OLEV, Evolt, Nissan, Austria, Coop.
EV infrastructure funding: The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has detailed its new workplace charging grant that is part of the 35m EV initiative. Businesses and public sector bodies receive 300 GBP per charge point and may install up to 20.
fleetnews.co.uk, gov.uk (guidance, pdf)
V2G testing: Evolt has been selected to provide EV charging infrastructure to the UK Electric Nation project. It will deliver charging station to half of the 500 to 700 participants. The units will be subsidised by OLEV and Western Power Distribution, which is funding the project.
V2G operational: Nissan has installed vehicle-to-grid technology at its British R&D unit, the Nissan Technical Center Europe (NTCE). Eight stations are now available to NTCE staff and have been developed together with Enel.
The largest e-NV200 fleet in Europe is operated by the Austrian mail service Post RAL. They count 360 of Nisan’s electric vans. After serving in urban centres since 2015, the new batch will now be on duty in rural areas.
oekonews.at (in German)
H2 cooperative: Swiss retailer Coop a hydrogen filling station in Hunzenschwil, Canton Aargau. At the same time it added an H2 truck and trailer to its logistic fleet as well as twelve FCV. More H2 stations are planned for other regions in Switzerland.
Charging corridors, New Jersey, New Zealand, Barcelona, Kazakhstan.
Charging corridors across USA: The White House will establish 48 EV charging corridors along nearly 25,000 miles of highways in 35 U.S. states. 28 states, utilities and carmakers, like GM, BMW or Nissan, as well as infrastructure providers are to add more stations. Additionally, 24 states and local government vowed to acquire more electric cars for their fleets and to also add more EV charging stops.
In New Jersey, utilities and other enterprises are lobbying to put more EVs on the road. Their ChargEVC coalition promotes various policies. If successful, the campaign may become a model for other states.
Electric Highway: New Zealand’s utilities Mercury and Contact want to double the number of EV charging stations available to Kiwis. Together with PlugShare, they set out for the so-called Electric Highway. Existing charge spots shall be made visible to drivers via PlugShare’s app.
Sea air improvement: Barcelona’s harbour shall become less polluted. The port seeks to replace its fleet with electric vehicles until complete electrification by 2020. The 25 actions outlined in the plan include the installation of respective charging stations as well.
Kazakhstan electrifies: 100 EV charging stations shall soon stand in the Central Asian country; 40 in Astana, 40 in Almaty and another 20 along motorways. The federal initiative also includes assembly of an electric car in Kazakhstan, which is priced at about 15,000 dollars.
kazakh-tv.kz, youtube.com (Video)
BAIC BJEV, Milan, Wrightbus, San Fernando Valley, Camden Yards.
Battery swap in Beijing: BAIC BJEV has installed ten battery swapping stations for electric cabs in the Chinese capital. Their number shall grow to 50 within this year with 200 planned by the end of 2017. They would serve a fleet of 50,000 electric taxis that shall shuttle audience and athletes that are expected for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Shop & Go Sharing: Charge and share an electric car at a Carrefour outlet in Milan. The “Shop’n Go‘ carsharing and charging station has been installed in cooperation with Share’NGo, an elecric carsharing provider from Italy. Seven more such stations shall follow at Carrefour markets before the year’s end.
Bulk bus order: Scottish Lothian Buses has ordered a total of 316 electric, hybrid and diesel buses from Wrightbus otherwise known as Routemaster bus for London Transport. It has not been disclosed how many buses of each variant will be delivered over four years.
Electric bus line: Five electric buses will serve on the Orange Line in San Fernando Valley, California and charge overhead. A 4.3m federal grant has helped financing the initiative along with another 5.8m match from the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority. By 2020, the entire line shall be electrified.
Nine EV charging stations have been erected at Camden Yards stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Baseball fans can thus charge their electric cars on Level 2 or Level 3 and pay by the month or by trip.
Morocco, Charge Amps, Flint, Envision Solar.
PEV tax package: Morocco decided to remove customs duties for hybrid and electric vehicles from 2017 as a first step in longer process. A 10 perecnt VAT tax or the introduction of a bonus-malus system are being discussed as well. Morocco will host the COP22 talks in December.
Design cable: Charge Amps officially launched RAY, the temperature-sensing charge cable. It has been designed J. Nordwall from Koenigsegg. The first Ray cables are being sent out in Norway now.
German-Spanish cooperation: Spanish Valladolid and the “Metropolregion” in Lower Saxony are to strengthen their joint e-mobility efforts supported by the EU. Electric buses and delivery vans will run in Valladolid for example. The partners will share a booth at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona from Nov, 15 – 17.
metropolregion.de (in German)
H2 bus prototype testing: The Flint Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Michigan, started a one year test with a Proterra prototype running on hydrogen. The trial is to show how the bus works in a cold environment in particular as it has only been run in warmer climates.
Solar expansion and financing: Envision Solar relocated to a more spacious HQ in San Diego. At the same time, the firm announced new financing and leasing models for its solar charging stations.
marketwired.com (HQ), wallstreet-online.de (financing)
Tokyo, CoMO Connect, Porterville, Sonoma County, Tirol.
