Long Beach, Brunswick, Switzerland, California, Autolib.
Bidding battle reloaded: Again, bids have been handed in to build a fleet of electric buses for Long Beach, California. Again, it is BYD vs. Proterra. BYD had secured the 12-million dollar contract for ten e-buses once before but had it canceled as it was not compliant with federal law (we reported).
Inductive charging: The German city of Brunswick is expanding its ‘Emil’ project to include another four 18-meter electric buses that will take up service before christmas. Already, a 12-meter electric bus runs through the city since March. The 90 kWh-battery will be inductively charged via Bombardier’s Primove system at Brunswick’s main station.
heise.de (in German)
Charging while skiing: Tesla has opened two more Superchargers in Switzerland which enable Model S drivers to travel to ski resorts. The stations in St. Moritz and Martigny are also close enough to Italy. By now, there are a total of six Tesla charging stations in Switzerland and a 112 all over Europe.
Versatile electric school bus: Under a Clinton Global Initiative, three California school districts will test what electric school buses have got to offer not only in terms of bringing children safely to school but also in case of a disaster and as income generator. Six C-Series buses will be retrofitted and monitored in service over three years.
Details on London Autolib: The French company will roll out its service in the British capital by September 2015. About 200 – 250 Bolloré BlueCars are to be made available for hire but will be painted in the same red as London’s buses. Prices will probably be similar to Paris with a 100 pound annual fee to join and a charge of 5 pounds for 30 minutes’ use.
Beijing, London, Brunswick, Lucerne.
Simplified EV registrations: With Beijing being the second most air-polluted city in the world, citizens have to play the lottery if they want to register a new car. Not so with EVs: the government set aside about 20,000 EV license plates easily to get a hold of but has only received 1,700 applications so far. It seems like some Chinese would rather walk than drive an electric car.
Broken dream: The deal between BYD and cab service Green Tomato Cars to bring 50 electric e6 taxis to London (we reported) has been called off mutually. The chauffeur service decided not to go ahead as it is worried about charging infrastructure not being sufficient in the British capital.
One million for e-mobility: The German county of Lower Saxony will spend 438,000 euros (665,000 dollars) to install 16 DC fast-chargers in the city of Brunswick. An additional 644,000 euros (886,000 dollars) will be invested by Brunswick itself until the end of 2015. Currently, 229 electric cars are registered in Brunswick which share five AC charging stations.
braunschweigheute.de (In German)
Hybrid buses carry on: The Swiss city of Lucerne will continue its trial of hybrid buses with Volvo’s new 7900 Hybrid. The program started with six buses three years ago and since then the buses have been running for more than a million kilometres. Over the next five years, Lucerne’s public transport vbl will continue testing with just three hybrid vehicles rented from Volvo as it awaits advances in technology.
luzernerzeitung.ch (In German)