Jul 10, 2015 - 08:52 am

DriveNow, Ikea, Seattle City Light, Nissan Leaf.

DriveNow will deploy 400 i3 in Copenhagen, German Wirtschaftswoche has learned. The electric BMW will be roaming the Danish capital from September in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn subsidiary Arriva. It would be the biggest electric rental fleet worldwide.
wiwo.de (in German)

Ikea fully charged: All 12 Ikea stores in Canada will be equipped with charging stations, the Swedish furniture company announced. The roll out will be completed by the end of August and will offer SCH-60 Level 2 60-amp charging stations by Sun Country Highway. Charging will be free.

Charge as you are: Seattle’s utility, Seattle City Light, will introduce Smart Charging together with the Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab). The programme will include commercial as well as residential customers and a pilot will be rolled out in the next couple of months.

Try before you buy: St. Alban now has an electric taxi service and a fast charging station. As part of the Electric Blue project, the car allows taxi companies to test working with a Nissan Leaf. Reduced rates, advice and a free home charging units are part of the package.

Jul 9, 2015 - 08:30 am

France, CO2 emission, U.S. Navy, Tasmania, Nissan.

Unity decreed: France will unify electric vehicle charging within its borders, as the government plans to impose interoperability on all charging networks by the end of the year. Bollore, EDF, Renault, and others already created the Afirev association for network interoperability. The Gireve platform serves as a platform for data exchange and payments.

En route to reduction: Transport & Environment found Nissan to be ahead in reducing CO2 emissions of its fleet, reaching 115g CO2/km in 2014. Peugeot Citroën, Volvo, Toyota, and Daimler are also ahead of schedule to reach the 95g target by 2021. So why all the whining?

Navy EV strategy: The Navy plans to lease about 300 to 600 electric passanger vehicles for its military corps in California. To better understand what that means, it will hold an interactive EV leasing discussion with industry partners a week from Tuesday (July 21st).
greencarcongress.com, fbo.gov (Forum)

Charging Tasmania: In a white paper, the local government suggests increasing EV uptake through incentives and in its own fleet, especially since the cars could double as energy storage. However, critics see the region lacking far behind in infrastructure.
motoring.com.au (intentions), motoring.com.au (comment)

Happy meal: In the Welsh Torfaen County Borough, five electric Nissan e-NV200 vans are now delivering hot meals and tea to 175 residents on a daily basis. The EVs replace a fleet of old diesel cars, previously used by the Community Meal service.

Jul 8, 2015 - 08:29 am

SMMT, ChargePoint, Bosch, Tesla, China.

UK market electrified: In June, Brits bought 2,284 plug-in vehicles, 909 of which were purely electric. Most of them were Leafs. SMMT confirmed that Nissan now holds a 63.3% market share. No wonder the plug-in car grant could reach its 50,000 limit before the end of the year, since 34,126 cars have already been registered.
smmt.co.uk (June), electriccarsreport.com (Nissan), theguardian.com (Plug-In Grant)

Home charger via Amazon: ChargePoint will make its EV charger for domestic appliances available via the online retail giant later this summer. On Amazon, prices for the station range from 400 – 749 dollars, depending on power level, installation type and cord length.

Bosch fast charger via GM: Bosch has introduced the Power DCPlus DC fast-charger in the U.S., where it will cost less than 10,000 dollars. It has the SAE J1772 DC Combo connector and charges with 24 kW. It can be ordered through GM’s Dealer Equipment Program and is ChargePoint enabled.

End of free charging for Tesla in China? A sign next to a destination charger in Beijing indicates a utility and service fee of up to 15 yuan (about 2,50 dollars). Presumably, only third-party vehicles will be charged, as the last line on the the sign reads that charging is open to other brands. However, Tesla has not confirmed or clarified the information.
leiphone.com (in Chinese) via shanghaiist.com via valuewalk.com

Charge lot reserved: The Chinese cites of Shanghai and Guangzhou require newly built residence buildings to reserve 10% and 18% for EV charging on the parking lot, respectively. In Beijing, a similar regulation also includes public sites, as the third Beijing car lottery just authorised 6,454 people to drive EVs.


Jul 7, 2015 - 08:43 am

PlugSurfing, Nissan,Supercharger.

PlugSurfing update: The Berlin-based start-up has issued an updated version of its app for both iOS and Android. Apart from the usual charge and pay functionality, design improvements have been made. Furthermore, charging can now be initiated via smartphone.

Rent a Leaf: Hertz’s fleet in Berlin now includes the Nissan Leaf, which can be rented at six locations. Hertz made the decision to test the offer, as the German capital now has 180 charging stations. The hiring service also added the Leaf to selected locations in London recently.
touristik-aktuell.de (in German)

Superchargers go south: Tesla has opened the first Supercharger station in Spain, in the city of Girona. Barcelona thus is in reach and connected to the rest of Europe. The next charger is located in French Narbonne. Another station has been erected in Italian Aosta.
presseportal.de (in German), diariomotor.com (in Spanish)

Nissan is expanding free charging, making its No Charge To Charge programme available in Boston. The East Coast city is the 17th market to join and the Japanese carmaker intends to bring its incentivising scheme to a total of 25 areas in the U.S. before the year’s end.

Jul 6, 2015 - 08:32 am

Charge Amps, Supercharger, Kodi, Dubai.

