Climate Group launches ZEV Pledge for government fleets
A number of national, regional, state and city governments in the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK have made a commitment to convert their fleets to zero-emission vehicles by 2040. This involves a total of 121,355 vehicles, almost a third of which are medium- or heavy-duty vehicles.
Parkland to install DC fast-chargers in British Columbia
Parkland Corporation, a Canadian convenience store and pit stop chain, wants to install several ultra-fast chargers at its sites in British Columbia. About 25 locations will span a network from Vancouver Island to Calgary that is expected to open to the public in 2022.
British Columbia increases maximum rebates for commercial EVs
In Canada, British Columbia’s Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) is set to receive a $31-million cash boost to double the maximum rebates for electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles available for local businesses and governments, public sector organisations and non-profit organisations.
Lion Smart to develop electric bus battery
Lion Smart has been awarded a contract by Grande West Transportation Group of Canada to provide engineering services for development and integration. Lion Smart is helping with the electrification of the Vicinity bus model. The value of the order is in the mid-six-figure euro range.
Canadian parents want clean school buses
The parent initiative “For Our Kids” is working to ensure that only electric school buses are purchased in British Columbia. Their aim is to push the province to phase out their current diesel fleet of school buses within 10 years.
Translink looks to Vancouver for bus electrification
TransLink, the transport company responsible for the Greater Vancouver area in the Canadian province of British Columbia, plans to convert half of its bus fleet from diesel, natural gas and hybrid to battery operation by 2030. But the financing has not yet been finalised.
BC Ferries to use hybrid drives from Corvus
Corvus Energy has received a follow-up order from Damen Shipyards to supply battery systems for hybrid ferries again. The order comprises four ferries for the Canadian operator BC Ferries, which switch to be fully battery-powered in the future.
Canada: BC updates EV incentive programme
The government of British Columbia will now provide an extra $26.5 million to the CEVforBC programme. Simultaneously, the available rebates and the maximum price for qualifying electric cars were lowered to cover more vehicle purchases.
BC to phase out sales of non-electric cars by 2040
British Columbia joins the growing circle of regions that stop sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. Canada’s westernmost province will do so from 2040 and intends to install electric vehicle sales quotas prior to that date, starting by 2025.
Renault-Nissan pull the plug on fuel cell cars
The alliance of Daimler, Ford and Renault-Nissan working on commercialising a fuel cell car has hit a road block as Renault-Nissan pull out. The partners had aimed to develop shared components but now decided to focus on electric cars first.
Submerged Tesla with some garnish
A stolen Tesla Model S was found partially submerged in a river in British Columbia. A suspicious load was also discovered in the vehicle, and it remains unclear if there is a deeper meaning to it.
Here, Smart Charge, British Columbia, Spinx, Rochester.
Charging alliance I: German mapping service Here has teamed up with Finish Vitra, which operates hundreds of public chargers in different European countries. Thanks to the cooperation, these are now visible on Here maps.
Charging alliance II: Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) and CLP Holdings have founded a 50-50 joint venture to offer charging solutions in Hong Kong. The new company Smart Charge is mainly said to install chargers at parking stalls in front of apartments and offices.
Climate Leadership Plan: The Canadian province of British Columbia has published its plan on how to reduce emissions. That includes making EVs more affordable and increasing the support for charging stations in buildings. The goal is to reduce emissions by up to 25m tonnes below current forecasts by 2050.
Charge while shopping: Spinx has set up fast-chargers (Level 3) at seven of its convenient stores in South Carolina. The charging stations are part of Nissans “No Charge to Charge” programme, but are accessible for an EV with the right inlet.
Rochester goes EV: The city of Rochester, Massachusetts, has received a state grant to lease three electric vehicles for three years, as well as set up a charging station. The best location of the latter will be decided on soon.
Chargemaster, Mirai, Cape Town, British Columbia, Porterville.
London charges fast: Chargemaster plans to install up to 200 rapid-chargers at public parking spots in London by the end of 2017. The first 30 are said to be operational by mid-March already.
Dutch government goes H2: Ahead of the country taking on the presidency of the European Council, Toyota delivered two of its fuel cell Mirai to the Dutch government. The keys were handed over at an event in The Hague, promoting the development of more hydrogen infrastructure.
Cape Town invites tenders: South Africa’s second biggest city is looking to buy a fleet of 12 metre electric buses and the corresponding infrastructure. The tender for the 50m rand (3m dollar) project is said to kick off in February.
BC to keep funding EVs: British Columbia’s incentive scheme for electric cars is due to run out of money in March, but lawmakers are already looking to extend the programme. The second round had seen 10.6m Canadian dollars earmarked for the purpose and a third phase could look similar.
Porterville looks to electrify: The California city has asked the California Air Resources Board to help with the funding of ten electric buses and ten charging stations. Five of the latter would be overhead chargers. Porterville is hoping to get a 10m dollar grant.
eRoaming, British Columbia, UK, Monterey County, Leviton.
Pan-European eRoaming: Five European eRoaming platforms – Hubject, e-clearing.net, Enel, GIREVE and MOBI.E – have declared to join their offers. First, geographical data to locate charging stations is to be exchanged. Next follows ‘Interroaming’ which will enable drivers to charge their EVs at any station within the network this year.
Buy ’em: After recently launching its scrapping scheme (we reported), British Columbia now has revived its incentive programme. Starting April 1, anyone who buys an BEV or PHEV will receive 5,000 dollars, for FCVs the Canadian province offers 6,000 dollars.
Greener mobility in Britain: The UK government is to invest 3.9 million pounds (5.8m USD) to promote environmentally-friendly transport. Walking to school is on the agenda together with car clubs and electric bike sharing scheme trials. The latter are to receive 700,000 GBP.
