EV charging centre: California has opened the largest EV charging facility to date. Located in Santa Clara, it features 48 Level 2 chargers and one DC Fast Charger in a six-storey parking garage. The centre includes 370 kW photovoltaic installation and on-site energy storage. Funding came from local businesses and institutions, as well as a grant of 393,000 dollars from the California Energy Commission.
18 metre fuel cell bus: New Flyer presented the Xcelsior XHE60, America’s first 18 metre bus powered by hydrogen. The propulsion system was developed together with Siemens, while the fuel cells come from Ballard. The bus carries up to 120 passengers and if testing succeeds it will be operated by the California’s Alameda County Transit (AC Transit) for 22 months.
Golden Test Device: As part of the German EV infrastructure project SLAM, Volkswagen has shown a testing device prototype. The so-called Golden Test Device is to quickly test compatibility of EV and charging station of different makes. It shall also serve as internationally accepted testing reference.
Wireless charging wanted: Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Southern California is looking for a provider of induction charging for its electric buses. Its request for proposals seeks to acquire up to 15 charging stations with a minimum requirement of 200 kWh and installation over the next two years.
Go charge in Cumbria: The British region has commissioned nine sites for electric vehicle charging. EV charging stations are now open to the public. 75 percent of the 438,000 GBP where provided by the UK Government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles.
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