Israel, Leicester, Canada, Supercharger, Ruby Tuesday.
Israel electrifies: The country wishes to clean the air with the government spending about 57m dollars on initiatives for electric mobility and more. Grants for the acquisition of 2,000 hybrid taxes have been set up, and electric buses will be bought. On the private side, 4 carsharing schemes with at least 800 electric cars and 2,000 charge stops will be introduced in 4 Israeli cities including Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Diesel replacement: British Leicester will potentially replace a 95 strong diesel fleet with EVs if tests with ten Nissan Leaf proof successful. The Leaf will be joined by five Nissan e-NV200 within the following weeks and testing is to resume over six months.
Rapid charging in Canada: Six EV fast-charging stations are to go up along Canada’s Highway that connects Montréal and Quebec. The province will pay half the price of each station that are estimated to cost 60,000 dollars and would like to see them go up within the next six months.
Supercharge and dine: Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday plans to install a series of Superchargers at its diners. The first has gone up in Miner, Missouri, yet the chain has not specified how many EV charging stations will follow.
Noord-Brabant, Superchargers, Georgia, Nissan, ITM.
EV charge points wanted: Dutch province Noord-Brabant started a public tender as it looks to install 2,000 smart charging points by next year. By 2020, a total of 12,000 charge stops shall stand in that southern part of the Netherlands – enough to charge 100,000 electric cars.
nederlandelektrisch.nl (in Dutch)
Superchargers at gas stations? Tesla has talked to Sheetz about the installation of Superchargers at their gas stations and convenience stores, Washington Post reports. Hundreds of Sheetz outlets can be found in six states. The EV maker confirmed it is talking to pit stops and other chains in general.
Bus replacement: Georgia is cleaning up its act as it grants the town of Athens 6m dollars for the replacement of ten diesel buses with hybrid ones. Another 10m dollars have been awarded to the University of Georgia as it seeks to acquire 19 electric buses to succeed older models.
Shuttling creatives: Nissan provided 15 electric shuttles for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. 360 delegates have used the Leafs and e-NV200 vans, which could be ordered via the Facebook messenger service.
H2 deal: ITM says it sold an integrated hydrogen refueling station (HRS) with on-site generation to Hydrogène de France (HDF) in a deal worth 1.5m euros. The station is for deployment in France.
Green Motion, Supercharger, BYD, Romania, Washington, PlugSurfing.
Swiss charging network: 1,600 EV charging stations shall stand in Switzerland by 2020 as Green Motion gathers finance and partners for its Evpass network. Mobility, Aldi and McDonald’s and others are on board to provide spaces for the charge spots of which 250 shall be erected already this year with another 1,000 to follow in 2017. The start-up installs its EV charging equipment for free and finances the move through income from licensing its technology to Chinese Zhongding, who plans a charging network in China that could accommodate for 5m electric vehicles.
berneroberlaender.ch (network, in German), nzz.ch (licensing background, in German)
Tesla charges China: The 100th Supercharger has been inaugurated in Beijing and the EV maker used the occasion to announce the Tesla Public Charging Partner Program. It builds on the principle of the destination charger scheme but includes fast-charging as well.
Electric cab fleet: HDT Singapore Taxi has applied to operate an all-electric fleet of 100 cabs, most likely built by BYD, on the city-state’s streets but is waiting for its taxi license. It would suit Singapore’s plans for an EV sharing for which 2,000 charge points have been confirmed.
EV incentives at work: 7,500 Romanians have applied for the EV incentive scheme. The state adds 4,400 euros when buying an electric car and 1,100 for plug-in hybrids. The sum increases by about another 1,000 euros if an old car is scrapped in the process (we reported).
Car expenses: Washington will raise the gas tax by 4.9 cent comes July, thus bringing the surcharge per gallon to 49.4 cent. Any run on EVs that might result from the new taxation could be hampered a little by the simultaneous increase of the annual EV registration fee by 50 dollars to 150 dollars.
Open access charging: PlugSurfing renews its partnership with charging infrastructure provider EV-Box as they implement the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI), an open standard. The protocol is designed to simplify payments and to enable real-time billing.
Cher, FleetCarma, Siemens, Aspen, Route Monkey.
Chinese rental EVs: Chery is to work with rental company Shou Qi to introduce 10,000 new energy vehicles for the car hire service Gofun eventually. The agreement to cooperate and to produce such customised electric cars has been signed already.
Telematics for mixed fleets: The EVS29 is FleetCarma’s new telematic device. While the C2 supports all sorts of vehicles, including diesel and gasoline, it shall ultimately increase a fleet’s hybrid and electric vehicle share as it identifies which cars could be replaced with greener options.
Smart Siemens HQ: In Munich, Siemens has completed construction of its new company HQ that can accommodate up to 1,200 employees. The building meets the highest environmental standards and all energy comes from renewable sources. The garage offers space for 200 bicycles including a charging station for pedelecs and has another 21 parking lots with EV charge points.
Summer has arrived in Aspen and with it free rides in electric carts. The service is sponsored by the town but “coincides” with increased parking fares and has started as planned. Rides can be booked via app and will be available until September when the skiing season is about to start.
