Fleets + Infrastructure

05-24-2017

Ecotricity, Japan, BYD, Tritium, Envision Solar .


End of flat rate charging: British EV drivers will have to pay as they charge along the Isles’ motorway as Ecotricity changes its fee system. The eco utility initially offered free charging at its 300 stations before introducing a 6 pound flat fee for 30 minutes – much to the dismay of its users. Now Ecotricity will drop that flat rate and introduce PAYG instead, based on 0.17p per kWh, with an additional 3 pound fee every time you plug your car in. Ecotricity customers get 52 free charges a year though and also won’t pay the 3 GBP connection charge.
autoexpress.co.uk

A H2 network in Japan has been agreed between Toyota, Nissan, Honda and eight other companies among them JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy and Iwatani. The agreement had been awaiting pen and paper for almost a year and will reportedly lead to 400 hydrogen fuel stations over the next ten years with 160 to be operational by 2020.
autocarpro.in

BYD builds on Montevideo’s electric cab fleet as it delivers an additional 20 e6 EV to join the existing 50. The government supports the effort with an impressive subsidy that practically amounts to 50 percent of the purchase price and also exempts EVs from import tax.
cleantechnica.com

Fast-charge China: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium brings its Veefil-RT 50kW DC charger to China together with Oxford University’s Hong Kong office. The first trial is in Jiangsu Province, close to Shanghai, and Tritium is actively seeking partners in the country.
greencarcongress.com

Sun-powered Fresno: Envision Solar comes to Fresno, where 13 mobile solar charging stations will be deployed. 12 of the EV Arcs will benefit people living in so-called disadvantaged communities.
fresnobee.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

05-23-2017

Shanghai, Paris, Nagpur, Sacramento.


210,000 charge spots in Shanghai: The Chinese harbour metropolis is fast becoming China’s model EV city. 210,000 charging facilities are to stand by 2020 with both the authorities and businesses making an effort. Currently most new energy vehicle drivers charge at the workplace but wish to see more opportunities to rejuice in residential areas as well. There are about 30 charge point operators in Shanghai at the moment with fees often paid via mobile app/s.
shanghaidaily.com

Paris ePrix is to generate energy even after the heat of the race is over as the Formula E leaves behind a glycerine generator. It produces electricity from a diesel by-product clean enough to drink and can be used to power buildings or EV charging stations. It sure prove of use to Swiss pilot Sebastien Buemi, who scored yet another victory in this Formula E season last weekend.
automobilsport.com (generator), motorsport.com (ePrix)

A first for India: The city of Nagpur wants to electrify the entire cab fleet. A pilot will start later this week with 200 electric taxis provided by the municipal government. The vehicles have yet to be confirmed but will likely be either e20 Plus or the e-Verito.
thestatesman.com

Share a bike in Sacramento: 900 bicycles will become available in California’s capital with the first 50 having launched already through Social Bicycles. The company plans to make 900 available, 100 of them electric by November but is still seeking sponsors.
sacbee.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

05-22-2017

Daimler, Groupe E, Luxembourg, Envision Solar, Canada.


Daimler electrifies car sharing: Hamburg’s electrification is happening as Daimler follows BMW’s DriveNow in arranging a mobility partnership with the Hanseatic town. Mercedes’ first step will be to switch the entire Car2go fleet (400 cars) to electric and to kick-off projects that involve commercial EVs as the cooperation shall include private and public transport as well as business traffic. Hamburg in turn will reportedly install 1,150 charge points and reserve 150 of them for car sharing vehicles of any maker, it appears.
electrive.net (in German)

Charging the Alps: Swiss utility Groupe E intends to invest additional 10m francs in the installation of several hundred EV charging stations in order to expand its Move network it initiated in 2013. A newly founded company is soon to take charge of the network’s operation and development.
groupe-e.ch

Alliance for electric buses: Voyages Emile Weber enters a cooperation with MAN Truck & Bus and Losch Luxembourg in order to launch emission-free buses. From 2020 the purchase of diesel buses will be prohibited in the Grand Duchy and so Emile Weber will add four electric buses to its own fleet.
bus.man.eu

Portable charging stations for NYC: Charging company Envision Solar signed a 3 year contract with New York City worth 3.8m dollars. The first order includes at least 30 mobile charging stations EV ARC, which shall be deployed across five boroughs and offer a solar-powered charge to the city’s EV owners.
wallstreet-online.de

EV discovery centre in Canada: Thanks to 1m dollars raised by the Ontario government, a centre has opened in Toronto, where visitors can learn how EVs work, take various models for test drives and get information about subsidies and rebates before being referred to a dealer.
ctvnews.ca

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Fleets + Infrastructure

05-19-2017

Renault, COUP goes Paris, Hydrogen, Communauto, Sweden.


