Here, Social Charging, Australia, San Francisco, BlueIndy.
Real-time info about charger occupancy? According to German Automobilwoche, Berlin-based consortium Hubject is about to get mapping service company Here on board. The company had been taken over by Audi, BMW, and Daimler and can show free charging stations in real-time.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Social charging in Holland: The new app Social Charging is said to facilitate communication about charging times between electric car drivers. It is already available for the nearly 1,000 chargers in Den Haag and is being tested at another 20,000 charging stations across the country. A version just for companies is also in the pipeline.
Luxury tax for EV uptake? Australia’s green party has proposed a tax increase for luxury vehicles that cost more than 100,000 Australian dollars. The money will in turn be used to subsidise EVs and charging stations. The goal is to get another 31,000 electric cars on the road and install 330 chargers by 2021.
More EVs for SF: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has ordered another 33 electric trolley buses from New Flyer of America. Delivery of the low-floor buses will be completed by the end of the year. The SFMTA already counts some 300 electric vehicles in its fleet.
BlueIndy on the fly: The Bolloré electric carsharing scheme BlueIndy will set up shop at the Indianapolis airport. Some 20 parking stalls will be reserved for the EVs, providing travellers with a cheap and green means of transportation to and from the city.
California, BlueIndy, Nissan, Canadian Electric Circuit.
EV charging infrastructure: California will get another 1,500 EV charging stations as state regulators approved a 22m dollar initiative by Southern California Edison. If successful, the utility aims at expanding the programme to include 30,000 EV chargers. The stations will be erected at workplaces, fleet facilities, multi-unit dwellings, parks and shopping malls. Participants will own as well as operate the charging stations.
BlueIndy rolls: The number of BlueIndy members has doubled since November, now including some 1,000 people. Since the start of electric carsharing in Indianapolis last September, the fleet grew from 50 to 120 EVs and Bolloré hopes to expand its fleet to include 500 EVs and have 200 stations. 20 more will be installed by the end of February.
No Charge to Charge expands: Nissan brings its EV charging scheme to New York, Philadelphia and Santa Barbara. Leaf drivers in those cities will thus be able to charge their EV complimentary for two years. The scheme is also available in i.e. LA.., Denver, Atlanta, and Chicago.
electriccarsreport.com, ez-charge.com (eligible chargers)
Charge by the hour: On top of its flat fee, the Canadian Electric Circuit network will introduce an hourly rate at its 240V EV charging stations from February. Partners can choose which service is most suitable for its customers with tariffs starting at 2.50 dollars per session or 1 dollar per hour billed by the minute.
BYD, Fastned, Massachusetts, Elm EV, BlueIndy.
BYD’s buses highly sought after: Shanwei has begun operating 300 of BYD’s eight metre long K7 buses. The Chinese city even wants to increase the number of electric buses to 1,810 by the end of next year and 3,010 by the end of 2019. The city of Wuhan has meanwhile ordered 74 BYD K7.
Cost-covering from mid-2016: Charging infrastructure provider Fastned has covered operating costs for the coming three years with new and extended credits. The company reports a monthly growth of more than ten percent throughout 2015 and expects first rapid-chargers to pass break-even by the middle of this year.
Massachusetts incentivises: The U.S. state spent some 2.5m dollars on rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as part of the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) programme in 2015. The scheme kicked off in June 2014 and since offered a total of 3.8m dollars in rebates for 1,606 vehicles.
Elm EV expansion: The British company has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise 200,000 pounds to further develop its product range and expand its business internationally. Elm EV is one of only a handful companies certified to install rapid chargers in the UK and has worked with i.e. Nissan in doing so.
businessgreen.com, fleetnews.co.uk, seedrs.com
More BlueIndy: After a difficult start, the electric carsharing scheme in Indianapolis could see more EVs being added to its fleet and expand outside of the metro area. New chargers are already being set up. BlueIndy currently consists of 50 EVs, but Bolloré hopes to at one point expand to include 500 electric cars.
theindychannel.com (with video)
BlueIndy, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell.
