Dec 15, 2014 - 09:29 am

Long Beach, Brunswick, Switzerland, California, Autolib.

Bidding battle reloaded: Again, bids have been handed in to build a fleet of electric buses for Long Beach, California. Again, it is BYD vs. Proterra. BYD had secured the 12-million dollar contract for ten e-buses once before but had it canceled as it was not compliant with federal law (we reported).
presstelegram.com

Inductive charging: The German city of Brunswick is expanding its ‘Emil’ project to include another four 18-meter electric buses that will take up service before christmas. Already, a 12-meter electric bus runs through the city since March. The 90 kWh-battery will be inductively charged via Bombardier’s Primove system at Brunswick’s main station.
heise.de (in German)

Charging while skiing: Tesla has opened two more Superchargers in Switzerland which enable Model S drivers to travel to ski resorts. The stations in St. Moritz and Martigny are also close enough to Italy. By now, there are a total of six Tesla charging stations in Switzerland and a 112 all over Europe.
prnewswire.co.uk

Versatile electric school bus: Under a Clinton Global Initiative, three California school districts will test what electric school buses have got to offer not only in terms of bringing children safely to school but also in case of a disaster and as income generator. Six C-Series buses will be retrofitted and monitored in service over three years.
autoblog.com

Details on London Autolib: The French company will roll out its service in the British capital by September 2015. About 200 – 250 Bolloré BlueCars are to be made available for hire but will be painted in the same red as London’s buses. Prices will probably be similar to Paris with a 100 pound annual fee to join and a charge of 5 pounds for 30 minutes’ use.
autocar.co.uk

Dec 12, 2014 - 09:11 am

BlueBUS, The Mobility House, CarCharging, Zenith, Derby.

France electrified, again: Bolloré’s subsidiary BlueBUS has taken order of 12 electric buses to be delivered to the public transport providers in the Ile-de-France region, STIF und RATP. The 12-metre buses are said to have a range of up to 180 km (111 miles) and go into service by late 2015 or the beginning of 2016. There might be more to come as a total of 40 million euros (50m dollars) could be invested in electric buses serving in the region.
leparisien.fr (in French)

Prepaid charge card: The Mobility House launches its ChargeCard, a prepaid card that can easily be topped up. It is valid at 2,400 charge points in Germany as well as in the Austrian cities of Vienna and Salzburg. Payment is being taken for kWh, not charging time. The card can be ordered online.
mobilityhouse.com, youtube.com (both in German)

Blink app: CarCharging has started a new app that enables users to remotely start charging at Blink stations. In a next step, the Blink App is to include payment options and become available to use with other charge points from GE and SemaConnect which are part of the CarCharging network as well.
prnewswire.com

Zenith’s electric vans are now eligible for the Drive Clean Truck program in Chicago. Effectively this brings down the price to 46,884 dollars via the program’s voucher. After the 7,500-dollar federal incentive the Zenith EV costs less than 40,000 dollars which puts it on par with its petrol-powered competitors.
baystreet.ca

Low carb car club: Derby city council is to start a car club for its residents with ten hybrid and electric cars by the end of next year. The cars will be available for hire on a pay-as-you-go basis but can also be “blocked” for longer periods by businesses hiring the vehicles for their employees.
derbytelegraph.co.uk

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:16 am

ZTE & Enel, Pod Point, XL Hybrids, Hyundai, Tesla.

New electric mobility alliance: Chinese communications provider ZTE will cooperate with Enel, Italy’s largest utility. The companies want to work together across different areas such as innovative solutions for recharging electric vehicles, smart grids and renewable energies.
smartenergyuniverse.com, elp.com

Crowd-funded charging points: As we reported, the English provider of charging technology Pod Point had launched a crowdfunding campaign to expand its EV charging network across the UK – and they succeeded! The 1.2 million pound mark has been reached within just a few days.
bdaily.co.uk, techcitynews.com

XL Hybrids retrofits Boston vans: A total of four city-owned vans have been retrofitted with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. The U.S. city aims to replace ten percent of its fleet with alternative fuel cars every year, in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
greencarcongress.com, businesswire.com

Hyundai installs hydrogen station in Australia: It will be the country’s first hydrogen refuelling point. In other words, fuel cell technology won’t arrive on the country’s shores too soon. In order to further develop infrastructure, Hyundai says, the Australian government needs to step up to the task.
carsguide.com.au, performancedrive.com.au

Supercharger update: Put together, Europe and Asia now count more Tesla-chargers than the U.S. So far, 109 Superchargers have been installed in Europe, 42 in Asia and 140 across the United States.
insideevs.com, teslamotors.com

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Dec 10, 2014 - 10:17 am

ABB, EDF, TEN-T, Qualcomm & Chargemaster, Louisville, Rome, Israel.

