Toyota, Palermo, Leeds, Delhi, Nissan Leaf.
Toyota in Tokyo: Toyota has begun testing its two-wheeled electric Winglet on the roads of Tokyo’s Koto Ward. The Segway-style vehicle stands 1.2 m tall, weighs 20 kg, and can reach speeds up to 6 kph. Testing will continue through the end of March 2017, and the public will be given a chance to test drive the vehicle from April.
Palermo entrance fees: From today, Italian city of Palermo is introducing access fees for cars to city centre. Only Euro IV vehicles (or higher), as well as motorcycles and electric cars can enter the city free of charge.
Free permits for Leeds: A twelve-month free parking permit will be issued to people in Leeds who own ultra-low emissions cars and vans. The move is marketed as an incentive for those considering electric and hybrid cars to make the switch. Permits are only available to Leeds residents.
Delhi’s big incentives: The Delhi government enacted a slew of new EV incentives, cutting VAT on EV purchases from 12.5 to 5 percent, while subsidies for e-rickshaws have been doubled. Electric cars will also be exempted from road tax. The Karnataka government also eliminated all taxes on electric vehicles earlier this month.
Go LEAFs!: Four all-electric Nissan Leaf have been delivered to the Colorado State University fleet. Two will be used by housing and dining staff to travel to work events during the day, while the other two are specifically for the facilities’ management staff. Two training events were held with the help of community initiative Drive Electric Northern Colorado.
Tesla, MyCars, Minnesota, Hodgson Sayers.
Charging station valets: Tesla’s busy charging stations in California have been outfitted with “attendants.” Officially, these Charging Experience Specialists are supposed to inform and assist users, but some customers report attendants taking over for drivers when stalls are occupied. Moreover, Tesla will soon begin rolling out its Destination Charger programme in Europe. First hotels in Scandinavia are said to have already taken delivery.
Carsharing in the UAE: Early-stage start-up MyCars hopes to bring carsharing to the UAE, using a mixed fleet of EVs and petrol cars. Serious negotiations to procure vehicles are underway, and they expect to utilise 200 cars in Abu Dhabi and Dubai by 2018. If successful, they will also completely electrify the fleet by 2020.
Minnesota legislature: A proposal in Minnesota has gained bi-partisan support to give rebates of up to 2,500 dollars to those who buy or lease a new electric or plug-in car. It would also require public utility companies to create programs for encouraging electric vehicle usage, and to construct charging stations. Incentives would expire in 2021.
Hodgson Sayers: UK building and roofing firm Hodgson Sayers invested 300,000 pounds in a hybrid company car fleet. The company completely overhauled their original fleet, replacing it with eleven plug-in Golf GTes and a Mercedes 350E. In the same spirit, the Gloucestershire police force has taken on seven EVs, and, according to Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, they won’t be the last.
Tesla, UK, Evercar, South Korea, Aberdeen.
1,000 Tesla for Holland: Even though the Model 3 has not even been introduced yet, the Dutch EV leasing company MisterGreen and utility NLE say they want to reserve 1,000 units once stores open on March 31st. They hope that this way, Tesla will prioritise the Netherlands in terms of the Model 3 delivery schedule.
Adjusting UK funding scheme? The UK government considers reviewing its recently renewed funding scheme for electric and plug-in vehicles in one year, instead of just when it runs out in 2018. The reason is the rapid rise of registrations in the first three months of 2016.
Evercar expands: The LA-based electric vehicle sharing company that rents to customers driving for Uber, Lyft and others, announced a rapid expansion. It wants to increase the number of EVs in its fleet from currently 43 to 1,000 in the coming months.
Convenient chargers in Korea: GS Retail of Korea, part of the major conglomerate GS Group, wants to install electric vehicle charging stations as part of its convenience stores. The project will begin on Jejudo Island and expand across the nation gradually.
Aberdeen FCV expansions: The Aberdeen City Council and Co-wheels car club added four Hyundai’s ix35 FCVs to its fleet, bringing the total number of Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cells up to 15 nationwide. The cars will be available to the public through a pay-as-you-go plan, and to businesses for trial purposes.
Canada, California, BlueTorino, BYD, Mallorca.
Clean growth in Canada: 7bn Canadian dollars (more than 5bn USD) will be invested in green projects that will see carbon emissions go down and bring economic growth. At least, that is what Canada’s liberal government predicts. 62.5m CAD will be invested to install EV charging infrastructure, including hydrogen. Another 132.5m CAD included in the budget are dedicated to clean technology research.
