Canada, CharIN, Pod Point, APCOA, PlugSurfing, Iveco.
1,000 charging stations for Canada: The Northern part of the American continent strikes again as Canada’s government grants AddEnergie 7m dollars. The EV charging company will use the investment to install more than 1,000 new charging stations across Canada by 2019 and to develop the next generation of fast-charging stations as well as other innovations for home and workplace charging.
CharIN got a new member: MAN joins the Charging Interface Initiative that aims to establish CCS as the standard for charging all EVs. The truck and bus maker said it would actively take part in the standardisation effort, especially with regards to smart communication between bus depot and/or logistics centres. CharIN got more than 60 members at the moment.
Pod Point partnered with APCOA Parking to expand its network of public EV chargers. APCOA currently has 15 points at Heathrow Airport and Birmingham’s shopping centre but the cooperation is to grow the number of charge stops significantly.
PlugSurfing per QR code: Berlin-based start-up PlugSurfing launched a new feature called Scan&Charge. It enables ad-hoc charging without registration via QR code, which can be applied to any charge point. The EV driver simply needs to scan the image, select a payment method and charging starts. It allows payment by the minute or kWh.
plugsurfing.com (in English), plugsurfing.com (in French)
120 hybrid buses for Milano: Iveco won a tender of fellow Italian transport provider ATM from Milan, which wants to renew its entire fleet until 2019. Iveco will thus deliver 120 Urbanway Hybrid buses starting from June 2017. The model saves about 30% fuel.
11 electric buses for ZA: Cape Town has ordered eleven electric buses including charging equipment from BYD. Ten will go into service in the South African city by 2018, while one bus is destined on loan to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital to test if electric transport is a viable option there.
Nissan, EV Connect, Leicester, Seaward, Apcoa & The New Motion.
Nissan’s ‘No Charge to Charge’ programme arrives in three more U.S. cities. Leaf drivers in Austin, Texas, Monterey, California, and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina receive complimentary public charging in the selected cities for two years. Eligible chargers can be located via the EZ -Charge app.
Charger financing: EV Connect teamed up with GE and financing provider SparkFund to create the EV Charging-as-a-Service (EV CaaS) programme. Flat rates for the installation of a public EV charging station start at 99 dollars a month with some upfront costs.
Diesel to electric: Leicester replaced 15 diesel vehicles with EVs in a 6-month trial. The electric cars are to serve for school transport as well as patrol cars for city wardens. If the test is successful, up to 95 diesels could be replaced with electric vehicles within the next three years.
EV chargepoint tester: Seaward developed the compact EV100 diagnostic tester for all types of AC EV charging stations. The handheld device carries out all tests required for compliance with IEC 61851. Test results can be printed or emailed to the the provider directly.
Park & Charge: Parking facility operator Apcoa is working with The New Motion to equip 50 Apcoa sites in Germany with EV charging stations. The company plans to continually expand the network to include more locations also outside the German borders.