2020 Olympics powered by H2: Toyota and Honda plan to have at least 6,000 fuel cell vehicles on Japan’s roads by 2020. Tokyo is reportedly ready to spend 45.2bn yen on FCV subsidies of which 1m is reserved for Tokyo residents and 35 hydrogen charging stations. By 2025 , their number shall grow to 80 refuelling stops with the addition of 100,000 hydrogen vehicles and 100 fuel cell buses.
Electric bus pleases: CoMO Connect from Columbia, Missouri, ordered another five electric buses with charging stations from BYD in a lease-to-own agreement over the next 12 years. The lease is valued at about 3.6m dollars. The new buses will join an existing fleet of four.
Funding for electric buses is to go Porterville, as the Californian town receives 9.5m dollar through the Air Resources Board. The money is earmarked for nine electric buses by GreenPower and charging infrastructure. Deliveries will to start in autumn next year.
County charging: 240,000 dollars will be reserved for fostering electric and hybrid vehicles in Sonoma County, California, via an incentive scheme. Meanwhile, six EV charging stations are to be installed for staff and students on the campus of Sonoma State University.
Rent a fuel cell car: Austrian Tirol offers fuel cell vehicles for hire for testing reasons. One day with a hydrogen car costs 40 euros including insurance. There is one hydrogen charging station in Western Austria.
tirol.gv.at (in German)
Tritium, Adelaide, Bangalore, BYD-ADL, Cape Town.
Tritium expands to U.S.: The Australian charging infrastructure provider is looking to expand across the United States, starting with California. Next year, Tritium will set up a first U.S. headquarter in Torrance, complete with a research and a production facility.
Plugging in Down Under: The Australian city of Adelaide wants to increase the number of EV charging stations from now four to 40 by next year, and make these available for free. Meanwhile, businesses, residents, schools and community groups still qualify for subsidies for installing solar panels, energy storage and EV chargers (we reported).
150 e-buses for Bangalore: The Indian megacity decided to purchase 150 electric buses, making it the country’s first metropole to order electrically powered buses on such a large scale.
New order for BYD and ADL: The BYD-ADL (Alexander Dennis Limited) has received its first order in the UK. Bus operator Arriva North West Merseyside wants to purchase twelve Enviro200 EV electric buses and eight charging stations.
Electric buses for Cape Town: As part of a pilot project, the South African city is adding ten electric buses to its MyCITI service from June 2017. The buses will be delivered by BYD, who won the recent tender. The Chinese manufacturer will assemble the buses locally and provide the necessary charging infrastructure.
Energica, 30 kW wireless Charger, innogy, Quebec, Chicago.
Fast-charging motorbikes: Energica will invest 1m euros to set up fast-charging infrastructure for its electric motorbikes. The initiative is to start in 2017 and concentrates on motorways in Italy and California. In the Netherlands, Energia will work with Fastned that offers 4 years of free charging.
30 kW wirelessly: Researchers from TH Deggendorf launched the first inductive EV charging system with a traffic permit. It charges at up to 30 kW – faster than any other – and is currently being tested at two locations, one in a parking garage, the other outdoors.
sueddeutsche.de, pnp.de, antenne.de, th-deg.de (all articles in German)
Pit stop charging: 82 fuel stations will be upgraded with EV fast-charging stations by innogy SE. Already, they installed 50 such juicy multi-standard spots at motorway service stations by Tank & Rast. The latter plans to equip 400 of its locations with fast-charging stations.
emobilserver.de (in German)
Quebec makes ZEV mandatory: The Canadian province adopted a ZEV mandate that requires carmakers to sell EVs for credits in order to compensate for their ICE sales or to buy the credits from others. This is why Tesla had a say in the legislation and made considerable lobbying efforts.
Commercial e-shuttle service: Ten electric buses by Proterra shuttle commuters in Chicago. The fleet was leased by real estate firm JLL and will serve between train stations and iconic buildings managed by JLL. The service is in part funded by Drive Clean Chicago and replaces diesel buses.
BMW and Bosch, Tesla, Liverpool, Costa Rica
2nd life goes live: BMW and Bosch officially inaugurated their energy storage solution in Hamburg. It consists of used electric car batteries. To reach 2.8 MWh/ 2 MW, Bosch and BMW utilised 2,600 battery modules from over 100 cars. The project serves to show long-term prospects of such installations and also provides a buffer for Hamburg’s harbour with Vattenfall on board.
How Tesla may swap its batteries has been revealed by patent application drawings. They show a system that lifts a Tesla to get to its underbelly. The swap has not been widespread so far but might find new life in fleet applications for which Tesla only recently poached an expert from Audi.
Electric buses in Liverpool: Twelve electric buses are to go into service in Liverpool. They are the same as used in London, the BYD ADL Enviro200 single deckers. Arriva North West funds 2.3m GBP of the investment with over 1.6m GBP secured from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Costa Rica to tackle transport: The country’s government is looking into an electric car bill that is to to lift taxes on electric car imports for five years and up to 100,000 units. As it excludes hybrids, Toyota has already asked for its models to be included. A final decision may has to go a long way.
UK, ADEME, Colorado, Greenspot, Tesla.