Californian charging network: Pacific Gas & Electric together with the Greenlining Institute and other groups intend to install another 7,500 Level 2 charge points and 100 DC chargers in the Golden State. Only the CPUC has to agree but has shown some reluctance in the past.
yubanet.com, centralvalleybusinesstimes.com, greenlining.org (pdf)
Bolloré in Italy: In Turin, Bluetorino has launched and is the French car sharing firm’s latest expansion. Within a year, 250 electric cars by Bolloré shall become available in the Italian city. 150 EV charging stations are planned to be installed along with the EVs.
torinotoday.it, telenord.it (both in Italian)
BYD fills its order books: The Chinese carmaker received an order over four electric buses from Link Transit in Wenatchee, Washington, where the K9 models will join the fleet this year. Californian SolTrans too purchased two BYD electric buses, which are set for delivery in Q3 2016.
businesswire.com (Washington), businesswire.com (California)
Clean compensation: The Balearic Islands will impose a tourist tax from this July in a move to finance sustainable tourism. Money made will be used for the installation of EV charging infrastructure among other measures like repair of cycle paths or research in national parks.
Carvelo2go, Rolec, Phoenix Mitsubishi, Engenie, Swansea University.
Electric cargo bikesharing: Swiss Carvelo2go from Bern is following its expansive plans as it makes 17 electric cargo pedelecs available for hire in Basel. After Bern, it is the second city in Switzerland joining the scheme, which will eventually be rolled out nationwide.
EV fleet management: EV infrastructure provider Rolec launches a cloud-based management system with easy access to data on their electric vehicle fleet, i.e. charging times. The EV GroupManager can be integrated into a firm’s fleet management software and is divided into users.
Most motivated PHEV dealer: Phoenix Mitsubishi based in Scottish Paisley installed six rapid charging stations. The shop now boasts eight and says the expansion is driven by strong growth in Outlander PHEV sales which increased by 41% this February compared to the same month last year.
Charge and Shop: The British town of Fleet will see the installation of four rapid charge points by Engenie through the Hart District council this summer. Located at a car park, EV drivers will be able to charge fast and pay as they go via mobile phone.
EV fleet on campus: Swansea University proudly presents its electric vehicle fleet. It consists of five Nissan EVs – two Leafs and three e-NV200 vans – that are used by different uni teams. So far, the electric fleet has resulted in fuel savings worth more than 2,000 pounds.
Tesla in Manhattan, Auckland, Kiel, BYD, Nissan.
More EV chargers than gas stations: Tesla looks to increase the number of destination chargers in Manhattan to 105 by the end of this month and would thus outnumber the 40 gas stations located there. By September, there will a Tesla charge stop every three blocks, says the EV maker that now operates two showrooms in New York City.
No way for electrification: Auckland pulls the plug on its planned electric car sharing scheme as non of the 9 companies bidding were deemed suitable. They were either too small or not (yet) electric enough. Auckland Transport would not comment if larger, oversea companies like Bolloré had applied at all.
En route to electrification: The German city of Kiel presents a policy document outlining the electrification of the entire bus fleet over the next 20 years. For a start, five hybrid buses will go into service next year and Kiel’s public transport provider is eyeing Volvo as supplier.
shz.de (in German)
BYD to enter Korea: The Chinese firm is to launch its K9 electric bus on Jejudu island together with local partner Suncore. The latter is to purchase up to 1,000 units within the next two years but starts with three electric buses for now, which are set for delivery this May.
No charge to charge grows to 27 cities in the USA as Nissan adds Orlando to the bill – or free ticket rather as charging is complimentary in this programme for Leaf buyers. Welcome to the Sunshine state!
Japan, Manitoba, New York, Jejudo, Southampton.
Fuel cell overload: Japan hopes to have 40,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2020, again increasing that number 20-fold (to 800,000 FCVs) by 2030. The country also plans to double the number of H2-filling stations in the coming decade (to 160 units), while there shall be 320 hydrogen fuelling stations by 2030.
EV subsidies in Manitoba: Campaigning for local elections in the Canadian province of Manitoba, Liberals have proposed between 2,000 and 5,000 dollar rebates for low emission cars, based on fuel efficiency. The party says it would earmark 2m CAD annually to fund the scheme.
A bill for boroughs: A Queens councilman introduced a bill would mandate that all five New York boroughs to install public EV charging stations. He proposes a total of 35 curbside chargers be erected throughout the city during a four-year pilot programme.
Charging included: Korean SK car hiring company kicked off an “all-inclusive” long-term rental scheme for electric cars on the South Korea island of Jejudo. The EVs can be rented for up to five years to a fixed monthly rate that includes everything from the energy charged to the warranty of the battery. The vehicles can be purchased once the lease it up.
Free electric ride: New York’s Southampton may be getting an electric shuttle to offer free rides to residents and visitors. The cost for the service will covered by advertising on the vehicle. Since there are few chargers in the area, American Legion in Hampton Bays offered their parking stall so the shuttle could plug in overnight.
Heathrow, Québec, Honda, Car2Go, BluePillar, eMotorWerks.
Airport air quality plan: London Heathrow wants to decrease its NOx and carbon emissions. The strategy includes 2m pounds for EV charging infrastructure, while 30 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will partially renew the fleet. Further measures include testing of hybrid cabs and electric buses.
Hybrid buses for Québec: The city of Québec will purchase up to 32 hybrid buses by Van Hool. The initiative is funded by about 11m dollars from each the province and the state of Canada. The diesel-electric buses are 9 metres long.
