Fleets + Infrastructure

09-21-2017

Berlin, ABB, Sodetrel, eMotorWerks, EDF, Delaware.


Berlin’s electric cab funding: The German capital’s mayor Michael Müller has announced a funding programme for electric taxis. Thus, taxi companies that replace diesel-powered cars through new hybrid-powered, electric or fuel cell-based taxis get – on top of the existing federal subsidy – money from the state of Berlin. Being asked about concrete figures, Müller says that the federal funding of 3,000 to 4,000 euros could be doubled.
rbb24.de, welt.de, berlin.de (all in German)

More ABB chargers for Germany’s autobahn: German energy company EnBW has ordered additional fast-charging stations of ABB in order to extend the charging network along German highways. Before the year’s end, ABB is to erect 117 50-kW charging stations at locations of service station operator Tank & Rast. Already last year, EnBW purchased 68 ABB charging stations.
new.abb.com

Rapidly growing Corri-Door net: Sodetrel’s fast-charging network brand Corri-Door has tripled its number of chargers along French highways to 3,000 within one year. In the next months, the company plans to add new locations and to enlarge highly frequented stations. Sodetrel is the electric mobility business of French utility EDF.
reuters.com

eMotorWerks and EDF team up in order to create cloud-connected and intelligent charging stations. French EDF thus combines charging hardware of eMotorWerks with its JuiceNet software platform.
prnewswire.com

10 electric buses for Delaware: In order to buy 10 electric buses, the Delaware Transit Corporation receives a 1m dollars grant from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The money shall help the corporation as well to purchase associated charging infrastructure.
delawarebusinessnow.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

09-20-2017

California, Italy, Porsche, Sacramento, Honolulu.


CA massively invests into clean air: Not less than 895m dollars shall help to further extend the range of measures against air pollution in California. This sum, approved by the state’s legislature, is part of the „California Clean Air Initiative“ and shall enable e.g. to create incentives to replace old diesel-powered trucks and buses, to grant EV purchase discounts and to promote EV car-sharing.
greencarcongress.com, businesswire.com

First BYD buses for Italy: Chinese manufacturer BYD has delivered the first trio of all in all 23 electric-powered 12 metres buses to Turin, after having won the tendering in September 2016. 20 units will hit the road in Turin, 3 close to Novara.
byd.com

Porsche brings ultra fast-chargers in the U.S.: After Porsche has opened the first public charging site featuring its liquid-cooled 800 Volt technology in Berlin, six of such ultra fast-charging stations could now be erected in the States, too: Porsche just obtained a building permit at its headquarters in Atlanta.
electrek.co

Electric airport shuttle buses: The Sacramento International Airport can count on a 2m dollars federal grant in order to introduce a fleet of electric shuttle buses, delivered by Proterra. The grant will cover half the cost of five buses and charging infrastructure. Delivery is scheduled for next year.
sacbee.com

Zero-emission buses for Honolulu: Also Honolulu won more than 1.4m dollars in federal funds to build up an electric bus fleet and chose California-based bus manufacturer Gillig LLC to supply the electric vehicles. The Hawaiian Electric Company will install the infrastructure for up to five buses.
hawaiinewsnow.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

09-19-2017

Volvo Buses, LowNo, Dubai, XL Hybrids.


Volvo’s biggest electric bus order to date has reached the Swedes from neighbouring Trondheim, Norway, where Tide Buss wants to deploy 35 all-electric models from August 2019. 25 will be delivered by Volvo in a turnkey package so they can join the other ten. The buses will be fast-charged using opportunity charging, via rails installed at the end stops, and operate with the OppCharge interface.
automotiveworld.com

55m dollars for LowNo buses: 51 projects in 39 states will receive funding through the U-S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle scheme. Mostly the money will be spend on electric buses and infrastructure; two projects are receiving a total of 3.2m for fuel cell buses.
greencarcongress.com

Electric cabs in Dubai: The desert state has added 50 Teslas to the limo fleet of the Dubai Taxi Corporation. They will be allowed some level of autonomy in line with Dubai Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy aimed at converting 25 per cent of total journeys into driverless rides by 2030.
gulfbusiness.com, gulfnews.com

State fleet transformation: XL Hybrids announced its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System will be installed in 52 vehicles that serve five Massachusetts state agency fleets.
greencarcongress.com


Fleets + Infrastructure

09-18-2017

South Korea, Sortimo, Munich, Croatia, Pennsylvania.


