Nissan, BMW, Tesla, Go & See Tour.
Nissan sold 124,000 Leafs worldwide so far and expects EV sales to take ten percent of its total sales by 2020. In general, the Japanese carmaker’s sales rose by 6% globally, carried along substantially by China and the USA in the first quarter of this year.
BMW charging in the USA: Californian drivers of the i3 can now charge their EV for free at NRG eVgo chargers through 2015. There are currently 50 DC chargers in the Golden State but BMW hopes to grow this number to a 100 by the end of next year. It has also developed its own DC charger together with Bosch. The compact box can be mounted to a wall, charges with 24 kW and costs 6,548 dollars.
chargedevs.com, greencarreports.com (Wallbox)
Tesla Taxi in Quebec: Christian Roy from Quebec, Canada, claims to be the first taxi driver in North America who uses a Model S for his services. His biggest problem is the lack of charging stations which forces him to charge his car at home.
Go & See Tour: A team of employees from German utility provider RWE travelled 3,471 kilometres in a Tesla Model S and blogged about their experiences. They visited several new-energy projects along their route through the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain.
GM, Tesla, Pennsylvania, Piedmont Triad, Wright State University.
The ‘MBAs across America’ programme will receive twelve Chevy Volt, all sponsored by GM. The EVs will be driven by MBA students from Babson, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Uni. of California Berkeley and Uni. of Michigan. The non-profit organisation will offer free counselling to small businesses in 25 U.S. cities this summer.
154 Superchargers worldwide: Tesla is widening its network of Superchargers. China now has nine installed in urban hotspots like Shanghai or Beijing. In the U.S., Model S drivers can quick charge at 103 locations while Europe got 42 Superchargers in different countries.
EV rebates extended: Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has prolonged its alternative fuel vehicle rebate programme. The 2,000-dollar incentive will now be granted for 500 additional plug-in hybrids and EVs, or run out at the end of this year.
Long-stay chargers: Piedmont Triad International Airport, North Carolina, is ready to install eight charging stations. The EV chargers are set to go into operation by August and will be free of charge though standard parking fees apply. Depending on demand, the airport authority might install more charging stations at a later date.
EV encouragement: Wright State University is setting up four charging stations at their campus. The installation has been initiated by a retired professor of automotive technology who donated 10,000 dollars while the rest of the cost is being shouldered by Dayton Power and Light.
California, Utility fleets, Caesar's Entertainment, Haibike.
50m for infrastructure: The California Energy Commission has approved 46.6 million dollars in grants for H2 refuelling and 2.8 millions for EV charging projects which had been pre-selected in April and May. The money will be used to erect 28 H2 stations and 175 EV chargers all over the sunshine state.
Energy companies could foster EVs: The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is encouraging utility providers to spend at least 5% of its annual fleet budget on plug-in electric vehicles to accelerate EV uptake. Currently, only 1.7% of their fleets are electrified, the EEI’s White Paper states.
greencarcongress.com, eei.org (White Paper)
Plug & Play: Caesar’s Entertainment Corp. installed 48 charging stations at 13 Caesars’ resorts and casinos together with NV Energy. Guests in Northern and Southern Nevada can now charge their EVs for free, as well as guests of the Harrah’s Resort in Southern California. The gaming company plans to expand its charging network further.
Haibikes in India: Winora has found a distributor for its performance bike brand in India. Suncross Bikes, which is already selling three other brands of Accell Group to which Winora belongs, thinks it will be able to sell 15,000 to 20,000 Haibike mountainbikes annually on the Indian market.
Solaris, Macy's, Tacoma, No Charge to Charge, Open Charge Alliance.
New fuel cell buses for Hamburg: Public service operator Hochbahn ordered two Urbino articulated electric buses from Solaris. These will be especially equipped with a fuel cell range extender to offer about 250 kilometres of range. Hochbahn already has four Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCell in service and is steadily expanding its fleet with diesel-hybrid and plug-in hybrid buses from Volvo.
nahverkehrhamburg.de, newstix.de (both in German)
Charging at Macy’s: Volta Industries will install new free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations at 17 of the retailer’s location in the Los Angeles area by this autumn. This brings the total number of charging stations at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s in California to 33.
