CharIN, ACE & The New Motion, DigiNow, SCAQMD, Dubai.
CCS charging at 150 kW: The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Opel, Porsche, VW, TÜV Süd, Mennekes and Phoenix Contact presents results of the cooperation at ELIV in Germany: vehicles and equipment prepared to charge at up to 150 kW.
Pan-European charge card: The ACE (Auto Club Europe) together with The New Motion offers its members the ‘Power Me’ charging card for free. It allows charging at more than 25,000 EV charging stations across Europe. No monthly fee applies, but rates for charging depend on the operators.
Portable super charger: DigiNow and eMotorWerks have jointly developed the DigiNow Super Charger Charge Tank. The rapid charging unit fits into the Power Tank area of bikes by Zero Motorcycles and enables charging times of about an hour at 8kW.
Clean lawn: The California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) delivers 17 commercial electric lawn mowers to agencies in San Bernardino County. SCAQMD seeks to gather data on fuel and cost saving as well as air quality improvements.
Hybrid Golf in Dubai: The Dubai Municipality will trial 10 newly arrived Golf GTE over the course of a year. If the Volkswagen hybrids prove fit for life in the desert, they will become a more common sight as Dubai aims to become a leading sustainable city.
H2 Mobility, ZAP Jonway, Malta, London, Slovenia.
German H2 initiative: H2 Mobility Deutschland becomes operative as a joint venture between Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total. The partners plan to accelerate the installation of hydrogen stations in Germany. H2 Mobility plans to install 400 stations by 2023.
the-linde-group.com, h2-mobility.de (Joint Venture)
EV deal for China expands: American-Sino EV maker ZAP Jonway says its plan to distribute 20,000 instead of initial 5,000 EV Minivans via Dongfeng’s dealer network next year. This number could increase to 100,000 units over the next three years.
EV boost in Malta: A new scrappage scheme will start in Malta next year. 7,000 euros are offered to those scrapping an 10-year old car to buy an EV. Hybrids are subsidised with up to 3,000 euros. Those not wanting to get rid of the old but want a new EV still get 4,000 euros.
FCV support: Transport for London will be the first customer in the UK for the Toyota Mirai. TfL ordered four Mirai models to assist with maintenance work. Toyota named the British capital as a key city for the introduction of its fuel cell car.
In Slovenia the first two of a total of 26 planned rapid-charging stations for electric cars have opened. The country intends to cover its motorway network with fast-charging opportunities standing no more than 50km away from each other before the year’s end.
China, Frankfurt Airport, Go Ultra Low, California, Air Products, Linde.
China charging update: China’s plan to roll-out a nationwide charging-station network (we reported yesterday) is taking on shape. 12,000 EV charger stations, half of them fast-chargers, are to be installed by 2020. The first 1,888 rapid-chargers shall stand by June 2016 already.
Green Gate: At Frankfurt Airport the first Green Gate has opened as part of the E-PORT AN initiative. At gate A15, passengers can inform themselves about the airport’s various e-mobility projects. Fraport, Lufthansa, the State of Hesse and the Rhine-Main model electro-mobility region are partners in the initiative.
The Go Ultra Low City Scheme enters the next stage as the 12 cities shortlisted earlier this year have handed in more detailed bids. Proposals range from car scrappage schemes over street lights doubling as EV charge points and the electrification of council fleets.
New e-bike legislation: California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that clarifies types of electric bicycles in the state. It introduces a distinction between e-bikes with motor support up to 20 mph, which are now allowed on cycle paths, and speed pedelecs (up to 28 mph). Also, e-bikes are no longer classified as mopeds.
H2 infrastructure in the USA: Air Products said it will bring onstream three out of 25 SmartFuel hydrogen fuelling stations in California in October. Also Linde declared its second H2 fuelling station operational. In Colorado too, a hydrogen station opened at the NREL’s Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility.
airproducts.com (Air Products), marketwatch.com (Linde), greencarcongress.com (NREL)
Québec, China, Hilton, Bangkok, Shanghai.
Québec unveils electrification plan: The government will spend 420 million dollars on its new vehicle-electrification plan to get 100,000 electric and hybrid cars on Québec’s roads by 2020. The plan includes the installation of 785 charging stations and purchase rebates of up to 8,000 dollars for electric or hybrid vehicles. Furthermore, the government promises to introduce 1,000 EVs to its own car pool and to give EV drivers permission to use reserved car lanes and exempt them from toll fees after January 1, 2016.
cbc.ca; ici.radio-canada.ca (in French)
China announces charging network: The Chinese government plans to build a nationwide charging-station network that will fulfil the power demands of 5 million electric vehicles by 2020. The network will cover residential areas, business districts, as well as inter-city highways.