EV navigation: As Route Monkey recently received funding to develop an online portal and app for EV drivers, it teams up with Sygic in order to do so. The partner is a GPS navigation specialist and together with Route Monkey is to make a platform that optimises itineraries for EV fleets.
Haifa, Belarus, Tesla, New Flyer, Kings Group.
Carshare Israel: The Israeli city of Haifa is planning an electric carsharing scheme. The first stage includes 120 electric and 80 hybrid vehicles from car2go. The Israel Electric Corporation will also build charging stations to support the programme.
Belarus programmes: Belarus plans to stimulate EV uptake by developing charging station networks and offering incentives. They hope to get a minimum of 10,000 electric vehicles on the road in Belarus by 2025. More optimistic calculations expect that number to surpass 32,000.
New chargers for Tesla: New York parking facilities owner iPark partnered with Tesla and Beam Charging, a subsidiary of CarCharging, to bring Tesla-specific and universal charging stations to over 25 iPark facilities. Five more locations will be outfitted with Tesla chargers by the end of 2016.
New Flyer buses: New Flyer of America Inc. has won a 3.19m dollar order for five Xcelsior XDE40 buses going to Eugene, Oregon, where the Lane Transit District will be replacing older buses. The district may also order as many as 70 more buses in the next five years.
Kings Group buses: Australian Company Kings Transport and Logistics is making a large-scale investment in electric trucks. They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australian electric automaker SEA Automotive for the order of nine trucks.
Georgia, Tritium, Manhattan Beach, Edmonton, Hydrogen.
E-buses for students: The University of Georgia has received 10m dollars in state funding to purchase 19 electric buses. These are set to go into service next year and will replace the oldest models on the university’s fleet. Moreover, the buses are said to be equipped with bi-directional charging capabilities.
Fast-charging Sri Lanka: The country could soon have a fast-charger in each of its 22 districts. Australian charge point manufacturer Tritium has already signed a distribution agreement for it Veefil stations with Sri Lankan Sunrise Engineering.
lankabusinessonline.com, infos per mail
Free electric shuttle service: California’s Manhattan Beach will start an electric ride hailing shuttle service with four to six all-electric mini busses. The service will be free of charge for passengers, as it is ad sponsored.
Electrifying public transport: The Canadian city of Edmonton is set to buy five electric buses next year. But council members are now pushing to go for 40 electrically-powered buses instead. A final decision will be made this autumn.
H2 for the north: Nel Hydrogen Solutions will set up a H2 fuelling station in the Swedish city of Mariestad by the end of the year. The pump is part of the EU-funded H2ME-2 project. Meanwhile, Norway’s joint venture Uno-X Hydrogen took delivery of the country’s first Toyota Mirai. Uni-X will set up 20 H2 filling stations in Norway (we reported).
businesswire.com (Sweden), electriccarsreport.com (Norway)
CharIN, PlugShare, Columbus, Brussels, New Jersey.
CCS gets support from the big leagues: Clever is not the only company that recently joined CCS initiative CharIN. Hubject, Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Atieva, Circontrol and Lafon have also signed up.
Charge with sun: PlugShare has started the programme ‘Drive Solar’ in California. Anyone who installs a Sungevity solar system can receive a GE WattStation for free – the installation in included.
Columbus is U.S.’ smartest city: The Ohio city has won the U.S. transportation ministry’s Smart City Challenge. Next to 40m dollars in funding for i.e. self-driving vehicles, Columbus gets another 10m dollars to push electric mobility (we reported). Companies will invest another 90m dollars.
Brussels without e-power: car2go will start its carsharing scheme in the EU’s capital in October. 250 Smarts and 50 Mercedes A-series will hit the road there, but unfortunately no electric cars. Even though it would have been nice if especially Brussels could have led with example.
New Jersey plugs in: The U.S. state earmarked 750,000 dollars for subsidies for the installation of more charging stations. Level 1 chargers qualify for up to 250 dollars; level 2 chargers for up to 5,000 dollars.
Cityscoot, Clever, Ljubljana, Ergon Energy, AGL.
Cityscoot starts in Paris: After extensive testing (we reported), the 150 electric scooters finally hit the streets of Paris today. Another 400 to 500 will be added from November. Cityscoot plans to have a fleet of 1,000 scooters by the end March 2017.
lefigaro.fr (in French)
Clever joins CharIN: The Danish charge point operator is now part of the Charging Initiative (CharIN) that pushes DC charging using the CCS standard. Clever already has 750 chargers up and running and wants to install its first 150 kW chargers with CCS form 2017.
E-Carsharing in Ljubljana: The Slovenian capital is the first to feature an electric carsharing scheme in the region. It will be operated by car hiring company Avantcar and IT specialist Comtrade. A total of 30 EVs will be available at eight different locations.
Australia plugs in: Queensland utility Ergon Energy has begun setting up an EV ‘super highway,’ planning to install some 60 fast-chargers. The country’s first solar-powered charger will be set up in Townsville. Manufacturer Tritium is most likely in talks with Ergon Energy about the remaining stations.
Charging flat for at home: Australian utility AGL wants to introduce a flat rate for the charging of EVs at home. And it’s quite an attractive offer. For only one Australian dollar per day, drivers can keep the battery of their electric car filled.
