OppCharge demo in Canada: 2018 will see a pilot project in three Canadian regions and cities demonstrate the OppCharge protocol. It will involve at least 20 electric buses from New Flyer and Nova Bus and of course charge technology by Siemens and ABB in the form of seven overhead chargers. There are 18 consortium partners in the trial that include manufacturers, utilities, transit agencies and research organisations, all led on by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). OppCharge was jointly developed by Siemens and Volvo Bus to ensure interoperability for transport providers, while standardising the pantograph design.
Emmy got more news just after introducing electric scooter sharing to the town of Düsseldorf, Munich is next. There, the Berlin start-up wants to settle with 50 E-Schwalbe by Govecs, who reissued the GDR’s two-wheeled classic recently. The Emmy sooters are to arrive in the Bavarian capital by the end of August and together with Green City Energy the fleet shall incorporate a couple of hundred LEV by 2018. 450 E-Schwalbe have also been made available to rent in Berlin (we reported).
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Royal Mail trials e-trucks: While the German post builds its own EVs, the British service turned to local manufacturer Arrival for a trial. This month, three electric six-tonne trucks will do their first rounds, followed by three 3.5-tonne vehicles and another three 7.5-tonne trucks later in 2017. They are not the first electric vehicles for Royal Mail, that recently ordered 100 electric Peugeot vans.
E-mobility funding: The DoE has made 13.4m dollars available in support of five projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems, including electric transport projects. They are community-based and shall serve as “living labs” for applications on the last mile, sharing as well as freight.
Solar charging California: The City of Oakland will deploy three charging stations by Envision. The EV ARC consists of a solar canopy and stationery battery. The City drives 26 EVs today.
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