New fast chargers: ABB is to deliver another 100 fast chargers to Danish e-mobility service provider Clever. The latter will erect the ‘Terra 53 DC’ not only in its home country but in neighbouring countries, too. It is very likely that these chargers will become part of the planned European charge network ‘Central European Green Corridors’ (we reported).
abb.com

More chargers for France: Just after Bolloré promoted its plan to build 16,000 charge points, Électricité de France (EDF) announced it will start to erect 200 fast chargers along French motorways starting in January 2015. The project is backed by Renault, BMW and VW, while the EU promised 4.5 million euros (5.5m USD). Most stations will be located close to the borders to Germany, Belgium and Italy.
leparisien.fr, automobile-propre.com (both in French)

European H2 infrastructure: 3.5 million euros are to be invested in studies preparing a European network of hydrogen infrastructure for transport. The money comes from the European Union´s TEN-T program and is intended for national implementation plans for Belgium, Finland, Poland and Riga, Latvia as well as three hydrogen refuelling stations with “specific innovative elements” in Finland and Sweden.
europa.eu

Wireless charging: Qualcomm is to invest in the British EV infrastructure provider Chargemaster that operates the Polar network in the UK. Its charging stations are planned to be retrofitted with Qualcomm’s inductive charging technology bit by bit although a detailed schedule has not been issued yet.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Electric buses for Louisville: The city’s public transport TARC has introduced the ZeroBus, which will replace gas-powered trolleys when being phased into daily operation early next year. 10 electric buses for about 11 million dollars have been purchased with the help of the state and federal funds.
wfpl.org

Electric christmas: To help Romans leave their car at home during the festive season, the Italian capital has introduced five new electric mini-buses. The buses serve the main shopping districts while stopping at major car parks, metro stations and bus terminals along the way.
wantedinrome.com

Bi-national research: The energy ministries of both the U.S. and Israel will fund five Israeli projects with 4 million dollars in a bi-national effort. Among the supported companies are Fridenson Logistics and ChargePoint to jointly develop a smart grid capable, cloud-connected EV charging station.
jewishbusinessnews.com

Dec 9, 2014 - 10:28 am

Bolloré, Singapore, Laos, Malaysia, PlugSurfing, BYD.

France to be charged up? Bolloré introduces plans to erect 16,000 charge points all across “La Grande Nation” and intends to invest 150 million euros over the next four years.
Read more on electrive.com >>

Electric car sharing in Singapore: The government of the city state has launched the Electro-Mobility Singapore (EMS) task force to explore the viability of a 1,000-EV car sharing and charging infrastructure project. A Request for Information (RFI) is asking for business model proposals.
todayonline.com, transport.asiaone.com

Laos to be electrified: Laotian city Luang Prabang plans to import 100 electric cars which the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is ready to fund with four million dollars. More trials in other cities of Laos are to follow if the pilot proves to be a success.
thaipbs.or.th, 12go.asia

Malaysia to recharge: Another three million ringgit (about 860,000 dollars) will be invested next year to erect 300 charging stations in the south-east Asian country. They will join the existing 40 charge points in Malaysia and are in line with the country’s plan to boost the EV uptake (we reported).
themalaysianreserve.com

Luxembourg added to PlugSurfing: Thanks to a cooperation with Estonteco, the PlugSurfing app now includes 26 charging points in Luxembourg where users can pay via a RFID-enabled key fob. The Berlin-based start-up now connects a total of more than 10,000 charging points across Europe.
plugsurfing.com

BYD in Britain: British private-car service Thriev has ordered another 200 BYD e6. The EVs will add to the existing fleet of 32 e6 with deliveries due to start by April 2015. The London-based firm is now BYD’s biggest oversea partner but the Chinese carmaker has already set eyes on the U.S. market.
cleantechnica.com

Dec 8, 2014 - 09:56 am

Siemens, Mitsubishi, Changsha, BMW, South Baden, British Columbia.

Smart charging: As part of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Siemens, Duke Energy and Ford have presented a lower cost home smart charging system. The Siemens charger connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled via a smartphone app. It is said to become available next year.
greencarcongress.com, siemens.biz

Quick chargers for Mitsubishi: The carmaker will install rapid chargers at all of its 700 dealerships in Japan by March 2016. Usage will be made available for only 1,000 yen (8.27 USD) a month.
asia.nikkei.com

1,000 more EVs for China: Geely and Khandi have opened a rental center for electric cars in the city of Changsha, capital of the Hunan province. Before the end of the year, about 1,000 EVs will be available for hire for a mere 200 yuan (32.50 USD) per month.
chinadaily.com, yibada.com, changsha.gov

BMW rapid charger network? The carmaker hopes to rival Tesla in terms of setting up rapid charging stations in the U.S. In an interview with AutoGuide, Jacob Harb, head of electric vehicle sales and strategy for BMW of North America, called 2015 “the year of infrastructure” and said that an official announcement is planned for the North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit.
autoguide.com

E-carsharing in South Baden: The companies Stadtmobil Südbaden and Energiedienst have founded “my e-car.” The goal is a comprehensive network of electric cars and fast-chargers in the south-western region in Germany. The sharing scheme will start off with 40 Renault Zoe.
swr.de, badische-zeitung.de (articles in German)

Hydrogen buses on sale: BC Transit in British Columbia, Canada, is currently accepting bids for their 20 hydrogen buses, which had been bought to showcase hydrogen power during the 2010 Winter Olympics. BC Transit wants to sell them off and replace them by old-fashioned diesel-powered buses.
huffingtonpost.ca

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Dec 5, 2014 - 09:26 am

DriveNow, Vienna, Oldham, Tesla CHAdeMO adapter, Warrington, Fujian.

