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.
Here, Social Charging, Australia, San Francisco, BlueIndy.
Real-time info about charger occupancy? According to German Automobilwoche, Berlin-based consortium Hubject is about to get mapping service company Here on board. The company had been taken over by Audi, BMW, and Daimler and can show free charging stations in real-time.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Social charging in Holland: The new app Social Charging is said to facilitate communication about charging times between electric car drivers. It is already available for the nearly 1,000 chargers in Den Haag and is being tested at another 20,000 charging stations across the country. A version just for companies is also in the pipeline.
Luxury tax for EV uptake? Australia’s green party has proposed a tax increase for luxury vehicles that cost more than 100,000 Australian dollars. The money will in turn be used to subsidise EVs and charging stations. The goal is to get another 31,000 electric cars on the road and install 330 chargers by 2021.
More EVs for SF: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has ordered another 33 electric trolley buses from New Flyer of America. Delivery of the low-floor buses will be completed by the end of the year. The SFMTA already counts some 300 electric vehicles in its fleet.
BlueIndy on the fly: The Bolloré electric carsharing scheme BlueIndy will set up shop at the Indianapolis airport. Some 20 parking stalls will be reserved for the EVs, providing travellers with a cheap and green means of transportation to and from the city.
Hubject, Ontario, Austria, Madrid, Fortum, Chargemaster.
Do you have reservation? Berlin-based consortium Hubject now offers a reservation system for charging stations that EV drivers to reserve a plug via their smartphone at many stations across Europe. Just how that “reservation” will be manifested at the charger was not announced. Moreover, using the Hubject roaming platform, BMW drivers in Japan can now plug in at the Japanese Charge Network (JNC).
Ontario plans energy turnaround: The Canadian The Globe and Mail published a first outline of the province’s climate change plan, for which 7bn Canadian dollars have been earmarked for the next four years. 285m will be spend on a buyer’s premium for electric cars and charging infrastructure. The goal is that by 2020, five percent of Ontario’s vehicle are electric.
Incentives for company EVs: The Austrian Energy Department earmarked 7.5m euros for a second incentive scheme aimed at electric company cars and charging infrastructure. EVs for company use will be subsidised with 3,000 euros, while EVs for taxi or carsharing firms can be funded with up to 4,500 euros. Charging stations qualify for up to 10,000 euros.
ots.at (in German)
110 e-Taxis for Madrid: Taxi company La Ciudad del Taxi has ordered no less than 110 Nissan Leaf with a 30 kWh battery pack. According to Nissan, it is the largest delivery of electric taxis worldwide.
Fortum partners with Swedish Jönköping Energi and will install 30 public EV charging stations in the city of Jönköping this autumn. It will link the city to the Charge & Drive Nordic that encompasses more than 600 chargers.
Nissan partners with Chargemaster, which is now the official charge point supplier for Nissan UK. Owners of an electric Nissan Leaf or e-NW200 can get a 3 kW or 7kW Chargemaster Homecharger, which qualifies for a 500 pound OLEV grant.
California, Colorado, CarConnect, Fastned.
The Charge Ready programme is good to go. The pilot will see the utility reportedly build as many as 1,500 EV charging stations at spots where EVs are parked for an extended period of time. Participants will own, operate and maintain the stations, while SCE takes care of the supporting electrical infrastructure for free. SCE hopes to get California’s approval to build 30,000 such spots after the trial’s completion.
SCE is not alone in its endeavour to electrify California. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) says it will invest 7.5m dollars in a campaign designed to inspire EV uptake over the next five years. The promotion complements the utility’s plan to install a network of 3,500 EV charging stations in the state.
Extra incentive: Colorado adds 5,000 dollars to the existing 7,500 federal tax incentive for EV buyers. The tax credit is assignable to a car dealer or finance company and can thus effectively be turned into a point of sale incentive. The initiative was supported by Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP).
Harmonised home charging: British CarConnect seeks to understand how plug-in electric vehicles charge at home in harmony with the grid. Funded through the Network Innovation Allowance, the project shall prevent costly changes to existing infrastructure and will serve as testbed for V2G technology.
Harmonised roaming: Fastned cooperates with The New Motion. The TNM charge card can now be used at all Fastned quick-charging stations once the number of the card is entered in the Fastned app.
thenewmotion.com (in Dutch)
LG, Apple, Peugeot Design Lag, Scania.
LG does business in Iran: LG International Corp. has signed a tentative agreement with the Iranian government to help develop electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in the country. According to local media, the deal includes the development of 20 EVs for manufacturer Iran Khodro by 2018, as well as to set up charging stations in Tehran and produce a total of 60,000 EVs by 2023.
