London Gatwick expanding electric car sharing
The UK airport has launched a car-sharing service with ten electric vehicles and charge points from Bolloré’s BlueCity, building on an earlier trial. The vehicles are part of a larger city fleet, and can be used and dropped anywhere in London.Weiterlesen
Paris terminates electric car sharing contract with Bolloré
The pioneering electric car sharing Autolib has hit the end of the road in Paris as the city terminates their contract with Bolloré 5 years early. Officials in the French capital now refused to take the latest budget downfall.Weiterlesen
Italy’s Icona presents autonomous EV Nucleus with H2 REx
Italian design studio Icona has brought a concept electric car to Geneva. The Nucleus is ready to drive itself and up to six passengers. 4 electric motors from Elaphe are powered by a 300 kilo battery made my Bolloré supported by a hydrogen range extender.Weiterlesen
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Flash charging electric tram by NTU Singapore and BlueSG
Nanyang Technological University joins Bolloré subsidiary BlueSG to test an electric shuttle that charges ultra-fast. The BlueTram project is to run over two years in Singapore.Weiterlesen
BlueSG tests shuttle with super caps and flash-charging
Bolloré subsidiary BlueSG and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University are starting a partnership to test Bolloré’s flash-charging shuttle based on a prototype of the BlueTram, first revealed in 2014.Weiterlesen
BluePoint to add 1,000 charge points in London this year
Let’s try again may be BluePoint London’s new year resolution. The British arm of Bolloré wants to install an additional 1,000 charge points in London over the course of 2018 but it’s not its first attempt to electrify the UK capital.Weiterlesen
BlueSG ready for its car sharing debut in Singapore
Bolloré subsidiary BlueSG is going to kick off its EV car sharing service in Singapore on December, 12th, as planned. Within three years, the fleet shall grow to 1,000 electric cars and the infrastructure network to 500 stations with a total of 2,000 charging points.Weiterlesen
MOIA, Proterra, Fastned, Bolloré, Innogy.
Electric shuttle in Hamburg: VW’s mobility company MOIA and the Hamburger Hochbahn AG are developing a new mobility service for the Hanseatic town. Part of the project is an app-based on-demand electric shuttle service that allows people heading in the same direction to connect. Moia is building fully electrified vehicles with space for 6 passengers for this purpose specifically. The service shall be launched after a trial period next year with approximately 200 cars. Later on, the initiators intend to enlarge the fleet and to expand in other cities.
Proterra joins CharIN: Proterra is the first U.S. electric bus maker to enter the fast charging initiative CharIN. According to Proterra, its electric buses accumulated 3.3m miles charging with CCS to date.
Fastned doubles issue: Within 2 weeks, the Dutch fast charging company has issued bonds worth around 7.7m euros to more than 600 investors. Due to high demand, the board more than doubled the issue, initially limited to 3.3m euros. With the new capital Fastned seeks to extend its charging network in the Netherland as well as abroad.
EV sharing in LA: Bolloré’s will kick-off its BlueLA pilot programme tomorrow as planned. The EV sharing starts with 100 electric cars and 200 charging stations in so-called disadvantaged communities.
German software meets U.S. hardware: RWE spin-off Innogy and BTCpower entered a partnership. The software allows coordinated charging that avoids load peaks. First charging points have already been equipped with the new software.
Bolloré, India, Disney World, New Zealand.
Bolloré goes West: After BlueIndy has finally taken off in Indianapolis, the Frech seek to expand their EV sharing to California. Bolloré’s BlueLA pilot programme will consist of 100 electric cars and 200 charging stations and is currently underway. CARB granted Los Angeles 1.6m for setting it up but the French think they will bear 80 percent of the cost in the end with the city financing the rest.
Indian ministries to switch: Ministers responsible for power, coal, renewable energy and mines in Delhi will start using electric cars. Tenders for about 1,200 vehicles are currently being prepared as are matching fast-charging stations.
Donald Duck’s 313 car may soon drive all by itself. Maybe not that car but Disney World Florida is in late-stage talks with Local Motors and Navya from Paris to deploy a large fleet of autonomous electric shuttles. They will be tested on employees prior to taking passengers around the fun park.