French invasion: Stuttgart, the stronghold of the German car industry, will see its officials cueing in its congested streets in Renaults rather than Mercedes or Porsches. The city council just ordered 32 Kangoo Z.E. together with twelve Zoe to join the municipal fleet. German manufacturers had either not answered the town’s tender at all or only with too expensive an offer. A new invitation to bid will be issued soon though, this time for two-seaters so Daimler’s Smart ED may get its chance to gain back some home territory.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German)

In a reverse coup, Bosch’s electric scooter sharing will gain ground in the French capital. This summer will see 600 such COUP two-wheelers flock to Paris. The free-float service (within business territory) first took off in Berlin, where its fleet is to grow to 1,000 electric mopeds before the year’s end.
bosch-presse.de

Hydrogen networking: Toyota and Honda together with 8 more partners want to establish a JV to grow their homelands H2 station network from today’s 90 to 400 fills within ten years. Installation is to start next year but a basic agreement is due to be signed soon.
nikkei.com

Moving forward: Carsharer Communauto confirmed its pilot project in Montreal after receiving assurance that its users will have enough parking spaces. The fleet counts 120 EVs to date and over the next few weeks, 300 new hybrids will be brought into service in Canada as well as in France.
communauto.com

Moving forward too is the Swedish police that tested electric cars reportedly. The units sparked “positive reactions” and so the officers will continue to use them although not for patrols but on shorter distances rather.
abcnews.go.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

05-18-2017

Seoul, Philippines, Amsterdam, Green Motion.


Diesel ban in Seoul? Korea’s capital is pondering a plan to restrict entry to the ancient centre for old diesel cars and chartered buses. If such a ban passes, it would be easy to enforce as the old town lies within four gates and Seoul said controls would be strict. A study on traffic control has been commissioned and the city wants to expand both bus and bike lanes to fill in the transport gap.
koreatimes.co.kr

The Philippines go green officially as its Department of Energy will donate 24 Toyota Prius government offices tomorrow. The move is aided through a grant from the government of Japan.
gmanetwork.com

Zero emission delivery: Dutch Albert Heijn launched two electric trucks to supply its supermarkets in Amsterdam. Proivided by logistic partner Simon Loos, the e-trucks will charge while being loaded at distribution centres and could thus run continuously but will drive up to 6 times a day in practice.
esmmagazine.com

Eco-friendly car rent: Green Motion specialises in electric and hybrid cars and opened a new outlet at Ljubljana airport in Slovenia. It is the 30th country the services launches, as a franchise in this case.
autorentalnews.com, greenmotion.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

05-17-2017

TEN-T, Voltia, Stagecoach East, California.


More than 5m euros have been awarded to Synerg-E through the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The project is to deploy ten stationery battery storage systems, each with 500 kW capacity to back up fast-chargers on the TEN-T network. Synerg-E received the second biggest award in this latest funding round worth over 12m euros in total.
energy-storage.news

Custom-build e-vans are becoming a standard in the logistic sector as DPD takes two converted vans from Voltia into service in Bratislavia. Voltia adapted two Nissan e-NV200 Maxi to accommodate parcels and has found the second customer in DPD, after the Dutch PostNL made the first move this March. DPD wants to add more Maxis before the year’s end.
voltia.com, youtube.com

Scots take to electric transport: Since Dundee introduced seven hybrid buses into its fleet some weeks ago, provider Stagecoach East has welcomed more than 10,000 passengers. The buses were funded through Scottish Green Bus Fund, which has bought 315 low-emission buses across Scotland.
thecourier.co.uk

Instantaneous EV rebate: California may start easing EV sales further as CARB considers to put it’s up to 7,000 dollar rebates to the point-of-sale, rather than sending a cheque after the purchase. A pilot may start in San Diego in an attempt to enable people with lower incomes to afford an electric car.
carsdirect.com via autoblog.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

05-16-2017

Bolloré, India, Disney World, New Zealand.


Bolloré goes West: After BlueIndy has finally taken off in Indianapolis, the Frech seek to expand their EV sharing to California. Bolloré’s BlueLA pilot programme will consist of 100 electric cars and 200 charging stations and is currently underway. CARB granted Los Angeles 1.6m for setting it up but the French think they will bear 80 percent of the cost in the end with the city financing the rest.
rtoinsider.com

Indian ministries to switch: Ministers responsible for power, coal, renewable energy and mines in Delhi will start using electric cars. Tenders for about 1,200 vehicles are currently being prepared as are matching fast-charging stations.
indiatimes.com

Donald Duck’s 313 car may soon drive all by itself. Maybe not that car but Disney World Florida is in late-stage talks with Local Motors and Navya from Paris to deploy a large fleet of autonomous electric shuttles. They will be tested on employees prior to taking passengers around the fun park.
chicagotribune.com

Electric Day Pass: Regular business flyers to New Zealand’s Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch can now book a free Volkswagen e-Golf. Europcar and Volkswagen New Zealand have teamed up with the three airports for the Electric Day Pass (EDP) programme.
nzherald.co.nz

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Fleets + Infrastructure

05-15-2017

Allego, Argentina, Shell, Montgomery County, Tesla.


