Hydrogen transport route along Rhine-Alps corridor
Seventeen partners want to turn the so-called Rhine-Alps corridor stretching from Rotterdam to Genoa into a purely hydrogen-based transport route – by water, road and rail. The RH₂INE project stands for ‘Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence’. Weiterlesen
Nissan, Endesa, Basel, Florida, Air Products.
Nissan champions EVs: Milan will see more than 100 electric vehicles taking to the streets for the Champions League Final this weekend. Together with Italian utility A2A, Nissan will also erect 17 fast-charging stations of which 13 will remain free of charge even after the soccer circuit has left the town.
Leading by example: 40 percent of Endesa’s senior staff members will drive electrically by 2020. The 340 vehicles to be exchanged with either hybrid or fully electric ones make for 13% of the fleet. To sweeten the switch, Endesa offers 20% more money to rent a hybrid or 40% more for electric vehicles during the first three years. The rest of the employees are encouraged to uptake EVs with mobility programmes and Endesa operates its own electric car sharing scheme.
Going public: The Swiss city of Basle is to start a pilot project to offer public EV charging stations. The launch by mid 2017 will see the city install ten charging facilities on ground owned by the town. For Basle, these will be the first publicly available charge spots as existing ones are on private land so far.
Charge & Fly: SRQ International installs four EV charging stations. The Airport in Florida says the move follows increased demand from visitors driving EVs. The charge stops are prominently positioned in front of the terminal building, where they can be used for both long- and short-term parking.
Hydrogen station gone up: Air Products and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Pipeline & Engineering (NPSE) opened their first H2 station in Tokyo. This September, another station is to follow in Hokkaido.
China, Frankfurt Airport, Go Ultra Low, California, Air Products, Linde.
China charging update: China’s plan to roll-out a nationwide charging-station network (we reported yesterday) is taking on shape. 12,000 EV charger stations, half of them fast-chargers, are to be installed by 2020. The first 1,888 rapid-chargers shall stand by June 2016 already.
Green Gate: At Frankfurt Airport the first Green Gate has opened as part of the E-PORT AN initiative. At gate A15, passengers can inform themselves about the airport’s various e-mobility projects. Fraport, Lufthansa, the State of Hesse and the Rhine-Main model electro-mobility region are partners in the initiative.
The Go Ultra Low City Scheme enters the next stage as the 12 cities shortlisted earlier this year have handed in more detailed bids. Proposals range from car scrappage schemes over street lights doubling as EV charge points and the electrification of council fleets.
New e-bike legislation: California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that clarifies types of electric bicycles in the state. It introduces a distinction between e-bikes with motor support up to 20 mph, which are now allowed on cycle paths, and speed pedelecs (up to 28 mph). Also, e-bikes are no longer classified as mopeds.
H2 infrastructure in the USA: Air Products said it will bring onstream three out of 25 SmartFuel hydrogen fuelling stations in California in October. Also Linde declared its second H2 fuelling station operational. In Colorado too, a hydrogen station opened at the NREL’s Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility.
airproducts.com (Air Products), marketwatch.com (Linde), greencarcongress.com (NREL)
Paris, Corri-Door, Air Products, Designwerk, Berlin, Edinburgh.
Paris charges ahead: Parisian public transport operator RATP is following up its plan to electrify its 4,500-strong bus fleet until 2025. Within the Bus2025 scheme, RATP is to test electric buses from providers like Bolloré, Solaris, Ebusco and Dietrich Carebus beginning this year. From 2017, serious bidding is to start with buses expected to be bought by 2019. Paris is en route.
route-one.net; automobile-propre.com (in French)
France is not only Paris and so the country has inaugurated the first two fast-charging stations at the Bosgouet Nord (A13) and Tardenois Nord (A4) motorway service stations operated by SANEF within the Corri-Door project funded by EU´s TEN-T programme. 200 such multi-standard stations will be installed along French motorways by December 2015 with Renault-Nissan, BMW and VW all taking part.
H2 stations coming up: India now has its first hydrogen station powered by the abundant sun. The station is supplied by Air Products, which operates a total of three H2 fueling stations in the country. Also, France strikes yet again as Air Liquide opened another hydrogen pit stop at its Sassenage site in Isère (Rhône-Alpes) as part of the HyWay framework. A second station is planned in Grenoble.
greencarcongress.com (India), gasworld.com (France)
Fast charging on the go: To charge its 100 electric vehicles for the shuttle service at the Champions League finale in Berlin, Nissan employed a total of twelve mobile fast-chargers MDC22 from Swiss company Designwerk. The MDC22 turns any charging station into a DC charger, allowing vehicles to charge quicker at up to 22 kW almost anywhere.