Electric Day Pass: Regular business flyers to New Zealand’s Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch can now book a free Volkswagen e-Golf. Europcar and Volkswagen New Zealand have teamed up with the three airports for the Electric Day Pass (EDP) programme.
Bolloré, Quebec, Canada, Malaysia, eVolt.
Bolloré to launch in London: The French firm is ready to roll-out its electric carsharing scheme BlueCity in the British capital finally. Not quite though, as only Hammersmith and Fulham has been bold enough to make the move so far. The borough’s bid for better air quality includes an initial 30 electric vehicles and about 85 on-street charging points set to reach 150 this summer. On top, Hammersmith and Fulham residents will be offered a year’s free membership and 20 hours of free driving. While BlueCity has been three years in the making, Bolloré has met severe difficulties in London due to its reportedly complex political power map and poor charging infrastructure. Still, BlueCity shall eventually include up to 3,000 red electric cars.
Electric scooter incentives: Quebecers can now claim a 500 dollar rebate from the province when going for an electric moped limited to 65 kph. The incentive is part of the Ride Electric subsidy scheme that also includes a 2,000 dollar goodie for electric motorcycles.
Taking aim at the whole of Canada is Cadillac Fairview, who announced its national EV charging programme that will see networked chargers at 15 CF properties. There will be 45 across Canada in 2017 and continuing into 2018.
Campus cycling: Six universities in Malaysia will receive a total of 1,200 electric bicycles from the government as it wants to promote electric mobility. The e-bikes are made by a local company.
Fluid fast-charging: eVolt has launched its third-generation Rapid EV charger, the Raption 5. It uses four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. It thus completes an 80% charge in 30 minutes with simultaneous charging for two EVs at 50kW DC and 43kW AC.
Solaris, Dubrovnik, Efacec, Bolloré, Tesla.
Buses big in Belgium: Soon all buses in Belgium will be electrified it seems. After Volvo and ABB scored their biggest order to date with 90 electric buses and 12 chargers, it is now on Solaris. Transport provider Société Régionale du Transport (SRWT) has ordered 208 hybrid buses. The contract is worth 105m euros and includes maintenance. Solaris will deliver this September.
infobus.pl (in Polish)
E-scooter sharing: Croatian Dubrovnik ordered 100 electric scooter. Tourists and locals can book them via app from April onwards. 15 charging stops stand ready and double as rental stations. Testing has commenced since autumn, yet the city has not made any rates public.
marcopolo.de (in German)
350 kW charging: Portuguese Efacec builds charging stations and has already sold 44 units from its HV-Serie. It can charge with up to 350 kW and half of the stations have been installed in various projects. The series includes models with power ranges from 50, 160, 175 and 350 kW.
E-car sharing: In Singapore, Bolloré just scaled back its BlueSG EV sharing. Only 10 – 20 electric cars will be deployed this summer and not 125 as initially planned. But the long term strategy remains and shall see the French group set up 2,000 EV charging stations for 1,000 of its EV within four years.
Tesla landed in the UAE as planned and started to install Superchargers right away. One fast-charging station connects Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Destination chargers can be found in Dubai already.
Helsinki, California, Bolloré, Destination Charger, London.
Electric buses for Helsinki: The Finnish capital commissioned their first electric bus on Monday. Another three will follow before spring and the city plans to have a total of 12 electric buses in service before the end of the year. The buses were delivered by Linkker and are fitted with drivetrains from Visedo.
EV uptake programme: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) asked for 253m dollars from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fund at total of seven projects that will help accelerate EV uptake in the Golden State. Most of these projects involve setting up EV charging infrastructure and electrifying fleets.
Loosing game: Bolloré’s e-carsharing scheme Autolib’ (as it is called in Paris) is a loss-making business in any city that it is active, unless the programme is highly subsidised. In Paris alone, the company expects to lose 179m euros by the end of the contract duration. And Bolloré’s cars are not a sales hit either – only 942 of the tiny BlueCars were sold to individuals in 2016; 15 percent less than in the year prior.
