Will Tesla’s Model Y hit the streets sooner?
It is looking like an imminent start of delivery of the Tesla Model Y – among other indications, a Tesla employee is said to have claimed it will be ready in two weeks, and Tesla has already registered Model Y’s vehicle identification numbers (VINs).
Tesla distances from German battery production
Tesla does not plan to manufacture lithium-ion cells near Berlin in the first construction phase. This could be due to the tight schedule. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model Y has received certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the USA.
US brewery to use 21 BYD heavy-duty e-trucks
The US brewery Anheuser-Busch will use 21 BYD electrically powered heavy-duty trucks in its Californian fleet as part of a government project. The BYD 8TT electric trucks are scheduled to go into service at the end of this year.
US car makers make deal with CARB for CO2 reduction
While the Trump government is sticking to its plan to freeze emissions standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles at today’s levels until 2026, VW, BMW, Ford and Honda have now signed a framework agreement with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce emissions.
California considers tripling EV subsidies
The state of California could soon triple the subsidies for zero-emissions cars while cutting those for hybrids. This means buyers in the Golden State could get as much as $7,500 per EV. However, the Senate has yet to approve the draft bill.
California aims to open up charging markets
The California Air Resources Board is considering a new regulation in two weeks, which would mandate that EV charging network operators have credit card readers. Besides, it looks like memberships or subscriptions may also be banned.
62 kWh Nissan Leaf basic trim offers highest range
The new Nissan Leaf featuring a 62 kWh battery, has approximately 40 km more range in the basic version, than in premium trims due to the higher weight of the more luxurious models. Meanwhile, Nissan also updated their US strategy with regards to rapidgate.
Toyota working on fuel cell truck with Kenworth
Truck maker Kenworth and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop ten trucks using Toyota fuel cell technology. The hydrogen trucks are to run at the Port of Los Angeles and are part of a million dollar initiative funded by CARB.
California requires all new buses to be electric by 2029
California on Friday became the first state to mandate a full shift to electric buses on public transit routes. Starting in 2029, mass transit agencies in California will only be allowed to buy buses that are fully electric under a rule adopted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Construction begins for USA’s first hydrogen ferry
In the Bay Ship & Yacht shipyard, the construction for the first fuel cell ferry named Water-Go-Round has begun. The ferry will most likely be completed in September 2019, before it will be used for three months of testing in the San Francisco Bay.
CARB approves $483 million budget for 2018-19
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a 483 million dollar budget for the 2018 to 2019 fiscal period. The budget will be used to fund clean vehicle rebates, zero emission public transport and logistics and other mobility pilot projects.
CARB announces up to $205 million in EV grants
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced up to $205 million in grants for projects to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and improving air quality in the state. Eleven projects will receive $150 million, with another $55 million to be considered for further investment.
Blue Bird electric school buses now fully certified
US bus maker Blue Bird has received all required certifications for its electric school buses which are now in pre-production. The company also opened the order books and their EVs qualify for grants available in California and New York respectively.
ICE ban in California comes 2040
The Golden State has set its course on climate action and the latest proposal requests to put a halt on all sales of gas guzzlers from 2040 onwards. Chances are for the zero-emission legislation to be passed into law.
Helsinki, California, CARB, Ather Energy, Renault.
Hello Helsinki says DriveNow as BMW brings its car sharing service to Finland. The Nordic capital will receive 150 BMW and Mini cars by May, 24 but it is not clear how many will be electric. After Stockholm and Copenhagen, Helsinki is the third Scandinavian city to welcome the service but as a franchise.
Clean transport in California: 24m dollars have been granted through the California Energy Commission to green freight transportation projects in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Another 12m dollars went to other clean transportation projects. Among the funded demos are electric yard tractors, cranes or charging stations for harbours but also airports and farms or high school districts.
Another type of freight will be “hauled” in California emission-free as well as CARB grants 7.5m dollars to an electric school bus initiative. MotivPower Systems together with school bus maker Trans Tech, is bringing 13 all-electric school buses to the Sacramento region. Theirs was the only application approved.
Scooter superchargers: Indian Ather Energy wants to install charging stations in crowded areas like offices, malls, or business hubs ahead of the launch of its electric scooter S340. The start-up is backed by Hero and derives its charging idea from Tesla’s Supercharger model.
Renault extends its range in Paris where it will deliver 50 Kangoo Z.E. equipped with Symbio’s fuel cell range extender to Engie Cofely. To supply the extra energy, a dedicated hydrogen station will be opened on the firm’s site in Hauts-de-Seine.
qtelegram.com, autoplus.fr (in French)
CARB, Electra Meccanica.
Reading tip: New figures show that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has already invested more than 599m dollars in zero-emission vehicles since 2013. Green Car Congress summarises the details and gives an overview of the types of vehicles that have been supported so far.
Reading and video tip: The trike Solo is an ultralight EV made by Canadian start-up Electra Meccanica with place for just one person. A CNET reporter climbed now behind the steering wheel of a preproduction piece and found out that this is by far “not the only weird thing.”
H2 Logic, EV Hub, CharIn, CARB, Atlanta, Ameren.
H2 expansion accelerated: Norwegian H2 Logic is about to take its fast-fuelling hydrogen stations to the U.S. by the year’s end. Its stations are said to fuel up to seven fuel cell vehicles per hour (we reported). In Europe, the company has deployed about ten stations so far.