6,000 DC chargers by 2020: As its carmakers get behind the electrification, so is South Korea. The government announced to accelerate the expansion of fast-charging infrastructure and wants to double the number of chargers from 1,500 to 3,000 by 2018. Another increase by 100 percent is planned by 2020 when 6,000 DC charging stations shall feed the country’s EV fleet that is yet to materialise. Currently, the supply of EVs is about 50 percent below demand. Seoul wants to reduce the number of diesel-powered vehicles on the streets by 30 percent over the next five years.
yonhapnews.co.kr

The world’s largest charge park is to emerge in Germany, between Munich and Stuttgart. 144 rapid and fast-charge points will stand at the so-called Sortimo-Innovationspark Zusmarshausen near the A8 motorway by 2018. 24 of the 144 charging ports by eLoaded could be high-power chargers with 350 kW, while the remaining will offer 50 kW. Some of the energy may come from solar panels on the roofs of the buildings that is said to house shops, restaurants, and work stations. The charging stations’ waste heat will be integrated into the park’s thermal management.
electrive.net (in German), inhabitat.com

Munich’s public network of charging stations is growing as the 100th facility has now been erected by the city’s utility SWM and its transit authority MVG. All stations run by the partners supply electricity from renewables only and Munich wants to grow the network to 500 charge points by 2020.
swm.de (in German)

Croatia tops up e-mobility scheme: Another 85m Kuna (11.3m euros) will be made available in Q1 2018 to subsidise electric cars and charging infrastructure. The first 50m Kuna granted through the programme have enabled the purchase of 1,420 plug-in vehicles and Croatia’s network of 200 charging stops. Another 60 along motorways are planned.
total-croatia-news.com

Baby steps: The state of Pennsylvania has started a trial with 25 electric and hybrid vehicles to see the feasibility of fleet electrification. There are 7,580 cars in the state fleet so there is massive potential but the test will run over 42 – 60 months.
pennlive.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

09-15-2017

Innogy, ADS-TEC, Siemens, SPIE, California, Karnataka.


Record funding: RWE subsidiary Innogy’s plan to erect 1,245 charging stations with two charge points each has been granted approval and funding by the Ministry of Transport. It is the biggest Yes to date, worth 3.1m euros and will stretch across four federal states. As part of the RWE utility, Innogy SE is one of Germany’s leading infrastructure providers with 4,600 charge points in 635 cities and municipalities.
handelsblatt.com (in German)

350 kW charging: ADS-TEC together with Porsche is working on the extra fast-charging system High Power Charger (HPC) for the limited-power distribution grid. The system is due to come onto the market by 2018 and shall provide 350 kW charging even in decentralised structures. At the EVS30 in Stuttgart this October, the system will be on display.
ads-tec.de

Siemens is getting ahead in fast-charging too and has found a new partner in charge in SPIE, a service provider. Together they want to offer complete packages that include consultation, installation and operation of DC chargers. Siemens launched a 50 kW Compact Power Charger in Frankfurt.
spie.com

16m for seven H2 stations: The California Energy Commission awarded a grant of 16m dollars to Shell subsidiary Equilon Enterprises for the introduction of seven hydrogen refueling stations in Northern California. They shall be built in collaboration with Honda and Toyota.
greencarcongress.com

EV manufacturing zones: Indian state Karnataka approved the ‘Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy 2017’, looking to set up new EV manufacturing zones. It also includes charging stations at airports, railway stations, metro stations and encourages start-ups to develop business models.
livemint.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

09-14-2017

Fastned, EU Commission, New York, Proterra.


