Belgium: Electric buses coming to Ghent and Leuven
VDL Bus & Coach has received an order from Flanders. Transport operator De Lijn wants to buy 146 buses in total, among them a large batch of hybrid models and some all-electric ones to arrive early next year. The buses will serve on routes in Ghent and Leuven.Weiterlesen
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Europcar expands portfolio to include e-scooter sharing
Europcar though its car sharing subsidiary Ubeeqo wants to increase their presence in the urban mobility market. They have taken over Belgian Scooty, a startup running a fleet of electric scooters to share in Antwerp and Brussels.Weiterlesen
Geely’s Lynk&Co doubles shifts at Tesla-like PEV factory
In remote China, Geely is gearing up to double the workforce at its otherwise high-tech facility for plug-in cars. In this case, the Zhangjiakou plant is to make new energy vehicles for Lynk & Co as the Geely brand aims for making 200,000 NEVs a year.Weiterlesen
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Lynk & Co present model 02 and preview 03 for China
The Geely brand Lynk & Co has revealed the design for their second model 02 in Amsterdam. The crossover SUV will be available in Europe as a PHEV as of 2020, and a purely electric version is to follow. Production will be set in Belgium.Weiterlesen
Yamaha to compete with off-road bike in FIM Trial-E Cup (video)
Yamaha presents an electric off-road motorcycle designed to compete for the first time in the 2018 FIM Trial-E Cup at races in France and Belgium. Professional racer Kenichi Kuroyama will represent the Yamaha Factory Racing Team on the TY-E motorbike.Weiterlesen
Belgium’s Van Hool receives largest H2 bus order in Europe
The German cities of Cologne and Wuppertal have ordered a total of 40 hydrogen buses from Belgian Van Hool. Deliveries are to start in spring 2019. Cologne will receive 30 H2 buses with Wuppertal taking the remaining ten. The order is part of the EU JIVE project.Weiterlesen
Belgian Umicore raises over $1bn to grow cathode production
Umicore said it raised 892 million euros ($1.09bn) by selling shares and will use the money in part to fund investments in battery materials. The programme is to run throughout 2020 and includes construction of the first cathode material production site in Europe.Weiterlesen
Audi e-tron ready to order in 4 European countries
The Audi e-tron can now be pre-ordered beyond Norway as Audi opens the order books for EV drivers in Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland. Germany, or China have yet to take a decision on when to start selling the electric SUV.Weiterlesen
Electric container vessels connect Rotterdam and Tilburg
Two electric-powered container ships will start to commute between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Tilburg, Belgium from this autumn on. Both cargo vessels are owned by the recently established company Port-Liner and are going to be hired by logistics company GVT.Weiterlesen
Nissan kicks off sales of its e-NV200 model with 40 kWh
The Japanese manufacturer has opened its order books for the upgraded e-NV200 with 40 kWh battery – and rewards early clients with its limited edition called 2.ZERO.Weiterlesen
Belgium, Delaware, Ontario, Tesla.
Can all taxis be electric? Belgian taxi operator association GTL launched a study to see if all cabs could be electric by 2020. For starters, two electric taxis are now in operation in Antwerp. The theoretical side is taken care of by MOBI Research Centre of the Flemish University of Brussels (VUB) and The New Drive (TND) consultancy.
BEV bus funds: Delaware is seeking 3m dollars in federal funding to acquire six electric buses. The bus agency competes with others across the country to get a bit of the 55m dollar fund set up by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
EV charging funds: Simcoe County in Canada’s Ontario province received 267,350 dollars to install EV charging stations at three locations. The initial request included five sites, two of which were turned down. The spots are mainly aimed at travellers rather than commuters.
Tesla holiday package: The Ritz-Carlton of Half Moon Bay in California offers a ‘Tesla Driving Experience Package’. It includes access to all fitness and spa facilities, as well as a Model S for the length of the stay. They can even request to be picked up from the airport in the EV.
France, Belgium, ZEV Alliance, BMW, Volvo, Nur Majan.
Mass market EV challenge: At the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Paris, French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has come up with an ambitious challenge for carmakers: She announced a global competition to be launched next year which aims to create a small electric car that will sell for under 7,000 euros and that “may not look like traditional electric cars.” Anyone interested?
EV subsidies in Belgium: Starting in January 2016, the Flemish regional government will pay private buyers of electric cars an one-off bonus of up to 5,000 euros, which is intended to help increase the number of EVs in the Belgian province to 60,000 by 2020. Flanders also plans to install about 5,000 charging stations by the end of this decade.
deredactie.be (in German), annemieturtelboom.be (in Dutch)
ZEV Alliance: The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance was officially launched on the sidelines of the COP21 summit in Paris. 13 international members including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and California signed a commitment to promote cleaner motoring and slash transport emissions, which also includes an agreement to make all passenger vehicle sales zero emission vehicles by 2050.