Going greener: The 2018 Olympics in Korea will be used to showcase hydrogen technology with Hyundai fuel cell buses. The move is not only for show only, as the government and carmaker are planning to replace the 26,000 compressed natural gas buses nationwide with H2 powered EVs at a rate of 2,000 units per year. 200 hydrogen fuelling spots at existing gas stations are planned as well.
Green gone: Car2Go will replace its 400 electric Smarts in San Diego with petrol-driven ones by May, saying there are not enough EV charging stations for its fleet. Although San Diego Gas & Electric intends to install 3,500 EV charging station within the next three years, development was not fast enough for Car2Go.
BluePillar: Chinese ZTE launched a street lantern that doubles as EV charge spot. The BluePillar also features an LED screen to display urban data (or advertising).
Wi-Fi charger: eMotorWerks is seeking crowdfunding for its JuicePlug said to smarten up any L2 charging station. The adapter is Wi-Fi enabled and connects to the JuiceNet platform. It also works with an app. Early supporters get a “Kiss my Amps” license plate holder on top of the plug.
Double-decker, Tata Motors, Hubject, Air New Zealand, ClipperCreek.
Electric double-decker launch: London now has its first electric double-decker bus. Built by BYD, the model will be joined by another four to serve on two routes in the British capital. It can travel 306 km carrying 81 passengers and needs 4 hours to recharge at the depot overnight. If all works well, the vehicle could potentially prove a “great solution for a large part” of the London bus fleet, TfL said.
channelnewsasia.com, standard.co.uk (video)
Hybrid buses for Mumbai: Tata Motors bags a contract for the delivery of 25 hybrid buses for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The buses are expected to run fully electric for 30 to 35 percent of the operations in India.
Network within a network: Hubject introduces its eHub solution together with Swisscom. It enables businesses, associations and project syndicates to operate their own charging networks within the intercharge framework. Solution would thus become integrated instead of isolated.
Airline electrifies: Air New Zealand purchases 36 BMW i3, 28 Renault Kangoo Z.E. and 12 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for its ground operations. By the end of this year, all 76 vehicles shall be in service with EV charging infrastructure already being set up.
Fast-charging: ClipperCreek presents its 5.8 kW fast-charging station. The LCS-30 is for Level 2 charging and comes for both plug-in and hardwired installations that cost 515 and 499 dollars.
Open bus charging standard, Fastned, Iwatani, G2Mobility.
Open bus charging standard: Bus manufacturers Irizar, Solaris, VDL and Volvo team up with ABB, Heliox and Siemens to introduce an open interface for electric bus charging. The interface will be open to all market participants and works for fast charging at end stops and for overnight charging using CCS. CEN/CENELEC and ISO/IEC are already working on standardisation that could come into effect in the EU by 2019, followed by international standards a year later.
Missing out: Fastned may not receive the second half of a 2m euro grant from the EU, as it did not fulfil the plan to set up fast-charging chargers along the German Autobahn. The Dutch infrastructure provider however matched its obligations to expand the fast-charging network in the Netherlands.
rtlz.nl (in Dutch)
H2 network expansion: Hydrogen supplier Iwatani wants to increase its network of H2 charging station to 30 in Japan until March 2017. That means another ten stations will have to be build, costing about 3bn yen (26m dollars). Iwatani will focus on smaller cities and highways.
Push for electric rickshaws: The Indian city of Ranchi finances 135 electric rickshaws, which are to replace hand-pulled models. Pullers can apply for 75 percent financing, but will have to carry the rest of the cost and undergo testing of their “handling” abilities.
Banking on charging: Société Générale has asked G2Mobility to install 400 EV charging stations at the bank’s branches in France. They will serve to charge electric fleet vehicles, as Société Générale plans to introduce 50 vehicles a year. The target is a 5 percent electric share in the fleet by 2017.
avere-france.org (in French)
Switzerland, BMW, KEPCO, Smart City Challenge, Plymouth, Monaco.
Unified charging in the confederation: Swiss eMobility and utility EnergieSchweiz have launched the shared charging platform Ladenetz Schweiz (charging network Switzerland). The initiative aims to offer non-discriminatory and nationwide EV charging for the Alpine state by coordinating and encouraging efforts by multiple actors over the next two years.
energieschweiz.ch (in German)
Uber competition from BMW? The German carmaker might set up its own ride hailing service utilising its existing DriveNow fleet, Spiegel Online reports. If the plans go ahead, Germans could soon hail an i3 via app.
spiegel.de (in German)
Charging Ecuador: State-owned Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) has signed a deal worth 30m dollars with the government of Ecuador. The plan is to erect EV charging stations at 91 locations along three motorways of the Latin American country.
Smart City Challenge: The finalists have been selected from 77 initial entrants. Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland and San Francisco now compete for up to 50m dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Leading by example: The council of British Plymouth has acquired six Nissan Leaf, thus moving ahead with its planned electrification. The leased pool cars are part of a two-year trial, during which the EVs could save about 26,000 pounds a year in fuel costs.
