Nov 17, 2015 - 09:39 am

Hydrogenics, China Dynamics, India, Supercharger, EV Connect.

Chinese-Canadian cooperation: Hydrogenics says it sealed several deals with EV integrators from China to supply its fuel cell technology and hydrogen stations. The agreement covers more than 2,000 vehicles over the next three to five years, the Canadian company reports.

100 electric buses: The city of Xingtai in Chinese Hebei province ordered a hundred electric buses from China Dynamics after a successful trial. Deliveries will be completed before the end of this year. 90 of those electric buses measure eight metres in lenght, the another ten are 10.5 metres long. (PDF)

10 electric buses: The government of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh bought ten electric buses with subsidies to serve on the Manali-Rohtang route and elsewhere. At the same time, a trial with Mahindra’s electric maxi-cabs will start in the second week of December.

154.2m dollars net book value is what Tesla reports for its Supercharger network. At the end of the last quarter, 536 charging stations were live worldwide resulting in average costs of 284,000 dollars each.

2.7m dollars in funding were collected in EV Connect’s latest round of equity financing. The company provides software solutions to manage EV charging infrastructure via cloud. The money will be spend on growth and to take EV Connect to profitability.

Nov 16, 2015 - 08:39 am

Norway, Proterra, London, Kentucky, Washington.

Electric mail: The post office branch in the Norwegian province of Rogaland replaced its fleet with 16 electric cars. It is part of the Posten Norge’s strategy to replace all vehicles with electric ones by autumn 2016 (we reported) and intends to buy another 300 EVs from Renault and Nissan next year. (in Norwegian)

Country meets electric: A total of nine Proterra electric buses are now in service in Nashville, Tennessee. They are running on the blue and green line of the Music City Circuit. Some 50 bus drivers were trained to operate the all-electric buses, which have room for up to 42 passengers (27 seated).,

Room for EVs: London neighbourhoods Hammersmith and Fulham are said to build 40 charging points for electric vehicles by the end of 2016. The application for ten on-street car-charging spots (each with two chargers) has been submitted; another ten are said to follow shortly.

Kentucky charges ahead: Utilities Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company want to each install ten charging stations in the U.S. state. These will all be public. Moreover, business owners will have the chance to host a charger, if they agree to a five-year commitment.,

ZEVs for dam project: The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State, USA, will add 27 Electric Utility Vehicles (EUVs) to its fleet, to cut the use of petrol by 10 to 15 percent. The cars feature Li-ion batteries, have a top speed of 20 mph and will be used to make short trips around the 18 square mile campus.

Nov 13, 2015 - 08:31 am

V2G, Vector, Fasned, DC charging, West Norfolk.

V2G initiative: The University of California, San Diego, will introduce electric vehicles. The fleet consists of Nissan and Honda electric cars and will be charged and operated by EVgo. The firm also wants to test bi-directional charging and feed into UC San Diego’s advanced microgrid.,

Vector shows progress in setting up a promised 35 EV rapid-charging stations in New Zealand. The first station that sports two fast-charging spots has been installed in Auckland and the company says another fifteen will be erected soon.

Longer and faster: Nissan’s new 30 kWh battery of the Leaf not only holds more power than the previous 24-kWh version but also charges faster, Fastned reveals after real-life testing. The quicker replenishing is probably due to the alternated cell chemistry.,

The faster the better: EV drivers prefer rapid-charging over Level 2 charging 12 to 1, a survey by NRG eVgo in the Bay area reveals. This means that in the long run, DC charging might be where the money is for infrastructure providers, while AC charging will likely remain free of charge.

200,000 pounds were invested in EV charging infrastructure, as British West Norfolk is now equipped with three stations. Each includes two rapid charging spots. The initiative is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and a Nissan consortium.


Nov 12, 2015 - 09:09 am

Car2Go, ABB, Tesla, incentives, Electric Circuit.

Car2Go electrifies Madrid: The carsharing scheme set up shop in the Spanish city with an all-electric fleet. Customers will not need to charge themselves. The service team will collect the electric Smarts and charge them at one of the city’s four hubs. After Stuttgart, Amsterdam, and San Diego, Madrid is the fourth city to get an all-electric Car2Go fleet. (in German), (in Spanish), (video)

Visa or Mastercard? ABB has added a credit card option for its Terra 53 fast-charger. The technology also supports contactless payment options, such as Apple Pay or Android Pay. Previously installed models can also be retrofitted with the credit card terminal.,

Destination China: Tesla says it completed its charging infrastructure grid in North and Northeast China. Most charge points are ‘Destination Charger.’ By adding to its infrastructure, Tesla hopes to make its EV more attractive to potential buyers, as sales in China remain below the company’s expectations.

