Deutsche Post/ DHL, Energica, Israel, California, AmeriPride.
Zero emission logistics by 2050 is Deutsche Post/ DHL’s commitment to the future of deliveries. Its ambitious target applies to both its own operations and to those of its subcontractors. However, as 2050 is far, the group formulated four milestones for 2025 already, that are part of its GoGreen programme. One of them is to switch 70% of its delivery services on the first and last mile to electric vehicles.
First e-bike maker joins CharIn: The CCS charging initiative welcomed Energica as its latest member. Energica says it is the first electric motorcycle manufacturer that uses this fast-charging standard.
Life Riders in Israel: Emergency service Magen David Adom (MDA) has added pedelecs to its fleet for first responders. The so-called Life Rider unit involves a 1,000 e-bikes for volunteers to operate within a 10 mile radius starting by mid-2017. Each pedelec carries resuscitation equipment.
The first 27 next-gen electric trucks are due to arrive in California tomorrow. Reason enoigh for CARB to gather together all partners involved, namely the state of California, the San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG), Daylight Transport, and BYD. More e-trucks are to be delivered this summer.
Fleet replacement expands: AmeriPride Services now plans to add 20 additional vans equipped with the Motiv Power Systems electric powertrain to the company’s California business, after initially replacing 20 percent of its fleet in Vernon with electric delivery trucks.
Cologne, New York, Workhorse, BYD, Bengaluru.
Diesel ban in Cologne: The city at the Rhine river joins the growing number of cities that will prevent diesel vehicles from entering. Cologne however goes a bit further and announced that not only diesel but all petrol-driven cars are a thing of the past and must expect to be banned too, in the long-term. Details on measures will be published this summer but the head of the city’s department of environment, Harald Rau, said a congestion charge could be implemented in less than three years.
express.de (in German)
EV initiative in NY: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive EVs and public education. The projects will start immediately and will include 450 charging stations.
The pick-up remains a firm favourite in the USA, where Workhorse reports growing interest for its electric version of the iconic vehicle. The e-pick-up truck W-15 registered 2,150 letters of intent to date. Workhorse wants to build the W-15 in its Indiana plant with and annual capacity of 60,000.
BYD launch in Korea: The Chinese manufacturer presented eBUS-12 for the first time in Korea. The electric bus has a range of 250 km thanks to its lithium-iron phosphate battery, which is said to last for 4,000 charge cycles rather than the usual 1,500. More than 50 major bus operators attended the launch.
150 electric buses are destined to serve in Bengaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Arrival is due in September. If the electric coaches are a success, more may be acquired, again with the help of the federal government.
E.On, Clever, Fortum, EnBW, GOFAST, Korea.
Ultra-fast-charging the Nordics: The partnership of E.On and Danish Clever reaps its first fruit, a cooperation with Norwegian pit stop provider XY. 20 of its service stations will be equipped with fast-chargers that deliver 150 kW but can go up to 350 kW if required. But E.On and Clever are not alone in their endeavour. Fortum Charge & Drive announced its plan to open a rapid-charging corridor connecting capitals. Electric cars travelling between Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki would be able to charge at 150 kW in-between. The first four of such fast-charging stops shall be erected this year.
eon.com (Norway), iwr.de (Fortum)
Fast-charging along the Autobahn: 100 fast-charging stations will be installed by German utility EnBW together with service station operator Tank & Rast. The EV pit stops will offer charging at 50 kW (AC 43 kW) with the option to upgrade to 150 kW. They are multi-chargers that connect to Type 2, CCS and CHAdeMO and will line motorways in Germany’s south and southwest.
enbw.com (in German)
Charging Switzerland faster: The Swiss-wide fast-charging network initiative GOFAST found a new investor in Energie 360°. Gotthard Fastcharge (GOFAST) reportedly wants to install at least 150 EV charging station offering 150 kW and more across Switzerland.
Korea’s first FCV sharing is about to start in the city of Gwangju. 15 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell are available to book online and form a fleet with another 27 battery-electric cars. The programme is a government initiative and serves as testbed.
eGUTS, Vienna, Liverpool, New York, Bay Area, Utah.
E-mobility in Danube region: EU project eGUTS (Electric and Green Urban Transport Systems) has launched and unites 22 partners in the search for standards that foster electric transport across the Danube region. Eight cities will share feasibility studies in the form of pilots that will look at charging infrastructure, electric car sharing, parking policies as well as develop and test the eGUTS app. The EU funds the project with 1.5m euros until June 2019.
oe-journal.at (in German), interreg-danube.eu (project website)
Diesel is not welcome in cities any longer with the latest example being Vienna and Liverpool. The Austrian capital is currently marking areas and districts, where diesel vehicles will be banned once fine particle pollution hits high levels. Meanwhile Liverpool wants to ban diesel entirely from 2022. The city looks to create a “clean air zone” which will result in restrictions on diesel vehicles on all roads and also could involve refusing to offer new licenses to diesel cabs.
kurier.at (Vienna, in German), liverpoolecho.co.uk (Liverpool)
New York to launch EV rebate: The state of New York plans to start its own incentive scheme this April. Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will thus be eligible for an up to 2,000 dollar rebate. It took the state some time as the money was already earmarked last year.
electrek.co, nbcnewyork.com, usnews.com
5m dollars for EV charging infrastructure have been made available in the Bay Area. The 2017 funding cycle of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is calling on businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies to install electric vehicle charging stations through the “Charge! Program” that wants to establish a network for public use.