Modern Transport Bill: British Department for Transport has started a consultation for its Modern Transport Bill. This includes electric transport and suggests the introduction of standards, smart charging as well as the installation of charging stations in park garages and at large service stations. To foster e-mobility is one declared aim of the legislation.
energylivenews.com, newcivilengineer.com, gov.uk
French infrastructure scheme ADEME will run until March 2016. It primarily looks to finance EV charging infrastructure in yet uncoverd areas and with long-term parking. The programme further aims at municipalities and recognised energy unions and finances up to 50% of cost with a cap at 3,000 euros.
avere-france.org (in French)
EV charging in Boulder County: The town of Lafayette opened another public charging station, the fourth in the city. All four stations have been funded through the Charge Ahead Colorado grant programme that bore 80 percent of cost with the remaining 20% coming from the County.
Charging Jersey City: Greenspot, an infrastructure provider, has introduced ten EV charging stations that serve its EV sharing in Jersey City, New Jersey. The latter is done in partnership with GM’s Maven so expect to see some Bolt charging there soon.
Kiwis get Tesla storage: Vector, an utility in New Zealand, opened a grid-scale Tesla Powerpack installation. The Californians delivered 24 Powerpacks for a 1MW/ 2.3MWh system, which is located in a suburb of Auckland. The utiliy deems it the biggest installation in the Asia/Pacific region.
Renault, Portugal, Panasonic, Supercharger, Green Commuters.
Renault pro combo: The French carmaker will offer CCS Combo charging with 22 kW AC and 100 kW DC on all its models in Europe. This leaves Nissan, Mitsubishi and Kia as sole CHAdeMO supporters on the continent. Despite the partnership, Renault’s EV programme director Eric Feunteun made clear that “the Combo 2 standard, which was imposed in Europe, will be our standard.”
insideevs.com, automobile-propre.com (in French)
60m state aid: Portugal’s plan to fund green buses with 60m euros has found approval with the EU commission. The country plans to replace old buses with low emission models, incl. hybrid, electric, CNG, and H2, and to supply respective infrastructure. The EU cohesion fund will bear 85 percent of cost.
Merger aftermath: Tesla and Panasonic will work ever closer together should Tesla merge with SolarCity. If approved, the battery partnership would include residential storage batteries for which it would make photovoltaic cells and modules in Buffalo, New York.
asia.nikkei.com, forbes.com, tesla.com
Supercharger pit stop: The state of New York saw Superchargers going up at gas stations. Tesla works with QuickChek in Kingston and the cooperation might be expanded to further locations in the area.
EV share funding: Green Commuter receives a 250,000 dollar state tax credit in California to advance its EV sharing with Model X. Also the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) in Tennessee granted the firm 750,000 dollars as it reportedly set up 20 Nissan Leaf to hire.
financial.de (California), chargedevs.com (Tennessee)
London, UK, Poland, Denmark, Nissan, Greater Louisville.
Fast-charging London: ChargePoint and BluePoint London from Bolloré plan to introduce fast-chargers for the British capital’s Source network. Until summer 2017, 30 rapid chargers are to go up. Both firms also declared interoperability of GeniePoint and Source London charge spots.
Electric trucks for UK: The British government will make 4m pound available for electric vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. Companies are to receive grants of up to 20,000 GBP to switch large trucks to electric equivalents. The move comes amid Nissan’s fears over Brexit with regard to its Sunderland operation.
Polish e-mobility initiative: Poland’s utilities PGE, Energa, Enea and Tauron entered a Joint Venture to foster electric transport. Each firm holds 25% and the project aims at 1m electric cars on Polish roads in 2025. The university as well as the National Centre for Nuclear Research take part as well.
energetyka.wnp.pl (in Polish)
Denmark and Nissan go V2G: The Danes are working with the Japanese to introduce vehicle-to-grid technology. Denmark’s utility, Frederiksberg Forsyning, installed ten V2G charging units at 10 kW each from Enel. There, ten Nissan e-NV200 will be plugged via ChaDeMo for bi-directional power transfer. The project is the world’s first commercial V2G hub, according to the firms, as all parts are available.
E-bus fleet: 15 electric buses place Greater Louisville’s fleet among the largest electric bus squadrons in the States. The last six units by Proterra have just been acquired by the Transit Authority of River City (TARC). The electric buses come with a bike rack and replace 16 year old models.
Poland, Utrecht, Tesla, Venson + EO Charging, Ballard, Kandi.
EV only zones in Poland? Poland’s Ministry of Energy is looking into introducing ‘low-emissions zones’ in cities, a Polish newspaper reports. This may be a push for coal as much as for green transport as the country relies on carbon sources for its energy needs, while the ruling party PiS pushes back more sustainable alternatives.
cleantechnica.com, parlamentarny.pl (in Polish)
Ten electric buses have been acquired by the Dutch town of Utrecht, where they replace ten older diesel vehicles. The 12 metre models will serve an entire line by spring next year and have been bought in a joint effort by the Utrecht public transport bus provider, Qbuzz, the municipality, and the province.
Supercharging Ireland: Tesla is to expand to the republic with a new store, likely in Dublin, as well as EV charging stations by 2017. Ireland is the last Western European country missing on the Tesla map and was due to be connected already this year.