Hilton charges up: Hilton Worldwide launches a major electric vehicle charging program, which will be available at 50 U.S. hotels by the end of this year and will expand to 100 U.S. hotels by the end of 2016. In order to cover all types of electric vehicles, Hilton will team up with Tesla and General Electric.
500 e-buses for Bangkok? The government of the Thai capital has greenlighted the plan of Bangkok`s Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) to buy 500 electric buses. However, the purchase still needs final approval by the cabinet. There are also plans to set up an electric bus assembly facility in Bangkok.
EV boost in Shanghai: Shanghai’s electric-car rental program EVCARD recently extended its network by opening 10 new outlets. The e-car hire scheme plans to launch up to 300 service outlets in central Shanghai by the end of this year to offer a total of 3,000 electric cars.
Fastned, Trikala, Edmonton, ADL, eMotorWerks & ClipperCreek.
Freedom Plan: A 4-tier vision for electric mobility has been presented by Dutch Fastned. First, Fastned plans to grow its number of fast-charging station in the Netherlands from 50 to 130 by 2017. Secondly, European expansion as well as the increase of power from 50 to 150 kW is to happen until 2018. Furthermore, prices have to decrease while Fastned plans to invest in its own solar power facilities.
Driverless e-minibuses: The Greek city of Trikala is testing autonomous electric minibuses as part of an EU project. Trials with the CityMobil2 built in France started already and will last until the end of February. The 10-seaters are guided by GPS and other sensors but limited to 20 kph.
Edmonton too is testing electric buses to see if they can withstand the Canadian cold climate. The buses will be tried in regular service in wintry conditions but with drivers steering.
Hybrid double-decker: Bus builder Alexander Dennis secured an offer from London for its new Enviro400H bus. 19 of these hybrid double-decker buses incorporating BAE technology are due to enter service in the British capital before the year’s end.
Smart EV charging: eMotorWerks has teamed up with ClipperCreek to integrate the JuiceNet platform for smart grid EV charging. JuiceNet transforms EVSEs into connected, smart appliances which are controlled via the cloud-based, self-learning software platform that includes an app.
DriveNow, E-Stor, Moscow, New Delhi, Telefonix.
DriveNow expands: London car-sharers can get their hands on 20 additional BMW i3. The DriveNow fleet now counts 50 electric cars in the British capital. In Stockholm, the joint service of BMW and Sixt will start on October 20 with 260 conventional cars and Minis. The i3 is to be added at a later date.
evfleetworld.co.uk (London), digital.di.se (Stockholm in Swedish)
Second life: The E-Stor concept is an energy buffer system using second-life EV batteries for charging stations. Jointly developed by Future Transport Systems and Ricardo, E-Stor can absorb surplus energy and distribute it at peak times thus relaxing the grid.
Park & Charge: The first EV charging station in Moscow has been installed at a parking space. Another 50 are to follow within this year, while the Russian capital plans to erect a total of 150 by the end of 2016.
Women e-trikes: 30 three-wheeled electric vehicles with female drivers only can be hired at hot spots in New Delhi. With the Smart-E service, the Indian city hopes to make the last mile more sustainable and safer as the EVs come with CCTV, GPS and SOS. An app is in the making.
Solar demo: In an attempt to test the power of solar in Wisconsin’s climate, Alliant Energy is launching a solar demonstration project. Part of the programme is the installation of 13 EV charging stations by Telefonix at Alliant’s headquarters. However, the stations are powered by the building.
Hamburg, DriveNow, eclearing.net, Ontario, Dubai.
Hamburg supports EVs: Hamburg is the first German city to take charge of the federal EV law. From November on, all electric cars will park free-of-charge in the city. To recognise those eligible, a big “E” is to be added to license plates by the end of February 2016. Furthermore, the city plans to increase the number of charging stations from currently 150 to about 600 by the end of next year.
heise.de, hamburg.de (both in German)
BMW pulls the plug: Electric car sharing in San Francisco will end on November 2 as DriveNow is leaving the city. SF’s parking permit regulation does not allow for free-floating thus colliding with the DriveNow business model. BMW plans to focus on other U.S. cities instead.
E-roaming: Volkswagen Financial Services and Stromnetz Hamburg both signed up for the open B2B platform eclearing.net. Users of VW’s Charge&Fuel Card will hence get access to Hamburg’s charge points.