EV credit cut off: Utah’s House of Representatives has decided against extending the state’s tax credit for electric vehicles in a vote that could have seen an extension until 2022. The measure failed by a very narrow margin of 37-38.
ChargePoint, Cubicycle, EValuation, RMS, Santa Monica
ChargePoint raises 100m dollar in funding to expand to Europe and most of the money came from Daimler and BMW. The two German carmakers led this latest round of financing, which saw the American infrastructure provider’s total funding increase to 255m dollars. It will be used to install its EV charging network in Europe, with chargers along highways but also at homes or workplaces. Axel Harries, head of Daimler’s think tank CASE, now sits on the Board of Directors at ChargePoint.
Clever, customised, City Hub: DHL customised an electric cargo bike and build a whole delivery concept around it. Called the Cubicycle the four-wheel pedelec can carry a container with a load of up to 125 kg. The container itself is part of the City Hub, a customised trailer that can carry up to four of such boxes. A DHL van tows the trailer into the city center, where the containers can be transferred onto two Cubicyles for last mile inner city delivery.
App matches driver with EV: Ever wondered which EV would make your perfect match? Android app EValuation has the answer as it monitors your preferred routes and finds cars applicable to your range requirements. To make the switch worthwhile, the app states cost savings.
rub.de, google.com (app)
Electric terminal truck order: Rail Management Services has placed an order for nine T-Series battery-electric terminal trucks from Orange EV. They will join onsite fleets to supplement and replace RMS’ diesel trucks. Five will be deployed in Chicago, while four trucks will be utilised at rail sites in New York.
14 Nissan Leaf will join the fleet of the city of Santa Monica. They are to replace ageing cars. The contract includes an option for another four electric vehicles.
Canada, CharIN, Pod Point, APCOA, PlugSurfing, Iveco.
1,000 charging stations for Canada: The Northern part of the American continent strikes again as Canada’s government grants AddEnergie 7m dollars. The EV charging company will use the investment to install more than 1,000 new charging stations across Canada by 2019 and to develop the next generation of fast-charging stations as well as other innovations for home and workplace charging.
CharIN got a new member: MAN joins the Charging Interface Initiative that aims to establish CCS as the standard for charging all EVs. The truck and bus maker said it would actively take part in the standardisation effort, especially with regards to smart communication between bus depot and/or logistics centres. CharIN got more than 60 members at the moment.
Pod Point partnered with APCOA Parking to expand its network of public EV chargers. APCOA currently has 15 points at Heathrow Airport and Birmingham’s shopping centre but the cooperation is to grow the number of charge stops significantly.
PlugSurfing per QR code: Berlin-based start-up PlugSurfing launched a new feature called Scan&Charge. It enables ad-hoc charging without registration via QR code, which can be applied to any charge point. The EV driver simply needs to scan the image, select a payment method and charging starts. It allows payment by the minute or kWh.
plugsurfing.com (in English), plugsurfing.com (in French)
120 hybrid buses for Milano: Iveco won a tender of fellow Italian transport provider ATM from Milan, which wants to renew its entire fleet until 2019. Iveco will thus deliver 120 Urbanway Hybrid buses starting from June 2017. The model saves about 30% fuel.
11 electric buses for ZA: Cape Town has ordered eleven electric buses including charging equipment from BYD. Ten will go into service in the South African city by 2018, while one bus is destined on loan to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital to test if electric transport is a viable option there.
EVGo, ABB, Glasgow, Ambulance, Infineon.
Strangers in Tesla Town: EVGo and ABB are about to venture into Tesla’s backyard in Californian Fremont, where they plan to install a fast charging station capable of 150 – 350 kW. The high-power charger will be made available to carmakers only to test new systems.
Leafs for cabs: Glasgow-based Taxi Centre has taken delivery of 15 Nissan Leafs but projects it will make more than 100 sales in the next 12 months and more than 300 the year after. The electric cars shall serve as taxis and join the 200 Nissan EV taxis in operation across Britain.
First responders electrified: North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) will start with four electric vehicles as a trial. The Trust will look to replace its whole fleet of 174 cars with the new electric models gradually in the coming years once the life-span of the current vehicles comes to an end.
Smart streetlight with EV charging: Infineon together with Eluminocity developed an intelligent LED street lamp that can charge electric cars as well. Its radar also detects free parking space and signals its availability to the cloud. More sensors measure air quality.
Innogy, Fortum, ChargePoint, Etran, Singapore.
