Aug 28, 2015 - 08:25 am

Action Highland Highway, U.S. army, Atlanta Airport, Tesla.

Highlands to be charged up: The project Action Highland Highway wants to install a network of rapid electric charging points in the Scottish Highlands. The project has received phase one funding through the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund and is in the first phase of a feasibility study.
north-star-news.co.uk, highland.gov.uk

Hybrid fleet for U.S. Army? Oshkosh Defense has received a 6.7bn dollar contract from the U.S. Army to deliver some 17,000 new light trucks to replace the military’s aging Humvees. The new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) can be outfitted with a diesel-electric hybrid system. It is still unclear, however, how many of the vehicles will actually be hybridised.
army-technology.com, outdoorhub.com

New EV parking spaces at Atlanta Airport: Park’N Ticket Airport Parking announced ten additional electric vehicle charging spaces at their offsite parking facility servicing the Atlanta Airport. The lot now offers 20 open air EV spaces on the top deck and 7 EV spaces in the covered deck.
digitaljournal.com

Tesla moves forward in China: The Californian electric car maker has opened two new experience centers in Hangzhou and Shanghai. Currently, Tesla has 14 service and experience centers in i.e. Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, as well as in other cities in China.
gasgoo.com

Aug 27, 2015 - 08:12 am

UK, DB Schenker, Colorado, California.

Plug-in car grant extended: The UK Government announced that the current plug-in car grant scheme will continue to offer motorists up to 5,000 pounds off the price of an PEV until at least February 2016, for all vehicle categories. The government previously indicated that grant levels would be reviewed once 50,000 vehicles had been sold, a milestone expected to be reached in November this year.
airqualitynews.com, electriccarsreport.com, businessgreen.com

DB Schenker Rail to introduce EVs? Railway cargo carrier DB Schenker Rail is currently trialling a Nissan electric van at different depots to explore the possibility of replacing elements of its UK fleet with fully electric vehicles.
logisticsmanager.com, rail.dbschenker.co.uk

Overload avoidance: 15 families living in the Canadian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake will receive a Nissan Leaf to help develop new technology for charging stations. The use of the EVs is part of a yearlong pilot project that will provide information about car-charging overloading transformers, and how to prevent it.
niagaraadvance.ca

Discounted EVs in Colorado: Boulder County has launched its Solar Benefits Colorado program. It offers homeowners a 15 percent discount on solar rooftop systems and 8,300 dollars off the cost of a Nissan Leaf.
denverpost.com

Burbank charges up: The Californian city of Burbank has added 16 new EV charging stations as an extension of the 11 chargers that were placed in the city in 2011.
scpr.org

Aug 26, 2015 - 08:17 am

Nissan, California, Denver, Berlin e-bus.

Fuel station of the future: Nissan and architecture firm Foster + Partners want to design tomorrow’s fueling station that will be sustainable and can accommodate a range of new energy and autonomous vehicles, as well as conventional cars. A first concept is expected by the end of the year.
businessgreen.com, edie.net, puregreencars.com

CA restricts incentives: According to the LA Times, the state of California will limit subsidies for the purchase of an electric car to persons earning less than 250,000 dollars (500,000 for couples). Since the beginning of the Clean Vehicle Programme, the California Air Resource Board has distributed 242m dollars in subsidies, paid for through registration ad smog fees.
latimes.com

Denver shuttles electric: The Colorado city will purchase 36 of BYD’s small electric shuttles for the 16th Street MallRide in downtown Denver. The 45-foot-buses have a lifespan of 12 years and will save the city 100,000 dollars over the course of their service.
denverurbanreview.com

E-bus finally takes passengers: It seems that Berlin’s electric bus is ready to hit the road, following months of testing. Starting Monday, four Solaris buses will begin their official service on Line 214 in electrive’s hometown, with a wireless charging station at either end of the route.
Info per email

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Aug 25, 2015 - 08:05 am

Efficient Drivetrains, Tesla, solar-power, dairy business.

Port of Shanghai plugs in: Collaborating with truck manufacturer Shaanxi Automotive, Efficient Drivetrains has developed a truck with plug-in technology for the Port of Shanghai. Shaanxi says it will acquire some 200 of the PHEV Port trucks over the course of 2016.
businesswire.com

New Tesla destinations: The carmaker is partnering with Secure Parking in Australia in order to install 18 new destination chargers along the country’s east coast. Secure Parking operates some 450 car parks across the country and there is talk about a national rollout of charging opportunities for Tesla drivers.
news.com.au

Powered by the sun I: As part of a government launched pilot project, Indian companies Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Rajasthan Electronics are developing a solar-powered EV charging station. A prototype should be ready in the next month or two and will be tested for three months. The stations could then be installed across the country.
hindustantimes.com

Powered by the sun II: Indian Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation plans (NMRCL) wants to use solar-powered EVs for its feeder services. The vehicles will have six to eight seats and their batteries will be charged by solar panels installed at stations and along the boundary. The panels will produce enough energy for the stations and trains, as well.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Electric moo-bility: According to dairy business owner Carlos Nicholls, New Zealand’s first hybrid milk delivery trucks are about to hit the street. The two vehicles are much quieter, to not disturb residents during early morning calls and are, of course, much more environmentally friendly that the previous delivery pair.
stuff.co.nz

Aug 24, 2015 - 09:05 am

Tesla, BlueIndy, Hertz, India, Car-wheels.

