Chase Evans, West Lothian Council, Cohere, Formentera, New Zealand.
Electric real estate: London real estate company Chase Evans will replace 95 percent of its 50 vehicle strong fleet with plug-in hybrids, namely the BMW 330e. The company originally only wanted to buy one PHEV, but the financial benefits convinced them to go all out.
Scottish council plugs in: Scottish West Lothian Council received seven Nissan Leaf and three e-NV200. The latter will be used in Waste Services, Building Services and Community Transport, while the all-electric Leaf will be part of the council’s car pool and be stationed across the region.
Cash injection for Cohere: The Amsterdam-based start-up Cohere Energy Solutions was able to raise 300,000 euros. The money will be used to further develop the company’s own energy management system Maxem for smart charging of electric vehicles.
Emobility offensive on Formentera: The Balearic island kicked off an initiative to get more EVs on the road. In a first step, it gave six Citroën E-Méhari to hotels and encourages them with incentives to install more charge points. The goal is to replace 15,000 cars and motorcycles with electric ones.
New Zealand makes it clear: The country now has a uniform symbol to mark parking stalls at charging stations. It was developed by the Christchurch City Council and approved by the NZ Transport Agency. The hope is that by clearly reserving stalls at chargers, more people will go electric.
BeeZero, SANBAG, CHEAPR, Tesla, Taipei.
Fuel cell car sharing: BeeZero, Linde’s FCV rental service has started as planned in Munich. The German city now counts 50 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell among its own. Official start date for the fuel cell car sharing is July 16 with both Linde and Hyundai hoping to roll out the service in other cities as well.
Electric freight trucks: California is awarding 9m dollars to the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), which is to replace 27 heavy-duty diesel tractors with electric ones by BYD. The two types of electric trucks will be used at freight and rail yards and could become best practice.
More money is to be poured into CHEAPR, also known as Connecticut’s Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program, which has been prolonged for another year with another million dollars. Buyers of fuel cell vehicles get a 5,000 dollar rebate. EV and PHEV receive 3,000 dollars.
Tesla airport transfer: Montréal’s electric cab service Téo Taxi added ten Tesla to its fleet, which will be stationed at the airport of the Canadian city. As things stand, the pilot project is to end by November 2017. Until then, the EV can be hailed via app with pick up at Gate 6 of Trudeau International.
Electric scooters only: Agencies and schools in Taipei are to acquire electric scooters only. The order from the Taipei Environmental Protection Department takes effect immediately as Taiwan is to strengthen electric transport. So far, only 0.6% of motorised two-wheelers are electric in the nation.
LAPD, Dortmund, Route Monkey, Ho Huy, Tritium.
BMW preferred over Tesla: The LAPD has decided to lease 100 BMW i3 after it has been testing various EV over a year, reportedly including Tesla. The Model S had proven too expensive for the police force. The i3 will be charged at 100 EV charging stations by Greenlots and four rapid charging stops. The city of Los Angeles is looking to acquire 100 more electric cars of hitherto unknown make this year.
latimes.com, greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com
Fleet electrification: The German city of Dortmund intends to replace half of its fleet of 100 cars and 200 vans with electric vehicles by 2020. Currently, there are 13 electric cars, 10 pedelecs, and 8 electric vans in operation and another 10 light utility EV shall be acquired this year. All can be charged at Dortmund’s 100 charging stations. In fall, the hospital will start a pilot renting EV to staff.
wdr.de (in German)
Routing recharged: Scottish Route Monkey received 285,000 GBP to create an online portal and app for EV drivers. The tool will point out the best route for electric cars as it takes into account available charging points, driving conditions, charge time, and the battery’s state-of-charge.
Vietnam’s cabs electrified: Vietnamese Ho Huy seeks to set up a taxi service with 10,000 electric cabs. Vietnam’s second largest cab operator, Mai Linh Taxi, recently announced it would replace its 20,000 strong fleet with EVs by 2020. If both plans succeed, soon more than half of all the country’s 50,000 taxis could be electric.
Faster charging Down Under: Tritium collected 5m AUD from the government in Queensland as well as from private investors to upgrade to 150 kWh charging. Apart from making the Veefil stations more powerful, the Australian firm is working on a new home charging option.
Oxford, Luxembourg, Marseille, New Flyer, Saudi Arabia.
Testing charging in public: Oxford intends to set up 100 on-street EV charging points by 2019 but wants to test at least six solutions by different providers first. Residents of the university town are asked to put their interest forward to have a charging point close to home. The trial is being funded through an 800,000 pound grant from the UK government’s ultra-low cities fund.