Incentive: According to a recent study by the University of California, LA (UCLA), 40% of all purchases of plug-in vehicles made between 2010 and 2013 in California were motivated by the possibility of using HOV lanes. The law is up for review in 2019.

Dorval doubles chargers: The Canadian city now hast two new EV charging stations at its sport complex that are part of the country’s Electric Circuit. Dorval had already installed two charge points at the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport.

Nov 11, 2015 - 10:37 am

Luxembourg , Pod Point, The New Motion, Washington, BlueIndy.

Luxembourg gears up: The city-state wants to install 800 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2020. The first 300 will be erected by July 2017, another 560 two years later.

POD Point charges ahead: The British provider of charging infrastructure has started two crowdfunding schemes in order to raise 1.75m pounds. The first 1.5m are to come from the “Electric Equity” programme, where people can purchase shares. The remain 250,000 GBP from the “Open Charge Bond” campaign will be used to increase POD Point’s open charging bays.,

Le nouveau mouvement: Dutch company The New Motion signs on Egis, which offers engineering, project structuring and operations services, as a new shareholder. It will therefore also open an office in Paris, France, to expand its operation across Europe.

Hydrogen for the capitol: A total of five H2 buses have gone into service in Washington, DC; another 21 are said to follow in the coming year. The first batch services some of the busiest routes that see about 200,000 people on a workday. Each bus comes with a price tag of 970,000 dollars.

BlueIndy is a success: The electric carsharing scheme in Indianapolis only kicked off in September. The programme already counts more than 500 members, who completed a total of 3,000 trips with the Bolloré cars. BlueIndy workers continue to come to new carsharing stations to explain the vehicles and sign up new drivers.

Nov 10, 2015 - 09:00 am

Malaysia, Tesco Bengaluru, Neusoft Reach, Blink.

Put to the test: The Malaysian city of Putrajaya (and recent setting for the Formula E) will begin a trial run with ten electric buses in September of next year. The Japanese-built e-buses are said to have a range of 30 km after ten minutes of charging. If the trial is successful, the latter could replace buses currently in service.

Electric ride to work: Partnering with Lithium Urban Technologies, Tesco Bengaluru will have its employees picked up and dropped off in electric Mahindra E2O taxies. 40 EVs will be in service to start. Tesco Bengaluru will also install a fast-chargers on its premises, which is supplied with hydroelectric energy.

V2G system from Shanghai: Chinese company Neusoft Reach has introduced an intelligent internet-based charging system with vehicle-to-grip capabilities. The system uses power line communication technology, able to pass information between EV and charging pile via the charging cable.

Park and plug: The Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania will get two Blink DC rapid-chargers. The first will be installed early 2016 at the “cellphone lot,” where people can wait to pick up passengers. The second will be erected at a parking garage at a later date.


Nov 9, 2015 - 09:43 am

RAC survey, Irish ESB, ChargePoint, New York, BMW i3.

Charge preferred: 23 percent of 500 British firms questioned by RAC would prefer to pay a charge than to upgrade their fleet to operate in clean air zones. 27% already run fleets that comply, while 15% claim they would invest in EVs and HEVs to adhere to new standards. However, it all comes down to cost.

Charge rejected: Irish ESB announced the end of free charging on the emerald island from January. New customers will be charged 16.99 euros a month to get unlimited access to low-speed charging points, but there will be an additional 30 cents per minute cost for fast charging.

Charge reviewed: Eric Cote scrutinised the ChargePoint Home station for a month and looked at installation (“extremely simple”), set up (“a breeze”), as well as use with his Chevy Volt and the app. The latter allows to set charging times manually or according to electricity rates.

Charging NYC: Aaron Dorman looks at charging stations in the state of New York, which counts the fifth most chargers in the country. However, these are disproportionately concentrated in the wealthier suburbs around the Big Apple. A highway programme started to enable longer distances.

Safe bet: The BMW i3 proves popular with emergency fleets in Bavaria, Milan, Los Angeles, and London. The carmaker draws from existing expertise and equipment like flashing lights for roofs or sirens. In Poland, a new use was found for the compact EV, as it serves as cash transport., (cash transport)

Nov 9, 2015 - 09:42 am

Tesla, Robert Llewelly.

Video tip I: Tesla takes you on a 90-second tour through its Fremont facility. As red robots take centre stage, the factory is strangely devoid of humans apart from a handful of men and women polishing the machines’ work. via

Video tip II: At this year’s Cenex LCV, Robert Llewellyn took a look at BMW’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell, the fully-electric Land Rover Evoque and a four wheel drive electric Delta E4 made in Britain.

Nov 6, 2015 - 09:22 am

North Rhine-Westphalia, Linz, Renault, Chichester District Council.