Full service fast-charging: EV Hub is a modern age gas station, or charging centre. The British firm plans to inaugurate the first two hubs by the end of this year. They will boast up to 20 fast-chargers but also facilities like restaurants or a gym to procrastinate productively while waiting for the battery to fill.
CharIn to expand: The initiative that wishes to take CCS global is making its way across the pond. Together with P3 North America, manufacturers and infrastructure providers want to make DC charging more widely available. CharIn counts Ford, GM, Tesla, and Faraday Future among its members.
CARB calculator: Electricity costs for battery electric bus deployments in California can be calculated. CARB published a tool for download that estimates costs for charging on route or at the depot.
arb.ca.gov (calculator) via greencarcongress.com
Electric first response: Atlanta in Georgia is adding another five electric vehicles to its fleet for first responders. They will serve on the renaturalised Beltline, a former railway corridor. Eventually, the city’s agencies hope to entertain a 60 strong pool of EVs. Georgia Power helped fund the project.
Missouri’s largest utility Ameren looks to install what it calls five charging islands between St. Louis and Jefferson City. The EV charging spots would be 20 – 45 miles apart and would allow for four electric cars to charge simultaneously with different standards. Approval has yet to be granted.
BlueIndy, Lithium, CARB, Utah Valley University.
BlueIndy ready to fly: As reported, the electric carsharing scheme in Indianapolis will kick off on Wednesday. 20 EVs will be stationed at the Indianapolis International Airport, more than at any other station. The Bolloré subsidiary will all airport fees, just as other traditional car hiring services.
More e-cabs for Bangalore: Spurred by the recent success of its all-electric taxi fleet, Indian start-up Lithium wants to increase its number of EVs from 30 to 100 cars. Operating in the city of Bangalore, the company has to unfortunately still limit its services to the corporate sector due to the lack of the necessary charging infrastructure.
A total of 2,000 vouchers for hybrid and electric trucks and buses have already been awarded by the California Air Resources Board, amounting to more than 63m dollars in subsidies. Since the incentive programme was launched in 2010, fleets across California purchased more than 430 all-electric and 1,800 hybrid trucks and buses.
Utah Valley plugs in: The Utah Valley University has purchased two Toyota Prius Plug-Ins and has installed two charging stations on campus. One is reserved for campus vehicles, the other is open to the public and free of charge.
Samsung, CARB, GKN Automotive, Andretti Autosport
Two times higher density? Samsung researchers have developed a high crystalline graphene coating for silicon cathodes, said to have twice the energy density than regular lithium ion batteries. This is made possible since the protective graphene layer decreases the volume change through a sliding process between adjacent graphene layers. The technology is expected to be market ready within the next two or three years.
businesskorea.co.kr, nanotechnologyworld.org, nature.com
More funding for advanced vehicles: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a 373 million dollar funding plan for the coming fiscal year. The budget, which will benefit hybrid and electric vehicles of all kinds, is 150 million dollars higher than last year’s.
GKN opens HQ in USA: GKN Automotive has set up its base for the Americas region at Auburn Hills, Michigan. Here, it will test and develop all-wheel drives and manufacture hybrid electric vehicles with 350 employees. Overall, the company employs almost 27,000 people in 22 countries.
New Andretti firm for electric drives: Andretti Autosport has announced its new entity called Andretti Technologies. Working together with TE Connectivity, it will mainly be responsible for developing a new electric motor for the second season of the Formula E.
nbcsports.com, electriccarsreport.com, fiaformulae.com
CARB ZEV credits, Multi-standard Supercharger.
Click tip 1: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) put out its ZEV-credits numbers for the past twelve months. Nissan transferred out 663.6 zero emission vehicle credits from its balance account, just edging out Tesla with 650.195 credits.
arb.ca.gov via greencarcongress.com
Click tip 2: As CCS chargers map author Mutwin Kraus reveals, the new Tesla Superchargers in Dorno, Italy also include a multi-standard CCS, CHAdeMO and 43kW AC unit. It is unknown whether it was provided by Tesla or the company that runs the location.
CARB, Chicago, Hannover, Tritium, Malaysia.
CARB to cut ZEV? Back in 2012, the California Air Resources Board decided that six Large Vehicle Makers will be required to sell a certain number of zero emission vehicles (ZEV). Afraid not to be able to meet requirements, Immediate Vehicle Makers called for the rule to include plug-in vehicles. The measure is said to be passed in the coming days.
Zero emission chauffeur fleet: Late Chicago gangster Al Capone has reason to be jealous. Now one can hire one of six Tesla Model S, ready to hit the street of the Windy City. Chicago’s first all-electric fleet is operated by E-Motion Chauffeurs and Hires of Chicago.
University of Hannover goes electric: The German university received six VW e-Caddy and will test the lightweight delivery vehicles during the upcoming 12 months. Data collected about energy consumption, servicing and battery capacity will be send to VW for evaluation.
Fast-charger from Down Under: The Australian charging infrastructure provider Tritium has signed a deal with E-Wald. The pilot scheme will be the first European client to use the “Veefil Electric Vehicle Fast Charger,” which supports CCS as well as CHAdeMO.
New market for BYD: At the IGEM 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, BYD presented the first electric bus for Malaysia. Manufactured in China, the K9 has already found buyers in Malaysia – Panorama Melaka has ordered 40 units and Sunway BRT 15 units.