Luxembourg is to get hybrid buses as Autobus de la ville de Luxembourg orders 5 from Volvo as a turn-key solution. The 7900 Electric Hybrid is a plug-in that can operate 70 percent of the time electrically. Fast-chargers for the buses come from ABB with all deliveries due by the end of 2016.
Marseille turns to electric transport: The French city put its first 12 metre electric bus in service. The Irizar i2e has a 374 kWh battery pack, that offers a range of up to 155 miles and needs five hours of charging to be ready for a 14 to 16 hour shift. Marseille is also testing hybrid options.
Fleet renewal: New Flyer is to deliver 267 hybrid and diesel buses to Connecticut’s Department of Transportation (CTDOT). The contract is worth about 122m dollars and includes an option for an additional 218 vehicles. It has not been said however, how many of the buses will be partially electric.
Pilgrims’ carriage: 18,000 carts will be made available at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s capital Abu Dhabi during the holy month of Ramadan. The fleet for worshippers includes at least 300 electric scooters and electric cars as well as special vehicles.
Road assistance, London, Stoke-on-Trent, North Carolina.
Roadside assistance by e-bike: Cars that break down in San Francisco will be helped by an electric cargo bike service. Two of Yuba’s Spicy Curry pedelecs make up the AAA Northern California pilot programme that was launched after finding that 60% of service calls received in the Embarcadero area around the harbour do not require a tow truck.
PHEV sharing in Westminster: London’s central borough and Zipcar launched a fleet of 40 VW Golf GTE. Already 40 charging stations have been erected and the plug-in hybrids are available to all members. 10 additional PHEV are also available elsewhere in London.
Tightening the zone: Hybrids emitting more than 75 g/km will be subject to the London congestion charge from June 25 as the so-called Sunset period that allowed for free entry comes to an end. Nissan UK takes this opportunity to promote its Leaf with a 500 GBP discount this month.
Cleaner fleet: Stoke-on-Trent will invest 2.7m GBP in 138 new vehicles as it looks to replace old diesel vans with electric ones. The money also serves to install charging stations at council depots.
Cleaner paratransit: Winston-Salem in North Carolina took delivery of five hybrid buses. The low-floor shuttle buses by ARBOC Specialty Vehicles have been converted by XL Hybrids and now provide up to 20 percent greener transport to the physically challenged and other passengers alike.
South Korea, Quebec, China, GreenPower, Hong Kong.
Diesel restrictions in Seoul: 30 percent of new vehicles sold will be electric by 2020, the South Korean government announced. They will also be limiting diesel-powered vehicles in the Seoul area and replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas vehicles. To accompany the new electric vehicles, the government plans to erect electric charging stations at all expressway rest areas by 2018.
Quebec sales quotas: A proposed bill in Quebec would require car dealerships to make 15 percent of their sales from green vehicles. Dealers who do not meet the quota could face fines. It is unclear whether the bill will pass, and store managers seem sceptical that quotas will lead to more sales.
110,000 stations in China: Chinese companies Chongqing Liangjiang and Laidian Alternative Energy Co., Ltd plan to build 110,000 charging stations in the city of Chongqing, China, by 2020. They are also creating shops for customers to test out vehicles before buying online.
Possible bus order for GreenPower: The company says it received nine separate Letters of Intent for a total of 25 GreenPower all-electric school buses in California. Most requests are for Type C school buses, though there is also interest in Type A buses (with wheelchair lift). Both types feature in-wheel drive motors and can go 100 miles on one charge.
Hotel electrifies fleet: Hotel Icon in Hong Kong has created a fully electric transportation fleet comprised of an electric hotel shuttle, two Tesla Model S and a BMW i3. Select guests can use the Tesla for airport transfers, while the other vehicles can be used for a fee.
New Zealand, West Coast alliance, Caltrans, Kia Soul, Evercar.
Electric delivery: New Zealand’s postal service will add 500 electric scooters to its fleet over the next two years. Manufacturer is Norwegian company Paxster. The first 50 cargo-scooters have already been delivered.
West coast alliance: The mayors of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and Seattle have signed an agreement to reduce CO2 emissions. To do so, they will push EV uptake by installing a charging corridor between California and British Columbia, as well as more chargers in cities.
Green funding: The California Department of Transport (Caltrans) earmarked 16.2m dollars to fund green energy initiatives. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, for example, will be granted 3.5m USD to buy five electric buses, San Mateo County will get just under 1m USD for one electric bus, and Livermore Amador Valley will purchase two hybrid buses with its 250,000 USD in funding.