Styria, Vorarlberg, Repower, Mahindra, Zhuhai.
EV offensive in Austria: The Austrian federal state of Styria is looking to financially support 24 e-carsharing projects this year. As part of the programme, a total of 79 new electric cars will hit the road and 144 new chargers will be erected. Due to high demand, 2m euros have been earmarked for the plan – twice than what originally planned.
kleinezeitung.at, politik.steiermark.at (articles in German)
Vorarlberg eyes 10,000th EV: The federal state in western Austria is also planning for growing emobility in the region. The goal is to have 10.000 EVs, 500 electric utility vehicles and 20 electric buses on the road by 2020. Municipalities have already increased their orders from 32 to 46 electric cars.
derstandard.at (in German)
Connected chargers: With Plug’n Roll, Swiss utility Repower introduced a connected charging system for electric vehicles. Charging stations provide details about their location, the types of plugs and occupancy over the internet – information that users can then view in an app.
cafe-europe.info, repower.com (articles in German)
Indian e-scooter in the U.S.: Electric scooter hiring company Scoot Networks from San Francisco now offers the GenZ 2.0 from Mahindra, making it its default model next to the current cargo bikes. Scoot says it will add 100 GenZ to its fleet per month to meet electric demand in San Francisco.
EV offensive in China: Chinese city Zhuhai announced that 30 percent of all cars bought for its fleet in the coming years will be electric. It will also add more EV charging spots and reserve parking stalls for electric cars only.
California, Chattanooga, Lancashire, BYD, alternative fuel programme.
Grants on hold: The California Clean Vehicle Rebate programme has, again, been exhausted and all applicants are waitlisted. Though funds had been earmarked specifically for the programme, some suspect the money is being withheld in order to incentivize law makers to reach a deal this summer on whether or not to extend the cap-and-trade programme.
Chattanooga carsharing: Chattanooga, Tennessee, will soon be home to an electric vehicle carsharing programme. The cooperation between CARTA, EPB, TVA and Los Angeles’ Green Commuter has already overseen the installation of twenty charging stations and will launch up to 20 Nissan Leaf next month.
Lancashire chargers: The UK’s Lancashire county will be spending over 14m pounds to build 150 charging points in the area. The chargers are expected to be erected by March 2018, with one third being built in East Lancashire. First charging points will be set up early 2017.
16 BYD buses: BYD has announced orders for 16 of its new pure electric buses and coaches to French operators B.E.Green and the Nedroma Group.
California funds alternative fuels: The Energy Commission approved 13.5m dollars for alternative fuel and transportation projects. This includes showcasing low- and zero-emissions vehicles, installing electric chargers in national parks, and evaluating hydrogen refuelling stations.
Local Motors, ElectRoad, UQM, Showa Denko, Hydrogenics.
Olli and Watson: Local Motors and IBM have developed a self-driving electric bus called Olli. It sits 12 and thanks to the integrated computer system Watson, passengers can ask the bus questions (and get an answer). The electric Olli is now on the road in Washington, D.C. and is said to also come to Miami and Las Vegas.
Tel Aviv tests electric road: Israeli start-up ElectRoad has developed a technology that charges EVs while driving, using copper wire embedded in the asphalt. Test are currently under way on a specially prepared route. The embedding of the copper wire is said to take about one day per kilometre.
israelbetweenthelines.com (with video), jewishbusinessnews.com
New UQM drivetrain: UQM Technologies announced a new electric drivetrain for utility vehicles, called UQM PowerPhaseDT, and which is said to be available from this autumn. Eaton has been picked to supply the transmission, while Pi Innovo will contribute the transmission control unit.
Meeting demand: Japanese Showa Denko (SDK) announced an increase in production capacities for its carbon-based anode material for Li-ion batteries from the end of 2016. Production capacities will be raised 50 percent to annually 1,500 tonnes. Part of the production will be moved to China.
H2 utility vehicle alliance: Hydrogenics and SinoHytec have signed a strategic partnership for the development of fuel cell systems for the Chinese market. The FCs are destined for buses and trucks.
Renault, AddEnergie, New Flyer, Zhongshan, Eden Project, Tesla.
Renault starts charging platform: The French manufacturer launched the online platform Elbnb in Sweden, making it possible for EV drivers to charge their car at someone else’s home anywhere in the country. In other words, it’s Airbnb for electricity. Pricing is said to be agreed upon directly between users and more than 1,200 private charge points have already been registered.
AddEnergie launches FLO: It will be Canada’s biggest charging network and will connect nearly 2.000 chargers in Québec, Ontario, and other provinces. AddEnergie will also install another 8,000 stations over the next five years and offers an app to locate chargers and pay for the session.
New Flyer launches mega-deal: The manufacturer has received an order for 90 hybrid buses from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The deal also includes an option for another 460 hybrid buses over the next five years.
Zhongshan electrifies: The Chinese city wants to erect more than 10,000 charging points by 2020 and therefore get some 9,500 electric and hybrid vehicles on the road. It says it will invest 1.1bn yuan, about 167m dollars to get the project off the ground.
Electric exploration: Cornwall-based Eden Project that allows visitors to explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest, has added another 18 electric cars from Renault to its fleet. The 13 Kangoo Z.E. are destined for the crew for maintenance, security, catering, etc.