Apple invests in ride service: Apple has invested 1bn dollars in Chinese Uber competitor, Didi. Apple will help build up the platform, which already services 11m riders a day. Moreover, if Apple is already working with Didi on an IT level, it could make sense for them to include the iCar in its fleet once it hits road.
Powered by the sun: Peugeot Design Lab has designed a solar energy charging station for EVs, called the DRIVECO Parasol. The wooden structure is fitted with 88 solar panels and Li-ion batteries to store extra energy. Up to seven vehicles can charger there simultaneously. Paris has already commissioned one DRIVECO Parasol, and Ajaccio will likely commission another.
Delivery for Madrid: Volkswagen Group’s Scania will begin delivering 51 hybrid buses to Madrid starting in June. The buses meet EU suburban and short distance Class II regulations and will be used by seven operators, including Alsa, Samar, Avanza, and DBlas.
Montreal, Canada, LAPD, CliperCreek, ChargePoint, COMO Connect, Uber.
Montreal on a mission: The Canadian city pursues a programme to introduce a 1,000 EVs to share by 2020. For starter, control over parking lots with EV charging stations will be transferred from the districts to the city, enabling electric carsharing to flow freely. Around 50 such park and charge spots shall go up next month with a further 1,000 due by 2020. The measures include pure EV zones to be designated in downtown Montreal by the end of the decade.
cbc.ca, auto123.com (EV only)
Future ready: Canada confirms its EV and FCV infrastructure policy as it intends to spend 62.5m dollars. 16.4m dollars have been earmarked for rapid charging, hydrogen and natural gas units. Another 46.1m dollars to be invested in “next generation” infrastructure, i.e. wireless and even faster charge spots.
Tesla police cruiser: The LAPD has been testing two Model S for a year but is not ready to order. Police fear the event of a massive power outage and is also concerned about cost. Still, it expects prices for EVs to decrease and will continue to keep “learning [from] and contributing” to electrification.
Access restricted: CliperCreek has unveiled ChargeGuard for its HCS charging station series. Access is controlled via a key. ChargePoint meanwhile employs an RFID card/smartphone reader for authentication and also offers a Fleet Card that can be used at public stations. Both solutions were designed with fleets and depots in mind.
chargedevs.com (ClipperCreek), cleantechnica.com (ChargePoint)
Electric bus fleet: COMO Connect has been testing a BYD electric bus. Successfully, it seems, as the firm from Columbia, Missouri, now purchased three all-electric transit buses, which are due to go into operation next month. Range is given at 144 miles, while charging takes two to three hours.
Uber goes green: Since the beginning of the week, Uber users in Johannesburg can hail a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf when choosing the UberGreen option in the app. The company is testing its UberGreen service until June 3rd during daytime and is working with both carmakers.
Delhi, Hyperloop, battery swapping, Amazon, Go Ultra Low, Proterra.
Delhi welcomes electrification: The Indian capital has reduced VAT on hybrid and electric cars as well as e-rickshaws from 12.5 to 5 percent with immediate effect. Delhi’s government further decided to launch 25 electric buses, which will likely be procured by July.
indiatimes.com (VAT), hindustantimes.com (electric buses)
Hyperloop hype: One of the start-ups hoping to make very high speed trains a reality has issued a global call for applications. Regions, projects, and really anyone is invited to make a case for the first Hyperloop location. Hyperloop One just collected 80m in funding. Germany’s railway company Deutsche Bahn is among the investors.
electrek.co, hyperloop-one.com (Global Challenge)
Battery swapping comeback? BAIC BJEV trials a strategy of replacing batteries rather than just charging them. It sees the idea as particularly useful for electric taxi applications, but also rental EV fleets. A first such swapping station has been erected in Beijing.
Electric delivery: Amazon expanded its electric cargo bike delivery service to Berlin. Prime customers can now receive their orders within one or two hours. The couriers ride pedelecs by Bullit and shall mainly deliver perishable goods in time.
ebike-news.de (in German)
Go Ultra Low Company is a new status awarded by the UK government initiative of the same name. Among the first 11 organisations to be recognised for their commitment to electrify up 5 percent of their fleet by 2020, were Microsoft, the London Fire Brigade, and the Environment Agency.
Though testing: Proterra’s Catalyst electric bus has undergone rigorous testing in the King County Metro Transit fleet. The electric bus was in service 24/7 for 106 days, transporting the equivalent of 97 passengers and driving an average 325 miles a day with stops at the rapid-charger in between.
insideevs.com (with video)
Nissan, Germany, fuel cell, Tesla, ITM Power.
