Tritium, Adelaide, Bangalore, BYD-ADL, Cape Town.
Tritium expands to U.S.: The Australian charging infrastructure provider is looking to expand across the United States, starting with California. Next year, Tritium will set up a first U.S. headquarter in Torrance, complete with a research and a production facility.
Plugging in Down Under: The Australian city of Adelaide wants to increase the number of EV charging stations from now four to 40 by next year, and make these available for free. Meanwhile, businesses, residents, schools and community groups still qualify for subsidies for installing solar panels, energy storage and EV chargers (we reported).
150 e-buses for Bangalore: The Indian megacity decided to purchase 150 electric buses, making it the country’s first metropole to order electrically powered buses on such a large scale.
New order for BYD and ADL: The BYD-ADL (Alexander Dennis Limited) has received its first order in the UK. Bus operator Arriva North West Merseyside wants to purchase twelve Enviro200 EV electric buses and eight charging stations.
Electric buses for Cape Town: As part of a pilot project, the South African city is adding ten electric buses to its MyCITI service from June 2017. The buses will be delivered by BYD, who won the recent tender. The Chinese manufacturer will assemble the buses locally and provide the necessary charging infrastructure.
H2 Logic, XL Hybrids, Cape Town, Dubai, Car2Go, Belarus.
More efficient H2-station: H2 Logic has presented its new hydrogen fuelling station, the CAR-200, available from the second half of 2016. Compared to current stations, it is said to have triple the capacity, while using only a third of the space.
Cloud-based analysis: XL Hybrids has introduced a new cloud-based analytics tool that measures i.e. CO2 reduction and fuel-efficiency of hybrid fleet vehicles equipped with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems. Moreover, the company says its system does not hinder other telematics devices or services.
Electric tuk-tuks for Cape Town: The South African government wants to improve public transport and issued a tender for the three-wheeled taxis. Electric variants will be favoured, authorities say. Some 80 tuk-tuks could hit the road as early as September.
Charging Dubai: The city now has seven new EV charging stations, which were installed at exiting petrol stations. Another two will follow. Dubai’s very first EV charger went online just one year ago.
Car2Go without electric drive: The carsharing scheme kicked off in the Chinese city of Chongqing – the operator’s first on the continent. Some 400 Smart are already in service, and another 200 will follow. Only all cars have a conventional drivetrain, even though China is pushing hard to get more EVs on the road.
E-bus with supercaps: The Belarussian capital Minsk will test two locally build electric buses from December. The vehicles from Belkoounmasch are fitted with supercaps. Another 18 buses will follow in the first quarter of 2017.
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.