German charging infrastructure: Half a million euros will be spend by North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, for the installation of up to 200 EV charging stations within its county borders. The initiative is part of a joint investment programme of Germany’s federal and state governments, which will kick off next year. (in German)

Fresh fleet: The Austrian city of Linz will see 20 electric catenary buses successively replacing existing ones by 2017. The Van Hool buses cost public transport provider Linz AG 20m euros. They are 24 m long, have room for 180 passengers and a range of up to 10 km. (in German)

Twizy patrol: Four Renault Twizy are now patrolling the streets of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. They are part of a one year trial. So far, fuel savings and maneuverability during rush hour speak in the electric quad’s favour. City Hall also operates five electric scooters.

Fleet replacement: British Chichester District Council will replace seven petrol vehicles in its fleet with electric ones when their leases run out. The will be used by the parking services department and external contractors. The council hopes to save 1,000 GBP per year per vehicle.


Nov 5, 2015 - 09:29 am

Latvia, Nissan, Renault, Arizona.

The Latvian charging network gets the go ahead with the government approving a plan to erect 235 EV charging stations by 2022. EU regional develoment funds will provide 7.09m of the needed 8.34m Euros needed in funding.

Free to charge: Nissan expands its No Charge to Charge promotion to Salt Lake City. Leaf drivers benefit from up to two years of complimentary public charging in the city that also grants electric cars free two-hour parking and HOV lane access.

Rental Twizy: 26 of Renault’s electric quads roam New Forest in Britain. The rental fleet was deployed in 2013, but is now under new management from Hire A Twizy – for 49 pounds a day. The operator plans to launch a similar programme on the Isle of Wight.

Electric airport: Ground equipment at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, will be electrified. The Federal Aviation Administration will provide a one million dollar grant via its Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) programme to fund the undertaking.

Nov 4, 2015 - 09:34 am

Deutsche Post, Hyundai, Solaris, Borne Recharge, Fleet Market Attitudes.

Electric mail delivery: Deutsche Post launched the ‘GoGreen Regional’ pilot project for business customers in the German cities of Duisburg and Essen. It is a give and take; the more mail orders are received via GoGreen, the higher the investment in deliveries with electric vehicles. To bolster up the claim, a total of 30 electric StreetScooter will be deployed in both towns.

Over 250 Hyundai ix35 Fuell Cell are on the roads in Europe this October. The Korean carmaker just delivered another 50 hydrogen vehicles. By the end of 2015, they can found in 13 European countries, with Spain and Switzerland being the latest markets added to the list.,

Electric buses in Poland: Solaris has won a bid to deploy four electric buses to the Polish city of Krakow. The Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric will go into operation by June next year. (in German), (in Polish)

French wallboxes made in China: Borne Recharge has entered a partnership in China to produce its EV charging equipment in a facility located in Zhongshan city. The site will become fully operational in 2016. Borne Recharge also cooperates with Nissan, Kia, and Renault. (in French), English info via mail

Potential fuel savings: Fleet managers could save up to 500 pounds if they would switch to electric and hybrid vehicles, Kia writes in its ‘Fleet Market Attitudes.’ The survey also noted a lack of time and knowledge to identify most cost-effective vehicles.

Nov 3, 2015 - 09:06 am

German fast-chargers, Italy, BMW i3, Fraunhofer ISE, Allego.

Details on German fast-chargers: The government revealed more information on the planned network of 400 rapid charging stations that will line the German Autobahn. All charge stops will be multi-standard (CCS, CHAdeMO, Level2) and have at least two reserved parking spaces. At hotspots, more charging stations will be available. Charging will be initially offered for free. (in German)

Electric carsharing in Italy: Palermo has 24 Renault Zoe for hire that can be charged at one of 16 charging stations sponsored by utility Enel. The shared EVs can be found at five locations in Sicily’s capital with another three to be opened before the end of this year.

Fly and drive electrically: 50 BMW i3 are available at London’s City Airport as DriveNow strikes its first deal with a British aerodrome. it is said to be the largest electric carsharing fleet in the British capital.

Home integrated EV: Fraunhofer ISE created a home energy management system that integrates an electric car and its charging needs into a “Passive House” by scheduling i.e. charge times. It is part of the “Fellbach ZeroPlus” project of the “Electric Mobility Showcase” programme.

Completion: Berlin and Munich are officially linked as BMW, E.ON and Siemens completed the installation of eight DC fast-charging stations along the A9 motorway. Allego GmbH assumes commercial operation of the stations. Ten minutes of DC charging cost 3 euros, while AC charging costs 2 euros/30 minutes.


Nov 2, 2015 - 09:06 am

Pengcheng Electric Taxi, Co-wheels, Tesla, Nissan, Delaware.

Large electric cab fleet: Over 800 BYD e6 eTaxi operate in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Pengcheng Electric Taxi started the electrification of its fleet in 2010 with 50 EVs. After only the first year, it already reported fuel savings of over 1,167 dollars per month per taxi that drive an average of 250 miles a day.