European roaming: RWE’s Innogy plans to set up a pan-European charging network that will use its Blockchain solution. It is a technological platform that allows for payments and the protocol is particularly suited for decentralised networks. In a next step, the e-Wallet is to be integrated. It simplifies payment and includes not only charging but road tolls, car sharing and other services.
Fortum to expand in Poland: Polish utility Energa chose Scandinavian Fortum to equip its future charging stations with its cloud-based Charge & Drive solution. Energa will retrofit its six existing EV charge points by March.
ChargePoint and Renault: Infrastructure provider ChargePoint announced the integration of its GeniePoint Network with Renault’s Z.E. Pass App. Renault EV drivers can now locate, charge and pay for recharging their electric car with their mobiles.
3D-printed electric scooter cabs: Etran Group will set up a taxi service in Bangkok this September that includes 10,000 electric scooters. The two-wheeler called Etran Prom is 3D-printed (partially at least) and runs on a network of battery swapping stations. Expansion beyond Thailand may begin by 2019.
Singapore set up an electric cab service already. The first 50 of a total of 100 electric cabs now roam the city state. They were delievered by BYD.
UK, Czech Republic, Tesla, EVGo, Beijing.
EV boost in UK: The Department for Transport introduced the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, which calls for more electric cars. Charging infrastructure was identified as the main issue and may be solved by forcing motorway services to provide EV charge points and hydrogen refuelling stations. Also, EV drivers shall have easier access to information on availability of charge stops.
businessgreen.com, parliament.uk (the bill)
Charging the Czech Republic: More than a billion krona or 37m euros have been earmerked by the government in Prague to install 1,200 EV charging stations across the Czech Republic before the decade’s end. The plan is also driven by VW’s Czech brand Skoda, that will electrify by 2019.
ee-portal.eu (in German), radio.cz (in Czech)
Tesla will double the number of Superchargers in America before the Model 3 will hit the market this year. At the moment, 373 such fast-chargers stand in the States but Tesla operates 805 Supercharger stations worldwide. New customers will be charged a small fee for their use.
EVGo charges for Bolt free: The infrastructure provider EVGo has teamed up with car sharer Maven and Lyft to offer fast-charging at no cost for drivers of the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Additionally, EVgo is extending its 30-minute charge time limit to an hour for Bolt EV drivers.
Beijing cabs to go all electric? 71,000 taxis run in the Chinese capital and 94 percent of them drive with gas. This is to change as the city plans to only allow electric, hybrid, or LPG vehicles to replace old cabs or to be newly registered. The plan might come to pass already this year.
Electric Nation, Austria, Sweden, ITM Power, Shell, Michigan.
The Electric Nation project gets underway as first smart chargers are installed for free at homes of participants in Britain. Electric Nation is the follow up trial of the Electric Avenue and probes a future, where electric cars will be plenty and smart enough to stabilise rather than destabilise the grid.
72m euro e-mobility package kicks off: Austria has started its planned subsidy programme for electric vehicles. From March, 1 communities, companies and municipalities may apply for grants for EVs and charging infrastructure. The overall scheme is worth 72m euros.
diepresse.com (in German)
Swedish police on EV call: Ten electric cars entered a trial as police cars in Sweden, where they will serve in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö but not on call-outs. The test will run until April.
Hydrogen on the M25: ITM Power and Shell opened a fuel cell station at Cobham services on the M25 motorway. It is the first on a British highway.
Infrastructure withdrawn: Michigan utility Consumers Energy has scrapped its plan to install 810 EV charging stations for 15m dollars in the state. The scheme met dissent from authorities, competitors and environmental groups that had concerns about funding.
Stuttgart, Tuscany, Pod Point, California.
Diesel ban in Stuttgart by 2018: There will be no more diesel cars allowed on certain streets in the hometown of Porsche and Mercedes from next year onwards. The ruling coalition of the green and conservative party voted in favour of driving bans for vehicles below Euro 6 norm on days with high air pollution. Stuttgart suffers from fine particle pollution.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
Charging Tuscany: Project EVE (Electric Vehicle Energy) unites Enegan, Polo Tecnologico di Navacchio (Pisa) and Dielectrik in their quest to install 325 EV charging stations in the Italian region of Tuscany. No timeline has been issued yet.
trasporti-italia.com, gonews.it (both in Italian)
Call to crowdfunding: UK charging station supplier Pod Point launched a 1.5m pound crowdfunding round to expand its network. The call is part of larger 9m GBP fundraise led by a venture capitalist firm.
16 H2 pit stops in California: 33.4m dollars are available from the California Energy Commission to fund 16 new hydrogen fuelling stations in the Golden state. First Element Fuel as well as Toyota and Shell will take over their installation.
London, Phoenix Taxis, Esslingen, Maven, India.
London’s T-Charge in is to go ahead and will take full force by 23, October this year. It applies to high polluting vehicles and will be added to the existing 11.50 GBP congestion charge, so motorists could pay as much 21.50 GBP to drive through central London.
Electric cabbies: In Britain, cab service Phoenix Taxis wants to add 50 more electric taxis to its fleet and also plans to install fast-charging stations.