Considerate charge cable: Charge Amps has launched the RAY cable for Type 2 electric vehicles and plug in hybrids. Featuring a built-in temperature sensor in the wall-plug, RAY will gradually reduce charging power in case it senses increased heat.

Supercharger etiquette: Following the lead of its CEO, Tesla has amended communications on Superchargers online, stressing that they are primarily intended for long-distance travel, as local use increased. The company said that there was no change in policy, however.
autoblog.com, greencarreports.com

Update: As Korea plans to install 100,000 charge points aided by a mobile charger of Powercube (we reported), a competitor emerges. Kodi also wants to offer a mobile charger with 3.3 kW that costs less than 1,000 dollars a piece but adds smartphone functionality.
navigantresearch.com via chargedevs.com

Charging Dubai: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will install 100 EV charging stations in the desert state. While it will charge its recently ordered 8 Nissan Leaf there, the stations are open to the public. Some will offer fast-charging.

Jul 3, 2015 - 08:29 am

Berlin, Supercharger, Hoetwon Trolley, GKN Hybrid Power, Govecs, Gridscape Solutions.

Electric buses in Berlin: Four electric buses have been presented by the BVG, the German capitals public transport authority. They will serve on line 204 after the summer as part of the showcase region Berlin. The Solaris Urbino 12 electric feature electric motors by Vossloh Kiepe and charged inductively via the PRIMOVE system by Bombardier. The project is funded by the German Ministry of Transport with 4.1 million euros.
tagesspiegel.de (in German), tagesspiegel.de (pictures)

Dense charging: With now eight Supercharger stations in Hong Kong, offering 36 spots for Tesla drivers, the metropolis has the highest density of charging opportunities in the world, the Californian EV maker said. And most owners there live within 20 minute drive from a Supercharger.

Texas electric: San Antonio is thinking about buying 80 e-trolleys from Hometown Trolley within the next 18 months. The electric vehicles can carry between 24 and 34 people. The city is ready to spend 80 million dollars – including on at least five inductive charging stations.

KERS bus update: GKN Hybrid Power has hit the mass market with its flywheel system for buses. It has been asked to retrofit 750 buses in the UK with its technology that is says, will result in up to 20 percent fuel savings (we reported).

150 electric scooters are being shipped to the U.S. West Coast. Scooter sharing provider Scoot Networks from San Francisco ordered the Bavarian-build Govecs, also because of its ability to integrate Scoot Network’s software for its free floating application directly.
pz.vibrio.de (in German)

Remote monitoring: Gridscape Solutions has chosen machine data analyst Glassbeam to remotely monitor and service its over 400 EV charging stations. Gridscape thus hopse to streamline its service, while decreasing maintenance costs and gathering data.


Jul 2, 2015 - 08:43 am

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, ChargeMaster, Posten Norge, NRG EVgo.

Toyota, Honda and Nissan have agreed on the details of their joint H2 infrastructure efforts in Japan. They will cover one third of the installation and service effort, although support is limited to 11 million yen (89,000 dollars) per station/year until 2020. They also agreed to support infrastructure companies.

British charging connection: ChargeMaster has acquired GB Electrical, that specialises in the installation and service of charging stations. The move is designed to improve services further.

Norwegian EV update: The 300 Renault Kangoo ZE recently acquired by Posten Norge come with a little twist. To ensure smooth mail delivery even in fierce winter conditions, the electric vans are equipped with a little extra heater powered by fossil fuels. Surely, it is the lesser of two evils.

Quiet growth: NRG EVgo has become the biggest fast-charging network over the last month. It now operates more than 350 DC charging stations in 19 markets all over the USA. As of May 2015, it has over four times more CHAdeMO and CCS fast chargers than any other public network and intends to expand into seven more markets before the end of the year.

Local car sharing: The my-e-car sharing service in the German town of Lörrach offers 40 Renault. The rental cars in South Baden are now backed up with 50 EV compact fast-charging stations provided by Swarco, which can also be used by other EV drivers.

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Jul 1, 2015 - 08:40 am

London, Global Clean Bus Declaration, Tesla, NHS.

The world’s first electric double decker will go into service in London this autumn. Up to five of this new BYD model will serve on line 16 in the British capital and join another eight single deckers already in service. Furthermore, line 312 will become London’s first all-electric bus line later this year.
bbc.co.uk, theguardian.com

Urban decarbonisation: Amsterdam, Lima, Catalonia (Barcelona) and Rome signed the Global Clean Bus Declaration in London, promising to decarbonise public transport until 2020. The number of signatories thus grows to 24. Bus manufacturers like BYD and Daimler as well as the World Bank also take part in the initiative.

Tesla tease: The Californian carmaker has published a clip announcing the European Supercharger Rally that will see Model S drivers from all over Europe heading to Amsterdam, while charging on the way. The rally will run from the 2nd to the 4th of July. Join, if you are in for a trip on short notice.
motrolix.com, youtube.co

NHS switched on: The National Health Service in Scottish Fife introduced two Nissan e-NV200 Electric Vehicles, which will be operated from hospitals. The lease is funded through the ‘Switched on Fleets’ initiative run by Transport Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Jun 30, 2015 - 08:13 am

Hyundai, Yeoju, Electric Circuit, Charge Ahead.

