Tesla's Vice President of Global Communications, Ricardo Reyes, has left the company ahead of the launch of the Model 3. As a company that spends very little on advertising, the communications role at Tesla is a particularly important one. Reyes first joined Tesla in 2009 as Director of Global Communications and Strategic Marketing after working at YouTube as its communications director. He left Tesla for Square in 2012 before returning to the automaker in November of 2014. Reyes didn't offer comment about his exit from Tesla. The Model 3 launches on March 31. Read more at Bloomberg Business.

The UK has pledged to put into law its stated emissions goals from the COP21 conference in Paris. The policy would require the UK to deliver a "net-zero emissions" economy by 2050. While the nation has made progress when it comes to CO2 emissions and renewable energy, the Conservative government has been cutting solar and wind subsidies. Creating a legal framework for its emissions goals would help to keep the UK on track to achieve them. The move appears to have widespread support among various political parties. Read more from Treehugger.

ClipperCreek has announced the addition of LCS-30 EV charging station to its lineup. The hard-wired version of the 24-amp Level 2 charger retails for $499, while the LCS-30P (which plug into various NEMA receptacles) goes for $515. Rated for indoor and outdoor use, the LCS-30 takes advantage of a standard 30-amp, 240-volt circuit to provide 5.8 kW of power via its 25-foot cable. It is designed for residential, workplace, fleet and public amenity use. "Many people already have a NEMA 14-30 receptacle in their garage," says ClipperCreek Director of Sales Will Barrett, "so that will be a very popular configuration and installation costs will be minimal or even no cost in some cases." Read more at Green Car Congress, or in the press release from ClipperCreek.

London's first all-electric double-decker bus, provided by BYD, is entering service. The bus, specially designed for Transport for London, seats 54 passengers with standing room for another 27. Its phosphate-ion batteries offer a capacity of 345 kWh, enough for 190 miles of urban driving on a single charge. "The Mayor of London challenged us saying that he did not believe an electric double decker was technically feasible," says BYD Europe Managing Director Isbrand Ho, "but we took up the challenge and in less than two years created the bus Londoners can see today." The bus is the first of five that BYD will deliver to London. Read more in the press release below.

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First pure electric double deck buses on streets of London

A short ceremony this afternoon welcomed the arrival on London streets of a global first – a completely emissions free pure electric double decker especially designed and developed for Transport for London (TfL) by BYD.

Held at City Hall, the event saw Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy Matthew Pencharz formally receive the first bus from Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe. This vehicle is one of a fleet of five which will shortly be entering service on Route 98 operated on behalf of TfL by Metroline. BYD is working with TfL and Metroline on an introduction programme which includes driver training and the installation of fast charging equipment at Metroline's Willesden Bus Garage in north London.

The 100% BYD designed and developed vehicle is 10.2m long, features full air conditioning and offers seats for a total 54 passengers with a further 27 standees spaces (total passengers: 81). The BYD Iron Phosphate batteries deliver 345 kWh of power and can run for up to 190 miles of typical urban driving according to the internationally recognised SORT test conditions. Recharging takes just four hours and can be completed overnight using low cost off peak electricity. This is more than enough to handle most daily duty cycles.

"The Mayor of London challenged us saying that he did not believe an electric double decker was technically feasible but we took up the challenge and in less than two years created the bus Londoners can see today", said Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe. "This is not a hybrid bus but a totally emissions free product which will give London a world leading position in its efforts to improve air quality".

Leon Daniels, TfL's Managing Director for Surface Transport, said: "BYD are a brilliant supplier. They lead the world in electric bus technology and we thank them for their efforts to make this new double decker a reality".

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