ubitricity, Nissan, MyCarma, TWIN.
Big backup for Berlin start-up: The German chapter of French utility provider EDF has acquired a minority in ubitricity during the latest funding round. EDF probably hopes to acquire in-depth information on the company’s mobile metering and payment system. All other shareholders remain on board as well.
vc-startups.com (in German)
Nissan strong in the UK: In Great Britain, a total of 2,057 all-electric vehicles were sold last year and the Japanese company claims that 73% of those were Nissans. Good news, considering the fact that Nissan is building its Leaf for the European market at its facility in British Sunderland.
EV data logger: MyCarma is looking for 25,000 dollars to back up the development of its latest app. The myEV platform is designed to track energy consumption and state-of-charge of almost any electric car and naturally comes with excessive sharing functionalities too. So far, about 10,000 dollars have been collected with 17 more days to go.
youtube.com (video), indiegogo.com (campaign) via cleantechnica.com
E-Bike training to be developed: The European Twowheel Innovation Network (TWIN) project has got the go ahead from Dutch-led Transfer of Innovation project (TOI). TWIN aims at developing European training on electric bicycles for dealers and their mechanics.
TOSA, CARB, Bolzano, Massachusetts.
Flash charging: Imagine a robotic arm reaching out from a bus’ roof for 15 seconds of ultra fast charging and then moving on with up to 133 passengers. That becomes reality with Geneva’s TOSA project. EPFL scientists developed a mathematical model to minimise infrastructure and costs of the TOSA e-bus system even further, to be able to integrate it into the Swiss city’s public transport system by 2017.
phys.org, youtube.com (video)
CARB dashboard online: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) published the results of a survey looking at who buys plug-in vehicles and why. For example, 70% of all 83,000 Californian EV buyers have taken advantage of the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP).
energycenter.org (dashboard), chargedevs.com
H2 centre in South Tyrol: Bolzano opened Italy’s first hydrogen centre at a location, where H2 is being produced from renewable sources. From July, the centre will be home to a rental station for ten Hyundai FCVs as part of the HyFive project.
alvolante.it (in Italian)
Outsourced EV rebates: Massachusetts turned to the Californian non-profit ‘Center for Sustainable Energy’ to manage its new ZEV incentive programme, worth two million dollars. The ‘Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles’ (MOR-EV) scheme will provide up to 2,500 dollars for the purchase or lease of electric cars.
ChargePoint, Gotland, Clean Energy Partnership.
Charging rises fast: ChargePoint billed five million charging sessions last month. Even more impressive is how fast the EV adoption rate is growing. It took the company four years to reach its first million, whereas it went from four to five million in only three months.
Swedish EV island: The ‘Elbislandet Gotland’ project aims to introduce 20 rental electric cars on the Swedish island of Gotland this summer. The fleet will consist of Nissan Leafs, Renault Twizys and VW E-Ups. The initiative is driven by Vattenfall, the Swedish Energy Agency and Solkompaniet.
Mapping German H2 stations: The German Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) published a map showing the locations of 35 planned hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany. These will complement the existing 15 H2 stations in the country. Germany aims to have 400 hydrogen sites by 2023.
hzwei.info (in German)
Newcastle, Gateshead, Blackpool, Scotland, Jeju, Tesla & Uber.
Free electric bike trial: In Newcastle and Gateshead, a new rental e-bike scheme is proving extremely popular. The project is part of the ‘Go Smarter’ campaign by the ‘Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority’ and aims to get employees of participating companies to switch their car for a pedelec.
Blackpool tests electric cab: Premier Cars has got the council licensing a Nissan Leaf as a taxi for a two-weeks trial. If the electric car proves suitable as a cab, the taxi company will look into buying up to six cars soon with more to follow in the future.
EVs for Scotland’s car clubs: Transport Scotland is giving one million pounds (1.7m dollars) to the Carplus charity. The money will be spend on purchasing about 40 EVs for Scottish car clubs and is supported by the ‘Developing Car Clubs in Scotland’ (DCCS) programme.
Subsidy lottery: To foster its goal of becoming an all zero emission vehicle island by 2030, the South Korean Jeju Island is holding draws for EV purchase subsidies. The latest lotterie saw 226 residents selected out of 1,654 hopeful applicants.
Tesla taxi for a day: Together, Uber and Tesla will be promoting electric cars in Shanghai this Wednesday for a day. When booking a cab with the taxi app, a few lucky costumers will be picked up in a Model S and offered a 15-minute test drive. To top it off, the journey will be free as well.
Hertz, Vienna, Minnesota, E-Bike region Stuttgart.