Charge points by law: From August 10th, new commercial building projects in Tacoma, Washington, will be required to install EV charging stations at 1 to 3% of their parking spaces. Even though requirements won’t apply to residential projects, the City Council recommends to reserve 50% of spaces there.
No Charge to Charge in LA: Nissan added the Los Angeles market to its free charging programme. Buyers of the Nissan Leaf in LA will now receive the EZ-Charge card, giving them access to various charging networks and letting them use most of the stations for free in the first two years.
Open Charge Alliance growing: After implementing Open Charge Point Protocol already last year, German utility provider RWE now also joins the Open Charge Alliance. With 3,200 charge points in several countries, RWE is seen as an “especially valuable addition” to the consortium.
UK, DG Cars, New Jersey, South Sioux City, BMW.
Home chargers not free anymore: The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has reduced its grant by a 100 pounds from former 1,000, causing British Gas to now install EV home charging stations for a charge of 115 pounds. Renault UK announced however, that its 7-kW wallbox will remain free of charge, even though it is installed by British Gas.
Electric cabs for England: It seems as Nottingham is ahead of London as local taxi company DG Cars adds six Nissan Leafs to its fleet. In total, the firm is running with 650 cars and plans to add more EVs over time depending on customer reactions and actual savings.
Free charging points for companies is utility provider Public Service Electric & Gas giving away in a programme in New Jersey. Its pilot project is designed to encourage companies to erect charging stations at the workplace. In two years, up to 150 units are set to be installed with no cost for the employer.
Nebraska on charge: South Sioux City already has a Leaf in its fleet and is about to add three more with the help of a government grant. The then four electric cars will have to share the only two public charging stations in the city: one at the Billion Auto dealership, the other at the Hy Vee supermarket.
siouxlandmatters.com (EVs), siouxlandmatters.com (stations)
The BMW i3 REx is to be exempt from New Jersey’s usual automotive sales tax. The decision comes last-minute, as before the electric BMW was to be taxed because of its on-board petrol engine. Some dealerships in the state had offered discounts effectively taking out the tax before the law changed.
transportevolved.com, state.nj.us (list of cars exempted from tax in New Jersey)
Malaysia, Paris, Sky Electrical, Tesla Motors Club.
Malaysians to travel electrically: A private initiative is bearing fruits with the public transport provider of Malakka, Malaysia, having successfully tested an e-bus by BYD. Now, RapidBus plans to lease five buses from BYD and another 15 next year. Furthermore, electric car sharing initiatives are set to pop up in Klang Valley with Renault Zoes while Langkawi will share Twizys.
E-truck for fragrances: Speed Distribution Logistique started a test of Renault’s fully electric Truck D in Paris. In the next two years, the 16-tonne vehicle will collect products at the facility of renown perfumer Guerlain about 200 kilometres from Paris and deliver them smell-free to stores in the French capital.
Electricians electrified: Sky Electrical from Twickenham has added the Smart Fortwo electric drive in its fleet. The branded Smart ED is now used to carry electricians to their assignments all across London and its surrounding areas.
Truly Tesla: Members of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) will travel from all over America to attend the annual ‘TMC Connect’ meeting in California. One group (@TeslaRoadTrip) even gathered beforehand to go ‘Supercharging Across America’ together and documented their pilgrimage.
teslamotorsclub.com via cleantechnica.com
DoE, Nissan, Copenhagen, Alpiq E-Mobility.
Alternative fuels funding: The U.S. Department of Energy will grant 4.5 million dollars to innovative projects designed to increase the acceptance of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). Hydrogen and electric vehicles will have to share with natural gas and other fuel types while approaches addressing safety as well as training for first responders are eligible for funding.
Nissan meets Manchester City: The carmaker has signed a 5-year sponsorship agreement for the British football team’s portfolio of clubs which includes the Japanese F Marinos already sponsored by Nissan. For about 20 million pounds, the company’s logo will now also be seen on the back of Manchester City’s women team and Leafs be used at Man City’s training academy.
