New Flyer joins OppCharge and CharIN initiative
New Flyer has joined OppCharge, the global initiative to support the integration of interoperable charging systems for electrified vehicles. The US manufacturer is the first company outside of the Volvo Group, who is joining the initiative from North America.
University of Graz presents robot controlled charging system
Researchers from the Technical University of Graz have developed a robot-controlled fast charging system for electrified vehicles in cooperation with industry partners. The special thing about the system is that it allows for serial charging of vehicles in different parking positions.
Ionity cooperating with Cepsa to outfit gas stations
The high power charging network Ionity will cooperate with the Spanish Compañía Española de Petróleos to outfit their petrol stations with up to 100 HPC charging points in Spain and Portugal. The first chargers will go into operation by the start of 2019.
800 volt charging park by Porsche goes online in Berlin
The EV charging park announced last year at the Porsche center in Berlin-Adlershof was recently connected to the grid. Four customer parking spots were fitted with Porsche chargers, two of which with the new 800 volt charging technology. The park is accessible to all cars during the opening times of the center.
Renault to debut new Zoe this year in Paris?
Renault appears to be happy on their home market, where rumours of a new and bigger Zoe are getting louder. The 2019 Zoe could see the spotlight at this year’s Auto Salon in Paris already and speculations speak of new cells from CATL and charging with CCS.
CHAdeMO working on 400 kW charging
Asia’s charging standard CHAdeMO is working to up its game as the next protocol is to enable high power charging at 400 kW. For now, the latest protocol 1.2 enables 200 kW but it looks as if they are ready to go head to head with CCS.
More than 4,000 CCS fast-charging points in Europe
A network of CCS fast-charging units has spread out across Europe, consisting meanwhile of more than 4,000 charging points, according to “CCS Charge Map”. 1,250 of them have been newly erected in 2017. In October, the statistics still showed 3,500 CCS charging points.
BMW-led consortium explores 450 kW charging
Within a three-year research project called FastCharge, BMW (consortium leader), Porsche, Allego, Phoenix Contact and Siemens seek to explore “technical and physical limits of all components and systems involved in charging, both in the vehicle and the infrastructure.”
CCS in Europe.
More than 3,000 CCS charge points have spread across Europe, according to the CCS Charge Map. These are 43 percent more than one year ago. The website lists all 3,069 CCS sites and most of them can be found in Great Britain (603) and Germany (595).
E.ON, eMobility International, Colorado, CCS.
E.On eager on e-mobility: The utility founded a new e-mobility division. It is to set up EV charging infrastructure and service across Europe together with partners. A first cooperation exists with Hungary, where E.On will supply infrastructure together with ABB. Over the last months, E.On has also begun to electrify its 4.500 strong fleet as it acquired 150 electric vehicles.
500 charge points will be installed in Bulgaria and neighbouring countries like Greece by the end of 2017. The plan for the SEE region goes back to Sofia-based eMobility International, which now operates its platform Eldrive in partnership with Finland’s Fortum Charge & Drive.
2,000 mile EV corridor: Colorado, Utah and Nevada will make plans for an interstate network of EV charging stations together. The charging corridor will connect over 2,000 miles of highway as it will line the Interstates 15, 25, 70, 76 and 80.
ISO/IEC testing symposium: Charging infrastructure, manufacturers and technology providers came together in South Korea to prove compliance to the ISO/IEC15118, DIN 70121, SAE J2847/2 standards. They tested hardware and software so engineers fine tuned their products under real life conditions.
COP21 climate protection measures, U.S. fast chargers.
Reading tip: The COP21 in Paris led to a series of (intended) climate protection measures concerning the mobility sector. Partners of the “Paris Declaration on Electro-Mobility and Climate Change & Call to Action” commit to i.e. electrifying at least 20 percent of transportation by 2030.
Click tip: Inside EVs compares the number of installed Tesla Supercharger and Destination Chargers in the U.S. to current CHAdeMO and CCS charge points. Tesla leads the way in terms of public charging, while CCS still has a lot of catching up to do.
