V2G electric bus project takes off in London
A large vehicle-to-grid project with electric buses has now been launched at a bus depot in North London. The Bus2Grid project is testing V2G systems with an initial 28 electric double-decker buses with which more than 1 MW of energy can be fed back into the grid.
Birmingham aims to build 394 quick chargers by 2022
The English city of Birmingham has announced the establishment of 394 quick charge points to support the electrification of the taxi fleet. The fast chargers, which are to be installed in Birmingham starting this autumn over the next two years, will not only be accessible to taxis, but also to the public and local businesses.
Urban Electric completes on-street charging trial
The British EV charging startup Urban Electric Networks has announced the completion and results of the trial of their UEone prototype on-street charging hub in Oxford. According to the company, the test of its retractable chargers has proven “a big success”, a fact that the council’s survey confirmed.
Fastned gets ready for HPC & Autocharge in UK
Fastned opens its first ultra-fast charging station in the United Kingdom. Two charge columns stand ready to offer up to 350 kW on a multi-charger site in Sunderland, near the factory where Nissan produces all Leaf EVs for the European market.
OLEV, Evolt, Nissan, Austria, Coop.
EV infrastructure funding: The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has detailed its new workplace charging grant that is part of the 35m EV initiative. Businesses and public sector bodies receive 300 GBP per charge point and may install up to 20.
fleetnews.co.uk, gov.uk (guidance, pdf)
V2G testing: Evolt has been selected to provide EV charging infrastructure to the UK Electric Nation project. It will deliver charging station to half of the 500 to 700 participants. The units will be subsidised by OLEV and Western Power Distribution, which is funding the project.
V2G operational: Nissan has installed vehicle-to-grid technology at its British R&D unit, the Nissan Technical Center Europe (NTCE). Eight stations are now available to NTCE staff and have been developed together with Enel.
The largest e-NV200 fleet in Europe is operated by the Austrian mail service Post RAL. They count 360 of Nisan’s electric vans. After serving in urban centres since 2015, the new batch will now be on duty in rural areas.
oekonews.at (in German)
H2 cooperative: Swiss retailer Coop a hydrogen filling station in Hunzenschwil, Canton Aargau. At the same time it added an H2 truck and trailer to its logistic fleet as well as twelve FCV. More H2 stations are planned for other regions in Switzerland.
Techrules, OLEV, Tesla, Daimler.
Techrules plans serial production: The Chinese company wants to show the serial production version of its GT 96 in Geneva next year. The 768 kW EV with about 2,000 km of range was initially introduced at this year’s auto show (we reported). Until the final unveiling, Italian designers Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro are to finalise design and implementation.
Looking for green transporters: The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK have kicked off a 24m pound trial competition for low emission vehicles for cargo, logistics, utility and emergency response companies, as well as the technology and business cases. The application must be submitted before October 12th.
Autopilot restriction: According to electrek, the Tesla software update 8.0 will make the Autopilot safer and educated some users. Drivers who don’t take a hold of the steering wheel despite the system telling them to do so, will no longer be able to activate the function until the EV has come to a complete stop.
Autonomous Daimler bus: Russian Google opponent Yandex, truck manufacturer Kamanz, as well as researchers from NAMI and Daimler are working on a self-driving electric shuttle with a range of 200 km. It can fit up to 12 passengers and can be ordered via app. Their destination in the international market.
Aston Martin, China, Mugen, Innovate UK & OleV, TZE.
Rapide update: The all-electric Aston Martin is becoming more concrete. It could be launched in two to three years and will be powered by a four-wheel drive, possibly delivering more than 700 kW. According to CEO Andy Palmer, a range of well over 200 miles could be expected.
EV development aid: The Chinese government has taken steps to invest 4.2 billion yuan (681m dollars) in the development of the “new energy vehicle” industry in the country. Funds will begin being collected from 25 different enterprises starting this May.
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Electric racer: This is the fourth time Mugen will supply an electric motorbike for the TT Zero race. The new superbike is called “Shinden Yon” and is more powerful but also heavier than its predecessor. A 110-kW motor is said to push the 250 kilo bike across the finish line.
Tender: Innovate UK and the Office for low emission Vehicles (OleV) want to invest up to 10 million pounds (15m dollars) in a consortium that will set up a pilot production of high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles. Companies can still apply to become part of the consortium until the 27th of May.
Inductive charging in China: The Chinese Telekom ZTE wants to invest 3.5 billion yuan (568m dollars) to further expand the use of the technology. Until June, the company wants to add ten electric bus routes and work with car manufacturers to make EVs compatible with inductive charging technologies.
Cenex, Chargemaster, EVEN, OLEV, Tesla, Southern California Edison.
EV initiative for outer communities: British Cenex has secured funding to develop business plans to bring electric transport solutions to communities outside cities with the aim to include them commercially, environmentally and socially. The project is led by Cenex and will tackle the fringes in Poland, Spain, and Italy as well as the West Midlands and Scotland in the UK.
Charge point package: Chargemaster is offering British companies a package to get a 7-kW electric vehicle charge point installed for 995 GBP (1,533 dollars) excl. VAT. The charge point can be used by employees or the companies’ own fleet.
EV concept store:EVEN has opened a ‘Concept Store’ for electric cars in Iceland’s biggest shopping centre. Models of Renault, Nissan, Tesla, and Kia are on display and for sale. However, this could be just the start as the company aims at opening 250 stores across Europe within the next few years.
Late payment of the EV homecharger grant via the UK government’s OLEV scheme has caused outrage. SMEs are particularly concerned as waiting times of months instead of 30 working days disrupt their cashflow considerably. It is unclear if the scheme is to be continued beyond March 31, thus leaving infrastructure providers in the dark, too.
Tesla Stores for all: In a letter to U.S. legislators, 10 organisations urge the States to allow Tesla to sell and service its electric cars directly. The alliance includes free-market groups, consumer-protection and environmental organisations, and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Demand response: Southern California Edison has started a pilot involving its employees and 80 charge points. The utility is to test charging at peak times and how to manage it via several tariff options.
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)