Hertz joins Zem2All: The rental car company has announced its cooperation with Spanish utility provider Endesa in Spain’s demonstration project Zem2All (Zero Emissions Mobility To All). Hertz will rent out the Nissan Leaf from its stations in Malaga and the city’s airport. The Zem2All initiative has rolled out 160 charge points and electric vehicles in Malaga with another 40 being in the pipeline.
Electric carsharing for Vienna: Porsche Holding Salzburg announced its plan to roll-out electric carsharing in the Austrian capital. Within the coming weeks, the company will make several VW E-UPs available to students taking part in the ‘Campus Carsharing’ project. By 2015, Europe’s biggest car dealer wants to extend the rental service to all Viennese.
krone.at (in German)
Discount during off-peak hours: Minnesota is the first state in the U.S. to make it compulsory for investor-owned utilities to offer customers discounted rates when charging their EV outside peak hours (4pm – 8pm). The energy companies have time until next year to adjust their tariffs.
E-Bike region Stuttgart: Five counties around the south-German city of Stuttgart have now put together a 400-kilometres track specifically designed for pedelecs. Along the signposted and rather hilly e-bike path, rental stations, workshops and charging stations can be found. The region is hoping to accommodate and attract for the ever-growing segment of electric bicycle travellers.
e-bike-region-stuttgart.de (website in German)
London, Leviton, Domestic chargepoint grant, Edmonton, Piracicaba.
E-taxis for London: The cab company eConnect Cars wants to move its customers using electricity only and has ordered 21 Nissan Leaf. Seven have already been handed over, the other 14 will arrive before the end of the year.
Big business for Leviton: The U.S. provider of charging technology has been chosen as the only supplier for a programme headed by the Department of General Services (DGS). Leviton will provide charging stations to local governmental authorities throughout California.
Still no home chargers in the UK: New electric car buyers in the UK are still waiting for home charging points, after the Domestic Chargepoint Grant was put on hold, due to suspected abuse of the subsidiary. But without a green light from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), suppliers will not be able to deliver and install any new chargers.
Putting BYD e-buses to the test: Canada’s Edmonton Transit System (ETS) is testing two new electric buses provided by BYD. Known as ETS Stealth buses, they will run on different routes and are free of charge for passengers. The Secretariat of Traffic and Transport in Brazil is also testing a BYD electric bus, a move that could save the transport authority up to 26,423 dollars in fuel per year.
automotive-business-review.com (Canada), automotive-business-review.com (Brazil)
Hydrogen-XT, ZAP, Albany, ClipperCreek.
Small is smart: Texan start-up Hydrogen-XT is rethinking hydrogen fuelling infrastructure and wants to offer small, inexpensive fuelling outlets that produce hydrogen from natural gas. The offering is complemented by an app that locates stations according to a customer’s need. Hydrogen-XT’s patent is pending.
EV conversion cooperation: Californian ZAP has entered a strategic partnership with Lishen. The Chinese will supply financing and batteries for the electrification of several thousand vehicles. Apparently, ZAP is in negotiation with a fleet operator willing to convert its entire fleet to EVs.
Charge and fly: Albany International Airport has opened six charging stations at their long-term parking lot. The charge points are part of New York’s ‘Charge NY’ initiative and will be free to use in the first two years.
Cheap charging station: ClipperCreek presents a Level 2, 240V EV charging station for 395 dollars. The LCS-20 is now available for immediate delivery and the first Level 2 electric vehicle charging station to stay below the 400-dollar-mark.
New York, California, BMW, Via Motors, Scotland.
New York charged: EV Connect has won a contract by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install more than 100 charging stations at 37 locations across the state. The contract is worth 1.5 million dollars and is part of New York’s strategy to erect 3,000 charging stations.
evconnect.com via chargedevs.com
New fuel cell buses: The SunLine Transit Agency of Thousand Palms, California, received two new fuel cell buses, now evolving the American Fuel Cell Bus (AFCB) configuration from 2011. The buses are powered with a drive from BAE Systems and fuel cell from Ballard.
The Ultimate Driving Experience: BMW will kick off a tour through the States to present the i3 among other vehicles by mid-June. It is set to start in Boston and will run for 74 days. Test drives are also available for teens at the BMW teen driving school – a programme to create awareness about the consequences of texting and driving.
Electric shuttle service: Via Motors is providing an electric shuttle service at a conference in Las Vegas with their electric van. The ‘eREV Shuttle’ will be charged from strategically located ClipperCreek stations and can thus operate basically 24 hours.
Scottish investment: The Scottish government has made three million pounds (5m dollars) of funding available for electric transport. Two millions will be used for the provision of charging infrastructure. The remaining money will go to Scottish auto clubs for the acquisition of up to 30 electric vehicles.
