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.
Thuringa, Philippines, Texas, BYD.
Charging Germany: 370 new charging stations, including 70 rapid-charging stops, shall be installed in Thuringia by 2020. The state-sponsored initiative is a result of the EMOTIF programme, which helped municipalities acquire 18 EV, 48 electric cars and 19 e-bike charging stations.
mdr.de (in German)
Moving Manila: E-trikes only is the aim of the capital of the Philippines. The government will take the first step and buy 10,000 electric trikes, which it will rent to drivers at a price they would usually pay for petrol. Charging is free. The new e-trikes sit seven and will replace almost half of all rickshaws in Manila.
Plug-ins for Texas: Austin wants to acquire 330 plug-in vehicles until 2020. The lease programme that would see the city buy the cars for 1 dollars after the three year term is up could start next year. Only the City Council’s approval is pending. The Texan capital’s eyes are on the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt.
BYD taxis in Singapore: The first ten electric cabs will hit Singapore this October. Taxi company Hold Dreams Together (HDT) says it is only the beginning. In 2017, the fleet shall grow to 100 electric taxis, all delivered by BYD. For some reason, fares will be higher than unusual.
Hungary, Allego, Elix Wireless, Consumer Federation of America.
Hungary takes the next step in its push for electric transport as it confirms the announced EV incentives. The government reserves 2bn forint (7.3m dollars) for the acquisition of electric cars and small utility vehicles. Next year’s budget will be increased to 3bn forint.
Charging Tesla at McDonald’s: Allego has installed two fast-charging stations with Tesla adapters at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. With the latest addition, Allego now operates a network of 65 DC charging stations in the Netherlands and a total of 155 in the whole of Europe.
Sino-American wireless connection: Uni of British Columbia spin-off Elix Wireless is to collaborate strategically with Chinese Chongqing Zongshen Power Machinery. Together, they want to commercialise Elix’ Magneto-Dynamic Coupling technology for inductive charging with up to 8 kW by end-2017.
EV willingness is up: “Yes” to an electric car say 36 percent of participants in a nationwide survey by the Consumer Federation of America. The young generation is even more willing to make the switch as half of 18 – 34 year olds would be interested in buying an EV.
WiTricity, Lohr Group, Spiri, Chargepoint, Kansas, WestSmart EV.
11 kW wireless charging? WiTricity and Prodrive are working on an inductive charging system for EVs for a “leading European carmaker” who has not been named. The 11 kW system is scheduled for release by 2019. The foundational magnetic resonance intellectual property will come from WiTricity.
Electric shuttle: French Lohr Group has prepared to go the last mile electrically as it presented the Le Cristal in Berlin. The compact electric bus seats five but can extend its load by coupling up to four of its kind. Its range was given at 150 km and testing is to commence in Strasbourg next year.
morgenpost.de (in German)
Sharing is the motto of Danish start-up Spiri as well, who presented a prototype as planned. The light-weight EV (450 kilos) has been developed by engineers from both Aston Martin and Tesla and shall serve in a new carpooling service. Obviously, the EV is well connected.
Waitlist: ChargePoint introduced a new service for EV drivers faced with occupied charging stations. Instead of waiting in front of it, signing up for ‘Waitlist’ enables drivers to be alerted via their mobile phones or RFID card once the charging station becomes available.
1,000 charging stations rejected: Kansas regulators have stopped an initiative by utility Kansas City Power & Light to install 1,000 EV charging stations. The authorities found the plan too expensive but also doubted its environmental benefits and said data was missing.
DC charging for 3 states: Rocky Mountain Power has applied for a 4m dollar federal grant to set up an EV fast-charging corridor along the Interstate 15, 80, 84, and 70. If the ‘WestSmart EV’ programme goes through, drivers could traverse Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.
SEEV4-City, Luxembourg, California, ChargePoint, Uber.
EU funded V2G research: Five European cities, namely Amsterdam, Hamburg, Oslo, Leicester, and Belgian Leuven, will take part in the SEEV4-City EU project. It looks at storage of excess solar power in batteries of electric cars and bi-directional charging. Amsterdam University (HvA) takes the lead in the research effort that is funded with 2.5m euros from the EU Commission over three years.
hva.nl (in Dutch)
Electric buses for Luxembourg: Volvo will deliver four electric buses to Sales-Lentz. The public transport provider from Luxembourg will put the Volvo 7900 Electric into service in the town of Differdange by mid-2017. Sales-Lentz already operates 36 hybrid buses by Volvo.