Tesla supercharges Mexico: The California EV maker hat opened its first Supercharger south of the U.S. border. It includes six chargers and comes just in time for the Model X launch in Mexico.
Hibject, Nissan, Volvo, Seoul, Malta, E-Totem.
Real time information on charging stations: Berlin-based consortium Hubject announced its cooperation with mapping system Here. EV drivers who use maps, navigation systems or apps based on Here data can therefore get real time information on all chargers that are part of the intercharge network. That includes the location, type of plug, charging capacity and availability.
EVs for Jordan: Nissan will deliver a total of 100 Leaf and e-NV200 to taxi company Al Moumayaz in Jordan’s capital Amman. The goal is to successively replace all 400 of the cars with electric and hybrid vehicles (we reported). The city has meanwhile begun setting up a charging infrastructure.
Swedish buses stand the test: One year after starting an electric bus line in Gothenburg, Volvo strikes a balance, saying that it has exceeded expectations. The technology is reliable and customer and driver feedback is positive. Around 1.2m passengers took the electric bus in Gothenburg this past year.
Room for electrification in Seoul: The South Korean capital wants to designate 3 percent of public parking for electric vehicles. That includes street and off-street parking, as well as car parks. Moreover, EVs would be allowed to park for free for an hour and only pay half price after that.
Pushing electrification: Malta is extending its subsidy programme for electric cars, earmarking another 100,000 euros. Moreover, companies and businesses now qualify for financial aid when buying and installing a charging station.
250 chargers for France: Car park operator Effia has asked infrastructure provider E-Totem to install a total of 250 charging points at 80 locations in 51 French cities. The first 220 will be erected before the end of the year, the remaining 30 at the beginning of 2017.
.avere-france.org (in French)
H2ME 2, RWE, Scotland, EVO Car Share, Zero.
New H2 lighthouse project: As part of the six-year, EU-funded project Hydrogen Mobility Europe 2 (H2ME 2), 37 partners want to get no less than 1,230 fuel cell vehicles on the road and erect 20 hydrogen filling stations. The H2ME 2 is the extension of the H2ME 1 project, launched in 2015, which wants to deploy 325 fuel cell vehicles and set up 29 H2 fuelling stations.
Combo-package for home chargers: RWE announced the unveiling of a system that will connect solar panels with an intelligent charging management system for EVs at the Intersolar next week. The package includes a solar power system from Heckert or Aleo, a battery storage system form Homepower Storage flex, the management system RWE Smarthome, as well as a wallbox for EVs.
pv-magazine.de, iwr.de (articles in German)
Pushing EV uptake: Scotland earmarked 7.8m pounds to offer interest free loans to anyone interested in buying an EV. Individuals can qualify for up to 35,000 pounds, business for up to 100,000 pounds. Loan applications will be accepted through March 31th, 2017, or until the funds run out.
Evo Car Share expands: The Canadian provider expanded its operating area in Vancouver and added 750 Toyota Prius to its fleet. Evo Car Share is the city’s only provider that has a full fleet of hybrid vehicles.
Zero for police: The Maple Valley Police Department in the U.S. state of Washington has bought to motorcycles from Zero. The vehicles will mostly be used by officers on duty in parks.
Chase Evans, West Lothian Council, Cohere, Formentera, New Zealand.
Electric real estate: London real estate company Chase Evans will replace 95 percent of its 50 vehicle strong fleet with plug-in hybrids, namely the BMW 330e. The company originally only wanted to buy one PHEV, but the financial benefits convinced them to go all out.
Scottish council plugs in: Scottish West Lothian Council received seven Nissan Leaf and three e-NV200. The latter will be used in Waste Services, Building Services and Community Transport, while the all-electric Leaf will be part of the council’s car pool and be stationed across the region.
Cash injection for Cohere: The Amsterdam-based start-up Cohere Energy Solutions was able to raise 300,000 euros. The money will be used to further develop the company’s own energy management system Maxem for smart charging of electric vehicles.
Emobility offensive on Formentera: The Balearic island kicked off an initiative to get more EVs on the road. In a first step, it gave six Citroën E-Méhari to hotels and encourages them with incentives to install more charge points. The goal is to replace 15,000 cars and motorcycles with electric ones.
New Zealand makes it clear: The country now has a uniform symbol to mark parking stalls at charging stations. It was developed by the Christchurch City Council and approved by the NZ Transport Agency. The hope is that by clearly reserving stalls at chargers, more people will go electric.
BeeZero, SANBAG, CHEAPR, Tesla, Taipei.
Fuel cell car sharing: BeeZero, Linde’s FCV rental service has started as planned in Munich. The German city now counts 50 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell among its own. Official start date for the fuel cell car sharing is July 16 with both Linde and Hyundai hoping to roll out the service in other cities as well.
Electric freight trucks: California is awarding 9m dollars to the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), which is to replace 27 heavy-duty diesel tractors with electric ones by BYD. The two types of electric trucks will be used at freight and rail yards and could become best practice.
More money is to be poured into CHEAPR, also known as Connecticut’s Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program, which has been prolonged for another year with another million dollars. Buyers of fuel cell vehicles get a 5,000 dollar rebate. EV and PHEV receive 3,000 dollars.