Smarter charging: BMW has introduced an app in the States that enables drivers to charge their electric vehicles at times when energy is the cheapest. The ‘Smart Charging App’ will first be supplied to the Electronauts but will be made available to all i3 and i8 drivers by 2015. The app is said to save users up to 400 dollars a year on their energy bills.
BMW, Tesla, PlugSurfing, Elros, New Jersey.
Electric BMW prove popular: The German car maker has sold more than 3,000 of its i3 in Europe, most of them in Germany, Norway and Great Britain. About 80% of the i3 customers are new to BMW while some have not even owned a car before. The BMW i8 however, finds his followers among firm BMW fans.
Tesla arrives in the UK: Last saturday, the first right-hand drive Model S were presented to the first customers in central London. The keys were handed over by Elon Musk personally, this time wearing suit and tie. UK prices for the Model S start at at 50,280 pounds (84,500 USD).
Surf, plug and pay: PlugSurfing has launched its new app of the same name. According to the start-up, in Germany RWE, EnBW, and Belectric are among the infrastructure providers that enabled PlugSurfing’s service which let users find a charger and pay via smartphone or RFID chip in a keyring.
Press info via email, plugsurfing.com
Automated e-bike rental: In the German city of Rostock, user can now rent a pedelec from a box. After registering online, a card is all you need. The project called ‘Elektromobilität in Rostock (Elros)’ is headed by the city’s tram provider (Rostocker Straßenbahngesellschaft RSAG) which supplied four automatic rental stations. In total, eight electric bicycles are ready to rent and half-hourly rates start at 1.05 euros. The system cost were 2.3 million euros (3.13m dollars) of which 1.8m were paid by the EU.
prignitzer.de, das-ist-rostock.de (both in German)
Tesla-bill approved: In New Jersey, legislation has made a u-turn as Bill A3216 passed Senate. It now allows “certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and requires them to operate service facilities.” In short: Tesla stores are coming to the Garden State.
China, Telefonix, UK, Tritium/SSE.
Making EVs a state matter? Apparently, the Chinese government wants take subsidy policies for cars with alternative drivetrains in its own hand, putting an end to specialty rules created at the local level. The announcement was made by the country’s Ministry for Industry and Technology (MIT), after sitting down with industry leaders to discuss how to spur market growth in the sector.
Rolling it up: The Telefonix ‘L1 PowerPost electric vehicle charging station’ is the first commercial charger featuring the company’s patented retractable cord reel technology. Two of these are currently installed at the Denver Airport and in Chicago. Telefonix had exhibited its technology at the International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference and Expo over the past days.
Alternative drives climb UK market ladder: As of the end of May, they hold a 1.8 market share, compared to 1.1 percent in May of last year. The biggest change could be seen in the sales of hybrid vehicles combining diesel and electric motors. Sales here rose 309.1% compared to the same month last year.
Australian-Chinese connection: Together, Australia’s Tritium and China’s SSE presented their Veefil Electric Vehicle Fast Charger at the InterSolar in Germany. The cost-efficient charger is easy to install and can give an EV an extra 50 miles (80.47 km) of range in just 10 minutes, says the company.
California, Freightliner, Fuji Electric, Charging Around the UK, Tesla.
Charge Ahead California Initiative: With this programme, the U.S. state is gearing up for one million zero-emission vehicles on Californian streets by the end of the decade. It secures funding for governmental rebates and incentives for EVs, making the technology available to middle- and lower income residents.
Daimler truck approved: The Freightliner M2 106 hybrid has been approved for the New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program, which is meant to reduce half of the incremental costs of technology for trucks and buses. The truck combines a diesel engine with a Eaton electric drive, lowering its fuel consumption and brake wear.
Quick Charger in Manhattan: The publicly accessible 25 kW DC quick charger was installed by Fuji Electric Corp. of America and can recharge an EV in about one hour. It is the first ChargePoint quick charger in the city. At the same time, EV connect announced that it received funding to deploy and manage more than 100 charging stations throughout the Big Apple.
Range is not a problem: Pod Points ‘Charging Around the UK’ is a 2,000 mile trip across the country in a Renault Zoe, leading through 15 towns and cities in 17 days. The goal is to showcase Britain’s charging infrastructure, as well as the capabilities of a modern electric vehicle.
Green energy incentive: German Model S drivers can pocket 250 euros (340 dollars) per year, if they power their Tesla as well as home with renewable energy. This is not a governmental incentive, but one the Californian carmaker will foot itself. Moreover, Tesla announced its cooperation with German SolarWorld, giving Tesla-owners discounts on solar carports.
focus.de (incentive, in German), pv-magazine.de (SolarWorld, in German)
Chariot, Cenex, Real Power, Car2go.