EVs granted: A grant from Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District awarded Monterey County, California, 27,000 dollars towards the purchase of six electric vehicles each. This means the county is left to pay only 855 dollars per Chevy Spark EV and will then have a fleet of ten EVs.
Charging from a pedestal: Leviton launched a new pedestal for workplace charging. The new pedestal system integrates Leviton’s Evr-Green 32-amp electric vehicle charging station with a system that provides single or dual EV mounting options to allow users to charge two vehicles per pedestal.
South Korea, Canada, British Columbia, Riga, Hamburg.
South Korea charging ever quicker: Only yesterday we reported on Seoul’s plan to quickly erect fast charging infrastructure. Today, the Ministry of Environment said it is looking at hydrogen, too. A roadmap is planned for July, while the ministry already agreed on ten hydrogen stations and the acquisition of 1,000 FCVs for the public sector by 2020.
Home chargers are the key to widespread adoption of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids rather than public infrastructure, a study conducted by the Simon Fraser University has found. For it, researchers interviewed 1,739 PHEV owners across Canada.
Scrap ’em: British Columbia launched the Scrap-It programme, asking inhabitants to let go of their pre-2000 gas guzzlers. Everyone that acquires an EV instead, will benefit from a 3,000 dollar rebate. The scrapping scheme is an addition to the yet to be revoked Clean Energy Vehicle incentives.
Riga gets electric buses: Latvian transport provider Rigas satiksme has ordered a total of 125 trolley buses for 131.8 million euros (139m dollars) from Skoda Electric. The first 25 electric buses have been delivered to the Latvian capital with another 25 to follow in the second half of this year.
Hydrogen in Hamburg: Shell opened a new hydrogen fuelling station in the Hanseatic city. It is the third station the oil corporation built on German ground and the first were H2 is produced on-site. In total, 400 stations are to be built in Germany by 2023. The one in Hamburg was delivered by H2 Logic.
Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, EVTEC, British Columbia, Addison Lee.
BYD takes on Brazil: Rio de Janeiro wants to implement an e-carsharing next year and BYD will deliver some 300 electric cars for the scheme. Until 2018, the Chinese manufacturer plans to invest 400 million dollars in Brazil, starting with a battery factory in Sao Paolo, which will open in July.
Sharing the i-Road in Tokyo: In addition to Toyota City and Grenoble, the three-wheeler will now conquer the Japanese capital. Until the end of September, the all-electric city cars can be hired near a shopping centre and be dropped off at one of five central points in Tokyo.
One charge fits all: EVTEC presents its new charging station called espresso&charge with a total charging capacity of 180 kW. The station supports all DC and AC standards (CHAdeMO, CCS, Type2 Mode3). Up to four cars can be charged at the same time.
Clean Energy Vehicle Programme renewed: British Columbia, Canada, has earmarked 7.5 million Canadian dollars for incentives for battery-electric, fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Extra cash will be used for incentives for charging infrastructure and public outreach.
Green fleet: London’s car service Addison Lee will launch Addison Lee Eco, which it claims will be the biggest green car service in the city. Its fleet will consist of 350 hybrid vehicles. The company says it wants “to remain at the forefront of sustainable development within the industry.”
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Siemens, Mitsubishi, Changsha, BMW, South Baden, British Columbia.
Smart charging: As part of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Siemens, Duke Energy and Ford have presented a lower cost home smart charging system. The Siemens charger connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled via a smartphone app. It is said to become available next year.
Quick chargers for Mitsubishi: The carmaker will install rapid chargers at all of its 700 dealerships in Japan by March 2016. Usage will be made available for only 1,000 yen (8.27 USD) a month.
1,000 more EVs for China: Geely and Khandi have opened a rental center for electric cars in the city of Changsha, capital of the Hunan province. Before the end of the year, about 1,000 EVs will be available for hire for a mere 200 yuan (32.50 USD) per month.
chinadaily.com, yibada.com, changsha.gov
BMW rapid charger network? The carmaker hopes to rival Tesla in terms of setting up rapid charging stations in the U.S. In an interview with AutoGuide, Jacob Harb, head of electric vehicle sales and strategy for BMW of North America, called 2015 “the year of infrastructure” and said that an official announcement is planned for the North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit.
E-carsharing in South Baden: The companies Stadtmobil Südbaden and Energiedienst have founded “my e-car.” The goal is a comprehensive network of electric cars and fast-chargers in the south-western region in Germany. The sharing scheme will start off with 40 Renault Zoe.
swr.de, badische-zeitung.de (articles in German)
Hydrogen buses on sale: BC Transit in British Columbia, Canada, is currently accepting bids for their 20 hydrogen buses, which had been bought to showcase hydrogen power during the 2010 Winter Olympics. BC Transit wants to sell them off and replace them by old-fashioned diesel-powered buses.
Lexus, Envision Solar, British Columbia, Belarus.
Lucky Lexus: Diet club Slimming World will acquire 76 hybrid vehicles from Toyota’s luxury brand within the next three years. The models NX 300h, CT 200h and IS 300h will help the company’s district and field managers on their visits to customers. For Lexus, it is the largest fleet contract to date.
Mobile charging station: Envision Solar will install three solar charging stations in San Francisco by the end of the year. The EV Arc (autonomous renewable charger) station stores the power from the sun in a battery pack and will thus be moved around to test different locations.
Public EV charging has doubled in British Columbia, Canada. At least at the 350 of the province’s 550 public charging stations that were monitored. August saw 3,745 charging sessions, which is a 120% increase over the same month last year (1,684). In total, B.C.’s chargers were used 40,000 times.
In Belarus, the first CHAdeMO charge point is set to be opened tomorrow. It is located at a motorway exit close to the country’s capital Minsk. The organisers hope this to be start of wider EV adoption in the country.