Charging Korea pt. 1: Hyundai agreed with POSCO on the installation of 120 EV charging stations. Hyundai will install the units this year, while POSCO will service and operate the stations. Additionally, Hyundai will install 121 charging stations at its centres across Korea. Eventually, all 2,200 locations will have EV chargers.
koreatimes.co.kr, businesskorea.co.kr

Charging Korea pt. 2: The Korean city of Yeoju has installed four EV charging stations. The stations are free to use with charging time being four to five hours.

Electric Circuit widened: Two more fast-chargers have been installed in Quebec, Canada. Supported by Nissan and Hydro-Québec, they are part of the Electric Circuit initiative, which plans to erect 50 fast-charging stations across the region by the end of 2016.
globalnews.ca, newswire.ca

Charging California: The city of Campbell in California has installed four electric vehicle charging stations funded by the Bay Area Charge Ahead Project. The dual-charging stations allow multiple vehicles to charge at a time and bring the total number of public charging stations in the city up to 15.

100 BMW i3 will be incorporated into the DriveNow fleet, first in Berlin, German Wirtschaftswoche reports. The electrification is due in July and will be successively rolled out to other German cities like Düsseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg and Munich. More details will only follow by mid-July.
wiwo.de (in German)


Jun 29, 2015 - 08:21 am

eMio, Tesla, California, eMotorWerks, Massachusetts

150 electric scooters to share: The Berlin-based start-up eMio will roll out the second stage of its electric scooter sharing service in Berlin. Funded by the VC Fonds Technologie, as well as by two private investors, 150 electric scooters will be available by the end of July. 20 of the emco scooters are already on the street. eMio also plans to expand into other German and southern European cities.
intellicar.de (in German)

Social rebates: Low income buyers in California are now eligible for an extra 1,500 dollar rebate when buying an EV, while incentives for high income buyers are scrapped. People earning less than 48,000 dollars a year (singles) or 73,000 dollars (family of four) are eligible for 4,000 dollars for BEVs, 3,000 for PHEVs and 6,500 for FCVs. People earning more than 340,000 dollars annually will no longer receive any funding.

Tesla big(ger) in Japan: Eight new service centres will open in Japan this year, the electric carmaker announced. Until now, Japanese Tesla drivers relied on the country’s only service station located in Yokohama.

Eco juice: A new WattTime software helps eMotorWerks’ charging station called JuiceBox choose the greenest power to charge an electric car. The programme analyses the grid in real time to identify when the cleanest electricity is available and schedules charging sessions accordingly.

Electric city fleet: New Bedford in Massachusetts has leased ten Nissan Leaf, allowing it to retire ten older cars. The electric vehicles will be used by Health Department inspectors to travel around the city. The local government also plans to erect more charging stations.
southcoasttoday.com, wpri.com

Jun 26, 2015 - 08:38 am

China, Oslo, Ohio University, TransPower, University of Texas.

Tesla expands in China: Tesla announced that it will establish seven supercharging networks in major cities and popular travel destinations in the second half of this year. The new superchargers will be installed in the Yangtze River Delta, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and at Mount Huangshan.
xinhuanet.com, china.org.cn

Oslo Airport gets H2-station: The filling station will be used by airport vehicles and is accessible to any outside person who wants to fuel their FCV. Local authorities say that “electric cars have been a success for us, but we also have to facilitate use of other zero-emission technologies.”

Ohio University gets charging: A total of 10 charging stations will be installed on campus before the end of summer. Two of them will be earmarked for a car-sharing program provided by the university, while the other eight will be available for charging EVs of students and employees.

Electric school bus: TransPower is retrofitting six Californian diesel-powered school buses with electric motors that will go into service this autumn in the Torrance Unified School District in Southern and Napa Valley District in Northern California. The buses will also be able to feed energy back into the grid.

University of Texas also plugs in: Telefonix has installed six of its Level 2 PowerPost chargers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre. The installation is also a symbol since according to the centre, improving air quality through the use of zero-emission cars could help prevent cancer.

Jun 25, 2015 - 08:51 am

ChargePoint, Symbio FCell, Lex Autolease, Europcar, Adelaide.

New express station from ChargePoint: The low-cost Express 100 DC charger was designed for businesses that want to offer charging to customers. The 24 kW station is for now only available with the SAE J1772 combo plug, but ChargePoint says, it wants to launch a CHAdeMO version later this year.
insideevs.com, greencarreports.com

Symbio expects sales to soar: Fuel-cell system provider Symbio FCell predicts that it will deliver 1,000 electric Renault Kangoo with fuel-cell range extenders (Kangoo ZE-H2) next year. So far, more than 50 units have been delivered, with 200 expected for the full year.

Celebrating a milestone: British Lex Autolease says it has delivered its 2,000th plug-in electric vehicle. Lex Autolease claims to be responsible for around 7% of plug-ins on UK roads, which is believed to be the largest fleet of its kind in the country.
fleetnews.co.uk, evfleetworld.co.uk

Europcar adds new EVs to offering: The company launched a new EV service featuring Nissan Leafs in Birmingham City. The car hire service is committed to electrify five percent of its British fleet by 2020.
breakingtravelnews.com, sourcewire.com

Australian city offers incentives: Adelaide City now offers businesses, residents, schools and community groups up to 5,000 dollars for installing solar panels and energy storage. Installing a charging station for electric cars will get them up to 500 dollars. It is the first place in Australia to offer these kinds of subsidies.
moneymorning.com.au, energymatters.com.au

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Jun 24, 2015 - 08:55 am

Mannheim, Botoşani, UK, Cityscoot, Toyota Mirai.