Battery trolleybuses in service: The city of Esslingen officially introduced battery trolleybuses with In-Motion-Charging (IMC) from Vossloh Kiepe. Four of them have been in active service since late 2016. Their lithium titanate (LTO) traction batteries with 37 kWh enable the bendy buses to also run on routes with no overhead contact lines.
Electric ridesharing gains traction: GM wants to expand its carsharing service Maven in Los Angeles as it adds electric cars. 100 Chevy Bolt will soon appear in LA and more EV are headed to fleets in San Francisco and San Diego. Furthermore, GM plans to trial “thousands of autonomous electric Bolts” via ride sharing service Lyft by next year, Reuters quoted insiders.
electrek.co, electriccarsreport.com, latimes.com
Electric buses in Himalayas: The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh decided to buy 25 electric buses after testing has been successful. They will serve on the 50 km Manali-Rohtang pass in the Himalaya mountains, where glaciers had lately turned black from the exhausts of tourist shuttles.
Enel, Beijing, Philadelphia, Air Liquide, San Diego.
Enel earmarks 300m for EV infrastructure: Enel plans to establish a dedicated e-mobility unit within months to oversee its network of charging stations with 300m euros in its back. The Italian utility recently embarked on the EU project EVA+ together with Renault, Nissan, VW and BMW, that plans 200 multi-standard fast-chargers in Italy and Austria.
tt.com (in German)
Go fun in Beijing: 5,000 additional electric cars shall enter EV sharing service GoFun in Beijing by 2018. A reasonable move given the capital’s ban on gas guzzlers that is unlikely to lessen. GoFun’s fleet in Beijing is 1,100 EV strong but the company ventured to three more Chinese cities already.
EV parking privilege to end? Philadelphia has secured free parking for electric cars since a decade but this programme may come to an end now. New permits are left pending as the council awaits a decision on whether to continue or to ax the scheme.
Hydrogen in NYC: Air Liquide said it will install two H2 charging station in New York. Planned in Brooklyn and Hempstead, the FCV stops shall go live in the second half of 2017.
San Diego doubles charging capacity: San Diego city completed a project that increased the number of EV charging stations at public locations to 57, while the number of ports for vehicles to plug into jumped from 32 to 68.
London, China, LA, Indianapolis
London electrifies its icons: 36 more electric buses are to arrive in the British capital in spring 2018. Enough to electrify two full lines, C1 and 70. Once in service, London will run 121 electric and 2,000 hybrid buses in total, that is about 20 percent of the entire fleet. Transport for London intends to stop buying diesel-only double decker buses completely by 2018 and wants more than 3,100 of them to be hybrids by the following year.
800,000 charge points for China: The government in Beijing gears up for a green transition and wants to increase the number of charging points to 800,000 including 100,000 public ones. Currently, 150,000 charging stops can be found across the country, where 100,000 were erected only last year.
EV charging at LA airport: 18 Level 2 electric charging stations have been installed at Los Angeles International Airport on park deck 7. LAX now features a total of 81 charging stations, with another eight chargers at the LAX FlyAway bus terminal in Van Nuys.
Indianapolis Airport does not charge EV yet but ordered six retrofitted electric buses from Complete Coach Works. The shuttles shall transport passengers between terminals and parking from spring. It is the largest electric airport fleets in the States, according to the bus maker.
eGreenLastMile, Germany's cross-country EV charging network, Luxembourg, Dubai, California
Electric truck pilot: EU project eGreenLastMile (eGLM) is to start tomorrow. German and Dutch logistics firms consorted to buy nine electric trucks and five EV fast-chargers. The EVs shall deliver goods over shorter distances in the border region and around logistic hot spots. The project is worth 5.2m euros in total with companies initially investing 145.000 each, topped up with 3.9m euro in EU funding. They aim for a return of investment until 2020 through joint procurement and offer a 24/7 service, enabled by the trucks’ near silent operation.
elektromobilitaet.nrw.de (in German), polisnetwork.eu (project desc, pdf)
German fast-charge corridor cleared: The EU gave green light to Germany’s planned cross-country EV charging network. The government in Berlin will pour 300m euros into the installation of 15,000 charging stations over four years. One third will be fast-charging stops funded with 200m euros. The tender process is open but stations must be publicly accessible and use energy from renewables. Funding is capped at 40 percent of the cost of installation.
reuters.com, electrive.net (all details, in German)
E-buses big in Luxembourg: ABB and Volvo expanded what could be called a European e-bus programme. Luxembourg’s capital has two charging stations operating on the OppCharge protocol. They supply five electric Volvo buses. The same system had been set-up in Bertrange recently.
200 Tesla taxis in Dubai: Following this weeks launch in the UAE, the EV maker has secured its first, large order. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority procured 200 Tesla to serve in the Dubai Taxi Corporation. The EV maker said it would erect 50 more charging opportunities within this year.
thenational.ae (fleet), electrek.co (charger)
20 e-buses in California: 20 fuel cell buses by New Flyer shall roam the Golden State from next year. The Xcelsior XHE40 model have Ballard fuel cell stacks inside. Linde is to deliver H2 infrastructure.
