EDF first French firm to join EV100 to electrify fleet
EDF wants to convert its entire fleet to electric vehicles comes 2030. It is the first French company to make that pledge through the EV100 initiative.Continue reading
After EESL mega deal: Tata starts to deliver Tigor EV
Tata Motors completed the first electric-powered Tigor models that are actually the avant-garde of a total of 10,000 cars recently ordered by the government-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).Continue reading
BlueSG ready for its car sharing debut in Singapore
Bolloré subsidiary BlueSG is going to kick off its EV car sharing service in Singapore on December, 12th, as planned. Within three years, the fleet shall grow to 1,000 electric cars and the infrastructure network to 500 stations with a total of 2,000 charging points.Continue reading
London cab service to axe diesels for PEV by end of 2018
Private hire company Green Tomato Cars wants to electrify its entire fleet by the end of 2018. The move comes in the wake of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in the British capital that will rule all vehicles from 2019.Continue reading
Cologne and Düsseldorf to expand their electric bus fleets
The German cities Cologne and Düsseldorf are able to expand their electric bus fleets thanks to funding provided by the federal state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.Continue reading
BMW bets on two additional electric trucks in Munich
BMW and its logistics partners ARS Altmann and the SCHERM group are about to put two additional electric trucks into operation. So the BMW headquarters in Munich will soon see all in all three electric trucks.Continue reading
Czech Moneta Money Bank procures 150 VW e-Golf models
The Moneta Money Bank has announced that it intends to replace all of its combustion-powered cars through electrified vehicles. Its fleet consists of hundreds of cars.Continue reading
Mega order: Uber selects Volvo to deliver 24,000 PHEVs
Ride-hailing provider Uber accelerates efforts to replace human drivers in its fleet and states that it will purchase 24,000 Volvo cars designed for autonomous driving between 2019 and 2021. The chosen model is obviously Volvo’s XC90 plug-in hybrid.Continue reading
French cargo specialist Geodis expands its electric fleet
Geodis, the street cargo unit of French railway company SNCF, is going to expand its electric vehicle fleet from currently a dozen to 50 cars by June 2018. With this step, Geodis responds to plans published by the Paris city council to ban diesel-powered vehicles by 2020.Continue reading
LeasePlan to achieve greener car fleets
Dutch LeasePlan is about to launch an EV pilot programme to motivate its clients to switch to low-emission vehicles. The project allows fleet operators to choose how many EVs form part of their pilot and offers help regarding the installation of charging infrastructure solutions.Continue reading
Alphabet adds FCVs to its fleet in Germany
BMW leasing subsidiary Alphabet Germany extends its fleet through acquisition of new fuel cell vehicles: 30 Toyota Mirai models are expected to arrive before the year’s end and shall serve as company and car pool vehicles in some of Alphabet’s major clients’ fleets over a three-year period.Continue reading
Stockholm gets one of a kind e-bike sharing
5,000 hire electric bicycles will be rolled out in the Swedish capital in 2018 and 2019 after the current contract for the 1,200 regular rental bikes will finish this year. The pedelecs are marketed as “Hybrid Bikes” not only for their muscle-electric propulsion system but also because their batteries can be removed.Continue reading
20 Hydrogen Buses for Birmingham
The city council of Birmingham has paved the way for a hydrogen bus trial scheduled to start in March 2019. 20 buses shall be deployed on key routes. The 13.4m pounds project is backed by several grant contributors such as the Office for Low Emission Vehicles or the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. Potential operators for the scheme can still respond to an open tender.
Stockholm, Poland, BYD, Severn Trent, NextGen.
Stockholm gets one of a kind e-bike sharing: 5,000 hire electric bicycles will be rolled out in the Swedish capital in 2018 and 2019 after the current contract for the 1,200 regular rental bikes will finish this year. The pedelecs are marketed as “Hybrid Bikes” not only for their muscle-electric propulsion system but also because their batteries can be removed. In fact, it is a novel approach to the charging issue as the batteries are literally in the users’ hands. Anyone who signs up for the scheme will receive a battery to charge at home and to place into the pedelec when needed. The use is free once you paid an annual member fee of 28 euros and such low cost is possible because the city of Stockholm gave operator JCDecaux advertising space in return.
Poland’s biggest electric bus project to date is underway with the transport provider MZK seeking to acquire 47 electric buses to take up service in the town of Zielona Góra. Once the buses arrive, they will replace 60 percent of the overall fleet. Charging infrastructure will be set up by Ekoenergetyka-Polska. They will install fast-chargers that charge at 400 and 800 kW at eleven bus terminals. 29 automated pantographs are part of the deal as well as are the 28 slow charging stations (40 – 80 kW) for overnight charging. The project costs 4m euros.
21 BYD buses for the Netherlands: Dutch transport provider Connexxion has ordered 21 electric Midibuses from BYD. They shall glide along the roads of the province of North Holland in the country’s northwest from summer 2018.
xinhuanet.com, dotcomnieuws.com (in Dutch)
Fleet replacement: UK water company Severn Trent wants to replace 2,200 vans, cars and tankers with alternative fuel vehicles within the next 10 years. The first batch of four Nissan e-NV200 shall mark the start of the campaign next month.
