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More Businesses Using Electric Vehicles and Even Specialty Electric Vehicles
More businesses are committed to using electric vehicles in the coming decade. According to Reuters, IKEA “plans to make all home deliveries in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Shanghai exclusively in electric or other zero-emission vehicles by 2020,” accounting for 25% of IKEA’s markets worldwide. And UPS is soon piloting a fleet of electric delivery trucks in London. They’re even “using electric tricycles to make deliveries on some routes.” Read the full stories here and here.
Specialty Electric Vehicles Gaining Popularity
In cities around the country, more and more people are turning to specialty electric vehicles for their transportation needs. Companies like Bird and Lime rent scooters and bikes by the minute and are all the rage, giving people more access to alternative transportation. Even Uber is getting on the personal electric vehicle bandwagon, “investing heavily in adding personal electric vehicles to its portfolio of transportation options.” Read the full stories here and here.
Celebrating EVs at National Drive Electric Week
Last week, cities all over the country celebrated electric week to introduce EV technology. “The event is indeed geared toward education and awareness building,” said Noah Barnes, a spokesman for Plug In America, who organized the event. With so many cities taking action to support electric vehicles, events allowed the public a chance to learn more. Read the full story here.
Electric Vehicle Sales Accounting for Half of Market; Specialty Electric Vehicles Also Growing
Bloomberg reports that they expect electric vehicles sales to hit 4 million worldwide this month with “almost half the growth in the overall car market was taken by the plug-ins.” The four major markets for EV sales include China, Europe, Japan, and North America, with much of the growth in China due to a “combination of high growth, intense competition and its need to address concerns around pollution and energy security.” But India could soon have a massive market on their hands with specialty electric vehicles with support from the country’s prime minister for more electric rickshaws. Read the full stories here and here.