Solaris, Dubrovnik, Efacec, Bolloré, Tesla.
Buses big in Belgium: Soon all buses in Belgium will be electrified it seems. After Volvo and ABB scored their biggest order to date with 90 electric buses and 12 chargers, it is now on Solaris. Transport provider Société Régionale du Transport (SRWT) has ordered 208 hybrid buses. The contract is worth 105m euros and includes maintenance. Solaris will deliver this September.
infobus.pl (in Polish)
E-scooter sharing: Croatian Dubrovnik ordered 100 electric scooter. Tourists and locals can book them via app from April onwards. 15 charging stops stand ready and double as rental stations. Testing has commenced since autumn, yet the city has not made any rates public.
marcopolo.de (in German)
350 kW charging: Portuguese Efacec builds charging stations and has already sold 44 units from its HV-Serie. It can charge with up to 350 kW and half of the stations have been installed in various projects. The series includes models with power ranges from 50, 160, 175 and 350 kW.
E-car sharing: In Singapore, Bolloré just scaled back its BlueSG EV sharing. Only 10 – 20 electric cars will be deployed this summer and not 125 as initially planned. But the long term strategy remains and shall see the French group set up 2,000 EV charging stations for 1,000 of its EV within four years.
Tesla landed in the UAE as planned and started to install Superchargers right away. One fast-charging station connects Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Destination chargers can be found in Dubai already.
Ubitricity, Volvo + ABB, New York, BMW, EVOLVE.
London lanterns turn charge point: Ubitricity has arrived in the British capital, where its lamp post chargers have gone on trial. The Berlin start-up’s technology uses mobile meters that enables EV drivers to plug into a charge post. In cooperation with UK Power Networks, three street lamps are ready to share their grid connection in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
America second for e-buses: While Volvo and ABB cooperate successfully in Europe already, they are to enter the U.S. market with their electric buses and charging system. Volvo subsidiary Nova will aid entry. As in Europe, the OppCharge interface will be used, that enables cross-maker cooperation.
Three millions for PEV: New York state earmarked three million dollars for communities that look to invest in electric or hybrid vehicles, including trucks. All models on the market are eligible for funding and both municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives that receive low-cost hydropower can apply.
BMW strengthens its USA business namely within its 360° Electric scheme. Home charging for PHEV and EV owners is to get simpler with a new service that lists BMW compatible home charging stations and installation partners on the bmwcharging.com platform delivered together with local QMerit.
Evolving e-mobility: Project EVOLVE has three years to advance EVs in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. The American Lung Association planned more than 200 events this spring with test rides in electric cars from Ford, GM and Nissan.
Electrify America, H2ME, BYD, Nissan, eVolt.
Electrify America: VW’s 2bn dollar settlement on dieselgate will be managed by a dedicated EV infrastructure subsidiary owned by Volkswagen Group of America. It is to manage the installation of more than 300 EV charging stations in 15 metropolitan regions and another 200 to form a high-speed, cross-country network. Furthermore, VW will set up the ‘Green City’ initiative in California that will see electric car sharing or a ZEV shuttle or transit programme. Investments of 500m dollars are due every 30 months and have to be approved by EPA and CARB.
100 FCV are on the road and got there through the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project. They deployed 60 Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 in France and England as well as another 40 Mercedes B-series F-Cell in Germany. The fuel cell cars are the first 100 of 1,230 to come via H2ME.
E-bus trial a success: For BYD, an electric bus trial at Sydney Airport bears fruit as the ground transport provider Carbridge now ordered another 40 shuttles. The BYD Electric Blu bus can carry 70 passengers, comes with luggage storage racks and ranges 248 miles on a single charge.
eNV200 on security duty: North East Lincolnshire Council has added eleven Nissan eNV200 to its security and neighbourhood operations fleet. They replaced its diesel-powered vehicles as the council plans to become the UK energy capital by 2032.
Leaf on duty, too: eVolt has installed three rapid chargers for a Scottish taxi business to charge its five Nissan Leaf EVs, which are now ready for hire in Kirkcaldy.
Open Fast Charging Alliance, E.On + Clever, eMotorWerks, Bulgaria.
European roaming alliance: Five European fast charging networks have pledged allegiance. They founded the Open Fast Charging Alliance, which covers over 500 EV fast-charging stations in six countries. The OFCA is to push for open standards like the OCPI (Open Charge Point Interface) that enables roaming. So far, the signees are Fastned (Netherlands), Sodetrel (France), Smatrics (Austria), Grønn Kontakt (Norway) and Gotthard Fastcharge (Scwitzerland), but more members are welcome to join. Their stations only have to be numerous and offer service 24/7. Naturally, all electric cars are welcome to charge.