Charging incentive: Ontario offers up to 1,000 dollars to those willing to purchase and install an EV charging station. The rebate applies to businesses and home owners alike if the stations is not public.
Leading by example: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) added eight electric cars to its fleet. The move is part of DEMA’s Green Charger initiative in which it plans to install 100 EV charging stations in the desert state this year.
Nissan, EV Connect, Leicester, Seaward, Apcoa & The New Motion.
Nissan’s ‘No Charge to Charge’ programme arrives in three more U.S. cities. Leaf drivers in Austin, Texas, Monterey, California, and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina receive complimentary public charging in the selected cities for two years. Eligible chargers can be located via the EZ -Charge app.
Charger financing: EV Connect teamed up with GE and financing provider SparkFund to create the EV Charging-as-a-Service (EV CaaS) programme. Flat rates for the installation of a public EV charging station start at 99 dollars a month with some upfront costs.
Diesel to electric: Leicester replaced 15 diesel vehicles with EVs in a 6-month trial. The electric cars are to serve for school transport as well as patrol cars for city wardens. If the test is successful, up to 95 diesels could be replaced with electric vehicles within the next three years.
EV chargepoint tester: Seaward developed the compact EV100 diagnostic tester for all types of AC EV charging stations. The handheld device carries out all tests required for compliance with IEC 61851. Test results can be printed or emailed to the the provider directly.
Park & Charge: Parking facility operator Apcoa is working with The New Motion to equip 50 Apcoa sites in Germany with EV charging stations. The company plans to continually expand the network to include more locations also outside the German borders.
California, UK, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Frankfurt.
New grant for electric trucks and buses: The California Air Resources Board announced another EV funding initiative. In total, 24 million dollars will be provided for projects putting zero-emission trucks and buses into service in the Golden State.
Promoting cycling: The U.K. Department for Transport funds a new e-bike fleet with 700,000 pounds. A total of 234 e-bikes will become available for hire in ten locations, including Bristol, Exeter, Oxford, Rotherham, Isle of Wright, Eastbourne and Plymouth, backing the government’s commitment to double the number of bicycle journeys in the United Kingdom.
Fifth H2 station in southwest Germany: Daimler, Linde and Total have opened the fifth hydrogen filling station in Baden-Wuerttemberg. As part of the Clean Energy Partnership expansion programme, the joint venture is investing in 20 of 50 new H2 stations to be built in Germany by 2016.
New EVs for Frankfurt Airport: Ten electric cars have been added to the fleet of Germany´s largest Airport. While these new Mitsubshi EVs are used for aircraft handling services, an electric heavy-duty prototype vehicle manufactured by Mulag is being tested for the transport of luggage containers.
aerosieger.de, airliners.de (both in German)
carvelo2go, diesel-hybrids, Georgia Power, hydrogen, Tesla.
Electric cargo bike sharing: Carvelo2go kicked off in Bern, Switzerland. It claims to be the world’s first electric cargo bike sharing. 18 bikes are available for hire at host locations. The Mobility Academy involved in the project plans to bring the solutions to other cities and to eventually roll out carvelo2go nationwide.
Hybrid bus fleet: The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has decided to acquire at least twelve diesel-electric hybrid buses over the next five years. Eventually, the transport provider might purchase as many as 47. The vehicles will come from Canadian New Flyer Industries.
Charging isles: Georgia Power opened eleven new EV charging stations located at its properties across the state. By the end of 2016, the utility intends to have installed 61 community charging islands across Georgia, where the public can charge for a fee.
Hydrogen package: ITM Power, SymbioFCell and Arcola Energy are teaming up to offer British fleet operators a full H2 package. It includes the Renault Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cell range extender, hydrogen refuelling and several other services.
Tesla opened two new Superchargers in Australia. The stations at Goulburn and Wodonga enable Model S drivers to travel between Sydney and Melbourne. In order to make it, owners will have to charge for about an hour at each spot.
Fastned, China, ZEV Alliance, Electric Circuit.
300-kW charging: Dutch Fastned is preparing for faster charging at 300-kW, ensuring that all its locations have grid connections with at least 630 kVa available. FastNed operates 38 station in the Netherlands but aims to install a new one every week.
Tough love: China’s central government is reinforcing its push for electrification, urging local governments to comply with the 30 percent rule, meaning more than 30% of new cars purchased should be new-energy vehicles. Failure to comply will result in the reduction of fuel and operating expenses.