Wireless charging in Mannheim: The German city has begun operating two electric buses and an electric service van with inductive Primove charging technology from Bombardier. Six bus stops along the route have been fitted with the technology to ensure the buses’ serviceability.
newstix.de, morgenweb.de (articles in German)

Committed to e-mobility: The Romanian city of Botoşani is getting serious about electrification, saying it wants all of its public transport to come with a plug. After having tested EVs in a pilot programme, the city now plans to purchase 48 electric trams and buses and apply to the EU for funding.

UK replaces Plug-In Car Grant: The scheme will run out by the end of the year and be replaced by a new tiered system. With it, the UK government wants to stronger promote zero emission vehicles with an electric range of at least 70 miles.
contracthireandleasing.com, autoexpress.co.uk

Another Paris scheme for London? After Bolloré brought its electric carsharing to the British capital, the Parisian scooter-sharing Cityscoot could follow. The service only started in France this month, but could go international if it proves a success.

Toyota looks to London: The Japanese carmaker says it will focus on fleets in London to sell it fuel-cell car Mirai. The reason is simple: the British capital already counts three hydrogen filling stations. The Mirai will hit dealerships there in the third quarter of this year.

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Jun 23, 2015 - 08:41 am

Australia, Karlstad, Tesla, Austria, Spie UK.

Charging highway: Australia inaugurated its first “Electric Highway” on Monday. The 310 kilometer stretch in Western Australia features 12 rapid-chargers. The highway is funded by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC), which hopes that the access to charging points will further push EV sales in the region.
abc.net.au, perthnow.com.au

Karlstad goes electric: The Swedish city will begin operating three electric Optare Solo EV buses in the city centre this summer. The buses measure a little over nine metres and have room for 25 passengers, as well as a wheelchair bay. A fast-charging station for the buses should also be completed next month.

Tesla pleads 5th: Tesla opened its fifth Supercharger in Austria, located at the Villach motorway junction. It electrifies the important connections between Salzburg (Austria) and Ljubjana (Slovenia), as well as Graz (Austria) and Venice (Italy). At total of 16 cars can charge there at the same time.
wirtschaftsblatt.at, meinbezirk.at (articles in German)

Austria backs electric mobility: A consortium of Austrian utilities is calling for “More power for electric mobility.” They want to support a nationwide orientation system for public charging infrastructure, user-friendly billing-systems, and actively participate in legislation processes.
ots.at (in German)

Cutting emissions: British company Spie UK has added three Outlander plug-ins to its fleet under a new deal with ALD Automotive. The fleet agreement covers 1,000 vehicles and also focuses on electric commercial vehicles. The company has already been testing a Kangoo Z.E. for the past 18 months.

Jun 22, 2015 - 08:22 am

Schiphol, Amsterdam, Grenoble, Tesla, Ecotricity, Philippines.

Schiphol deploys electric buses: 35 all-electric buses now drive passengers from the airplane to the gate and back at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Each bus has its own designated charging station and is 100% powered with solar energy.
businesstraveller.com, schiphol.nl

Amsterdam to triple charging points: The city of Amsterdam announced that it plans to increase the number of charging points from currently 1,300 to 4,000 by 2018. Companies can now submit tenders for the operation of the network. The winner of the contract will be announced by the end of the year.

France goes H2: 21 Renault Kangoo Z.E. fitted with range-extending fuel cell technology by Symbio FCell and three hydrogen-filling stations have gone into service in Grenoble, France. The project HyWay was launched in October 2014 and now counts the largest hydrogen-powered fleet in Europe.
idw-online.de (in German), info-economique.com (in French)

Settled out of court: According to Transport Evolved, Tesla and Ecotricity have come to an agreement, ending their dispute over public electric car infrastructure in the UK. While neither companies have commented on the matter publicly, it seems they have agreed to work together for the greater good.

Taking the e-trike to class: The University of the Philippines is testing ten electric trikes on its Diliman campus, offering free rides for two months. If tests are successful, the university will add the trikes by Japanese manufacturer BEMAC Electric Transportation Phils to its on-campus transportation fleet.


Jun 19, 2015 - 08:47 am

Norwegian Post, TNT, Tesla, HOV lanes, Dresden, Alphabet, BMW.

Electric delivery: The Norwegian Post is to expand its fleet of electric vehicles as it intends to buy another 300 EVs from Renault and Nissan next year. ‘Posten Norge’ has already acquired more than 900 electric vehicles in the past five years.

Meanwhile TNT, is to employ seven E-Ducato in Dutch Amsterdam and Rotterdam as part of the FREVUE (Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe) EU project. The vehicles are to replace diesel vans and the company hopes to save 24,000 litres of gas and 76 tons of CO2 each year.

Tesla in the UK: The Californian electric carmaker is to expand its Supercharger network on the Isles as it plans to add another seven fast-charging locations. They will be located at motorways in the West of Scotland and Eastern England. Currently, 22 Supercharger stations can be found in the UK.

Further access to HOV lanes is only one signature away as a bill passed the Californian legislature on Monday, calling for another 15,000 green stickers. If signed by the governor, the number of stickers giving privileges to PHEV drivers would grow from 70,000 to 85,000.

