ACE EV to build electric vehicles in Australia
The Australian startup ACE EV (Australian Clean Energy Electric Vehicle Group) is building a production facility in Adelaide to manufacture electric vehicles in cooperation with truck body makers Aldom Motor from 2020. The aim is to increase production to up to 15,000 vehicles per year by 2025.Weiterlesen
Tasmania to charge forward
The Climate Change Office of Australia’s island state Tasmania has announced grants to help local businesses install electric vehicle charging stations. In addition to the ChargeSmart scheme, Tasmania’s first ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging station will open in Campbell Town by the end of the year.Weiterlesen
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Australia: Chargefox deploying Tritium HPC chargers
Australia’s high power charging specialist Tritium has teamed up with network operator Chargefox to fit a charging site in Brisbane with two Tritium Veefill PK 350kW chargers, accompanied by a 50kW DC Veefil-RT fast charger, also from Tritium.Weiterlesen
An electric scooter made by Vmoto and Ducati
The Sino-Australian bike manufacturer Vmoto has signed a worldwide license agreement with the Italian motorcycle brand Ducati. The agreement provides for the distribution of CUx electric scooters under the Ducati brand through Vmoto’s dealer network.Weiterlesen
BMW to source cobalt from Australia and Morocco
After Andreas Wendt, the Board Member responsible for purchasing, recently announced that BMW will no longer purchase cobalt from Congo for the introduction of the fifth generation of electric vehicles from 2020/21, it is now clear that the raw material will instead come from Australia and Morocco.Weiterlesen
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Ireland: EasyGo.ie partners with Tritium in Ireland
EasyGo.ie, a privately-owned electric vehicle charging network in Ireland unveiled what it claims to be the first publicly-available DC charger in the country. EasyGi.ie announced plans to install 88 of Tritium’s DC rapid chargers by the end of 2020, with at least 20 to be deployed by the end of 2019.Weiterlesen
Ludicrously fast electric skateboard
Australia’s BajaBoard presents the Pantera, an electric skateboard that can reach a top speed of 72 kph (45 mph). That is why BajaBoard speaks of a “technology demonstrator” that is for use on private property and not public roads. “Obviously,” the firm added.
Australia Post orders 1,000 electric three-wheelers
Australia Post has bought another 1,000 electric three-wheelers, making them the nation’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator. They also ordered an additional 4,000 pedal-assist bikes. Delivery is planned over the next three years and to begin this June.Weiterlesen
Aldi’s electric kids’ cars sell like hot cakes
It seems that electric cars can sell well in Australia after all. With Christmas at the door, one of Aldi Australia’s best and fastest-selling “special buys” is back. The kids’ electric cars that sold out in seconds in 2017 are on offer again this year.Weiterlesen
Chargefox setting up HPC network in Australia
Australia is set to receive another HPC network with charging performance available from 150 to 350 kW. This one will be set up by the Australian startup Chargefox, who is planning to set up 21 locations in the first phase, for which it may generate up to 15 million dollars.Weiterlesen
Uniti plans to manufacture BEVs in Australia
The Swedish EV startup has announced plans to begin manufacturing their compact battery-electric Uniti One in Australia in the future. An annual capacity of up to 10,000 units are expected. The two-seater will begin production in Adelaide in 2020.Weiterlesen
Tesla gearing up to bring Model 3 to Australia, NZ
Now that production has stabilised in the USA and roll-out is beginning to look more routine, Tesla has announced their next step in international roll-out: The tour that was done across Europe to help popularise the vehicle will also take place down under.Weiterlesen
CSIRO extracts pure H2 from ammonia in live driving test
Australia’s CSIRO successfully tested their hydrogen stored in form of ammonia during driving tests with FCVs by Toyota and Honda. Their novel membrane essentially reverses the Haber-Bosch process, which usually transforms hydrogen into ammonia.Weiterlesen
Fast Cities Australia secures $7 million investment
The Australian mobility initiative has secured a $7 million investment from St Baker’s Energy Innovation Fund to begin work on a project to build 42 EV charging sites across the nation.Weiterlesen