Growing alliance: The International ZEV Alliance, which aims to promote electric vehicles worldwide, has eight new members. In Europe, Norway and the UK pledged allegiance, while U.S. states Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont also signed up.
Dine & Charge: The Electric Circuit and dining chain St-Hubert agreed to install ten new EV fast-charging stations in partnership with Nissan Canada. All will be located in the Quebec province.
TOSA, POD Point, Bavaria, Toyota.
Ultra-fast charging come true: Pilot project TOSA that saw electric buses in Geneva being charged with 400 kW in 15 seconds at stops (we reported) has been a success. The Swiss city plans to acquire 12 electric buses destined to enter service in 2017 and run between Geneva city and the airport. The Swiss government is ready to contribute 15m francs (15.5m dollars).
avere-france.org (in French) via insideevs.com
Open access: British POD Point introduces its Open Charge solution that allows drivers to pay at EV charging points via app instead of an RFID card. However, the first 15 min of charging require nothing but plugging in. POD Points plans to install 100,000 charge points across the UK over the next decade.
Bavarian police electrifies: Police in Munich, Nurnberg and Augsburg will each test the practicality of a refitted BMW i3. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann promised that if the i3 proves itself, police will purchase additional EVs in the future.
bayern.de, abendzeitung-muenchen.de (articles in German)
Tokyo Toyota carsharing to expand: Park24 and Toyota will widen their central Tokyo offer. From next month, more EV rental stations will open, while the Toyota iRoads are to be joined by the micro EV called COMS. The new trial will run until March 2016.
Ballard Power Systems, LeTV, LoNo, e-clearing.net.
Public transport deals: Ballard Power Systems has won two contracts from China. Its fuel cell technology will be used in 300 H2-buses in the Chinese cities of Foshan and Yunfu for 17m dollars. Another deal worth 6m dollars will see Ballard develop and deliver fuel cell modules for trams build by CRRC Sifang for Foshan.
greencarcongress.com (Buses), prnewswire.com (Trams)
LeTV charges ahead: The Chinese internet giant has become a major investor in Dianzhuang Technology. The start-up produces EV charging stations and has already installed stations in more than 30 cities. Dianzhuang is currently building the largest EV charging station in Beijing, which can serve 100 EVs at a time.
22.5m dollars for green buses have been made available by the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This latest round of the ‘Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program’ (LoNo) has been earmarked for transit authorities and firms to fund electric and fuel cell electric buses.
e-clearing.net grows: E.ON has joined the e-roaming platform e-clearing.net, increasing the latter’s number of roaming-enabled EV charging points by about 800 – most of them in Denmark. The platform now counts about 7,300 roaming-enabled chargers across Europe.
smartlab-gmbh.de (in German)
China, DHL, Mayar Posta, Stockholm.
New regulations in China: China says it will install more EV charging stations and all parking spaces at new housing projects will be prepared for the installation of charging outlets. Nationwide, no less than 10 percent of public parking will be equipped with charging infrastructure.
Parcels via e-van: Logistics company DHL Express has ordered 45 fully electric cargo vans for its U.S. business. Manufacturer Zenith Motors will supply the vehicles, which use an electric motor from Colorado-based UQM Technologies, providing 80 kW.
Magyar Posta tests EVs: Until January 2016, the Hungarian state-owned postal service Magyar Posta is testing out different EVs, including models from Citroen, Nissan, VW, Kia and Renault, as well as e-scooters from German manufacturer Govecs. Magyar Posta is looking to reduce fuel costs by switching to electric transport.
Stockholm gets H2-filling station: AGA, a Swedish subsidiary of company Linde, has opened a new hydrogen fuelling station in the vicinity of the Stockholm airport. With a capacity of 180 fillings/day at 700-bar, it is the largest H2-station in the Nordic country and the first in its capital.
H2ME, Vienne, Lothian Buses, Southern California Edison.
Huge hydrogen project: Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) will push FCV uptake in Europe with 63m euros. Further funding comes from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The project will support the deployment of 325 fuel cell vehicles and 29 hydrogen refuelling stations in 10 countries.
Electric strategy: Vienna has agreed on a new strategy to electrify the Austrian capital. This time, politics will concentrate on electric cars as pedelecs are believed to have been integrated already. Fleets, deliveries and taxis are to become increasingly electric, while more charging infrastructure will be funded to attract private buyers.
wien.gv.at (strategy paper) via oekonews.at (both in German)
Hybrid buses in Scotland: Lothian Buses will introduce 25 hybrid vehicles by Volvo by mid- to late 2017 in Edinburgh. Costs are around 12m pounds with funding being sought from the Scottish Green Bus Fund. The hybrid buses will be used on most polluted routes.
