Fastned, Denmark, Nissan, EVgo, AAA, Georgia Power.
Do the Dutch do it better? It seems so considering that they will be the ones to electrify the German Autobahn. Fastned announced its expansion across the border and will line the highway with 14 fast-charging stations open to all electric car types, a first in Germany. In the Netherlands the company has 60 of 201 planned stations operational.
Reverse to forward: Denmark is taking back its anti-EV policies the conservative government has (re-)introduced only last year, when it phased out the tax break on EVs. Since then sales had become virtually non-existent and so the incentive programme is now being phased back in place – almost. Instead of the tax being capped at 40 percent, it will halt at 20% until sales reach 5,000 EVs at least.
cphpost.dk, electrek.co, dr.dk (in Danish)
East coast all the way: Nissan and EVgo have made plans public to connect Boston and Washington D.C. with 50 fast-charging stations at nine locations. The chargers will support CCS as well as CHAdeMO and be ready by fall. The ‘I-95 Fast-Charge ARC’ will be pre-wired for 150 kW.
Hybrid Gig in California: The American Automobile Association (AAA) will launch its own hybrid car sharing called Gig in Berkeley and Oakland this month. 250 Toyota Prius C will form the first fleet.
Teaming up for electric transport are utility Georgia Power and the baseball club Atlanta Braves. They will install 61 EV charging stations around the SunTrust Park stadium.
Renault, Alexander Dennis, Cambodia, Huber + Suhner, AAA.
Renault declares diesel dead: The French carmaker sees diesel disappear from most of its European line-up soon. The assessment followed an internal review of costs of meeting tighter emissions standards in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal. Tougher testing will eventually make diesel technology more expensive than electric drives. Renault’s A, B, and parts of the C segments are thus likely to be diesel-free by 2020. Other carmakers may drop diesel entirely by 2025.
The biggest R&D grant in Scottish history goes to British bus maker Alexander Dennis (ADL), which receives 7.3m pounds to develop more electric and hybrid bus models. The aim is to double turnover by 2020, while creating 101 jobs, in which funding agency Scottish Enterprise is particularly interested.
800m dollars for electric buses would Cambodia need to spend where it to develop an automated gateway transit (AGT) system, a feasibility study finds. The AGT runs electrically and consists of coaches that can carry up to 30 passengers. Cambodia currently examines financing options.
The cooler the faster: 80 percent charge in less than 20 minutes is the promise of a cooled cable and connector by Huber + Suhner. The integrated cooling circuit enables high power charging with 350 kW easily – once the chargers are ready. The cooled cable is available with CCS type-1 and 2 connectors.
Ride saving technology: The AAA’s mobile EV charging units have saved “thousands” of electric cars, according to the association. Still, it points out that EV drivers seem rather range-aware. The trucks feature Level 2 AC and some CHAdeMO DC chargers powered by onboard generators.
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Milton Keynes, A2B, Naperville, AAA.
Let’s take the Pod: Funded by the UK government with 1.5 million pounds (2.47m dollars), 20 of these all-electric, autonomous driving machines on rails will be installed in Milton Keynes in 2015. Each Pod seats two and will transport people from the train station into the city centre. If the trial is successful, the government plans on putting 100 of the pods in service by 2017.
A2B takes over Electric Bicycle Network: The latter had counted some 5,000 e-bike rentals in the UK per year, especially to tourists in national parks. With the acquisition, A2B, an electric bicycle brand by Hero Cycles, hopes to extend cooperations with other tourism networks and therefore rental business of its e-bikes in the UK.
Naperville to get two new charging stations: Due to high demand, EV drivers have to queue before they can get power at the only existing charging point in the small town in Illinois. Even after a 1.50 dollar charging fee was introduced in 2013, the station remains overrun. The local government will now install two further chargers.
Extreme weather range: According to a new study by the American roadside assistance firm AAA, the range of EVs can drop by almost 60% in extreme cold and drop by 33% in extreme heat. In their research centre, the Nissan LEAF, Ford Focus EV and a Mitsubishi i-MiEV were put to the test.