Bergen launches fossil-fuel free bus network
In Bergen, 102 battery-electric buses from Yutong took up service at the beginning of this month, 88 of which are 12 meters long and 14 of which are 15 meters long. Besides the Yutong buses, Polish bus maker Solaris has provided ten trolleybuses.
Rolls-Royce presents Li-ion battery for ships
Rolls-Royce is launching a lithium-ion based energy storage system for ships. This is the first time the British propulsion specialist will deliver batteries to fit their drives as such units were previously supplied by an external party. The SAVe Energy system is modular.
Bosch, Bergen, Norway, Maidstone, California.
Bosch joins energy storage project: Since 2013, BMW and Vattenfall are giving old EV batteries a second life as storage units for renewable energies in Hamburg. Bosch now joins the project an will be responsible for the system integration and system control. The batteries come from ActiveE and i3 models and will form a 2 MW battery for a virtual power plant.
heise.de, autohaus.de, autoservicepraxis.de (articles in German)
Record charging facility: Norway has begun operating the largest rapid-charging station in the world, featuring a total of 14 fast-charging points. And that´s not all: The station in Dannmarksplass in Bergen is said to get another ten chargers as well as a hydrogen filling station.
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EV sales in Norway: Electric cars remain popular in Norway with the Nissan Leaf taking second place among all models in 2014 (4,781 sales). The Tesla Model S earned 5th position (4,040). Volkswagen sold 2,971 units of the e-Up and 2,018 units of the e-Golf in Norway last year.
New UK Supercharger: Located in Maidstone, Kent, the newest Supercharger addition could be seen as a gateway to the rest of Europe, as it gives easy access to the Eurotunnel.
Hydrogen now for sale in California: The Cal State L.A. Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility is now the first fueling station to sell hydrogen, rather than giving it away for free. It recently received a certification known as California Type Approval that allows it to sell hydrogen by the kilogram.