Nissan EVs enter the Palace of Monaco, as Prince Albert II took delivery of two e-NV200. The electric vans will be used to deliver goods as well as transport people around the premises. Monaco aims to be emission-free by 2050.
Utrecht, Thailand, Seattle, Proterra.
Solar chargers for Utrecht: Renault, the Dutch city of Utrecht, ElaadNL, and LonboXnet have signed a letter of intent to test solar smart charging stations. Some 1,000 units could be installed, where ElaadNL would be in charge of the infrastructure and Renault would supply 150 Zoe Z.E. through 2017. The project’s second phase could see the construction of a V2G system.
Thailand’s three step plan: To push EV uptake in the public sector, the country will start regulating EV costs, making sure prices will not exceed those of natural gas vehicles. In a second step, those measures will also apply to electric passenger cars, while Thailand will also cut tax rates, push local battery production and develop charging infrastructure. The third step (2020-2036) will see the installation of up to 800 chargers for an estimated 1.2m electric vehicles.
Seattle’s 15,000 EV plan: To cut the city fleet’s emissions in half by 2025, Seattle’s mayor is calling to include more electric vehicles – a total of 15,000 purely electric cars are said to roam the city’s streets in ten years. Moreover, the EVs will all be powered with clean energy, as Seattle produces enough hydropower.
Proterra prepares for rising demand: As more and more transport agencies are looking to include electric buses in their fleets, manufacturer Proterra wants to nearly double production capacity in 2016. It therefore placed a follow-on order with UQM Technologies for PowerPhase HD electric systems, to be delivered this year.
Charging corridor, Swiftly, Volkswagen, Renault, Denver.
From Quebec to Main: Quebec, Canada, and Portland in Maine, U.S. are looking to build more EV charging stations between them. When finalised in summer, the corridor will see another 220 charging stations being added, thus connecting the Canadian and U.S. cities.
Electric trip planning: Urban transport app Swiftly includes the electric vehicles offered by Scoot Networks in San Francisco. Users can now compare travel time and price of the on-demand EVs with public transport, walking, cycling or even Uber.
Plug-in partner: After Volvo, Volkswagen is the second carmaker turning to Pod Point to supply British EV owners with home charging facilities. The EV infrastructure provider’s service also includes the installation of a charging station at the workplace.
Free home charger: Renault says it will stick with its UK offer. Every new Zoe customer will receive a fully-installed fast-charging wallbox (7 kW) free of charge. The British government changed its plug-in grant scheme, but electric vehicles continue to benefit from the highest level of support.
EV ready building: Denver’s new building code requires planners to accommodate for electric vehicle charging. Wiring has to be ready to charge electric cars in single homes and duplexes. The rule is also designed to also make it easier to renovate old homes rather than to demolish them.
Volvo, Shanghai, EV Connect, BMW, Powerco.
Volvo supports CCS: Volvo gets behind the Charging Interface Initiative, joining Audi, BMW, Daimler, Opel, Porsche, VW, TÜV Süd, Mennekes and Phoenix Contact in their effort to establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as a standard. CharIN is working towards EV charging with 200 and up to 350 kW although it is currently operating at 50 kWh, similar to CHAdeMO.
Shanghai stocks up: The Chinese mega city reportedly plans to have 3,000 rental EVs in its vicinity by the end of the year and a government paper now proposes 5,000 new charge points. As many as 20,000 electric cars will be available for hire by Shanghai’s 24m inhabitants by 2020 and could be charged at 30,000 locations.
West Coast electric highway: EV Connect received 1.8m dollars from the California Energy Commission to add charge stops along parts of the California 99 and Interstate 5 highways. The West Coast Electric Highway will include fast- and Level 2 EV charging stations and will connect Canada with Mexico.
BMW is looking for partners to erect solar EV charging ports in South Africa. The plan is to install four stations by the end of the year, two in Johannesburg, as well as one in each Cape Town and Durban. BMW SA also called on the government to scrap its 25 percent tax on EV imports, esp. as gas guzzlers are taxed with 18%.
EV charging in New Zealand: Company Powerco says it will install 20 EV charging stations across the country over the next three years. The first station will go up next week in Tauranga and another one in New Plymouth. Plans there are supported by the district council.
BMW, Vienna, Beijing, Bangkok, Fukushima.
Solar home charging: BMW partners with Loxone to introduce solar charging stations with smart home integration in the DACH region, as well as the UK, the Netherlands and Czech Republic. The so-called E-Mobility Starter Kit is said to be open to any EV manufacturer and costs 599 euros with solar charging already installed. The Wallbox Pro will cost an additional 2,200 euros.
wiwo.de (in German)
Zero-emission delivery: Austria’s postal service is adding more electric vehicles to its 1,111 strong fleet, bringing the number to 1,300. In Vienna alone, 90 EVs will be added to enable a 100 percent emission free delivery of mail and newspapers by the end of the year.
ots.at (in German)
6,000 EV charging stations will be erected in Beijing this year. The 5,880 smaller EV charging stations will supply urban areas while another 14 large stations will go up at service stops along highways, utility Beijing Electric Power announced.