Tesla teams up with Airbnb: As many as 100 Airbnb hosts on the West Coast, USA, could receive a free Tesla home charger. 12 Tesla-ready locations are already available and the application for a free charging station is still available via the Airbnb website. Tesla will only provide the charger, however. Hosts have to pay for installation themselves.
autoblog.com, t3.com

Indianapolis (finally) goes electric: The BlueIndy electric carsharing scheme will finally hit the road on September 2nd, featuring with 25 charging stations and 50 EVs. Kick-off had initially been planned for the end of 2014, but operator Bolloré faced funding issues and battled with city council over parking spaces. BlueIndy aims to increase the number of chargers and cars tenfold.
indystar.com, ibj.com

Hertz adds 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Hertz’s Green Traveler Collection fleet now include the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in selected locations across the U.S. The fleet already features electric, hybrid and clean diesel vehicles, and Hertz says it has the most fuel-efficient rental fleet in the industry.
greencarcongress.com, automotive-business-review.com

Electric taxis for India: The country’s second largest taxi fleet, Ola Cab, is planning to introduce electric taxis to its fleet and is currently in discussion with manufacturers to develop vehicles with adapted range for Indian cities.
business-standard.com

EVs for hire: Starting in September, Car Club operator Co-wheels will 10 electric, hybrid and ultra-low emission vehicles for hire in Derby, UK. Prices start at 22,50 pounds (35,24 USD) per day and 3.75 pounds (5.87 USD) per hour. Co-wheels is the country’s largest Car Club operator, with more than 50 locations and almost 700 vehicles.
bdaily.co.uk, derbytelegraph.co.uk

Aug 21, 2015 - 08:40 am

Madrid, Pisa, Atlanta, Wyoming, Envision Solar, ChargePoint.

Madrid e-bike sharing: More than 50,000 residents of the Spanish capital have already signed up for the public electric bike share system BiciMAD, which was launched in June 2014. Some 1,000 e-bikes are available at 160 stations right now and the goal is to have 4,000 by 2026.
afp.com

Italian hospital launches e-bike service: Cisanello hospital in the Italian city of Pisa will provide sixty e-bikes free of charge to help staff, students and visitors move about its grounds and facilities.
eltis.org

Atlanta goes electric: The city of Atlanta, Georgia has plans to introduce a total of 50 plug-ins into its fleet. Council members recently voted unanimously to authorize the city’s Office of Sustainability to lease 15 battery-powered electric cars as well as 35 plug-in hybrids.
bizjournals.com

Wyoming to charge EVs: As of July 1, Wyoming joined seven other U.S. states to charge a special fee on electric cars. The 50-dollar fee was created to offset the lack of gas tax collected from plug-in cars.
oilcitywyo.com

Solar partnership: EV charging product company Envision Solar and charging network ChargePoint announced a partnership agreement to jointly offer solar-powered EV charging in the U.S. and Canada.
cnn.com

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Aug 20, 2015 - 06:59 am

Vienna, Seattle, McAllen, Tanger Outlets.

Vienna calling: The Austrian capital is moving forward with its plans to introduce 250 all-electric taxis by 2017 (we reported), investing a total of three million euros in subsidies. The first 120 taxis running on electricity are scheduled to hit the streets of Vienna in March 2016 and can be charged free of cost for one year. 50 taxi drivers have registered for the scheme up to now.
orf.at, heute.at (articles in German)

Seattle electrifies: Five new trolley buses by New Flyer have hit Seattle streets yesterday. In addition, King County Metro Transit is also testing battery-electric buses. If tryouts succeed, Metro has an option to buy no less than 200 e-buses from Proterra to replace diesel-fueled buses.
seattletimes.com

Inductive charging in Texas: Texan city McAllen has purchased two electric buses. They are expected to arrive at the end of the month and will be the first ones in Texas to be charged wirelessly.
valleycentral.com, insideevs.com

Mission accomplished: Tanger Outlets has completed its planned installation of charging stations at 23 U.S. locations. ChargePoint Networks has developed and will maintain the charging network.
pennlive.com

Aug 19, 2015 - 08:15 am

Malaysia, Portland, India, Supercharger.

EV boost for Malaysia: GreenTech Malaysia is targeting to roll out no less than 25,000 charging stations across the country by 2020 to encourage uptake of EVs. The country aims to bring 100,000 electric cars, 2,000 electric buses and 100,000 electric scooters on the streets by the end of the decade.
eco-business.com, paultan.org

Fly & charge: Portland International Airport has installed a total of 42 Level-1 charging stations at its car park, said to be the largest such installation in the United States. The “slow” chargers are available for free access and were chosen due to of their low energy consumption and because they are believed to be the ideal solution for the long stopovers of vehicles at the airport.
evfleetworld.co.uk, greentechlead.com

Upgrading filling stations: In India, existing gas stations could be supplemented by solar charging stations, as the government looks to promote the use of electric cars. The national roll out of the scheme may start from next financial year onwards depending on the proliferation of EVs in the country.
mydigitalfc.com

Charging etiquette: Tesla sent letters to customers that are aggressively using Superchargers, saying that these weren’t really meant to be used for local driving. According to Tesla, the Supercharger promise is “free long-distance travel forever” rather than “free forever” (the phrase Tesla has used up to now).
greencarreports.com

Aug 18, 2015 - 08:16 am

China, Uruguay, India, Perth.