Destination charging for all? Company DigiNow has developed an adapter to allow electric cars other than Tesla to also plug-in at Destination Chargers. So far, Tesla have not commented, but they can surely not be too happy if EVs other than their own use their free infrastructure.
autoblog.com (with video)
London funds emobility, earmarking a total of 1.4m pounds to set up a zero emission zone including fast- and regular charging in Hammersmith, a trial of one of the UK’s first hydrogen-diesel powered vans at Heathrow Airport, and high-voltage training for electricians, new chargers and EV test drives for local businesses in Harrow. These are only three of a total of six neighbourhoods that will receive funding.
EnBW, London, BYD, BMW, Bolloré.
Diesel ban I: German utility EnBW counts 3,600 fleet vehicles – which it is now looking to renew. All diesel cars will successively be replaced by electric and hybrid cars. Just recently, EnBW subsidiary BW Netze took delivery of 50 e-Golf.
Diesel ban II: The City of London Corporation announced that it will not purchase or lease any new diesel cars. Having established environmental zones, the British capital has been trying to keep diesel cars out.
Mega deal in the works? BYD is reportedly hoping to get a 1.52bn yuan deal from the Shenzhen Bus Group for the delivery of hundreds of electric buses. As reported, a big portion of a deal with the city of Shenzhen for nearly 3,000 electric buses had fallen through without further explanation.
BMW Connected for Europe: Already available in the United States, the digital mobility assistant will soon arrive on the old continent. BMW Connected recognizes information like addresses or arrival times from calendars and calculates the best time to leave based on real-time traffic information. Moreover, one can check range and battery charge level for electric and hybrid cars without entering the vehicle, to help plan travels more accurately.
E-carsharing in Singapore: Bolloré will operate its planned electric carsharing in the Asian city state for ten years. On top of delivering 1,000 EVs, it will install 2,000 EV chargers that will be made public after the end contract. Bolloré also wants to locate is Asian-Pacific business in Singapore and will open a research centre there.
Bolloré, California, PSA Singapore, Kiessling Transit, Avista.
Bolloré to enter Asia: The French EV sharing provider has won the bid for the electric carsharing project in Singapore. The scheme will go live by 2020 and feature a fleet of 1,000 electric vehicles. The first 125 EVs to share will be on the road next year via Bolloré’s subsidiary BlueSG, which will install 2,000 charging stations around the city state. For the French firm, it is the first venture in Asia, after similar schemes are already running in Paris, London, or Indianapolis.
Pay-by-Mile in California: With EV owners in California not paying taxes on gas, the state is testing a pay-by-mile scheme to generate funds for road repairs. The pilot programme will see 5,000 participants in various locations testing different payment methods over a nine month period.
Driverless electric AGV: Port operator PSA Singapore has ordered 22 Automated Guided Vehicles for its terminals, which will join 8 existing hybrids. The electric vehicles, that transport containers without human drivers, come from France, Japan and Finland and are expected to arrive around mid 2017.
Hydraulik hybrid buses: Massachusetts-based Kiessling Transit has ordered another 32 hydraulic hybrid buses from Lightning Hybrids with their Energy Recovery System (ERS) system to be installed in Ford E-450 passenger buses. Kiessling Transit will thus almost double its hybrid bus fleet to 67.
265 Avista stations: Washington-based utility company Avista has requested state approval to build 265 new stations over the next two years. The project will cost about 3.1m dollars. Exact locations have not yet been chosen.
ReachNow, Bolloré, Air Liquide, Westward Industries, Australia.
Reaching the future now: BMW debuted a new carsharing service in Seattle. ReachNow includes 370 BMW and Mini vehicles of which one fifth are electric. The app-operated car club includes a chauffeur and delivery service, while i3 or Mini owners will be able to rent out their own cars in the future. Parking is free within the city and the scheme could expand to three more cities within this year.
Future delayed: Bolloré’s London electric carsharing is running behind schedule as negotiations with the British capital’s 33 boroughs are taking longer than expected. The company is adamant to get the same charge deal for the Source London network in all districts, even if that means a one or even two years delay. Bolloré initially planned to have 3,000 BlueCity EVs running by 2018.