PHEV unlimited: California removed the cap on green stickers, which entitle plug-in hybrids to use the HOV lane. The state will resume handing out access to the carpool lane until Jan 1, 2019 when the scheme ends. White stickers for electric cars were never limited.
ChargePoint takes over the charging network in Hampshire and Cornwall. The 51 chargers thus become integrated into the firm’s GeniePoint Network that allows for easy access. ChargePoint also wants to grow the number of fast-chargers in the region.
All-electric Uber: Singaporean start-up S Dreams started an EV fleet to be booked via Uber. BYD is on board and will deliver the first six of 30 e6 by next week. By 2018, the fleet shall be a 1,000 electric cars strong. S Dreams pays its drivers a fixed revenue but collects all fares.
Toyota, Darmstadt, Jersey, UK, MOTEV.
i-Road testing opens: Toyota has begun the second round of testing of its electric three-wheeler in Japan. This time, businesses and members of the general public will be involved. Participants are required to use of the i-Road for a set length of time through to the end of March 2017.
Diesel-free transport: The German city of Darmstadt aims to replace its entire diesel bus fleet with electric coaches by 2025. Transit operator HEAG mobilo will start the transition next year with one standard and one articulated electric bus.
echo-online.de (in German)
Electric mail delivery: The Channel Island Jersey has acquired 15 Nissan e-NV200 for the postal service’s fleet. The decision to give electric delivery vans a go was made after an 18 month trial. The eNV200 will join a fleet of about 100 conventional vehicles.
EV market in the UK: 23,109 electric and hybrid vehicles sold throughout this year were eligible for the British government’s plug-in car and van grant, SMMT reports. About ten percent of these (2,176 units) were leased or funded from Alphabet.
Tesla black car service: Los Angeles has got a new Tesla car service called MOTEV. The initial fleet consists of four Model S and seven Model X and aims at high-profile clients. The firm set up by a former production driver for Morgan Freeman plans to expand to New York and other cities shortly.
Hyatt, ChargeNow, Exeter, Air Liquide, No Charge to Charge.
Charge while you sleep: The Hyatt Regency Sacramento has installed a total of 26 charging stations – 20 ClipperCreek and six Tesla Destination chargers. According to Hyatt, it now has chargers at the location than any other hotel in the U.S.
ChargeNow expands: BMW’s EV infrastructure provider now operates (mostly via partners) in 26 countries with about 65,000 charging stations, BMW’s Markus Bartenschlager told electrive at the LCV2016-Event. Another three countries will be added before the end of the year – first Japan, followed by Korea and New Zealand.
Nora Manthey for electrive.com on location
E-Bikesharing: British Exeter is getting its first e-bike sharing scheme. 23 ‘co bikes’ will be up for grabs in the coming weeks. The company already offers co-car, a hire-by-the-hour scheme.
Mirai arrives in France: The first Toyota fuel cell vehicle was delivered to Air Liquide. The company has designed and delivered some 75 hydrogen fuelling stations worldwide.
Partnering with Nissan, Commerce Bank installed 12 fast-chargers in the St. Louis area in Missouri. The chargers have both CHAdeMO and CCS and Nissan drivers can plug-in for free, as the chargers are part of the carmaker’s ‘No Charge to Charge’ programme.
Hamburg, Renault + Nissan, Electric Nation, Green Commuter, Rolec EV.
Electric buses for Hamburg: The city only wants to buy zero emission vehicles from 2020, which is why Hamburg’s transportation agencies have signed a partnership with bus manufacturer MAN. Together they want to develop especially fit electric and fuel cell buses. MAN will already show an articulated bus concept at the IAA in Frankfurt.
man.eu (in German)
Renault and Nissan in the UK: Renault delivered 55 Zoe to Europcar UK, which is looking to electrify 5 percent of its fleet by 2020. It is Renault’s biggest order in the UK to date. Nissan meanwhile sold its 15,000th Leaf on the Isles and now offers a 500-pound rebate for private buyers of the Leaf or e-NV200 until the end of September.
electriccarsreport.com (Renault), nissaninsider.co.uk (Nissan)
V2G research project is looking for drivers: The successor of the My Electric Avenue programme in the UK, Electric Nation, will look at the effects of EV charging on the local grid. It is still looking for some 500 to 700 EV and PHEV drivers to take part. Participants will get an intelligent charger for free.
E-Carsharing: GreenCommuter will kick off its carsharing scheme with 20 Nissan Lean in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the coming weeks. The city has already had an all-electric shuttle bus in service for 26 years.
Paying per mobile: Rolec EV has developed a new management system for EV chargers called ‘EV Charge Online.’ It will allow users to pay via their smartphone when at the charger, getting rid of some of the hassle many EV drivers sill face when plugging-in.