V2G testing: Nissan and Enel have started the V2g trial first mentioned at COP21. 100 British Leaf and e-NV200 drivers get the opportunity to sell energy back to the utility when charging outside peak time. Furthermore, the Japanese present the xStorage home energy storage unit together with Eaton.
cityam.com, youtube.com, nissan-europe.com, automotiveworld.com (xStorage)
Drive electrically, fund locally: The German government handed 7.1m euros to municipalities to boost electric mobility in the country. The money is destined for 96 projects ranging from EV infrastructure over electric bendy buses to electric carsharing and taxi services. Overall, the projects are funded with 17m euros from both federal and local sources.
bmvi.de (in German)
Fuel cell boost: The British government launches a 2m pound programme for FCV fleets. The money will cover up to 75 percent of cost of new hydrogen vehicles. The Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Fleet Support Scheme starts from April 2017 and includes operating expenses.
Tesla hire at Heathrow: White Car will deliver a Model S to your door at the tap of your finger from August this year. The app-controlled car hire service intends to start with a fleet of five Tesla to be used to drive to and from London’s main airport. The firm is still looking for crowdfunding.
A new hydrogen station went up in London this week. ITM Power intends to build another two in the UK as part of the European HyFive project. ITM teamed up with renewable electricity provider Good Energy Group to inquire how to best power its H2 stations with clean energy.
ChargePoint, Singapore, Farmdrop, Florida, Nebraska.
EV infrastructure expense: ChargePoint has secured 50m in funding. The money will be used to expand the company’s EV charging station network in the U.S., where it already operates 28,000 charging spots. Siemens and BMW iVentures are among the investors. Meanwhile, competitor EVgo scored a “major investment” from Vision Ridge Partners. Together with funding from NRG, EVgo currently disposes over 100m dollars.
Islandwide e-carsharing: Singapore plans to install about 2,000 EV charging points that will primarily serve an e-carsharing programme. Details of which have yet to be disclosed but proposals are in the final stages of evaluation.
Electric farm food fleet: Ten hybrid vans have been replaced with fully electric ones as Farmdrop cleans up its food delivery act in London. The fresh produce is now picked up with Nissan e-NV200 and brought to homes and grocery stores in the British capital emission-free.
Free electric shuttle: The city of Sarasota in Florida, U.S. is considering to introduce a shuttle service with electric six-seaters in the downtown area. The city set aside about half a million dollars for the next two years to kick start the programme that ultimately aims to reduce traffic.
Rejoicing the EV market: Lincoln in Nebraska, U.S. plans to install ten EV charging stations. The dual-port stops result in a total of 24 plug-in opportunities in a town that so far counts only 50 electric cars. The grant programme intends to change that.
California, New Zealand, South Korea, Leicester City, UPS.
Cleaner transportation: The newly presented Draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan calls for the deployment of more than 100,000 zero emission vehicles by 2020 and maximisation of near ZEVs. Moreover, the state earmarked 23.6m dollars for the development of and a demonstration project using electric drayage trucks at ports.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com (drayage trucks)
New Zealand pushes EVs: The government says it is looking to implement incentives to get more electric cars on their roads. The goal is to double the current number of EVs to 64,000 by 2021, extend and introduce new Road User Charge exemptions for electric cars, integrate more electric vehicles into government fleets, and fund promotions as well as further studies.
Seoul networks: The South Korean capital has launched the second stage of their carsharing network, aiming to increase electric vehicle usage. The number of carsharing locations will grow from 1,262 to 1,600, and another 1,749 vehicles will be added to the fleet. Seoul expects to have more than 2,400 carsharing locations by 2018.
Victory Mercedes: Leicester City players will be receiving a Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Model from club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after winning the English Premier League Title. That will be 30 vehicles in total, each priced at 32,670 pounds.
UPS E-GEN: UPS has updated their 125 Workhorse E-GEN hybrid electric delivery trucks to achieve extended range and better fuel economy. Working with Workhorse Group, they integrated a new drive system and swapped out a four-cylinder engine for a two-cylinder motor. The vehicles will provide up to four times better fuel economy than that of a gasoline-powered vehicle.
GOFAST, Lübeck, Hydro-Quebec, Tesla, Aspen.
Fast-charging Switzerland: Company GOtthard FASTcharge, short GOFAST, wants to install a fast charging network with 150 kW and more in Switzerland. Some 150 stations are planned, with the first location along the Gotthard motorway said to open this summer. The goal is to set up at least 100 locations in the next two and a half years.
Germany’s North electrifies: The German city of Lübeck is looking to replace all 200 of its buses with electric ones by 2035. Depending on availability, the first buses could be swapped as early as next year. The Hanseatic city currently only counts 10 hybrid busses that are actually not as efficient, as planned. Some blame the driving style of local bus drivers.
ln-online.de (in German)
Connecting Quebec: Hydro-Québec is looking to erect 22 EV charging stations in eastern Ontario, making it easier for motorists to get to Quebec. These will also be the utility’s first EV stations outside of the Canadian capital.