Hermes delivers electrically in Berlin from today as it employs a custom-made electric Sprinter van. It is part of the showcase project DisLog, which deals with resource-saving deliveries in urban environments. The prototype by German E-Cars has a range of 120 kilometres. Hermes is testing various EVs in different cities and delivers 100 percent electrically in London since 2014.
emobileticker.de (in German)
Electric college catering: Scottish Fettes College in Edinburgh has taken delivery of a second electric utility vehicle from ePower Trucks. The ClubCar Carryall 500 electric truck has been customised for the college. It has a payload of more than 350kg and runs on lead acid batteries.
Tesla, Kia, Rolec EV & WF Senate, Air Products & Suzuki Shokan.
News from Tesla: The EV pioneer is building a new showroom combined with a service-centre and a row of Superchargers in Rocklin, California, with a massive array of photovoltaic solar cells to power the entire site. Meanwhile, Tesla hopes to be allowed to open as many as twelve of its stores in Texas.
greencarreports.com (California), wfaa.com (Texas)
Taking a back seat: Kia wants to refrain from bringing electric and hybrid vehicles to Australia, as long as there are no clear signs from the government. At the moment, there are no plans for subsidies, nor policies that would push for the development of charging infrastructure.
WF Senate and Rolec EV plug in: Electrical wholesaler WF Senate and Rolec EV announced a cooperation under which the former will distribute Rolec’s EV charging stations for the domestic and commercial sector.
H2 deal in Japan: Together, U.S. company Air Products and Japanese industrial gas company Suzuki Shokan want to push construction and operation of hydrogen filling stations for the material handling vehicle market in Japan. Talks with a number of “high-profile clients” are allegedly already taking place.
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Mercedes, Linde, COMET, Air Products, North Yorkshire.
EV sharing in Yokohama: The Japanese branch of Mercedes-Benz will be offering a one-way car sharing service called Smaco in Japan from September. Together with Orix and Amano, the carmaker will deploy 20 Smart ED which can be collected and returned at eight stations in the metropolis.
Linde’s global H2 technology: In Japan, Iwatani has opened the country’s first commercial hydrogen fuelling station in Amagasaki. Its components are made in Germany by Linde. The North American branch of Linde has meanwhile erected two new H2 stations in California.
hydrogenhq.com (Japan), green.autoblog.com (California)
Electric Jeepney: In the Philippines, the “jeepney,” a decorated bus-like vehicle, gets electrified. The task has been taken on by domestic Global Electric Transport together with its partner Pangea Motors from the States. They now started serial production of the COMET (City Optimized Managed Electric Transport) and plan to build 20,000 of the 18-seater over the next five years.
Hydrogen at Heathrow: Air Products, the operator of the London airport’s H2 station, has introduced an additional SmartFuel hydrogen high pressure tube trailer to its fleet. It will add a 700 bar refuelling capability to the public hydrogen refuelling station.
Hurry up, if you happen to live in North Yorkshire. The Richmondshire District Council together with Yorkshire Energy Partnership is offering to set residents up with a free charging facility to those with off-street parking space. However, the ‘Electric Richmondshire’ scheme is only available until August 18.
DHL France, PowerCell, Air Products.
DHL enlarges EV fleet: The logistics company has just added the ‘Colibus’ to its fleet in Bordeaux. This electric transporter built in Auch, France, can carry up to 750 kilos, has a range of 120 kilometres and reaches a top speed of 80 kph. The addition of the Colibus brings DHL’s count of all-electric vehicles in its French fleet up to six.
journalauto.com (In French), emobilitaetonline.de (In German)
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New automotive fuel cell stack: PowerCell, a Volvo spin-off developing fuel cell technology, is about to finalise its second generation (S2) fuel cell stack platform. The S2 covers a power range up to 25 kW and can be used in stationary but also automotive applications as it is very compact.
Mobile H2 charging truck: Air Products launched a lorry capable of transporting hydrogen at a pressure of up to 350 bar. The ‘SmartFuel’ tube trailer can also operate as a mobile fueling station and will be used to support the hydrogen fuel cell bus programme in London.