Virginia to take Thomas Built Buses to school
The Daimler subsidiary was selected as the supplier for the 50 fully electric school buses of the initial phase of Dominion Energy’s electric school bus replacement program in Virginia. This will be the largest deployment of electric school buses in the USA yet.
Electrify America partners with Lyft in Denver
The Volkswagen subsidiary founded following the DieselGate scandal has announced an agreement with Lyft to supply the rideshare company’s Express Drive fleet with fast charging, as well as an investment in electric buses for a new route at UC Davis-Sacramento.
Electric school buses for Michigan “sponsored” by VW
The Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation has kicked off its Electric School Bus Pilot Project supported with Volkswagen settlement funds following dieselgate. The programme uses electric school buses of various makes and includes V2G testing.
USA: CLT Airport also opts for Proterra electric buses
North Carolina’s airport Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) has purchased five Proterra electric buses with 125 kW charging systems. CLT is the ninth airport to buy e-buses for ground transport from Proterra and joins a growing list of major US airports electrifying their fleets.
Proterra launches energy ecosystem
US heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Proterra has just launched Proterra Energy fleet solutions, a suite of turnkey options for electric fleets. The ecosystem includes design, build, financing, operations, maintenance and energy optimization for charging infrastructure.
San Francisco Airport goes for Proterra electric buses
San Francisco Internation (SFO) has purchased six Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses. The buses will be part of the airport’s fleet that currently shuttles passengers between the terminals, long-term parking garages and other airport locations along daily routes.
Tesla, GM & Co. demand tax credit reform in the USA
In the U.S., a new alliance of well-known e-mobility players called the EV Drive Coalition is campaigning for a reform of tax credit regulations. Current regulations entitle buyers of e-vehicles to up to 7,500 dollars in tax-credits, but limits this number to an upper limit of 200,000 e-vehicles per manufacturer. The EV Drive Coalition is […]
USA: Daimler investing millions into Proterra
U.S. busmaker Proterra has closed a funding round under Daimler’s lead with 155 million dollars. While the investment of Daimler is undisclosed, it is confirmed that the deal has the potential to whirl the electric school bus market up to new heights.
Edmonton transit orders 25 Proterra buses
The Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) has ordered 25 new 40 ft Proterra Catalyst E2 max electric buses from the US American manufacturer. The new buses will replace 25 vehicles from the agencies current diesel bus fleet.
USA: ADL & Proterra launching electric double-deckers
Scottish bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis (ADL) will be sending two of their Enviro500 double decker buses to California for public transit use, fitted with a Proterra battery system. They are the first electric double deckers to make it across the pond.
High power charging in all forms with Proterra
Proterra is entering the high power charging segment as their new solutions comply with the latest SAE standards. This includes plugging in as well as hanging in there, as in overhead charging systems. The new applications range from 60 kW – 500 kW.
San Mateo County buses to go all-electric
The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) has ordered 10 electric buses from Proterra, which will replace 10 diesel buses. It’s the agency’s first such order of many more to come, as SamTrans wants to electrify its entire bus fleet by 2033.
BMW, General Motors, Proterra, UltraCharge.
BMW to extend its Research and Innovation centre: The German carmaker intends to expand its development centre FIZ close to Munich by 50 percent by 2050. In a first stage, the company invests 400m euros in order to “create an innovative working environment for 5,000 employees by 2019”. The centre’s task is to develop next-generation drivetrains for BMW’s electrified line-up, among others.
Fuel cell platform for autonomous trucks: General Motors has introduced a flexible platform called SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure) that is based on a fuel cell system with two electric motors and a li-ion battery pack. It shall enable a range of up to 640 km and particularly fit for military, cargo and public service use.
motortrend.com, insideevs.com, electriccarsreport.com
Electric bus drivetrain by Proterra: The U.S. manufacturer shows a new drivetrain including two electric motors for its Catalyst buses. The 375kW system called DuoPower shall be twice as efficient as its predecessor system ProDrive. Additionally, Proterra teams up with Belgium bus manufacturer Van Hool and supplies its battery system E2 to the latter’s electric CX bus line-up. Just recently, Proterra’s battery pack contributed to set a new world record range for an electric vehicle.
UltraCharge acquires IP assets from ETV Energy: For 200,000 dollars and up to 90m shares, Australian company UltraCharge has acquired new cathode intellectual property assets from ETV Energy. The Israeli battery specialist has created a high voltage LiMnNO spinel cathode that is said to offer advantages in terms of voltage, energy capacity and power capacity. Among others, UltraCharge plans to combine the high voltage cathode with its own fast charging anode to develop a new and improved battery.
