BP & Didi launch charging joint venture
The British oil company BP announced the establishment of a joint venture for charging infrastructure with the Chinese mobility company Didi Chuxing. The partners are planning to set up a nationwide network of charging stations for electric vehicles in China.
Nidec & GAC found electric drive joint venture
The Japanese electric motor specialist Nidec and the Chinese vehicle manufacturer GAC have agreed to set up a joint venture for traction motors. The drives will initially be installed in GAC’s electric cars, but will later also be used by other manufacturers.
China: DHL launches drone delivery service
DHL Express and drone manufacturer EHang have entered into a strategic partnership to develop a fully automated drone delivery solution for China’s metropolitan areas. The cooperation has already started with a maiden flight at the EHang Command and Control Center in Guangzhou.
GAC completes EV plant on new industrial park
Chinese vehicle manufacturer, Guangzhou Automobile Group, has completed construction on the EV plant at their new industrial park in their home city. In addition, the company’s subsidiary, GAC Motor, and Japanese supplier Aisin AW intend to establish a joint venture for drive modules at the park.
Donfeng & Nissan JV begins Sylphy production
The joint venture’s first low-cost BEV has begun rolling off the assembly line at the Guangzhou factory in China. According to the manufacturers, it will be joined by another 5 models spread over several brands by the end of next year.
Toyota expanding NEV manufacturing in China
Toyota have announced plans to significantly increase production capacities in their Chinese factories. In future, they plan to manufacture more plug-in hybrid as well as electric vehicles there. Their imports will also be expanded.
All-electric cargo ship on China’s Pearl River
In the Chinese Guangzhou province, a massive cargo ship with an energy storage capacity of 2.4 MWh has been put into operation. The vessel couples two 160 kW electric propellers and a mix of supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries for up to 80 km on one charge.
Austria, Bzzt, FC Buses, Hamburg, Guangzhou.
Austria continues e-mobility funding: It is the 9th call the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund raises since 2009 and this time it promises an additional 6m euros to support flagship projects in the field of electric transport. Companies can apply with their research projects, e.g. the development of EVs, charging stations or transport services until October, 4 but must bear in mind that the call is decisively “zero emission” and thus for all-electric solutions only. A connection to public transport or intelligent infrastructure will be beneficial.
E-rickshaws in Stockholm: The beloved Indian three-wheeled have moved to Sweden, where Bzzt launched 18 electric rickshaws. In Stockholm they call them taxi-pods that have space for two passengers besides the driver. The company wants to expand its fleet to 200 vehicles through crowdfunding until next year and so investors are welcome to take a seat.
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Joint order of fuel cell buses: German WSW mobil is seeking to procure 63 fuel cell buses for public transport operations. The tender is part of the EU project JIVE, that fosters bulk orders for hydrogen buses in the UK, Denmark, Italy, and Germany. Here, Verkehrsverbund Mainz-Wiesbaden, traffiQ Frankfurt, Regionalverkehr Köln (Cologne) will take deliveries, while some will also go to SASA in Bolzano, Italy.
Hamburg harbour electrifies: Hamburg’s port operator HHLA has ordered 25 Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) with lithium-ion battery drives from Konecranes. They are to move containers at the Altenwerder terminal comes spring 2018, together with 6 fully automatic charging stations.
30.000 electric buses for Guangzhou? Within 3 years, the Chinese mega city wants to replace its entire bus fleet through all-electric buses. According to the news agency Xinhua, this means about 30,000 electric buses are going to be deployed in Guangzhou with its 11m inhabitants. Through price reduction and the installation of more charging infrastructure, the city targets to also have 120,000 EVs on the roads by then.