EV leasing in China: Jinqianchao Electric Vehicle Leasing Service launched a leasing scheme for electric cars in Shenzhen, offering 100 EVs supposedly at half the price of other leasing companies. The company plans to expand to other Chinese cities like Qingdao, Jinan and Linfen from August.
wantchinatimes.com

Electric taxis for Uruguay: Uruguay’s capital Montevideo has taken delivery of four electric taxis from BYD, which are said to have a range of 350 kilometers (217 miles) on a single charge. The province, most of which is covered by the capital city, plans to issue up to 50 new electric taxi permits.
evwind.com (in Spanish); foxnews.com

Electrification in India: To find out the cost of operations and practical feasibility, the Indian government will start road trials with 30 electric buses in selected cities across the country soon. Meanwhile, Indian delivery startup Roadrunnr plans to bring 100 electric scooters on the streets this month.
timesofindia.com (electric buses), economictimes.com (electric scooters)

No hybrid buses for Perth: The Australian city will replace its fleet of 32 buses with new diesel buses. A diesel-electric hybrid bus had been trialled, but was considered too expensive.
busnews.com.au

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Aug 17, 2015 - 07:03 am

Scotland, Tasmania, Columbia, Leviton.

EV boost in Scotland: Scottish motorists will be able to take out an interest-free loan of up to 50,000 pounds (100,000 pounds for businesses) to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle under a new fund from the Energy Saving Trust. In addition, full grant funding is currently available through the ChargePlace Scotland programme for electric car drivers to install a charge point in their home.
clickgreen.org.uk, scotsman.com

EV boost in Tasmania: Tasmania’s electric car industry is driving forward with the official launch of an electric vehicle association. Currently, there are about 120 registered EVs in Tasmania and there are plans to build up 40 to 50 charging stations in the state.
abc.net.au

Columbia electrifies: The City of Columbia, Missouri has ordered four electric buses from BYD. The first bus to be delivered in September will be a full-size 40-foot transit bus, followed by three 30-foot low floor transit buses in December.
electriccarsreport.com

New Leviton charger: Leviton unveiled its Evr-Green 320 Level 2 charging station. The device, which is capable of providing 32 amps at 208 or 240 volts AC with a maximum output of 7.7 kW, claims to display an improved installation process and to reduce the charge time of next-gen SAE J1772 plug-ins.
electriccarsreport.com

Aug 14, 2015 - 08:35 am

Oxford, Nissan, Tesla, Portugal.

Gas-guzzler ban? Oxford is looking to only allow electric vehicles in its city centre by 2020, thus effectively banning all petrol and diesel cars. By 2035, the proposed policy could be enforced across the whole city. Only one council member voiced his objection. The vote is due on September 8th.
oxfordtimes.co.uk

Electric travel in Japan: Nissan and the Japan Travel Bureau initiated EV sharing in the country’s rural areas. Until the end of August, 1,622 new charging stations will be installed for relaxed travel. The stations in Matsunoyama are powered by electricity from local hot springs.
greencarreports.comnissan-global.comyoutube.com (video)

Tesla recharged: Charging a Model S in the Big Apple just became easier, as Tesla installed a dozen destination chargers with another 12 to follow. Also, Manhattan will soon see its first Supercharger. In Australia, things are moving fast with three more rapid-chargers being installed between Sydney and Melbourne.
wsj.com (New York), cnet.com (Australia)

Liberation from Lisbon: The Portuguese government is opening the market for charging stations, previously in the hands of the monopolistic consortium MOBI.E. The latter has been found “inefficient” in regards to the installation and operation of a public charging network.
theportugalnews.com

Aug 13, 2015 - 08:20 am

Latvia, Israel, Copenhagen, USA.

Latvia latches on TEN-T: 235 EV charging stations will be erected in the Baltic state by 2022, if the Ministry of Transport gets its will. 60 of those are to be provided through the EU’s TEN-T programme and will line Latvia’s main roads by 2020. Another 175 charging stations, located within 50 km from each other, will follow by mid-2022, connecting smaller roads to the EV network.
lsm.lv

Israel to clear the air: The city of Haifa plans to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ), the first of its kind in the country. In a first step, heavy vehicle traffic within the LEZ would be restricted. The Environment Ministry plans to spend 330 million NIS (about 87m dollars) on the project that now has to be approved by the cabinet.
jpost.com, haaretz.com

Danish DriveNow update: BMW’s car sharing service together with Arriva will reportedly let 400 i3 loose in Copenhagen this September. Also on board is Danish travel card provider Rejsekort and energy utility E.on. The former will supply the keycard for the electric BMW.
cphpost.dk

Joint efforts: California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia are teaming up with provinces in the West Coast Electric Fleets initiative, a project by Pacific Coast Collaborative. The programme aims at the electrification of public and business fleets in the whole region.
ngtnews.com

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Aug 12, 2015 - 08:41 am

Munich, Vantage Power, Plugged in Places, Jordan, solar carport.