2,500 charge points for Flanders: The Belgium province plans a whole network of EV charging stations within the next four years. 2,500 shall be erected and Allego now received an order over 1,044 of those charge points. The Dutch provider has inaugurated the first already and hopes to get another 644 ready still this year.
brusselstimes.com, allego.eu

220 charge points but fast-charging ones meanwhile go to Argentina, where state-owned Oil company YPF reportedly wants to reutilise its petrol stations. It chose ABB as its supplier and the company is to deliver 220 multi-standard DC chargers for 110 locations this year. QEV Argentina will install them.
electriccarsreport.com

Talking oil turning electric: Shell released details on its plans to charge its pit stops in the UK and the Netherlands. Dutch EV drivers will find a chance to rejoice at 15 – 20 Shell stations across the country before the year’s end. The first ten charging stops will concentrate on the Randstad area.
nltimes.nl

Green fleet: Montgomery County, Maryland has purchased 16 Chevrolet Bolts that will be used by the municipal agencies for various tasks. They are replacing 15 older vehicles including a Toyota Prius. The County now has a total of 243 electric and hybrid vehicles with 29 charging stations.
montgomerycountymd.gov

East Coast supercharged: Tesla unveiled its latest Supercharger station at the Connecticut Post mall. With 14 charging stalls, it becomes the largest facility on the East Coast.
ctpost.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

05-12-2017

Helsinki, California, CARB, Ather Energy, Renault.


Hello Helsinki says DriveNow as BMW brings its car sharing service to Finland. The Nordic capital will receive 150 BMW and Mini cars by May, 24 but it is not clear how many will be electric. After Stockholm and Copenhagen, Helsinki is the third Scandinavian city to welcome the service but as a franchise.
drive-now.com

Clean transport in California: 24m dollars have been granted through the California Energy Commission to green freight transportation projects in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Another 12m dollars went to other clean transportation projects. Among the funded demos are electric yard tractors, cranes or charging stations for harbours but also airports and farms or high school districts.
greencarcongress.com

Another type of freight will be “hauled” in California emission-free as well as CARB grants 7.5m dollars to an electric school bus initiative. MotivPower Systems together with school bus maker Trans Tech, is bringing 13 all-electric school buses to the Sacramento region. Theirs was the only application approved.
prnewswire.com

Scooter superchargers: Indian Ather Energy wants to install charging stations in crowded areas like offices, malls, or business hubs ahead of the launch of its electric scooter S340. The start-up is backed by Hero and derives its charging idea from Tesla’s Supercharger model.
livemint.com, moneycontrol.com

Renault extends its range in Paris where it will deliver 50 Kangoo Z.E. equipped with Symbio’s fuel cell range extender to Engie Cofely. To supply the extra energy, a dedicated hydrogen station will be opened on the firm’s site in Hauts-de-Seine.
qtelegram.com, autoplus.fr (in French)

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Fleets + Infrastructure

05-11-2017

BMW, Hamburg, San Francisco, ConEdison, Qatar.


BMW to boost EV sharing in Hamburg as the carmaker teams up with the Hanseatic city. Together they seek to release 400 electric cars and 150 plug-in hybrids through the DriveNow partnership with Sixt. The electrified fleet is to be complete by 2019 but 130 BMW i3 are scheduled to join 70 existing ones on Hamburg’s roads within this year. The city’s part is to successively install 1,150 charge points until 2019 as well as to reserve parking spots. This EV sharing will be integrated into public transport.
automotiveworld.com

Another town just reached a deal as San Francisco agrees to electrify its municipal fleet. 300 electric cars and another 100 hybrids will replace 400 existing fleet cars until the end of 2022. It is about half of the fleet with the remaining cars parking in leased spots without the option to install chargers.
sfexaminer.com

Request For Information: ConEdison has earmerked 25m dollars for project partners that will help EV adoption through infrastructure in New York City. The utility just issued an RFI and calls for strategies that may become funded demo projects. Con Edison wants to place at least 100 EV charging stations on the streets of NYC and 500 chargers in clients’ homes for testing.
coned.com

One out of 10: Qatar has agreed on its Green Car Initiative that seeks to grow the share of electric or hybrid vehicles to four percent by 2022. By 2030 however, every 1 in 10 cars cruising around the Arabian Peninsula shall be electrified and the government wants to erect the supporting infrastructure.
dohanews.co

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