H2 fueling stations: The California Energy Commission earmarked 17.3m dollars for the installation of publicly accessible hydrogen fuelling infrastructure. Projects that will cover existing gaps have priority. Meanwhile, Air Liquide released the locations of its first four of 12 H2 stations in north-eastern USA: Hartford, Connecticut, Braintree and Mansfield in Massachusetts and the Bronx in New York.
greencarcongress.com (CALEnergy), greencarcongress.com (Air Liquide)
Parking enforced on EVs: Santa Monica, California, will buy 23 electric three-wheelers for 1m dollars. The GO-4 EV trikes by Westward Industries (also used by the NYPD) are made for parking enforcement agencies and security patrols, as they are just over a metre wide and have a range of up to 75 miles. Approval of the plan will be on the city council’s agenda tomorrow.
Fleet electrification: Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has further electrified its fleet. 36 hybrid vehicles are now joined by two Nissan Leaf and two e-bikes. Another eight EVs are lined up for purchase and solar panels for charging are currently being installed.
csiro.au, insideevs.com, evfleetworld.co.uk
Bolloré, Lower Saxony, Rhode Island, Volvo UK, Ankai.
Bolloré stretches: The French manufacturer presented a 12-metre version of its BlueBus, which is originally only 6 m long. Eight battery packs with 30 kWh each provide 200 km of range. Bolloré invested 40m euros in production, hoping to sell 200 units a year, especially as France plans a tender for electric buses by 2017.
Police plugs in: Police in Lower Saxony, Germany, ordered twelve VW Passat GTE. The federal state is home to the manufacturer that is in turn one of the biggest employers there. State fleets already include 38 (partially) electric cars, including the e-Golf and e-Up. However, state police own a total of 4,300 vehicles – so it is a long way before going all-electric. But the force already hopes for more state funding.
presseportal.de (in German)
Beneficial money laundering: Rhode Island will use fees paid by environmental law offenders to fund its DRIVE (Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification) programme. The scheme offers a rebate of up to 2,500 dollars. So far, 200,000 dollars have been “collected,” but only 17,500 paid out.
Plug-in partners: Volvo UK teamed up with Pod Point to supply customers with home charging equipment. British buyers of a plug-in Volvo will have the option to have a Pod Point Solo installed at their home within 10 working days for 390 GBP.
Electric bus deal: The Chinese city of Xuzhou has ordered 100 electric buses after just putting its first hundred into operation. The vehicles come from Ankai, a Chinese manufacturer whose factory has the capacity to turn out 6,000 units annually.
Honda, BMW, Suzuki, Bolloré, Denmark, Sweden.
Mirai fighter: Honda is ready to present the production version of its FCV at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, publishing a first teaser image. The launch in Japan is set for early 2016. Furthermore, the Odyssey Hybrid, the NSX Hybrid, and the Neowing Hybrid trike will be on display.
New BMW i update: The German carmaker’s third model in the electrified i-series can be expected by 2020 and not 2019, as previously hoped, auto motor und sport reports. It will most likely be called BMW i5 and will have a range of up to 500 km. Earlier reports suggested it might be powered by a fuel cell.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Suzuki hybrids: In Tokyo, the manufacturer will show its hybrid concept Air Triser. The compact minivan’s seven seats can be rearranged to form a lounge. Electric AWD is optional. Also at the booth will be Suzuki’s compact Ignis and the Ignis Trail concept, both featuring a mild hybrid system.
indianautosblog.com (Air Triser), indianautosblog.com (Ignis), indianautosblog.com (Ignis Trail)
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Bolloré eyes America: The French corporation is looking to expand its business across the Atlantic. Apparently, CEO Vincent Bolloré is already talking to American companies interested in adding the Bluecar to their fleets. Even consumer sales might be a possibility in the future.
Goodbye green government: Denmark’s three-month old government is reversing the country’s green policies. By 2020, a 180 percent levy will be extended to electric cars, which will then be taxed like any other car. A special tax on Nitrogen-Oxide emissions, as those emitted by diesels, will be scrapped at the same time, rendering the government’s reasoning of budget deficits somewhat unreasonable.