Cycle Autobahn: Munich revealed plans for a network of cycle highways that would connect the suburbs with the city centre. Commuters could ride uninterrupted by red lights, cars, or crossings. The lanes are thus particularly attractive for e-bikes and s-pedelecs.
fastcoexist.com

London retrofits: British Vantage Power has developed a retrofit hybrid system for buses that will be utilised in the British capital’s double-deckers by 2016. The young company is partnering with UK bus dealer Ensignbus. The hybrid system is geofencing enabled.
eandt.theiet.org

Electric Scots: East Ren Council received over 78,000 GBP in funding from Transport Scotland to install electric vehicle charging points. Five so-called Plugged In Places will offer rapid charging with more being planned at a nearby carpark. Charging will be free, but parking fees do apply.
glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk

Jordan update: The country found partners to install 3,000 solar-powered charge points over the next decade. The 120 million dollar deal goes to AllCell, while partners include Hyseo Int. for the solar cells and French DBT. About 600 stations will be fitted with batteries, the rest relies on the grid.
chargedevs.com

Britain’s largest solar carport can be found in Nottingham. The solar tiled canopy provides shade for 40 cars and could to generate 55.7 MWh of electricity per year, which then could also be used to charge electric cars.
edie.net, solarpowerportal.co.uk

Aug 11, 2015 - 08:13 am

Chargemaster, Addison Lee, Ulster County, Dubai, SGM Distribution.

Subscribers charge cheaper: For a monthly installment of 7.95 pounds, EV drivers can charge at Chargemaster’s POLAR stations in the UK for 9 pence per unit. 80 percent of the network’s charge points are free to use but subscribers collect points with each charge that can be exchanged for week-long loans of iconic electric cars.
evfleetworld.co.uk

Green rides: Private cab company Addison Lee is switching into electric mode whenever its hybrid cars enter one of four designated inner city zones in London. The change is triggered via geofencing. The City of London Corporation is asking other taxi firms to join the scheme as well.
airqualitynews.com

Green county: Ulster County in the state of New York has installed nine EV charging stations. They are free to use and were financed through state and federal grants, as well as county labor.
dailyfreeman.com

dewa-dubaiUpdate Dubai: The desert state has installed 16 of its planned 100 EV charging stations. The missing 84 solar-powered charging spots will follow before the end of the year.
gulfnews.com, greenpowertrain.automotive-business-review.com

Electric delivery: Scottish courier company SGM Distribution added two Mercedes Vito Ecell to its fleet. The electric vans will serve in the Granite city (Aberdeen), where the company had tested them prior. A charge point will be supplied and installed at the HQ by Siemens.
aberdeenbusinessnews.co.uk

Aug 10, 2015 - 08:16 am

ELIPTIC, Philippines, London, Tampa, McDonald's.

Urban e-mobility: EU project ELIPTIC (electrification of public transport in cities) is looking at 23 user cases in 11 cities like Barcelona, London, Bremen, and Warsaw. The findings will be copied by “twin cities” that can receive funding and advice. Interested cities or public transport providers can apply until August 31st.
gallery.mailchimp.com, eliptic-project.eu

The 3,000-trike project in the Philippines goes to Japanese Uzushio Electric and its local partner Bemac Electric Transportation. From five initial bidders, it was the only group that fulfilled requirements for the scheme funded by the Asian Development Bank. 100,000 electric trikes will be introduced on the island by 2017.
manilastandardtoday.combworldonline.com

twizy-ukTwizy shuttle service: Londoners hit by the recent tube strike had the chance to hitch a ride in a Twizy instead. Renault launched a small fleet to help stranded commuters reach their destination, or at least have some fun trying to get through traffic.
edie.net

Fly and charge: Tampa International Airport added 12 EV charging stations in its parking garages. This brings the total number of chargers up to 15 that offer 18 charge points altogether.
abcactionnews.com, tampabay.com

Fast-food and charge: McDonald’s has started erecting Rolec charging stations at its locations in Italy. Customers receive a token with their burger that allows them to charge their EV for free for an hour. However, the fast-food chain failed to install fast-chargers.
evfleetworld.co.ukzap-map.com

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Aug 7, 2015 - 08:17 am

Norway, Japan, Cornwall, Bolloré.

Norway on track: A member of Norwegian Parliament recently laid out targets for the traffic industry. Already this year, all communal vehicles will become electric, with public transport to follow by 2020. By 2022, all cabs have to run on electricity as well. From there it is only a “small” step until, in 2025, all newly registered private cars shall be electric, too. Today, 20 percent of Norway’s motorised four-wheelers are EVs.
ecomento.com, greencarreports.com

Japan charges ahead: Together with NEC Corporation, Seven & i Holdings will install 3,380 wall boxes for EV charging at its supermarkets, malls and department stores. From November on, they can be used with charge cards supplied by the Nippon Charge Service.
automotive-business-review.com, nec.com

Cornwall charged up: The first rapid EV charging station has been installed at the Eden Project in British Cornwall. Another 15 will follow before the end of the summer.
piratefm.co.uk

Bolloré goes Cambodia: The French EV sharing service is now offering its services to tourists visiting the country’s ancient Angkor Wat temples. As Blue Solutions, the company signed a 6-month trial contract. The blue cars can be hired for 80 dollars a day.
insideevs.com, youtube.com

Aug 6, 2015 - 08:17 am

Hungary, Prague, UFCEV, UK, Linde.