Electric bus in Bangkok: An electric bus by BYD is to serve in the Thai capital during a three month trial. If successful, Bangkok will replace 200 of its 3,183 conventional buses with electric ones, and plans to eventually electrify the whole fleet.
H2 for Fukushima: The nuclearly devastated Japanese prefecture turns to hydrogen production from renewable sources. The ‘Fukushima new energy society initiative’ will produce enough energy to power about 10,000 fuel cell vehicles, which will also be used during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
CHAdeMO, Govecs, Tesla, Smart-E, Adelaide.
European fast-charging offensive: The CHAdeMO Association announced that 532 new multi-standard chargers will be installed in 2016 as part of five EU-funded projects. That includes the Fast-E project in Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and Slovakia (307 chargers), as well as Mecor and Great in Denmark and Sweden (185) and Unite-E in Belgium, France, Italy and the UK (40).
insideevs.com, chademo.com (PDF)
News deal for Govecs: The Munich-based manufacturer will deliver another 250 electric scooters to Cooltra for a free-floating scooter sharing scheme in Barcelona. The Govecs Go! S1.5 features replaceable batteries, meaning a mobile service team can exchange empty batteries with full ones, so that the scooter can run continuously.
Triple the net worth: According a recent financial report, Tesla’s Supercharger network tripled in value in 2015 compared to the previous year. While 334 Superchargers with a carrying value of 107m dollars were online by the end of 2014, the number jumped to 584 stations worth 339m dollars by the end of last year.
New e-taxi fleet: Indian city Gurgaon has a new taxi service called Smart-E. The fleet consists of 50 all-electric vehicles; the company says it wants to have 1,000 EV is service by the end of the year.
Perks for EV drivers Down Under: In order to get more EVs on the road, Australian city Adelaide wants to push the development of charging infrastructure, as well as offer a “huge…positive price discrimination” and perks such as discounted parking in the city. Adelaide hopes to be carbon neutral by 2025.
USA, Manchester, ViriCiti + Simacan, BYD, H2 Logic.
U.S. cities go electric: Eight cities near Sacramento, CA, and Atlanta, GA, have formed the Energy Secure Cities Coalition (ESCC). They plan to include only alternative drivetrains in official city fleets. The coalition hopes to expand to include 25 cities and replace some 50,000 petrol-powered cars.
Manchester to clean the air: As the city will not meet EU limits by 2020 under current conditions, Manchester has proposed an action plan. Measures included increasing the number of low emission buses, promoting EV uptake, possibly implementing Clean Air Zones in the city and improving cycling infrastructure.
EV fleet tool: ViriCiti and Simacan will work together to develop a new online-tool for fleet managers. The so-called EV Fleet Analyser is said to calculate an EV’s exact energy consumption based on traffic data, weather and topography and help plan the most efficient route.
BYD update: BYD plans to begin producing its electric buses in India in corporation with company Smart Dreams. Meanwhile, the Chinese have been awarded a contract from the Canadian province of Alberta. Three electric buses will go into service in the city of St. Albert this autumn.
businesstoday.in (India), businesswire.com (Canada)
New hydrogen filling station: H2 Logic has delivered another H2-fuelling station in Denmark. Located in Kolding, it is not far from the German city of Hamburg, making cross-border travel in an FCV more feasible. This is Denmark’s ninth station that is open 24/7.
PlugSurfing, Mexico, Ottawa, Norway, Nebraska, EV-Box.
PlugSurfing expands into France: PlugSurfing has signed an Interoperable Agreement with French company Sodetrel, adding another 1,600 charging point to its network. The former enables EV drivers to plug in in Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, using the same account.
Electric transport in Mexico: 25 electric trolley buses have gone into service in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. They were built by local manufacturer DINA together with Škoda Electric, which delivered all electric components. Final assembly took place in Mexico City.
newstix.de (in German), parlamentnilisty.cz (in Czech)
Shifting burden of proof: The Canadian city of Ottawa wants more electric and hybrid vehicles in its fleets and will oblige staff to buy greener cars. Purchases of petrol- or diesel-powered cars need to be explicitly justified. Moreover, the city is setting up a ‘green fleet fund’ to cover any cost difference.
H2 coalition update: Norwegian companies NEL Fuel AS and Uno-X have formed a joint venture to set up a total of 20 hydrogen filling stations across the country. The hydrogen will be produced on site. The companies had previously signed a letter of intent and are now ready to start a “real, commercial network of hydrogen refuelling stations in Norway.”
Self-driving city: The U.S. city Lincoln, Nebraska, hopes to decide the Smart City Challenge for itself. If successful, it would use the 50m dollars from the Department of Transportation and Vulcan Philanthropy to put 50 autonomous shuttles and 650 self-driving cars on the read in three years. All-electric of course.
EV-Box takes Amsterdam: Infrastructure provider EV-Box has opened a new head quarter in Amsterdam. The city commissioned to company along with Nuon-Heijmans to set up 4,000 EV charging points by 2018 (we reported). Some 1,500 are already in service.
Fastned, Nissan, Nevada, Florida.