Ultra fast charging e-bus: Bulgarian capital Sofia is currently testing an electric bus designed by ‘Joint Ventures Chariot,’ which uses ultra-capacitors instead of batteries. While this means that the e-bus has to be recharged every 20 kilometres, charging only takes three to five minutes.
chariot-electricbus.com (press info)
Best practice: The Cenex (Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies) will hold a consultation for fleet managers at next week’s ‘Company Car in Action’ (CCIA) event, to inform them about the possibilities of introducing electric cars into their fleets. The ‘Electric Vehicle Surgery’ is said to be personalised and free of charge.
Powerful breakdown assistance: Indiana-based Real Power has developed an emergency fast-charger. Their Level 3 portable charger is built onto a Chevy truck, which has an on-board generator that develops enough power to recharge the battery of a Nissan Leaf in 20 minutes to 80 per cent via the DC quick charger. That could come in handy.
No more Car2go in the UK: Daimler’s carsharing service stopped operations in Great Britain, where it could be found in London and Birmingham. Reasons for the withdrawal are competition from other car clubs, as well as a strong British culture of car ownership.
Oslo, Denmark, BYD, Electric Vehicles InMotion, London.
Oslo Airport EV ready: Norway’s EV fever has now reached the capital’s airport. An increasing number of travellers reach the airport in electric vehicles, which is why it will triple the number of park and charge spaces. The first 74 outlets are already ready for operation, another 50 will follow in September.
osloairports.com (in Norwegian)
Denmark gets Supercharger: Tesla installed its first Supercharger station in Denmark. Four charge points are from now on available to Model S drivers in the city of Middelfart, not far from Odense.
BYD good to go: The Chinese company said its 12-metre electric bus has passed the U.S. government’s structural testing programme in Altoona, Pennsylvania. An 18-metre model will have to undergo the same testing procedure before it can be sold in the States.
Electric Vehicles InMotion: This is the name of a new programme offering firms in South Yorkshire, UK, the chance to lease electric cars. The scheme uses all available government grants to keep rates low. A Nissan Leaf can be leased from 212 pounds (355 dollars) a month, Renault’s entire Z.E range and the Zoe are available at similar prices.
Congestion charge to be raised: People driving into London’s centre with combustion engines will now have to pay 11.50 pounds per day (19.25 dollars), instead of the previously 10-pound daily fee (16.74 dollars). The new pricing will go into effect on June 16th, and is the first price increase since 2011.
Nippon Charge Service, ChargeBox, BMW, ZEV Action Plan, Wattmobile.
Nippon Charge Service: This a new company was jointly formed by Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi. It is designed to foster development of charging infrastructure in Japan and is financially backed by the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ). The new company will also introduce a universally-accepted charging card for customers of all four carmakers.
Fast-charger to go: The ‘ChargeBox’ by Swiss Designwerk promises charging at 22 kW almost everywhere. The box can be connected to Type 2 stations as well as regular industrial sockets and enables fast-charging via CCS and CHAdeMO. This convenience comes at a price however, as the ChargeBox starts at 15,000 Euro (20,000 dollars) or 16,500 Euro for the multi-connector version.
BMW’s efforts in China go further: The German carmaker announced that it and the State Grid Shanghai Electric Vehicle Co. will install 50 charging stations in Shanghai. The first CCS stations will stand near the former site of the 2010 Shanghai Expo and will provide charging service for BMW and other brands of electric cars.
Roadmap for ZEVs in the USA: The ‘Multi-State ZEV Action Plan’ will see eight states (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont) try to put 3.3 million Zero-Emission-Vehicles on their streets within the next eleven years. The focus is on three key areas – building the market, improve tracking and provide standards, as well as improve the experience of existing EV owners.
electriccarsreport.com, nescaum.org (download action plan as pdf)
French e-carsharing competition: Bolloré will soon have a competitor on its domestic market. Wattmobile is set to start its electric carsharing service by June 19th, at train stations in Paris, Lille, Marseille and Lyon. Overall, the company plans to operate 20 stations in 15 cities, with six to be set up in the French capital.
Hamburg, Toyota, Hertz.
Plug-in buses for Hamburg: Public transport provider Hamburger Hochbahn and Volvo have signed an agreement for the delivery of three plug-in diesel-electric hybrid buses with an all-electric range of about 10 kilometres. The charging infrastructure and technology will come from Siemens.