Hungary privileges electric and hybrid cars as the Eastern European country plans to hand out green license plates by the end of this year. Replacement costs 8,500 forint (about 30 dollars) but that money might buy the right to drive in bus lanes and reduces parking and motorway fees.
bbj.hu

Czech electric bus: In Prague, locally built electric buses are being tested and could go into service as early as September. The project is run by Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) and Czech bus manufacturer SOR Libchavy. Via pantograph charging, range can increase from 150 to 260 km.
eltis.org

UFCEV-LadestationFast-charging via battery: The UFCEV (Ultrafast Charging of Electric Vehicles) station, developed by Empa, ETh Zurich and others, is said to charge an EV in just 5 minutes in the future. It is basically a large battery packed in a car trailer. While it takes an hour to charge the 230 V power pack, the battery – made from lithium iron phosphate cells – discharges in currently 20 minutes through charging an EV.
ee-news.ch (in German), ufcev.epfl.ch (project’s website)

EV chargers were installed in British Dorset and Weymouth. A total of four fast-charging points can be found in various carparks in the English coastal towns. Rapid charging costs 4 pounds for the first 60 minutes with a pay-as-you-go tariff. The stations were funded by the UK government.
dorsetecho.co.uk

Truly a gas station: Linde opened a hydrogen fuel spot at the Ramos Oil Company station in West Sacramento. It is the first in the United States that has been certified as “officially open,” meaning it can be used just as any other “traditional” pump.
automotive-business-review.com

Aug 5, 2015 - 08:02 am

Tesla, Hawaii Electric, Ensto Chago, Kansas City Royals, Supercharger.

Tesla destined for China: The EV maker has found another cooperation partner in Hang Lung Properties. A total of ten Tesla Destination Chargers are to be installed at six of Huang Lung’s shopping malls. Test drives will also be possible.
streetinsider.com, bidnessetc.com

EV excess wanted: Utility provider Hawaiian Electric says it will install 25 new EV fast charging stations in Oahu, Maui County and the Big Island. Furthermore, discounted rates will stimulate EV charging when excess energy is available, while also promoting the use of electric cars.
bizjournals.com

Ensto-ChagoWall-20Billboard charger: Finnish Ensto Chago presents the Chago Wall 2.0. The charging station integrates an advertising space that could generate income to pay for the station, installation and charging. The digital display was developed together with Symbicon.
parking-net.com, enstochago.com

Home run: The Kansas City Royals now offer their fans 5 EV charging stations at the Truman Sports Complex. Charging will be free of charge for the first two years thanks to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority. The stations are part of the KCP&L Clean Charge Network.
salinapost.com

Spanish Supercharger update: Tesla now opened the second Supercharger station on Spanish soil. The lot in Tarragona joins the 4-slot spot in Girona (we reported) and thus puts Valencia into reach.
insideevs.com

Aug 4, 2015 - 08:23 am

Copenhagen, Paris, Malacca, Amman, Nottingham.

Copenhagen soon fully charged: Utility E.ON says it will install an additional 100 EV charging stations in the Danish capital. The network will thus include 600 stations at 125 locations by September. Copenhagen claims to become a carbon-neutral city by 2025. Outside the city, however, only 1,000 EV charging stations can be found in the country.
thelocal.dk

Paris is testing Solaris: Parisian public transport provider RATP is testing the Urbino 12 electric bus by Solaris over the coming months. The testing is part of Paris’ plan to electrify its 4,500-strong bus fleet by 2025. Further testing of buses from other providers will follow (we reported).
eurotransportmagazine.com

Malacca goes e-bus: The historic Malaysian city is putting two electric buses into service this August. They will first serve tourists hopping on and off to visit the city’s sites. The fleet will grow to 40 electric buses before the end of the year.
nst.com.my

Amman sun-charged: The capital of Jordan announced plans to install about ten solar-powered EV charging station this year already. They will be set up by Net Energy, a company owned by a Jordanian entrepreneur based in the Silicon Valley. An agreement with Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has been signed.
albawaba.com

Campus charged up: The University of Nottingham acquired nine Kangoo ZE. The electric Renault vans will be used by staff members and make up about 15% of the fleet. Public EV charging stations have been installed on campus with more being planned.
impactnottingham.com

Aug 3, 2015 - 08:20 am

Electricity Supply Board, BYD, China, Northamptonshire Healthcare, NRG EVgo.