Official DriveNow launch in London: The carsharing scheme has hit the roads in the UK capital, featuring 240 cars (BMW 1 series and Mini Countryman). Beginning early next year, the free-floating service will also include 30 BMW i3. It is the first service of its kind in London.
standard.co.uk, businessinsider.com

Electric taxis in Vienna: Four Tesla taxis are already in service in Austria´s capital provided by the company “Öko-Taxi”, which plans to add another 16 Tesla taxis. The city of Vienna recently agreed to increase the share of all-electric taxis by 2025.
kurier.at (in German)

Oldham extends e-fleet: Oldham Council added two Nissan e-NV200 to its fleet. They join eight Nissan Leaf that are used as pool vehicles across the borough in north-west England by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police.
fleetnews.co.uk

CHAdeMO adapter delivered: The official status on Tesla’s website is still that the adapter is “coming soon”. But after Tesla has slashed the price by more than half to 450 dollars, Inside EVs decided to order one – and has now received it.
insideevs.com

11th Supercharger for the UK: The Tesla charger opened in Warrington in North-England. It was installed at the at The Park Royal hotel, part of the QHotels group, which already has Superchargers at two other locations. More are said to be installed at the group’s hotels next year.
bdaily.co.uk

Fast-chargers for Fujian: The Chinese province plans to install 60 rapid chargers with an output of 120 kW at petrol stations throughout the province next year. All stations will have two charge points.
whatsonxiamen.com

Dec 4, 2014 - 09:39 am

Japan, Jeju, Germany, London, South Yorkshire.

Toyota and Honda gain support: The Japanese Ministry of Economy has revised technical standards for hydrogen filling stations, essentially loosening existing requirements. Suppliers can now use liquefied hydrogen instead of only compressed gas in their tanks and make storage units using cheaper composite materials instead of steel of non-iron materials. Moreover, the space away from public spaces required to establish a filling station was reduced.
transportevolved.com, techinasia.com

Update from South Korea: The island of Jeju hopes to be carbon and petrol free by 2030 by then replacing all 370,000 regular cars with EVs, Governor Won Hee-ryong announced. It was previously announced that 9,500 electric cars would be delivered to locals by 2019.
jejuweekly.com

A dozen EVs for German police departments: A total of twelve Volkswagen e-Golf have been delivered to police departments in the German cities of Brunswick, Hanover, Lüneburg and Göttingen, as well as the police headquarters and police academy of Lower-Saxony.
presseportal.de (in German)

80 plug-ins for London: Private hire company Openstart ordered 80 Toyota Prius Plug-in and has already taken delivery of 50 of the vehicles. They join a fleet that has added more than 60 standard Prius and Prius+ cars this year.
fleetnews.co.uk, motoringresearch.com

South Yorkshire police electrified: The police received a fleet of ten Vauxhall Ampera, to be used to visit victims of crimes or carry out inquiries. During high speed chases, they will have to stay in the garage, though. Still, the police force hopes to safe 25,000 pounds in fuel costs (39,200 USD).
thestar.co.uk

Dec 3, 2014 - 11:16 am

NRG eVgo, Coca-Cola, Ontario, Colibri, London.

Coca-Cola energy: NRG eVgo has signed a cooperation with Coca-Cola and will install charging stations for employees at seven locations in California. The deal is part of the “Workplace Charging Challenge” by the U.S. Department of Energy.
finances.com

Money for EVs and smart grids: Ontario, Canada is financing 17 energy projects in the region with a total of 24 million dollars. Smart grids and energy storage are on top of the list. The integration of EVs is also part of the deal.
altenergymag.com

Colibri in the starting blocks: German company IMA has begun issuing sales licenses for its electric one-seater Colibri. Dealerships can apply until December 12th. According to IMA, some 1,200 units have already been ordered at a price of 10,900 euros, plus a monthly rental fee of 40 euros for the battery.
altenergymag.com

Electrifying London: Newly released study “Powering ahead – fast track to an all-electric city” outlines the benefits for the English capital, if by 2035 it would only use electricity to power transport and heating systems. It could apparently lower pollution by one third and significantly cut CO2 emissions.
wspgroup.com via greenbuildnews.co.uk

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Dec 2, 2014 - 09:19 am

UK, DriveNow, Electrovaya, Germany, UPS, Workplace charging.

UK invests 15 billion pounds: The government announces the biggest road-building programme for almost half a century to build and upgrade 1,300 miles of roads. The ‘Road investment strategy’ also includes a plan to create new charge points every 20 miles across the road network.
gov.uk, dailymail.co.uk

DriveNow kicks off in London: According to Financial Times, the carsharing scheme will start in the British capital this coming Thursday. The scheme will also include the all-electric BMW i3. Previous reports said, the service would not start until early 2015.
ft.com, engadget.com

Electrovaya gets funding: 1.3 million dollars have been allotted for the development of its Intelligent Energy Storage System (IESS). Eleven of these will be installed in Toronto as well as in London. They will also be used for electric vehicle charging.
insideevs.com, cleantechnica.com, ontario.ca

E-Carsharing for tourists: The first such scheme will start in Germany’s High Black Forest in spring of 2015. 14 communities in the region will be sharing more than 25 BMW i3s that can be charged at one of the 15 charging stations to be implemented.
heise.de, badische-zeitung.de (articles in German)

UPS extends electric fleet: German “Elektrofahrzeuge Schwaben“ will electrify old diesel powered delivery vans for UPS. The vehicles of the type P45E will be used in France. UPS already runs converted electric transporters of the Type P80E in Germany.
postbranche.de, posttip.de (articles in German)

Workplace charging a success: 90 percent of partners of the programme implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy say their charging stations are being used to their maximum capacity during five days a week. Moreover, almost double the amount of EV drivers now charge at work.
smartgridnews.com

Dec 1, 2014 - 09:43 am

Volkswagen, Route 66, Seattle, Winnipeg, 360 Eco-Loop, Panasonic.