Clean country: Sweden vows to become the first fossil fuel free nation worldwide. In 2016 alone, it plans to invest 546m dollars in clean energy, while increasing support for clean transport such as electric buses among other measures. When exactly it will be fossil fuel free has not been stated, but 2050 seems likely.
Bolloré, India, California, Hamburg.
BlueCar in Congo: Together with Qatar, Bolloré introduces Bluecongo in Congo’s capital Brazzaville on the occasion of the African Games. 50 electric cars and 14 electric buses can be rented and re-charged at 80 charging points, which are yet to be installed. The vehicles will remain in the Central African republic after the games.
automobile-propre.com (in French)
Inter city electric buses in India: Indian state of Gujarat is wants to introduce battery electric buses to run between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. The first phase of the Gujarat State Electric Vehicle (GSEV) programme already saw six electric buses being deployed in Gandhinagar.
EV fees in California? The Golden State’s roads need repair but who will pocket the governor’s proposed 3.6bn dollars a year? Tax increases and higher vehicle registration fees one way to foot the bill, while some also call for the inclusion of EV drivers to the paying folks.
Future safe bus depot: The German city of Hamburg will include EV charging points, as well as hydrogen storage and filling stations in its planned bus garage. Construction will start by 2016. By 2020, public transport provider Hochbahn will be required to only buy buses with alternative drivetrain technology.
newstix.de (in German)
Norway, Japan, Cornwall, Bolloré.
Norway on track: A member of Norwegian Parliament recently laid out targets for the traffic industry. Already this year, all communal vehicles will become electric, with public transport to follow by 2020. By 2022, all cabs have to run on electricity as well. From there it is only a “small” step until, in 2025, all newly registered private cars shall be electric, too. Today, 20 percent of Norway’s motorised four-wheelers are EVs.
Japan charges ahead: Together with NEC Corporation, Seven & i Holdings will install 3,380 wall boxes for EV charging at its supermarkets, malls and department stores. From November on, they can be used with charge cards supplied by the Nippon Charge Service.
Cornwall charged up: The first rapid EV charging station has been installed at the Eden Project in British Cornwall. Another 15 will follow before the end of the summer.
Bolloré goes Cambodia: The French EV sharing service is now offering its services to tourists visiting the country’s ancient Angkor Wat temples. As Blue Solutions, the company signed a 6-month trial contract. The blue cars can be hired for 80 dollars a day.
Faraday Future, Mini, Hyundai, Tesla, Audi, Bolloré.
Brave new future: Faraday Future wants take on Tesla and have an EV with the highest energy density by 2017. While production has not been set up yet, FF hired some 200 people, including high level EV experts. Nick Sampson, Tesla’s former chief engineer, has been taken on as product designer together with Richard Kim, who was responsible for the BMW i8 and i3 concept designs. Silva Hiti, former lead powertrain at Chevy Volt is to do the same for FF and Page Beermann, former Creative Director at BMW, will be responsible for the exterior design. FF’s websites shows the company is not just working on electrification, but also on maximum digitalisation. It seems, the first Tesla-fighter may not be “made in Germany” after all.
motortrend.com, venturebeat.com, hollywoodreporter.com, faradayfuture.com
Mini Superleggra: Autocar followed up on the car’s progress. Mini CEO Peter Schwarzenbauer says the company is “working hard” to bring the concept on the streets by possibly 2019. It could then also come as a PHEV, featuring the same drivetrain as the BMW 2er Active Tourer.
Prius fighter spotted: Hyundai is working on a dedicated hybrid, which might be presented at IAA this year. New photos show a heavily camouflaged hatchback but unveil a charging port close to the driver’s front door, unmasking it as a plug-in hybrid.
Model X in China: Tesla plans to offer its upcoming SUV in China in the first half of 2016, after launching it in the U.S. already this quarter. Furthermore, the Californian EV maker plans to open five to six new service centres in big Chinese cities by the end of this year.
Audi in Australia: The German carmaker launched the A3 e-tron Down Under. The plug-in hybrid is available at Audi dealerships in Australia, priced from 62,490 Australian dollars. The package includes a 230-volt, high-output 16-amp single phase power outlet for home charging.