A candidate to join the alliance may be E.On. The utility together with Danish network operator Clever plans to span a network of ultra-fast charging stations along Europe’s arterial roads, beginning this year. Starting at 150 kW, the stops will be ready to deliver 350 kW and shall be located 120 – 180 km away from each other. Both companies gathered experiences in the Nordics but E.On said it is in talks with more potential partners. If it will be the OFCA or if E.On is trying to get closer to the German CCS initiative by carmakers remains to be seen.
Charging Germany: eMotorWerks announced a partnership with German Conenergy to launch new EV charging solutions. The companies will collaborate on technology that optimises EV charging based on a user’s energy source preferences such as solar.
Sofia in Bulgaria is looking to buy 20 electric and 20 hybrid buses comes summer. Already, an electric bus is being tested in the capital.
wirtschaftsblatt-bg.com (in German)
Electric to school: The Rural School Bus Pilot Project is a grant programme worth 10m dollars from the California Air Resources Board. All public schools in California are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to schools in districts with poor air quality and ageing vehicles.
Volvo Buses, Vattenfall, India, Massachusetts, Tritium.
It is the first time opportunity charging is implemented in the UK. Eight electric Volvo buses will be delivered to Harrogate, where they are to enter service in 2018. The 7900 Electric models will be charged automatically via an overhead mast and pantograph using the common interface OppCharge. The latter has spread to twelve countries already, unifying charging for vehicles of various makers.
Green drive at Vattenfall: The Swedish utility flipped the switch this January to electrify its entire fleet. Over the next five years, 3,500 vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany will be replaced by electric alternatives. They will cover all areas, from passengers over technical support and maintenance.
Charging India: 1,200 EV charging stations shall come to India’s main roads, according to the government’s latest push to go electric. It also includes 200 fast-chargers. A pilot project is to start in Nagpur for the electrification of commercial vehicles.
Meanwhile, National Grid is to install 1,200 EV charge points as well but only in Massachusetts over the next three years. They are to cover 140 locations at work-places as well as multi-dwellings and include fast-chargers. The proposal is pending approval by the state’s Department of Public Utilities.
Tritium goes Torrance: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium that makes the Veefil station has set foot into California. It is its first oversea facility and is located in Torrance, from where it is to offer customer service, local manufacturing and R&D in the Americas. Regional partners wanted!
Diesel scrappage, Iceland, UK Carline, EV charger
Diesel scrappage scheme in UK? The British Department for Transport considers a scrappage scheme for old and most polluting cars, the Telegraph has learnt. It would target areas with the highest air pollution first. Such a scheme would likely include a discount or cashback on low-emission cars in exchange of polluting vehicles being turned in. Talks with the Treasury have taken place and officials are currently drawing up plans.
200 charger for Iceland: There are thirteen EV charging stations on Europe’s most nordic island but this number shall grow to 200 over the next three years. 1.64m euro funding comes from the Icelandic government for 107 such charge spots. Additionally, Orkusalan utility is installing 80 chargers.
Green fleet: UK Carline added ten Toyota C-HR Hybrid to its fleet. The hybrids now form about 30 percent of the car pool. The move comes after the company saw demand for hybrid and electric vehicles increase last year and it expects this trend to continue.
All things considered: Ever wondered how to install an EV charger at home? Tom Konrad wrote a step-by-step guide for Level 2 charging from the comfort of a garage, including DIY tips.
Canada, Hamburg, research in UK, Hawaii, California
Canada is tempting EV buyers with renewed incentives in Ontario province. Between 6,000 – 14,000 Canadian dollars are granted for electric or plug-in purchases, removing the previous caps. British Columbia too has doubled the incentive to 6,000 dollars via its scrappage scheme. Add in the federal funding and the discount on an EV grows to 11,000 dollars. That qualifies for a bargain.
ontario.ca (Ontario), vancouversun.com (B.C.)
1.5, euros for PEV: The German Ministry for Economics and Energy granted more than 1.5m euros to Hamburg. The city shall acquire up to 400 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for its communal fleets. Volkswagen Leasing is on board as financial service provider.
welt.de (in German)
15m GBP for research: 125 research projects shall be funded with 15m pounds from the British government. Projects range from rapid charging for electric vehicles over 3-D printing and drone technology. Funding is distributed via Innovate UK, England’s innovation agency.
Hawaii 100% green by 2045? The islands aim to gain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. The proposed bill also includes green transport obviously, but has to pass first. Hawaii does not plan to ban gas guzzlers but hopes for a smooth transition instead.
Electric bus order: Tule River Economic Development in Porterville, California, agreed in an MOU with GreenPower to replace ten existing buses with electric ones, including four school buses. Charging infrastructure shall also come from GreenPower.
Scotland Yard, Oslo, Total, eLion, Indiana
Scotland Yard’s new mission is to detox London’s air within the next 12 months. The secret service will replace 700 vehicles in its 4,000 strong fleet and 250 will be alternative energy cars including hybrids and FCV. Talks with Tesla are not a secret anymore either as the Metropolitan Police would like to trial the EVs. Hydrogen scooters are already under scrutiny.
