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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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.
Apple, Beverly Hills, Amsterdam, GKN.
iSecret in Berlin? According to German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Apple has secret lab for its upcoming electric car in the German capital. As many as 20 experts from the German automotive industry are said to work there to prepare the launch of the iCar in Germany in 2019 or 2020, at which point it will become part of a carsharing fleet.
faz.net (in German); macrumors.com, cultofmac.com
Autonomous in Beverly Hills: The Los Angeles neighbourhood decided to implement a self-driving limousine service. Thanks to the vast network of fibreglass cables, the cars can stay connected with each other as well as that part of town. Beverly Hills plans to sit down with Tesla and Google to talk about delivering the fleet – which will therefore be all-electric.
Autonomous Amsterdam: The Dutch city, too, wants to kick off a pilot project with fully self-driving cars. The EU could issue a general approval of autonomous vehicles by 2019. Meanwhile, the city will test the cars on separate roads.
eAxle for Volvo: Following the Volvo XC 90 PHEV, GKN will also deliver its eAxle system for the Volvo S90 Plug-in Hybrid. The system supports both all-electric driving, as well as all-wheel drive where the rear is powered by an electric motor and the front by a combustion engine.
Amsterdam, Athens, Ireland, Conneticut.
Amsterdam electrifies: The Dutch capital strives for zero-emission by 2025. Starting by 2017, it will set-up an environmental zone that bans elderly gas guzzlers from entering the city centre. Over the course of one year, the prohibition will gradually include vans, cabs, buses and scooters made before set dates. For positive encouragement, Amsterdam reportedly plans to upgrade charging infrastructure to 4,000 stations and will also introduce subsidies for EVs. Electric cabs will get priority at the Central Station.
Athens electrifies: The Greek capital will apply for a 6m dollar state grant to support Athens Transit in the acquisition of ten hybrid buses, which will replace ten diesel-powered units. Another 1.5m dollars will come through local funding.
Ireland charges rapidly: Irish utility ESB installed six multi-standard fast-charging stations in Belfast and Dublin. Co-financing of the 7m euro project came through the TEN-T EU programme, as well as BMW, Nissan, Renault and VW. The chargers support CCS, CHAdeMO, and Type 2.
Extra incentives: Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) tops up its EV rebate programme CHEAPR with 2m dollars. 1m have been earmarked for cash rebates of up to 3,000 dollars for private buyers, while the other million will be made available as grants for state agencies and cities.
Video tip I: The electric bus line of Swedish Gothenburg runs since summer but is now dressed up for the festive season. Volvo gave its electric buses a makeover with a light show accompanied by christmas carols and calls its a “mobile x-mas card.”
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Video tip II: Amsterdam aims to be emission free by 2025 and here promotes its efforts in public charging infrastruture. The advance is backed up by data that will feed smart grid applications.
Schiphol, Amsterdam, Grenoble, Tesla, Ecotricity, Philippines.
Schiphol deploys electric buses: 35 all-electric buses now drive passengers from the airplane to the gate and back at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Each bus has its own designated charging station and is 100% powered with solar energy.
Amsterdam to triple charging points: The city of Amsterdam announced that it plans to increase the number of charging points from currently 1,300 to 4,000 by 2018. Companies can now submit tenders for the operation of the network. The winner of the contract will be announced by the end of the year.
France goes H2: 21 Renault Kangoo Z.E. fitted with range-extending fuel cell technology by Symbio FCell and three hydrogen-filling stations have gone into service in Grenoble, France. The project HyWay was launched in October 2014 and now counts the largest hydrogen-powered fleet in Europe.
idw-online.de (in German), info-economique.com (in French)
Settled out of court: According to Transport Evolved, Tesla and Ecotricity have come to an agreement, ending their dispute over public electric car infrastructure in the UK. While neither companies have commented on the matter publicly, it seems they have agreed to work together for the greater good.
Taking the e-trike to class: The University of the Philippines is testing ten electric trikes on its Diliman campus, offering free rides for two months. If tests are successful, the university will add the trikes by Japanese manufacturer BEMAC Electric Transportation Phils to its on-campus transportation fleet.
Amsterdam, Seattle, FamilyMart, San Francisco.
On the road to no emission: Amsterdam wants to be emission free by 2025 and the taxi companies are doing their part. Together, Taxi Electric, Connexxion and TCA operate more than 170 Nissan Leaf and e-NV200. And since October, 167 Tesla Model S taxis are stationed at the Schiphol Airport.
Electric police cars in Seattle: Seattle police will use 28 Nissan Leaf for its traffic enforcement department in and around the city. Set patrol routes and predictable traffic make electric vehicles a feasible choice for the task and help reduce emissions of the city fleet.
Convenient charging: The Japanese convenient store chain FamilyMart now offers drivers to charge their EV while shopping. The market partnered with Nissan to install electric vehicle chargers at its locations across the country, because it wanted charging to become more convenient for its customers.
Powered by the sun: The city of San Francisco has gotten three new solar-powered charging stations for electric cars. The stations are part of a demonstration project called “Driving on Sunshine” that plans to install free solar-powered chargers across the city.
