General Motors has published its annual sustainability report. This year's report highlights accomplishments and commitments in the realms of EVs, carsharing, autonomous vehicles, and other mobility issues. GM has been working to make electric vehicles mainstream, provide urban mobility solutions, reduce carbon emissions, and use cleaner, more efficient manufacturing processes. A couple major projects are the launch of the Maven carsharing program in partnership with Lyft, as well as the development of the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Read more at Hybrid Cars, or from GM.
Canada is requesting proposals for EV and alternative fuel infrastructure projects. As part of the country's 2016 budget, the country is looking to encourage the adoption of cleaner vehicles through expanded infrastructure. The government will spend $16.4 million (Canadian) to improve access to current technology, plus another $46.1 million to develop and demonstrate next-generation EV charging infrastructure. Read more from the Government of Canada.
Transit agencies in Palm Springs, California, Columbia, Missouri, and Scottsdale, Arizona are using BYD electric buses. SunLine Transit Agency in Palm Springs began testing an all-electric, 40-foot BYD bus in its service routes in January. COMO Connect in Columbia is adding three all-electric, 30-foot BYD buses to its service beginning in June. Dunn Transit in Scottsdale tested BYD electric buses on its trolley routes. Read more in the note from BYD below.
COLUMBIA, Mo. COMO Connect recently announced that it is expanding its fleet by adding zero-emission, all-electric buses into service starting in June to better serve customers and reduce operational costs. The three (3), 30-ft, low-floor, all-electric transit buses will be supplied by BYD, the world's largest manufacturer of electric vehicles, with a battery that provides 144 miles per charge and can be recharged in only two to three hours.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ. Perhaps the sleek silver bus zipping around the Scottsdale trolley routes over the past several days has caught your eye. That futuristic looking vehicle is one of the new zero-emission electric buses that Scottsdale is evaluating for future use.
Through a partnership between BYD Motors, Inc., maker of electric vehicles, and Dunn Transit, who has provided trolley service to Scottsdale for over 25 years, trolley riders are getting the chance to try out the new bus through the end of April.