The Charge & Fuel card is a new initiative by Volkswagen. Together with an app, customers of VW and Audi will be able to charge their hybrids or EVs at more than 1,200 German charging stations by RWE, EnBW, and Ladenetz.de and to refuel them at around 10,800 stations in the network of UTA. Payments are taken at the end of the month while charging will be free in the first six months.
autocarpro.in

Route 66 to be electrified: Charging stations will be installed along parts of the Mother Road. Eight cities in Illinois, namely Plainfield, Dwight, Pontiac, Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Edwardsville will install at least one fast charger each. Time for Harley’s LiveWire to hit the road…
daily-chronicle.com, myjournalcourier.com

Seattle is to follow California’s lead on promoting the use of EVs, as Governor Jay Inslee voices his ideas to explore tax breaks and the use of car pool lanes. Furthermore, Seattle is to get more EV charging stations and developers will be encouraged to include EV fast charge points in their planning.
thestate.com, khq.com

First e-bus in Winnipeg: The Canadian town has started its regular electric bus service on a 40-km route. A total of four New Flyer Xcelsior electric buses will be operated by Winnipeg Transit for a four year test period and charged via a roof mounted pantograph at the Winnipeg Richardson Airport.
newswiretoday.com, winnipegfreepress.com

Philippine electric shuttles: Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprise (EVEEI) and Filinvest Land launched the ‘360 Eco-Loop’ in Filinvest City, a commercial business district in southern Metro Manila. Ten EVs stop at 26 pick-up points every ten minutes. By the end of next year, the shuttle service is to expand to include 40 so-called e-Jeepneys.
gmanetwork.com, mb.com.ph, manilastandardtoday.com

Panasonic opens Smart City: The ‘Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town’ at the outskirts of Tokyo is designed to generate its own energy, also used to power various EVs and e-bikes. Due for completion by 2018, the city will include the ‘Car Life Lab’ where EVs can be test driven as early as this month.
news.panasonic.com, panasonic.net

Nov 28, 2014 - 09:25 am

Fastned, York, Edmonton, India.

Dutch to charge Germany: Fastned is to build 60 charging stations along German highways as it has received a 2 million euro subsidy by the European Union. The initiative by the Dutch company will take several years as it requires German permits.
nltimes.nl, fastned.nl

Green cabs in York: Streamline Taxis has traded in a number of diesel taxis to replace them with ten hybrids and one electric car. The move was supported by the city council as part of a scheme launched in 2013 which offers taxi companies discounts off the purchase price of green taxis.
yorkpress.co.uk

9 million dollars could be saved if Edmonton would replace its transit with 250 electric buses, a new report suggests. Edmonton Transit has been testing two electric buses since May and so far they have proven successful. Testing is to continue for another two years.
edmontonjournal.com

Car sharing in India: Zoomcar or Myles are just two of new Indian car sharing start-ups which are becoming more common in the ‘Tiger State’. Zoomcar operates a fleet of 300 vehicles in Bangalore and Pune, including some electric Mahindra Reva e2o.
eco-business.com

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Nov 27, 2014 - 09:59 am

Pod Point, Hydrogen contest, Princeton Power, Egomap, Tesla, Québec.

Crowdfunded EV charging: British Pod Point is looking for 1.2 million pounds (1.8m USD) on Seedrs to expand its EV charging network across the UK. The company currently operates 1,300 charging points on the Isle and a total of 17,000 internationally.
fleetnews.co.uk, seedrs.com (campaign)

H2 charging contest: The Hydrogen Education Foundation is asking student teams to hand in business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations for its 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest. Finalists will get the chance to pitch their plans to investors.
greencarcongress.com

New V2X charger: Princeton Power Systems has introduced its new CHAdeMO-compliant fast charging stations CA-15 and CA-30 which come with 15 kW and 30 kW respectively. They enable bi-directional discharging capabilities for Vehicle-to-Grid or Vehicle-to-Building operations.
sys-con.com

EV sat-nav: Northern Ireland’s South West College and Action Renewables have launched the egomap system. The online journey planner for EV drivers in Northern Ireland and Ireland outlines the most efficient route while taking charging points and charge time into account.
businessgreen.com, egomap.eu (EV journey planner)

Time to recharge: Tesla has teamed up with Canadian Le Germain and Alt Hotels to install 20 so-called Destination Chargers. Also in the program is Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort & Spa in Chinese Hainan Province, where it has installed three Tesla charge spots.
newswire.ca (Canada), asiatraveltips.com (China)

Electric car sharing in Québec? Apparently, car2go plans to expand its service to Canadian city of Québec, a local website reports. About 40 electric Smart ED could soon become available to rent.
lifeinquebec.com

Nov 26, 2014 - 09:18 am

CarCharging, Nissan, Ubitricity, Bradford, Sydney.

High performance charging: CarCharging will enhance the performance of its Blink Level II commercial EV charging stations. TE Connectivity is to supply a new cord set able to provide the maximum unit amperage of 30 Amps. Former owner of Blink stations, Ecotality used 24 Amps.
prnewswire.com

Free charging for Leaf: Nissan is to extend its No Charge to Charge program to Atlanta this coming Black Friday. New buyers of the Leaf, including those who got theirs on or after November 1st, will be able to charge their EV free of charge for two years.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Lamp post charging pilot: German start-up Ubitricity has begun with the installation of its charging sockets in Berlin street lamps. If the ten pilot charge spots in the German capital prove successful, the solution could be rolled out nationwide and eventually go global.
uatoday.tv

EV-friendly tourism: Bradford Council is now offering hotels, B&Bs, and campsites in the region 499 pounds (780 dollars) for the installation of a wall-mounted EV charge point. The grant is part of the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan.
thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

Electric airport shuttle: A six month trial with an electric bus by BYD has begun at Sydney International Airport. Operated by Carbridge Pty Ltd., the electric bus will be used as an airport passenger shuttle and is the start of the planned electrification of the airport’s entire bus fleet.
electric-vehiclenews.com

Nov 25, 2014 - 09:35 am

GKN & Alexander Dennis, Jordan, Nissan, Hanoi.