Copenhagen by e-bike: The BBC’s Lara Lewington tried the Danish capital’s public pedelec sharing for the Click technology show. The rental e-bikes, which can be booked via smartphone, come with an in-built tablet to help the user navigate via GPS and to find the next docking station.
bbc.co.uk (with video)
Alpiq to serve Volvo: Alpiq E-Mobility has installed a Mennekes charging station at Volvo’s Swiss headquarter in Zurich and will supply other Swiss branches of the carmaker. The cooperation includes the deployment of Mennekes’ home chargers to Swiss buyers of the Volvo V60 plug-in.
alpiq-intec.ch (in German)
UK, San Francisco, Berlin, Switzerland, China.
Leading by example: The British government is making use of its own 5-million pound ‘ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) readiness’ programme for the electrification of government fleets. From autumn this year, about 300 electric cars and plug-in hybrids, including vans, as well as infrastructure will be acquired.
gov.uk, businessgreen.com, smmt.co.uk
Charge & Fly: San Francisco International Airport has asked Greenlots to install four 480-volt quick charging stations. These will be the first DC fast chargers using the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) at the airport and are funded by the California Energy Commission.
Fully electric supply chain: In Berlin, the biggest electric truck approved for road use to date has made its maiden voyage. It is part of the “Schaufenster” project KV-E-Chain that strives to transport goods electrically over long distances. Containers are brought by train from Western Germany to Berlin’s Westhafen port before then being distributed further by EVs like the electric truck.
morgenpost.de (in German), emo-berlin.de (KV-E-Chain project page)
Swiss charging confederation: Abonax, distributor of charging stations and Groupe E agreed to cooperate to expand the Swiss charging network Move. Abonax will integrate its charging stations into Groupe E’s move network which currently entails 64 charging stations in twelve cantons. Move members can charge via membership card or smartphone while non-members can pay via sms.
tagblatt.ch (in German)
DIY electric highway: Chinese When Zong built his own network of Tesla charging stations from Beijing to Guangzhou for 730,000 yuan (117,700 dollars). The Model S owner was tired of waiting for the Californians to cover the 3,570-mile stretch but had to resort to slow chargers on private grounds.
Shanghai, Sri Lanka, Proterra, Texas.
Shanghai electrified: The Chinese metropolis plans to erect 1,800 charging stations by the end of the year and has another 2,400 in the pipeline for late 2015. The uptake of EVs in the city with 23 million inhabitants has doubled (from 581 in 2013) in the first half of 2014.
Sri Lanka is to build 40 charging spots next to supermarkets by August. More are to follow. The chargers will serve the Mahindra E20, which is now offered in Sri Lanka (we reported). The country hopes to quickly increase the number of EVs from currently 100.
Proterra launches 2nd generation: The company just sealed its first sale of its updated electric bus to its long-standing customer Foothill Transit in California. To acquire new sales, Proterra has went on an U.S. tour, promoting its offering to transportation officials.
greencarcongress.com (sale in California), timesunion.com, albany.twcnews.com (tour stop in Albany)
Switching pays: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is to give 7.7 million dollars to individuals, businesses, governmental organisations and schools willing to exchange their old diesel vehicles with new alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. Grants may cover up to 80% of the purchase cost.
Helsinki, Luxembourg, Uruguay, Rungis.
Helsinki takes car sharing a step further and might make car ownership redundant by 2025. Its new concept for “Mobility on Demand” is taking into account all forms of transport and integrates them in a single payment system. However, this is very much future talk while their ‘Kutsuplus’ minibus can already be ordered via smartphone and personally scheduled.
Luxembourg plans carsharing: The scheme is set to start in the capital by 2015 and will receive 1.5 million euros by the City of Luxembourg in the first ten years of its existence. For the start, only 15 (“low emission,” not fully electric) cars will be deployed by the newly founded Carsharing SA, which the city owns by 97% while partners Cambio and ACL get a 1% share each.
Renault goes Uruguay: The French company has just delivered 30 Kangoo Z.E. to the state-owned utility provider UTE. They will be used in the capital Montevideo and elsewhere in the country, which already gets 84% of its energy from renewable sources.
Rungis to be electrified: SEMMARIS, that manages Rungis International Market in Paris, added seven Renault Zoes to its fleet. The partnership with the French carmaker is aimed at the 1,200 market sellers and their 25,000 customers. Together with the City of Paris, several charging stations are set to be erected at the market.
Linde, Cologne, Gujarat, Canada, Mitsubishi UK.