No direct sales: Tesla again failed to push a bill that would allow it to sell directly to customers in Connecticut. The EV maker now wants to play its last ace up its sleeve and offer to build a distribution centre in the U.S. state. That could mean 150 new jobs – if direct sales were allowed.
Electric Aspen: This summer, the small town in Colorado, U.S., is offering free electric taxi rides. The on-demand service features five Polaris Gem E6 that can be booked via an app. While the drive is free, tips are not frowned upon.
Kreisel Electric, Tesla, BIG HIT, Lidl, Hexagon Lincoln.
200 kW from 2017? Austrian specialist Kreisel Electric is working on a DC fast-charger with charging capacity of 200 kW, and which uses a battery as buffer storage. The company hopes that by cooperating with infrastructure manufacturers, its charging solution could be implemented as early as next year.
green.wiwo.de (in German)
Tesla supports Chinese standard: The California EV maker implemented the “Tesla Charging Partner Program” in China to promote the recently agreed upon Chinese charging standard. Working together with the China Quality Certification Centre (CQC), the goal is implement said standard and help partners get certified.
H2 from wind: The project BIG HIT hopes to use excess wind energy from the Orkney islands in Scotland to produce hydrogen that in turn could be used to power ten electric vans with fuel cell range extenders. It is funded by the EU’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) with 5m euros.
Lidl electrifies: The supermarket chain announced that it will invest 1.2m Swiss francs in setting up charging infrastructure at its stores in Switzerland. Power could be supplied by the locations’ own solar panels and the fast-chargers will most likely be free of charge for customers. A first multi-standard ABB charger has already been installed near Zurich.
blick.ch (in German)
Possible H2 alliance: U.S.-based company Hexagon Lincoln is looking to team up with Misui & Co. from Japan. Together, they want to manufacture and sell carbon fibre reinforced high-pressure hydrogen cylinders in the Asian country; a leader in terms of hydrogen technology, says Hexagon.
Ontario, Delaware, California, Bonn.
Updating Ontario: The province of Ontario will spend 20m dollars to build nearly 500 new electric vehicle charging stations around the province next year. Working with 27 private and public partners, the project will span over 250 different locations. Highways, inner cities, workplaces, condominiums and public areas are possible sites.
100 rebates: The U.S. state of Delaware has allocated 100 more rebates for electric and plug-in vehicles purchased or leased in the state. The rebates are valued at 2,200 dollars each and are now available.
Growing network: The California charging network got another nine stations, all located in Humboldt county, including one at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka. Stations were built using grants from the California Energy Commission with matching funds from the Redwood Coast Energy Authority. There are now 14 total charging stations in the northern county.
Bonn bus: As part of the EU’s Zero Emission Urban Bus System project, the German city of Bonn has implemented six new electric buses. The move to switch all of the city’s buses to electric could theoretically be completed by 2030.
nahverkerhs-praxis.de (in German)
Belgium, Delaware, Ontario, Tesla.
Can all taxis be electric? Belgian taxi operator association GTL launched a study to see if all cabs could be electric by 2020. For starters, two electric taxis are now in operation in Antwerp. The theoretical side is taken care of by MOBI Research Centre of the Flemish University of Brussels (VUB) and The New Drive (TND) consultancy.
BEV bus funds: Delaware is seeking 3m dollars in federal funding to acquire six electric buses. The bus agency competes with others across the country to get a bit of the 55m dollar fund set up by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
EV charging funds: Simcoe County in Canada’s Ontario province received 267,350 dollars to install EV charging stations at three locations. The initial request included five sites, two of which were turned down. The spots are mainly aimed at travellers rather than commuters.
Tesla holiday package: The Ritz-Carlton of Half Moon Bay in California offers a ‘Tesla Driving Experience Package’. It includes access to all fitness and spa facilities, as well as a Model S for the length of the stay. They can even request to be picked up from the airport in the EV.
California, Xcelsior XHE60, SLAM, wireless charging wanted, Cumbria.
EV charging centre: California has opened the largest EV charging facility to date. Located in Santa Clara, it features 48 Level 2 chargers and one DC Fast Charger in a six-storey parking garage. The centre includes 370 kW photovoltaic installation and on-site energy storage. Funding came from local businesses and institutions, as well as a grant of 393,000 dollars from the California Energy Commission.
