PSA announces charging system partners
The French car manufacturer PSA has selected a partner for the installation of charging stations for all its brands in each European country. The recommended companies offer charging solutions for business customers as well as for consumers in single or multiple family homes.
Alpiq & Mercedes team up on energy storage
The Swiss energy group Alpiq and Mercedes-Benz Energy have concluded a supply agreement for the stationary use of batteries from electric vehicles. The storage unit has a capacity of 1.5 MW and a gross capacity of 1.4 MWh, which is also possible to scale up.
Juicar EV-by-subscription launched in Germany & Italy
The Swiss energy group Alpiq is now launching its electric mobility subscription service Juicar in Germany and Italy. Juicar has been on the market in Switzerland since August 2018. In Germany the subscription is now available nationwide in cooperation with the fleet operator Arval.
Hyundai’s electric strategy – two prongs to success?
German and European car manufacturers are currently fully committed to the battery and still very hesitant regarding the fuel cell. Toyota is doing it the other way around. Hyundai wants to develop both technologies in parallel. A closer look at what the Koreans have in mind.
Alpiq and H2 to use hydroelectric power for hydrogen
Alpiq and H2 Energy (H2E) are planning Switzerland’s first plant for the production of hydrogen in commercial operation. From the end of 2019, hydrogen for the first 50 of a total of 1,600 fuel cell trucks will be produced at the Gösgen hydroelectric power station using hydroelectric power.
Swiss name winners of fast-charging network tender
The Swiss Federal Roads Authority (FEDRO) has now awarded the contract for fast-charging stations at 100 rest stops to four Swiss and one Dutch provider: Gotthard Fastcharge (GOFAST), Groupe e, Primeo Energie / Alpiq E-Mobility, SOCAR Energy Switzerland and Fastned.
Helsinki, Alpiq, Missouri, Ford, Middletown.
Driverless shuttle: For two months, Helsinki will be testing two self-driving EZ10 electric mini-buses from French company EasyMile. Compared to other road tests, the Finish capital seems to have imposed much less restrictions for the autonomous vehicles to be integrated into regular traffic.
“Grand Tour of Switzerland” electrifies: The 1,600 km long holiday route in Switzerland will be fitted with charging stations by the end of 2017. Alpiq E-Mobility received the order and has begun with the installation of a first charger in St. Moritz.
Like an island in the sun: Missouri will set up “charging islands” along the I-70 highway. Ameren Missouri is currently on the hunt for three locations that will offer fast- and regular charging.
Predictive shuttle service: Ford will offer an electric shuttle service on the MIT campus from September. The service will be on-demand, but is also said to predict when people will need a ride, by learning when and where there are the most pedestrians on campus.
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Electric mobility in Middletown: The city of Middletown in Connecticut has used a government grant to purchase six Ford Focus Electric and install two EV charging stations with two charge points each. The city footed half of the bill.
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India, U Drive Electric, Alpiq, Smatrics.
Electric deliveries in Delhi: Indian online grocery retailer BigBasket plans to use electric cars for deliveries in India’s capital and surrounding areas. Talks with Mahindra Reva are under way, as is a prototype. The internet start-up plans on initially 100 EVs with deliveries to begin within the next six months.
U Drive Electric is a new programme by Utah University designed to help staff and students go electric. They can benefit from a five up to 20 percent discount on the purchase or lease of electric or plug-in hybrid car. The offer is available at three participating dealerships from Ford, Nissan and BMW until the end of 2015.
Audi and Alpiq connect: Drivers of Audi plug-in hybrids will be able to install their own home charging station supplied by Alpiq E-Mobility in Switzerland. The cooperation requires Alpiq to take charge of installation and commissioning of the stations.
Charging more freely: Starting next year, Smatrics will offer Swiss customers three new tariffs based on charging time. The deal does not require customers to pay a monthly base fee and new customers get access charging stations via mobile phone instead of a charge card.
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PREMIUM, Geneva, ABB & Alpiq, Teheran, ITM Power & Ove Arup.
BMW i3 is most test driven EV: According the German state-funded research project PREMIUM, some 13 percent of German drivers have already had first encounters with electric mobility. Most chose to test the BMW i3. Many would love to drive electric to protect the environment, but say that range and vehicle cost are still too big of an issue.
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Geneva votes for e-buses: The city will introduce eleven all-electric buses on its line 23 from 2017, replacing the current diesel-powered fleet. The deal worth tenth of millions of euros will most likely be signed very soon. The electric buses were already been tested during the Tosa pilot project.
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ABB and Alpiq cooperate: Alpiq E-Mobility now carries all ABB rapid-charging solutions and will take charge of the conception and planning phases, as well as the installation and service of the EV chargers. ABB will continue to focus on the development and production of charging solutions.
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Teheran bets on hybrids: The Iranian capital wants introduce at least 10,000 hybrid taxis within three years. 200 are already on the road and will be used at “airports, hotels and luxurious places.” The vehicles will of course be imported.
H2 alliance: Companies ITM Power and Ove Arup & Partners will work together to identify sites for new hydrogen refueling and energy storage systems using technology.