Fastned adapts to Tesla: All 50 of the Dutch infrastructure provider’s fast-charging stations will be equipped with Tesla-to-CHAdeMO charging adapters by the end of the month. Fastned thus significantly expands the Californian’s network, as there are only seven Superchargers in the land of tulips.
electriccarreport.com, insideevs.com, fastned-en.pr.co
Smart City: Nissan envisions a future where cars charge at the curb and swap charge bays autonomously before driving up to homes to share their power. This extremely connected vehicle-to-grid scenario was developed together with architecture firm Foster and is on display in Geneva.
Free to roam: British Columbia is getting ready to allow EV drivers to use HOV lanes, following California’s example. While the rule would go into immediate effect, the Canadian province still has to provide decals to clearly mark the privileged.
Electric Highway: Nevada opened another EV charging location that now enables electric cars to go the 450 miles from Las Vegas to Reno. The stop provides six charging spots, including one for fast-charging. More stations are to follow as part of the government backed project.
Free charging: Florida joins Nissan’s ‘No Charge to Charge’ programme, which offers Leaf drivers free charging. The Sunshine State is the 27th market the Japanese carmaker has added to the scheme.
SAIC, Québec, Smarter Together, Nissan, Malta.
Mega EV rental system: China aims to set up the world’s largest electric car rental fleet as SAIC teams up with Shanghai. The carmaker will deliver more than 5,000 EVs to the city. By 2018, another 100 Chinese and few foreign cities will be included in the system that will then feature 50,000 new energy vehicles. The aim is to have 300,000 EV by 2020, to cover all metropolitan areas of China and some abroad.
Canadian EV quota: Taking California as an example, Québec is working on a law that would require carmakers to offer electric vehicles. The Canadian province hopes the measure will help it reach its goal of having 100,000 EVs on the road by 2020.
avere-france.org, lapresse.ca (both in French)
Smarter Together: The cities of Lyon, Munich, and Vienna are all part of a newly launched EU project. 29m euros are being put towards the Smarter Together initiative that focuses on energy and heat supply and includes electric mobility concepts. 24m euros come from the EU alone.
Nissan ecosystem: The carmaker’s French HQ is to showcase EV and V2G capabilities. 100 V2G charging stations will be erected together with ENEL, while Eaton will supply a 1MW stationery storage unit that consists of 64 used Leaf batteries. Energy can be traded between vehicles and the grid.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, nissaninsider.co.uk
Scrappage scheme extended: Malta adds another 400,000 euros to its car scrappage programme introduced last year. It compliments grants offered to those buying an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle (we reported).
Bolloré, Lower Saxony, Rhode Island, Volvo UK, Ankai.
Bolloré stretches: The French manufacturer presented a 12-metre version of its BlueBus, which is originally only 6 m long. Eight battery packs with 30 kWh each provide 200 km of range. Bolloré invested 40m euros in production, hoping to sell 200 units a year, especially as France plans a tender for electric buses by 2017.
Police plugs in: Police in Lower Saxony, Germany, ordered twelve VW Passat GTE. The federal state is home to the manufacturer that is in turn one of the biggest employers there. State fleets already include 38 (partially) electric cars, including the e-Golf and e-Up. However, state police own a total of 4,300 vehicles – so it is a long way before going all-electric. But the force already hopes for more state funding.
presseportal.de (in German)
Beneficial money laundering: Rhode Island will use fees paid by environmental law offenders to fund its DRIVE (Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification) programme. The scheme offers a rebate of up to 2,500 dollars. So far, 200,000 dollars have been “collected,” but only 17,500 paid out.
Plug-in partners: Volvo UK teamed up with Pod Point to supply customers with home charging equipment. British buyers of a plug-in Volvo will have the option to have a Pod Point Solo installed at their home within 10 working days for 390 GBP.
Electric bus deal: The Chinese city of Xuzhou has ordered 100 electric buses after just putting its first hundred into operation. The vehicles come from Ankai, a Chinese manufacturer whose factory has the capacity to turn out 6,000 units annually.
TEN-T, Fortum, Tesla, Simcoe County, Greenlots.
Trans-Europe: The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) project hit a major milestone, as the British and Irish sections went live. The Rapid Charge Network includes 74 stations and spans 680 miles of popular routes. Chargers are operated by Ecotricity in the UK and ESB in Northern Ireland.
Charging at home: Together with Charge Amps, operator Fortum Charge & Drive has developed a new home and workplace charging solution. The Charge & Drive @home will first be launched in Sweden, followed by other Nordic countries.
Tesla vs. GM: The fate of Tesla’s rights to directly sell to customers in Indiana remains up in the air. An Indiana state senate committee pushed back the topic back to their summer study, where it will be discussed in more length. This may also be because of the national attention the bill received, especially since Tesla has blamed GM to behind the initiative.
Connecting the network: Ontario province Simcoe County has applied for 20m CAD to fund the development of five EV charging locations, each with three fast-chargers. The chargers would be part of Ontario’s electric vehicle programme.