Tesla airport transfer: Montréal’s electric cab service Téo Taxi added ten Tesla to its fleet, which will be stationed at the airport of the Canadian city. As things stand, the pilot project is to end by November 2017. Until then, the EV can be hailed via app with pick up at Gate 6 of Trudeau International.
Electric scooters only: Agencies and schools in Taipei are to acquire electric scooters only. The order from the Taipei Environmental Protection Department takes effect immediately as Taiwan is to strengthen electric transport. So far, only 0.6% of motorised two-wheelers are electric in the nation.
LAPD, Dortmund, Route Monkey, Ho Huy, Tritium.
BMW preferred over Tesla: The LAPD has decided to lease 100 BMW i3 after it has been testing various EV over a year, reportedly including Tesla. The Model S had proven too expensive for the police force. The i3 will be charged at 100 EV charging stations by Greenlots and four rapid charging stops. The city of Los Angeles is looking to acquire 100 more electric cars of hitherto unknown make this year.
latimes.com, greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com
Fleet electrification: The German city of Dortmund intends to replace half of its fleet of 100 cars and 200 vans with electric vehicles by 2020. Currently, there are 13 electric cars, 10 pedelecs, and 8 electric vans in operation and another 10 light utility EV shall be acquired this year. All can be charged at Dortmund’s 100 charging stations. In fall, the hospital will start a pilot renting EV to staff.
wdr.de (in German)
Routing recharged: Scottish Route Monkey received 285,000 GBP to create an online portal and app for EV drivers. The tool will point out the best route for electric cars as it takes into account available charging points, driving conditions, charge time, and the battery’s state-of-charge.
Vietnam’s cabs electrified: Vietnamese Ho Huy seeks to set up a taxi service with 10,000 electric cabs. Vietnam’s second largest cab operator, Mai Linh Taxi, recently announced it would replace its 20,000 strong fleet with EVs by 2020. If both plans succeed, soon more than half of all the country’s 50,000 taxis could be electric.
Faster charging Down Under: Tritium collected 5m AUD from the government in Queensland as well as from private investors to upgrade to 150 kWh charging. Apart from making the Veefil stations more powerful, the Australian firm is working on a new home charging option.
Oxford, Luxembourg, Marseille, New Flyer, Saudi Arabia.
Testing charging in public: Oxford intends to set up 100 on-street EV charging points by 2019 but wants to test at least six solutions by different providers first. Residents of the university town are asked to put their interest forward to have a charging point close to home. The trial is being funded through an 800,000 pound grant from the UK government’s ultra-low cities fund.
Luxembourg is to get hybrid buses as Autobus de la ville de Luxembourg orders 5 from Volvo as a turn-key solution. The 7900 Electric Hybrid is a plug-in that can operate 70 percent of the time electrically. Fast-chargers for the buses come from ABB with all deliveries due by the end of 2016.
Marseille turns to electric transport: The French city put its first 12 metre electric bus in service. The Irizar i2e has a 374 kWh battery pack, that offers a range of up to 155 miles and needs five hours of charging to be ready for a 14 to 16 hour shift. Marseille is also testing hybrid options.
Fleet renewal: New Flyer is to deliver 267 hybrid and diesel buses to Connecticut’s Department of Transportation (CTDOT). The contract is worth about 122m dollars and includes an option for an additional 218 vehicles. It has not been said however, how many of the buses will be partially electric.
Pilgrims’ carriage: 18,000 carts will be made available at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s capital Abu Dhabi during the holy month of Ramadan. The fleet for worshippers includes at least 300 electric scooters and electric cars as well as special vehicles.
Road assistance, London, Stoke-on-Trent, North Carolina.
Roadside assistance by e-bike: Cars that break down in San Francisco will be helped by an electric cargo bike service. Two of Yuba’s Spicy Curry pedelecs make up the AAA Northern California pilot programme that was launched after finding that 60% of service calls received in the Embarcadero area around the harbour do not require a tow truck.
PHEV sharing in Westminster: London’s central borough and Zipcar launched a fleet of 40 VW Golf GTE. Already 40 charging stations have been erected and the plug-in hybrids are available to all members. 10 additional PHEV are also available elsewhere in London.
Tightening the zone: Hybrids emitting more than 75 g/km will be subject to the London congestion charge from June 25 as the so-called Sunset period that allowed for free entry comes to an end. Nissan UK takes this opportunity to promote its Leaf with a 500 GBP discount this month.
Cleaner fleet: Stoke-on-Trent will invest 2.7m GBP in 138 new vehicles as it looks to replace old diesel vans with electric ones. The money also serves to install charging stations at council depots.
Cleaner paratransit: Winston-Salem in North Carolina took delivery of five hybrid buses. The low-floor shuttle buses by ARBOC Specialty Vehicles have been converted by XL Hybrids and now provide up to 20 percent greener transport to the physically challenged and other passengers alike.
South Korea, Quebec, China, GreenPower, Hong Kong.
Diesel restrictions in Seoul: 30 percent of new vehicles sold will be electric by 2020, the South Korean government announced. They will also be limiting diesel-powered vehicles in the Seoul area and replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas vehicles. To accompany the new electric vehicles, the government plans to erect electric charging stations at all expressway rest areas by 2018.