E-cargo bike incentives: Up to 10,000 kroner (1,200 USD) to buy an electric cargo bike as a resident of Oslo – the Norwegian capital once more proves any electric advocate’s dream. The incentive is capped at 25% of the price of the pedelec while 5m kroner ($600,000) have been earmarked for the initiative.
Total may electrify: The oil giant says it plans to add EV charging stations to its existing network of pit stops in France. Up to 300 gas stations are under consideration and Total is also in talks with carmakers like PSA, claiming demand from clients for its move. Numbers or a timeline have not been given.
Canadian-Californian initiative: 29 electric school buses called eLion will start in Sacramento next month. They are part of a joint project between Quebec and California. The latter funds electric school buses with up to 100,000 dollars, about a third of the purchase price.
Indiana is backwards as it debates legislation that would effectively ban Tesla direct sales in the state. The bill applies to those that have sold cars in Indiana since July 2015, have never used a franchised dealership and whose sales surpass 1,000 cars per year. In one word: Tesla.
Nottingham, Alphabet, Korea, Taiwan
Nottingham goes electric: 13 electric buses by BYD make for the first electric Park&Ride service in Great Britain. It is also the biggest council-run fleet on the Isles. The new models add on to Nottingham’s existing fleet of 45 electric buses, which the city intends to expand.
Alphabet doubles PEV fleet: The leasing firm issued 3,619 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the UK last year. The Alphabet PEV park has thus grown to 7,000 in total, twice as many as a year ago. This means the comany had a hand in about ten percent of all British plug-ins granted in 2016.
EV incentives in Korea expanded: 101 provinces are eligible for the plug-in grant of 14m won (about 12m USD) since this year compared to 31 districts in 2016. This extension means that electric car buyers can get federal and local funding of up to 26m won (22,400 USD).
Tesla in Taiwan: The Model S has become available in Taiwan, where the EV maker already opened the first Supercharger at the Taipei Expo Park. More charging opportunities shall follow in Taichung, Tainan und Kaohsiung.
Shell, Bangkok, New Jersey, Jedlix, FLO.
Shell plans EV chargers: The oil giant will kick off construction of EV chargers this year, starting in the UK and Netherlands. More markets could follow. The number of planned chargers has not been released.
ft.com (paid content) via heise.de
200 e-buses for Bangkok? The Thai capital’s plan to replace 200 conventional buses with electric ones is getting more concrete. If the cabinet gives the green light in February, those 200 electric buses could already go into service before the end of the year.
Charging toll roads: The U.S. state of New Jersey passed two bills to push EV charging along toll roads. The first requires the installation of places to plug in at three service areas on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, and two Atlantic City Expressway service areas. The second bill will see the installation of EV chargers along to toll roads as part of a public-private partnership.
Charging renewables: Jedlix, a subsidiary of Dutch utility Eneco, is making its #ichargesmart charging app available to Tesla drivers. When charging at home, it helps increase the amount of renewable energy used to charge the battery, as well as keep costs low, by selecting optimal charging moments.
New home charging solution for Canadians: Nissan is working with FLO in Canada, recommending the FLO Home charging station to its customers there. Nissan will even offer a 500-dollar discount on the charger when purchased with a new Nissan leaf by March 31st.
Chargemaster, PSA Group, Ukraine, Westminster, Massachusetts.
2,000 new chargers for the UK: British charging infrastructure provider Chargemaster has completed the takeover of Elektromotive and its subsidiary Charge Your Car (we reported). Chargemaster wants to also invest 15m pounds in 2,000 new EV chargers in the UK.
Electric commercial carsharing: The PSA Group is making 80 percent of Paris’ fleet of electric commercial vehicles available for the sharing service “VULe Partegés,” which is aimed primarily at business clients. The project kicks off with five stations with ten electric commercial transporters each.
Ukrainian police plugs in: As reported, the Ukrainian police is looking to electrify its fleet. Mitsubishi now says it will deliver no less than 635 Outlander PHEV in July.
Diesel charge: Westminster wants to charge diesel cars an extra fee just for parking. During a trial period from April, drivers of diesel-powered cars and vans will have to pay 50 percent more than drivers of other vehicles. Westminster is the first council in the UK to introduce such a fee.
Modernising Massachusetts’ grid: Utility Eversource wants to invest 400m dollars in the state, with 145m dollars earmarked for setting up energy storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Specifically issues like workplace charging, multi-unit dwellings, fast-charging along highways, and charging in disadvantaged communities will be addressed.
Fuel Cell, ChargeNow, SoftBank, Cuba, California.
The largest joint H2 project in the EU to date kicked off in German Cologne yesterday. The project JIVE will see the purchase of about 140 fuel cell buses from 2018, while project MEHRLIN will focus on setting up seven H2 fuelling stations for fuel cell buses. The buses will go in to service in German (near Cologne, Wuppertal, and Frankfurt area), the UK (London, Birmingham, Dundee, and Aberdeen), Italy (South Tirol), Latvia (Riga), as well as Denmark (Slagelse).