Green car club: British car sharing club Co-wheels named the Renault Zoe its electric car of choice, adding a total of 20 of the French EVs to fleets at a number of new locations in Scotland. The club offers low emission, hybrid and electric cars for organisations and communities on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Tesla goes to Mexico: The Californian EV maker crosses into Mexico, “establishing charging and service infrastructure now,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed on Twitter. The official launch is scheduled several months down the road. via

Nissan is already in Mexico, installing two additional EV charging stations in Mexico City. The stations come from Schneider Electric and were erected in conjunction with state utility CFE and Mexican infrastructure firm ​Grupo Indi in a parking garage.

Alternative fuel station grants: Delaware set aside 1.4m dollars to partially fund EV fast-charging and hydrogen stations, as well as natural gas and propane autogas fuel stops. Delaware businesses, organisations or municipalities can each qualify for up to 500,000 dollars.

Oct 30, 2015 - 09:22 am

Montreal, UPS, Copenhagen, GreenPower, Pinellas County.

Electric taxi fleet: 50 electric cabs will start taking passengers in Montreal in mid-November. The pilot is run by start-up Taxelco, that bought the city’s second-biggest cab operator and plans to electrify the entire 500-strong fleet. Taxis, including Teslas, Kia Soul EV and Nissan Leaf, can be hailed via app.

Electric delivery fleet: UPS has received 18 electric trucks built by Workhorse specifically for stop-and-go operations postal service entails. The E-100 delivery vehicles that were purchased with the support of the DoE, local governments and non-profits, will serve in the Houston-Galveston area.,

Copenhagen is to test lightweight electric buses from summer 2016 as two buses built by Finnish Linkker will serve on route 3A over two years. Rapid charging technology by Dutch Schunk/Heliox can partially recharge the buses in less than three minutes with electricity sponsored by E.ON.

Electric school buses: Canadian GreenPower signed a letter of intent to deliver a total of 20 electric school buses to Adomani. Delivery is due within a year’s time.

Hybrid bus fleet: As another seven hybrid buses join the fleet of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) in Florida, it grows to 68 in total. Comes next year, the transport provider will consider to add a number of purely electric vehicles as well in its overall fleet of 200.

Oct 29, 2015 - 02:28 pm

New Zealand, Lane County, Shanghai, Hong Kong.

Kiwis charge fast: New Zealand installed the first rapid charging station of a planned 75 in the Charge.Net.NZ. It is located in the Kaiwaka community on the way from Auckland to Northland. The initiative also created a platform for 3rd party providers to integrate their stations in the network.

Small town electrification: The Lane Transit District (LTD) purchased five electric and five hybrid buses to go into service by the end of 2016. The move away from oil found 1,000 signatures beforehand. The ten green buses costs 7m dollars and will make a tenth of the fleet running in Eugene and Springfield.

Street lighting and charging: 15 smart street lamps were inaugurated in Shanghai. The lamps allow for EV charging, have wifi and measure air pollution in the Chinese metropolis. Charging is not free but app payments are enabled. If the trial is successful, more enlightening lamp posts will follow.

Lighter electric bus: Hong Kong is to roll out a trial with a locally designed electric bus this November. The 12.5t bus took two years to complete and has a range of 380 kilometres. The 12-metre single-decker can carry up to 75 passengers and will be tested on the city’s roads for a month.


Oct 28, 2015 - 09:22 am

London, Eurotunnel, EVCA, Tasmania, Montgomery County.

Plug-in Black Cabs will be mandatory from 2018 as Transport for London (TfL) has announced that licensed taxis will then need to be ‘zero emission capable’. Yet, the London cabbies will not be left alone in the endeavour to clean the air in the British capital. Mayor Boris Johnson and TfL have secured 65m pounds of funding to achieve a target of 9,000 taxis that meet the new conditions by 2020.,

Chargers at channel: On the English side of the Eurotunnel, four Tesla Superchargers have been installed. They join two universal chargers at the Victor Hugo Terminal in Folkestone, Kent. The same installation can be found since June on the French side of the channel.

The Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA) was set up by ABM, ChargePoint, Clean Fuel Connection, Envision Solar, EV Connect, NRG EVgo, Plugless Power, SeaWave Battery and Volta. The collective aim of the not-for-profit trade organisation is to increase EV acceptance through innovation in charging technology. Its first action is the publication of the “State of Charge” report., (State of Charge, PDF)

Isolated EV pilot: Tasmania’s government plans to launch a pilot project by the end of this year that involves 19 electric vehicles. The remote island state aims to assess the green cars potential to protect its citizens from fuel price shocks.

Park & Charge: The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is installing EV charging stations at five County-owned parking garages this month. Three such stations that serve two EV each were installed in other locations earlier this year with more to follow.

