climate conference in Paris. The fleet of vehicles includes the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200, as well as the Renault ZOE, Kangoo ZE and Fluence ZE. The entire passenger car shuttle fleet will use all-electric vehicles as some 20,000 UN attendees descend upon Paris from November 30 to December 11. "Thanks to the Alliance's fleet of 100-percent electric vehicles, it will contribute to our goal of achieving a carbon neutral event," says French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and COP21 President Laurent Fabius. "The technology of electric vehicles helps reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector efficiently." Read more from Renault.
Visa will be the official title sponsor of the Formula E London ePrix. Officially called the "2015 FIA Formula E Visa London ePrix," the races on June 27 and 28 will be the last of the electric racing series's inaugural season. Visa Europe will award the Visa Fastest Lap trophy after the each round, and will have interactive activities at the race's eVillage. "Like Formula E, Visa is focused on putting fans at the heart of the race and we're sure their innovative approach will help us produce a fantastic event and a great spectacle for the British public," says Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag. Read more from Formula E.
To demonstrate the advantages of silent, electric buses, Volvo will today be presenting a short film "Route 55." This film shows a key moment in life – and how easily it can be lost.
The film is promoting the ElectriCity Project, a collaboration in which industry, research and society develop and test new solutions for public transport. June 15 will be the premiere for a completely new bus route in Gothenburg, with silent, emissions-free electric buses from Volvo.
"The buses will open up entirely new opportunities in urban planning. The buses are able to drive indoors and collect passengers at locations that are currently off-limit for buses. The silent, electric motor creates a comfortable environment and this film is intended to demonstrate, in a light-hearted and engaging way, the important role a silent bus could play in one of life's small but important moments," says Volvo Group PR Manager Karin Wik.
The person behind the camera is photographer Henrik Hjort, for whom this will be his first film commercial following many years of experience in documentary film-making in several productions for the Swedish public service television company, SVT. Award-winning documentary film makers John Boisen and Björn Fävremark are responsible for the manuscript and direction.
"Buses are made for people and that's why we wanted to make a film that focuses particularly on the human aspect," says Karin Wik.
Watch the film "Route 55" on Youtube: http://youtu.be/3vTf7Sfrhs4