Reading tip: The electric carsharing of Inidianapolis exists against all the odds. Stephen J. Veneruso practised BlueIndy for a full week and likes to describe the miraculous feeling of sharing a Bolloré in America with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody song.
Video tip: This is a first as Nick Rufford drives a Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle from Los Angeles to San Francisco along the new “Hydrogen Highway” in California. So is there a real future in hydrogen for electric cars?!
youtube.com via driving.co.uk
Luxembourg , Pod Point, The New Motion, Washington, BlueIndy.
Luxembourg gears up: The city-state wants to install 800 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2020. The first 300 will be erected by July 2017, another 560 two years later.
POD Point charges ahead: The British provider of charging infrastructure has started two crowdfunding schemes in order to raise 1.75m pounds. The first 1.5m are to come from the “Electric Equity” programme, where people can purchase shares. The remain 250,000 GBP from the “Open Charge Bond” campaign will be used to increase POD Point’s open charging bays.
Le nouveau mouvement: Dutch company The New Motion signs on Egis, which offers engineering, project structuring and operations services, as a new shareholder. It will therefore also open an office in Paris, France, to expand its operation across Europe.
Hydrogen for the capitol: A total of five H2 buses have gone into service in Washington, DC; another 21 are said to follow in the coming year. The first batch services some of the busiest routes that see about 200,000 people on a workday. Each bus comes with a price tag of 970,000 dollars.
BlueIndy is a success: The electric carsharing scheme in Indianapolis only kicked off in September. The programme already counts more than 500 members, who completed a total of 3,000 trips with the Bolloré cars. BlueIndy workers continue to come to new carsharing stations to explain the vehicles and sign up new drivers.
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BlueIndy, CarSharing, IKEA, UPS, Alliant Energy.
BlueIndy kick-off: As you read this, the first EVs should be rolling on the streets of Indianapolis, as the BlueIndy carsharing scheme started on Wednesday. The Bolloré BlueCars can be found at 25 stations across the city, as well as at the airport. For those in the area, local news station WTHR summarized how the sharing concept works.
greencarreports.com, wthr.com (how it works)
Charger plus battery: CarSharing and Technology with Spirit (TWS) signed a deal allowing the former to offer TWS energy storage and rechargeable battery solutions with its EV charging solutions. CarSharing therefore provides a comprehensive solution to reduce energy costs, as the storage systems can be used to stabilise peaks of consumption.
IKEA drives electric: IKEA containers arriving in the Port of Los Angeles will be unloaded using the ElecTrucks, an all-electric drayage tractor with a range of up to 100 mi. That is enough to reach IKEA stores in the area, which is why the programme may soon include electric transport of the beloved furniture and accessories.
Parcel by e-bike: UPS is extending its pilot programme using electric cargo bikes to deliver parcels in Basel, Switzerland, following the projects recent success in the city of Hamburg. The e-cargo bikes are just three feet wide, feature a 250-watt battery, and can carry up to 330 pounds.
Demo storage project: Alliant Energy is setting up a solar energy storage demonstration project in Wisconsin, USA. It will feature 1,000 solar panels, a storage system and 13 EV charging stations. The panels will i.e. be used in solar parking canopies, covering some 50 parking spots. The project’s first phase is expected be completed by the end of 2015.
BlueIndy, Lithium, CARB, Utah Valley University.
BlueIndy ready to fly: As reported, the electric carsharing scheme in Indianapolis will kick off on Wednesday. 20 EVs will be stationed at the Indianapolis International Airport, more than at any other station. The Bolloré subsidiary will all airport fees, just as other traditional car hiring services.
More e-cabs for Bangalore: Spurred by the recent success of its all-electric taxi fleet, Indian start-up Lithium wants to increase its number of EVs from 30 to 100 cars. Operating in the city of Bangalore, the company has to unfortunately still limit its services to the corporate sector due to the lack of the necessary charging infrastructure.