18 metre fuel cell bus: New Flyer presented the Xcelsior XHE60, America’s first 18 metre bus powered by hydrogen. The propulsion system was developed together with Siemens, while the fuel cells come from Ballard. The bus carries up to 120 passengers and if testing succeeds it will be operated by the California’s Alameda County Transit (AC Transit) for 22 months.
Golden Test Device: As part of the German EV infrastructure project SLAM, Volkswagen has shown a testing device prototype. The so-called Golden Test Device is to quickly test compatibility of EV and charging station of different makes. It shall also serve as internationally accepted testing reference.
Wireless charging wanted: Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Southern California is looking for a provider of induction charging for its electric buses. Its request for proposals seeks to acquire up to 15 charging stations with a minimum requirement of 200 kWh and installation over the next two years.
Go charge in Cumbria: The British region has commissioned nine sites for electric vehicle charging. EV charging stations are now open to the public. 75 percent of the 438,000 GBP where provided by the UK Government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles.
Shanghai, Tesla, Spain, Caltech, Vector.
Shanghai on track: The Shanghai Transportation Trade Association confirms that electrifying the city’s public buses remains a priority. They aim to have nearly 1,500 new-energy buses, making up half of their entire fleet, in operation by the end of 2016. Sixteen bus depots will also be fitted with electric charging stations.
Tesla grand opening: Tesla is opening a third Australian store in Sydney later this year. The two-level showroom will house all of Tesla’s cars and let customers both customise and order the vehicles. However, no on-site Superchargers will be available. Meanwhile, first the Supercharger in Russia is now live.
gizmodo.com (Australia), insidedevs.com (Russia)
Funded by Movea: The Spanish city of Murcia has purchased its first electric car as well as four more hybrids. They hope to have 20 alternative energy vehicles in their fleet by 2020. Purchases were encouraged by regional government subsidies under the “Movea” scheme,” which provides between 6,000 and 20,000 euros.
New at Caltech: The California Institute of Technology is getting an EV charging network on campus. A research group installed 54 electric vehicle charging stations to be used by Caltech and JPL personnel and guests. All are free to use. The charging network was developed by computer science and electrical engineering professor, Steven Low.
Rapid Kiwis: Two rapid charging stations points have arrived in Silverdale, New Zealand, further consolidating the area as the first viable EV region in the country. Vector installed six points in Auckland and plans for 15 more by the end of 2016. They are currently scouting areas around Wellsford and the Matakana area.
Tesla, Beijing, CCSplus, Utah, Ohio.
Destination Europe: Tesla has officially launched their Destination Charging programme in Europe, starting with 150 new chargers. Locations are listed on their website. Tesla is also accepting applications from other businesses at convenient locations that could receive two chargers free or heavily discounted.
Beijing upgrades: To accommodate the requirement that taxi drivers must use alternative energy vehicles by 2020, Beijing will be setting up 435,000 EV chargers. The electric vehicle market in the Chinese capital is expected to reach 600,000 units by 2020, and the city hopes to have “one post per one vehicle” in private the private sector.
Rapid charging: Phoenix Contact is presenting the rapid charging system CCSplus at the Hanover Fair this week. The system includes an integrated cooling system that could achieve up t0 350kW. They hope to reach a charging time of 3-5 minutes for 100 km in the future.
voltumim.de (in German)
Utah Transit Authority: UTA and the University of Utah are using 5.4m dollars from the Low-No grant to purchase five New Flyer electric buses. They will include an electric-powered air compressor, as well as electric conditioning and heating systems. For especially cold conditions, the passenger cabin can be warmed with a small amount of renewable bio-diesel.
Drink up: Ohio’s first hydrogen bus showed consumers that the vehicle’s energy was so clean, they could drink it (and they did). A second bus is on its way, and eight more will be delivered in the next two years. They hope the programme will encourage fuel cell research and production.
insidedevs.com (with video), cleveland.com
Eakay, Proterra, LA, FirstElement Fuel, Colombia.
Eakay expands: Chinese electric auto rental service Eakay concluded a successful two year trial in Wuhu and will open branches in 50 cities in the next two years. Cars can be rented via an app and dropped off at predetermined locations. Eakay intends to grow its fleet from 1,100 cars from locally-based Chery Automobile to 3,100 by the end of the year.
Low-No orders: Several companies receiving funds from the U.S. Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Grants (we reported) have set their hearts on Proterra. Funds from SEPTA, Foothill Transit and King County Metro will go towards 33 Catalyst electric buses and charging infrastructure. In total, Proterra has now received order for a total of 155 vehicles from across the U.S.
LA orange line: Los Angeles has received 4.3m dollars in federal grants to purchase five electric buses and eight charging stations for their orange line. The intended supplier has not yet been named. Many suspect that the city will choose BYD, after the manufacturer filled orders for the Metro’s fleet last year.