Graphene infused concrete to charge EVs in motion
Talga Resources from Australia say they managed to mix enough graphene into concrete to make it conducive, meaning it could build roads able to charge an electric car while driving. Their concept is not entirely new but their foray into global markets is.Weiterlesen
Aussie Tesla owners built their own charging network
A group of dedicated Tesla owners in Australia has taken Tesla fandom to another level. In a concerted effort they set up their own EV charging network spanning all Australia and providing EV drivers of all kinds with a charge route.Weiterlesen
Nissan to offer Leaf in seven additional countries
Nissan’s newest vehicle, the BEV Leaf, has been slated for release in a total of 7 additional countries, alongside the already announced market nations, paving the way further to the goal of offering the vehicle in up to 60 countries around the world.Weiterlesen
Pipistrel’s electric aircraft ready for serial production
The Slovenian manufacturer successfully completed first test flights with its 2-seat electric aircraft in Australia. Just a few months ago, it received a Special Certificate of Airworthiness from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.Weiterlesen
Byron Bay Railroad Company puts all-solar train on track
Australia now got a solar train that shuttles sunbathers between Sunrise Beach and Byron Beach for free. Refurbished by the Byron Bay Railroad Company, the train sits a 100 people with room left for surfboards and more.Weiterlesen
Christchurch, Australia, American Electric Power, Albany.
Electrifying Christchurch: One of New Zealand’s largest cities will see the launch of an EV sharing service, starting with 70 electric cars in November and additional 30 electric vehicles joining in February. Furthermore, the city’s waste management company is about to start operating an electric-powered kerbside electric truck and (despite of facing difficulties to find producers) intends to turn the majority of its 800-strong fleet to EVs in the long term.
stuff.co.nz (car sharing), nzherald.co.nz (rubbish truck)
Australian EV incentives: The Australian government sets up a 100m finance programme to encourage citizens to switch to EVs. Among the measures provided are a 0.7 percent discount on finance for EVs and PHEVs as well as a range of eligible energy efficient and renewable energy equipment.
environment.gov.au, practicalmotoring.com.au, drive.com.au
Doubling the amount of EV chargers: American Electric Power teams up with the Electric Vehicle Charging Association and several other partners to spend almost 10m dollars on rebates for charging infrastructure in the utility’s Ohio service territory. Their plan includes 300 level 2 chargers and 75 DC fast chargers — more than doubling the 280 public charging stations in Ohio today.
To make Albany greener: The U.S. American city Albany receives 1.4m dollars from the state of New York in order to finance clean energy projects. A part of the sum, 416,000 dollars, will help to install EV charging stations and to “optimise” approximately 100 vehicles of the city’s fleet.
Bulgaria, London, Vancouver, Australia, Michigan.
ABB in Bulgaria: The Swiss’ Bulgarian branch has opened its first fast-charging station in the city of Plovdiv, a industrial and logistics centre. But ABB is not alone in the Eastern European country. Sofia-based eMobility International recently installed three rapid charging stations near the city of Sandanski and operates another two close to Sofia and on the border with Greece.
seenews.com (Plovdiv), seenews.com (Sandanski)
BlueCity for free: The London borough of Merton offers resident a free annual membership for the EV sharing service that usually costs 5 GBP per month. 10 hours of driving are included and Londoner just need to key in the code EARLYBIRD10 to redeem the offer.
Charging charge: Vancouver may introduce fees for using city-owned charge stations as EV use has increased. Some stations had over 17,000 charging sessions last year and fees for fast-charging could climb to up to 16 dollars. Another option under review is to introduce more curb-side charge points.
Charging in remote areas will become possible with this network of 70 EV stations in Western Australia. The initiative is a team effort by Synergy and the Australian Electric Vehicle Association and will install three-phase charge points along all major roads in the state.
Two new fast-charging stations do not sound like much but given that Michigan got only a total of 15 it helps. Nissan had the ChaDeMo chargers installed at convenience stores along the I-96 expressway.