CCS chargers in Europe.
There are now 1,517 CCS charging stations in Europe. Most can be found in the UK, followed by Germany and Norway. The so-called combo chargers in Europe usually deliver 50 kW or less and over half of CCS charging stations also feature CHAdeMO and AC Type 2 chargers.
ccs-map.eu via insideevs.com
London, Campinas, CCS, Dundee, Portland.
London pushes electrification: Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled the “ULEV delivery plan” including a number of measures to increase EV sales. For example: 150 fast-chargers will be installed by 2018 and 300 electric buses will hit the streets by 2020. The car club industry commits to at least 50 percent plug-ins by 2025 and even the fire department will replace 57 fleet vehicles with hybrids and range extended cars. Moreover, a £65m programme will encourage taxi drivers to switch to electric cars.
london.gov.uk, independent.co.uk, tfl.gov.uk (ULEV delivery plan as pdf)
Electric buses for Brazil: BYD will deliver ten of its K9 12-meter electric buses to Campinas, Brazil. The buses will be used in public transport, making Campinas the first Brazilian city to have zero-emission buses in service.
CCS update: According to CCS Charge Map, Europe now counts more than 1,200 CCS charging stations. In early June the number was still at 1,000 (we reported), a 20 percent increase in six weeks.
Dundee carsharing extends EV fleet: The scheme, run by Co-wheels, has added six Renault Zoe and one Nissan e-NV200 van to its fleet. The latter is expected to be used especially by local businesses.
Green taxi service: EcoCab is a new taxi service in Portland, Oregon. Its fleet consists of ten Nissan Leaf and three Tesla Model S. EcoCab will test the waters for the coming four months, knowing that in the times of Uber, starting a taxi company is not an easy task.
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CCS, London, Hawaii, Mountain View, Montgomery Country, Auckland.
150 kW CCS-charger planned: Partners of Germany’s fast-charging network SLAM announced that it will be possible to charge with up to 150 kW in the future at key junctions along the country’s motorways. Terms of subsidies have been adjusted accordingly – 50 percent of the cost for the installation of 50 kW chargers and 75 percent of the cost for the preparation of 150 kW chargers will be covered. The first 150 kW chargers are said to go online in two years.
volkswagenag.com (in German only)
London gets first on-street fast-chargers: Hackney Council installed three Tri-Rapid chargers in Shoreditch, Dalston and Hackney Central. They are the first publicly accessible on-street fast-chargers in the UK capital which can charge EVs with up to 50 kW.
Hydrogen shuttles for Hawaii: From autumn, two 25-seater hydrogen buses will shuttle tourists to the Volcanoes national park on the island. Even the “Wiki-Wiki” shuttles at Honolulu Airport could soon be fueled by hydrogen.
New EV charging project approved: The City Council of California’s Mountain View said it will install five new charging stations in the California and Bryant Parking structure, as well as upgrade four stations located at City Hall later this year. The fee is set at 1.50 dollars/an hour for the first two hours and will increase to 5 dollars/hour during peak times.
Serving electric: Montgomery Country police in the U.S. state of Maryland added three Ford Fusion PHEVs to its fleet that will be used to serve civil papers. Three EV chargers have been installed for the cars in the parking garage underneath the Montgomery County Courthouse.
35 chargers for New Zealand: Company Vector wants to install 35 EV charging station across Auckland. Vector has been offering EV drivers free coffee at its two existing stations to pass the time. The new stations will be a mix of fast- and standard-chargers.
CCS charger in Europe.
More than 1,000 CCS fast charging stations can be found in Europe to date, according to CCS Charge Map. Most of them stand in Great Britain (280), Germany (162) and Norway (134). Last year, only 150 CCS charge spots could be found in Europe, meaning their number has increased enormously.
Fast charging stations in California.
In California, 652 DC fast charging stations stood when PlugShare counted them in March. The strongest standard is CHAdeMO (324) followed by Tesla (224) and CCS (104). Tesla itself says its Superchargers worldwide have so far provided 29.5 GWh of energy.
transportevolved.com (California), twitter.com (Tesla)
Fast charging update.