Testing in Hawaii: A joint research project by Greenlots and Hawaiian Electric saw the installation of Greenlots’ SKY, a rapid-charger with scalable, vehicle-grid integration (VGI) technology at a popular shopping mall. Because it is coupled with an array of solar panels and an energy storage system, the chargers can operate at full power even during peak hours.
Volvo, Supercharger, Tuk Tuk Cartel, Zap-Map.
Volvos for Belgium: Volvo has received an order for 11 hybrid buses and two charging stations from the Belgium city of Namur. It is a turn-key solution, meaning Volvo is also in charge of servicing the buses and chargers, as well as battery maintenance. The chargers will be supplied by company ABB
Supercharger galore: Tesla is currently working on its biggest Supercharger site located in the city of Fremont, California, which will feature 20 Supercharger stalls. The site is located just south of the Tesla factory, where there is another possibility to plug in.
Tuk-tuk taxi: New Zealand capital Wellington has a new ride service. Tuk Tuk Cartel will shuttle tourists to see all the major sites in town. One ride along the scenic route will cost around 25 to 30 NZD.
Zap-Map update: The UK’s leading charge point app now includes ‘Zap Chat,’ a community update facility where EV drivers can note if they charged successfully, or update a charger’s status and give other users the heads up. The app currently shows 3,800 charging locations.
Gatwick, Proterra, Tesla, Vector, SemaConnect.
Electric Gatwick: The London airport wants to become the “UK’s leading low carbon airport” by 2025. That also means it will electrify its entire fleet over the coming 10 years.
More efficient: According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Proterra’s all-electric buses are four times more efficient than buses running on compact natural gas. The study looked at a pilot scheme in California’s Foothill Transit, where 12 Proterra buses are in service.
EV feud: A new bill could put an end to Tesla’s direct sales model in the U.S. state of Indiana from July 1st, 2016. The EV maker blames GM to behind the measure, who responded to the allegations by saying that Tesla should not play by “special rules” when competing against “similarly capable vehicles and similar price points” – meaning the Chevy Bolt going up against the Tesla Model 3.
autoblog.com (bill); autoblog.com (GM)
Vector expands network: New Zealand’s Vector added two more rapid and one standard charger to its network in the city of Auckland. The company also said that it will install at least another 13 fast-chargers in the country over the next six months.
Charging USA: SemaConnect has installed five new charging stations at three The Wiseman Company properties in California. Four stations will be reserved for tenants and local drivers, while the fifth is open to the public. Meanwhile, DC Solar will install six portable, solar-powered EV chargers for the NASCAR weekend in Las Vegan, Nevada, next month.
pressreleaserocket.net (California), pressreleaserocket.net (Nevada)
Advenir, Belib, 203020, Tritium.
French charging offensive I: The French government kicked off a new funding programme named Advenir, said to enable the installation of 12,000 chargers by the end of 2018. Chargers at workplaces or in car parks of residential housing can qualify, if they are made accessible to the public.
avere-france.org, developpement-durable.gouv.fr (articles in French)
French charging offensive II: Paris has a new charging network named Belib. It comprises 60 multi-standard charging stations each with two CHAdeMO, CCS, and Type 2 connectors. To keep EVs from blocking the spot, pricing increases significantly after the first hour. Moreover, a radar system can identify vehicles that are not charging and alerts the police.
insideevs.com, chademo.com (PDF)
Electric taxis: Taxi company 203020 in Dundee, Scotland, wants to more than triple its electric fleet over the next six months. The company currently operates 30 EVs and wants to include a total of 100 by summer. By the same time next year, 203020’s entire fleet will be electric.
Moving fast: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium says it will have to move to bigger premises in Brisbane. The expansion is enabled by high demand for the company’s EV fast-charging stations.
China, United Arab Emirates, Tennessee.
Charging corridors in China: State-owned utility State Grid further developed the country’s fast charging network alongside eight of China’s main motorways, including the connection Beijing-Shanghai. Until 2020, a total of 36,000 km of motorway will be equipped with chargers.
Rapid-chargers for the West Coast: The California Energy Commission earmarked some 8.9m dollars for the installation of fast-charging infrastructure along Interstate 5, Route 99 and Highway 101.
Emirates push e-mobility: The small state of Ajman is the first in the United Arab Emirates to allow electric cars to park for free. Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai are also looking into similar regulations. Dubai meanwhile completed the installation of 100 EV chargers (we reported).
khaleejtimes.com (park), gulfnews.com (charge)
Less money down: China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, issued a directive for financial institutions to lower down payments of loans for new energy vehicles. While some believe that it could increase sales, others say it will do very little, as the NEV uptake is driven by policies, not cash.
Fee free EV: A bill in the U.S. state of Tennessee that would have called for a 150 dollar licence fee for electric cars and 75 dollar fee for hybrids, is off the table. Even though it would have added some 2m dollars to the state’s highway fund, lawmakers never debated the issue and it died quietly in the Senate committee.
E-carsharing, DriveNow, Costa Rica, New Zealand, India.