Smart grid learnings: Southern California Edison (SCE) is running one of the largest pilot schemes of smart grid demand response. Now, EV drivers are added to the game. They can choose between different pricing options based on demand. SCE wants to see how pricing impacts consumer behaviour.
RWE, Minnesota, Electric Circuit, West Hill B&B.
Chatty chargers: The University of California, San Diego, has added next-gen chargers supplied by German utility RWE to a running three-year smart grid trial. They feature the 2017 global charger standard (ISO/IEC 15118) and can communicate with the grid in real time. All students have to do is plug and charge the Smart ED.
What makes you charge? That is the question cities in Minnesota ask themselves as they try to find the right price for public charging amid growing EV numbers. For now, the price of one dollar per hour with a base price of three dollars is being discussed.
Canada charged: The city of Val d’Or, Canada, has become part of the Electric Circuit, commissioning of a rapid as well as standard EV charging station. It is the first public fast-charging station in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and is supported by Nissan-Canada.
Sleep and charge: The West Hill House B&B built in 1850 in Vermont makes its way into the modern age as its two Tesla destination chargers are now powered by the sun. The guest house also accommodates for other EVs with a third 240-volt Level 2 station.
Nissan, UPS, Cenntro, Stuttgart.
Complimentary charging: Nissan has partnered with Fastned in the Netherlands. Buyers of the Leaf receive the ‘EV carefree package’ that allows for free charging free at all Dutch Fastned EV charging stations for two years.
Electric delivery: UPS has started a year-long trial of its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle in London. There, it will cover 100 – 150 km a day. The EV has been developed in collaboration with TEVVA Motors since 2014 and is equipped with geo-fencing technology.
Electric mail delivery: The University of Dayton, Ohio, has received two EVs as gifts from Cenntro Motors, maker of electric commercial vehicles. The Cenntro vans will deliver mail across campus and are designed to capture the students’ attention.
Leading by example: Soon, all of Stuttgart’s city officials, home to Daimler and Porsche, will roam partially electric. They await delivery of the new Mercedes E-class diesel-hybrid, scheduled for January of next year. The PHEV has a said electric range of 30 km, enough for most official trips with city borders. The city’s Lord Mayor (Green party), however, will stick with his electric Smart ED.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German)
Chevy Volt, ChargePoint, ClipperCreek, Picnic.
2016 Chevy Volt coming to Canada: Canadians will be able to buy the second-generation Chevrolet Volt by November or December this year – ahead of 39 U.S. states, where potential buyers will have to wait until the spring of next year to receive a 2017 model Volt.
Home charger on sale on Amazon: ChargePoint’s Home charging station is now available on Amazon. The charger is priced from 499 to 749 dollars, depending on the power level, installation type and cord length. ChargePoint’s mobile app can be downloaded via the Google Play or App Store.
ClipperCreek expands HCS product line: The new HCS-30 is a 24 Amp Level 2 charging station designed to serve the residential and workplace charging markets. Priced at 565 dollars, ClipperCreek’s new charging solution includes a 3-year warranty and 25 feet of charge cable.
Dutch startup Picnic uses electric vehicles to deliver groceries for free and is currently running a pilot project that involves 150 households in the Dutch city of Amersfoort. The company will soon open up its services to all inhabitants of the city and has plans to further expand.
Orlando, Florida, Delaware, ITM Power, EWEB.
Volts instead of Leafs: At Orlando International Airport, hiring company Enterprise god rid of its 15 Nissan Leaf in favour of 14 Chevy Volt and plans to add another 10 Volts. These can be hired for about 30 dollars/day. The move is part of a larger initiative led by the City of Orlando in order to promote electric vehicles. There are already over 300 charging stations in the Orlando area.
Jacksonville gets charging: Construction of 28 public EV charging stations with featuring Level 2 chargers will begin in Jacksonville, Florida, in October. The chargers paid for with a 300,000 dollar federal grant. There are currently 670 electric cars on the road in the Jacksonville area.
Delaware adds chargers to the map: Delaware added five new charging locations with eleven chargers to the “Charging up Delaware” network that now counts 21 public charging locations. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is partnering with the University of Delaware to analyse usage of the stations.