Proterra Record Drive.
Reaching 1,772 km on one charge, an electric bus made by Proterra set a new world record. This enormous distance got possible through a 660 kWh battery pack and of course a particularly leisurely driving style.
Nikola, Bosch, Electrovaya, Proterra, Ballard.
Bosch powertrain for Nikola’s H2 trucks: The U.S. start-up partners with German supplier Bosch in order to equip its upcoming H2 trucks Nikola One and Nikola Two with Bosch’s eAxle – a compact unit combining the electric motor, power electronics and transmission. The fuel cell vehicles’ market launch is due by 2021.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, bosch-presse.de
Major order for Electrovaya: The Canadian battery specialist has signed a contract worth 4.3m Canadian dollars (3.51m USD) with Walmart Canada for its forklift battery systems. The reason is that Walmart intends to replace lead acid batteries of forklifts in one of its distribution centres through lithium ion battery systems.
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New battery cell for utility vehicles: U.S. electric bus manufacturer Proterra teams up with Korean battery specialist LG Chem in order to develop a new cell, meeting particularly the performance and safety demands of the heavy-duty vehicle market. Proterra’s new battery facility in Burlingame/California has meanwhile started production. After an initial ramp-up period, the company hopes to reach a total output of 500 MWh annually.
Ballard joins Hydrogen Council: Canadian fuel cell specialist Ballard is now a member of the Hydrogen Council, which was founded at the World Economic Forum in January in order to encourage investments in fuel cell technology. Members are vehicle manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Kawasaki and Toyota, but also companies like Air Liquide, ENGIE, Shell, Linde, Total, Alstom, Anglo American, Iwatani, Plastic Omnium – and now also Ballard Power Systems
Reading tip: An electric demo bus in California prove 8 times higher fuel efficiency compared to a CNG bus on the same route. The research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory used a Proterra electric bus to prove their point.
Click tip: Tesla launched a cost calculator online that predicts cost for Supercharger use. In Europe, they will amount to 0.24 Euro/kWh (0.2 $/kWh)
tesla.com/supercharger via electrek.co
MOIA, Proterra, Fastned, Bolloré, Innogy.
Electric shuttle in Hamburg: VW’s mobility company MOIA and the Hamburger Hochbahn AG are developing a new mobility service for the Hanseatic town. Part of the project is an app-based on-demand electric shuttle service that allows people heading in the same direction to connect. Moia is building fully electrified vehicles with space for 6 passengers for this purpose specifically. The service shall be launched after a trial period next year with approximately 200 cars. Later on, the initiators intend to enlarge the fleet and to expand in other cities.
Proterra joins CharIN: Proterra is the first U.S. electric bus maker to enter the fast charging initiative CharIN. According to Proterra, its electric buses accumulated 3.3m miles charging with CCS to date.
Fastned doubles issue: Within 2 weeks, the Dutch fast charging company has issued bonds worth around 7.7m euros to more than 600 investors. Due to high demand, the board more than doubled the issue, initially limited to 3.3m euros. With the new capital Fastned seeks to extend its charging network in the Netherland as well as abroad.
EV sharing in LA: Bolloré’s will kick-off its BlueLA pilot programme tomorrow as planned. The EV sharing starts with 100 electric cars and 200 charging stations in so-called disadvantaged communities.
German software meets U.S. hardware: RWE spin-off Innogy and BTCpower entered a partnership. The software allows coordinated charging that avoids load peaks. First charging points have already been equipped with the new software.
Electric Container Ship, Panasonic, Tesla, Proterra.
World’s first electric container ship: Global fertiliser firm Yara and technology group Kongsberg combine their forces to build the first autonomous, electric container feeder ship. Named YARA Birkeland, the vessel will reduce diesel-powered truck journeys by some 40,000 a year. Operation is to start in the second half of 2018 in Norway. The ship will initially be manned, but is to move to autonomy from 2019 until it will self-steer entirely by 2020. The makers call it a “game-changer for global maritime transport” and estimates say one large tanker emits as much CO2 as 50m cars.
reuters.com, greencarcongress.com, video
Panasonic speeds up EV development: Known for its batteries rather than cars, Panasonic has joint Japanese Azapa in its task to develop a software said to halve R&D for EVs by reducing the need for prototypes. The programme’s algorithms are able to model and estimate performance and characteristics like power consumption and range based on the conduct of different parts. By involving itself in the design process at an early stage, Panasonic hopes to open markets for its components beyond batteries. Support for all standards in the U.S., Europe and China is to be incorporated soon.