Hydrogen infrastructure: Toyota will help local authorities in Japan and the U.S. with the development of infrastructure for hydrogen filling stations to speed up the adoption of fuel-cell cars. Next year, Toyota will introduce trailer stations that can be moved to different locations and serve as temporary filling stations.
Hertz offers Chevy Spark: At Hertz car rental locations at the LA and San Francisco airports, as well as throughout the Golden State, drivers can now rent the .Chevy Spark. The EV was named the most efficient electriv vehicle in the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide released by the EPA and Energy Department.
Renault, BlueIndy, Hamburg.
Renault Kangoo Z.E. Down Under: The all-electric van from Renault has arrived in Australian. As part of a one-year trial, the Australia Post will put a total of four Kangoo Maxi Z.E. into service at its locations in Melbourne and Sydney.
BlueIndy test: John Voelcker got a taste of Indianapolis’ upcoming electric carsharing service when driving the BlueIndy by French Bolloré. With him was Herve Muller, VP of BlueSolutions, which will operate the system when it starts this December.
Twizy for a day: Together with parking company Q-Park, start-up Erfahre just opened new rental business in Hamburg, Germany. Located at Q-Parks’s XXL parking garage, customers can simply leave their gas-guzzlers behind and choose from a variety of electric and cargo bikes, as well as the all-electric Renault Twizy to explore the city.
abendblatt.de, dmm.travel (both in German)
UK, China, ChargePoint, HOV lanes.
Charge point incentive pending: The ‘Domestic Chargepoint Grant Scheme,’ under which home owners in the UK could receive up to 1,000 pounds for the installation of a home charger is on hold. Allegations of abuse through dubious installation providers now led to the programme pending “ministerial review.”
EV Sales in China: 2014 might be a good year for EVs in China, as 7,209 EVs were sold in the first quarter. That is almost half of the overall sales of last year (17,642). So far, the BYD Qin PHEV has proven the most popular choice with 3,294 units. Chery’s QQ3 EV came second best (1,600) followed by the BYD e6 (881).
ChargePoint exits EZ-Charge: Just before its launch, Nissan has lost one of its charging partners. ChargePoint dropped out of the EZ-Charge project, designed to give Leaf drivers access to multiple charging networks when it learned that its competitor NRG will be managing the programme.
greencarreports.com via chargedevs.com
No HOV for hybrids? An amendment to a highway-spending bill would forbid states to allow hybrids with only on driver on HOV lanes. Existing programmes could be continued though and also, plug-in hybrids, extended-range plug-in vehicles and electric vehicles are exempt from the new regulation.
Ecotricity, Tesla, My Electric Avenue, CarCharging, ClipperCreek, TNM.
UK lawsuit against Tesla: Ecotricity has accused Tesla of a “smash and grab” tactic with regards to the ‘Electric Highway’ the utility provider has erected along Britain’s motorways. According to Ecotricity, it has helped Tesla to design its UK Supercharger network but is now being threatened by the company in an attempt to take over. Tesla refused to comment as the lawsuit at the High Court is now pending.
Superchargers in Down Under: Meanwhile, Tesla confirmed plans for a Supercharger network in Australia but not before early 2015, Tesla CTO JB Straubel said in a blog post. Superchargers in Down Under will use the same connector as European Model S.
valuewalk.com, teslamotorsclub.com (Tesla blog)
My Electric Avenue expanded: The British ‘My Electric Avenue’ project now includes two business fleets. Slough Borough Council in Berkshire and Your Homes in Newcastle both will lease Nissan Leafs for the next 18 month for selected employees to use and will also install charge points at their business premises.
CarCharging to integrate Nissan stations: The charging provider has teamed up with Gridscape Solutions to develop a software, which will integrate Nissan’s DC Fast Chargers with the Blink Network. In an effort to expand consumer awareness of the electric car market, CarCharging and Nissan initially deployed 48 Nissan-branded quick chargers.
Smart grid enabled charger: ClipperCreek launched its ETL listed utility smart-grid connected charging station, the CS-40-SG2. It has been developed jointly with Itron and includes an embedded revenue grade sub-meter and a variety of smart grid communications options.
The future of parking: The New Motion (TNM) teamed up with Swiss start-up ‘parku’ to ease access to park and charging opportunities for EV drivers. TNM offers about 12,000 parking spaces for EVs which will now be available to book through the parku app. The app furthers enables payment and access to car parks.
dmm.travel (in German)
Google/GM, California, Arizona, New Orleans, El Hierro.
Electric ride-sharing: GM turned to Google to set them up with a ride-sharing at the internet giant’s HQ in Mountain View, California. The programme includes 30 Chevy Spark EV which Google employees can lend to go to meetings or even to drive home with. GM hopes to gain insights with what it calls his “learning pilot.”