Clean fleet cooperation: Leasing company Venson Automotive Solutions partnered with charging infrastructure provider EO Charging, to help fleet providers switch to electric. They set up the ‘CleanFleet‘ service, which uses GPS data to see if a more electric and/or hybrid fleet is feasible.
Ballard bus update: Ballard Power Systems is to deliver technology for 300 fuel cell buses in the Chinese cities of Foshan and Yunfu reportedly. The latter has now taken delivery of ten such hydrogen buses, while Foshan received the first twelve earlier this month.
Kandi is to sell 50,000 EV over 5 years through Shanxi Coal, a strategic cooperation agreement sets out. Kandi says the agreement is to stabilise the firm’s EV business in times of varying subsidy policies.
Hyundai, Solaris, Mahindra, XL Hybrid, OCPP.
Hyundai to charge Belgium: 85 EV charging station are planned at Hyundai dealerships in Belgium and Luxembourg. The car maker will cooperate with utility provider Eneco as the Ioniq launch draws near. The first charger stands in Bruges.
lesoir.be (in French)
Homerun for Solaris: Polish bus maker Solaris has received an order from Poland over 42 electric buses. 22 Urbino of different sizes will go to Jaworzno and another 20 are destined for Krakow. Deliveries are set for 2017.
omnibusrevue.de (in German)
Homerun for Mahindra: 50 eSupro cargo vans by Mahindra have been ordered by Indian Brring Logistics. The last-mile delivery service has received the first ten electric vans in New Delhi already. They can travel up to 112 miles on a charge.
XL Hybrid retrofitted five vans for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Also, Montgomery County saw 15 vehicles being hybridised with the firm’s XL3 Hybrid system.
Prince Gorge County, fleetowner.com
International interoperability: ‘EV Charging Equipment Data Exchange Technical Committee’ is to introduce version 2 of the OCPP to establish the de-facto standard for EV-to-network communications officially and globally. Already ABB, Allego, EV-Box, EVgo, Mennekes, Schneider Electric, Siemens and The New Motion among others are on board. OCPP 2.0 is to be published this month.
Ultra-E, Power Authority, California, Renault, EnBW, LAPD.
Ultra-fast charging at 350 kW: An ultra-fast EV charging network is to go up in Europe through the ‘Ultra-E’ EU pilot project. 25 stations with CCS connection delivering up to 350 kW will stretch along the TEN-T corridors that run through Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands from 2018. Current electric cars will charge at 50 kW. Audi, BMW, Renault, Hubject, Allego and Smatrics are on board.
EV charge network for NYC: The New York Power Authority has made 300 locations available for the installation of EV charging stations by local governments. Technology will be provided at low cost by the state authority via ChargeNY. The scheme targets 3,000 stations by 2018 and has realised 50% so far.
California to adapt EV incentives: The golden state increases incentives for PHEV by 500 dollars for those on lower income. At the same time, from Nov,1, California raises the high income cap so those in excess of it will be not eligible for funding anymore with the exception of FCV.
Renault roaming: Renault’s ZE pass is valid in France, too. Here, EV drivers can use the app and RFID chip to plug in at 1,600 EV charging stations of the roaming initiative Gireve.
Cross-company payment: 700 charge points of EnBW in German now allow for direct payments via Hubject’s intercharge direct system. No contract or prepaid card is required.
LAPD eyes Tesla: The Los Angeles Police Department drives BMW i3 reportedly, yet the Model S is still on trial in full police gear. The law enforcement’s biggest worry so far is price, hence why it opted for BMW initially, but the LADP intends to acquire 100 more electric cars within this year.
autoblog.com, autoguide.com, nbclosangeles.com (with video)
Renault, Innogy, Taiyuan, Living lab Smart Charging, Tritium.
Renault with charging app: The French carmaker and Bosch have developed the Z.E. Pass, allowing Zoe drivers to use an RFID card or app to plug in at some 4,000 chargers in Germany. The app also provides information on pricing and enables cashless payment directly at the charger. The offer will soon be expanded to other European countries.
firmenauto.de, n24.de (articles in German)
New e-carsharing in Germany: RWE subsidiary Innogy now offers e-carsharing and charging infrastructure together under the brand eCarSharing. For a monthly fee, users can book a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf for when they need it. The cars will be provided German Drive CarSharing. While the offer is mostly addressed at businesses and communities, individuals may also make use of it.
flotte.de, presseportal.de (in German)
Clearing the air: The city of Taiyuan, the capital of Chinese province Shanxi, will replace no less than 8,000 ICE taxis with EVs. Instead of getting behind the wheel of a VW or Santana, drivers will swop for subsidised BYD e6. Moreover, the region will set up 1,600 charge points.
Peak power for EVS : Dutch project “Living Lab Smart Charging” is looking to charge electric vehicles when there is an excess of renewable energy, effectively using the former as mobile energy storage. Some 325 communities that provide a total of 80 percent of the Netherlands’ chargers are said to have already have joined the initiative.
New chargers: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium will present three new DC chargers at the eCarTec in Munich this week. The Veefil UT 50kW DC fast-charger is designed for utilities and connects directly to the grid, while Veefil WP 12kW DC is made for workplace and fleet applications. The Veefil 22kW DC is produced for locations with a lower power supply.