Oct 27, 2015 - 09:17 am

Montreal, Seoul, Okinawa, BienVEnu, ALD Automotive.

City charging network: Montreal moves its electrification efforts ahead as it plans a 1000-strong EV charging network by 2020. The first 106 chargers at on-street parking spots shall stand by next spring.

Electric car sharing in Seoul: Renault Samsung delivers 50 SM3 ZE to the Korean capital’s EV sharing project Gcar Sharing. If reception is good, Seoul will see 1,000 electric cars for hire by 2018. Already a fleet of 40 SM3 ZE serves as taxis in the city (we reported)., (in French)

Toyota EV for tourists: 30 COMS will go on trial on the Japanese island of Okinawa in January 2016. The ultra-compact EVs will be available to hire at hotels and sightseeing sites and include an app that guides tourists along trails no car or bike could comfortably go.

Residential charging: The French BienVEnu project will install about 100 electric vehicle charging in apartment blocks over three years and include EV sharing. ERDF and seven partners receive 10 million euros from the French agency for environment and energy control (Ademe).

Hybrid fleet: ALD Automotive has taken delivery of 50 Mercedes hybrids. Over 30 C- and E-Class hybrids will serve in its own internal fleet with the remainder added to PoolFleet to lease to customers.

Oct 26, 2015 - 09:09 am

Austria, All Electric Chauffeur Services, Honda, Toronto.

Electric car sharing is hot in Austria as the government prolongs its support by another year. Municipalities can receive up to 7,500 euros per EV destined to share. So far, about 20 local communities have set up such electric car sharing schemes with more to come. (in German)

Tesla fleet trial: The All Electric Chauffeur Services offers short-term rental of the Model S for fleets. Corporate customers can experience real life with an EV for up to 48 hours or longer to see if it suits their needs. A chauffeur can be provided. The British firm wants to have 25 EVs by early 2016.

Honda tests its Power Charger with a Fit EV on Marshall Islands in the Pacific. The government of the republic endangered by climate-change is on board to see if electric vehicles and solar charging are a viable alternative to energy imports.,

Complementary Leaf: Buyers of a condo at Minto Westside in Toronto that purchase a parking space equipped with an EV charging station along with the apartment, receive a Nissan Leaf for free. The offer is valid for the first 20 customers.

Six new EV charging stations will be erected by Kansas City Power & Light at two sites along the Belt Highway. The stations by ChargePoint are part of KCP&L’s Clean Charge Network, where Nissan drivers and other partners charge for free in the first two years.

Oct 23, 2015 - 08:41 am

Germany, Chargemaster, Nissan & Ecotricity, Honda, Beijing, CEC.

10,000 EV chargers for Germany? German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt is considering to support electric vehicles more strongly. German daily Rheinische Post reports, the ministry is assessing a proposal that could see 10,000 new EV charging stations be erected. Cost are estimated at 100m euros and would require public as well as private investment., (original source in German)

Formula E has appointed Chargemaster as its official infrastructure provider. Its task is to keep all electric vehicles involved energised, also inductively. The partners plan to leave a mark that goes beyond the race as at least ten fast-chargers shall be erected in each host city.

EV signage: Nissan and Ecotricity have asked the British government to introduce official road signs to designate charge points. While there are official signs for “migratory toad crossings” that total 140, the UK’s 9,000 charge points are much harder to find.,

Workplace charging: Honda erects 120 EV charging stations at its campus in Torrance, California. It also includes a 50kW DC fast charger open to the public. Honda says it will add another electric and a new plug-in hybrid model to its lineup by 2018.

Large-scale EV charging: Beijing builds China’s largest solar charging station and has officially started the works. When operational by the end of the year, the station will be capable to charge 80 electric cars a day at 30 fast and 20 regular charge points.

The California Energy Commission awarded 2.7 million dollars to Gardena as the city launches an electric bus demo project. Another 2m dollars go to the San Diego Community College District to be used in training for alternative vehicle technology.,

Oct 22, 2015 - 08:25 am

BYD & Alexander Dennis, Osnabrück, China,, Stornoway.

Deal fixed: BYD will definitely expand its electric bus production in the UK to 200 units annually in cooperation with British bus builder Alexander Dennis (we reported). The firms are also in negotiations to include double decker buses, which would triple the scale of the current deal to almost 2 billion pounds.,

E-buses in Germany: The city of Osnabrück plans to purchase 13 articulated e-buses to electrify a whole bus line by 2018. More routes are to follow successively, amounting to the acquisition of a total of 40 electric buses to be ordered before the end of the decade. The federal estate of Lower Saxony funds the acquisition with up to 50 percent, putting the electric buses on price parity with diesel driven ones. (in German)

Chinese charging standards had a backlash as expert opinions are divided. Connections between electric vehicles and the actual charge point seem the most complicated part in setting a standard as it all comes down to long term compatibility, which requires cooperation.

