ViaVan plans to use only BEVs as of 2025
ViaVan, the joint venture of Mercedes-Benz Vans and the US startup Via, plans to convert all its locations to purely electric fleets by 2025. In Berlin, only fully electric vans are to be used from the end of 2020.
NewMotion signs V2X agreement with Amsterdam
NewMotion has signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the EVS32 with the City of Amsterdam, and a number of other public and private companies to develop Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) technology. The partners are planning the commercial introduction of V2X technologies in projects linking electric vehicles with energy systems in the Amsterdam area.
Albert Heijn to use electric vans in Amsterdam
The Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn will supply its customers in Amsterdam with electric transporters in the future. In a first step, 25 vehicles from the existing fleet of more than 400 VW Crafters were converted by Orten to electric drives.
Amsterdam gets 100 electric buses by VDL
Amsterdam’s public transport operator GVB has ordered 31 electric buses from VDL Bus & Coach with the option for another 69 Citea models. The signed deal also includes charging infrastructure with service to start in 2020.
EasyJet to launch first electric aeroplane by 2019
Flying from London to Amsterdam with zero emission? You may not have to wait much longer, at least if the cooperation of EasyJet and Wright Electric continues to progress at lightning speed. The British airline aims to launch an electric aircraft next year.
Electrification of Amsterdam Pride yielding results
Just a few weeks ago, we reported on a joint initiative of EV Box, the City of Amsterdam and utility NUON for the Amsterdam Pride parade. They dressed the town’s charging station in fancy rainbow colour and promised to donate all profits made on this day to an LGBTQ* organisation. This has come out of […]
Ikea to accelerate electrification in five cities
Ikea has announced an accelerated time plan for their planned switch to electrified vehicles. As things stood, in 2020 deliveries in the inner city areas of Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai will be conducted in a fully electric manner.
Power to the Heroes
For the annual Pride festivities in Amsterdam, charging technology manufacturer EVBox, utility NUON and the City of Amsterdam are joining forces to dress charging stations with rainbows.
Australia’s Tritium opens European HQ in Amsterdam
Fast-charging equipment designed Down Under shall become more widely available in Europe as Tritium opens its new European office in the Dutch capital. It will serve as sales and training center but also includes testing facilities for carmakers.
Daimler launches shuttle service ViaVan in Amsterdam
ViaVan, a joint venture by Mercedes-Benz Vans and the U.S. startup Via has started its on-demand shuttle service in the Dutch capital. They will use the Vito and V Class as well as the electric B Class until the arrival of the eVito. More cities are on the list.
Amsterdam, Ireland, Belgrade, ChargePoint, Burlington.
13 MW charge infrastructure: Amsterdam is about to become home to the world’s largest depot charging network to be installed by Heliox. The 13 MW turnkey project is to charge 100 electric buses from Connexxion (Transdev) and the order will include installation sites at Amsterdam Airport and Amstelveen. Heliox’s opportunity chargers provide 450 and up to 600 kW from 2018, resulting in charging times of 2 to 4 minutes via pantograph.
Irish EV task force: Ireland joins the countries that wish to drive all-electric from 2030, as outlined in its ‘National Policy Framework on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland’. A Low Emission Vehicle Taskforce is to work out how to best achieve such LEV uptake, including infrastructure measures. So far, Ireland is far behind its intended EV share with estimates for 8,000 electric cars on the roads – far from the targeted 50,000 by 2020.
60 e-buses for Belgrade? Serbia’s capital plans to deploy 60 electric buses, says a report from Belarus, where local company Belkommunmash actually hopes to win the bid as Belgrade is testing one of its electric buses. Competition comes from China but Belkommunmash bets on competitive pricing.
EV inclusive: U.S. Bank’s Voyager Network Fleet Card will now be accepted at ChargePoint’s stations across the States. ChargePoint will begin updating its locations immediately and expects the process to be completed over the summer so that corporate fleets may adopt electric cars more easily.
Utility rebate: Burlington Electric of Burlington, Vermont is the next utility to offer customers a rebate on the purchase of a new electric vehicle. The 1,200 dollar discount applies to any electric car priced 50,000 dollars or less.
Seoul, Philippines, Amsterdam, Green Motion.
Diesel ban in Seoul? Korea’s capital is pondering a plan to restrict entry to the ancient centre for old diesel cars and chartered buses. If such a ban passes, it would be easy to enforce as the old town lies within four gates and Seoul said controls would be strict. A study on traffic control has been commissioned and the city wants to expand both bus and bike lanes to fill in the transport gap.
The Philippines go green officially as its Department of Energy will donate 24 Toyota Prius government offices tomorrow. The move is aided through a grant from the government of Japan.
Zero emission delivery: Dutch Albert Heijn launched two electric trucks to supply its supermarkets in Amsterdam. Proivided by logistic partner Simon Loos, the e-trucks will charge while being loaded at distribution centres and could thus run continuously but will drive up to 6 times a day in practice.
Eco-friendly car rent: Green Motion specialises in electric and hybrid cars and opened a new outlet at Ljubljana airport in Slovenia. It is the 30th country the services launches, as a franchise in this case.