A little pick-me-up
One hundred autonomous and remotely-controlled kick-scooters have recently been introduced in a pilot project in a suburb Peachtree Corners the US city of Atlanta. During the actual ride, the customers retain full control, but the electric scooters roll to the customer and to the charging station independently, or alternatively via remote control. Weiterlesen
Lime is withdrawing e-scooter sharing from 12 cities
The shared e-scooter supplier Lime is withdrawing from twelve cities due to lack of profitability. In the USA these include Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego and San Antonio, in Latin America Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima, Puerto Vallarta, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and the Austrian city of Linz in Europe. Weiterlesen
Balearic Islands, Shell, Trondheim, Atlanta, Adelaide.
Charging the Balearic islands: 500 fast-charging stations are destined for the Balearic islands with 300 of the chargers to go to Mallorca alone. Funding comes from the tourist tax fund that earmarked 13m euros for the charging infrastructure. There are already 150 charging stations on Mallorca.
inselradio.com (in German)
First fast-chargers at Shell stations: The petrol-chemical company has teamed up with Allego and has installed fast-charging stations at pit stops in London, Surrey, and Derby. Seven more gas stations have been selected to get EV charging opportunities before the year’s end. Shell also wants to develop fast-charging infrastructure in the Netherlands and the Philippines.
Electric buses for Trondheim: Heuliez Bus has received an order for ten of its new electric city buses. Tide Buss wants to deploy the GX 437 ELEC in Norwegian Trondheim. Another 25 electric buses will come from Volvo to Trondheim thus bringing the fleet up to a total of 35 as planned.
Gotta be EV ready: In Atlanta, new commercial and single-family residential units would have to be “EV-ready,” according to an by-law introduced into the City Council. The ordinance would require developers to install the electrical infrastructure to support EV chargers.
Charging hub Down Under: The city of Adelaide and the state government have turned to Mitsubishi Australia to open a charging station with eight fast-charging spots downtown. It is the first of its kind in South Australia.
Thuringia, Supercharger, Atlanta, EVA+, Dubai.
The German federal state of Thuringia has revealed its charging infrastructure plan LISS until 2020. It plans 370 new EV chargers in the next three years, where a total of 32 local utilities will work together to install 300 regular and 70 fast-chargers. The federal state is funding slower chargers with 975 euros, while 2.46m euros will be invested in fast-chargers at a federal level. The utilities are investing a combined 2.61 euros.
thueringen24.de, thueringen.de (articles in German)
Good-bye free charging: As reported, Tesla cars ordered after January 15th will not be allowed to charge for free at Superchargers. Only the first 400 kWh will be included in the price of the car. After that, Tesla will charge per kWh, meaning the fee will differ from area to area. The carmaker also emphasised that it will not profit, but will merely cover costs.
insideevs.com, teslarati.com, tesla.com
Ultimate charge and fly: No less than 102 parking spots have been fitted with EV chargers at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Another 200 more parking spots will also be modernised in the coming years.
Electric Vehicle Arteries: Project EVA+, which was unveiled in Brussels and is being funded with 4.2m euros by the EU, wants to set up 200 multi-charger stations in Italy and Austria in the coming three years. For the project, utility Enel and Verbund have teamed up with BMW, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen.
Plugging-in: The British government is looking for ways to simplify charging and cut cost. Parallel pricing, as well as a pricing cap are among propositions on the table, as is a standard charge chard that will work at all EV chargers in the country.
Dubai goes hybrid: The country’s Roads and Transport Authority has issued a five-year plan that also calls for half of all taxis to be fitted with hybrid drivetrains by 2021. That would be the equivalent of 2,280 hybrid taxis.
Budapest, Nottingham, Nissan, BlueCalifornia, Atlanta.
Adding Budapest to the map: The Hungarian capital will see the installation of 250 EV charging spots in and around the city. The Ministry of economy has earmarked 600m forint (about 1.9m euros) to support the measure.
First electric Park&Ride service: Nottingham, will open the UK’s first all-electric Park & Ride service in January, featuring 13 electric buses from BYD. The buses will travel along the Eco Expressway, which gives priority to electric vehicles.
Red Leaf for police: The Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the UK has taken delivery of two bright red Nissan Leaf. It was not said how the electric cars would be used.
E-carsharing for hotspots: The city of Los Angeles has paved the way for an e-carsharing initiative for disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The operator BlueCalifornia is a subsidy of French Bolloré. The city, state and company have invested millions in the projects that will start out with 100 EVs and 200 charging stations.
Charge and fly: The Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, will count 100 EV chargers by the end of the year. 46 have already been installed at the international and park-ride parking garage. More stations will be added in the airport’s domestic parking areas.