Electric bus service: The venerable city of Dresden in Germany now has its first all-electric bus line. It serves on route 79 with four stops on a stretch of 5.2 kilometres. The electric bus by Solaris runs every 20 minutes. The service is the first of its kind in Saxony.
sz-online.de, newstix.de (both in German)

Electrification for fleets: Alphabet introduces its ‘Electrification Potential Analysis (EPA)’ which does exactly what its name suggests: analysing the potential for electrification of fleets. Deloitte Italy and Interserve UK are already using the service. The analysis is based on real-life client data supplied by removable loggers that record data like speed, distance, acceleration and parking.

Street light charging: In a showcase at the Mini Plant Oxford, BMW introduces its ‘Light & Charge’ project in the UK, a street lighting system that doubles as a charging station for EVs. The system is based on LED technology and can easily be installed in various locations.

Jun 18, 2015 - 08:29 am

Volkswagen, California, FedEx, AeroVironment & Recargo, Nevada.

12,000 EV charging stations could be built on Volkswagen carparks. At least that is what VW CEO Martin Winterkorn supposedly said behind closed doors at the national conference on e-mobility in Berlin this week, German Press Agency dpa reports. However, the carrot comes with a stick as he asked politicians to consider new taxation for the financial advantage workplace charging poses.
greencarcongress.com; welt.de (in German)

H2 consensus: The OEM Advisory Group has agreed on a list of 19 recommended locations to install the next hydrogen stations in California. The association unites carmakers like GM, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.

FedEx trials FCVs: At Memphis International Airport, the delivery company is testing 15 fuel cell vehicles in a demo project. Plug Power delivers the fuel cell system and will also be responsible for the hydrogen supply. The project is financed with 2.5 million dollars each from private investors and the DoE.
hydrogenfuelnews.com, environmentalleader.com

Pay by phone: AeroVironment and Recargo introduced a new smartphone-based payment option for EV drivers. The PlugShare app by Recargo now includes the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon and Washington. The pay per charge service invokes no additional charges but drivers can still subscribe for flat-rate unlimited charging.

Take no gamble: Plans have been announced to install electric car charging stations between Las Vegas and Reno. The so-called Electric Highway will be funded by NV Energy and Nevada’s renewable energy tax abatements. The first 15 stations are to be erected before this year ends.
fox5vegas.com, lasvegassun.com

Jun 17, 2015 - 08:13 am

Australia, Tesla, Dubai, BYD, London.

Destination Down Under: Tesla now launched its so-called destination charging schemes at hotels, malls etc. in Australia where it now operates ten such sites. More are to follow all over the country in addition to the fast-charging Superchargers.
electric-vehiclenews.com, caradvice.com.au, reneweconomy.com.au

Supercharging now got even cooler as Tesla installed a liquid-cooled cable to a Supercharger in Mountain View. Cooling allows for a thinner and more flexible cable that still carries the same current. Furthermore, such a cord also has the potential for increased power when supercharging.

Hybrid taxis in the desert: Cars Taxi now added another 55 Toyota Camry Hybrid to its existing fleet of 29 hybrid taxis in Dubai. The cab company is planning big as it intends to put 7,000 hybrids in the United Arab Emirates, half of them in Dubai, as it was well impressed with the hybrids’ potential to save cost.

BYD presents V2G charging: The Chinese e6 model is now able to give and take as BYD has equipped it with technology to both charge and discharge electrical power. According to BYD, the next-gen e6 model will have a much larger capacity battery capable of delivering a 400 km range.

More about Bolloré in UK: BluePointLondon, operator of the Source London scheme, and now the EV rental programme with Bolloré RedCars, is currently responsible for about 1,400 EV charge points. Membership is 5 pounds a month and will now not only allow access to infrastructure but the rental EVs as well as soon as they launch early next year.

Jun 16, 2015 - 08:48 am

Gothenburg, Chicago, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Aylesbury.

Gothenburg goes electric: The city’s first route for electric buses has gone into service. Gothenburg´s bus route 55 has three completely electrically driven buses and seven electric hybrid buses, all of them from Volvo Buses. The buses are equipped with onboard wi-fi and phone charging facilities.

Chicago electrifies: The city has started a “Drive Clean Taxi program,” paying cab companies up to 10,000 dollars for each EV purchased. Chicago hopes to soon count 120 alternative powered taxis on its roads.

Uni of Alaska Fairbanks shuttles electric: The Moto Electro Transit Buddy is the newest addition to the UAF fleet that also includes 10 electric carts for landscaping and recycling. The shuttle had already been delivered before Christmas, but is just now allowed to hit the university roads.

Aylesbury gets three rapid-chargers: 75 percent of the installation cost was covered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the rest of the bill was picked up by Nissan and Charge Your Car. EVs can be charged up to 80 percent in 20 to 30 minutes.

Jun 15, 2015 - 08:39 am

Bolloré, DriveNow, CHAdeMO, CSE, Vermont.

Bolloré kicks off in London: The French carmaker has introduced the first ten bright red electric cars in the British capital. Bolloré plans on extending its electric hire fleet there to 3,000 vehicles in the coming five years.

