Nio plans to set up an affordable electric car brand
The Chinese manufacturer Nio plans the third brand for even more affordable electric cars. According to a media report, the third Nio label will cover the EV segment with a price range of 100,000 to 200,000 yuan – equivalent to about 14,500 to 29,000 euros.
New charging stations for Budapest Airport
Budapest Airport is to be equipped with 176 new charging stations for airport and service vehicles, and will be installed by partner companies over the next three years. The number of fast charging stations for taxis is also to see a significant increase.
Budapest orders 48 e-buses from Solaris & Skoda
A consortium consisting of Solaris Bus & Coach and Skoda Electric has received an order for 48 battery-electric trolleybuses from Budapest. The current order of 12- and 18-metre buses goes back to a framework agreement from 2014, which has now been completely fulfilled with the order.
Knorr-Bremse forms internal think-tank
Knorr-Bremse is pooling its expertise in electric transport with a new, in-house development unit called eCUBATOR. Up to 60 internal and external experts will work on electric commercial vehicle solutions at the Munich and Budapest sites.
GreenGo electric car-sharing expands to Prague
The Hungarian provider GreenGo is starting an electric car-sharing service in Prague. The fleet will initially comprise of 100 VW e-Up and is to be doubled within three months. GreenGo is also active in Budapest, where the fleet was expanded last year from 45 to 300 electric cars.
Budapest, Nottingham, Nissan, BlueCalifornia, Atlanta.
Adding Budapest to the map: The Hungarian capital will see the installation of 250 EV charging spots in and around the city. The Ministry of economy has earmarked 600m forint (about 1.9m euros) to support the measure.
First electric Park&Ride service: Nottingham, will open the UK’s first all-electric Park & Ride service in January, featuring 13 electric buses from BYD. The buses will travel along the Eco Expressway, which gives priority to electric vehicles.
Red Leaf for police: The Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the UK has taken delivery of two bright red Nissan Leaf. It was not said how the electric cars would be used.
E-carsharing for hotspots: The city of Los Angeles has paved the way for an e-carsharing initiative for disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The operator BlueCalifornia is a subsidy of French Bolloré. The city, state and company have invested millions in the projects that will start out with 100 EVs and 200 charging stations.
Charge and fly: The Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, will count 100 EV chargers by the end of the year. 46 have already been installed at the international and park-ride parking garage. More stations will be added in the airport’s domestic parking areas.
Budapest, Clean Bus Technology Fund, Laos, Chargemaster.
Budapest presents the first of a total of 36 trolleybuses built by Skoda and Solaris, which are able to operate without connecting to the catenary. Delivery will be completed this year, and the city has the option to order another 72 trolleybuses. The contract is worth almost 22m dollars.
Bid for greener buses: The British government launched a 5-million pound (7.7m dollar) fund to cut down on NOx emissions. Local authorities are asked to bid to get therir share of the Clean Bus Technology Fund of up to 500,000 pounds to retrofit their buses. Applications are open until the end of October.
businessgreen.com, gov.uk (invitation to bid)
Laotian electric bus project: Laos’ province Luang Prabang is embarking on a project to deploy 34 electric mini buses, of which 14 were granted by the Japanese government. They are made for six people from Lao – foreigners are said to reduce capacity to three to four persons.
Ultracharger: Chargemaster has launched a new rapid charger built in the UK but destined for the world. Its compact dimension ensure installed without planning permission in most places. It is compatible with all charging standards and also uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
Chargemaster, Budapest, Welcome Break, Portland General Electric, Caltrans.
Midlands connected: Chargemaster will take over Cenex’s network Plugged-in Midlands (PiM) that includes 870 charge points. They will become part of the Polar network and Chargemaster plans to install another 100 chargers in the region. Additionally, Chargemaster has taken over the Renault partnership from British Gas to install free home chargers for Zoe owners in the UK.
evfleetworld.co.uk, 4-traders.com, evfleetworld.co.uk (Renault)
Budapest electrified: The Hungarian capital’s airport Liszt Ferenc has begun operating its first electric Smart ED. That is just the start, as the airfield fleet is to grow to 100 EVs by 2020, including heavier machines.
Welcome Break: The British gas station firm Welcome Break is now welcomes Tesla drivers onto its sites, installing seven Superchargers at its service stations. Three have already been opened.
Quick charging Portland: Portland General Electric has opened a new facility featuring six charging stations. It includes four universal quick-chargers that can recharge an electric vehicle in 30 minutes.
Charging on sunshine: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has ordered eleven solar-powered EV chargers from Envision Solar. The order is worth around 750,000 dollars. The EV ARC is a standalone solar-powered charging station that fits inside a parking space.
San Diego, Delaware, Budapest, Bristol.
30 charging stations is what real estate investment company Emmes Reality Services has set up in its in its public parking garage in downtown San Diego, California. The chargers can be used via the ChargePoint app and are free to use until the end of August.