Quebec sales quotas: A proposed bill in Quebec would require car dealerships to make 15 percent of their sales from green vehicles. Dealers who do not meet the quota could face fines. It is unclear whether the bill will pass, and store managers seem sceptical that quotas will lead to more sales.
110,000 stations in China: Chinese companies Chongqing Liangjiang and Laidian Alternative Energy Co., Ltd plan to build 110,000 charging stations in the city of Chongqing, China, by 2020. They are also creating shops for customers to test out vehicles before buying online.
Possible bus order for GreenPower: The company says it received nine separate Letters of Intent for a total of 25 GreenPower all-electric school buses in California. Most requests are for Type C school buses, though there is also interest in Type A buses (with wheelchair lift). Both types feature in-wheel drive motors and can go 100 miles on one charge.
Hotel electrifies fleet: Hotel Icon in Hong Kong has created a fully electric transportation fleet comprised of an electric hotel shuttle, two Tesla Model S and a BMW i3. Select guests can use the Tesla for airport transfers, while the other vehicles can be used for a fee.
New Zealand, West Coast alliance, Caltrans, Kia Soul, Evercar.
Electric delivery: New Zealand’s postal service will add 500 electric scooters to its fleet over the next two years. Manufacturer is Norwegian company Paxster. The first 50 cargo-scooters have already been delivered.
West coast alliance: The mayors of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and Seattle have signed an agreement to reduce CO2 emissions. To do so, they will push EV uptake by installing a charging corridor between California and British Columbia, as well as more chargers in cities.
Green funding: The California Department of Transport (Caltrans) earmarked 16.2m dollars to fund green energy initiatives. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, for example, will be granted 3.5m USD to buy five electric buses, San Mateo County will get just under 1m USD for one electric bus, and Livermore Amador Valley will purchase two hybrid buses with its 250,000 USD in funding.
Soul EV for California: Kia will provide six of its all-electric cars to a V2G project at the University of California in Irvine (UCI). They will help develop advanced smart charging software algorithms and to better understand how electric cars are managed on the grid.
Electric ridesharing: Evercar has already rented its 100th EV. The company provides electric and hybrid cars to drivers for ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber. Moreover, Evercar says it has 4,500 registered drivers, who have given 125,000 people a lift in an Evercar.
Renault, Supercharger, Edinburgh, Evoke, Toyota.
Renault starts e-carsharing: Working with GreenMobility, the French are kicking off an international electric carsharing scheme. 450 Renault Zoe will hit the roads of Copenhagen in September. An expansion to Norway and Sweden is also in the cards. Copenhagen seems to be a preferred playground for emobility – DriveNow already offers 400 BMW i3 in the city.
newfleet.de (in German), politiken.dk (in Danish)
Supercharging won’t be for free: Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Model 3 drivers will not be able to plug in for free, as drivers of the Model S and X do. For them, the option had already been figured into the total price of the vehicle, while Model 3 drivers can purchase lifetime access or pay as they go.
Edinburgh goes EV: The Scottish capital has signed a four-year contract with Enterprise Car Club to launch an electric carsharing scheme. Kick-off is July 1st, when at least 12 electric cars will become available to share.
Electric chauffeur: Australian chauffeur service Evoke only uses Tesla Model S to drive clients around Sydney. It currently has four of the luxury EVs that have already driven more than 200,000 km. Once the Model X becomes available Down Under, Evoke says it will expand its fleet.
First results: For 18 months now, Toyota has been testing its e-carsharing using the i-ROAD and COMS in French Grenoble. Over 1,000 users have signed up and the satisfaction rate is said to be 92 percent. Moreover, the average trip is only 5 km, a piece of cake for the tiny EVs that can drive between 35 to 50 km on one charge.
UK, Paris, Fastned, Japan, Tesla, Tatneft.
UK businesses top plug in? The British government may have a subsidy programme for EV chargers at workplaces up its sleeve. At least Chargemaster CEO David Martell says they do. Details about the amount and organization will be announced at an official meeting in July.
Electric bus route in Paris: With line 341, the French capital has kicked off its first all-electric bus route. A total of 23 e-buses from Bolloré will go into service until the end of the year.
automobile-propre.com, lefigaro.fr (articles in French)
Fastned gets competition: Dutch utility NLE wants to set up its first fast-charger along the A13 motorway in June. It also teamed up with EV leasing company MisterGreen to reserve 1,000 Tesla Model 3, hoping the carmaker will prioritise the Netherlands in terms of the Model 3 delivery schedule (we reported).
groen7.nl, rtlz.nl (articles in Dutch)
H2 push in Japan: According to Nikkei, automotive and energy companies in Japan are looking to form a joint venture to push for more hydrogen filling stations in the country. Toyota, Nissan and Honda are part of the team. Investments could reach over 90m dollars and the Japanese government has agreed to generously subsidise the effort.
Tesla’s mobile charger: After the Wall Connector, the EV maker also reworked its Mobile Connector charging cable. It only has half of the wallbox’s charging capacity, but is portable and can be connected to different outlets. Moreover, Tesla cut the price to about 550 dollars – 100 dollars less, than before.