H2 Logic, EV Hub, CharIn, CARB, Atlanta, Ameren.
H2 expansion accelerated: Norwegian H2 Logic is about to take its fast-fuelling hydrogen stations to the U.S. by the year’s end. Its stations are said to fuel up to seven fuel cell vehicles per hour (we reported). In Europe, the company has deployed about ten stations so far.
Full service fast-charging: EV Hub is a modern age gas station, or charging centre. The British firm plans to inaugurate the first two hubs by the end of this year. They will boast up to 20 fast-chargers but also facilities like restaurants or a gym to procrastinate productively while waiting for the battery to fill.
CharIn to expand: The initiative that wishes to take CCS global is making its way across the pond. Together with P3 North America, manufacturers and infrastructure providers want to make DC charging more widely available. CharIn counts Ford, GM, Tesla, and Faraday Future among its members.
CARB calculator: Electricity costs for battery electric bus deployments in California can be calculated. CARB published a tool for download that estimates costs for charging on route or at the depot.
arb.ca.gov (calculator) via greencarcongress.com
Electric first response: Atlanta in Georgia is adding another five electric vehicles to its fleet for first responders. They will serve on the renaturalised Beltline, a former railway corridor. Eventually, the city’s agencies hope to entertain a 60 strong pool of EVs. Georgia Power helped fund the project.
Missouri’s largest utility Ameren looks to install what it calls five charging islands between St. Louis and Jefferson City. The EV charging spots would be 20 – 45 miles apart and would allow for four electric cars to charge simultaneously with different standards. Approval has yet to be granted.
Madrid, Pisa, Atlanta, Wyoming, Envision Solar, ChargePoint.
Madrid e-bike sharing: More than 50,000 residents of the Spanish capital have already signed up for the public electric bike share system BiciMAD, which was launched in June 2014. Some 1,000 e-bikes are available at 160 stations right now and the goal is to have 4,000 by 2026.
Italian hospital launches e-bike service: Cisanello hospital in the Italian city of Pisa will provide sixty e-bikes free of charge to help staff, students and visitors move about its grounds and facilities.
Atlanta goes electric: The city of Atlanta, Georgia has plans to introduce a total of 50 plug-ins into its fleet. Council members recently voted unanimously to authorize the city’s Office of Sustainability to lease 15 battery-powered electric cars as well as 35 plug-in hybrids.
Wyoming to charge EVs: As of July 1, Wyoming joined seven other U.S. states to charge a special fee on electric cars. The 50-dollar fee was created to offset the lack of gas tax collected from plug-in cars.
Solar partnership: EV charging product company Envision Solar and charging network ChargePoint announced a partnership agreement to jointly offer solar-powered EV charging in the U.S. and Canada.
No speed limit.
“Autobahn” is a term that doesn´t need to be translated. And thanks to Porsche, it can now be enjoyed on the other side of the Atlantic as well. Their new U.S. headquarters in Atlanta comes with a circuit that also features its very own piece of “German Autobahn”.
U.S. EV initiatives, New Mexico, Memphis, Atlanta, Hong Kong.
250 million dollars for EVs: At an event at the White House, two new initiatives have been launched. More than 70 utility providers plan to invest over 250 million dollars in EVs to electrify their fleets. PG and the Edison Electric Institute furthermore announced a new initiative for the ‘Workplace Charging Challenge’ the DoE had called for.
New Mexico e-fleet: The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) plans to replace most of its vehicles, possibly all 450, with plug-in electric vehicles. For a start, seven vehicles will be acquired, with six pick-ups and ten bucket trucks to follow within the next few weeks.
H2 station at Memphis airport: Plug Power has completed installation of its first GenFuel hydrogen infrastructure at the Memphis Airport. The GenFuel station includes a hydrogen tank, compression system, fuel pipelines, and hydrogen dispensers that will power a fleet of 15 airport tugs.
American Football goes electrically: ChargePoint provided ten Atlanta Falcons-branded charging stations to the team at various training facilities. Atlanta is the second biggest EV market in the U.S. after California.
Cheaper charging stations in Hong Kong: Hong Kong Productivity Council and Chinese ITE Engineering have locally developed low-cost fast-charging stations to be installed at two government facilities in Hong Kong, adding to another ten already existing imported ones in Hong Kong.
EV state Atlanta, Elon Musk Interview.
Reading tip: Atlanta is the latest example of best practice to get electric cars taking off. A mixture of incentives and cheap energy has helped making Atlanta the second best state for electric car sales.
Listening tip: The BBC’s Radio 4 interviewed Tesla CEO Elon Musk and asked him about his entrepreneurial endeavours which are nothing short of impressive. Tune in!