Amsterdam, Clean buses commitment, Montreal, St Andrews, Tesla.
Amsterdam to go all in: The Dutch capital has decided to electrify its entire bus fleet. The first 40 electric buses will go into service within the next two years. By 2025, all 200 buses in Amsterdam will drive electrically with no diesel buses left in service.
volkskrant.nl (in Dutch) via dutchnews.nl
Clean buses commitment: 20 cities in South America and others around the world have signed an agreement to introduce low-emission buses. Together, the signatories represent more than 140,000 buses – at least in theory. Detailed plans or concrete action for electrification have yet to be seen.
cleantechnica.com, c40.org (declaration as pdf)
1,000-EV sharing in Montreal: The Canadian city is planning to set up an electric car sharing and is looking for solution providers. Until 2020, Montreal wants to have 1,000 rental EVs and enough charging stations to keep them running.
Scottish E-Car Club: In St Andrews, Scotland’s first electric car club will go into service. The initial fleet is comprised of eight Renault Zoe and two Kangoo ZE which will be available for hire across the town on an hourly or daily basis.
Tesla to electrify Oz: Starting with eight charging booths in Goulborn, the Californians want to supercharge Australia. By 2016, Superchargers are to connect Melbourne with Sydney and Brisbane.
London, Go Ultra Low, New Hampshire, Amsterdam, Tbilisi.
London buses to charge wirelessly: Transport for London (TfL) announced to start operating three inductively charging buses in the British capital this September. The buses are part of the European ZeEUS project and follow a successful trial that has taken place in Milton Keynes for six months.
Go Ultra Low cities: The British government shortlisted 12 cities to potentially share 35 million pounds of funding to further the use of ULEVs. London, Oxford, York, and Dundee, to name but a few, have until August 31, 2015, to finalise their submissions. The winners will be announced shortly after.
New Hampshire offers rebates of up to 12,000 dollars for the installation of a DC fast chargers on the Interstate 93, available through April 3. Rebates of up to $5,000 for Level 2 chargers will be available later for other locations. In total, 49,000 dollars in funding are offered for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.
Dutch Tesla Service Center: The Californian company has opened one of the biggest European service facilities in Amsterdam. The Drivers Lounge offers Dutch Model S drivers 24-hour-access, “in case you need a coffee at 3 am”.
Japan to support Georgia: The capital Tbilisi is to receive 500 million yen (4,1 million dollars) towards the acquisition of hybrid buses and two electric cars. While for the greater good, the funding is also a way of promoting Japanese technology abroad as all vehicles will come from Japan.
Colibri, Amsterdam, Event.
Reading tip: BBC takes a closer look at the “tiny” EV Colibri from Jena, Germany, calling it “Germany’s one-seat wonder.” And in terms of success, the wonder car seems a shoe-in as well, as some 150 dealers from around the globe have already applied for licenses to sell it.
Click tip: The American network CNBC brings a story about electric cars in Amsterdam (text and video), explaining why the city believes that EVs are the answer to growing CO2 emissions. Looking at the success of the Amsterdam Electric initiative, it might be on the right track.
Event for the upcoming week: Trophée Andros Electrique (Feb 07; Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
DriveNow, Amsterdam, Beijing, e8energy, MCT Engineering.
DriveNow electrification in Europe: BMW and Sixt’s carsharing offering will also start in London by early 2015 and include the BMW i3. At the launch in Vienna, it was announced that the EV will also might be added to the DriveNow fleet for the Austrian capital. With the ChargeNow card, BMW i-customers now also have cross-border access to the charging infrastructure in Germany and Austria.
fleetnews.co.uk (London), futurezone.at (Vienna, in German), bmwgroup.com (ChargeNow, in German)
BMW i3 test fleet in Amsterdam: As part of a pilot project, ING bank leased 51 BMW i3s for staff living within 45 kilometers (28 miles) of Amsterdam. They either charge the i3 at home or at a nearby public charging point – with an additional 90 charging points available at ING’s headquarters in Amsterdam.
Charging lights in Beijing: Berlin-based companies Ubitricity and Ebee have come up with the novel idea of turning street lights into charging points – and the idea is making waves in places as far-flung as China. Local media reveal plans by several Beijing districts to turn their street lights into power outlets for EVs as early as this year. This could see the creation of over 30,000 additional charging points.
V2H solution from Hamburg: Charging infrastructure specialist e8energy has unveiled its new DIVA bi-directional rapid-charging system with CHAdeMO connector and integrated battery. It was demonstrated last week in Berlin using a Nissan Leaf.
e8energy.de (in German)
F1 supplier truly electrified: British company MCT Engineering has gone green and invested in three Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs. MCT manufactures carbon components used in a wide variety of areas including Formula One.
Amsterdam, Brussels, PlugSurfing, Connecticut, Chargepartner.
