Webasto buying AeroVironment EV unit for $35M
Webasto is acquiring the electric car charging and testing business of AeroVironment, grouped under the Efficient Energy Systems (EES) division. The acquisition will cost the German supplier 35 million dollars and is still subject to approval.
Volkswagen, California, FedEx, AeroVironment & Recargo, Nevada.
12,000 EV charging stations could be built on Volkswagen carparks. At least that is what VW CEO Martin Winterkorn supposedly said behind closed doors at the national conference on e-mobility in Berlin this week, German Press Agency dpa reports. However, the carrot comes with a stick as he asked politicians to consider new taxation for the financial advantage workplace charging poses.
greencarcongress.com; welt.de (in German)
H2 consensus: The OEM Advisory Group has agreed on a list of 19 recommended locations to install the next hydrogen stations in California. The association unites carmakers like GM, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.
FedEx trials FCVs: At Memphis International Airport, the delivery company is testing 15 fuel cell vehicles in a demo project. Plug Power delivers the fuel cell system and will also be responsible for the hydrogen supply. The project is financed with 2.5 million dollars each from private investors and the DoE.
Pay by phone: AeroVironment and Recargo introduced a new smartphone-based payment option for EV drivers. The PlugShare app by Recargo now includes the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon and Washington. The pay per charge service invokes no additional charges but drivers can still subscribe for flat-rate unlimited charging.
Take no gamble: Plans have been announced to install electric car charging stations between Las Vegas and Reno. The so-called Electric Highway will be funded by NV Energy and Nevada’s renewable energy tax abatements. The first 15 stations are to be erected before this year ends.
Electric Circuit, AeroVironment, Mexico City, Fellbach, Mahindra.
Nissan contributes to Electric Circuit: The carmaker will help finance the installation of 25 out of 50 fast charging sites that are to be added to the Electric Circuit across Quebec over the next two years. Also adding to the network, restaurant chain Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert wants to install fast-chargers at all 100 of its locations. It already has 28 chargers.
montrealgazette.com, theglobeandmail.com (Nissan), montrealgazette.com (Restaurant)
App-controlled charging station: AeroVironment introduces TurboDock, a charging station featuring Level 1 and Level 2 charging, that is controlled through a smartphone app. When configured for 12 amp or 16 amp charging, TurboDock provides twice as many chargers with the same electrical service required for a 30 amp charging, making it a good solution for commercial and workplace settings.
Charging in Mexico City: Together with BMW, Schneider Electric and the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Walmart wants to set up four EV charging stations at its locations in the Mexican capital. The charge points are said to be compatible with most electric cars sold in the country. BMW launched its i-series there in September.
evfleetworld.co.uk, vanguardia.com (in Spanish)
Fellbach City Council goes electric: The German city now has eight electric cars in its nine-car fleet. The switch followed a cost and environmental analysis by Fraunhofer IAO, which found out that in 98 percent of cases, the fleet vehicles are used to make trips of well under 100 km. The Fellbach fleet now consists of seven VW e-up as well as one larger electric vehicle used by the sorting office.
NEMMP gets under way: As the first pilot project of India’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP), Mahindra is providing four Maxximo electric to drive tourists to and from the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The eight-seater can go up to 65 kph and up to 100 km on one charge.
AeroVironment, Route 66, Tesla.
Portable compact charger: AeroVironment introduced the TurboCord, a portable charging cordset. TurboCord is available in a 240-volt only version for 599 dollars or as dual mode for 649 dollars. The compact charger plugs directly into the socket and gathers all miniaturised electronics in a box right at the wall end of the cord.
Electric Route 66: The Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation (HEVF) entertains the idea of installing EV charging stations along the legendary highway also dubbed the ‘Mother Road.’ However, the project is at a very early stage as no details are yet known on who might pay for or install the chargers.
West-to-east-trip complete: Two Tesla teams have just completed a cross-country journey with the Model S going from Los Angeles to New York. Thanks to the network of Tesla’s Superchargers it took them only 76,5 hours to cover almost 3,500 mi.