UK, Royal HaskoningDHV, Greenspot, Indianapolis, New Zealand.
EV privileges in UK? Clean Air Zones to be introduced in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby, and Southampton could see electric cars getting road priority. Proposed privileges include use of bus lanes, exemption from one-way systems and priority at traffic lights for EV. The latter in particular appears a recipe for chaos. Environmental lawyers and campaigners claim the British Government’s initiative to be “too little, too late,” esp. as it is limited to five cities.
bbc.co.uk, theguardian.com, consult.defra.gov.uk (clean air zone draft)
Fleet electrification: 26 BMW i3 are the start of a 100 percent electric fleet for Dutch engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV. The electric cars replace internal combustion engine vehicles and the bureau plans to operate its entire leasing fleet of 625 cars purely electrically by 2020.
Chevy Volt sharing: Ten EV charging stations were unveiled in Jersey City by infrastructure provider Greenspot. Two are reserved for GM’s Maven electric car sharing with Chevy Volts. Jersey thus has the first Maven in the New York Metropolitan area.
Airport electrification: 12.6m dollars have been awarded to the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) for upgrades that include six electric shuttle buses. It would be the largest electric fleet at any U.S. airport.
Kiwis to go green: Thirty of New Zealand’s largest companies, among them Air New Zealand and Mercury, have agreed to electrify 30 percent of their fleets by 2019. The move will put close to 1,500 electric cars on the road, thus doubling the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand.
UK, ABB, U.S. Navy, Carloh, Evolt.
UK invests further in electric mobility: The UK government announced that it will spend a total of 30m pounds on charging infrastructure and another 5,75m on subsidising electric two-wheelers and fuel cell vehicles. It will also take delivery of two more Nissan Leaf.
Rapid bus charger for all: ABB has opened its first fast-charger for electric buses at the Volvo bus terminal in Gothenburg. It is based on the OppCharge interface, due to which buses and chargers from different manufactures are made compatible. The goal is to simplify the introduction of electric bus systems.
U.S. Navy goes EV: The California Energy Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of the Navy, according to which the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy will lease a total of 250 electric vehicles for its location in the Golden State. It is the biggest U.S. government deal for electric vehicles to date.
Luxembourg shares electric: The carsharing scheme Carloh, which kicked off about a year ago, will also offer EVs to share from November, as well as open nine new stations. How many electric cars will be made available has not been announced.
Connecting Western Isles: Charge point supplier Evolt has installed another 11 chargers on the islands of the Outer Hebrides (UK). That includes three 50 kW chargers and three 22 kW fast-chargers. The remaining five chargers have an output of 7kW.
Munich, Cannon, BlueCity, Evercar, EVGo.
Munich goes on the e-offensive:: The city wants to successively replace 220 of its own vehicles that don’t travel more than 80 km per day with EVs by 2023. Munich says it will take delivery of the first 70 electric vehicles by the end of next year. EV infrastructure in the city will also be build up in the coming months.
abendzeitung-muenchen.de (in German)
New turbo-chargers announced: ITT brand Cannon will present a new fast-charging system at the eCarTec in Munich next week. According to company, the liquid cooled plug and cable design has been tested at 400 amperes and 1,000 Volt.
E-carsharing expands: London’s Bolloré offspring BlueCity will start offering its e-carsharing vehicles at the Gatwick airport. A total of five chargers will be installed there over the coming months.
Evercar throws in the towel: The company that rented out electric and hybrid cars to Uber and Lift drivers (we reported) will do so no more. The business model was apparently not as lucrative as they had hoped.
Fast-charging Colorado: EVGo has finished setting up 18 new fast-chargers in Colorado, which already has a network of public charging. The provider says it wants to ultimately offer a place to plug “within 5 to 10 miles of any given location in a larger city.”
Homecharger, London, GoCar, Iceland, UPS, Stagecoach.
EU guidelines push homecharger: According to the Guardian, the EU is working on a directive that would see an EV charger installed in every new or renovated home from 2019. From 2023, 10 percent of parking of new buildings will need to have a place to plug in. The guidelines will be published before the end of the year.
Stricter rules in London: London’s mayor Sadiq Khan presented detailed plans on setting up Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) from 2019. He also kicked off talks about a 10 pound increase of city toll (T-charge) from October of next year.
i3-Sharing in Dublin: Carsharing scheme GoCar now offers ten BMW i3 for short-term rental in the Irish capital. The EVs are parked at ten chargers within the city area.
Iceland plugs in: Icelandic utility Orkusalan announced that it will install an EV charging station in every community in Iceland. The first of around 80 chargers will already be erected in the coming weeks.
New Workhorses: UPS says it will add another 200 hybrid delivery vans from workhorse to it fleet next year. The electric vans with range extender will go into service in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and possibly other U.S. states.
Hybrid short-distance transport: Stagecoach has ordered seven hybrid double-deck buses that will go into service in Scottish Dundee next year. Stagecoach already counts 18 hybrid buses on its fleet.
Innogy, AVIC Jonhan, Air Liquide, Uno-X, Australia.