EVs on the internet: It seems, there is little one cannot buy on Amazon. Now Bolloré is offering its Bluecar and Bluesummer via the online retailer at a reduced price of 25 to 31 percent. Unfortunately, the deal is only available for “Premium” Amazon customers and only those, living in Metropolitan France.
automobile-propre.com (in French)
Bolloré’s electric car sharing in Indianapolis is in trouble again. Business owners are protesting against EVs charging and supposedly blocking their storefront. A Democratic politician will today propose to symbolic tow away of five BlueIndy demonstrator cars. Not a good look.
Bolloré & PSA, Fisker, Lifan & Alibaba, Gogoro, Mercedes-Benz.
Bolloré teams up with PSA: Bolloré is now working with Peugeot-Citroën to start building the BlueSummer convertible from this September at PSA’s Rennes facility. Up to 3,500 units are to be produced annually and will be offered for less than 20,000 euros at Citroën dealerships. Furthermore, Bolloré and PSA will also seek to promote car-sharing schemes. The deal with PSA complements one signed by Bolloré with Renault, which started to produce the Bluecar model this month (we reported).
Fisker Karma update: Fisker has finally decided where to manufacture the Karma successor: in the Californian Moreno Valley. There, the first production facility on American soil is to come up for the PHEV, initially creating 150 jobs. However, a more detailed schedule has not been issued so far.
washingtontimes.com, pe.com, businesspress24.com
Alibaba to sell Lifan EVs: Chinese carmaker Lifan Auto now entered a strategic partnership with online retailer Alibaba. Among the 20 electric models with exchangeable batteries that Lifan plans, one electric small car will be dedicated exclusively to sales through the online portal.
Gogoro update: As expected, the manufacturer will start to deliver its electric smart scooter in Taiwan from July 25 for 128,000 Taiwan dollars (4,140 USD). A flat rate for battery swapping comes at 899 Taiwan dollars a month (29 USD). Already, there are 32 battery swap station in Taipeh and this number is to increase to 75 at the time of launch and to 150 by year’s end.
PHEV equality: In the U.S., Mercedes will offer its S550 plug-in hybrid for the same price as the petrol version. Both will start at 95,325 dollars. The luxurious Daimler is to become available in California this month with more states likely to follow soon.
greencarreports.com, carsdirect.com, mbusa.com
Mercedes C-Class PHEV review: John Voelcker had the chance to drive the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e. Voelcker found the plug-in hybrid version of the C-Class pretty much driving as well as the S-Class PHEV and was particularly eager to get the most out of the electric mode.
Bolloré, DriveNow, CHAdeMO, CSE, Vermont.
Bolloré kicks off in London: The French carmaker has introduced the first ten bright red electric cars in the British capital. Bolloré plans on extending its electric hire fleet there to 3,000 vehicles in the coming five years.
DriveNow electrifies: BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer announced that the carmaker will expand and update its carsharing scheme DriveNow, including the all-electric i3. The service currently offers 3,100 cars in eight cities worldwide.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
CHAdeMO bets on V2G: The CHAdeMO Association hopes to make the standard more appealing by making it compatible with vehicle-to-grid technology. It is the first standard to make this a topic. In April, we spoke to Tomoko Blech, European Representative of the CHAdeMO Association, about the future of electric vehicle charging. If you did not watch the exclusive interview yet, you can do so below.
transportevolved.com, electrive.com (exclusive interview)
Connecting stations: The California Energy Commission has earmarked 1.5 million dollars for the Center for Sustainable Energy to lead development of an advanced management platform for integrating EV charging with utility-scale energy systems. It will be the first data platform to employ the ISO/IEC 15118 standard.
Freedom Stations for Vermont: NRG EVgo says it will install 12 of its “Freedom Stations” in the U.S. state of Vermont. The first fast-charger has already gone online in the city of Rutland.
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G7, Audi, Renault, Bolloré, India, BMW, Tesla.
Zero carbon emissions by 2100 is the very long-term goal the G7 leaders agreed upon at the summit in Germany. This means oil, coal and gas will eventually become a thing of the past. The summit in Bavaria will be followed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, in the second half of 2015. It remains to be seen if these targets will then become binding.