Fast-charging at the pump: Russian oil company Tatneft has fitted its first petrol station with a rapid charger for electric vehicles. Tatneft operates nearly 700 petrol stations in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. It is unclear whether it will set up EV charging points at other stations as well.
Clever, wallb-e, Arizona Public Service, Seoul, Rolec EV.
Charging flatrates: Clever and BMW now offer buyers in Denmark a charging flatrate for newly purchased EV and PHEVs. For example, i3 driver would pay about 80 euros per month for “Clever Unlimited” and would get a home charger plus installation, as well as access to some 750 public chargers across Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Drivers can also choose a cheaper package and not get a home charger.
Solar carport with access control: German company wallb-e introduced its solar carport sun4charge, featuring two 22kW AC charge points. Drivers can plug in using their RFID card of via an app, meaning the concept is also feasible for utilities. There is also a sun4charge variant for e-bikes.
wallb-e.de (in German)
Going EV: Arizona Public Service (APS) is looking to successively replace its 2,138 vehicle strong fleet with electric and hybrid cars – starting with where it makes the most sense economically. The fleet consist of car, utility vehicles, as well as forklifts. Some buckets trucks have already been switched out.
Seoul dreams electric: The city government considers adding to its all-electric fleet from 2017 to include models from KIA (Soul and Ray), as well as the Hyundai Ioniq. Moreover, Korea Electric Power is to set up rapid chargers in the city. How many EVs or chargers are in the cards, was not announced.
Charging at home: NHS Fleet Solutions cooperates with Rolec EV, which was announced as the official home charging point supplier and will install chargers for salary sacrifice drivers. Rolec EV offers the so-called ‘enquiry to installation,’ allowing NHS Fleet Solutions to follow every stage of the installation.
PSA, Beijing, Philadelphia, Tesla, Avista.
PSA goes CCS: It seems PSA brands Peugeot and Citroën will be switching to the Combined Charging System for their upcoming models, due to hit the read in about three years. The group’s rebranded versions of Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, the Peugeot Partner Electric and Citroen Berlingo had all featured CHAdeMO DC fast-charging.
Congestion in China: Legislation is expected to pass in Beijing this year incorporating i.e. congestion-based charges and restricted driving days, giving special privileges to EV owners. Still, electric vehicle uptake in Beijing has been low. Almost half of EV license plates issued in October were not used by their expiry date in April.
Buses in Philly: The city of Philadelphia has purchased 525 diesel-electric hybrid buses as part of a 411.8m dollar five-year contract with New Flyer of America. Once they hit the road, 95% of the area’s bus fleet will be made up of hybrid vehicles.
All Teslas lead to Rome: The newly erected Tesla Supercharger in Magliano means drivers can now reach Rome from almost anywhere in Europe. It is the EV maker’s 12th Supercharger location in Italy.
Avista chargers in Washington: The utility has gotten the green light to install seven fast-charging stations across eastern part of the U.S. state of Washington. Moreover, it will set up a corridor from north of Spokane to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, erecting 50 level-2 charging stations ant workplaces and another 30 in public locations. The initiative will also include 120 in-home chargers for EV owners.
Apple, BMW, Tesla, Worcesterhire.
Apple EV chargers? Apple is quietly investigating EV charging stations, contacting experts and searching LinkedIn profiles. There are few details known, as any related companies would have signed non-disclosure agreements, Reuters hints. The tech company has, however, already hired at least four EV charging specialists, raising several questions as to what they are planning.
BMW ridesharing investment: BMW is part of a 5.1m dollar seed round for California-based ridesharing platform Scoop Technologies, whose app lets commuters find each other and ride together. The app is currently in a limited rollout in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and North San Jose. Scoop also works with employers to organize rides to and from work.
New central Canada chargers: Tesla announced five new charger locations in Canada, all located in Ontario and Quebec, where significant EV incentives are in place. The new chargers are set to be installed by the end of the summer. Tesla also confirmed plans to install their first supercharger in Mexico, to be located in Cuernavaca City in the coming months.
electrek.co, globalnews.ca, thecountrycaller.com
Worcestershire gets chargers: Twelve rapid chargers have been installed in Worcestershire, including along the M5 corridor. Ten are included in the POLAR Plus network, meaning POLAR members can use them as part of their monthly subscription. Chargers can be used for 5.50 pounds for 45 minutes.
UK, China, Toyota, VW, wireless charging, BMW.
Green transport: The British Government releases 21 million pounds in funding for sustainable travel initiatives. 23 councils will benefit from the money as they set up projects that promote all sorts of green transport, including cycling and walking.
fleetnews.co.uk, gov.uk (winning bids)
China’s tightest emission rules will be rolled out in Beijing by January 2017. Labelled the Beijing Six, the new fuel standards go beyond the Euro V norm and will limit car pollutants by up to an additional 20 percent in the capital. Beijing also plans to ban 400,000 trucks and mini buses that run on low-quality high-sulphur fuels from its roads over the next two years.