Alexander Dennis partners with GKN: The bus and coach manufacturer will fit 250 of its buses with the GKN Gyrodrive electric flywheel hybrid system. The first fleets to undergo the update will be in London and Oxford. The system is said to reduce fuel consumption by up to 25 percent.
greencarcongress.com, autocarpro.in

Jordan electrifies: The consortium AllCell Technologies has signed an agreement with Jordan’s government for the installation of solar-powered charging stations for EVs. Eleven will be installed in the capital Amman, where the major also announced the acquisition of 50 electric cars for the city.
electricvehiclesresearch.com, allcelltech.com

Electric or nothing: Nissan had wanted to use its NV200 for taxi fleets in London, but those plans have been scrapped – the vehicle does not meet emission requirements for the city centre. But why not use the electric variant instead, as Nissan does in Barcelona?
autoexpress.co.uk, autoblog.com

Hybrid bus in Hanoi: Siemens and the Vietnam Motors Industry Corporation (Vinamotor) are launching the first diesel-electric bus in Hanoi, which is the first of its kind in Vietnam. It features an ELFA drive system developed by Siemens, in which the diesel engine is used to power a generator and supply the rear electric engine with electricity.
youtube.com (Video)

Nov 24, 2014 - 09:31 am

California, Chicago, Shanghai, Putrajaya.

CA utilities to invest in EV infrastructure: Energy providers had since 2011 been banned from funding public charging infrastructure, to allow smaller companies to compete. As the U.S. state considers lifting that ban, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison are gearing up to invest a total of around 500 million dollars in new charge points.
theenergycollective.com

Chicago fast-chargers: NRG eVgo and Chicago-based JNS Holdings have partnered to restore the existing DC fast chargers in Chicago. In the coming months, eVgo will also add additional DC fast charging sites to the Chicagoland area.
electriccarsreport.com

University carsharing in China: General Motors will provide a fleet of all-electric Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, to be integrated into a multi-modal transportation system. The goal is also to evaluate the benefits and challenges of carsharing schemes.
greencarcongress.com

Electrifying tourism in Malaysia: The city of Putrajaya will soon offer Ecoride, a car rental service for tourists with two Renault Zoe and ten Renault Twizy. The initiative was launched alongside the second round of the Formula E racing series, which this time took part in the Malaysian town.
thestar.com

Nov 21, 2014 - 09:29 am

Hydrogen, Miami, Honda, New Zealand, Hawaii.

Hydrogen for Germany: The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) announced that it will erect six new H2 stations in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, bringing the total number of stations there to 8 by the end of 2015. The stations will be installed in seven cities, will come from Air Liquide, Linde, Westfalen and Shell and are part of a planned network of 50 hydrogen stations across Germany.
carzoom.de (in German)

Hybrid waste collection: Miami-Dade County has ordered another 29 hydraulic hybrid refuse trucks from Autocar, increasing its fleet to 64. The E3 waste collection truck is powered by RunWise’s ‘Advanced Series Hybrid Drive System,’ said to reduce fuel consumption by up to 50 percent.
greencarcongress.com

Honda is following Toyota’s lead of bringing H2-charging infrastructure to California. A loan of 13.8 million dollars is to go to FirstElement Fuel to expand the network by 12 charge stations. More funding is to come from the Golden State itself.
greencarreports.com, green.autoblog.com

EV charger in New Zealand: Tainui’s Novotel and Ibis hotels will install electric car chargers in their car parks. Installation will be done by company Mighty River Power (MRP) and is soon to start. MRP is looking to switch its fleet to hybrid electric vehicles.
stuff.co.nz

Hawaii charged up: Volta Industries is opening two EV charging stations on Maui and plans to roll out more across Oahu in 2015. The stations are sponsored by American Savings Bank and Rising Sun Solar and usage will be free. The electric and hybrid vehicles now almost have an eight percent market share in Hawaii.
bizjournals.com

Nov 20, 2014 - 09:33 am

U.S. EV initiatives, New Mexico, Memphis, Atlanta, Hong Kong.

250 million dollars for EVs: At an event at the White House, two new initiatives have been launched. More than 70 utility providers plan to invest over 250 million dollars in EVs to electrify their fleets. PG and the Edison Electric Institute furthermore announced a new initiative for the ‘Workplace Charging Challenge’ the DoE had called for.
electriccarsreport.com, cnn.com

New Mexico e-fleet: The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) plans to replace most of its vehicles, possibly all 450, with plug-in electric vehicles. For a start, seven vehicles will be acquired, with six pick-ups and ten bucket trucks to follow within the next few weeks.
abqjournal.com

H2 station at Memphis airport: Plug Power has completed installation of its first GenFuel hydrogen infrastructure at the Memphis Airport. The GenFuel station includes a hydrogen tank, compression system, fuel pipelines, and hydrogen dispensers that will power a fleet of 15 airport tugs.
aviationpros.com

American Football goes electrically: ChargePoint provided ten Atlanta Falcons-branded charging stations to the team at various training facilities. Atlanta is the second biggest EV market in the U.S. after California.
bizjournals.com

Cheaper charging stations in Hong Kong: Hong Kong Productivity Council and Chinese ITE Engineering have locally developed low-cost fast-charging stations to be installed at two government facilities in Hong Kong, adding to another ten already existing imported ones in Hong Kong.
thestandard.com.hk, chinadaily.com.cn

Nov 19, 2014 - 09:20 am

Eight, Zam Energy, Wisconsin, Georgia, Edinburgh, Blackpool, Perth.