Austrian H2 pumps: Linde has started a small-series production of hydrogen fuelling stations which feature their energy-efficient ionic compressor IC90. The facility in Vienna will make 50 units per year. 28 of these H2 stations have already been sold to the Iwatani Corporation with the first put in service in Japan.
Cologne to get e-bus: Cologne’s public transport (KVB) acquired eight electric buses by VDL Bus & Coach. The 18-metre bendy buses are set to be delivered in the second half of 2015. The government of North Rhine-Westphalia will help finance the six million-euro project. KVB is one of the first companies in Germany to employ battery-electric articulated buses.
newstix.de (in German)
Gujarat to get electric bus: The government of the Indian state plans to electrify public transport service between the state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. State-owned Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) is now looking for private investors to be able to purchase between 15 and 40 electric mini buses as well as charging infrastructure.
The first Canadian Supercharger stands in Squamish, BC and has just been opened. Tesla identified “Priority Routes” in Western and Eastern Canada, connecting major cities like Toronto and Montreal or Vancouver and Whistler, and hopes to begin construction in Toronto this month already.
Electric car specialists: More than half (60%) of Mitsubishi dealers in the UK have signed up to become a ‘company car specialists’ targeting business customers. The scheme’s importance has been increased by the arrival of the Outlander PHEV and training includes sessions on tax benefits.
Fuso, Nissan, ChargePoint, Scandlines, Tesla.
Electric lorry on trial: Fuso, Daimler’s subsidiary in Japan, is also responsible for the Canter E-Cell, which is built at Tramagal plant in Portugal. Now, eight evaluation vehicles were given to Portuguese customers to test the lorries under real-life conditions.
Nissan’s No Charge to Charge Programme has ChargePoint back in the game, reports ChargedEvs. That is because the EZ-Charge card will also grant access to charge points not included in Nissan’s two-years free-charging scheme – with a charge for a charge.
The hybrid ferries from Scandlines could soon be followed by fully-electric ones. After the carrier had been granted 2.3 million euros from the European Union for their conversion of two ferries to hybrid drivetrains. Scandlines’ CEO Søren Poulsgaard Jensen is considering the electrification of one vessel of its Helsingør-Helsingborg route.
fehmarn24.de, 02elf.net (both in German)
Tesla supports Tesla museum: The latter refers to the pioneering researcher of alternating currents, Nikola Tesla. His workplace will be turned into a museum with funds from an Oatmeal online campaign. In another cartoon, the company then asked Elon Musk to get involved. Mission accomplished – Tesla (the carmaker) will pay one million dollars and donate a Supercharger to the museum.
theoatmeal.com via greencarreports.com
Volkswagen, Honda, Nissan, Renault, Bolloré.
VW is preparing for the USA: Volkswagen is cooperating with Bosch and ChargePoint in the American market. Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will take over installation and supply of home chargers for e-Golf drivers who will also get access to ChargePoint’s network and app.
New energy home opens up: After receiving great interest in its Californian ‘Honda Smart Home,’ the carmaker is taking the project open source. On the project’s homepage, various building plans can now be downloaded (in PDF and CAD format) free of charge.
earthtechling.com, forbes.com, hondasmarthome.com
EVs enter fleets in UK and Italy: Oldham Council is taking seven Nissan Leafs into service across the borough. They will be shared with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police. Meanwhile, Turin-based carsharing provider IoGuido is bringing six Fiat 500e home to Italy.
fleetnews.co.uk (UK), insideevs.com (Italy)
Renault’s Zoe finished 2,500 kilometres through the UK without any mayor problems. The ‘Charging around the UK’ tour, organised by Pod Point and sponsored by the French manufacturer, went to 15 British towns in 17 days in June. Starting in London, the Zoe travelled as far north as Scotland while using 72 charging stations.
Boris Cars à la French: In the run-up to the introduction of the BlueCar electric car sharing in London next year as ‘Source London,’ the Guardian’s Paris correspondent Jon Henley took a closer look at Bolloré’s offering. Apart from his own, reassuring experience (“That’s my car”) he also takes into account history and other user experiences. Promising!
San Francisco, Gas stations, Scandlines, Corvus Energy, Veefil.
Centralised EV order: Ten San Francisco Bay Area local governments have jointly ordered 90 electric cars to be used in their fleet. This deployment is facilitated by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). The latter funded the purchase with 2.8 million dollars.