ZEV sharing: The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg awarded 1.1m euros to the e-carsharing project “zeozweifrei unterwegs” (en route with zero emission). The aim is to set up 39 EV-sharing stations in the Bruchsal region by April 2017, with the first stations ready to open this September. There will be an EU-wide tender for the purchase and operation of the vehicles.
DriveNow Seattle: Following DriveNow’s leaving San Francisco in November, the carsharing service seems to be headed to Seattle, where GeekWire spotted three i3 in the street. The city says it issued 63 carsharing permits to BMW – but the carmaker has not yet confirmed the extend of the program.
Costa Rica electrifies: In an effort to promote electric vehicles, Costa Rica is looking to put in place new measures like tax relief, quotas for charging stations, and the integration of electric vehicles into government fleets, where at least ten percent of government vehicles would be replaced by electric or hybrid cars. The programme could also offer 100% financing for people who opt to exchange their vehicles.
Full charge in New Zealand: Christchurch, New Zealand, will become home to a new car hiring hub to include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Apex. The 10m dollar, three-storey complex houses everything a car could need – including ten EV charging stations. It is scheduled to be finished by May 2017.
Updates in India: Volvo will deliver the first five hybrid buses to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport Corp. in the coming weeks. It is only the first step, as the Swedish manufacturer will deliver a total of 25 of its buses to India, financed by the FAME (Faster Adoption of Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India) subsidy scheme.
Luxembourg, Enviro Technology, City Car Club, Workplace charging.
EV incentives in Luxembourg? The small Grand Duchy is looking into the feasibility of encouraging the uptake of zero-emission vehicles as part of fiscal reform. 800 EV charging stations will reportedly be erected by the end of the decade and complimentary incentive schemes like those in Norway and France are being considered, says Sustainable Development Minister François Bausch.
Sensible: British Enviro Technology Services transformed two Nissan e-NV200 into “Smogmobiles” or Air Quality Monitoring Vehicles. They served in a pilot running from Reading and Waterloo Bridge in London, finding that in some parts of the city, NOx levels were twice as high as permitted by EU law.
Sharable: City Car Club launches in British Surrey. Residents can now rent 14 electric and hybrid models. If successful, another five low emission vehicles will follow this April. The car club is available in Guildford, Redhill, Dorking, Leatherhead, and Woking.
Workplace charging works: Electric cars with access to a charger during office hours are driven more than those without, the Idaho National Laboratory shows. This is particularly true for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, which travel up to 25 percent more than average if plugged-in at the office.
Electrified bus fleet: King County, Washington, released the first of three electric buses into service in Bellevue. The Proterra prototype sits 38 and can be charged wirelessly, and is just one step in the direction of electrifying of the entire fleet. By 2020, all buses in the county shall be hybrid or electric.
Spark, Governors' Accord, Boston, Mumbai.
Re-use: Remember those telephone booths we had before mobile devices came along? Auckland found a new use as Spark transforms phone boxes into EV charging spots. Not a first, as Korea already trials the same idea. But if successful, Spark could eventually turn 3,500 booths into EV chargers in New Zealand.
The “Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future” unites 17 U.S. governors in their strive for clean energy, green transport solutions and to modernised grids on a national scale. Together, they represent 127 million American citizens, both Democrats and Republicans.
Hybrid buses for Boston: The Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA) will order up to 90 diesel-electric buses for Boston. The Xcelsior hybrids come from New Flyer Industries. The contract secures at least 44 buses worth about 50m dollars as well as options for another 46 vehicles.
Hybrid buses for Mumbai: The Indian metropolis is about to assign Tata Motors to deliver around 25 hybrid buses to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. The Starbus Hybrid bus combines electric and CNG power and was first trialled in Delhi.
Uzushio Electric, Artelec, AmeriPride, Allianz Malaysia, Tritium.
The ink has dried on the contract to build 100,000 electric trikes for the Philippines. The order reportedly goes to Japanese Uzushio Electric and its local subsidiary Bemac Electric Transportation, who will supply the first 3,000 units this year. Building, delivery and servicing are budgeted with 30m dollars based on a price of about 10,000 dollars per unit.
thestandard.com.ph, rappler.com, inquirer.net
Electric scooter fleet: Paris’ city council decided to replace its 400-strong scooter fleet with electric ones. The Artelec 670 is made in Grasse by French start-up Eccity Motocycles. Deliveries are to start in soon. The decision follows successful testing that established a real range of 100 km.
avere-france.org (in French)
Electric delivery fleet: AmeriPride replaced 20 percent of its fleet of delivery trucks with electric ones. The ten new vans are based on a Ford F59 chassis and fitted with an electric system by Motiv. The first pilot is taking place in Vernon and supply is under way.
Moving forward: Allianz Malaysia leased three branded Renault Zoe from Cohesive Mobility Solution (COMOS), as the insurer tries to create a “digital ecosystem.” The EVs will be available to staff based in Kuala Lumpur for the next four years.
Moving fast: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium says it will have to move to bigger premises in Brisbane. The expansion is enabled by high demand for the company’s EV fast-charging stations.
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