EV incentives for all: In an updated proposal found by Silicon Beat, it looks like the California Air Resources Board (CARB) renounced its plan to exempt EVs that costs more than 60,000 dollars from its incentives (we reported). This means all future Tesla buyers can take a deep breath and apply for their 2,500-dollar rebate.
siliconbeat.com via green.autoblog.com
Two premieres in two states: The Arizona Office of Tourism has now issued the state’s first ‘Electric Vehicle Travel Guide’ designed to provide locations of all charging stations and combining them with sightseeing opportunities in the state. Meanwhile, Nissan opened a public charging station in New Orleans, the first of its kind in the city.
hybridcars.com (Arizona), greencarreports.com (New Orleans)
Clean energy island: Canary Island El Hierro wants to still all is energy demand autonomously and from renewable sources by the end of the year. Furthermore, all 6,000 vehicles currently on the island will be electrified by 2020, allegedly with the help of Renault-Nissan.
expatica.com, green.wiwo.de (in German)
BlueIndy, ABB, Tesla, BMW/CarCharging.
BlueIndy introduced: Indianapolis’ new carsharing initiative was presented to the press and public last weekend. The electric carsharing system by French Bolloré Group will become the biggest in the USA with 500 EVs, 1,000 charging stations and 200 service stations to be implemented within the next eight months.
ABB in China: The Swiss company plans to invest more than two billion dollars into the Chinese market within the next ten years. Apart from energy projects in about 100 cities and the set-up of the ABB industry center, some of the money will go into charging infrastructure. The latter is connected to ABB’s cooperation with Denza for which it produces DC wallboxes (we reported).
British Superchargers to arrive: Tesla announced its plans to place Supercharger stations along an “electric highway” stretching from Dover and Bristol to the M25, and north along the M1 motorway. British Model S drivers will thus be able to cross the whole island with just one break.
BMW to cooperate with CarCharging: Infrastructure provider CarCharging will inform BMW i drivers about all Blink charging station locations in the U.S. through BMW’s ConnectedDrive in-vehicle navigation system and the BMW i Remote app. It will also provide real-time infos on the use status.
California, Volvo, Route Monkey, Formula Student.
New money for new energy: The California Energy Commission has approved funding for infrastructure projects. 3.5 million dollars will be spent on 181 new charging stations, 1.2m for operating and servicing fuel cell stations and another 2.3m are reserved for V2G demonstration projects.
Hybrid buses for Sweden: Volvo Buses has received an order for twelve of its Volvo 7900 Hybrids from Bergkvarabuss, a privately owned transit bus operator in Sweden. The buses are destined to serve in the city of Karlskrona from September this year.
Info via email
Forecasting residual value: British Route Monkey is working with Teesside University and Urban Foresight on a project to help EV fleet managers to determine residual EV value by establishing a protocol for the sharing of vehicle and manufacturers’ battery chemistry data to better predict the battery lifetime.
Team Amperas: Opel has granted all four of its sponsored teams in the Formula Student an Ampera, otherwise known as Volt. The range-extended EVs will be at the students’ service for the whole season.
Texas, H2FIRST, Electric Highway, New Zealand.
Texas embracing EVs: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will pay up to 7.7 million dollars in financial incentives for electric cars. Also plug-in hybrids are eligible for the incentive of up to 2,500 dollars. Applications will be taken until June 2015.
H2 fuelling: A new project led by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories will work in support of H2USA. The ‘Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology’ (H2FIRST) project aims at facilitating the construction of more H2 fuelling station as well as improving the fuelling experience.
Half a million electric miles: British drivers travelled more than 500,000 miles on the Electric Highway over the last twelve months, says Ecotricity. The utility provider that erected the charging stations along British motorways is expecting a further increase of users in the future.
Every 5th Kiwi fond of EVs: A survey by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, found 20% of those questioned and willing to buy a car within the next five years would choose electric. However, high prices, limited range and rare infrastructure still stand in the way of potential EV sales.
E Valuation, Luxembourg, Mitsubishi, Honda, eMOTION Zürich.
E Valuation is the telling name of a new tool for fleet managers thinking about introducing EVs into their car pool. For this second, simplified version Alphabet teamed up with route planning specialist Route Monkey. The new E Valuation is designed to analyse smaller parts of a fleet and points out where EVs could replace existing vehicles cost-effectively.