Soul EV for California: Kia will provide six of its all-electric cars to a V2G project at the University of California in Irvine (UCI). They will help develop advanced smart charging software algorithms and to better understand how electric cars are managed on the grid.
Electric ridesharing: Evercar has already rented its 100th EV. The company provides electric and hybrid cars to drivers for ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber. Moreover, Evercar says it has 4,500 registered drivers, who have given 125,000 people a lift in an Evercar.
Renault, Supercharger, Edinburgh, Evoke, Toyota.
Renault starts e-carsharing: Working with GreenMobility, the French are kicking off an international electric carsharing scheme. 450 Renault Zoe will hit the roads of Copenhagen in September. An expansion to Norway and Sweden is also in the cards. Copenhagen seems to be a preferred playground for emobility – DriveNow already offers 400 BMW i3 in the city.
newfleet.de (in German), politiken.dk (in Danish)
Supercharging won’t be for free: Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Model 3 drivers will not be able to plug in for free, as drivers of the Model S and X do. For them, the option had already been figured into the total price of the vehicle, while Model 3 drivers can purchase lifetime access or pay as they go.
Edinburgh goes EV: The Scottish capital has signed a four-year contract with Enterprise Car Club to launch an electric carsharing scheme. Kick-off is July 1st, when at least 12 electric cars will become available to share.
Electric chauffeur: Australian chauffeur service Evoke only uses Tesla Model S to drive clients around Sydney. It currently has four of the luxury EVs that have already driven more than 200,000 km. Once the Model X becomes available Down Under, Evoke says it will expand its fleet.
First results: For 18 months now, Toyota has been testing its e-carsharing using the i-ROAD and COMS in French Grenoble. Over 1,000 users have signed up and the satisfaction rate is said to be 92 percent. Moreover, the average trip is only 5 km, a piece of cake for the tiny EVs that can drive between 35 to 50 km on one charge.
UK, Paris, Fastned, Japan, Tesla, Tatneft.
UK businesses top plug in? The British government may have a subsidy programme for EV chargers at workplaces up its sleeve. At least Chargemaster CEO David Martell says they do. Details about the amount and organization will be announced at an official meeting in July.
Electric bus route in Paris: With line 341, the French capital has kicked off its first all-electric bus route. A total of 23 e-buses from Bolloré will go into service until the end of the year.
automobile-propre.com, lefigaro.fr (articles in French)
Fastned gets competition: Dutch utility NLE wants to set up its first fast-charger along the A13 motorway in June. It also teamed up with EV leasing company MisterGreen to reserve 1,000 Tesla Model 3, hoping the carmaker will prioritise the Netherlands in terms of the Model 3 delivery schedule (we reported).
groen7.nl, rtlz.nl (articles in Dutch)
H2 push in Japan: According to Nikkei, automotive and energy companies in Japan are looking to form a joint venture to push for more hydrogen filling stations in the country. Toyota, Nissan and Honda are part of the team. Investments could reach over 90m dollars and the Japanese government has agreed to generously subsidise the effort.
Tesla’s mobile charger: After the Wall Connector, the EV maker also reworked its Mobile Connector charging cable. It only has half of the wallbox’s charging capacity, but is portable and can be connected to different outlets. Moreover, Tesla cut the price to about 550 dollars – 100 dollars less, than before.
Fast-charging at the pump: Russian oil company Tatneft has fitted its first petrol station with a rapid charger for electric vehicles. Tatneft operates nearly 700 petrol stations in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. It is unclear whether it will set up EV charging points at other stations as well.
Clever, wallb-e, Arizona Public Service, Seoul, Rolec EV.
Charging flatrates: Clever and BMW now offer buyers in Denmark a charging flatrate for newly purchased EV and PHEVs. For example, i3 driver would pay about 80 euros per month for “Clever Unlimited” and would get a home charger plus installation, as well as access to some 750 public chargers across Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Drivers can also choose a cheaper package and not get a home charger.
Solar carport with access control: German company wallb-e introduced its solar carport sun4charge, featuring two 22kW AC charge points. Drivers can plug in using their RFID card of via an app, meaning the concept is also feasible for utilities. There is also a sun4charge variant for e-bikes.
wallb-e.de (in German)
Going EV: Arizona Public Service (APS) is looking to successively replace its 2,138 vehicle strong fleet with electric and hybrid cars – starting with where it makes the most sense economically. The fleet consist of car, utility vehicles, as well as forklifts. Some buckets trucks have already been switched out.