DriveNow electrifies: BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer announced that the carmaker will expand and update its carsharing scheme DriveNow, including the all-electric i3. The service currently offers 3,100 cars in eight cities worldwide.
automobilwoche.de (in German)

CHAdeMO bets on V2G: The CHAdeMO Association hopes to make the standard more appealing by making it compatible with vehicle-to-grid technology. It is the first standard to make this a topic. In April, we spoke to Tomoko Blech, European Representative of the CHAdeMO Association, about the future of electric vehicle charging. If you did not watch the exclusive interview yet, you can do so below.
transportevolved.com, electrive.com (exclusive interview)

Connecting stations: The California Energy Commission has earmarked 1.5 million dollars for the Center for Sustainable Energy to lead development of an advanced management platform for integrating EV charging with utility-scale energy systems. It will be the first data platform to employ the ISO/IEC 15118 standard.

Freedom Stations for Vermont: NRG EVgo says it will install 12 of its “Freedom Stations” in the U.S. state of Vermont. The first fast-charger has already gone online in the city of Rutland.
greenmountainpower.com, vpr.net

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Jun 12, 2015 - 09:03 am

Paris, Corri-Door, Air Products, Designwerk, Berlin, Edinburgh.

Paris charges ahead: Parisian public transport operator RATP is following up its plan to electrify its 4,500-strong bus fleet until 2025. Within the Bus2025 scheme, RATP is to test electric buses from providers like Bolloré, Solaris, Ebusco and Dietrich Carebus beginning this year. From 2017, serious bidding is to start with buses expected to be bought by 2019. Paris is en route.
route-one.net; automobile-propre.com (in French)

France is not only Paris and so the country has inaugurated the first two fast-charging stations at the Bosgouet Nord (A13) and Tardenois Nord (A4) motorway service stations operated by SANEF within the Corri-Door project funded by EU´s TEN-T programme. 200 such multi-standard stations will be installed along French motorways by December 2015 with Renault-Nissan, BMW and VW all taking part.
electriccarsreport.com, automotiveworld.com

H2 stations coming up: India now has its first hydrogen station powered by the abundant sun. The station is supplied by Air Products, which operates a total of three H2 fueling stations in the country. Also, France strikes yet again as Air Liquide opened another hydrogen pit stop at its Sassenage site in Isère (Rhône-Alpes) as part of the HyWay framework. A second station is planned in Grenoble.
greencarcongress.com (India), gasworld.com (France)

Fast charging on the go: To charge its 100 electric vehicles for the shuttle service at the Champions League finale in Berlin, Nissan employed a total of twelve mobile fast-chargers MDC22 from Swiss company Designwerk. The MDC22 turns any charging station into a DC charger, allowing vehicles to charge quicker at up to 22 kW almost anywhere.

Hermes delivers electrically in Berlin from today as it employs a custom-made electric Sprinter van. It is part of the showcase project DisLog, which deals with resource-saving deliveries in urban environments. The prototype by German E-Cars has a range of 120 kilometres. Hermes is testing various EVs in different cities and delivers 100 percent electrically in London since 2014.
emobileticker.de (in German)

Electric college catering: Scottish Fettes College in Edinburgh has taken delivery of a second electric utility vehicle from ePower Trucks. The ClubCar Carryall 500 electric truck has been customised for the college. It has a payload of more than 350kg and runs on lead acid batteries.

Jun 11, 2015 - 07:58 am

London, Volta Industries, California, eMotorWerks, Cologne.

Bolloré coming to London for real: Tomorrow, the head of the Parisian electric car sharing firm, Vincent Bolloré, will unveil a righthand-drive version of the EV in London. Here, the usually blue cars will come in “double-decker red.” Bolloré intends to introduce 3,000 electric cars to share and 6,000 charge points in London until 2018, the Evening Standard reports. The first 50 Bolloré or “Boris cars” will be ready to be shared by Britains at the start of 2016.

Free charging funded: Volta Industries is working with “socially responsible brands” and has thus built up a network of 100 charging stations in 5 cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Honolulu) where charging is offered for free. The company has now secured 7.5 million dollars in funding to expand its operations.

2 million dollars of funding are waiting for landlords and small business owners in California willing to install EV charging stations. The ‘Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing’ programme offers a rebate of up to 15 percent of the cost to install charging stations.

Solar EV charging: eMotorWerks together with Slingshot Power will start to offer a solar package for EV charging. Slingshot Power customers will receive a free JuiceBox Pro 40, a charging station from eMotorWerks. The bundle comes with various financing options.

The 100th charging station by RheinEnergie has now taken up its service in German Cologne. The station can be found in front of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) where it can be used not only by DLR employees but the public alike. The energy comes from 100% renewables.
rheinenergie.com (in German)

Jun 10, 2015 - 08:11 am

Chargemaster, Streez, DOE + EEI, Mitsubishi, Endesa, Great River Energy.