Tesla Fighter at IAA? Apparently, Audi is readying its electric SUV most likely dubbed Q6 e-tron as a concept for this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, Automotive News Europe reports. Once the model goes into production, it could be offered as plug-in hybrid or even fuel cell vehicle as well, the portal predicts.
autonews.com (after registration), motorauthority.com
Renault to build Bluecar: Renault now started production of Bolloré’s electric Bluecars in its Dieppe facility as part of an agreement from last year, thus moving production from Italy to France. The plant includes a dedicated assembly shop to handle the work on the Bluecars.
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EV subsidy in India: The Delhi government is close to passing a note specifying a 15% subsidy on the price of electric rickshaws and other BEVs. If the bill passes the cabinet, the scheme would come into effect immediately. The subsidy would be granted at vehicle registration.
New BMW 7 Series leaked: Ahead of tomorrow’s world premiere, pictures showing the 2016 BMW 7 appeared in the configurator of BMW Austria along with some more information. Apparently, the 740e PHEV will not go on sale together with the conventional model which will become available in October.
Tesla has won a new customer for its stationary batteries as Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) chose it as primary technology provider. AMS is to install up to 500 MWh of Tesla power packs in commercial and industrial facilities to provide grid support to utilities.
Bolloré, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Ireland, Toshiba.
Twizy for Lyon: The all-electric two-seater by Renault is now being offered as part of Bolloré Bluely carsharing scheme in the French city. A total of 30 are ready for use. Until the end of the year, Bolloré wants to have a total of 110 Twizy to join its Lyon fleet and Bluecub Carsharing scheme in Bordeaux.
Massachusetts pushes EV sales: The U.S. state has earmarked an additional two million dollars for its Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program. It offers a discount of up to 2,500 dollars to those who buy or lease an electric vehicle.
How much could you save? Hawaiian electric companies have launched an online tool that estimates, how much money a person could save by driving electric. The EV Bill Savings Estimator also takes into account off-peak charging rates.
Apartment solution: Irish companies Carra, EC Charging, Electro Automation and Smartcharge have all received 25,000 euros in funding to bring EV charging infrastructure to apartment blocks. A viable solution could receive another 200,000 euros to develop a prototype.
Toshiba bus hits the road: The company’s first electric bus has begun operating in the city of Kawasaki in Japan, along the Kawasaki Municipal Hospital route. The bus is equipped with vehicle-to-grid technology and can be used as a power source in the event of an emergency.
Electric buses, Washington, London, Bolloré, Valladolid, Xiamen.
Funding for electric buses: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced a total of 55 million dollars in grants to put more battery-electric and fuel-cell buses into service across the country. Ten projects in the states of California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas were selected to receive a share of the grants.
Washington pushing EV ownership: Lawmakers in Washington state plan to encourage more drivers to turn to electric cars. A new bill would renew the sales tax exemption until 2021, but only for the first 45,000 dollars of an electric car’s purchase price – bad news for Tesla.
London´s cabbies call for transformation package: The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) and Clean Air in London (CAL) are urging London’s mayor Boris Johnson to implement an eight-point plan to encourage private hire and taxi companies to use electric vehicles. The package includes further incentives as well as 500 rapid charging points exclusively for use by private hire vehicles and taxis.
Bolloré wins backing for charging network: French Bolloré Group said on Friday it will invest 150 million euros (172m USD) to roll out an charging network across France, after the plan won government backing. Bolloré plans to install 16,000 new chargers nationwide in the next four years (we reported).
European cooperation: The German metropolitan region of Lower Saxony teams up with the Spanish city of Valladolid to jointly promote electric mobility. As a first step, a VW e-Golf is tested by the Valladolid city council. More electric cars (the locally produced Renault Twizy as well as EVs from Volkswagen) will go on Valladolid´s streets later as part of a project funded by the EU´s Smart City project.
metropolregion.de (in German)
Xiamen goes all-electric: 30 BYD e6 pure electric taxis were put into service in the Chinese city of Xiamen, with another 60 e6 taxis to follow soon. The Xiamen Public Traffic Plaza-Station will set up more than 50 charging poles in the city, 20 of which have already been put into service.