Fastned to erect German fast-chargers: The German Ministry of Transports grants Dutch Fastned 4.1m euros to install 25 fast-charging stations across the country. That is a subsidy of about 160,000 euros per station with multiple charge points. The first such stops shall open in early 2018.
fastned.nl

The EU Commission has turned to the Netherlands too to get its infrastructure at its HQ in Brussels sorted. Dutch Alfen entered the winning bid in a tender for the installation of 60 charging stations. Model Eve includes an online tool that delivers charging data in real time and the first stations shall be ready this month. There is no data available on how many EU commissioners actually drive an EV.
prnewswire.com

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Municipal fleet electrification: New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has made 2.2m dollars from the Environmental Protection Fund available in rebates for municipalities to purchase or lease EVs, PHEVs and FCEVs. Funding of public infrastructure is included as well.
longisland.com, newsobserver.com

And over in New York City the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has leased five electric buses from Proterra to go into service this December. They are to initially serve two routes in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan as a test run to see the potential of an all-electric fleet.
businessinsider.com


Fleets + Infrastructure

09-13-2017

Germany, Hamburg, Scotland, British Telecom, Korea.


Germany turns to Japan to get its fix on fuel cell vehicles, namely 185 Toyota Mirai, that are co-funded with 3.2m euros through the NIP fund. The first hydrogen cars from the so-called ZeroE project will reportedly be deployed in Hamburg’s new CleverShuttle programme. The destination of the remaining 165 Mirai has yet to be disclosed.
now-gmbh.de

Hamburgs seems savvy when it comes to funding for e-mobility initiatives. A new scheme called Efficiency Hamburg, wants to populate the port town with 500 plug-in vehicles, cars and vans alike. Businesses and the authorities can register with Alphabet to receive funding from a total of 1.5m euros.
alphabet.com

On track to electrification: Scotland’s biggest train stations will soon offer EV charging. The first 4 of a total of 100 charging points have been installed with Uphall, Bathgate, East Kilbride and Johnstone already live. They are free to use but require a ChargePlace Scotland card to activate the device.
pressandjournal.co.uk, eveningtimes.co.uk

BT to electrify fleet: British Telecom has announced plans to exchange most of its cars with electric or hybrid ones but wants to switch gradually all throughout 2030. It’s UK fleet entails about 30,000 vehicles.
businessgreen.com

Korea is almost California: The Korea Expressway Corporation will halve the road toll for electric vehicles and fuel cell cars on expressways across the country by next Monday. The discount is valid until 2020 and an extension depends on the number of eco-friendly cars by then.
kbs.co.kr

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Fleets + Infrastructure

09-12-2017

Germany, Urban Supercharger, Leipzig, San Diego, BMW.


German infrastructure: Round two of funding for Germany’s fast-charging corridor is about to commence with 100m euros to be made available. The tender will officially open at this week’s end and aims for 12,000 regular and 1,000 fast-charge points.
metropolregion.de (in German)

Urban Supercharger: Tesla wants more but more slowly as it unveils a new Supercharger design made for dense cities that charges at a slower rate. The new Superchargers are easier to install and need less space while charging at 72 kW at each stall, so they effectively reach a similar charge time than other Superchargers, according to the EV maker. In the wake of the Model 3, Tesla said it would increase the number of Superchargers to 10,000 before the year’s end (we reported).
electrek.co, tesla.com

Call for free floating through Leipzig: Eastern Germany’s fastest growing city wants to start a carsharing pilot that allows cars to float freely. Up to 750 vehicles shall be deployed and at least one tenth must be electric. Manufacturers and providers are invited to apply but may provide 250 cars max. with the programme running over five years from 2018.
leipzig.de (in German)