Wind-powered H2 station: ITM Power has opened a hydrogen filling station in South Yorkshire, England, powered by a 225 kW wind turbine. As part of the HyFIVE project, ITM is also deploying a solar-powered H2 refuelling station in Rainham, scheduled to open in mid-2016.
Commercial loan program: Utility Eugene Water & Electric Board in Oregon, USA, has started a lucrative loan programme with an interest rate of 4 percent for businesses, fleet operators and landlords looking to install charging infrastructure.
Tesla, Black & Veatch, Baltimore, ZEV programme, Sri Lanka.
Destination Europe: Tesla announced that its Destination Charger programme will soon arrive on the old continent. Possible locations such as hotels, restaurants, shopping centres or resorts can be summited on the website.
Best in show: U.S. company Black & Veatch says it will take part in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge. There are already 41 chargers at its headquarters near Kansas City, making Black & Veatch one of the region’s top providers of EV infrastructure at the workplace.
Baltimore tests electrification: The city of Baltimore wants to electrify its fleet, leasing four EVs for three years to test the waters. It also installed a DC fast-charger and will look at i.e. financial benefits and at whether charging times affect the work flow. Meanwhile, Baltimore is working to double the number of charging stations (from 20 to 40).
EVs and airports: The U.S. Transportation Ministry earmarked 955,088 dollars for the Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle (ZEV) programme. The bulk of the cash (926,789 dollars) will go to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is looking to buy an all-electric shuttle bus and install charging infrastructure, including inductive charging stations.
Charging Sri Lanka: Vehicle importers Wasana Trading Lanka (WTL) says it installed a total of 100 charging spots in the country. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka now offers special electricity tariffs for charging EVs at home during off-peaks, namely at night.
dailynews.lk (WTL), economynext.com (tariffs)
has.to.be, Nashville, New Jersey, Air New Zealand.
New roaming initiative: Company has.to.be announced at the IAA in Frankfurt that it will extend its charging station management system be.ENERGISED to include access to BOSCH Charge&Pay, Plugsurfing and InterCharge. Customers still have to sign up for a subscription with each of the roaming partners.
Nashville orders more e-buses: The U.S. country music heartland has ordered a second set of two 35 foot electric buses from Proterra. The previously ordered nine EcoRide e-buses are expected to hit the road later this year. The city also installed two charging stations for the public transportation sector.
New stations in New Jersey: Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, installed five charging stations for employees as part of a pilot project with Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). The goal is to push EV uptake. PSE&G paid for the equipment, while the hospital paid for installation and will settle electricity costs.
Electric on the ground: Air New Zealand says it hopes to electrify its entire fleet of road vehicles and ground equipment by 2017. The first EVs will arrive before the end of the year. This is part of the airlines move to cut carbon emissions, as it believes that a global carbon price is coming.
California, driverless pod, e-bus, Maryland, DriveNow.
Help from Japan: The Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) have signed a Memoranda of Understanding. The former will help build a fast-charging network in the northern part of the state and demonstrate a redox-flow battery storage system. Nissan and Kanematsu will thus work together with NRG EVgo.
The final design of Milton Keynes’ driverless electric pods was presented after only 18 months of close collaboration of the partners of the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) project. The LUTZ pathfinder will be the first driverless vehicle of its type to operate in public areas and trial automated vehicles in pedestrianised areas.
Battery bus conversion: The Indian city of Nagpur wants to electrify a diesel bus. Following a two month conversion time, the trial will at last six month. If the trial proves successful, local bus operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited plans to convert another 60 broken-down diesel buses.
Rail and Charge: Maryland has installed 17 new charging spots at eight rail stations, bringing the number of chargers to 39 at a total of 16 locations. The initiative is funded by a one million dollar grant from the Maryland Energy Administration and charging is free.
BMW i3 expansion: DriveNow, the carsharing programme run by BMW and Sixt, will soon include more of the all- electric i3. The goal is that at least every fifth DriveNow car will be electric and that EV will be available in every of the participating cities.
sixtblog.de (in German)
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SLAM, UK, TNM, California, Sri Lanka.
SLAM dunk: The first three rapid chargers of the German SLAM network have gone online as scheduled. Petrol station operator Tank & Rast installed them at its service stations along the motorway A9. A total of 400 fast-charging points will be installed by the end of 2017. Charging is free for now and the project includes all standards. SLAM is a joint project by BWM, Daimler, Ford, VW and the German ministry of economics.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)
Clean air zones: The British Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs started consulting on its plan to improve air quality by banning or charging most pollutant vehicles like diesel cars in so-called clean air zones. Among the cities named likely to miss EU air quality standards are London, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby, and Southampton.
telegraph.co.uk, consult.defra.gov.uk (consultation)
Support for TNM: The New Motion has gained AutoBinck as a new shareholder. Existing investors and founders will also help fund the expansion of the company’s charging network across Europe, namely in Great Britain, France and Germany.