Eight to enter the USA: The German manufacturer of modular solar charging stations has entered a distribution agreement with Zam Energy. The company from Colorado will distribute and market Eight´s Point.One and Point.One S charging stations in North America.
automotive-business-review.com

EV tax: Wisconsin is pondering the idea of charging electric and hybrid car owners 50 dollars annually under a road funding proposal. Since 2005, the state has seen a 1,000 percent increase in electric and hybrid vehicles, a trend environmentalists fear could be weakened by the backward proposal.
sfgate.com

Georgia Power now launched its EV charger programme that offers business customers a 500-dollar rebate for installing 240-volt Level 2 chargers (we reported). The two-year initiative is part of a bigger framework that also includes i.e. charging stations for homeowners and educational promotion.
prnewswire.com

Electric cabs in Edinburgh: The Scottish capital has lifted a ban on electric taxis dating back to 2006, now making their use possible. The previous legislation was based on the assumption that EVs would not ensure reliability although the city itself already operates a fleet of nine fully electric cars.
edinburghnews.scotsman.com

Semi-private EV initiative: Premier Cabs from Blackpool is seeking planning permission from the council for eight fast charging stations. The company plans to introduce 12 Nissan Leaf cabs by January and is investing half a million pounds. In the future, the chargers might become publicly available.
blackpoolgazette.co.uk

Building the future: In Perth, Australia, a 19-level apartment complex is to be build. Construction is set to start mid 2015 and is said to take three years. The finished building will accommodate 20 bicycles as well as two shared electric cars for residents.
perthnow.com.au, heraldsun.com.au

Nov 18, 2014 - 09:09 am

Toyota, H2 buses, Denmark, Kandi, Iceland, Athens-Clarke.

Hydrogen for the East Coast: On the occasion of presenting its Mirai, Toyota revealed plans to erect twelve hydrogen fueling stations together with Air Liquide in the states of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island where the Mirai will be sold from 2016.
hybridcars.com

H2 buses for Europe: EvoBus, MAN, Solaris, Van Hool, VDL together with bus operators from major European cities such as Hamburg and London have signed a joint Letter of Understanding for the commercialisation of fuel cell buses. 500 to a 1,000 are said to be deployed across Europe by 2020.
greencarcongress.com, itm-power.com, fch-ju.eu

Clever charging: Danish eMobility provider CLEVER announced its plan to build 263 new fast charging stations in its home country. By the end of 2015, a total of 543 charge points are thus to be made available, offering charging with 22 kW, 43 kW, and 50 kW in Denmark.
insideevs.com, clever.dk

Electric car sharing in China: Kandi announced the delivery of 64 Kandi EVs to the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province. The car sharing programme is operated by ZuoZhongYou Electric Vehicle Service, a Kandi subsidiary. By the end of this year, delivery of up to a 1,000 Kandi EVs is expected.
globenewswire.com

Iceland to be electrified: Canadian Sun Country Highways has set its eyes on its nordic “neighbour” and plans to set up free EV charging stations along Iceland’s roads. The initiative will go ahead together with EV importer EVEN and is said to take less than twelve months.
green.autoblog.com

County police goes all electric: Athens-Clarke police in Georgia has now added a Nissan Leaf to its existing fleet of 18 hybrid Toyota Priuses and Ford Fusions. The leased Leaf will be used by administrators rather than officers on patrol.
onlineathens.com

Nov 17, 2014 - 09:17 am

V2G, Manila, Chicago, Indiana, Milton Keynes.

V2G project: The Air Force unveiled the Department of Defense’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of plug-in electric vehicles in Los Angeles. The PEV fleet includes both electric and hybrid vehicles ranging from sedans to trucks and a 12-passenger van. The vehicles include vehicle-to-grid technology, allowing them to feed energy back into the grid when not being used.
puregreencars.com, greencarcongress.com

200 hybrid buses for Manila: Operator Green Frog said it will be investing 1.2 billion Philippine peso (26.7 million USD) to service 20 more routes with electric-diesel buses in the Philippine capital of Manila. The company currently operates eight hybrid buses.
mb.com.ph

Free charging in Chicago: Nissan has kicked-off its “No Charge to Charge” programme in the mid-western city. Buyers of the Nissan Leaf will have free access to 17 rapid-chargers installed in the region for two years. By mid-January about 30 chargers will be operating.
chicagotribune.com, businesswire.com

EVs charge for free: An Indiana utility charges homeowners nothing to charge their electric car at home overnight. Moreover, the Northern Indiana Public Service Company offers a subsidy of up to 1,650 dollars to registered electric-car owners who install a separate meter just for EV charging – a grant that in some cases covers the entire installation.
greencarreports.com

Smart Cities: Indiana-based Mahindra Tech has teamed up with The Open University and Milton Keynes Council to transform the British city Milton Keynes into a smart city. The focus is on transportation, electric vehicles, connected ecosystems and internet of things.
cbronline.com, myiris.com

Nov 14, 2014 - 09:21 am

Electric Circuit, Concord, Illinois, Germany.