Change of charge: Electricity Supply Board (ESB) now controls all EV charge points in Ireland, including the 334 public charge points in Northern Ireland. The move thus unites the network’s servicing in both parts of the island.
siliconrepublic.com

Electric bus arrives: Hong Kong received the first of five electric buses by BYD that it had already ordered last August. The single-deck K9R can transport about 70 passengers for about 250 kilometres. It will first be tested before going into service probably later this year.
scmp.com

China charging: The expressways in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei province will be equipped with charging stations. The chargers will connect the so-called Jingjinji region and be installed about every 50 kilometres. More stations will be added along other routes over the next two years.
wantchinatimes.com

Healthy transport: Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will make make a carsharing scheme with six electric cars available to the public and staff at Berrywood Hospital in Dunston, Campbell House in Northampton and St. Mary’s Hospital though the E-Car-Club.
fleetworld.co.uk

Shop & Charge: NRG EVgo installed new EV fast-charging Freedom Stations at two malls in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Owner Simon Malls says that now 12 of their malls in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are equipped with the stations.
masslive.com

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Jul 31, 2015 - 07:32 am

London, eMERGE, Portugal, ChargeForward, New Zealand.

London electric bus update: The British capital reportedly plans to electrify two bus lines this autumn. BYD will be responsible for building the chassis and drivetrain system (including the battery) of all 51 electric buses, while Alexander Dennis Limited will assemble them.
electriccarsreport.com, transportengineer.org.uk

eMERGE complete: A real world EV trial draws to a close after private and business customers drove 146 smart fortwo EDs more than 1 million km in Berlin, Potsdam and North Rhine-Westphalia. The lowest annual average energy consumption was 10.4 kWh/100 km, the longest range 161 km. Mercedes will now launch the eMERGE2 fleet project with 200 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and plug-in hybrid models.
media.daimler.com

Update on Portugal: The government in Lisbon reportedly strives to bring down carbon emissions of its fleet. It wants to buy 1,200 EVs and also encourages its more than half a million employees to take to pedalling. We suggest pedelecs to kill two birds with one stone.
nzherald.co.nz

The ChargeForward programme by BMW i is about to start in San Francisco. 100 selected BMW i3 drivers will test the practicalities of intelligent charging firsthand over the next 18 months (we reported). BMW i gets support from utility provider Pacific Gas and Electric.
citylab.com

Kiwis to charge publicly: New Zealand’s city of Auckland opened its first two public charging stations. Located in the Downtown Carpark, the two EV charging sites are free for garage users. The stations were installed by Mighty River Power and Auckland Transport.
nzherald.co.nz

Jul 30, 2015 - 08:53 am

Chargemaster, Budapest, Welcome Break, Portland General Electric, Caltrans.

Midlands connected: Chargemaster will take over Cenex’s network Plugged-in Midlands (PiM) that includes 870 charge points. They will become part of the Polar network and Chargemaster plans to install another 100 chargers in the region. Additionally, Chargemaster has taken over the Renault partnership from British Gas to install free home chargers for Zoe owners in the UK.
evfleetworld.co.uk, 4-traders.com, evfleetworld.co.uk (Renault)

Budapest electrified: The Hungarian capital’s airport Liszt Ferenc has begun operating its first electric Smart ED. That is just the start, as the airfield fleet is to grow to 100 EVs by 2020, including heavier machines.
budapesttimes.hu

Welcome Break: The British gas station firm Welcome Break is now welcomes Tesla drivers onto its sites, installing seven Superchargers at its service stations. Three have already been opened.
fleetnews.co.uk

Quick charging Portland: Portland General Electric has opened a new facility featuring six charging stations. It includes four universal quick-chargers that can recharge an electric vehicle in 30 minutes.
washingtontimes.com

Charging on sunshine: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has ordered eleven solar-powered EV chargers from Envision Solar. The order is worth around 750,000 dollars. The EV ARC is a standalone solar-powered charging station that fits inside a parking space.
chargedevs.com

Jul 29, 2015 - 08:42 am

Supercap, charging standards, Recargo, Green Motion, Hrvatski Telekom.

Supercap buses in China: The first of planned 1,200 electric buses has gone into service in Ningbo, China. The buses feature supercabs, which can be charged within seconds at bus stops. Produced in Ningbo by CSR, the buses are the same that Austrian Graz will be working with from 2016 (we reported).
xinhuanet.com, insideevs.com

Chinese charging standards: The preparation and drafting of China’s new charging standards for electric vehicles have been completed, Gasgoo reports, and will be published sometime next month.
gasgoo.com

EV advisory: Recargo presents its PlugShare Guide, a PHEV consulting service for the electric vehicle industry, including infrastructure providers. The new division will develop strategies, policies and plans for EV infrastructure, as well as strategies to increase EV uptake.
virtual-strategy.com

Fly then move green: British Green Motion expanded its car rental service to Finland. The first station is located near Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport with another one to open at Tampere airfield soon. The company uses green energy vehicles.
autorentalnews.com

Connecting Croatia: Croatian Hrvatski Telekom has opened the first of five EV charging stations at the airport in the Split-Dalmatia County. More stations will be located at hotels and will be connected to the European network via the e-platform.
telecompaper.com

Jul 27, 2015 - 08:39 am

LA, San Diego, Golden Gate Transit, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Queensland.