BMW charging: Following yesterday’s news that Nissan and BMW partnered with EVgo to get up more than 174 new fast-chargers across the U.S., BMW now announced the expansion of its ChargeNow programme for BMW i and BMW iPerformance drivers. It now includes all DC fast-chargers in 33 states.
Electric ridesharing: Masayoshi Son, head of SoftBank, has given the green light for a pilot project in the Indian city of Hyderabad, that will see the company provide Ola drivers with access to one million EVs build locally. SoftBank owns stake in Uber competition Ola and made headlines with its electric plans back in December (we reported).
Export deal: Florida-based Premier Automotive Export was given the go ahead to ship American built electric cars and charging stations to Cuba. It now plans to ship Nissan Leaf to island state and install 50 EV charging stations in Havana. The license is valid for four years, if a certain U.S. President doesn’t revoke it.
H2-powered California: The Golden State counted 25 hydrogen fuelling stations in December 2015, the California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) report. Another 23 are in planning or early stages of construction. The goal of 100 H2 pumps by 2024 seems attainable.
EVgo, Arriva, KEBA, E-Fleet.com, Auckland.
174 new fast-charger: BMW and Nissan have, as part of their cooperation with EVgo, set up another 174 multi-standard fast-chargers in 33 U.S. states. Another 50 fast-chargers are planned for this year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, bmwgroup.com
174 new hybrid buses: British bus operator Arriva took delivery of no less than 174 Volvo hybrid buses, which will join the currently 44 hybrid buses already on the fleet. The new double decker buses are of the type Volvo B5LH, of which 123 are already in service in London and another 51 in Merseyside.
itsinternational.com, transportengineer.org.uk, automotiveworld.com
KEBA to produce new BMW i Wallbox: The Austrian company received approval for delivery for the new BMW i Wallbox. KEBA has set up a second production line for the wallbox and the start of series production, as well as initial deliveries have already taken place.
200 EVs to share a ride: California start-up E-Fleet.com wants to provide Uber and Lyft drivers with access to the Nissan Leaf, VW e-Golf, Chevy Bolt and later the Tesla Model 3. The fleet of a total of 200 electric cars could already be made available in San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle and San Francisco this year.
yahoo.com, fundable.com (Crowdfunding)
E-mobility funding: Auckland will begin testing two electric buses this year and set up 60 new EV chargers. The undertakings will be funded by New Zealand’s government as part of the recently announced 3.5m dollar e-mobility grant that will be divided among 15 projects in the country.
CharIN, Tesla, BYD, Easymile.
Fast-charging initiative CharIN has 10 new members, putting its total count at more than 60. According to the initiative, which wants to establish CCS as a worldwide fast-charging standard, EnBW, Honda, Hyundai, Infineon, Ingeteam, Keri, Lear, Siemens, STMicroelectronics and Yazaki joined at the beginning of the year.
Tesla with new partner Down Under? Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that Tesla is allegedly sitting down with facilities manager Spotless to set up “thousands” of EV chargers in Australia. The idea is for the Spotless Group to re-brand itself as a technology solutions firm for clients. The where and when was not revealed.
Electric student shuttle: The University of California, Irvine (UCI) announced that it will purchase 20 electric buses from BYD. According to its own accounts, it will make it the first university in the U.S. to only use electric buses on campus.
Electric commuter shuttle: Since Monday, Paris is testing two all-electric and autonomous EZ10 shuttles from Easymile on a stretch of road between Gare de Lyon and Gare d*Austerlitz. During the three-months trial, the shuttles are free to use. More test routes will follow.
Helsinki, California, Bolloré, Destination Charger, London.
Electric buses for Helsinki: The Finnish capital commissioned their first electric bus on Monday. Another three will follow before spring and the city plans to have a total of 12 electric buses in service before the end of the year. The buses were delivered by Linkker and are fitted with drivetrains from Visedo.
EV uptake programme: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) asked for 253m dollars from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fund at total of seven projects that will help accelerate EV uptake in the Golden State. Most of these projects involve setting up EV charging infrastructure and electrifying fleets.
Loosing game: Bolloré’s e-carsharing scheme Autolib’ (as it is called in Paris) is a loss-making business in any city that it is active, unless the programme is highly subsidised. In Paris alone, the company expects to lose 179m euros by the end of the contract duration. And Bolloré’s cars are not a sales hit either – only 942 of the tiny BlueCars were sold to individuals in 2016; 15 percent less than in the year prior.
Destination charging for all? Company DigiNow has developed an adapter to allow electric cars other than Tesla to also plug-in at Destination Chargers. So far, Tesla have not commented, but they can surely not be too happy if EVs other than their own use their free infrastructure.
autoblog.com (with video)
London funds emobility, earmarking a total of 1.4m pounds to set up a zero emission zone including fast- and regular charging in Hammersmith, a trial of one of the UK’s first hydrogen-diesel powered vans at Heathrow Airport, and high-voltage training for electricians, new chargers and EV test drives for local businesses in Harrow. These are only three of a total of six neighbourhoods that will receive funding.