Public servants rewarded: San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will offer 1,000 dollar rebates to teachers and first-responders who buy electric vehicles. The utility will use 500,000 dollars of its own shareholder money to fund the scheme over the coming three years.
sandiegouniontribune.com, sdgenews.com

Manage charging: BMW’s Connected app will include new features from Q4 such as the BMW Digital Charging Service, which enables charging with renewables, or at low cost. BMW Connected already offers an overview of crucial data such as remaining range or the state-of-charge.
bmwgroup.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

09-11-2017

Uber, CleverShuttle, Wolverhampton, Washington, India.


Uber electrifies UK fleet: In less than two years, Uber wants drivers to have at least a hybrid if not all-electric car if they offer their services in London as UberX. By 2025, they must have an EV in order to do so and the app-based company has thus set up its Clean Air Fund. The aim is to have an 100% electrified fleet by 2022 on the Isles. Uber drivers will receive up to 5,000 pounds to buy such a car and are also offered money if they scrap their diesel. To refinance the measure, fares will increase.
engadget.com, venturebeat.com

FCV sharing in Hamburg: CleverShuttle is a ride sharing service partially owned by Deutsche Bahn and active in Berlin, Leipzig and Munich. Now Hamburg has gotten into the app and here, hydrogen vehicles, namely ten Toyota Mirai collect passengers going into the same direction, just like Uber Pool. Another ten FCV shall follow before the year’s end, co-funded with 200,000 euros through the NIP scheme (National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Tech.)
hamburg.de (in German)

Charging for cabs: Wolverhampton plans to install a minimum of 24 charging points in the city centre over the next three years. The stations will firstly be used by electric taxis that the council wants to introduce thanks to a government grant of 478,000 pounds.
expressandstar.com

1m for 15 EV charging stations: The state of Washington will spend 1m dollars to help install 15 EV charging stations along some of the busiest highways.
seattletimes.com

India’s rapid electrification continues and is still state-driven. The Ministry of Power and New and Renewable Energy plans to buy 15,000 electric buses over the next 15 months and also purchase 50,000 three-wheeled EV by November. Bloomberg’s report relies on a principal advisor to the ministry.
bloombergquint.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

09-08-2017

Scotland, Germany, Auckland, Carolina.


60m for Scotland’s energy transition: The Scottish government has launched a 60m pound fund reserved for innovations that will help its transition to a low carbon society. This includes a switch to electric vehicles – Scotland wants to ban sales of ICE by 2032 reportedly – and respective charging infrastructure. The latter may be partially paid for from the new fund. Further measure include the introduction of low emission zones as well as a ban of the worst gas guzzlers in Glasgow from late 2018 and in Aberdeen and Dundee by 2020.
cleanenergynews.co.uk, thelondoneconomic.com, scotsman.com (low emission zones)

Funding for 1,100 electric vans: Germany’s Ministry of the Environment will top up its programme for zero emission deliveries (‘CO2-freie Zustellung’) with 7.7m euros, bringing the total funding available to 17m euros. Enough to support another 1,100 StreetScooter vans built by Deutsche Post DHL to deliver parcels and mail in cities with high levels of air pollution. The decision follows the second so-called diesel summit and already 1,100 electric vans had been funded previously. In total, Deutsche Post operates 3,400 StreetScooters in Germany today.
bmub.bund.de (in German)

Kiwis in EVs are on the freeway literally since Auckland has agreed to open 11 priority bypass lanes on busy State Highways by late September. The California-style move is part of a one year trial by New Zealand’s transport agency (NZTA) and existing owners will be sent a sticker that allows access.
tvnz.co.nz

Riding electric in Carolina: Clemson Area Transit (CATbus) has purchased ten electric buses and related charging infrastructure from Proterra. They will join another six e-buses already in operation and further CATbus’ plan to build a 100 percent electric fleet.
prnewswire.com

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