Regular, premium or hydrogen? A study by Sandia National Laboratories took a look at existing gas stations in California to see which could safely store and dispense hydrogen. From 70 examined stations, the researchers found 14 could already become H2 stations, while 17 could be converted rather easily.
Hybrid ferry fleet Together, Corvus Energy and Scandlines operate what they say is the biggest hybrid ferry fleet worldwide. The ‘Prinsesse Benedikte’ was the first and is now being joined by three more vessels serving between Puttgarden (Germany) and Rødby (Denmark).
Veefil to be sold worldwide: The funky Veefil Fast Charger by Australian Tritium has been certified as UL compliant for the U.S. and Canada. As it is already compliance certified in Europe and Australia, the DC charging stations can now be offered globally and will be produced by the Chinese Surpass Sun Electric.
Fastned, Iceland, Argentina, Seychelles.
Fastned to go public: The start up Fastned plans to erect 200 fast chargers by ABB along dutch motorways (we reported). To achieve their goal within the next three years and raise enough capital, Fastned currently prepares for its stock market launch.
sprout.nl (in Dutch)
Iceland to be charged up: In Iceland, similar plans are being hetched by Even. The company is tired of waiting for the government and plans to erect 200 fast charging stations on the Nordic isle. Iceland intends to have a 10-percent EV share by 2020.
Renault EVs in Argentina: The French manufacturer is offering test rides with two Kangoo Z.E. and two Twizys. Renault hopes to be able to sell its first EVs in Argentina by the end of this year, even though the Twizy has yet to be categorised. Charging points shall be erected by the local utility provider Edesur.
Eco tourist transport on Seychelles: Seychellois company Ecars plans to introduce electric cars by GEM to the Seychelles’ third most populated island, La Digue. The vehicles are already a success on Praslin and tourism enterprises have shown vivid interest in the EVs with a range of up to 50 kilometres.
Tesla, Smatrics & The New Motion, Bhutan, Ulaanbaatar, Summerside.
French quickies: Auxerre is home to France’s first Tesla Supercharger and the station will not be lonely for long. Tesla plans to erect up to 25 more Superchargers across the Grande Nation until the end of this year. Meanwhile, Tesla’s Supercharger homepage lists 32 locations in Europe including latest openings in Denmark and Sweden.
tesla-mag.com (in French), teslamotors.com (list of superchargers)
Borderless charging: Smatrics and The New Motion announced their international cooperation. From now on, users of both systems will be able to charge their EV at about 1,000 charge points throughout Austria, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Until September, Smatric customers can use the charging stations free of charge.
smatrics.com, thenewmotion.de (both in German), smatrics.com (list of stations)
Bhutan means EV business: The country is on course to become the kingdom of EVs as the latest plans far exceed the goal of 2,000 electric cars in its streets. Instead, prime minister Tshering Tobgay is thinking of making Bhutan an EV-only land and has already been to Japan to talk to Nissan and Mitsubishi about his ambitious plan.
Mitsubishi in Mongolia: The Japanese manufacturer has just donated two electric cars to the administration of Ulaanbaatar to bring a cooperation for importing electric cars to Mongolia on the way. The authorities will try the cars first before eventually signing an import agreement with Mitsubishi.
EVs for Summerside: The Canadian city of Summerside purchased three electric vehicles for its electric department. The two Nissan Leafs and one Ford Focus Electric will also be made available in a car-share programme open to the public when the EVs are not used by the department.
Ireland, Sunderland, Scotland, Dresden.
Call for charging solutions: In the country’s first “Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition,” the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is calling for ideas for charging solutions for multi-story as well as underground car parks. The winner will receive 200,000 euros (271,700 dollars) to develop a prototype.
50 charging points and growing: UK city of Sunderland is investing 500 million pounds (857m dollars) in getting people to switch from petrol to electricity. Money will flow into research, as well as into the extension of the city’s charging network – already one of the best in the country. The goal is to become a national hub for the low carbon economy.
Scotland gets three new public charging stations: The new locations are funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland. While the charge point in Dumfries most likely is a DC quick charger, the sites in Annan and Castle Douglas seem to offer AC charging only.