Freeware solution: Austrian presents its free software solution for EV charging stations providers at eCarTec. Via the ‘be.Energised community’ the charge spots can be analysed in real-time. Automatic invoicing and payments via mobile is included, too.

Wind-powered e-car club: A fully electric car club has been set up in the Outer Hebrides. The island of Lewis offers nine electric Renault Zoe and one Kangoo Z.E. for hire in the town of Stornoway. The EVs by the E-Car Club are powered by a local wind farm, the largest of any Scottish island.,

Oct 21, 2015 - 08:42 am

Hubject, ABB & Microsoft, PG&E, Fortum & Renault, Leviton.

European charge network grows: Hubject has extended its Intercharge network to include a few hundred stations of partners in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France and Switzerland. New partners are Fortum, Gronn Kontrakt, Virta, Clean Charge, Swisscom, ESB, and Freshmile.

Charging cloud: ABB and Microsoft jointly launched a new platform for EV fast-charging. It combines ABB’s EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services that include machine-learning and predictive analytic capabilities. The platform is presented at eCarTec.

7,500 EV chargers in California is the revised plan of Pacific Gas and Electric as its initial idea to erect 25,000 EV charging stations in the Golden state had been rejected by the California Public Utilities Commission (we reported).The plan still sees opposition by private infrastructure providers.

EV chargers in Lapland: The Fortum Charge & Drive network will be expanded with seven new charging stations in northern Lapland in Finland. The 22 kW semi-fast chargers are erected in cooperation with Renault and are located close to the border with Norway.

Home charging: Leviton presented the Evr-Green Mini Level 2 EV charging station. Very compact, the station comes standard with a 12-foot and optional 18-foot cable, and works with 30 amp circuits.

Oct 20, 2015 - 08:14 am

RWE, DriveNow, Shenzhen, ERDF, Scoot Networks.

400 rapid charging stations will be erected at German gas stations near the “Autobahn” by 2018. Tank&Rast already ordered the first 49 from utility RWE. The rapid charging stations are built by Portuguese Efacec and feature CCS, CHAdeMO and level 2 charging. Installation is to be completed within the next five months with the other stations to follow successively. Once completed, the network will span the most important motorways in Germany with stations to be found at a distance of 30 km from each other. (in German)

DriveNow electrifies: The car-sharing service continues the electrification of its fleet as it introduces the first fifteen electric i3 in Cologne and Dusseldorf as planned. 30 more are to follow before the year’s end. Austrian capital Vienna is next in line as it will receive 20 BMW i3 to share this December.
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In favour of EVs is a new policy by Shenzhen’s local government that might see the Chinese metropolis get up to 10,000 EV charging points. Furthermore, subsidies are planned that support both the installation of charging facilities as well as the acquisition of hybrid and electric vehicles.

1,000 EV in service: French utility ERDF took delivery of its 1,000th Renault Kangoo ZE. The electric fleet is to double by the end of 2016, with another 500 Kangoo ZE and other yet to be specified EVs.,

Twizy-based concept shared: The Nissan New Mobility Concept, or Scoot Quad, is a small, two-seater EV based on Renault’s Twizy. Ten of those electric quads were provided to the Scoot Networks mobility service in San Francisco, where they join 400 electric scooters.,

Oct 19, 2015 - 07:56 am

California, BYD, Austria, VW & The Mobility House, EverCharge.

EV boost in California: A number of government and business leaders announced new initiatives to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and workplace charging in California. For instance, the Department of the Navy will lease more than 450 EVs to replace gas-powered vehicles. PG&E will invest 35 million dollars for 180 new charging stations and 152 new plug-in electric vehicles. Coca-Cola is deploying 28 hybrid service vans in California and will add chargers at seven facilities. Furthermore, LADWP announced it will purchase and lease 157 PEVs (117 Volts and 40 Leafs) and charging stations.,

New e-bus plant in China: BYD and Guangzhou Automobile started operations at an electric-bus plant in Guangzhou, where they are targeting an annual production capacity of 5,000 buses. The Guangzhou municipal government has already ordered 400 e-buses.

Austria extends EV funding: Austria’s funding programme “klimaaktiv mobil” for companies and municipalities (we reported) will be extended by one year. The country will sponsor electric taxis with up to 6,000 euros, electric vans with up to 30,000 euros and fast charging stations with up to 10,000 euros. (in German)

TMH chargers for VW customers: In Germany, VW has teamed up with charging infrastructure provider The Mobility House. The latter will provide Volkswagen customers purchasing a plug-in model with a home charging package including a wallbox and an installation service. (in German)

EverCharge secures investment: The Californian EV charging provider EverCharge has received a seed investment of 1.4 million dollars led by the venture fund Bolt. EverCharge will use the money to continue its national expansion and to further develop its SmartPower technology platform.