EV-Box, Shell, ChargePoint, PSA, U Drive.
4,000 chargers in Rotterdam: ENGIE Services and EV-Box are said to install 4,000 chargers in region of Rotterdam by 2018, some 1,800 will be erected in the city itself. EV-Box already won a similar deal earlier this year (we reported) to set up 4,000 chargers in Amsterdam.
duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl (in Dutch), ev-box.com
Is Shell going EV? According to the Guardian, the oil company is looking to set up EV chargers at its petrol stations in the UK from 2017. Moreover, Shell asked the government about its plans to install roads with inductive charging technology. Further details or how many chargers will be installed are still under wraps.
95 fast-chargers along the coasts: BMW, VW and ChargePoint have completed their project setting up fast-chargers along the East and West Coast in the U.S. Placed 50 km apart, the 24 kW stations are said to make it easier for EV drivers to go long distance.
theverge.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
PSA-Carsharing in LA? The joint carsharing scheme that PSA and Bolloré announced last year (we reported) is taking shape. According to PSA CEO Carlo Tavares, talks with numerous cities are still ongoing, with LA being a top choice.
lesechos.fr (in French) via fortune.com
U Drive goes into second round: The programme from the University of Utah is designed to help staff and students go EV or PHEV, sponsoring up to 20 percent of the lease or purchasing price. All who live or work in the Salt Lake City region qualify.
Hyundai, New York, Santa Barbara, University of Kent, Millbury.
Fuel cells in South Korea: Hyundai wants to push its fuel cell technology even harder. For starters, the city of Ulsan is getting ten ix35 taxis. By 2018, a total of 100 FC taxis are to roam the streets of five cities. Moreover, J’Car carsharing pledges to have 50 percent EVs and 50 percent FCVs by then.
New York pushes emobility: Municipalities in the U.S. state can now apply for 5,000 dollars in funding for an electric and for 2,500 dollars for a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Grants for EV charging and hydrogen fuelling stations are also available. The measures will be in place until March 2017 or until the total funding 750,000 for EVs) has run out.
Santa Barbara cleans public transport: The city of Santa Barbara has received 5.6m dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to replace 14 old diesel buses with “clean diesel” or battery-electric ones. The new buses should be delivered in 2018. The city currently has a fleet of 85 diesel buses.
An EV for a diesel: The University of Kent almost doubled it number of Renault Kangoo Z.E.s, adding another six to its fleet and bringing the total number to 15. The vehicles replace the equivalent diesel-powered Renault vans.
Replacing the fleet: The city of Millbury, Massachusetts, also replaced four older cars with Nissan Leaf. The electric cars, as well as the two Level 2 chargers were in part paid for by the Green Communities 2016 competitive grant.
London, Chargemaster, e-pendler, Supercharger, ClipperCreek.
More e-buses for London: The English capital wants to electrify two bus lines (507 and 521) by the end of the year. The 51 new electric buses, built by BYD and Alexander Dennis, would then bring the total number of electric buses in London to 73. Another 2,000 hybrid buses are already on the road there.
UK charging network join forces: Chargemaster has taken over fellow provider Elektromotive’s Charge Your Car (CYC), meaning Britain’s two largest charging networks are now one. Both brands are said to remain, while customer support and maintenance resources will be shared.
“e-pendler in niederösterreich” strikes a balance: After its three -year run, the programme in Lower Austria counted new 114 electric cars, 86 e-bikes and 167 charging points. Moreover, the acceptance of electric mobility in combination with public transport is said to have increased, while the e-bike market experienced a “boom.” Since 2013, the region had tested how the daily commute between Vienna and Wr. Neustadt could become more efficient and environmentally friendly.
orf.at (in German)
Supercharging Portugal? It seems Tesla is meeting with Portuguese officials looking to set up Superchargers in the country. The carmaker doesn’t offer any direct service in the country yet, but there are still quite a few Model S drivers already, that could soon change as well.
jornaldenegocios.pt (in Portuguese) via electrek.co
Introducing Share2: The new ClipperCreek system allows Level 2 charging station to split power from a one branch 40A circuit, allowing for the installation of an additional charger without running another 240 V circuit. The station will operate at full power when only one car is plugged in, while splitting the energy when both chargers are in use.
StreetScooter, Evercar, South Korea, Waste Management NZ.