Delaware incentivises: The U.S. state earmarked 2.7 million dollars for its Clean Transportation Incentive Program (CTIP). EVs and PHEVs qualify for a 2,200 dollar rebate, while the installation of a charging station will be funded with up to 500 dollars.
Budapest buys electric: The city’s public transportation company BKV wants to buy 20 electric midibuses. A tender runs until the end of next month and the buses are set to be delivered by mid-December. So far, Hungarian company Evo Pro seems to be ahead in the running to secure the bid.
Bristol goes green: Five Nissan Leaf will provide transport for Bristol’s year-long stint as Europe’s Green Capital. The EVs will be used by the Bristol Green Capital 2015 team to deliver a programme of events across the city throughout the year.
fleetnews.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com (with video)
UK, Electric Highway, Budapest, DoE, Oregon.
British government plugs in: The UK government yesterday announced the purchase of 140 ultra-low emission vehicles as part of a five million pound investment scheme. The all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be used by 15 government departments and agencies.
Electric Highway update: Operator Ecotricity announced that the about 50 AC chargers currently out of order will be serviced in the coming months. Ecotricity also plans on doubling charge points at current locations and expanding along “A-routes.” Moreover, the company is working on an app to show the availability of chargers in real-time.
E-bus in Hungary: An eight metre long electric bus by Hungarian manufacturer Evopro has gone into service in Budapest. It is still a prototype called Medio Electric and is a first step toward the country’s goal of becoming a leader in the electric bus market in Central Europe.
DoE funds EV acceptance: The U.S. Department of Energy earmarked 6 million dollars for a total of 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles. The so-called Clean Cities programme will focus on the areas of “on-the-road demonstrations, safety-related training, and emergency preparedness.”
EV drivers asked to loosen purse strings: Starting in July, Oregon will become the first state in the U.S. to collect road fees based on miles driven instead of a state tax added to petrol prices. The reason is the increasing number of electric and hybrid vehicles on the road that will now have to pay up as well.
Green eMotion, Budapest, Scotland, Seneca, Blackpool.
Green eMotion project concludes: After working with 42 partners in ten demo regions in the past four years, the EU’s flagship project draws to a close. One of the main conclusions is that public charging infrastructure can only be profitable when used frequently and in combination with other services.
greenemotion-project.eu (summary), greenemotion-project.eu (results)
28 hybrid buses for Budapest: Volvo’s 7900 Articulated Hybrid buses by have begun operating in the Hungarian capital. Their fuel consumption is about 30 percent lower compared to the bus’ diesel equivalent. Volvo says this is its largest single order for the Volvo 7900 Articulated Hybrid to date.
Scotland invests in electric cars: The country’s government shows that it is serious about phasing out all petrol-powered cars from its roads by 2025. It launched the “Switched on Fleets” initiative, earmarking 2.5 million pounds in funding for public fleets who want to go electric. Some 200 EVs are already being used by Scottish local Authorities.
The apparently first all-electric bus fleet has gone into service in Seneca, South Carolina, USA. The six Proterra buses each have a price tag of 900,000 dollars, but are expected to pay for their extra cost in the reduction of fuel expenses within 12 years and to have a life expectancy of 18 years.
E-taxis in Blackpool: Taxi company Premier Cabs has introduced its 12-car-strong fleet of Nissan Leaf, which will operate in and around the British city. Moreover, Premier Cabs wants to replace more of its 170 vehicles with the Nissan Leaf and the Nissan e-NV200 van in the coming months.
fleetnews.co.uk, .nextgreencar.com, electriccarsreport.com
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Austria, Częstochowa, China, Budapest, Utah, Cincinnati.
The largest e-fleet in Austria: The Austrian postal service is further electrifying its fleet, acquiring another 59 Nissan e-NV200 and 20 Mercedes Benz E-Vito. In total, the company now employs 862 EVs. With the new vans, the Austrian postal service will use EVs for parcel delivery for the first time.
oekonews.at (in German)
Częstochowa goes hybrid: Representatives of the Polish city´s municipal transport company have signed a contract with Poland’s Solbus to receive 40 gas-electric hybrid buses by November 2015. According to a local paper, these are the first gas-electric buses on Polish roads.
China completes fast-charging route: The country has finished installing 50 rapid-chargers between Shanghai and Beijing, each spaced 50 km apart on a 1,260 km stretch. Each station is equipped with four 120 kilowatt chargers that are able to charge eight electric cars at the same time.
Budapest begins operating its first Volvo diesel-electric bus and another 27 hybrid buses are said to join the fleet of the Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK) soon. All 28 buses are planned to remain in service until 2023. 25 of these will run on a daily basis.
Utah pushes for greener cars: The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a total of 700,000 dollars in grants and low-interest loans, in order to support electric and other alternative drive vehicles. Salt Lake City intends to use a 200,000 dollar grant to install 25 charging stations,
Cincinnati gets garage with chargers: This is the city’s first public parking garage offering EV drivers the possibility to charge while attending other business. There are a total of six spaces reserved for charging and 62 EVs are registered with the city’s incentive programme.