EmiD kick-off: The showcase project “Electric mobility in Dresden” (EmiD) is headed by Fraunhofer Institute IVI and is supported by the city of Dresden, the Technical University of Dresden and local government bodies. Together, they have purchased and will test an electric fleet consisting of 16 electric vehicles to find out what is keeping people from using electric cars.
saena.de, elektromobilitaet-verbindet.de (both in German)
Stockholm, Denmark, Electric Highway, Hamburg, CHAdeMO.
Putting hybrid buses to the test: Eight Volvo plug-in hybrid buses will enter service in Stockholm, Sweden, this autumn. The buses’ battery packs can be quick charged in just six minutes. The trial is part of the EU project ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System), which is conducted in a total of six EU countries.
New charging points in Denmark: E.ON wants to install 13 new charging stations along the national motorway, which will support “all off the brands of electric cars commonly found in Denmark.” The stations should be operational by the end of 2014, with twelve of the stations located between Copenhagen and Aarhus and one near the Farø Bridges.
Two new charging points on ‘Electric Highway’: Ecotricty added stations at Peterborough and Baldock Extra Services in England. According to EVfleetworld, the company has now installed 161 DC charging stations along its ‘Electric Highway’ from London to the South of Scotland. The plan is to have a charging point at every motorway service station by the end of the year.
Hamburg electrifies public bus lines: Starting this December, the German city will use only buses with an electric drivetrain to service its bus route 109 from the city centre to Alsterdorf. Moreover, Hamburg says that all new buses bought after 2020, will be emission-free.
newstix.de (in German)
CHAdeMO in Europe: A total of 1,181 quick charging stations supporting the CHAdeMO standard have been installed throughout Europe. With 261 chargers, the UK currently has the most installations. Looking at the per-capita numbers, Norway once again proves to be the EV friendliest place.
Mahindra, Berlin, Illinois.
Perfect for the island: Mahindra is directly eyeing the latter as the perfect market for its E20. The EV will be shipped to Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Bermuda and the Seychelles in the coming weeks. Next stop is Europe in 2015, where the E20 will first be made available in the UK and Norway.
Electric mobility in Berlin, take two: The German capital’s “Eco-Mobility Festival,” planned for 2015 had to be cancelled, due to too much opposition from residents and politicians (we reported). The plan was that, for a whole month, only electric cars were to be allowed in parts of city. Now politicians hope to give it another go – this time without forbidding the use of petrol cars and in closer cooperation with local residents.
morgenpost.de, tagesspiegel.de (both in German)
New ‘CarCharging’ station in Illinois: The company has partnered with Roundy’s Supermarket, a leading grocer in the Midwest, installing a Blink Level II EV charging station in Frankfort, Illinois (U.S.). Drivers can pay by using their Blink InCard, as well as directly by credit card.
U.S. sales, ZAP, Tokyo, South Yorkshire.
Is it time for a new Volt? At least that is what the U.S. sales figures for June could stand for. While the Nissan Leaf with 2,347 units is in its sixteenth straight month of record sales, Chevy only sold 1,777 Volts, which is 34% down from the 2,698 sales in June 2013. Still, last month was the strongest of this year for the Volt so far.
ZAP finds bulk buyer in China: The California-based EV manufacturer has signed a strategic partnership, as well as a purchase agreement with China’s Xinri Electric Vehicle Company. The latter wants to sell 1,000 of ZAP’s URBEE via its distribution network in China – per month!
Japan to charge its capital: Starting in December, companies Mitsui Fudosan and NEC Corporation will install 125 charging points at the Tokyo Midtown, which is one of the most recognised high-rises in the Japanese capital. It is home to numerous apartments, offices, as well as shops and even hotels.
Venson Automotive to electrify South Yorkshire: The company is helping some 80 businesses in that part of the UK to switch from gas to green, encouraging employees to lease electric vehicles for their commute to and from work. The scheme is supported by Sheffield City Council and could be adopted by others is successful.
Toyota, CHAdeMO, Formula E, Nissan.