StreetScooter delivers in Cologne: The German postal service’s electric delivery truck will start making its rounds in the city of Cologne. At first, 36 units will hit the road for DHL, followed by another 30 electric trucks before the end of the year. Moreover, the Deutsche Post wants to bring its StreetScooter to other German cities and increased yearly production capacity to 10,000 units from 2017.
report-k.de, transport-online.de (articles in German)
EVs for Uber drivers: LA-based company Evercar that rents electric and hybrid vehicles to drivers of ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft (we reported), is expanding along the California coastline. The service is now available in San Francisco, where drivers can rent the new generation Toyota Prius.
Splitting the bill: Starting next year, operators of petrol stations, cafés, hotels, etc. in South Korea will receive 20m won (about 18,000 dollars) for every EV charging station that they set up on their grounds. The subsidies should cover about half the cost of purchasing and installation.
Electric waste management: New Zealand’s Waste Management NZ is testing the use of electric vehicles. The company has more than 800 trucks and 200 cars in its fleet. Six cars have already been electrified and now the first three diesel trucks will be exchanged for EVs. Another six are said to follow.
Scotland, Drive Oregon, BAE Systems, TINE.
Petrol-free Scotland: Transport in Scotland may be free from fossil fuel cars by 2050. The government set new climate and energy targets, which include traffic. More than half a billion pounds will go to energy efficiency measures for the next 12 months in a bid to combat fuel poverty. Emissions shall be cut by 50 percent by 2020 as Scotland looks to cover its entire energy needs by renewables then.
1m USD for EV marketing: Drive Oregon will receive almost 1m dollar in funding from the DoE over three years. The advocacy group will set up an EV showroom right across from the Electric Avenue in Portland. Apart from test rides, Drive Oregon will also travel the state for EV showcases.
Powering electric buses: BAE Systems found a new client in Solaris. The Polish firm agreed to use BAE’s hybrid electric drive in its vehicles and is the 7th bus maker joining the club, says BAE.
Hybrid truck to travel north: Norwegian TINE has ordered a hybrid Nikola One truck. As the hybrid vehicle is only set for the U.S. launch later this year, Norway will have to wait two to three years for delivery. TINE aims to decrease its emissions by 75 percent in 2020.
Renault, Alexander Dennis, Cambodia, Huber + Suhner, AAA.
Renault declares diesel dead: The French carmaker sees diesel disappear from most of its European line-up soon. The assessment followed an internal review of costs of meeting tighter emissions standards in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal. Tougher testing will eventually make diesel technology more expensive than electric drives. Renault’s A, B, and parts of the C segments are thus likely to be diesel-free by 2020. Other carmakers may drop diesel entirely by 2025.
The biggest R&D grant in Scottish history goes to British bus maker Alexander Dennis (ADL), which receives 7.3m pounds to develop more electric and hybrid bus models. The aim is to double turnover by 2020, while creating 101 jobs, in which funding agency Scottish Enterprise is particularly interested.
800m dollars for electric buses would Cambodia need to spend where it to develop an automated gateway transit (AGT) system, a feasibility study finds. The AGT runs electrically and consists of coaches that can carry up to 30 passengers. Cambodia currently examines financing options.
The cooler the faster: 80 percent charge in less than 20 minutes is the promise of a cooled cable and connector by Huber + Suhner. The integrated cooling circuit enables high power charging with 350 kW easily – once the chargers are ready. The cooled cable is available with CCS type-1 and 2 connectors.
Ride saving technology: The AAA’s mobile EV charging units have saved “thousands” of electric cars, according to the association. Still, it points out that EV drivers seem rather range-aware. The trucks feature Level 2 AC and some CHAdeMO DC chargers powered by onboard generators.
Tesla, fuel cells, Prius, Vector.
Tesla loses Missouri: The U.S. state’s Auto Dealer Association has won its case against the EV maker, which will no longer be allowed to sell cars directly to its customers. That means that there will still be Tesla show rooms in Missouri, but the cars can only be purchased online.
UN pushes FCVs in China: The third phase of UN Development Programme looking to push commercialisation of fuel cells in China to help limit climate change has kicked off. The project “Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China” follows tests with a total of 12 prototype FC buses from different manufactures.
Prius police car: Dubai police have added another four Toyota Prius the fleet, which now includes a total of ten of the “best-selling” hybrids. A few months ago, the country’s Roads and Transport Authority also pledged that half of its fleet would be hybrid by 2021.
Charging Auckland: Vector has installed another two fast-charger at BP Connect Pakuranga and another two at Auckland Airport Shopping Centre, bringing the total number of chargers at the airport to seven. The company has launched a digital map with charging location. The latter is said to soon also be available as an app.
scoop.co.nz (BP), stuff.co.nz (airport)