In case of fire: Chargemaster has completed the installation of 156 charge points for the London Fire Brigade. The chargers can be found at 71 fire stations and 5 other sites across the British capital, even though the Brigade so far only operates 5 electric cars.
news.cision.com, fleetnews.co.uk

Electric ride sharing: Swiss Streez will introduce a new kind of chauffeur service in December, using with female drivers only. First customers will be businesses only, but the fleet of 20 Tesla Model S and 20 BYD EVs will soon to be extended to private customers looking for a shared ride. If the start in Zurich is a success, other cities might soon become a member in the ‘Club of Streez,’ too.
aargauerzeitung.ch (in German)

EV partners: The Department of Energy (DOE) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) plan to increase EV acceptance. Measures include research, infrastructure and consultancy. Furthermore, EEI says its fleet electrification efforts will total 90 million dollars spend on 800 PHEV and 740 charge points this year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

V2G charging station: Mitsubishi and Endesa showcase their bi-directional charging station at the InterSolar Europe. The Spanish utility only recently announced its partnership with Nissan for the distribution of V2G charging equipment. Furthermore, Mitsubishi said it would introduce a prepaid card for charging stations by German utility RWE.
saving-volt.de (in German)

Rejoicing on renewables: Minnesota’s utility provider Great River Energy allows customers to charge their PHEV with wind power – free of charge. The service is part of the new ‘Revolt’ programme, aimed at encouraging people to buy or lease electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Jun 9, 2015 - 07:52 am

China, Japan, Rajarhat New Town, LAX, Abu Dhabi.

China charges up: According to Beijing’s Economic Observer, the Chinese government plans to install uo to 400,000 charge points already this year. In order to do so, a new incentive programme promises business installing charging stations subsidies of up to 40 percent of the installation cost.

Electric post in Japan: The Toyota Auto Body Co. has delivered four of its so-called Coms to the Japanese post. The Toyota subsidiary’s single-seat EVs reach a maximum speed of 60 kph and can run about 50 kilometers between charges. If the trial that will run until March 2016 is successful, the electric mail delivery service might be expanded.

Township gone green: Electric buses are to connect the New Town in Rajarhat with Kolkata, India. Hidco and Coal India Ltd. have agreed on the initiative and the three buses will be operated by Hidco. Furthermore, the New Town Development Authority is trying to introduce e-rickshaws.

Electric shuttle: Phoenix Cars supplied an electric shuttle bus to a parking company at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Another of the so-called ZEUS vehicles is to go to Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, where it will transport up to 14 passengers and visitors.
prnewswire.com (LAX), yahoo.com (Masdar)

Jun 8, 2015 - 08:07 am

Xiamen, Kuala Lumpur, AttainIT & TomTom Telematics, Tesla.

Another Chinese city is to be electrified as Xiamen announces its plan to introduce a fleet of 200 buses and 600 taxis with either electric or plug-in hybrid drives until the end of this year. Already 237 of these vehicles are on the street. The cabs will be complemented with 400 charging spots while buses will be able to charge at eleven bus stops.

BYD buses in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur has taken delivery of 15 electric buses by the Chinese manufacturer. The BYD buses will serve on the Sunway Line by BRT that spans 5.4 kilometres on elevated bus lanes. The buses are able to go 250 km on a single charge.

Electric car sharing platform: AttainIT and TomTom Telematics have developed technology connecting booking systems with EV data. Be Smart is already using it for electric car sharing in Naples and Milan as the system allows to locate and activate cars and check for remaining battery power remotely.
fleetpoint.org, fleetnews.co.uk

Swap party invite: Tesla is currently sending emails to additional selected Model S drivers inviting them to test its battery swapping station in California. However, one swap costs 80 dollar with the return of the original battery at a later date included.

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Jun 5, 2015 - 09:07 am

San Diego, Milan, Jordan, Plug Power & Walmart, London, Wolfsburg.

SDG&E plans infrastructure extension: San Diego Gas & Electric announced a new project, working with automakers, labor representatives, environmentalists and service providers to install 10 chargers each at up to 550 business and multi-family locations throughout its service territory for a total of 5,500 separate chargers. The company will also offer special rates to encourage charging at times when electricity supply from renewable energy is plentiful and energy prices are low.

Milan adds e-bikes: The Italian city has introduced 1 000 electric bicycles to its BikeMi network, bringing the total number of public bikes in the city to 4,600. All e-bikes have a range of 55 to 65 kilometres on a single charge. Furthermore, another 70 docking stations will be set up across the city.

150 Renault Zoe for Jordan: The deal was signed during the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and is the biggest Zoe order since 2013. The cars will be delivered this year and will be completely powered by electricity from solar panels installed on royal property.

Plug Power and Walmart Canada expand partnership: Plug Power will deliver another 124 GenDrive fuel cell systems for forklift trucks to Walmart’s distribution center in Balzac, Alberta, bringing the GenDrive total to 230 units at the site. Walmart Canada will also receive a GenFuel infrastructure.
hydrogenfuelnews.com, marketwatch.com

EV charger extension in London: Transport for London seeks potential partners and suppliers to further extend EV infrastructure by building more rapid-chargers for commercially used electric vehicles. This is all in the run up to the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2020.

Wolfsburg gets e-sharing: The hometown of Volkswagen got its first electric sharing scheme, featuring 15 e-bikes and five VW e-Up, and aims to include up to 50 electric bicycles. The scheme is supported by the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) and its partners. An “eMobility cube” is being built near the main station to provide a point of information.
innoz.de (in German)

Jun 4, 2015 - 09:02 am

Car2Go & Flinkster, San Joaquin, CarCharging, Farnborough, Michigan.