Sharing is caring: Los Angeles will kick off a three year carsharing project featuring 100 electric and hybrid vehicles in its low income districts. It will also install more than 100 charging points. The project’s aim is to allow people with lower incomes to use carsharing instead of purchasing a vehicle. The California Air Resources Board funds the initiative with 1.6 million dollars.
nbclosangeles.com, labusinessjournal.com, greencarcongress.com

BYD EVs for San Diego: The U.S. city of San Diego has ordered 50 units of the e6 electric car from Chinese manufacturer BYD. These are intended for airport transfers.
electriccarsreport.com (San Diego)

Golden Gate Transit bets on hybrids: The company is looking to order 74 new buses, which will hit the road at the end of 2017. After looking at a score of option, Golden Gate Transit prefers to go with diesel-electric buses, due to improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.
marinij.com

More electrification in Germany: Germany’s southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg decided on actions against fine dust and noise. It wants to therefore build up more charging infrastructure and increase the amount of electric cars in its own governmental fleet to 10 percent. It thus hopes to reach its target of 200,000 EVs on its roads by 2020.
baden-wuerttemberg.de (in German)

Electric highway: The Australian State of Queensland wants to equip the 1,600 km long “Bruce Highway” with solar-powered fast chargers for electric cars. The first such charging station will be set up in Townsville.
theguardian.com

Jul 24, 2015 - 09:05 am

London, Campinas, CCS, Dundee, Portland.

London pushes electrification: Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled the “ULEV delivery plan” including a number of measures to increase EV sales. For example: 150 fast-chargers will be installed by 2018 and 300 electric buses will hit the streets by 2020. The car club industry commits to at least 50 percent plug-ins by 2025 and even the fire department will replace 57 fleet vehicles with hybrids and range extended cars. Moreover, a £65m programme will encourage taxi drivers to switch to electric cars.
london.gov.uk, independent.co.uk, tfl.gov.uk (ULEV delivery plan as pdf)

Electric buses for Brazil: BYD will deliver ten of its K9 12-meter electric buses to Campinas, Brazil. The buses will be used in public transport, making Campinas the first Brazilian city to have zero-emission buses in service.
automotiveworld.com

CCS update: According to CCS Charge Map, Europe now counts more than 1,200 CCS charging stations. In early June the number was still at 1,000 (we reported), a 20 percent increase in six weeks.
insideevs.com, ccs-map.eu

Dundee carsharing extends EV fleet: The scheme, run by Co-wheels, has added six Renault Zoe and one Nissan e-NV200 van to its fleet. The latter is expected to be used especially by local businesses.
thecourier.co.uk

Green taxi service: EcoCab is a new taxi service in Portland, Oregon. Its fleet consists of ten Nissan Leaf and three Tesla Model S. EcoCab will test the waters for the coming four months, knowing that in the times of Uber, starting a taxi company is not an easy task.
pamplinmedia.com, oregonlive.com

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Jul 23, 2015 - 08:33 am

Portugal, Aberdeen, ChargePoint, ClipperCreek, Colorado.

Electrification in Portugal: Portugal’s energy minister Artur Trindade announced that starting in about a month, the government will begin replacing its petrol-powered cars with EVs. Information about the extent of the electrification has not been made public yet.
eltis.org, jn.pt (in Portuguese)

Aberdeen sets record: The city’s Co-wheels Car Club added eight electric cars and three electric vans to its fleet, making it the largest EV fleet for hire in the UK. The cars are Renault Zoe and the vans Nissan e-NV200. The car club now offers a total of 36 cars for hire, 16 of them electric.
eveningexpress.co.uk, aberdeencity.gov.uk

Charger-storage combi: U.S. charging infrastructure provider ChargePoint is working with Green Charge Networks to offer charging stations in combination with batteries. Their first joint customer is Redwood City in California, which already installed five chargers combined with energy storage.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Affortable charger: ClipperCreek offers a new 40 amp EV charger in the U.S. The HCS-50 includes a 25 metre long charging cable and a three-year-warranty. It is capable of 9.6 kW of output and is available from 835 dollars.
insideevs.com, bmwblog.com

Colorado funds electrification: The U.S. state of Colorado, the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) will provide funding for EVs, as well as charging infrastructure. Applications for “Charge Ahead Colorado” will be accepted until mid-August and must be filed online.
fleetsandfuels.com, cleanairfleets.org

Jul 22, 2015 - 08:12 am

Kandi, Myles, London, Munich, Proterra, CarCharging.

Kandi signs another big deal: The Chinese carmaker will deliver 1,500 electric vehicles to the city of Luzhou in the southeastern region of the Sichuan province. The city will uses the cars to start its Micro Public Transportation (MPT) program before the end of the year.
nasdaq.com

EVs for hire: Hiring service Myles has opened 20 new locations in the city of Mumbai, India, allowing customers to rent cars hourly, daily, weekly or on a monthly basis. Myles has 34 car models in its portfolio, including electric vehicles.
indiatoday.intoday.in

Double-trouble in London: Some of the city’s hybrid double-decker buses, that have been on the road since 2012, have been experiencing battery performance problems. That meant the buses were diesel-powered 90 percent of the time. Transport for London admitted that earlier buses had battery problems, but said these batteries had been repaired or replaced at no cost to the taxpayer.
airqualitynews.com