Innogy chargers in California? Following its IPO, RWE subsidiary Innogy is looking to in invest in the U.S. Next to solar and wind energy, the company is also focusing on charging infrastructure there. Innogy CEO Peter Terium told German Welt am Sonntag that they were “able to convince the California regulating authority to adapt German standards and norms for EV charging infrastructure.”
welt.de (in German) via reuters.com
Chinese-Swiss charging alliance: Chinese company AVIC Jonhon and Swiss start-up Juice Technology have formed a strategic joint venture for the European market. Together, the two companies want to develop “groundbreaking” AC and DC charging infrastructure.
moneycab.com (in German)
Air Liquide informs: The hydrogen specialist has launched a website, outlining the benefits of H2 for the public. Together with California Fuel Cell Partnership, Air Liquide also started the “Hydrogen Station Finder” – an app for H2 infrastructure.
greencarcongress.com, letscleartheair.com (website); itunes.apple.com, play.google.com (app)
H2 in Norway: Norwegian company Uno-X Hydrogen has received just under 20 Mio. krone (about 2.45 Mio. USD) in funding, to set up a hydrogen production facility as well as two fuelling stations in Bergen. Financier is the Norwegian public enterprise Enova SF, who is looking to expand the country’s H2 network.
Electric delivery Down Under: The Australian postal service is looking to use electric vehicles for deliveries in cities starting next year. The EVs can hold up to 100 parcels at a time – three times more than the motorbikes currently in use.
Aiport Cars, E-Lada, Chargemaster, Denver.
Electric pick-up: Taxi company Airport Cars, operating at the Gatwick airport in London, wants switch out its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid cars by 2020. The fleet currently consist of 250 vehicles and the company has ordered a first batch of Tesla Model S, which it will begin testing in 2017.
E-Lada to see the light? Recently, Russian company AvtoVAZ presented an electric version of the Russian cult car (we reported). Now, the national nuclear agency RosAtom seems ready to fund production by purchasing between 3,000 and 6,000 units, as well as promising to help set up infrastructure. But nothing is fix quite yet.
Funding E-Carsharing: The electric scheme in Chattanooga, Tennessee (we reported), has received 750,000 dollars in local funding from the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). It will therefore kick off with 20 Nissan Leaf and 20 chargers before the end of the month.
Free homecharger: New buyers of a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the UK will now receive a free Chargemaster Homecharger, including installation. The network also adds a POLAR Plus card to give the driver free access to chargers across the country for six months. The offer is valid until the end of the year, while chargers must be installed at home by January 31st, 2017.
More plugs at Denver airport: The Denver International Airport recently opened a new parking structure with more than 1,800 stalls. It also includes six EV chargers, while another ten could be added during the months of October. It total, there will be 36 places to plug in.
COP22, GreenTech Malaysia, Jeju, Burbank, Halifax, New York.
50 EVs for COP22: Renault-Nissan will provide 50 electric shuttles during the climate conference in Marrakesh. The Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 will shuttle participants between the different conference locations. Some 20 chargers will be installed in the Moroccan capital to power the fleet.
Plugging in at fuelling stations: GreenTech Malaysia has signed an agreement with Petronas Dagangan to set up chargers at 66 of their petrol stations, located alongside major motorways. All chargers will have an output of 22 kW and installations will begin in December.
Pushing electrification: The South Korean island of Jeju wants to increase the number of EVs from currently 1 percent to at least 2 percent by mid-2017, and 5 percent by the end of next year. It will also set up an additional 194 fast-chargers and 52 slow chargers. 46 fast-chargers will even be free to use until the end of 2017.
Charge and fly: Burbank may not be the biggest or busiest airport in the LA region, but it now has three EV chargers for travellers to plug in. Moreover, the city of Burbank is looking to set up a fast-charger close to the airport. And those using valet, can even have their EV charged while they’re away.
Almost green fleet: Halifax started a feasibility study to look into the use of electric buses. It partners with utility Nova Scotia Power, who admitted that the electric busses may not be as green as in other fleets, as their majority of power is produced using fossil fuels. But, the percentage of renewables is rising, so electric mobility is beginning to make sense.
Smart NYPD: The New York police has taken delivery of 100 Smart Fortwo, while another 150 are on their way. None of these have a plug. The question is: would they, if Daimler hadn’t waited this long to present a new Smart ED?
NeMo, ChargeNow, DriveNow, Delaware, Nottingham, Multicity.
More interoperability with NeMo: The EU-funded project Hyper Network for electro-Mobility (NeMo) unites 19 partners from eight European countries, working to improve interoperability of electric mobility services. The project will continue for three years.
ChargeNow update in Asia: BMW now offers ChargeNow in Japan. Drivers of the Bavarian’s electric and plug-in hybrid models can plug in at some 14,000 NCS network locations across the country. Meanwhile, BMW partnered with GreenTech in Malaysia, giving its customers access to the ChargEV network with 95 locations.
japan.ahk.de (Japan; in German), carlist.my (Malaysia)
DriveNow starts in Milan: The carsharing scheme from BWM and Sixt will be available in Italy’s second biggest city from October 19th. A total of 480 BMWs will be made available. An additional 20 BMW i3 will join the fleet in the coming months.