California charges: Six new charging stations were inaugurated by cutting a symbolic petrol pump hose in the Californian city of Torrance. The stations are part of a larger regional network.
Petrol stations to chargers: Sri Lanka decided to equip all petrol stations with EV chargers, as it believes demand for electric cars to be huge but hampered by the lack of charging infrastructure.
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LA, Bern, Hitachi Capital, Oslo, ITM Power.
LA electrifies: The city of Los Angeles wants to lease 160 all-electric cars and 128 plug-in hybrids in the coming months. Apart from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the initiative is estimated to lower operating costs of the city’s fleet by 41 percent. The LAPD already received a Tesla Model S P85D and a BMW i3 in a full-fledged police outfit.
latimes.com, transportevolved.com, insideevs.com
Bern swaps diesel for hybrids: The Swiss capital has ordered 21 hybrid articulated Volvo buses, which will replace Bern’s current diesel buses and are scheduled to be delivered from mid-August to the end of October 2016. The new buses are said to drive all-electric around 30 percent of the time.
nahverkehrs-praxis.de, newstix.de, derbund.ch (articles in German)
Hitachi Capital teams up with Schneider Electric: In the UK, Schneider Electric and Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions have signed a five-year contract in order to provide complete charging solutions. The partnership aims to make Hitachi Capital’s customers feel more comfortable about choosing EVs.
H2 on the fly: The Norwegian prime minister inaugurated a hydrogen fueling station at Oslo airport. Another three are scheduled to be built in the greater Oslo region over the next two to three years. Norway wants to maintain a leading globally role in the adoption of hydrogen fuel.
Fuel for all: ITM Power will deliver hydrogen filling stations to three Shell locations in the UK. These will be the first hydrogen stations on the premises of existing petrol stations in the country.
Budapest, Clean Bus Technology Fund, Laos, Chargemaster.
Budapest presents the first of a total of 36 trolleybuses built by Skoda and Solaris, which are able to operate without connecting to the catenary. Delivery will be completed this year, and the city has the option to order another 72 trolleybuses. The contract is worth almost 22m dollars.
Bid for greener buses: The British government launched a 5-million pound (7.7m dollar) fund to cut down on NOx emissions. Local authorities are asked to bid to get therir share of the Clean Bus Technology Fund of up to 500,000 pounds to retrofit their buses. Applications are open until the end of October.
businessgreen.com, gov.uk (invitation to bid)
Laotian electric bus project: Laos’ province Luang Prabang is embarking on a project to deploy 34 electric mini buses, of which 14 were granted by the Japanese government. They are made for six people from Lao – foreigners are said to reduce capacity to three to four persons.
Ultracharger: Chargemaster has launched a new rapid charger built in the UK but destined for the world. Its compact dimension ensure installed without planning permission in most places. It is compatible with all charging standards and also uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
BMW, Workhorse, CVEI, Smatrics, EV infrastructure.
BMW charges China: The German carmaker will erect 500 charging stations in major Chinese cities, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen by the end of the year. By the end of 2016, BMW intends to have finished installation of a total of 1,000 charging points.
Workhorses for UPS: The delivery company has ordered 125 hybrid delivery trucks from Workhorse. The trucks have a range of up to 60 miles and will serve in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida from the first half of 2016.
EV promo project: Over the next to years, the ‘Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration’ (CVEI) project will look at market penetration of and consumer reaction to EVs in the UK. A trial with more than 300 participants is planned at a later stage. Cenex and EDF Energy are among the partners.
Burger and electricity: Infrastructure provider Smatrics, a cooperation between Verbund and Siemens, will erect fast-charging stations at nine McDonald’s restaurants in the Austrian capital of Vienna. The company hopes to exponentially increase EV uptake.
EV ready: The Environmental Planning Commission in Mountain View, California, wants to make the installation of EV infrastructure compulsory for all new constructions. The city has yet to decide whether to support the measure.
Hungary, Green H2, Sogrid, Russia.
Redistribution: Hungary will invest 7 billion forint (25m dollars) from carbon credit sales in electric mobility. The government plans to install 150 charging stations over the coming months, while also buying electric cars for its own use. Private buyers there can expect EV tax incentives.