Electric Circuit grows: Eight public charging stations will be installed in a total of six Canadian municipalities, all of which signed a partnership agreement with Electric Circuit. Regional municipality L’Érable MRC in the state of Québec had called for the development of EV infrastructure in the region.
newswire.ca

Six charge points for South Carolina: Canadian charging infrastructure provider EV Charge Solution will install these in the city of Concord. Locations include the city’s airport, transit center, operations center and a parking deck center.
rbj.net

Charging in Illinois: Level 1 charging points have been installed in parking garages at the University of Illinois. Some are located in metered spaces, others in parking garages that require a specific permit. The university plans to install Level 2 chargers within the next year.
wandtv.com

Germany incentivizes EVs: To push sales of electric cars and cut emissions, Germany will propose tax incentives for owners of electric company cars. According to an outline of a national action plan, owners will be able to offset half the cost of the vehicle against tax in the year it is bought from 2015.
thedailystar.net

Nov 13, 2014 - 09:22 am

AMP, Singapore, Car2go, PlugSurfing & Vattenfall.

AMP deal in Texas: The company is to supply 18 of its all-electric Workhorse E-100 Walk-in vans to a “major transportation company” (our bet is on FedEx). They will be used in Houston for package deliveries in and around the city.
nasdaq.com

Cutting congestion in Singapore: The city state announced that it will invest 1.5 billion dollars in sustainability over the next five years. One of the projects is adding more public transportation to reduce traffic and offering electric carsharing. They are even planning “driverless vehicles”.
eco-business.com (with video), news.asiaone.com

Is Car2go headed for China? Daimler supposedly plans to introduce its carsharing scheme there, but nothing is under lock and key yet, a Moovel spokesperson told AutoblogGreen. Let’s hope that if Car2go enters the Chinese market, they will be using electric Smarts.
green.autoblog.com

Vattenfall joins PlugSurfing: Following deals with RWE and E.On, the Berlin-based company now also cooperates with Vattenfall. Users can access Vattenfall charge points in Hamburg and Berlin via the PlugSurfing app and pay using the RFID key chain. The same is true for some 10,000 charge points in the Netherlands and another 130 in Austria (we reported).
plugsurfing.com

Nov 12, 2014 - 09:31 am

Tritium, Toyota, Zinoro, Golden.

Rapid-charging network Down Under: Tritium presents its “Fast Cities Network” initiative for Australia, for which the infrastructure provider plans to install 12 of its Veefil chargers, creating a 430 kilometres long electric highway. Tritium is looking for investors to then further develop the network.
greencarcongress.com

More plugs for Prius: Toyota expands its charging service in Japan for the Prius plug-in. Starting next month, the cars can be charged at all 700 charge points of the Nippon Charge Service, set up by Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi. The network is said to grow to 5,500 chargers by the end of 2015.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Zinoro enters civil service: 20 units of the all-electric Zinoro 1E developed by the China-based BMW-Brilliance joint venture have been delivered for the fleet of the Beijing Service Bureau for Diplomatic Missions.
chinadaily.com.cn

EVs for the city of Golden: The carsharing scheme for the Colorado city will be all-electric and feature EVs by Coda Automotive. A Tesla Model S is also available for half-day rentals to qualified customers.
heraldonline.com

Nov 11, 2014 - 09:16 am

TU Delft, Palm Beach, Pepco.

EV study: E-Mobility NSR partner TU Delft produced the report “Analysis of consumers’ EV potential,” asking if people can keep their driving behaviour, while replacing one or all cars with EVs. They found that while people living outside of cities drive longer distances, they also own more cars on average and have a higher potential to replace at least one fuel-based car for an EV.
e-mobility-nsr.eu, e-mobility-nsr.eu (report as PDF)

Free EV ride in Florida: Shoppers and visitors can again hop on (and off) the Palm Beach Free Ride electric cars, as they go into service for a second season. New this year is a Holiday Haute Ride that takes customers from one popular shopping area to the next.
palmbeachdailynews.com

Pepco deploys smart charging solution: The electric service provider will install ClipperCreek’s smart charging stations equipped with Itron Embedded Sensing technology. Pepco´s voluntary Demand Management Pilot Program encourages customers in Maryland to conveniently take advantage of off-peak charging.
itron.com, greentechmedia.com

Nov 10, 2014 - 09:17 am

Terschelling, Tesla, Munich, Light and Charge, Las Vegas.

EV island: Schylge-E-Auto commissions a fleet of 65 Nissan Leaf on the Dutch island of Terschelling. This is said to be the world’s largest island-based electric car-sharing scheme. Additional charging stations have been installed and officials are already considering to increase the EV fleet to 100.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Tesla expands across UK: The California carmaker has opened a new store in Birmingham and has installed three new London Superchargers at Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge and Westfield White City. Tesla has also added Reading, Bristol and Edinburgh to the Supercharger network.
puregreencars.com, twitter.com

Munich opens mobility hub: There, passengers riding bus, underground or tram can get off to switch to one of the six vehicles of a carsharing fleet, two of which are all-electric. Starting mid-next year, the hub will also feature a bike sharing service.
muenchen.de, br.de (articles in German)

Light chargers update: BWM has recently introduced its “Light and Charge” streetlamps, fitted with a charging station (we reported). Now you can get all the details in English.
cnet.com, bmwblog.com

Uber competition in Sin City: The start-up Shift wants to implement an app-based service in Las Vegas, telling its customers how to get to their destination quick and cheap. The company’s own fleet features 100 Tesla Model S, Smarts and bikes as well as shuttle and valet services.
washingtonpost.com (with video)

Nov 7, 2014 - 09:25 am

Munich, Scotland, Hamburg, Boston, Chicago.

