Seat presents their first BEV: Mii electric
Seat has presented its first electric model, the Mii electric, in Oslo. It will replace the conventionally powered Mii, whose production will end in July 2019. Advance sales start in September and the first units are to be delivered before the end of this year.
VW to manufacture small electric car in Eastern Europe
Volkswagen’s plans for future plants are changing rapidly: from 2023, the purely electric small car for less than 20,000 euros is to be built in Eastern Europe instead of in Emden in Germany as originally planned. The Zwickau plant in Germany will probably hand over the production of the I.D. Crozz to Emden.
London, Bratislava, Lulea, Germany.
Electric deliveries in London: UPS and UK Power Networks are about to increase the electric share in their London fleet by almost 50 percent after being awarded 3m pounds through Innovate UK. The project will see the UPS’ depot in Camden operate 70 electric freight vehicles up from 50 with plans for running more than 150 vehicles from the site. UK Power Networks will oversee overnight charging and trial how many EV may charge at a time without overpowering the grid.
L/EV sharing in Slovakia: Bratislava has a new electric citizen in the VW e-Up! there to share. For the moment, up!city cars can only be rented for half or a full day but the organisers hope to soon be able to rent per hour. The sharing offer in Slovakia’s capital also includes pedelecs and electric scooters.
More electric car sharing will happen in Luxembourg, where a service called Flex wants to introduce 86 EVs standing at the 20 busiest train stations of the country. Flex will be available from the end of November and shall tie in with Luxembourgs public transport via the travel card, MKaart.
Charging Scandinavia: Polish Ekoenergetyka-Polska will supply opportunity chargers for the electric bus fleet of the city of Lulea, that plans for its public transport to be 75 percent emission-free from 2020. For now, Lulea’s bus fleet consists of five electric models from the Finish Linkker Bus company.
E-mobility funding: The German Ministry for Transport has granted 39 credits for EV charging stations, worth a combined 2.3m euros and with most applicants from Bavaria. In total, the BMVI has processed 220 applications for 2,705 charge points funded with 16.6m euros, which is not too much given the government has earmarked 300m until 2020 and thus hopes to co-create a network of 15,000 charging stations in Germany. To be eligible, electricity must come from renewable sources.
now-gmbh.de (in German), bmvi.de (list of applicants)
Think outside the box…
…but stay on track, is the motto this inventive man must have been following. He put an euro-pallet to new use when modifying it to cruise the tram tracks of his hometown Bratislava, Slovakia. Let the good wood roll!
vimeo.com (video) via pulptastic.com
Israel, Bratislava, Bhutan, New Zealand.
Recharge at gas stations: Israeli gas station provider Paz Oil and Nissan importer Carasso agreed to strategically cooperate and install nine fast charging stations at Paz outlets. The chargers are paid per use and while being described as “universal” the stations will obviously not help former Better Place customers, since the Renault Fluence Z.E. is not capable of fast charging of any kind.
Slovak battery swap: GreenWay has opened its first battery swapping station in the capital Bratislava last week. The service is for GreenWay’s rental vans, currently the electrified Citroen Jumper, but could be expanded nationwide or even to other countries. The battery swap itself is quite simple and anything but automatic: a forklift brings the new pack and extracts the old one from behind the driver’s cabin.
cleantechnica.com, oekonews.com, greenway.sk/en
Another buzz for Bhutan: Just after introducing the Nissan Leaf (we reported) prime minister Tshering Tobgay announced the launch of Mahindra’s e2o and Reva later this week. He is also hoping for an electric bus trial with British Ashok Leyland and is eyeing Tesla, which Tobgay says he wants to “encourage.”
Tango for New Zealand: 15,000 of the Commuter Car’s Tango might soon be driving around Auckland. The project Microcar wants the city to buy the cars and then lease them to its commuters for 55 dollars per week instead of using the money for building new streets.