Green H2 supply chain: Toyota, Toshiba, and other Japanese partners have set up a trial for a carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain in Japan. Wind power will be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. The four year project is set to start April 2016.
Smart grid trial: French research project ‘Sogrid’ enters the testing stage in Toulouse. Until summer 2016, some 1,000 residents will be connected to the smart grid via a chip using the new PLC protocol, designed to transmit digital information on the grid. The project aims to introduce an international communication standard for intelligent grids that could also integrate electric vehicles.
metering.com, usine-digitale.fr (in French)
EV readiness ordered: A decree by Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medwedew calls for all gas station owners in the oil-rich country to provide EV charging stations at their facilities by November 1st of next year. So far, there are only about 500 EVs roaming the streets of Russia.
Bolloré, India, California, Hamburg.
BlueCar in Congo: Together with Qatar, Bolloré introduces Bluecongo in Congo’s capital Brazzaville on the occasion of the African Games. 50 electric cars and 14 electric buses can be rented and re-charged at 80 charging points, which are yet to be installed. The vehicles will remain in the Central African republic after the games.
automobile-propre.com (in French)
Inter city electric buses in India: Indian state of Gujarat is wants to introduce battery electric buses to run between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. The first phase of the Gujarat State Electric Vehicle (GSEV) programme already saw six electric buses being deployed in Gandhinagar.
EV fees in California? The Golden State’s roads need repair but who will pocket the governor’s proposed 3.6bn dollars a year? Tax increases and higher vehicle registration fees one way to foot the bill, while some also call for the inclusion of EV drivers to the paying folks.
Future safe bus depot: The German city of Hamburg will include EV charging points, as well as hydrogen storage and filling stations in its planned bus garage. Construction will start by 2016. By 2020, public transport provider Hochbahn will be required to only buy buses with alternative drivetrain technology.
newstix.de (in German)
BYD, DLR, Pacific, Gas and Electric, Indianapolis.
News from BYD, part I: The Chinese manufacturer has secured the largest contract for the delivery of all-electric buses in the U.S. to date. The Washington State Department of Transportation awarded BYD 10 out 12 available categories of a contract allowing for a total of 800 buses to be purchased.
News from BYD, part II: BYD signed a deal for the delivery of 10,000 electric, hybrid and conventional vehicles to Sudan. Power systems and key components will be shipped to Sudan and the cars will be assembled there at a later date.
Online tool for fleet managers: As part of the Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe (I-CVUE) programme, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has made an online tool for fleet managers available. It is said to help them calculate the final cost of an EV, based on the fleet’s individual conditions.
dlr.de (online tool) via renewableenergymagazine.com
No charger network in Cali? The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is putting a damper on Pacific Gas and Electric’s plan to install 25,200 chargers in Northern and Central California. Only 10 percent of the stations will be allowed to go online in the first two years, as PUC looks into whether the utility has an unfair advantage.
Indianapolis likes electrification: The city is looking to begin operating the U.S.’s first all-electric rapid bus transit system by 2018. The line will be constructed in three phases and span 13 miles, says transport agency IndyGo.
Hamburg, KEBA, Denver, New York, Ohio.
Hamburg e-terminal: The terminal for electric buses in Hamburg is completed. It will become the first and last stop on the so-called ‘innovation line’ 109, as well as buses from lines 4 and 37, since the German city plans to continue to electrify those routes as well. A total of 12 buses can be prepared for service there at the same time.
newstix.de (in German), abendblatt.de (in German, with video)
KEBA presents new wallbox: The company will show its KeContact P30 wallbox at the IAA in Frankfurt later this month. The device has i.e. load balancing capabilities and can be integrated into smart homes. It will arrive on the market early next year.
Plug and fly: Denver International Airport has opened ten new AC Level 2 charging stations in the west parking garage, doubling the number of charging possibilities at the airport. The stations were partly financed by the Charge Ahead Colorado Electric Vehicle and Charging Station grant fund and are free to use. Parking fees, however, do apply.
NYC misses out on electrification: Since September 1st, the Nissan NV200 is the official taxi of the Big Apple. That is no spelling mistake – New York failed to go for the transporter’s electric variant. The ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ will make up 80 percent of the fleet, while the rest (!) are hybrids or wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Ohio University chargers: A total of ten EV charging stations are now online on campus. Two of them will be earmarked for a car-sharing program provided by the university, while the other eight will be available for charging EVs of students and employees.