Enough testing: After a three year trial with the NextGen electric trolley, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is buying 26 of the buses at a cost of about 1.2m dollars each. The first production model will be out on the street by early 2019.
CleverShuttle, UK, Bratislava, London, Volvo.
Mirai fleet for CleverShuttle reaches Munich: After introducing 10 of Toyota’s Mirai cars in Hamburg in September, ride sharing service provider CleverShuttle brings also 15 of the Japanese fuel cell vehicles on the roads of the Bavarian capital. Additionally, Munich sees the installation of a new hydrogen filling station in its Trudering neighbourhood. It is the 41st of such a station in Germany. CleverShuttle will benefit from the station, but also BeeZero, a FCV sharing service owned by Linde.
the-linde-group.com, electrive.net (in German)
UK parliament discusses charging point obligation: In the traditional “Queen’s Speech” in June, it has been mentioned that as part of a new law for electrified and autonomous vehicles, service station providers in Great Britain could be obliged to install EV charging points. Exactly this topic is now at the first reading stage in the House of Commons. If the parliamentarians sign the law, operators of motorway service stations and large petrol retailers would be required to erect EV charging infrastructure at their sites.
airqualitynews.com, fleetnews.co.uk, www.gov.uk
18 electric buses for Bratislava: Public transport provider DPB plans to replace diesel-powered buses of its fleet in the Slovakian capital through one and a half dozen electric-powered buses. The replacement shall be completed by June 2018. Backed by EU funding, the transport provider wants to purchase 16 12-metre buses, two 9-metre buses as well as charging infrastructure.
The black cab’s final testing: London sees the first electric-powered black cabs on its roads. With six vehicles, British Geely subsidiary LEVC (former London Taxi Company) has kicked off the final testing stage, before all newly licensed taxis have to be capable of zero emission by January 2018. Here is, what CEO Chris Gubbey says in our interview about his company’s ambition.
Volvo to supply 50 hybrid buses: The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) has chosen Volvo Buses as a supplier for 50 hybrid buses, powered by diesel engines as well as electric battery packs. The Volvo 7900 Hybrids shall hit the roads of Singapore gradually by the second half of 2018. Through the new order, Volvo Buses’ balance climbs towards more than 3,000 hybrids provided worldwide.
Balearic Islands, Shell, Trondheim, Atlanta, Adelaide.
Charging the Balearic islands: 500 fast-charging stations are destined for the Balearic islands with 300 of the chargers to go to Mallorca alone. Funding comes from the tourist tax fund that earmarked 13m euros for the charging infrastructure. There are already 150 charging stations on Mallorca.
inselradio.com (in German)
First fast-chargers at Shell stations: The petrol-chemical company has teamed up with Allego and has installed fast-charging stations at pit stops in London, Surrey, and Derby. Seven more gas stations have been selected to get EV charging opportunities before the year’s end. Shell also wants to develop fast-charging infrastructure in the Netherlands and the Philippines.
Electric buses for Trondheim: Heuliez Bus has received an order for ten of its new electric city buses. Tide Buss wants to deploy the GX 437 ELEC in Norwegian Trondheim. Another 25 electric buses will come from Volvo to Trondheim thus bringing the fleet up to a total of 35 as planned.
Gotta be EV ready: In Atlanta, new commercial and single-family residential units would have to be “EV-ready,” according to an by-law introduced into the City Council. The ordinance would require developers to install the electrical infrastructure to support EV chargers.
Charging hub Down Under: The city of Adelaide and the state government have turned to Mitsubishi Australia to open a charging station with eight fast-charging spots downtown. It is the first of its kind in South Australia.
Fastned, General Motors, Bremen, Efacec, Smatrics.
Autocharge with Fastned: You may forget about those charge card/s, they are a thing of the past, and the apps too. At least at Fastned carging stations. The Dutch have introduced Autocharge, a function of CCS that recognises the electric vehicle and initiates charging automatically and also credits the session without further ado. Autocharge has been rolled out to a few selected users but soon, any car with a CCS charge port will be able to register for Autocharge.
Self-driving cars in New York City: General Motors wants to become the first company to test self-driving cars in NYC, where it will deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt early next year. They will roam in a 5-square-mile section of lower Manhattan. Still an operator will sit behind the steering wheel just in case but Cruise Automation, that developed the software, hopes to learn from the more aggressive drivers and adverse weather conditions that make New York so different from San Francisco, where GM also operates driverless Bolts.
The H2 network grows to 41 stations in Germany as Daimler, Shell, and Linde launch Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station. It is located close to the motor way as well as the Mercedes-Benz plant. Three more stations are planned, in Munich and Cologne this week, then bringing the total number of H2 charging stations to 41 in Germany.
Mobile fast-charger: Efacec has developed a mobile fast charger. It is basically built into a towable container and the system can charge three vehicles simultaneously, while fed through the local grid or by a generator. Charging power is up to 320 kW (nominal) and 350 kW (maximum).
German-Austrian charging corridor: Smatrics has forged a cooperation with Smartlab so that customers using the latter’s ladenetz.de network can use another 1,200 charge points in Germany from now. The other way around, clients from Smatrics can charge at 400 more charging points in Austria.