Luxembourg to be loaded: A new government initiative calls for 40,000 electric cars in the grand duchy by 2020 and is thus investing in charging infrastructure. 750 to 800 charging stations will be erected by Creos. At the stations, customers will be able to choose which utility provider they’d like to charge their EV with.
tageblatt.lu (in German)
Competitive pricing: The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, due to arrive on British shores later this month, will be available to rent for 219 pounds a month. Retail and business customers can further choose the 6.9% APR Finance option which results in monthly installments of 436 GBP for the 28,304-pounds car.
Fuel for humans: In a new promotional effort for its FCX Clarity, Honda gave out bottled water branded as H2O in Japan. While the water was not the original exhaust of its fuel cell model, it is anyway doubtful if water in plastic bottles is an appropriate tool to demonstrate ones green endeavours.
green.autoblog.com (with video)
Electric carsharing in Switzerland: Migros subsidy m-way started ‘eMOTION Zürich.’ The 16 project participants will share their electric vehicles when not in use online via the sharoo platform. Ten Renault Zoe, two Renault Kangoo Z.E., four Smart ED and one VW e-Up will be available for the next twelve months.
m-way.ch (in German)
California, Hino Trucks, GreenWay, One Tonne Life.
Update on investments: The California Energy Commission has published its “2014‐2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.” 20 million dollars are reserved for H2 stations, another 15m for EV charging infrastructure and 5m for buying incentives.
greencarcongress.com, energy.ca.gov (the plan)
Low carbon commercial fleet: Two of Hino Trucks’s diesel electric cab-over trucks have been selected for the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP). The programme offers 19 million dollars in incentives to lower the emissions of medium to heavy duty commercial fleets in New York.
Slovakian quick charging network: GreenWay, known for its battery swapping in Bratislava (we reported), set up 15 CHAdeMO sites throughout Slovakia. The DC stations allow for west-to-east cross-country journeys and access will be given to GreenWay customers as part of their Easy Electric lease agreement.
Carbon reduction for real-real: In 2011, Volvo, A-hus and Vattenfall concluded the ‘One Tonne Life’ project in which a family was able to reduce its carbon emissions by 80%. Now, another family, the Jogensjös, has moved into the efficient house to live the low-carb lifestyle. The electric Volvo C30 has been replaced by a Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.
onetonnelife.com (with video)
Clean City Alliance, Vienna, Tusker, California.
Opportunity charging: The Clean City Alliance (CCA) has just been launched by the Schunk Group, Heliox and Alliander Mobility Services. It is set to speed up the electrification of public transport by replacing diesel with electric buses and investing into fast charging infrastructure. CAC will further work with public transport authorities as well as manufacturers in all of Europe.
Smart city of Vienna: The mayor of the Austrian capital presented the Smart City Wien framework. If confirmed by the municipal council in June, the plan could help to halve the number of cars on Vienna’s streets by 2030. By 2050, only vehicles with alternative drives would be allowed to enter the inner city.
Link (in German), smartcity.wien.at (the initiative’s website
Leading by example: All top executives of British Tusker are now driving electrically. Three of four directors chose the BMW i3, one a Nissan Leaf. The company also installed four charging points at its new office in Hertfordshire.
A new H2 station opened in southern California: The latest addition to the cluster stands at California State University’s Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, which is not too far from Los Angeles. Nine out of a total of eleven H2 stations are clustered in the south of the Sunshine State.
German fast-charging route, ChargePoint, e-clearing.net, Spain.
Let’s go: Tomorrow, the fast-charging route along the German Autobahn A9 will be opened. Eight fast charging stations are dotted along the 430 kilometres between Munich (Bavaria) and Leipzig (Saxony). The so-called Schnellladeachse (quick-charging axis) is part of the shared Schaufenster project of the German neighbouring states of Bavaria and Saxony. Participating partners are BMW, Siemens and E.ON.
elektromobilitaet-verbindet.de (in German)
ChargePoint funding: Charging network provider ChargePoint raised 22.6 million dollars in venture capital, including an investment from BMW. The startup is still looking for another 4.4m dollars in the current financing round. The money will be used to expand its sales force and to move into residential charging stations.
New roaming platform: A new roaming initiative by Smartlab (Germany), elaad (Netherlands) and Blue Corner (Belgium) called e-clearing.net has already found partners, namely E.ON, Vattenfall, T-Systems and Mitsubishi. Also, the Austrian Verbund AG is thinking about joining the platform, Smartlab says.
elektroniknet.de (in German), e-clearing.net (platform)
EV sales in Spain: A rather unimpressive 64 EVs were sold in April in Spain bringing down the EV share to 0.07% from last years’ 0.16%. Almost half of all sales went to Nissan (29 Leafs) followed by ten BMW i3 and six Renault Twizy. Come on, amigos, you can do better…
BYD, Tesla, Leaseplan, UPS.
