Paris launches electric car rental scheme

Building upon the success of Paris’s popular Velib bike rental scheme, and by extension our Boris Bikes scheme, the City of Lights could soon become the City of Electric Cars. An innovative new electric car rental scheme has recently launched in France’s capital. Known as Autolib (short for ‘automobile’ and ‘liberte’), a fleet of electric bubble-shaped ‘Bluecars’ have been deployed in Paris’s streets. Parisian Mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, came up with the idea, and it now represents the world’s first operational public electric vehicle hire initiative. He believes it to be a solution to urban mobility whilst tackling the issue of localised air pollutants in the urban environment. The scheme is currently in its two month testing phase, and involves 66 vehicles across 10 locations. Plans are in place to provide an additional 250 electric vehicles by December this year, and to introduce a further…

Transport sector welcomes Greening

Justine Greening replaces Phillip Hammond as Secretary of State for Transport, as Hammond becomes Defence Secretary following Liam Fox’s recent resignation.Greening, previously Treasury Economic Secretary, is MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, and becomes the 14th Transport Secretary in the last 23 years. Although Greening is yet to comment upon any transport propositions, she is well known for being a strong supporter of low carbon, environmentally friendly policies. Greening campaigned passionately against the Labour Government’s proposals for a third runway at Heathrow, influenced by her constituency being underneath Heathrow’s flight path. On her website, she commented on the Coalition’s decision to scrap the third runway plans, saying “This announcement is really fantastic news for us and will help protect our local quality of life.” Issues that Greening will be involved with include the recently proposed 80 mph speed limit and helping to promote the…

RAC reveals Future Car Challenge line-up

More than 60 cars are confirmed for the RAC’s Future CarChallenge from Brighton to London on Saturday 5 November 2011 – one of which will be driven by Next Green Car.Recent additions include two Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 diesel development cars entered via Robert Bosch GB and What Car?. Peugeot UK has also entered a Peugeot 508 e-HDi (one of the lowest CO2 emissions upper-medium sized cars) and a Peugeot iOn – which was recently a winner at the Next Green Car Awards 2011. Proton is sending three development cars direct from Malaysia – an Exora REEV, a Saga EV and a Persona Elegance REEV which are all 2012 models. Another rare vehicle on the entry list is a BMW ActiveE, entered by BMW UK, an all-electric powered version of the BMW 1-series coupe. Other major motor manufacturers who have entered models not yet in…

‘Nissan Green Program 2016′ announced

Motor Company today announced its new six-year environmental plan, Nissan Green Program 2016 (NGP 2016). Their new strategy will focus on three areas: reduction of carbon footprint, shift to renewable energy and an increase in the diversity of resources used by Nissan. NGP 2016 represents the pillar of sustainability in Nissan’s Blue Citizenship, the company’s strategic platform covering the area of corporate social responsibility. Blue Citizenship focuses on three areas: Sustainability, Mobility and Community. Today’s announcement of NGP 2016 is the first of many corporate initiatives under Blue Citizenship, and has 4 main objectives: Firstly, Nissan aim to become number 1 in zero-emission vehicles, with 1.5 million cumulative sales of zero-emission vehicles by 2016 across the Renault-Nissan Alliance. On behalf of the Alliance, Nissan will lead the development of an all-new fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) together with strategic partner, Daimler. The second core…

Milton Keynes in the Fleetdrive Leaf

Although this was a couple of months ago the people at Milton Keynes Council ran our Leaf on a 2 week trial. With up to 600 miles in one working week ( thats equal to over 30k mpa!!) there is some extensive feedback here about using an electric car. http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/mkparking/displayarticle.asp?ID=82147