Seoul dreams electric: The city government considers adding to its all-electric fleet from 2017 to include models from KIA (Soul and Ray), as well as the Hyundai Ioniq. Moreover, Korea Electric Power is to set up rapid chargers in the city. How many EVs or chargers are in the cards, was not announced.
Charging at home: NHS Fleet Solutions cooperates with Rolec EV, which was announced as the official home charging point supplier and will install chargers for salary sacrifice drivers. Rolec EV offers the so-called ‘enquiry to installation,’ allowing NHS Fleet Solutions to follow every stage of the installation.
PSA, Beijing, Philadelphia, Tesla, Avista.
PSA goes CCS: It seems PSA brands Peugeot and Citroën will be switching to the Combined Charging System for their upcoming models, due to hit the read in about three years. The group’s rebranded versions of Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, the Peugeot Partner Electric and Citroen Berlingo had all featured CHAdeMO DC fast-charging.
Congestion in China: Legislation is expected to pass in Beijing this year incorporating i.e. congestion-based charges and restricted driving days, giving special privileges to EV owners. Still, electric vehicle uptake in Beijing has been low. Almost half of EV license plates issued in October were not used by their expiry date in April.
Buses in Philly: The city of Philadelphia has purchased 525 diesel-electric hybrid buses as part of a 411.8m dollar five-year contract with New Flyer of America. Once they hit the road, 95% of the area’s bus fleet will be made up of hybrid vehicles.
All Teslas lead to Rome: The newly erected Tesla Supercharger in Magliano means drivers can now reach Rome from almost anywhere in Europe. It is the EV maker’s 12th Supercharger location in Italy.
Avista chargers in Washington: The utility has gotten the green light to install seven fast-charging stations across eastern part of the U.S. state of Washington. Moreover, it will set up a corridor from north of Spokane to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, erecting 50 level-2 charging stations ant workplaces and another 30 in public locations. The initiative will also include 120 in-home chargers for EV owners.
Apple, BMW, Tesla, Worcesterhire.
Apple EV chargers? Apple is quietly investigating EV charging stations, contacting experts and searching LinkedIn profiles. There are few details known, as any related companies would have signed non-disclosure agreements, Reuters hints. The tech company has, however, already hired at least four EV charging specialists, raising several questions as to what they are planning.
BMW ridesharing investment: BMW is part of a 5.1m dollar seed round for California-based ridesharing platform Scoop Technologies, whose app lets commuters find each other and ride together. The app is currently in a limited rollout in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and North San Jose. Scoop also works with employers to organize rides to and from work.
New central Canada chargers: Tesla announced five new charger locations in Canada, all located in Ontario and Quebec, where significant EV incentives are in place. The new chargers are set to be installed by the end of the summer. Tesla also confirmed plans to install their first supercharger in Mexico, to be located in Cuernavaca City in the coming months.
electrek.co, globalnews.ca, thecountrycaller.com
Worcestershire gets chargers: Twelve rapid chargers have been installed in Worcestershire, including along the M5 corridor. Ten are included in the POLAR Plus network, meaning POLAR members can use them as part of their monthly subscription. Chargers can be used for 5.50 pounds for 45 minutes.
UK, China, Toyota, VW, wireless charging, BMW.
Green transport: The British Government releases 21 million pounds in funding for sustainable travel initiatives. 23 councils will benefit from the money as they set up projects that promote all sorts of green transport, including cycling and walking.
fleetnews.co.uk, gov.uk (winning bids)
China’s tightest emission rules will be rolled out in Beijing by January 2017. Labelled the Beijing Six, the new fuel standards go beyond the Euro V norm and will limit car pollutants by up to an additional 20 percent in the capital. Beijing also plans to ban 400,000 trucks and mini buses that run on low-quality high-sulphur fuels from its roads over the next two years.
Buying into the future: Both, Toyota and Volkswagen have announced large investments in ride-sharing. So far, only an MOU exists between Uber and the Japanese as Toyota first wishes to test the ground with special offers for Uber drivers for example. VW however committed 300m dollars to Gett and hopes to establish a legally independent mobility entity.
carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com (Toyota), greencarcongress.com (VW)
Wireless charging standard: SAE issues an industry guideline for wireless power transfer between infrastructure, vehicle suppliers and OEMs. The SAE TIR J2954 establishes a common frequency band using 85 kHz and further defines four classes of WPT power levels ranging from 3.7 – 22 kW.
chargedevs.com, standards.sae.org (guideline)
Electrified South America: An electric bus has entered service in Santiago de Chile. The BYD bus will operate free of charge in a bid to make the Chilean town more liveable. Montevideo, too runs a BYD electric bus. It is part of a pilot programme the capital of Uruguay set up. Both cities clearly see the low running costs as an advantage but shy away from the initial investment.
english.cri.cn (Chile), laht.com (Uruguay)
Solar charged South Africa: The first BMW i solar carport has been unveiled at the tip of Africa. It feeds about 3,6kW of solar power straight to the BMW i Wallbox. BMWi carports will be installed in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban for public charging from July 1.
