Electric scooter safety still a subject for discussion
In order to make e-scooters more perceptible to other road users, 60 of the small EVs from Voi will be equipped with artificial sound systems in three English cities (Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool). However, the measure is not as unilaterally welcomed as the initiators hoped.
Birmingham aims to build 394 quick chargers by 2022
The English city of Birmingham has announced the establishment of 394 quick charge points to support the electrification of the taxi fleet. The fast chargers, which are to be installed in Birmingham starting this autumn over the next two years, will not only be accessible to taxis, but also to the public and local businesses.
BMW sets up eDrive zones in the UK
BMW’s eDrive zone technology is being introduced in the UK to ensure that their plug-in hybrid cars stay clean in London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zones. The zones have been launched in Birmingham and London so far, and can be downloaded via an over-the-air software update.
BYD & ADL to build double deckers for National Express
BYD and their British partner Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) are supplying a total of 29 fully electric Enviro400EV double-decker buses to bus operator National Express in the English West Midlands. The first 19 units have now gone into service in Birmingham.
Coronavirus delays UK Clean Air Zones
The introduction Clean Air Zones in British cities will be postponed until January 2021 at the earliest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Clean Air Zones planned for Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds, among other locations in the UK, are designed to limit the number of polluting vehicles driving in city centre during certain periods.
UK: UPS rolls-out Rex EVs powered by Tevva Motors
The logistics giant UPS plans to bring 15 electric vans with range extenders onto British roads in the next few weeks and deploy them permanently. In the EVs developed in cooperation with Tevva Motors, a small diesel engine is used to charge the batteries.
Volvo electric buses ordered across Europe
The Dutch city of Leiden has put five Volvo electric buses into operation on their roads, which are part of an order from last year for 23 electric buses by the public transport operator Arriva. The Birmingham Airport has also ordered six of the Volvo 7900 Electric buses.
BYD presents mobile charging station for electric buses
China’s leading bus maker BYD and their British partner Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) presented a new version of their Enviro200EV electric bus at the Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham. The 10 metre electric vehicle features an extra space big enough to fit a wheelchair but also a mobile charging station.
Wrightbus presents double decker fuel cell bus
Wrightbus present what they claim to be the world’s first double-decker fuel cell bus at the Euro Bus Expo. The StreetDeck model uses a fuel cell from Ballard to power a Siemens drivetrain. And, Wrightbus has got an exclusive client at hand.
20 Hydrogen Buses for Birmingham
The city council of Birmingham has paved the way for a hydrogen bus trial scheduled to start in March 2019. 20 buses shall be deployed on key routes. The 13.4m pounds project is backed by several grant contributors such as the Office for Low Emission Vehicles or the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. Potential operators for the scheme can still respond to an open tender.
Siemens, Birmingham, Kyiv, PlugSurfing, XL Hybrids.
Cloud-based home charger: Siemens is currently at the SAE World Congress in Detroit where it presents the VersiCharge Smartgrid. The home charging station is wi-fi enabled and allows users to control EV charging via mobile or web app. Charging can be set for when the rates are at the lowest.
Power-assisted bike-sharing: In Birmingham, Alabama, a bike-sharing will start this fall. At 40 docking stations, 400 bikes by Bewegen (German for to move) await the pedal-willing public. 100 of them are electrically assisted, thus making it the first e-bike sharing in the States, the Canadian company claims.
Electric couriers: Ukrainian Kyiv now has Delfast, a courier service with electric bicycles. The company already employs 30 electric bike messengers that manage about a 100 orders a day with 33 delivery bikes. A super competitive flat rate is at 2 dollars per delivery anywhere within the city’s limit.
Petrol card with app for hybrids: Berlin-based start-up PlugSurfing developed a new app for German fuel card provider DKV. The software points drivers of hybrid vehicles the way to the next charging station and enables them to charge at about 2,000 stations across Germany.
XL Hybrids strikes again, this time in Montgomery County, Maryland, where it retrofitted ten Ford cargo vans with its XL3 hybrid system. The hybrid vans will be used at the County Maintenance Department for plumbers and electricians. Only recently, XL Hybrids made a similar deal in Ohio (we reported).