London, Gothenburg, BlueCity, H2 Mobility, Aspen.
London gets 36 electric buses: BYD and ADL (Alexander Dennis Limited) managed to get a letter of intent from transport provider RATP Dev to acquire 36 electric buses to serve on lines C1 and 70. Deliveries of the Enviro200 models are scheduled for spring 2018 and price negotiations are underway. Once concluded, the latest order will bring the number of ADL BYD electric buses in the UK capital to over 100, more than in any other major European city.
Gothenburg too got the hang of electric buses and thus extends its ElectriCity project together with Volvo to 2020. Two more electric buses shall take over line 16, after the electrification of no. 55 has proven a success.
Slowly but surely: BlueCity dares to grow its EV sharing in London fivefold, from 10 to 50 electric cars after the Hammersmith & Fulham trial went well. Availability will include Merton and Hounslow. Bolloré has been trying to gain ground in London since 2014.
German H2 initiative: Hesse state has 5 hydrogen stations as the joint venture H2 Mobility Deutschland opens two new ones. The JV consists of Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde and Shell that thus expand in the Rhine-Main area, namely in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. Germany now has a total of 30 H2 stations and these last two saw the federal government pour 1.6m euros into them. H2 Mobility not only got mighty shareholders but associated partners too with BMW, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen.
It took Aspen 18 months to decide to apply for funding for electric buses and infrastrcuture. City officials will now be asked to grant 1.5m dollars towards the acquisition of eight electric buses from New Flyer. RFTA plans to also apply to the state for a grant worth 1.7m and to the FTA for a 3.2m grant.
Cher, FleetCarma, Siemens, Aspen, Route Monkey.
Chinese rental EVs: Chery is to work with rental company Shou Qi to introduce 10,000 new energy vehicles for the car hire service Gofun eventually. The agreement to cooperate and to produce such customised electric cars has been signed already.
Telematics for mixed fleets: The EVS29 is FleetCarma’s new telematic device. While the C2 supports all sorts of vehicles, including diesel and gasoline, it shall ultimately increase a fleet’s hybrid and electric vehicle share as it identifies which cars could be replaced with greener options.
Smart Siemens HQ: In Munich, Siemens has completed construction of its new company HQ that can accommodate up to 1,200 employees. The building meets the highest environmental standards and all energy comes from renewable sources. The garage offers space for 200 bicycles including a charging station for pedelecs and has another 21 parking lots with EV charge points.
Summer has arrived in Aspen and with it free rides in electric carts. The service is sponsored by the town but “coincides” with increased parking fares and has started as planned. Rides can be booked via app and will be available until September when the skiing season is about to start.
EV navigation: As Route Monkey recently received funding to develop an online portal and app for EV drivers, it teams up with Sygic in order to do so. The partner is a GPS navigation specialist and together with Route Monkey is to make a platform that optimises itineraries for EV fleets.
GOFAST, Lübeck, Hydro-Quebec, Tesla, Aspen.
Fast-charging Switzerland: Company GOtthard FASTcharge, short GOFAST, wants to install a fast charging network with 150 kW and more in Switzerland. Some 150 stations are planned, with the first location along the Gotthard motorway said to open this summer. The goal is to set up at least 100 locations in the next two and a half years.
Germany’s North electrifies: The German city of Lübeck is looking to replace all 200 of its buses with electric ones by 2035. Depending on availability, the first buses could be swapped as early as next year. The Hanseatic city currently only counts 10 hybrid busses that are actually not as efficient, as planned. Some blame the driving style of local bus drivers.
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Connecting Quebec: Hydro-Québec is looking to erect 22 EV charging stations in eastern Ontario, making it easier for motorists to get to Quebec. These will also be the utility’s first EV stations outside of the Canadian capital.
No direct sales: Tesla again failed to push a bill that would allow it to sell directly to customers in Connecticut. The EV maker now wants to play its last ace up its sleeve and offer to build a distribution centre in the U.S. state. That could mean 150 new jobs – if direct sales were allowed.
Electric Aspen: This summer, the small town in Colorado, U.S., is offering free electric taxi rides. The on-demand service features five Polaris Gem E6 that can be booked via an app. While the drive is free, tips are not frowned upon.