Car2Go and Flinkster join forces: As of yesterday, subscribers of one of these carsharing schemes in Germany can also make use of the other. Together, the two services include 7,000 vehicles nationwide, including 750 electric cars. Flinkster is operated by Deutsche Bahn and Car2Go by Daimler.
wiwo.de, heise.de (articles in German)

Cash for chargers: The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District now offers companies and public facilities up to 6,000 dollars for the installation of a publicly accessible charging station. The initiative is part of the Charge Up! programme and limits funding to 50,000 dollars per applicant. The total amount earmarked for the measure is 2 million dollars.
thebusinessjournal.com, centralvalleybusinesstimes.com

CarCharging will offer a new feature for fleet managers using Blink EV chargers and Blink Network software. Drivers can now enter their mileage prior to charging, allowing fleet managers to monitor and analyze frequency of charging, energy consumption, and driving trends in a single platform.

Farnborough Airport goes electric: The airport in southern England has added three Renault Zoe to its fleet. The electric cars will be used as airside staff shuttles. This follows a similar move of Bristol Airport, which took delivery of a Nissan e-NV200 earlier this year.

EVs and hybrids asked to pay up: The U.S. state of Michigan is considering raising registration fees for electric and hybrid cars, using the extra cash to fund road repairs. Proponents argue it would only be fair, since the drivers of these cars pay less in gas taxes.

Jun 3, 2015 - 09:05 am

Utrecht, Bordeaux, Paris, Denver, Orkney.

Utrecht wants top spot: The Dutch province wants to have more than 10,000 electric cars on its road by 2020, more than any other Dutch region does per capita. One way Utrecht wants to reach its goal is by electrifying delivery vehicles.
utrechtcentral.com; utrecht.nl (in Dutch)

Twizy goes Bordeaux: Bolloré´s Blueclub carsharing fleet in Bordeaux, France, has new members. Since Tuesday, subscribers can drive one of 20 Renault Twizy. The Bluely service in Lyon already includes 30 of the two-seaters and by the end of 2015, there’ll be a total of 110 Renault Twizys available across the two services.

E-scooters for Paris: The free-floating electric scooter sharing CityScoot kicks off in the French capital this month. During the one month testing phase, there will be 30 scooters available, but operators hope to have 1,000 of the two-wheelers on the road by 2016. The scooters have a range of about 100 km.

No Charge to Charge in Denver: Nissan has started its free charging programme in Denver. For the next two years, all Nissan Leaf bought there can charge at no cost. The offer is already available in 17 other cities across the U.S. and Nissan says, it will by 25 by the end of the year.
electriccarsreport.com, hybridcars.com

Orkney Islands Council get e-bus: The Optare Solo SR bus has 70-mile range and will commute back and forth from the airport. It is expected to make five trips before recharging. A rapid charger will be installed later this year and cut the charging time to one and a half hours.

Jun 2, 2015 - 09:05 am

BASF, Foxconn & BAIC, Bora Bora, Boca Raton, Cornwall College.

BASF’s electric fleet will grow by 100 cars this year. Ten Renault Zoe now joined 38 Kangoo and Zoe already used at the BASF site in Ludwigshafen. This development is in line with the company’s effort to become the leading supplier of functional materials and solutions for battery manufacturers.
mrn-news.de (in German)

Hon Hai car rental: The electric hiring service run by Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) and BAIC, currently operational throughout Beijing with 1,000 electric cars (we reported) will expand its services in ten more Chinese cities. Guiyang is next and will start operations with 100 EVs in July.

Twizy in the sun: Tourists on Bora Bora can now rent one of twelve Renault Twizy. At a rate of about 33 euros/hour, this is certainly one of the most exclusive EV offers between Australia and America. But at least no one on this small island will mind the missing windows or worry about range.
insideevs.com, avis-borabora.com (offer)

Florida town offers free electric rides: Since early May, visitors and residents can catch a ride in one of the six electric shuttles from Downtowner in Boca Raton. CEO Stephen Murray says he wanted to help free up parking spaces in the beach town. City officials loved the idea, especially because they do not pay a cent. Drivers earn their money through tips only.

Cornwall College installed four rapid-chargers at its campuses in Camborne, St Austell, Newquay and Saltash. Working together with the Cornwall Council and SSE Enterprise Utilities, these are the first of 22 public chargers planned in the area to enable students and teachers to go electric.

Jun 1, 2015 - 08:24 am

LeasePlan, Hanover, Scotland, Sacramento, Pakistan.

Full service mobility: Belgian LeasePlan will offer the Mobility Card to its customers this June. The card gives business travellers access to any form of transport, be it via car, tram or bike share and also enables electric car charging. Multimodal travel will thus also include employees without a lease car.

Electric bus test: The German city of Hanover will start an electric bus trial next year. Three Solaris buses are to serve line 100/200 and will be charged at the depot overnight as well as juicing up via the Tram’s overhead lines. If the test is successful, the whole fleet of 130 diesel and hybrid buses could be replaced over time, despite the 600,000-dollar price tag on the Solaris buses.
heise.de (in German)

Scottish ICEing: EV incentives have been working well in Scotland as the country is experiencing Norwegian-like circumstances. EV drivers are complaining about hybrid vehicles blocking charging stations – without even being plugged in. Clearly, more infrastructure is needed.

Electric garbage truck test: Sacramento County will start a trial with two electric waste collection trucks by Californian TransPower next year. The trucks will be provided for free in the first two years to get an overview of operational costs. After that the County might buy the EVs at a reduced rate.

Hybrid privilege: The Government of Pakistan is thinking about lowering import duties for hybrid vehicles by another ten percent. Already, a 50-percent duty discount applies to hybrid vehicles.

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