Real hydrogen network: Start-up FirstElement Fuel intends to establish a hydrogen charging network of unprecedented size in the U.S., called the True Zero Network. The company already opened 15 True Zero stations on the West Coast. Four more will follow this year, contracted to Black & Veatch. The network is funded largely by grants, as well as partnerships with Toyota and Honda.
Mandatory chargers: The Quebec government considers a mandate that would require every newly built home in the Canadian province to be outfitted with a 240V EV charging station. Results of a relevant impact study are expected to be published this summer. It is already known that the chargers would only raise the cost of new homes by about 400 dollars.
Travel Colombia: UQM Technologies and Colombian EV integrator Creatti Labs SAS are working on EV transportation systems for South American markets, currently setting up an electric transit bus platform for Colombia’s Cali, Medellin and Bogota. A UQM PowerPhase HD250 motor/controller system with two speed EV transmission has already been shipped to the country.
China, BYD, Wrightspeed, Romania, Streetplug, Gogoro.
Chinese charging offensive: State-owned utility State Grid has issued a tender for the installation of 6,600 EV charging stations by the end of the year. The company is ready to invest 650m yuan in 2016 alone (9.3m dollars).
Slow delivery: The first 20 of 417 BYD K7 electric buses have been delivered to the Chinese city of Chengde. The order had been placed almost one year ago.
Bid deal: Wrightspeed, the start-up belonging to Tesla co-founder Ian Wight, has landed its biggest order to date. It will deliver its heavy-duty range-extended electric powertrain retrofitting technology to New Zealand’s urban bus operator NZ. The deal is worth 30m dollars.
Romania ups incentives: Citizens and companies purchasing an all-electric car can now qualify for up to 6,000 euros in subsidies, including a scrappage fee. For hybrids, they can get as much as 5,000 euros. Moreover, Romania plans to financially support companies setting up EV infrastructure.
Charging from down below: Dutch company Streetplug has developed a clever charging system for electric vehicles that can be embedded in the ground. It is currently being tested in Venlo should become available from October for 2.600 euros.
Selling point: Gogoro has added supermarket chain Carrefour to the list of vendors of its electric two-wheeler in Taiwan. Customers can test drive and buy the Smartscooter at three Carrefour in Taipei, increasing the Gogoro’s selling network in the country to 15 locations.
FTA, Shanghai, Communauto, Taxi Diamond, E-Wald, Wirecard.
U.S. funds e-bus development: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has selected seven projects that will receive a total of 22.5m dollars for research and development pertaining to all-electric and fuel cell buses, as well as the corresponding infrastructure.
Charging Shanghai’s airports: Shanghai’s airports Honggiao and Pudong will be fitted with a total of 1,500 charging points; the first 100 will be erected before the end of the year. Moreover, the airports want to invests in hundreds of new electric and hybrid vehicles like shuttle buses and set up an EV hiring service at Shanghai-Pudong.
Electrification to share: Carsharing operator Communauto says it will add a total of 600 all-electric and hybrid vehicles to its fleets in Québec, Ottawa, Halifax and Montreal. The first 275 cars are said to hit the road in Montreal by the end of the week.
journaldemontreal.com (in French)
Electrification to hire: The above mentioned carsharing scheme will join Taxi Diamond’s 110 hybrid cabs on the streets of Montreal. The taxi company says that it wants to replace most of its 1,100 vehicles with electric and hybrid cars by 2020.
E-Wald joins Hubject consortium: The Bavarian charging network is the 200th partner to join the international consortium. It adds 600 new chargers to the intercharge network.
Pay by smartphone: Mobile payment service provider Wirecard and Austrian IT start-up Enio teamed up to enable cash-free payments via an app at EV charging stations. The option is said to be rolled out across all EU countries where Enio is active before the end of summer:
Stuttgart, France, Fastned, Supercharger, Washington, Seattle.
Stuttgart electrifies: The local government decided to replace 45 of its old combustion engine cars with electric ones and announced that all new vehicles added to the city’s fleet will be fully electric. Of course, Stuttgart will also set up the charging infrastructure needed for its initiative. The German city already raised an alert due to particulate matter on more than one occasion this year.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de, stuttgart.de (articles in German)
Charging France: Some 117 municipalities in the French Département Bouches-du-Rhône will install a total of 200 chargers by the end of next year. That is 400 charging points with 22 kW each. 80 chargers are said to go online this year. Half of the 2m euro bill is footed by the Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie (ADEME).
avere-france.org (in French)
Fastned cooperates with Dutch railway: Fastned has signed an agreement with Dutch railway operator NS (Nederlanse Spoorwegen) to install EV charging stations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Den Haag. The locations are all property of the Dutch railway.
