Fuel cell and battery-electric buses for Auckland
As Auckland Transport continues to accelerate the Low Emissions Bus Roadmap, the public transport provider has ordered two ‘extra-large’ electric buses from Chinese giants Yutong and six BYD electric buses, as well as the city’s first fuel cell bus that will – also a first – be made in New Zealand.
Scotland, Germany, Auckland, Carolina.
60m for Scotland’s energy transition: The Scottish government has launched a 60m pound fund reserved for innovations that will help its transition to a low carbon society. This includes a switch to electric vehicles – Scotland wants to ban sales of ICE by 2032 reportedly – and respective charging infrastructure. The latter may be partially paid for from the new fund. Further measure include the introduction of low emission zones as well as a ban of the worst gas guzzlers in Glasgow from late 2018 and in Aberdeen and Dundee by 2020.
cleanenergynews.co.uk, thelondoneconomic.com, scotsman.com (low emission zones)
Funding for 1,100 electric vans: Germany’s Ministry of the Environment will top up its programme for zero emission deliveries (‘CO2-freie Zustellung’) with 7.7m euros, bringing the total funding available to 17m euros. Enough to support another 1,100 StreetScooter vans built by Deutsche Post DHL to deliver parcels and mail in cities with high levels of air pollution. The decision follows the second so-called diesel summit and already 1,100 electric vans had been funded previously. In total, Deutsche Post operates 3,400 StreetScooters in Germany today.
bmub.bund.de (in German)
Kiwis in EVs are on the freeway literally since Auckland has agreed to open 11 priority bypass lanes on busy State Highways by late September. The California-style move is part of a one year trial by New Zealand’s transport agency (NZTA) and existing owners will be sent a sticker that allows access.
Riding electric in Carolina: Clemson Area Transit (CATbus) has purchased ten electric buses and related charging infrastructure from Proterra. They will join another six e-buses already in operation and further CATbus’ plan to build a 100 percent electric fleet.
EVgo, Arriva, KEBA, E-Fleet.com, Auckland.
174 new fast-charger: BMW and Nissan have, as part of their cooperation with EVgo, set up another 174 multi-standard fast-chargers in 33 U.S. states. Another 50 fast-chargers are planned for this year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, bmwgroup.com
174 new hybrid buses: British bus operator Arriva took delivery of no less than 174 Volvo hybrid buses, which will join the currently 44 hybrid buses already on the fleet. The new double decker buses are of the type Volvo B5LH, of which 123 are already in service in London and another 51 in Merseyside.
itsinternational.com, transportengineer.org.uk, automotiveworld.com
KEBA to produce new BMW i Wallbox: The Austrian company received approval for delivery for the new BMW i Wallbox. KEBA has set up a second production line for the wallbox and the start of series production, as well as initial deliveries have already taken place.
200 EVs to share a ride: California start-up E-Fleet.com wants to provide Uber and Lyft drivers with access to the Nissan Leaf, VW e-Golf, Chevy Bolt and later the Tesla Model 3. The fleet of a total of 200 electric cars could already be made available in San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle and San Francisco this year.
yahoo.com, fundable.com (Crowdfunding)
E-mobility funding: Auckland will begin testing two electric buses this year and set up 60 new EV chargers. The undertakings will be funded by New Zealand’s government as part of the recently announced 3.5m dollar e-mobility grant that will be divided among 15 projects in the country.
Tesla in Manhattan, Auckland, Kiel, BYD, Nissan.
More EV chargers than gas stations: Tesla looks to increase the number of destination chargers in Manhattan to 105 by the end of this month and would thus outnumber the 40 gas stations located there. By September, there will a Tesla charge stop every three blocks, says the EV maker that now operates two showrooms in New York City.
No way for electrification: Auckland pulls the plug on its planned electric car sharing scheme as non of the 9 companies bidding were deemed suitable. They were either too small or not (yet) electric enough. Auckland Transport would not comment if larger, oversea companies like Bolloré had applied at all.
En route to electrification: The German city of Kiel presents a policy document outlining the electrification of the entire bus fleet over the next 20 years. For a start, five hybrid buses will go into service next year and Kiel’s public transport provider is eyeing Volvo as supplier.
shz.de (in German)
BYD to enter Korea: The Chinese firm is to launch its K9 electric bus on Jejudu island together with local partner Suncore. The latter is to purchase up to 1,000 units within the next two years but starts with three electric buses for now, which are set for delivery this May.
No charge to charge grows to 27 cities in the USA as Nissan adds Orlando to the bill – or free ticket rather as charging is complimentary in this programme for Leaf buyers. Welcome to the Sunshine state!
CCS, London, Hawaii, Mountain View, Montgomery Country, Auckland.
150 kW CCS-charger planned: Partners of Germany’s fast-charging network SLAM announced that it will be possible to charge with up to 150 kW in the future at key junctions along the country’s motorways. Terms of subsidies have been adjusted accordingly – 50 percent of the cost for the installation of 50 kW chargers and 75 percent of the cost for the preparation of 150 kW chargers will be covered. The first 150 kW chargers are said to go online in two years.
volkswagenag.com (in German only)
London gets first on-street fast-chargers: Hackney Council installed three Tri-Rapid chargers in Shoreditch, Dalston and Hackney Central. They are the first publicly accessible on-street fast-chargers in the UK capital which can charge EVs with up to 50 kW.
Hydrogen shuttles for Hawaii: From autumn, two 25-seater hydrogen buses will shuttle tourists to the Volcanoes national park on the island. Even the “Wiki-Wiki” shuttles at Honolulu Airport could soon be fueled by hydrogen.
New EV charging project approved: The City Council of California’s Mountain View said it will install five new charging stations in the California and Bryant Parking structure, as well as upgrade four stations located at City Hall later this year. The fee is set at 1.50 dollars/an hour for the first two hours and will increase to 5 dollars/hour during peak times.
Serving electric: Montgomery Country police in the U.S. state of Maryland added three Ford Fusion PHEVs to its fleet that will be used to serve civil papers. Three EV chargers have been installed for the cars in the parking garage underneath the Montgomery County Courthouse.
35 chargers for New Zealand: Company Vector wants to install 35 EV charging station across Auckland. Vector has been offering EV drivers free coffee at its two existing stations to pass the time. The new stations will be a mix of fast- and standard-chargers.
Auckland, Himachal Pradesh, Southern Railway, Germany.
E-carsharing plans in New Zealand: Auckland is looking for an operator for a carsharing scheme that will see 250 to 300 electric cars hit the road in New Zealand’s capital. That number will slowly be increased to 500. Who is up for the job?
Himalaya bets on e-buses: In order to combat pollution, the Indian state Himachal Pradesh wants to take at least 500 electric buses into operation. An application for funding has already been submitted to the government.
Rail to charge: Southern Railway wants to install 50 charging stations for EVs in its car parks at railway stations. Southern already has ten chargers and wants to install another 13 in the coming months.
Electric and mobility: The German project “Evaluation of integrated electromobility” will look into how public transport and carsharing schemes can be better integrated with electric mobility, as well as into the life of a user. The project is part of the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West and is funded by the German government with 2.2 million dollars.