Nissan, Endesa, Basel, Florida, Air Products.
Nissan champions EVs: Milan will see more than 100 electric vehicles taking to the streets for the Champions League Final this weekend. Together with Italian utility A2A, Nissan will also erect 17 fast-charging stations of which 13 will remain free of charge even after the soccer circuit has left the town.
Leading by example: 40 percent of Endesa’s senior staff members will drive electrically by 2020. The 340 vehicles to be exchanged with either hybrid or fully electric ones make for 13% of the fleet. To sweeten the switch, Endesa offers 20% more money to rent a hybrid or 40% more for electric vehicles during the first three years. The rest of the employees are encouraged to uptake EVs with mobility programmes and Endesa operates its own electric car sharing scheme.
Going public: The Swiss city of Basle is to start a pilot project to offer public EV charging stations. The launch by mid 2017 will see the city install ten charging facilities on ground owned by the town. For Basle, these will be the first publicly available charge spots as existing ones are on private land so far.
Charge & Fly: SRQ International installs four EV charging stations. The Airport in Florida says the move follows increased demand from visitors driving EVs. The charge stops are prominently positioned in front of the terminal building, where they can be used for both long- and short-term parking.
Hydrogen station gone up: Air Products and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Pipeline & Engineering (NPSE) opened their first H2 station in Tokyo. This September, another station is to follow in Hokkaido.
Fastned, Elm EV, hydrogen-diesel lorry, Proterra, China.
3m euros were raised by Fastned in the first five weeks of its listing on the new stock exchange Nxchange. 307,473 new certificates of shares each worth 10,000 euros have been issued. The Dutch EV infrastructure provider will use the funds to expand its network abroad, in cities, and along highways.
EV fleet encouragement: Stronger together is the idea of the partnership between EV charging provider Elm EV and the Zero Carbon Futures consultancy. Together, they aim to support businesses and organisations to roll-out large-scale EV programmes and charging networks across multiple sites.
H2 hybrid bin lorry: Two hybrid hydrogen-diesel lorries have been introduced by Scottish Fife Council. The converted garbage trucks are part of a project that will also see the transformation of five Ford Transit vans and ten Renault HyKangoo vans to hybrid electric and fuel cell operation.
Transition to electric: Proterra launches the EV Simulator designed to point fleet managers to electric buses. It visualises mass transit networks and assesses cost savings, performance, and environmental impact of BEVs in comparison to diesel, CNG and hybrid technologies on specified routes.
Hangzhou homes in on charging: The Chinese city issued a law that requires all newly built homes to incorporate for the installation of EV charging facilities. From June 8th, parking lots in new housing projects must reserve a space for a charging post for every unit.
LeShare, Park&Charge, Van Hool, BMW, Dundee.
E-carsharing in Beijing: Leshi Internet Information & Technology affiliate, LeShare, has launched an EV carsharing service in Beijing. They are servicing 60 areas in the city with 200 vehicles, all of which are from Chinese brands, including BYD, Chery, JAC, Beijing Auto, and Geely. The company is planning to expand to six more cities and 3,000 vehicles in total by the end of 2016.
Tesla valet service launched: Tesla’s park and charge valet app has finished its test run (we reported) and is now officially available for owners in NYC and San Francisco. App developer Luxe is offering subscriptions to their Tesla services for a monthly fee.
Van Hool e-trambus: Manufacturer Van Hool will showcase their first fully electric trambus, Exqui.City, at the Transports Public 2016 trade fair in Paris next month. The 120 km range trambus is 18.61 m long and can carry up to 107 passengers. Fast-charging can take as little as ten minutes via a pantograph. Hamburg, Germany, has already ordered two units.
Solar carports in South Africa: BMW South Africa has set to begin rolling out solar carport charging stations for electric and plug-in vehicles in July. The carports, produced by Sunworks, average 3.6 kW of solar power and are hooked up to the BMW i Wallbox. Carports can be ordered as home or office chargers.
EV funding in Dundee: The city council of Dundee, Scotland, has approved over 1.8m pounds for improving local EV infrastructure, starting with one charging point in the city centre and two in outlying areas. Part of the funds will also go toward charging points for commuters in the surrounding council areas.
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.