Superchargers plough ahead: The announced expansion of the fast-charging network is already well underway. Some eleven new locations with some 90 parking stalls have been confirmed since the unveiling of the Model 3. In some cases, installation already kicked off. The new Superchargers are located across the globe in i.e. China, Australia, the U.S., the Czech Republic and Germany.
Washington adjusts incentives: Washington state, USA, expanded its sales tax break in order to include news EVs like the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 in the scheme. From July, the tax break applies to the first 32,000 dollars of the selling price. Moreover, electric cars with an MSPR of 42,500 dollars now qualify.
Tripe the fast-chargers: Moreover, the state’s capital Seattle is looking to install another ten rapid-chargers within the next year. These will be located on city as well as some privately owned grounds. Seattle currently has five fast-chargers. The city is also looking to kick off an in-home charging pilot programme, were EV drivers can rent chargers for their garage on a monthly basis.
H2 Logic, XL Hybrids, Cape Town, Dubai, Car2Go, Belarus.
More efficient H2-station: H2 Logic has presented its new hydrogen fuelling station, the CAR-200, available from the second half of 2016. Compared to current stations, it is said to have triple the capacity, while using only a third of the space.
Cloud-based analysis: XL Hybrids has introduced a new cloud-based analytics tool that measures i.e. CO2 reduction and fuel-efficiency of hybrid fleet vehicles equipped with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems. Moreover, the company says its system does not hinder other telematics devices or services.
Electric tuk-tuks for Cape Town: The South African government wants to improve public transport and issued a tender for the three-wheeled taxis. Electric variants will be favoured, authorities say. Some 80 tuk-tuks could hit the road as early as September.
Charging Dubai: The city now has seven new EV charging stations, which were installed at exiting petrol stations. Another two will follow. Dubai’s very first EV charger went online just one year ago.
Car2Go without electric drive: The carsharing scheme kicked off in the Chinese city of Chongqing – the operator’s first on the continent. Some 400 Smart are already in service, and another 200 will follow. Only all cars have a conventional drivetrain, even though China is pushing hard to get more EVs on the road.
E-bus with supercaps: The Belarussian capital Minsk will test two locally build electric buses from December. The vehicles from Belkoounmasch are fitted with supercaps. Another 18 buses will follow in the first quarter of 2017.
AZRA Networks, BYD, Arizona, Blink, Florida.
Coming to Canada: AZRA Networks will be investing 40m dollars over the next 18 months to deploy 8,000 electric charging points and get the Renault Twizy on the road in Canada. This will be Renault’s first 100% electric vehicle in the country and will be available for lease at 99 dollars per month.
BYD bids: BYD put in a bid for the “2016 Shenzhen Eastern Bus Co., Ltd. Solution to Upgrade 3,024 Battery Electric Buses Project,” and was named first ranked supplier. It appears that Shenzhen is not only planning to purchase 3,024 electric buses, but that BYD will be providing the majority.
Arizona upgrades: More than 2,100 traditional cars, SUVs, and trucks in the Arizona Public Service will be replaced with electric vehicles. ATVs and bucket trucks will also be replaced, but a completion date for the project has not yet been set.
Gone in a Blink: Blink is ending its free Level 2 Charging under Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” programme. The abrupt announcement comes without any further details. Inside EVs suspects the change may be related to the company’s pending insolvency. Blink is, however, still offering free access to its fast chargers.
Touring Tampa: The city of Tampa, Florida, is investing 560,000 dollars in a free electric shuttles in the downtown area, aiming to cut down on unnecessary drives and cars. The shuttle service could begin operating in mid- to late summer and will include nine low-speed EVs that can be hailed on the street or arranged via an app.
California, eMotorWerks, London, 4EV, Maryland.
Cali chargers: The California Energy Commission has approved almost 9m dollars to install DC fast chargers along major freeways and highways. Chargepoint, EV Connect, NRG EV Services and Recargo were given grants. 61 chargers will be installed at 41 sites, and 40 sites will include on Level 2 charger.
Juicy tech: eMotorWerks has released the JuiceCord, a WiFi connected 5 kW portable charging cable. The cable can be controlled through mobile devices and costs 449 dollars, available worldwide. They also released the Juicebox Pro 75, a charging station that reaches up to 18 kW and 75 amps.
Hammersmith & Fulham: London boroughs Hammersmith and Fulham have installed seven electric charging points, with 13 more planned for August. By 2017, the councils hope residents will have access to a charging point in every square kilometre.
Fleet lease: British online business 4EV will begin leasing EV charger cable for fleets. Fleet managers will be able to lease the tools required and return or exchange them as needed. The company is currently seeking fleets to be part of a pilot programme.