Fighting climate change: BMW announced that it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to fight climate change by taking action. The carmaker will invest 2.7m dollars in a public private partnership with DoE’s Argonne National Laboratory to significantly improve the performance of EV batteries and deploy nearly 350 fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles at its South Carolina facility.
Volvo hybrid update: Volvo will publicly unveil the plug-in hybrid version of its new S90 premium sedan at Detroit Motor Show in January. The Swedish carmaker will likely also launch high-performance Polestar versions of its S90 and the upcoming V90 station wagon, including hybrid derivatives.
greencarcongress.com (Detroit), autocar.co.uk (Polestar)
Arab super EV: Commercial production of Oman’s first electric car Nur Majan is scheduled to start in 2018 and the company plans to produce about 1,000 cars per year. The carbon fibre electric supercar comes with solar panels on the roof and is said to have a range of up to 600 km on a single charge.
BMW, Tesla CHAdeMO adapter, Belgium, California, Switzerland.
BMW joins journey planer: BMW’s i brand not only stands for electric cars, but also connected mobility. To strengthen that aspect, the carmaker joins Moovit, provider of a smartphone app that gives real-time information about all sorts of mobility options, including public transport, taxis and carsharing.
car-it.com (in German), gigaom.com (background)
It’s finally here: Tesla’s long awaited CHAdeMO adapter will finally go on sale this month. Available for 450 dollars, it allows Model S drivers to charge at CHAdeMO rapid-charging stations. Though with a continuously growing the Supercharger-network, some ask if there is really a need for the adapter, especially in the U.S.
Pedelecs increase market share: A study at the Belgium’s bike dealers concluded that e-bikes held a 23 percent of the bike market share in 2014, gaining on city bikes that hold 25 percent.
California ready to invest: The U.S. state has earmarked 18 million dollars for clean energy projects. Twelve million dollars have been reserved for the development of charging infrastructure for electric cars, bio gas and the construction of additional hydrogen filling stations across the state.
Swiss launch charging station database: LEMnet and the association e’mobile have combined their databases, after previously providing separate maps showing the chargers. The new interactive plan currently lists 1,000 chargers, including 70 DC fast-chargers.
e-mobile.ch (in German)
Indianapolis, Belgium, New Zealand, Tesla, Dundee.
With its “Freedom Fleet,” Indianapolis plans the largest electrification of a communal fleet in the US. A total of 425 petrol-powered vehicles will be replaced by EVs and PHEVs by 2016, the first 100 will even be replaced by the end of the year. Due to low maintenance costs, the city wants to save 8.7 million dollars over the next ten years.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, indystar.com
Topping that, Belgium’s nursing service “Solidariteit voor het Gezin” has ordered 729 Toyota Yaris hybrids and Auris Touring Sports hybrids, provided via leasing company Alphabet. Deliveries have already started and are said to soon be completed.
avem.fr (in French)
Tesla instead of petrol BMW: New Zealand government is ready to give its fleet an overhaul. 34 BMW 7 series limousines will need to be replaced. The Green Party suggests the Tesla Model S.
Tesla’s CHAdeMO adapter is still not available, but it looks as though it will be a lot cheaper than originally announced. Instead of 1,000 dollars it will be available for just 450 dollars.
teslamotors.com via insideevs.com
Tripling charging points: Scottish city of Dundee will increase the number of charging possibilities from now seven to 21, spread across the city centre. The charging stations are funded by Transport Scotland.
PEV sales in Belgium and New Zealand.
A mere 134 EVs and PHEVs were newly registered in Belgium in July. But for the first time, BMW beat Tesla with 29 compared to 23 units sold. New Zealand saw 158 newly registered plug-ins, 129 of them were Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs. That means the Japanese sold more vehicles in one month than all its competitors combined in a whole year.
ev-sales.blogspot.de (Belgium), ev-sales.blogspot.de (New Zealand)
InitiativE, Belgium, CARB, Long Beach.
Electrifying commercial vehicles: In the German model region Berlin-Brandenburg, the project ‘InitiativE’ is offering funding for businesses wishing to acquire an electric vehicle. To ease the higher costs of EVs compared to gasoline powered vehicles, the government pays up to 45% of the price difference. The programme is open to businesses, fleet operators and both private and public institutions in the region.
bundesregierung.de (in German)
Belgian EV sales: February was premium month with the BMW i3, Tesla’s Model S and the Porsche Panamera plug-in being the most sold electric cars out of 178 in total. BMW enthused 41 Belgians, closely followed by Tesla with 34 and Porsche’s 31.
Waiting list for rebates: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) now had to start a waiting list for incentive funds due to the high demand for clean vehicles in the sunshine state. Applications are still being accepted and CARB plans to expand its programme further but has to deal with the workload in the meantime.
No e-buses for Long Beach, yet: BYD and Long Beach Transportation (LBT) had to mutually agree to terminate their contract over the delivery of ten BYD e-buses. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) had to withdrew funding, blaming errors during the application process. The bidding will start anew, with both FTA and LBT agreeing that BYD is now formally eligible to win (back) the contract.