EV incentives prolonged: The U.S. state of Delaware will renew its incentive programme for cars with alternative drivetrains when it runs out at the end of the month, as well raise the rebate from 2,200 to 3,500 dollars for battery-powered vehicles. Moreover, the state will foot half the bill of a private charger and even 75 percent of the cost for an EV charger in a commercial environment.
Preferential lanes: Nottingham kicked off works for a six-mile Eco-Expressway. It will see an extra lane in both directions that is reserved for electric vehicles only. Electric buses will be allowed to use the lane as well.
Multicity loses electric edge: The previously all-electric carsharing scheme added 100 petrol-powered Citroën C1 to its fleet in Berlin. With 250 Citroën C-Zero, the offer is still mostly EV, but citing customers’ “growing mobility needs,” Berlin seems ready to abandon its role as the capital of electric mobility.
DBT, Styria, Navya, GoDrive, Philadelphia, Québec.
150 kW charger from France: French infrastructure provider DBT presented its first 150 kW, multi-standard EV charger in Paris, offering CCS, CHAdeMO and Type 2 charging. The NG 150 is said to be available from spring of next year.
avere-france.org (in French)
Styria presents electric mobility strategy: The Austrian federal state introduced its electric mobility strategy from now to 2030. The goal is to have at least 200,000 charging points by then, while the region now offers a rebate of up to 5,000 euro for private individuals who buy or lease an electric vehicle.
steiermark.at, steiermark.at (in German)
New frontiers: The small autonomous bus Arma from French manufacturer Navya will also be tested in New Zealand next year. It will first be put into operation at the airport in Christchurch, but will eventually be allowed to roam the streets there.
Last miles for GoDrive: The Ford carsharing pilot (we reported) will terminate at the end of the month. A total of 50 Ford had been made available to the public in London, with half the fleet consisting of the Ford Focus Electric. The carmaker will use gained data to develop new offers.
Philly police plug-in: Police in Philadelphia have taken delivery of their first Ford Fusion Energi. The PPD will add a total of 17 part-time EVs to its fleet by January, to be used by the eight police districts and two departments. Another five for municipality purposes will follow.
Fuel for all: All four regions of the Canadian province will kick off a pilot project early 2018, opening fuelling stations that offer hydrogen, natural gas and electricity. Québec wants to only install these kinds of multi-energy stations in the future.
Daimler, Ballard Power Systems, Tesla, UPS, Arizona, EnBW.
AirBnB a la Daimler: The carmaker is looking to start off a peer-to-peer carsharing service in German and the U.S. next month, allowing people to rent out their leased Mercedes or Smart to others. It is part of Daimler’s new strategy CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric), which it announced at the Paris Auto Show last week.
Fuel cell in China: 12 fuel cell buses from Ballard Power Systems will hit the road in the Chinese city of Foshan. The delivery is part of a deal between Ballard and the cities of Foshan and Yunfu, according to which the OEM will deliver a total of 300 H2 buses to the two cities (we reported).
Supercharging Tesla taxis: The EV maker has set a Supercharger with 12 stalls at the Montreal-Trudeau airport in Canada for taxi company Taxelco’s fleet of Tesla Model S. It is therefore the largest privately owned Supercharger. Because it is privately owned, capacity is capped at 60 kW, instead of the regular 120 kW.
Electric delivery: UPS has begun operating 50 hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks from Lightning Hybrids in the Chicago area. The vehicles were first trialled in 2014, and feature a patented parallel hydraulic hybrid system that has no electric batteries. Instead, braking energy is stored in hydraulic pumps and used to power the wheels.
Charging Arizona: The Salt River Project (SRP) and EVgo are installing five fast-chargers with both CCS and CHAdeMO in the towns of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe in the U.S. state of Arizona. SRP also offer a price plan for EV drivers, while providing incentives for business that invent in chargers for the public and/or employees.
SM!GHT draws international clientele: One year after introducing its multifunctional street lights, which can also be used to charge EVs, German utility EnBW is happy with its success. More than 85 German cities and municipal utilities already opted for the solution, while enquiries have also arrived from Prague, Stavanger (Norway) and Caloundra (Australia).
enbw.com (in German)
Paris, CKW, Innovate UK, Canada.
Car free riverbank: The right bank of the river Seine in Paris will be free of cars, the mayor Anne Hidalgo decided in what she called a “reconquest” of the French river. Instead of rows of traffic, Parisians and visitors will be free to roam and breathe deeply from Tuileries to Bastille over a stretch of 3.3 km. The plan only needs the final approval of the police.
Electric CVs to go public: Swiss utility CKW says it operated Switzerland’s biggest EV fleet to date. 50 Renault Zoe and Kangoo ZE serve already. Four of those will be made available to the public on weekends via the car sharing platform Sharoo and can be charged with renewables.
Is smart charging feasible asks the ITSES project. Funded by Innovate UK, the possibility of setting up V2G charging stops at the Park Royal underground station as well as at the planned Old Oak Common station in London is being explored over the course of one year.
Charging Canada: More than 200 electric vehicle charging stations may spring up in Edmonton, capital of Alberta province, by 2018. The government is waiting to receive federal funding over 1.2m for their plan. A binding decision will be made this October.
Bluepoint London, PSA Free2Move, Share & Charge, BP, Nel.
