ChargePoint, VDL, Seven-Eleven, Boulder, California.
ChargePoint reaches for Europe: The U.S. infrastructure provider closed a deal with UK-based InstaVolt as it intends to extend its charging network to Europe, not least thanks to investments of Daimler and BMW. InstaVolt wants to purchase more than 200 of ChargePoint’s DC fast-charger and install them at main roads throughout the island.
electrek.co, greencarcongress.com, localgov.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com
E-bus order: Dutch public transport company Qbuzz has ordered ten articulated electric buses and charging infrastructure from VDL Bus & Coach. The will be deployed in Groningen from December.
Next level convenience: Seven-Eleven plans to supply its 19,000 convenience stores in Japan with electric trucks from Mitsubishi. Production will only start this autumn but Seven-Eleven hopes to deploy the first 25 EVs still this year in and around Tokyo.
Doubling charging stations: Boulder, Colorado invests 100,000 dollars from the Regional Air Quality Council into an update of existing and installation of new EV charging facilities in public parking lots to increase their number from now 22 to 46.
Crowd ready to invest in H2 stations? 20m dollars are the target of a crowdfunding campaign by Californian HyGen Industries. The supplier of renewable H2 fuel wants to use the money to install more hydrogen filling stations.
hydrogenfuelnews.com, banklesstimes.com, startengine.com
Tesla, Voltabox, Klagenfurt, Boulder, EV charging station costs.
Supercharging Europe: Tesla just opened two new Supercharger locations in Austria and Germany. One is located in Austria’s capital Vienna, while the other is suitable located to connect between the two German mayor cities of Berlin and Hanover.
twitter.com (Photos), teslamotors.com (Austria), teslamotors.com (Germany)
Trolleybus batteries: Voltabox, a U.S. subsidiary of German paragon AG, has received a major order for the supply of at least 200 back-up battery systems to be used in combination with Vossloh Kiepe powertrains. Up to 530 of these buses will be put in service in Seattle and San Francisco.
Electric logistics: The E-LOG project in Klagenfurt, Austria, aims to set up a decentralised logistics centre to support the use of 200 commercial EVs. The vehicles and charging infrastructure will be commissioned by logistics and service businesses to serve 150,000 residents in the area. Solar panels on the roof of the logistics centre will provide as much as 600,000 kWh annually to power the cars. Almost all of the project vehicles will be EVs made by Renault.
kaernten.orf.at (in German), klimafonds.gv.at (vehicles, in German)
Stand-alone solar charging: The city of Boulder, Colorado has installed two stand-alone solar charging stations. The solar arrays are able to follow the sun and generate approximately 16 kWh a day. When no car is charging, the power is stored in a 22-kWh buffer battery. The use of the stations is free of charge.
There is no such thing as free charging: Often, the use of charging stations is free to those charging, but what about the real costs of installing a station? Cleantechnica did some research and put together the numbers for the U.S. As you might have guessed, DC chargers are the most expensive.