Munich supports EVs: The Bavarian capital wants to launch a 23 million euro programme to fund the adaptation of electric cars. Individuals will receive a 2,500 euro grant when they buy an EV. Businesses will even get 4,000 euros. 500,000 euros will be reserved for electrifying the city’s fleet, and the number of installed charge points will be increased to 2,000 by 2017, according to the announcement.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)

Transport Scotland funds EV expansion: Giving one million pounds in funding, the organisation adds a total of 50 EVs to Car Clubs in Scotland. 20 EVs will be available from City Car Club branches in Edinburgh and Glasgow and smaller car club chains across Scotland will share another 30 EVs.
heraldscotland.com

Hamburg-Volvo-Electric-HybridVolvo plug-in buses premiere: “Hamburger Hochbahn” officially presented the new Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid, three of which will enter service in the northern German city in December. The plug-in buses will be rapid-charged by Siemens technology.
innovations-report.de (in German)

Boston rides hybrid: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has rolled out the first of 60 hybrid buses by New Flyer. The other 59 buses are expected to be delivered by the end of March and will replace the outdated bus fleet in Boston.
metro.us

Alternative fuel at Chicago Airport: The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) called on Clean Energy Fuels to build a 4,000 square meter “Alternative-Fuel station” at the O’Hare airport. It will feature EV charging points, as well as compressed natural gas and biodiesel.
aviationnews.net, nacsonline.com

Nov 6, 2014 - 09:27 am

Light and Charge, Kandi, Japan, ChargePoint, Slough.

Light and Charge: BMW has developed a streetlight named “Light and Charge”, that also serves as a charge point for EVs. It will become part of the BMW i ChargeNow network as well as Hubject’s Intercharge. BMW commissioned the first two prototypes in Munich yesterday. A city-wide pilot project where existing streetlights will be replaced with the BMW technology will follow in spring 2015.
bmwgroup.com (in German)

Sharing Kandi EV: The Chinese city of Chengdu will launch its electric carsharing scheme before the end of the year, for which carmaker Kandi Technologies will provide 1,000 of its electric vehicles.
autorentalnews.com

Charging flat rate in Japan: For 3,000 Yen per month (26 USD), Nissan customers now have unlimited access to charge points of the Japan Battery Charge Service (JBCS). The service is a cooperation between Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda, which plans to have installed up to 2,500 rapid chargers in Japan by March 2015.
japan.ahk.de (article in German), itmedia.co.jp (article in Japanese)

ChargePoint expands across USA: According to company figures, ChargePoint already has more than 18,700 charge points in the U.S., 8,158 are located in California. Moreover, the infrastructure provider says that it will add over 500 new charging ports every month
insideevs.com

Slough Borough Council adds 15th EV: The council, part of the My Electric Avenue smart charging trial project in the UK, has added its 15th electric vehicle to its fleet, a Nissan Leaf. The council owns eleven of the vehicles, the other four are being leased.
evfleetworld.co.uk

Nov 5, 2014 - 09:18 am

Efacec, Plug-in car grants, Cotswold, CarCharging, Mysore.

Fast chargers for Belgium an the Netherlands: Portuguese company Efacec will deliver 60 of its fast-chargers QC45 to Dutch EV infrastructure provider Allego. The chargers will be installed at resting areas along Dutch and Belgium motorways in cooperation with EcoCare.
Info sent by email

Who get grants in the UK? There is some confusion about the definition of who the owner of a plug-in vehicle is, some criticise. It is the fleet manager who leases the car, or the leasing company who will receive government funding? Malcolm Pearson, group fleet director at Stoke-on-Trent based Holdcroft Motor Group, now called on the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to clarify.
fleetnews.co.uk

Cotswold District gets two fast-chargers: The two electric vehicle charging points will be operational within weeks and cost four pounds (6.40 USD) to use. The UK district hopes the stations will provide a link between already existing infrastructure.
fleetworld.co.uk

CarCharging has signed an agreement to operate and service 19 Blink charging points across seven locations in the city of Plano, Texas. The plug-in possibilities in question are all Blink Level II EV chargers.
carcharging.com

Eight e-buses for India: Originally, the city of Mysore had planed to operate three electric buses by Chinese manufacturer BYD, but now decided to add another five. If the proposal gets the nod from the Ministry of Urban Development, the eight electric buses are expected to run on Mysuru roads next year.
thehindu.com

Nov 4, 2014 - 09:17 am

Canada, Hyundai, Zipcar, Esslingen.

Canada charges ahead: Canadian EV infrastructure provider Sun Country Highway wants to install no fewer than 1,000 charging stations across the country. A timeframe for the project has not yet been announced.
evnewsreport.com, insideevs.com

The first Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell have been delivered to UK customers such as Transport for London, Air Products, ITM Power and Johnson Matthey. UK consumers can order the vehicle by contacting Hyundai UK directly. Coordinating deliveries worldwide, Hyundai will fulfil new customer deliveries in early 2015.
carscoops.com, telegraph.co.uk, hyundaipressoffice.co.uk

Zipcar hits streets in Madrid: The U.S. carsharing scheme will feature a Peugeot 308 hybrid as part of their fleet in the Spanish capital. The company is set on expanding across Europe and already operates in France, the UK and Austria.
businessgreen.com

Electric buses overhead: The German city of Esslingen will be getting four new electric buses that can be charged via overhead electric wires and then operate on electricity stored in the battery. The first two buses could go into service at the beginning of 2016.
stadtanzeiger-im-netz.de (article in German)

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/12/15/longbeach-brunswick-switzerland-california-autolib/
15.12.2014 09:30