Buying into the future: Both, Toyota and Volkswagen have announced large investments in ride-sharing. So far, only an MOU exists between Uber and the Japanese as Toyota first wishes to test the ground with special offers for Uber drivers for example. VW however committed 300m dollars to Gett and hopes to establish a legally independent mobility entity.
carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com (Toyota), greencarcongress.com (VW)
Wireless charging standard: SAE issues an industry guideline for wireless power transfer between infrastructure, vehicle suppliers and OEMs. The SAE TIR J2954 establishes a common frequency band using 85 kHz and further defines four classes of WPT power levels ranging from 3.7 – 22 kW.
chargedevs.com, standards.sae.org (guideline)
Electrified South America: An electric bus has entered service in Santiago de Chile. The BYD bus will operate free of charge in a bid to make the Chilean town more liveable. Montevideo, too runs a BYD electric bus. It is part of a pilot programme the capital of Uruguay set up. Both cities clearly see the low running costs as an advantage but shy away from the initial investment.
english.cri.cn (Chile), laht.com (Uruguay)
Solar charged South Africa: The first BMW i solar carport has been unveiled at the tip of Africa. It feeds about 3,6kW of solar power straight to the BMW i Wallbox. BMWi carports will be installed in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban for public charging from July 1.
Nissan, Endesa, Basel, Florida, Air Products.
Nissan champions EVs: Milan will see more than 100 electric vehicles taking to the streets for the Champions League Final this weekend. Together with Italian utility A2A, Nissan will also erect 17 fast-charging stations of which 13 will remain free of charge even after the soccer circuit has left the town.
Leading by example: 40 percent of Endesa’s senior staff members will drive electrically by 2020. The 340 vehicles to be exchanged with either hybrid or fully electric ones make for 13% of the fleet. To sweeten the switch, Endesa offers 20% more money to rent a hybrid or 40% more for electric vehicles during the first three years. The rest of the employees are encouraged to uptake EVs with mobility programmes and Endesa operates its own electric car sharing scheme.
Going public: The Swiss city of Basle is to start a pilot project to offer public EV charging stations. The launch by mid 2017 will see the city install ten charging facilities on ground owned by the town. For Basle, these will be the first publicly available charge spots as existing ones are on private land so far.
Charge & Fly: SRQ International installs four EV charging stations. The Airport in Florida says the move follows increased demand from visitors driving EVs. The charge stops are prominently positioned in front of the terminal building, where they can be used for both long- and short-term parking.
Hydrogen station gone up: Air Products and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Pipeline & Engineering (NPSE) opened their first H2 station in Tokyo. This September, another station is to follow in Hokkaido.
Fastned, Elm EV, hydrogen-diesel lorry, Proterra, China.
3m euros were raised by Fastned in the first five weeks of its listing on the new stock exchange Nxchange. 307,473 new certificates of shares each worth 10,000 euros have been issued. The Dutch EV infrastructure provider will use the funds to expand its network abroad, in cities, and along highways.
EV fleet encouragement: Stronger together is the idea of the partnership between EV charging provider Elm EV and the Zero Carbon Futures consultancy. Together, they aim to support businesses and organisations to roll-out large-scale EV programmes and charging networks across multiple sites.
H2 hybrid bin lorry: Two hybrid hydrogen-diesel lorries have been introduced by Scottish Fife Council. The converted garbage trucks are part of a project that will also see the transformation of five Ford Transit vans and ten Renault HyKangoo vans to hybrid electric and fuel cell operation.
Transition to electric: Proterra launches the EV Simulator designed to point fleet managers to electric buses. It visualises mass transit networks and assesses cost savings, performance, and environmental impact of BEVs in comparison to diesel, CNG and hybrid technologies on specified routes.
Hangzhou homes in on charging: The Chinese city issued a law that requires all newly built homes to incorporate for the installation of EV charging facilities. From June 8th, parking lots in new housing projects must reserve a space for a charging post for every unit.
LeShare, Park&Charge, Van Hool, BMW, Dundee.
E-carsharing in Beijing: Leshi Internet Information & Technology affiliate, LeShare, has launched an EV carsharing service in Beijing. They are servicing 60 areas in the city with 200 vehicles, all of which are from Chinese brands, including BYD, Chery, JAC, Beijing Auto, and Geely. The company is planning to expand to six more cities and 3,000 vehicles in total by the end of 2016.
Tesla valet service launched: Tesla’s park and charge valet app has finished its test run (we reported) and is now officially available for owners in NYC and San Francisco. App developer Luxe is offering subscriptions to their Tesla services for a monthly fee.
Van Hool e-trambus: Manufacturer Van Hool will showcase their first fully electric trambus, Exqui.City, at the Transports Public 2016 trade fair in Paris next month. The 120 km range trambus is 18.61 m long and can carry up to 107 passengers. Fast-charging can take as little as ten minutes via a pantograph. Hamburg, Germany, has already ordered two units.
Solar carports in South Africa: BMW South Africa has set to begin rolling out solar carport charging stations for electric and plug-in vehicles in July. The carports, produced by Sunworks, average 3.6 kW of solar power and are hooked up to the BMW i Wallbox. Carports can be ordered as home or office chargers.
EV funding in Dundee: The city council of Dundee, Scotland, has approved over 1.8m pounds for improving local EV infrastructure, starting with one charging point in the city centre and two in outlying areas. Part of the funds will also go toward charging points for commuters in the surrounding council areas.