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:11 am

ABB, BYD, Ford, New York, ClipperCreek.

Automated fast-charging at 450 kW: ABB will present a new turbocharging system for electric buses at the Busworld show in Belgian Kortrijk. The modular system can easily integrated in existing bus lines and is based on IEC 61851-23. The system is offered in 150 kW, 300 kW or 450 kW modules.

The continent is calling BYD as the Chinese manufacturer thinks about expanding its electric bus production in the UK to 200 units per year, an insider says. Furthermore, BYD considers to take the manufacture across the channel to mainland Europe, where another facility might be build.

Workplace charging: Ford wants to expand offers for employees to charge EVs while working. Currently, there are 45 units available for employee use at 43 Ford sites in 6 states and Canada. Plans exist to install 20 more soon, with ongoing discussions to increase the number in the long term.,

Charge network update: The state of New York is getting closer to its goal to install 3,000 charging stations by 2018. So far, about 1,200 already stand with the latest 12 having just been erected at Hudson Valley and with another 17 to follow before the year’s end.

Dual charging station: ClipperCreek presents the ProMountDuo pedestal for charging stations. This pedestal sells for 434 dollars and is designed for commercial and fleet applications. Furthermore, it can provide single or dual Level 1 or Level 2 charging.,

Oct 15, 2015 - 10:02 am

CharIN, ACE & The New Motion, DigiNow, SCAQMD, Dubai.

CCS charging at 150 kW: The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Opel, Porsche, VW, TÜV Süd, Mennekes and Phoenix Contact presents results of the cooperation at ELIV in Germany: vehicles and equipment prepared to charge at up to 150 kW.

Pan-European charge card: The ACE (Auto Club Europe) together with The New Motion offers its members the ‘Power Me’ charging card for free. It allows charging at more than 25,000 EV charging stations across Europe. No monthly fee applies, but rates for charging depend on the operators.

Portable super charger: DigiNow and eMotorWerks have jointly developed the DigiNow Super Charger Charge Tank. The rapid charging unit fits into the Power Tank area of bikes by Zero Motorcycles and enables charging times of about an hour at 8kW.,

Clean lawn: The California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) delivers 17 commercial electric lawn mowers to agencies in San Bernardino County. SCAQMD seeks to gather data on fuel and cost saving as well as air quality improvements.

Hybrid Golf in Dubai: The Dubai Municipality will trial 10 newly arrived Golf GTE over the course of a year. If the Volkswagen hybrids prove fit for life in the desert, they will become a more common sight as Dubai aims to become a leading sustainable city.

Oct 14, 2015 - 09:59 am

H2 Mobility, ZAP Jonway, Malta, London, Slovenia.

German H2 initiative: H2 Mobility Deutschland becomes operative as a joint venture between Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total. The partners plan to accelerate the installation of hydrogen stations in Germany. H2 Mobility plans to install 400 stations by 2023., (Joint Venture)

EV deal for China expands: American-Sino EV maker ZAP Jonway says its plan to distribute 20,000 instead of initial 5,000 EV Minivans via Dongfeng’s dealer network next year. This number could increase to 100,000 units over the next three years.

EV boost in Malta: A new scrappage scheme will start in Malta next year. 7,000 euros are offered to those scrapping an 10-year old car to buy an EV. Hybrids are subsidised with up to 3,000 euros. Those not wanting to get rid of the old but want a new EV still get 4,000 euros.

FCV support: Transport for London will be the first customer in the UK for the Toyota Mirai. TfL ordered four Mirai models to assist with maintenance work. Toyota named the British capital as a key city for the introduction of its fuel cell car.

In Slovenia the first two of a total of 26 planned rapid-charging stations for electric cars have opened. The country intends to cover its motorway network with fast-charging opportunities standing no more than 50km away from each other before the year’s end.

Oct 13, 2015 - 10:05 am

China, Frankfurt Airport, Go Ultra Low, California, Air Products, Linde.

China charging update: China’s plan to roll-out a nationwide charging-station network (we reported yesterday) is taking on shape. 12,000 EV charger stations, half of them fast-chargers, are to be installed by 2020. The first 1,888 rapid-chargers shall stand by June 2016 already.

Green Gate: At Frankfurt Airport the first Green Gate has opened as part of the E-PORT AN initiative. At gate A15, passengers can inform themselves about the airport’s various e-mobility projects. Fraport, Lufthansa, the State of Hesse and the Rhine-Main model electro-mobility region are partners in the initiative.

The Go Ultra Low City Scheme enters the next stage as the 12 cities shortlisted earlier this year have handed in more detailed bids. Proposals range from car scrappage schemes over street lights doubling as EV charge points and the electrification of council fleets.,

New e-bike legislation: California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that clarifies types of electric bicycles in the state. It introduces a distinction between e-bikes with motor support up to 20 mph, which are now allowed on cycle paths, and speed pedelecs (up to 28 mph). Also, e-bikes are no longer classified as mopeds.