Ready, steady, go! 167 Tesla Model S have just taken up taxi services at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, making it the biggest electric cab fleet in the world. The programme will run for four years, but might be extended for another eight. Success seems somewhat guaranteed…
gas2.org, youtube.com (Video, in Dutch)
Equally electric is Brussel’s new e-taxi fleet. 34 BYD e6 will go into service in the Belgian capital. The Chinese manufacturer bid successfully against Nissan and Renault and impressed cab companies with a range of up to 300 kilometres.
PlugSurfing to expand further: The app now includes another 130 charge spots in Austria, where PlugSurfing users can charge and pay via RFID keychain. Partner for the Alpine expansion are Electrodrive Salzburg and Wien Energie, both part of Hubject’s intercharge network.
EV promotion in the States: Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will fund at least 20 more charging stations. Installation is fully paid for if the stations are available to the public 24/7 and free of charge. Jacksonville, Florida, offers rebates of up to 1,000 dollars for both the installation of charge points and the purchase of EVs, following in the steps of i.e. California and Georgia, where incentives can reach 5,000 dollars.
westfaironline.com (Connecticut), ens-newswire.com (other states)
Charging infrastructure software: Chargepartner developed a modular software platform enabling utilities and other businesses to manage charging infrastructure services. The white-label solution facilitates authorisation, management and billing of vehicle charging as well as user management.
Solar powered food deliveries, EV purchase experience.
Reading tip: “Buy local, deliver green” could be Foodlogica new slogan. The company is making food deliveries in Amsterdam using electric cargo bikes powered by solar cells on top of a shipping container.
Research tip: According to a new working paper by the Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis, buying experience for EV buyers has to be improved. Participants were dissatisfied with dealerships, with the exception of Tesla customers, who were mostly delighted.
Tesla taxis coming to Amsterdam-Schiphol, Electric 1939 Dodge.
Video tip: A great teaser for a cool initiative. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is about to chauffeur its guests in blue Tesla Model S taxis to and from the airport starting October 18th.
Reading tip: This oldtimer truck is far from rattling. Instead, this 1939 Dodge pickup runs purely electrically and has been converted by a former IBM engineer who uses the self-made EV to “just bang around town,” and on all other errands too.
Freight EVs, Renovo Coupe, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.
Download tip: E-Mobility NSR has published three “action plans” for the cities of Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Hamburg on how to support the use of electric light freight vehicles for the last mile.
All on e-mobility-nsr.eu, Amsterdam (PDF), Copenhagen (PDF), Hamburg (PDF)
Video tip: Chris Heiser is the CEO of Renovo. The Silicon Valley start up has now introduced its electric Renovo Coupe which is the main act in this Yahoo Autos video interview.
Panamera review: Richard Lane looks at the hybrid Porsche to see if it is “worth the premium” compared to a Tesla Model S. However, the hybrid Panamera’s electric mode only really applies in urban areas were it then unfolds its “truly wraith-like qualities” but only for a very limited range.
Foxconn & BEV, Michigan, Amsterdam, KRET, Proterra.
Foxconn and BEV set up electric car rental in China: Operations are set to begin in Beijing and Hangzhou next month already. Beijing Electric Vehicle (BEV) announced that within the coming year, some 5,000-10,000 rental vehicles will be available across the country.
Michigan tests first hybrid-electric bus line: On top of being greener and quieter, the so called “Silver Line” also has an on-board technology to change traffic lights to green, allowing for faster connections. It also provides free Wi-Fi for customers.
Why electrifying Amsterdam will work: By 2015, the number of public charging stations in the city will reach 2,000. And to make sure people use them, their locations were chosen based in demand. In others words, they are located where people live and work, to ensure easy and convenient access.
Charging station from Russia: KRET has developed a charging station for the use with the EVs from Lada but says the system will be easy adaptable to charge EVs from other manufacturers according to IEC 61851-1. Currently the FORA charging station supplies AC, but a DC version is in the making.
Proterra buses for Seattle: The manufacturer sold two 12-meter electric buses to the city of Seattle, USA. The sale also includes a fast-charging system. The buses will be tested for one year, after which Proterra could sell as many as 200 additional buses and charging systems to the city.
B-Class in Death Valley, Q&A with Elon Musk and JB Straubel.
Video tip 1: In this short film the fuel cell Mercedes B-Class proves to be a true life-saver for Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson when crossing the Death Valley. Its emissions provided the two with drinking water collected in a tank installed to the car’s exhaust. Daimler also tests its new concept under less extreme circumstances and says its 300 H2 cars running under real-life conditions have already been driven 5m miles.
youtube.com (Video), media.daimler.com (Infos)
Video tip 2: Watch Elon Musk and JB Straubel going through an hourlong Q&A at the Dutch Tesla outlet in Amsterdam with their dedicated, yet not entirely uncritical followers.
youtube.com via myelifenow.com
Pedelec & E-bike test: ExtraEnergy’s bi-annual test of electric bicycles is open for registration. Manufacturers applying until 19th February will qualify for a discount, while the testing is scheduled to begin at 25th March. Tests results will be published in the Elektrobike magazine with a circulation 45,000 copies.