The Tesla solar roof tiles are ready and on sale with immediate effect, Elon Musk tweeted. At least this is true for the first two versions, with two more types to tile houses from early 2018.
Proterra package: The electric bus maker has launched some additions like the Proterra Diagnostic Tool together with the Proterra Cold Weather Package for improved efficiency of electric buses. Furthermore, Proterra joined the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County to bring about an autonomous driving programme.
prnewswire.com (efficiency), businessinsider.com (autonomy)
Proterra delivered its 100th electric bus and says its vehicles have completed over 3 million miles in service operation. The California-based maker has found most customers in the States, where it worked with 36 different municipal, university and commercial transit agency customers.
Proterra, EV order, Navya, New York, London.
Electrifying transit: King County Metro Transit in the U.S. state of Washington wants to purchase no less than 120 electric buses by 2020. It will acquire nine long-range busses from different manufactures to test the technology. With 73 e-buses ordered, California-based Proterra will get the biggest part of pie. The first eight buses will go into service this year, another 12 in 2019.
Record EV order: The U.S. cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland have presented the prospect of ordering a total of 24,000 electric vehicles in the coming years. In a first part of a formal bidding, the cities have asked carmakers to provide information about what cars they could have when and at what cost.
Autonomous to the next casino: Navya and Keolis have begun operating the first autonomously driving electric shuttle on U.S public roads in Las Vegas. The public can hitch a free ride during the testing phase between January 11th and 20th.
Electric clean-up: New York Central Park Conservatory workers have traded in their petrol-powered rubbish carts for electric ones. A total of 52 of them are ready to go into service this month.
New Low Emission Zones: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced ten new Low Emission Bus Zones, deploying the city’s hybrid and electric buses on the London’s most polluted roads to clear the air. Khan estimates that the measure will cut NOx emissions from buses along those routes by 84 percent.
Honda, Gigafactory, Renault, Proterra.
Cube on wheels: Honda showed its NeuV (New Electric Urban Vehicle) at the CES in Las Vegas, which is aimed at commuters and ridesharing services. The cube on wheels seats two is designed for autonomous driving and equipped with artificial intelligence, as well as an electric skateboard for the last mile. The NeuV can be charged wirelessly and feed energy back into the grid.
inverse.com, theverge.com, techcrunch.com
New cells from the Gigafactory: Tesla and Panasonic have kicked off serial production of their new type 2170 battery cells (21×70 mm) at the Gigafactory. The cells will be used in the Model 3 from Q2 2017. Starting now, the technology will also be featured in Tesla’s stationary battery packs Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2.
Individual mobility: At the CES in Las Vegas, Renault showed an open-source platform based on the Twizy chassis. The POM (Platform Open Mind) can be used by customers, research institutions and start-ups to create unique EVs. The carmaker also presented a new charging cable that shows the state of charge through pulsing lights. The shorter the intervals, the emptier the batterie. When the EV is charged, the lights shut off.
Cash injection: EV bus maker Proterra has generated 140m dollars in its last financing round. It says it will use the money to speed up the increase production capacities at its plants on the East and West Coast in the U.S., as well as further develop the next generation of electric utility vehicles.
EV sales in the UK.
All-electric cars had a tough month in November, with registrations dropping 22.4 percent compared to last year. Plug-in hybrids, on the other hand, had a good month. A total of 1,905 units rolled off the lot – 22.5% more than in November 2015. Pure hybrid sales even soared nearly 39%, with 4,153 HEVs sold.
Mercedes, BMW, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan, Proterra.
EQ EV made in Bremen and Sindelfingen: Daimler has signed declarations of intent with works councils at its facilities in Bremen and Sindelfingen, stating that they will produce electric cars there in the future. Components for the new Mercedes EVs will be made in Hamburg-Harburg, while the first EQ should roll off production lines in Bremen.
automobilwoche.de, stuttgarter-zeitung.de, radiobremen.de (Articles in German)
Total electrification of BMW brands: According to CEO Harald Krüger, the carmaker “will systematically electrify all brands and model series.” Whether the 3-series will see an electric variant has not been decided, but Krüger recently confirmed plans for an electric Mini for 2019 and electric BMW X3 for 2020.
Toyota and Suzuki to cooperate: The Japanese carmakers want to work together on research and development of i.e. new environmental, safety and IT technology. That means, a cooperation in the field of electric mobility is possible.