London charges: Bluepoint London is to add another 400 charging points to its Source London network. Charging spaces can be booked ahead via app. However, rejoicing at those new spots will be charged by time plus a monthly fee. All existing charge spots will remain free of charge.
PSA to share more: Free2Move is a new label for carsharing. PSA has acquired shares in Communauto, which is active in the USA, Canada as well as Paris. Furthermore, PSA will tighten its bonds with Bolloré to add 50 Citroën C-Zero to the Bluely und Bluecub fleets in Lyon and Bordeaux.
autoexpress.co.uk (Free2Move), businesswire.com (Communauto), automotiveworld.com (Bolloré)
Private sharing: Share & Charge, a community by Slock.it and RWE spin-off Innogy, enables users to share their private EV charging stations and to define pricing. The service is now at beta testing stage in Germany. Eventually, the programme shall even include renting out EVs.
BP is giving in to a new era, adding fast-charging to 10 gas stations. The service was set up with Nissan’s No Charge to Charge programme in North Carolina. Nissan says that once the new BP station charging units are up, Leaf drivers in the area are never more than 10 miles from a fast-charger.
Combined hydrogen charging: Nel Hydrogen Solutions has won a 1.5m euro contract by Latvian SIA Hydrogenis for the delivery of the new dual capability station, which offers a combined hydrogen fuelling solution for cars and buses in Riga. Delivery is planned for mid-2017.
BMW, NCY Clean Fleet, Singapore, France, BayCAP.
BMW charges New Zealand: The German carmaker partners with Charge.Net.NZ to install 100 DC fast-charging stations on the islands. This ‘Electric Highway’ will support both CCS and CHAdeMO and is powered by renewable energy. Charge Net operates 20 such stations and another 80 are to follow by the end of 2017. Drivers will be able to pay with a Charge Now card at the stations.
NYC Clean Fleet: New York’s electric vehicle fleet is growing and already consists of 500 EVs, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. He reportedly plans to operate the biggest electric fleet a city has yet seen. NYC is indeed on course to break the 1,000 EV benchmark by the end of 2017.
Electric service fleet: Utility Singapore Power plans to replace its entire fleet of 400 vehicles with electric vans bit by bit. The first 31 Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. will enter service before the year’s end.
Charging France: Département Alpes-de-Haute-Provence will install 50 EV charging stations in 44 municipalities by the end of next year. Meanwhile, the city of Roche-sur-Yon is testing three streetlamp charging posts developed by Bouygues Energies & Services over six months. If the trial is successful, such posts might be rolled out across France.
avere-france.org (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), avere-france.org (Roche-sur-Yon, both in French)
With the completion of the Bay Area Charge Ahead Project (BayCAP), EV drivers can charge at 152 new charging stations in 20 cities. BayCAP was funded with about 1m dollars from the CEC and developed with the support of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative and the California EV Alliance.
Easymile, BC Hydro, Recargo, Sonoma State University, CEP.
Autonomous e-shuttle: Paris saw driverless minibus EZ10 roam along the river Seine. Maker Easymile is working with the French transport provider RATP and set a new test for this year. With a top speed of 25 kph, the EZ10 has been tested in Japan, Singapore, California, and Finland before.
Charging Canada: Utility BC Hydro completed its pilot project to install 30 DC fast-charging station in British Columbia. More than 98 percent of the electricity generated in the province was from clean or renewable sources last year.
Charging California: Recargo has allocated the 1.6m in funding from the California Energy Commission as it reveals eight locations for DC fast-chargers. They will be installed at key sites in Buellton, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, King City, Greenfield, Gonzales, and Gilroy.
Charging California, too is Sonoma State University, which will install six EV charging stations on campus by the end of the year. Their use will be analysed to see if more are needed in the future.
New H2 station: The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) has opened a new hydrogen charging stop at a gas station in Metzingen, a town in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Energica, London, Nissan, CharIn, USPS, EVgo.
Fast-charging for bikes: Starting next year, Energica and partners will set up fast-charging infrastructure (CCS) for electric motorcycles along popular routes in Italy and California. The company will also accept used bikes as payment for a set residual value and offer a battery guarantee for five years or 100,000 km.
Chargers for London: The London Borough of Wandsworth will install as many as 125 new EV charging points in six months that will be integrated into the citywide charging network Source London. However, the cabinet has not given the final green light quite yet.
Nissan is popular in Scotland: Both the Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian have opted for the all-electric Nissan e-NV200. While the latter added two of the electric vans to its fleet, the Midlothian Council now counts a total of eight electric cars on its fleet.
CharIn grown: The CCS initiative has gained a new member, as Taiwanese OEM Delta Electronics has signed on. Recent newcomers included Hubject, Faraday Future, and Renault.
pressebox.de (in German)
Alternative postal cars: The United States Postal Service (USPS) has chosen six suppliers to convert its 180,000 vehicles (we reported). A total of 50 prototypes will be built for a six-month trial – half with hybrid, and half with other alternative drivetrains.
Charge and shop: Nissan and EVgo has set up fast-charging at five Hannaford supermarket locations in the U.S. state of Maine. Users can pay with credit card or their monthly EVgo subscription.