Maryland buses: Five electric buses will be added to the TransIT services fleet in Frederick County, Maryland. They will be the first fully refurbished all-electric buses on the East Coast. If the buses perform well, they plan to add more electric buses over the following four years, as funding allows.
Tesla, Montpellier Airport, ITM Power, Queensland, Z Energy.
Connector upgrades: Tesla has released their new Tesla Wall Connector. Like the previous model, it is rated at up to 80 amps, but now starts at 500 dollars – down from 750 dollars. The charging station also features a power sharing option, whose single circuit breaker can service four wall connectors.
Solar airport: A 4.5 MW solar power system was installed at French Montpellier Airport, spanning 1,800 parking stalls. 16,000 solar power modules will soon be generating about 6.2m kWh of clean electricity per year. EVs can use part of that energy when charging at one of two solar-powered EV chargers, also installed on the premise.
Hydrogen agreement: UK industrial gas supplier BOC has signed an agreement with ITM Power, providing infrastructure for ITM’s new electrolyser-based hydrogen refuelling stations for passenger vehicles. This is one step in ITM’s bid to become the predominant hydrogen fuel supplier in the UK.
Free top-ups: The University of Queensland, Australia, has installed four fast-charging solar-powered EV chargers at its campuses, and will offer free top-ups to EV drivers. Chargers are powered by two solar photovoltaic systems. Two will use a 164 kW rooftop solar PV system, and two will be supplied by a 3.3 MW solar farm.
Installation complete: Z Energy (we reported) is looking to shift from traditional fuel to the electronic charging business, starting with the promise to install five charging stations throughout New Zealand. Those stations, located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, have now been successfully installed.
Geek Squad, Alliant Energy, Kentucky, AddÉnergie, Hangzhou.
Geek Squad EV: Best Buy’s Geek Squad employees will no longer be travelling in VW Beetles. Instead, the teams will be using the 2016 Toyota Prius C. A total of 1,000 new vehicles will be entering the fleet, the first 700 starting immediately. The Geek Squad “agents” travel some 12.6 m miles annually, and the new cars are expected to reduce emissions by 50 percent.
Employee incentives: Alliant Energy in Wisconsin, USA, has set up charging stations outside their headquarters both for employees and the general public. They also announced a 500 dollar rebate for customers installing a home fast-charging station to encourage customers to go electric. The initiative is part of a 5m dollar collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute.
Kentucky chargers: U.S. Officials have approved a proposal from Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in Kentucky from 30 to 50 units. These may be placed in public spaces, like car parks, or non-residential areas, like shopping malls.
Energy in Quebec: Quebec city-based AddÉnergie has received a 12.8 m dollar investment to expand its charging solutions across Canada. The company currently operates 2,000 stations, and hopes to add another 8,000 over the next five years. They also offer area-specific products, catering to workplaces, car fleets or public areas.
Perks in China: China’s tourism hotspot Hangzhou will see new traffic restrictions. In the West Lake area and downtown, cars will be required to follow the odd-even control scheme during rush-hours; electric and hybrids, however, are exempt. And new electric car purchasers will receive a Hangzhou license plate for free.
Fuso, AMT, South Korea, Xinjiang Uygur, Toyota.
Testing Fuso: The German city of Stuttgart and logistics company Hermes will be testing five battery-powered Fuso Canter e-cells from Daimler. The 6-tons e-cells will be tested over twelve months in tough, everyday environments. Two will be deployed in road construction and landscaping, two in furniture transport and waste disposal, and one will make deliveries for Hermes.
Electric fleet: AMT vehicle rental invested 200,000 pounds to add Nissan Leaf and a Tesla Model S to its fleets in Leeds, Stockport and London. Nearly 10 percent of AMT’s rental fleet is now made up of electrics and hybrids.
From free to fees: EV owners in South Korea will now have to pay to charge their car. While automakers argue that charging should remain free to help build the industry, owners will now pay roughly 27 cents per kWh at all of the 337 charging stations in the country. Many were not aware of the subsidy change, and worry that the future of EVs in Korea is now in question.
EVs for the underprivileged: One region in China hopes to introduce 100,000 low-cost EVs by 2020. The cars will be aimed at poorer regions and come with a significantly smaller price tag ranging from 4,600 to 7,700 dollars. This measure is part of a larger programme that hopes to make 50 percent of new vehicles electric in pilot areas.
Senior transportation: A collaboration between Toyota and Nagoya University is testing a carsharing service to help elderly citizens find rides. An undetermined number of Toyota’s super compact COMS EV will also be available for rent. The programme is currently being tested in the city of Toyota in the Aichi Prefecture and is expected to integrate automated driving in its third year.