A total of 2,000 vouchers for hybrid and electric trucks and buses have already been awarded by the California Air Resources Board, amounting to more than 63m dollars in subsidies. Since the incentive programme was launched in 2010, fleets across California purchased more than 430 all-electric and 1,800 hybrid trucks and buses.
Utah Valley plugs in: The Utah Valley University has purchased two Toyota Prius Plug-Ins and has installed two charging stations on campus. One is reserved for campus vehicles, the other is open to the public and free of charge.
Tesla, BlueIndy, Hertz, India, Car-wheels.
Tesla teams up with Airbnb: As many as 100 Airbnb hosts on the West Coast, USA, could receive a free Tesla home charger. 12 Tesla-ready locations are already available and the application for a free charging station is still available via the Airbnb website. Tesla will only provide the charger, however. Hosts have to pay for installation themselves.
Indianapolis (finally) goes electric: The BlueIndy electric carsharing scheme will finally hit the road on September 2nd, featuring with 25 charging stations and 50 EVs. Kick-off had initially been planned for the end of 2014, but operator Bolloré faced funding issues and battled with city council over parking spaces. BlueIndy aims to increase the number of chargers and cars tenfold.
Hertz adds 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Hertz’s Green Traveler Collection fleet now include the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in selected locations across the U.S. The fleet already features electric, hybrid and clean diesel vehicles, and Hertz says it has the most fuel-efficient rental fleet in the industry.
Electric taxis for India: The country’s second largest taxi fleet, Ola Cab, is planning to introduce electric taxis to its fleet and is currently in discussion with manufacturers to develop vehicles with adapted range for Indian cities.
EVs for hire: Starting in September, Car Club operator Co-wheels will 10 electric, hybrid and ultra-low emission vehicles for hire in Derby, UK. Prices start at 22,50 pounds (35,24 USD) per day and 3.75 pounds (5.87 USD) per hour. Co-wheels is the country’s largest Car Club operator, with more than 50 locations and almost 700 vehicles.
Nissan, Avis, Nanjing, BMW, Cagliari, BlueIndy, Tesla.
416 electric Nissans are to enter Denmark as the Danish Avis branch expands its fleet. 401 e-NV200 and 60 Leaf have been ordered by the rental car company that already holds 400 Nissan Leaf which had been bought back in 2014. Avis Denmark will thus have a fleet of 861 EVs in total.
Better Place reloaded: Ziv Av Engineering, one of the developers of the Better Place battery swap stations, has been asked to deploy battery swapping stations for electric buses in Chinese Nanjing. If it works well (this time), electric cabs could be added to the system too.
Electric scooters for Sardinia: The police force in Cagliari, capital of the Italian island Sardinia, is being equipped with 15 custom-made C Evolution scooters by BMW. The Sardinians are not the first to set eyes on the electric two-wheeler from Germany as the police in Barcelona recently added 30 units.
bmwgroup.com (in German), motorionline.com (in Italian)
BlueIndy update: The electric car sharing in Indianapolis could get up and running after being in deadlock over financing issues. Both Bolloré and the city will spend about 6 million dollars each to get the project started – maybe already by this July.
The wait is over for those wishing to charge their Model S at CHAdeMO stations. The adapter for the Japanese standard is now available on Tesla’s website for 450 dollars.
teslamotors.com via insideevs.com
Germany, The New Motion, Utah, Cal State Fullerton, BlueIndy.
Germany to give up on 1m-goal? The German Green party recently requested more information about how the government hoped to achieve its long-term goal of 1 million electric cars by 2020. The answer was less than promising as the intention now has been watered down to becoming a “leading provider and a leading market by 2020.” There are currently just about 30,000 electric cars in use in Germany.
The New Motion goes India: The Dutch charging infrastructure provider plans to open its first manufacturing facility in India. The yet to be set up facility could potentially export “indianised” New Motion charging stations around the globe. Looks like the Indian EV market could finally be set in motion.
Electric bus trial: The Utah Transit Authority is testing a prototype 18-metre electric bus by BYD. The articulated vehicle can take up to 120 passengers for 170 miles on one charge. UTA is however not looking at adding electric buses to its fleet anytime soon.