Japanese carsharing to debut in France: 70 Toyota i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact EV as well as 30 charging stations will go into service in Grenoble in Southern France this October. For this three-year trial, Toyota has formed a partnership with the City and the Metropolitan Area of Grenoble, as well as EDF, whose subsidiary Sodetrel will operate the charging points.
greencarcongress.com (with video), electriccarsreport.com, hybridcars.com
Nissan almost triples fast-charging points: The carmaker reports that it has 633 functioning CHAdeMO charging stations in the U.S., 180 of those at dealerships. January of last year, Nissan counted only 160 DC quick chargers. That means, the company is right on target, having promised to triple its number of or add 500 charging points by mid-2014. In comparison, Tesla just installed its worldwide 101st Supercharger.
First female for the Formula E: The Amlin-Aguri team has chosen Katherine Legge as one of their drivers in the electric racing series. The 33-year-old former Champ Car racer is the first of the team’s two drivers to be announced.
Llewellyn gets behind the wheel of Nissan’s e-NV200 and traveled to Barcelona, just to do exactly that. Robert Llewellyn was impressed with Nissan’s second fully-electric vehicle and the fact that it will serve as a taxi in the Spanish city as of sometime this year. And electric taxis are “exactly the thing every city needs” he concludes.
California, Volkswagen, Pennsylvania, Brazil.
Californian funding: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) just approved a 222-million dollar electric mobility funding plan for 2014 and 2015. 116 million dollars are reserved for EV incentives. The scheme will now support fuel-cell vehicles with up to 5,000 dollars each.
All on one card: In the German region of Hanover, Volkswagen started testing its own mobility card with 50 participants. The card allows EV drivers to reserve and pay selected charging stations and parking lots. Furthermore, VW’s carsharing ‘Quicar’ as well as public transport services are said to be integrated. The card works in combination with an app that allows EV drivers to prolong parking time via their smartphone.
car-it.com (in German)
Five-Tesla-stores bill: Pennsylvania’s senate unanimously voted for a bill that will allow Tesla to operate up to five stores in the state. Tesla said it is pleased with the compromise as it “serves the interests of Pennsylvania’s consumers” while cutting “potentially protracted conflict” short.
Brazil Post to test electric vans: The postal service of the football nation just took delivery of two Renault Kangoo Z.E. In a trial, one van will serve in Brasilia while the other will deliver parcels electrically in the metropolitan region of Curitiba. The four-month trial could be prolonged up to one year.
UK, E-Bike rental systems, Jaguar, Canada, Beijing.
Domestic charging recharged: The UK government is restarting its programme for the installation of home chargers. The current scheme, which sees owners claiming up to 75% of costs for a domestic charger, runs out in June. A new initiative with grants of up to 1,000 pounds per charger is set to start in September, will make use of another 9 million pounds (15.3m dollars) government funding.
E-Bike rental systems reviewed: Alissa Walker takes a closer look at Madrid’s new BiciMAD electric bike sharing to get a global perspective on e-bike sharing and its advantages. Going from Copenhagen to the U.S., she also takes into account scooter sharing, yet wonders why not more cities have gotten into electric cycling yet.
Hear, hear: Following the latest governmental survey on the readiness of Brits to buy an electric car (we reported), Jaguar asked its buyer base what they think of EVs on the WeLoveAnyCar website. 12% of 3,896 participants said they would buy an electric Jaguar, while 26% would seriously consider it.
Canada the next big EV country? At least it could be, as the country’s numerous incentives from companies, government and dealerships could total more than 12,000 Canadian dollars (11,200 USD) for battery-electric cars. However, Canadians still have to jump on the EV wagon for them to become a success.
theglobeandmail.com via green.autoblog.com
Progressive Beijing: In a new plan, put up to promote the efforts towards “green energy” vehicles in China’s capital, new residential communities will be required to install EV charge points at at least 18% of their parking units. Furthermore, the scheme would require the city to install 1,000 DC fast chargers mainly at public locations by the end of this year.
Denmark, POD Point, University of Delaware, Juice Bar, Car2go.
Danish hydrogen effort: H2 Logic and Air Liquide formed the Copenhagen Hydrogen Network joint venture. The plan is to erect four H2 charging stations in Vejle, Aalborg and Copenhagen by the end of this year. In 2015, five more are to follow, to the extend of most Danes having a hydrogen station within a 15-kilometre reach.
EV chargers for lease: POD Point from London partners with Tower Leasing to offer businesses a charging point to lease for three years and under 50 pounds per month. The company reckons that two charges a day would suffice to cover energy and rental costs.