First H2 station with two systems: In Munich, the world’s first hydrogen filling station featuring two refueling technologies has gone online. Next to CGHT technology with 700 bar, it makes use of Cryo-compressed hydrogen storage technology (CCH2) with 350 bar, which is developed by the BMW Group. It offers up to 50 percent more hydrogen storage capacity than 700 bar tanks
automotiveworld.com, bmwgroup.com

Proterra sells e-buses in California: The cities of Stockton and Porterville each ordered two of Proterra’s Catalyst battery-powered buses. The purchase is funded by the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and the buses will replace diesel-powered buses currently in use.
prnewswire.com, greencarcongress.com

Four chargers for Tennessee: CarCharging and the Hamister Group have installed four Blink EV charging stations at the Fairfield Inn & Suite and MainStay Suites Hotel in Tennessee. The chargers are available to anyone, as they accept payment with any major credit card.
prnewswire.com, cnn.com

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Jul 21, 2015 - 08:13 am

CCS, London, Hawaii, Mountain View, Montgomery Country, Auckland.

150 kW CCS-charger planned: Partners of Germany’s fast-charging network SLAM announced that it will be possible to charge with up to 150 kW in the future at key junctions along the country’s motorways. Terms of subsidies have been adjusted accordingly – 50 percent of the cost for the installation of 50 kW chargers and 75 percent of the cost for the preparation of 150 kW chargers will be covered. The first 150 kW chargers are said to go online in two years.
volkswagenag.com (in German only)

London gets first on-street fast-chargers: Hackney Council installed three Tri-Rapid chargers in Shoreditch, Dalston and Hackney Central. They are the first publicly accessible on-street fast-chargers in the UK capital which can charge EVs with up to 50 kW.
bdaily.co.uk, itsinternational.com

Hydrogen shuttles for Hawaii: From autumn, two 25-seater hydrogen buses will shuttle tourists to the Volcanoes national park on the island. Even the “Wiki-Wiki” shuttles at Honolulu Airport could soon be fueled by hydrogen.
washingtontimes.com

New EV charging project approved: The City Council of California’s Mountain View said it will install five new charging stations in the California and Bryant Parking structure, as well as upgrade four stations located at City Hall later this year. The fee is set at 1.50 dollars/an hour for the first two hours and will increase to 5 dollars/hour during peak times.
patch.com

Serving electric: Montgomery Country police in the U.S. state of Maryland added three Ford Fusion PHEVs to its fleet that will be used to serve civil papers. Three EV chargers have been installed for the cars in the parking garage underneath the Montgomery County Courthouse.
thereporteronline.com

35 chargers for New Zealand: Company Vector wants to install 35 EV charging station across Auckland. Vector has been offering EV drivers free coffee at its two existing stations to pass the time. The new stations will be a mix of fast- and standard-chargers.
nzherald.co.nz

Jul 20, 2015 - 08:26 am

San Diego, Delaware, Budapest, Bristol.

30 charging stations is what real estate investment company Emmes Reality Services has set up in its in its public parking garage in downtown San Diego, California. The chargers can be used via the ChargePoint app and are free to use until the end of August.
sdbj.com, seasidecourier.com

Delaware incentivises: The U.S. state earmarked 2.7 million dollars for its Clean Transportation Incentive Program (CTIP). EVs and PHEVs qualify for a 2,200 dollar rebate, while the installation of a charging station will be funded with up to 500 dollars.
ngtnews.com

Budapest buys electric: The city’s public transportation company BKV wants to buy 20 electric midibuses. A tender runs until the end of next month and the buses are set to be delivered by mid-December. So far, Hungarian company Evo Pro seems to be ahead in the running to secure the bid.
hungarytoday.hu

Bristol goes green: Five Nissan Leaf will provide transport for Bristol’s year-long stint as Europe’s Green Capital. The EVs will be used by the Bristol Green Capital 2015 team to deliver a programme of events across the city throughout the year.
fleetnews.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com (with video)

Jul 17, 2015 - 08:16 am

Siemens & FreeWire, Tanger & ChargePoint, Hesperange, DoE.

Free wired: Siemens and FreeWire partner to ultimately commercialise the Mobi Charger. It features 2nd life on-board batteries and Siemens’ eCar Operation Center VersiCharge technology. A three month pilot will run at LinkedIn’s Mountain View campus.
greencarcongress.com, greenpowertrain.automotive-business-review.com

Shop and Charge: Tanger Factory Outlet Centers teamed up with ChargePoint in the U.S. to install EV charging stations at 23 of its 46 designer outlets. The first 18 locations have been equipped and another five are currently under construction. Solar arrays will be installed as well.
bizjournals.com

Communal mobility: Hesperange in Luxembourg now offers 18 electric bikes and 4 BMW i3 for rent to tourists and locals alike. The cars can be picked up at stations around the city. Subscriptions range from annual to payment by the hour for pedelecs (2 euros) or per minute (0.35 euros) for an electric car.
wort.lu

Electric CV funding: The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) will release funding for drivetrain electrification for commercial vehicles and dual fuel fleet demonstration. So far, the DOE only stated their intent, in order to enable possible project partners to prepare. The FOA will be issued in August.
greencarcongress.com

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