Study place charging: California State University’s Fullerton’s Office has officially become a partner in the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge. Already, 11 EV charging stations can be found on the campus with more to follow in the future.
Deadlock: Bolloré’s attempt to introduce its EV sharing scheme in Indianapolis continues to be challenging. Currently, 13 million dollars are missing to kickstart BlueIndy but none of the interested (or not) parties like the city or utility provider are willing to come forward.
Audi inductive charging, BlueIndy electric car-sharing.
Video tip: Whilst everyone’s eyes are on Detroit now, it is worth to take a look back at CES. To tease its appearance in Vegas, Audi released a video featuring not only the A3 e-tron but also inductive charging. No details were given but obviously the Germans have something coming.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Reading tip: John Tuohy tried the BlueIndy electric car-sharing in Indianapolis. While the city’s and French Bolloré’s joint efforts are currently up in the air, Tuohy enjoyed his demo drive but is not a big fan of the small size and prominent branding of the rental EVs.
Google, BlueIndy, McLaren, Rhode Island.
Google drive: The residents of Mountain View will soon be able to hop on and off an electric shuttle bus sponsored by the internet company. The pilot project is set to start this autumn with four 16-seaters that also come with bicycle carriers. The service will run every 30 minutes and is free.
Who is to pay for BlueIndy? Apparently, the city of Inidianapolis has urged its utility provider to apply an extra charge to help finance the planned electric car sharing by French Bolloré group. Obviously, this plan has now sparked opposition by ratepayers, who would never have anything to do with the electric cars.
Special edition P1: McLaren’s Special Operations team has been commissioned by a North American customer to outfit his hybrid super car to unique specifications for the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach. While the “regular” P1 is limited to 375 pieces, now only 374 of them will be left alike.
EV license plate: Rhode Island created a special license plate for EVs. Its aim is not primarily privileges but to give first responders an indication that they are approaching an electric car. Instead of “Ocean State” the words “Electric/Hybrid” will appear on the plate.
Renault, BlueIndy, Hamburg.
Renault Kangoo Z.E. Down Under: The all-electric van from Renault has arrived in Australian. As part of a one-year trial, the Australia Post will put a total of four Kangoo Maxi Z.E. into service at its locations in Melbourne and Sydney.
BlueIndy test: John Voelcker got a taste of Indianapolis’ upcoming electric carsharing service when driving the BlueIndy by French Bolloré. With him was Herve Muller, VP of BlueSolutions, which will operate the system when it starts this December.
Twizy for a day: Together with parking company Q-Park, start-up Erfahre just opened new rental business in Hamburg, Germany. Located at Q-Parks’s XXL parking garage, customers can simply leave their gas-guzzlers behind and choose from a variety of electric and cargo bikes, as well as the all-electric Renault Twizy to explore the city.
abendblatt.de, dmm.travel (both in German)
BlueIndy, ABB, Tesla, BMW/CarCharging.
BlueIndy introduced: Indianapolis’ new carsharing initiative was presented to the press and public last weekend. The electric carsharing system by French Bolloré Group will become the biggest in the USA with 500 EVs, 1,000 charging stations and 200 service stations to be implemented within the next eight months.
ABB in China: The Swiss company plans to invest more than two billion dollars into the Chinese market within the next ten years. Apart from energy projects in about 100 cities and the set-up of the ABB industry center, some of the money will go into charging infrastructure. The latter is connected to ABB’s cooperation with Denza for which it produces DC wallboxes (we reported).
British Superchargers to arrive: Tesla announced its plans to place Supercharger stations along an “electric highway” stretching from Dover and Bristol to the M25, and north along the M1 motorway. British Model S drivers will thus be able to cross the whole island with just one break.
BMW to cooperate with CarCharging: Infrastructure provider CarCharging will inform BMW i drivers about all Blink charging station locations in the U.S. through BMW’s ConnectedDrive in-vehicle navigation system and the BMW i Remote app. It will also provide real-time infos on the use status.