Nissan scraps 24 kWh option: The carmaker no longer offers the smaller battery option for its Nissan Leaf in the U.S., Green Car Congress has learned. Only the 30 kWh will be made available there. That also means the base price of the EV increases to 32,450 dollars before subsidies.
Massive Prius recall: Toyota has to call 340,000 units of its best-seller back to the shop, due to possible issues with the handbrake. Affected are Toyota Prius build between August 2015 and October 2016.
Former Tesla manager heads Proterra: Josh Ensign, former Tesla Vice President of Manufacturing, has signed on as CEO of bus manufacturer Proterra. His goal is to increase production in Greenville, South Carolina, and begin producing batteries in California from August 2017.
BMW, Proterra, Toroidion, Slovakia.
Is BMW planning its own Model 3? The many reservations for the new Tesla seem to have inspired BMW to get its own electric limousine. It will be based on the carmaker’s 3-series and will therefore not sport a distinct design and carbon fibre chassis, like the i-models. For some, it’s an indication that the previous approach to an electric line-up has failed. As reported yesterday, an electric X4 and Mini Cooper are also in the cards.
dw.com, autocar.co.uk, handelsblatt.com (fee required)
Bigger battery for C Evolution: The BMW C Evolution is now fitted with the new generation battery cells that are also used in the i3, allowing the 35 kW scooter to go 160 km on one charge. The A1 driving license version in Europe with an output of 11 kW and a top speed of 120 kph will also remain.
560 km range: Proterra presented the Catalyst E2, an all-electric bus with a larger battery that can therefore service destinations outside cities. Capacity is set at around 600 kWh, allowing the bus to go up to 560 km on one charge. The manufacturer has delivered more than 300 electric buses to its home market North America to date.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
The 1,000 kW Toroidion is coming: The Finnish super car is apparently already in the final stages of the development phase. Based on the in 2015 presented 1MW Concept (we reported), the manufacturer plans a small series of 75 units per year. Moreover, the Toroidion team and Mika Salo are already preparing to take part in the 24h of Le Mans.
Slovakia plans EV incentives: Electric cars are to account for 31 percent of car sales by 2030, which is why the government is planning a series on measures to help the market. These include direct subsidies and tax relieves, scrapping registration fees and allowing for a shorter depreciation period for companies, implementing zero emission zones and the promise to install one charger for every 10 EVs sold.
Clever, Spiri, South Africa, Proterra, Cobb County.
Clever cooperation: Following a similar deal with BMW (we reported), Clever and VW now offer buyers in Denmark a charging flat rate for newly purchased electric or plug-in models. On top of that, buyers get a personal charger installed at home.
Autonomous carpool: Danish start-up Spiri wants to start a carpooling service with its own electric vehicles starting next year. Design and performance details are said to be unveiled at the end of September. Spiri says it cars will be able to drive autonomously in the future.
Charging South Africa: Nissan and BMW have installed its first three joint chargers in the. The two carmakers are working together (we reported) to set up a charging station network across South Africa by 2017.
E-Bus for Illinois: The Illinois Quad Cities’ MetroLINK transit organization has ordered two battery-powered XR buses from Proterra. The deal also includes an option for further purchases through 2020.
Electric emergency response: The fire department and emergency services in Cobb County in the U.S. state of Georgia have added seven Nissan Leaf to their fleet. The vehicles are being leased and are reserved for staff members. The department expects to save more than 170,000 dollars compared to operating petrol-powered cars.
Renault Mobility, Ford, Proterra, eMotorWerks, Missouri.
Renault announces Zoe-sharing: The French manufacturer will implement a carsharing scheme called Renault Mobility in France, which it will present at the Salon d’Automobile in Paris in October. On top of cars with combustion engines, private and business customers will also be able to rent the Renault Zoe.
Ford cooperates with MIT: The two have announced a research project using a fleet of electric shuttles. LIDAR sensors and cameras will measure pedestrian traffic on campuses and public roads to determine areas where there is demand for electric shuttle buses.
New electric busses across the pond: Proterra announced that eight existing and new customers have received grants to buy a total of 35 electric buses. That brings the manufactures total orders to 287 electric buses from 38 U.S. cities.
Charge with voice command: California-based company eMotorWerks has announced a new voice command function for its JuiceNet charging stations. Amazon’s Speaktoit assistant Alexa is there to help.
Local incentives: Missouri utility Empire District Electric has set up a charger at the Missouri Southern State University. Moreover, it incentivises clients to purchase electric cars, promising 2,000 dollars in subsidies per EV and 1,000 per PHEV bought.