Record-setting EV order: The Chinese city of Hangzhou has ordered 2,000 all-electric buses and 1,000 electric taxis from BYD – one of the world’s largest all-electric fleets ordered to date. By making special arrangements, BYD will be able to already deliver 1,000 buses and 500 taxis by the end of 2014.
Swiss service centre: Tesla opened a new service centre and showroom in Möhlin, Switzerland, on Friday. The 1,000 sq-metre facility will serve Tesla drivers in the Basel region. It is Tesla’s fifth site in the alpine country (after Geneva, St. Gallen, Winterthur and Zurich), and more locations are to follow this year.
aargauerzeitung.ch (in German)
Trial lease: Fleet management company Leaseplan now offers its clients the Nissan Leaf for a three-month trial period, to let them find out if the car is suitable for their business operations. In return, trial users are asked to give feedback. In total, Leaseplan customers have 150 electric cars in their fleets.
UPS electric in the Netherlands: A total of four UPS delivery vans have been converted by German EFA-S (Elektro Fahrzeuge Schwaben GmbH) and are now in service in Rotterdam. In October 2013, six of the P80-E had already been put in service in Amsterdam.
Nissan, DriveNow, Car2go, Malaysia, Eurabus.
Nissan Leaf success story: In one year, C&C Taxis from St. Austell, UK, logged no less than 150,000 miles with their five Nissan Leafs. On average, each car is able to make 40 runs per day, thanks to the company’s own DC quick charger – the only one in Cornwall. Compared to the previous diesel taxis, the company has saved 40,000 pounds (68,000 dollars) on fuel bills.
DriveNow takes the streets of San Fransisco: BMW’s carsharing service offer street parking in selected neighbourhoods across the Californian city, starting in the Mission District. It will also add another 80 all-electric ActiveE vehicles to its fleet there. DriveNow members can even vote on names for the newcomers.
Car2go Italy: As of May 14th, Car2go will be available in another Italian city – Florence. So far, the Daimler carsharing service operates in Milan and Rome and with its new addition has conquered a total of 27 cities worldwide. However, Amsterdam, San Diego and Stuttgart remain the only cities with electric Car2gos.
auto.it (in Italian)
EV carsharing in Malaysia: Starting in August, the joint venture between CMS Consortium Sdn Bhd (Comos), Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) will offer the country’s first EV carsharing programme. The service will start in Klang Valley with about 40 cars of the type Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe.
Electric Eurabus: Public transport operator KViP from Pinnerberg, Germany, just leased the latest model of the Eurabus 2.0-300. The 12-metre electric bus from Chinese manufacturer Tewoo has been modified by Berlin-based Eurabus GmbH to meet European specifications. The bus’ battery has a capacity of 314 kWh, enabling a range of more than 250 kilometres when in service.
prignitzer-leasing.de (in German)
Hyundai, Van Hool, SemaConnect.
Hyundai for European Parliament: For the third consecutive year, the European Commission-backed Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) has chosen the ix35 FCV as a demonstrator. It will be driven by Members of the European Parliament and other EU officials.
Van Hool H2 bus: RVK is the first public transport operator in Germany to use Van Hool’s A330 FC fuel-cell buses. The 150 kW fuel-cell together with a Li-ion buffer battery powers two electric motors with 85 kW each. Two of these prototypes will be put in regular service on routes in the cities of Hürth and Brühl.
newstix.de (in German)
Chargers for Connecticut: SemaConnect secured a contract to supply its EV charging stations to the town of Bethel. The new level-2 stations will help extend the state’s current network, with 50 of Connecticut’s 169 communities already offering electric vehicle charging.
Schneider Electric/ChargePoint, Madrid, Tuk Tuk Factory, Italy.
EVlink charging stations by Schneider Electric are cloud-enabled and can be integrated into the ChargePoint network. The new stations come either for wall or pedestal installation and feature the SAE J1772 connector (Type 1).
Smart parking metres: The city of Madrid is installing smart parking metres that will charge drivers differently depending on their type of car and the current local parking demand. Hybrid cars will receive a 20% rebate on the standard rates, whereas electric cars park for free.
E-Tuk goes USA: Amsterdam-based The Tuk Tuk Factory has secured a deal with e-Tuk USA, which now is the official E-Tuk distributor for the US. The first three vehicles have reached Denver and are currently in the process of gaining certification from the US Department of Transportation.
Made in Italy: Bicycles from Italy prove to be very popular among buyers in Europe. General export figures increased by 39% in 2013 compared to 2012. Because of anti-dumping duties on China-made bikes, the numbers on E-bike exports were able to rise by 12%.