H2 infrastructure in the USA: Air Products said it will bring onstream three out of 25 SmartFuel hydrogen fuelling stations in California in October. Also Linde declared its second H2 fuelling station operational. In Colorado too, a hydrogen station opened at the NREL’s Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility. (Air Products), (Linde), (NREL)

Oct 12, 2015 - 08:24 am

Québec, China, Hilton, Bangkok, Shanghai.

Québec unveils electrification plan: The government will spend 420 million dollars on its new vehicle-electrification plan to get 100,000 electric and hybrid cars on Québec’s roads by 2020. The plan includes the installation of 785 charging stations and purchase rebates of up to 8,000 dollars for electric or hybrid vehicles. Furthermore, the government promises to introduce 1,000 EVs to its own car pool and to give EV drivers permission to use reserved car lanes and exempt them from toll fees after January 1, 2016.; (in French)

China announces charging network: The Chinese government plans to build a nationwide charging-station network that will fulfil the power demands of 5 million electric vehicles by 2020. The network will cover residential areas, business districts, as well as inter-city highways.

Hilton charges up: Hilton Worldwide launches a major electric vehicle charging program, which will be available at 50 U.S. hotels by the end of this year and will expand to 100 U.S. hotels by the end of 2016. In order to cover all types of electric vehicles, Hilton will team up with Tesla and General Electric.

500 e-buses for Bangkok? The government of the Thai capital has greenlighted the plan of Bangkok`s Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) to buy 500 electric buses. However, the purchase still needs final approval by the cabinet. There are also plans to set up an electric bus assembly facility in Bangkok.

EV boost in Shanghai: Shanghai’s electric-car rental program EVCARD recently extended its network by opening 10 new outlets. The e-car hire scheme plans to launch up to 300 service outlets in central Shanghai by the end of this year to offer a total of 3,000 electric cars.

Oct 9, 2015 - 08:07 am

Fastned, Trikala, Edmonton, ADL, eMotorWerks & ClipperCreek.

Freedom Plan: A 4-tier vision for electric mobility has been presented by Dutch Fastned. First, Fastned plans to grow its number of fast-charging station in the Netherlands from 50 to 130 by 2017. Secondly, European expansion as well as the increase of power from 50 to 150 kW is to happen until 2018. Furthermore, prices have to decrease while Fastned plans to invest in its own solar power facilities.

Driverless e-minibuses: The Greek city of Trikala is testing autonomous electric minibuses as part of an EU project. Trials with the CityMobil2 built in France started already and will last until the end of February. The 10-seaters are guided by GPS and other sensors but limited to 20 kph.

Edmonton too is testing electric buses to see if they can withstand the Canadian cold climate. The buses will be tried in regular service in wintry conditions but with drivers steering.

Hybrid double-decker: Bus builder Alexander Dennis secured an offer from London for its new Enviro400H bus. 19 of these hybrid double-decker buses incorporating BAE technology are due to enter service in the British capital before the year’s end.

Smart EV charging: eMotorWerks has teamed up with ClipperCreek to integrate the JuiceNet platform for smart grid EV charging. JuiceNet transforms EVSEs into connected, smart appliances which are controlled via the cloud-based, self-learning software platform that includes an app.

Oct 8, 2015 - 08:09 am

DriveNow, E-Stor, Moscow, New Delhi, Telefonix.

DriveNow expands: London car-sharers can get their hands on 20 additional BMW i3. The DriveNow fleet now counts 50 electric cars in the British capital. In Stockholm, the joint service of BMW and Sixt will start on October 20 with 260 conventional cars and Minis. The i3 is to be added at a later date. (London), (Stockholm in Swedish)

Second life: The E-Stor concept is an energy buffer system using second-life EV batteries for charging stations. Jointly developed by Future Transport Systems and Ricardo, E-Stor can absorb surplus energy and distribute it at peak times thus relaxing the grid.

Park & Charge: The first EV charging station in Moscow has been installed at a parking space. Another 50 are to follow within this year, while the Russian capital plans to erect a total of 150 by the end of 2016.

Women e-trikes: 30 three-wheeled electric vehicles with female drivers only can be hired at hot spots in New Delhi. With the Smart-E service, the Indian city hopes to make the last mile more sustainable and safer as the EVs come with CCTV, GPS and SOS. An app is in the making.

Solar demo: In an attempt to test the power of solar in Wisconsin’s climate, Alliant Energy is launching a solar demonstration project. Part of the programme is the installation of 13 EV charging stations by Telefonix at Alliant’s headquarters. However, the stations are powered by the building.

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