Airbus & Audi reveal electric air taxi CityAirbus
As part of the Urban Air Mobility project, Airbus has now presented the air taxi CityAirbus in the Audi town of Ingolstadt. The electric aircraft with eight rotors takes off and lands vertically and will be able to transport up to four passengers. The model still has its maiden flight ahead of it.
Audi e-tron to work as energy storage in smart homes
Audi is getting involved in the EEBUS initiative for the intelligent home integration of electric cars with the e-tron being the first EV to use the standard. Earlier this week at the Audi plant in Brussels, developers tested the standard’s cross-industry compatibility.
Ford debuts Mondeo hybrid as station wagon
Ford presented the new Mondeo at the Brussels Motor Show. One of the most important innovations is that the Mondeo series now also includes a hybrid station wagon. Plus, the Mondeo Hybrid as a four-door sedan remains on offer.
Germany’s first self-service Tesla car rental station
Luxembourg-based start-up UFOdrive opened their first self-service rental car station in Germany. Drivers can now rent and collect one of six Tesla Model S at Hamburg Airport, simply via app. UFOdrives operates EV-only fleets in Luxembourg and Brussels as well.
Audi picks up mass serial production of e-tron
Audi is starting with their mass serial production of the e-tron in Brussels today. The world premiere for the electric SUV will be in San Francisco on the 17th of September. Originally, the presentation had been planned to take place in Brussels at the end of August, before it was moved across the world.
Brussels bans diesel from 2030
The government of Brussels has agreed to a plan by the Minister of the Environment, Céline Fremault, to introduce a diesel ban in Belgium’s capital from 2030. The government also considers measures against petrol cars and is in favour of electric options.
EU Project ZEFER testing business case for fuel cell cars
Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out, or ZEFER in short, is a new EU project that will deploy a total of 180 FCVs in three European capitals, namely Brussels, Paris, and London. The €26m project is designed to see how hydrogen fleets perform in the real world, that is as taxis and police cars.
Audi e-tron price & GT version announced
The Audi e-tron, the first fully electric serial model by the German car manufacturer, will be available as of end of this year starting at 80,000 euros. Furthermore, the car manufacturer announced a Gran Turismo version of the car, also fitted with a purely electric motor. Both revelations were announced by chief executive Rupert Stadler […]
Brussels orders 90 hybrid buses from Volvo
Volvo has received an order from the Belgian capital to deliver 90 hybrid buses, with most due to arrive this year. Brussels has recently raised the fine dust alarm and is increasingly cleaning its act through actions such as this.
EU inks Innovation Deal for battery regulation
The EU Commission has made a deal with 8 partners to review regulations governing EV battery recycling and reuse scenarios. Among the signees is the Renault-Nissan Alliance next to ministers from both France and the Netherlands.
Brussels to tackle air pollution
The Belgian capital has passed a law which will make public transport and the bike sharing programme free on high pollution days. The law will also cut speed limits. Temporary ICE bans are also possible.
CharIN, PlugShare, Columbus, Brussels, New Jersey.
CCS gets support from the big leagues: Clever is not the only company that recently joined CCS initiative CharIN. Hubject, Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Atieva, Circontrol and Lafon have also signed up.
Charge with sun: PlugShare has started the programme ‘Drive Solar’ in California. Anyone who installs a Sungevity solar system can receive a GE WattStation for free – the installation in included.
Columbus is U.S.’ smartest city: The Ohio city has won the U.S. transportation ministry’s Smart City Challenge. Next to 40m dollars in funding for i.e. self-driving vehicles, Columbus gets another 10m dollars to push electric mobility (we reported). Companies will invest another 90m dollars.
Brussels without e-power: car2go will start its carsharing scheme in the EU’s capital in October. 250 Smarts and 50 Mercedes A-series will hit the road there, but unfortunately no electric cars. Even though it would have been nice if especially Brussels could have led with example.
New Jersey plugs in: The U.S. state earmarked 750,000 dollars for subsidies for the installation of more charging stations. Level 1 chargers qualify for up to 250 dollars; level 2 chargers for up to 5,000 dollars.
Toyota, DoE, Kandi, Solaris, POD Point, Tower Leasing, Brussels.
EV vandalism: Toyota’s i-Road sharing scheme in French Grenoble is suffering from setbacks, Bloomberg reports. Recurring vandalism has slowed down the introduction of the electric three-wheelers which were supposed to be guarded by surveillance cameras promised by the Socialists. Since the Green party has been elected together with the far-left, public support for the project has vanished.
U.S. charging patterns: The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has published a new report on EV charging behaviour. The data was gathered by six utility providers monitoring public and home charging stations. Charging patterns show sessions rarely last longer than four hours and take place at home during off-peak hours. Public chargers served mainly to top-up during peak times.
Electric car-sharing expands rapidly: Kandi says it has delivered no less than 14,398 electric cars for its EV sharing program in nine Chinese cities. Hanzhou made the start with 9,852 EVs and was soon followed by Chengdu (1,020), Guangzhou (700), Shanghai (686), Wuhan (612), Changzhou (500), Changsha (388), Nanjing (340), and Rugao (300). Happy sharing!
Follow up: Solaris is to develop an extra-long electric bus together with Polish universities (we reported). Green Car Reports now has all the information on the Solaris Urbino 24 Electric concept in English.
Lease a charge point: POD Point together with Tower Leasing is offering businesses charge points to lease for about 50 pounds (75 dollars) a month over 3 years. Charging is pay-as-you-go.
Leaf taxis in Belgium: 12 Nissan Leafs already serve as cabs in Brussels since last September and receive positive feedback by the various operators. Nissan hopes to increase the number of Leaf cabs soon.
nissan-corse.com (in French)
Amsterdam, Brussels, PlugSurfing, Connecticut, Chargepartner.
Ready, steady, go! 167 Tesla Model S have just taken up taxi services at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, making it the biggest electric cab fleet in the world. The programme will run for four years, but might be extended for another eight. Success seems somewhat guaranteed…
gas2.org, youtube.com (Video, in Dutch)
Equally electric is Brussel’s new e-taxi fleet. 34 BYD e6 will go into service in the Belgian capital. The Chinese manufacturer bid successfully against Nissan and Renault and impressed cab companies with a range of up to 300 kilometres.
PlugSurfing to expand further: The app now includes another 130 charge spots in Austria, where PlugSurfing users can charge and pay via RFID keychain. Partner for the Alpine expansion are Electrodrive Salzburg and Wien Energie, both part of Hubject’s intercharge network.
EV promotion in the States: Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will fund at least 20 more charging stations. Installation is fully paid for if the stations are available to the public 24/7 and free of charge. Jacksonville, Florida, offers rebates of up to 1,000 dollars for both the installation of charge points and the purchase of EVs, following in the steps of i.e. California and Georgia, where incentives can reach 5,000 dollars.
westfaironline.com (Connecticut), ens-newswire.com (other states)
Charging infrastructure software: Chargepartner developed a modular software platform enabling utilities and other businesses to manage charging infrastructure services. The white-label solution facilitates authorisation, management and billing of vehicle charging as well as user management.