Lease a Mini-E: The University of Delaware is offering a few BMW Mini-E EVs for lease as part of the ‘Grid on Wheels’ programme. This ongoing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demo project will make the EVs available for lease at a price of 3,600 dollars a year, for two years.
Electricity Mini Bar: Juice Bar’s EV charging stations, which usually praise themselves for their branding opportunities, are now offered in a small version. The so-called Mini Bar combines both a level 2 and level 1 charger. Financing is available and starts from 99 dollars a month.
Car2go to expand in Minnesota: Daimler’s carsharing service signed an 18-month agreement with the city of St. Paul to deploy 185 of its car2go Smarts. Each vehicle will earn the city 975 dollars a year while metered parking is free for the rental cars.
Fushun City, California, Madrid, SAP, Hubject & Swisscom.
Bus bulk order: Fushun City in the Chinese province Liaoning has ordered 600 diesel-hybrid buses from Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Company. The hybrid technology comes from Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL). Fushun serves as a pilot city for new-energy buses in China.
Green generosity: California has expanded its green sticker programme from 40,000 to 55,000 badges. This means more partially electric vehicles will get the opportunity to use the HOV lanes, among them BMW i3 drivers with range extender.
Rent a pedelec: Madrid has launched a rental service for electric bicycles. 1,600 e-bikes can now be rented 24 hours, Euronews reports. The Spanish capital is following the lead of Zaragoza where the system has been running with 1,300 pedelecs for six years already.
euronews.com (with video)
SAP electrifies: The software giant is running its E-Fleet programme designed to electrify 20% of its fleet by 2020. Electric car No. 10 has just been introduced with 50 more to follow until the end of this year. At the same time, SAP inaugurated its 50th charging station at its headquarter in Walldorf, Germany.
Hubject goes Switzerland as it has just signed up another partner to apply its expertise to its intercharge network. Swisscom Managed Mobility will help to promote interconnectivity and the use of electric vehicle charging stations in Switzerland.
Evatran, Hubject, Tesla, E-bike incentives.
Inductive charging: Together with the Mr. Electric Franchise Group, Evatran has started to roll out its wireless charging system Plugless L2 in the U.S. and Canada. The system is available for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt and is said to be opened up to other models in the future.
Hubject to grow again: Dutch infrastructure provider Allego is the latest to come on board the international joint venture and eRoaming platform. Allego’s chargers are said to be integrated into the intercharge network already this year.
Tesla tackles Stockholm and Texas: According to Tesla’s twitter account, the carmaker has opened its first store in Stockholm, Sweden. The country also just got its first Model S taxi. The Californian also opened its third location in Texas. As they are not allowed to sell cars directly to customers there, it is more of an EV showroom.
twitter.com, teslaclubsweden.se (store opening in Swedish), green.autoblog.com (Texas 1), transportevolved.com (Texas 2)
E-bike incentives in the UK? Outgoing chairman of the British Electric Bicycle Association (BEBA), Mark Loveridge, has been lobbying to include electric bicycles into the UK government’s grant scheme that offers up to 5,000 pounds for EV buyers. While the position is being considered, a final decision will only be made in August.
Car Charging Group, Proterra, California, Intelligent Energy, H2USA.
Blink charger upgrade: After Tesla made its patents public, the Car Charging Group announced that it will integrate Tesla charging technology into its 119 Blink quick chargers in the USA. Before, Model S drivers needed an adapter to use Blink’s CHAdeMO chargers.
E-bus investment: Electric bus manufacturer Proterra received 30 million dollars from GM Ventures, Kleiner Perkins and Tao Invest to further develop its vehicles. Furthermore, the company expects to generate another ten million dollars funding within the coming weeks.
Five millions for infrastructure: The Californian Energy Commission is funding the installation of 475 EV chargers in the Sunshine State with five million dollars. The funding is spread over 15 grants which come from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).
greencarcongress.com, energy.ca.gov, earthtechling.com
British-American knowledge transfer: With British ‘Intelligent Energy’ the U.S. hydrogen initiative ‘H2USA’ will gain another supporter. Intelligent Energy will join the consortium to transfer knowledge and experience, which the developer of fuel cell systems won from hydrogen programs in Germany, the UK, and France.
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)