Worldwide 5,467 CHAdeMO quick chargers have been installed, counts the CHAdeMO Association. Most stand in Japan (2,819) with Europe following suit (1,659). There, CCS is making its way onto the curbs as well as now 828 CCS chargers have been installed across the continent.
Jeep, BYD, CCS, AMG, Bosch eBike Systems.
Hybrid Jeep in 2017? Jeep is working on its new Wrangler for 2017 and is considering a hybrid variant, though no decision has been made yet. And Jeep seems to care less about saving petrol than about adding initial torque by adding an electric motor and optimising the crawl ratio.
BYD Tang in the starting blocks: The Chinese manufacturer is introducing its hybrid SUV Tang on its home market. The 354 hp strong vehicle is said to offer an all-electric range of up to 85 km and comes with a price tag of around 250.000 yuan (40,200 dollars), after green-car subsidies.
CCS included: BMW now offers its i3 with CCS rapid-charging capability as standard in the U.S. – an upgrade that still costed 700 dollars in 2014. Heated seats are also standard now. On the other hand, the price of the base MSPR went up by 1,000 dollars. Meanwhile, Volkswagen announced that all future plug-ins in the U.S. will come with CCS quick charging as standard.
insideevs.com (BMW), transportevolved.com (VW)
AMG super hybrid in the making? After speaking to AMG head Tobias Moers, Motor Trend is speculating that a hybrid hypercar to take on the Porsche 918, LaFerrari and McLaren P1 could be in the pipeline. Moers’ lips remained sealed and the speculations unconfirmed.
Bosch eBike Systems kicks off in the U.S.: The German-based company is ready for a new adventure, opening the U.S. headquarters for its e-bike business division in Irvine, California. The Bosch Group launched its e-bike unit in 2009 and now holds large market shares in Europe and Japan.
Rapid chargers in Europe.
A total of 608 CCS chargers are now listed on the CCS Charge Map Europe. According to the map, 170 are located in the UK, another 116 in Germany. Meanwhile the Zap Map shows more than 700 rapid chargers in the UK alone.
ccs-map.eu via insideevs.com ( CCS Charge Map Europe), zap-map.com (Zap Map)
CCS charging stations in Europe.
Exactly 515 CCS charging stations have been installed in Europe by now, according to “CCS Map.” What is notable is that according to the same source there were only 400 CCS chargers in Europe at the beginning of October (we reported).
Nissan, CCS, PlugSurfing, Scotland, PTI Airport, Los Angeles.
No charge to charge goes Germany: Nissan now introduces free of charge charging in Germany where the programme runs under the rather descriptive name ‘Freistrom für alle.’ The Japanese carmaker offers free charging at all its dealerships, regardless of the make, as long users don’t occupy the charging spot longer than necessary and only during opening times. Depending on the outlet, standard sockets, Type 2 or CHAdeMO chargers are available. Dealers are offered financial support to erect more chargers.
presseportal.de (in German)
CCS coverage in Europe: According to ccs-map.eu, there are more than 400 CCS fast chargers available in Europe at the moment, covering one third of the continent. The biggest expansion is seen in the UK while France and Italy are only now starting to charge up.
PlugSurfing expands its coverage: The Berlin-based company now offers access to an additional 10,000 charging points in the Netherlands, including stations from Nuon, Essent, Eneco, ANWB, Greenflux and The New Motion. PlugSurfing describes it as an important step in connection EV infrastructure across Europe.
plugsurfing.com (in Englisch), plugsurfing.com (in Dutch)
Saving ones own: The Scottish Government has ordered a new hybrid ferry from Ferguson Marine Engineering. Without the 12.3-million pound (19.9m dollar) contract, the Scottish ship builder would be threatened with closure. The diesel-hybrid ferry is the third that is built by Ferguson for ferry operator CalMac and is set to enter service in late 2016.
Charge and fly: Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina now has installed four charge points. This makes it the only airport offering EV charging in the region. Rejoicing the electric car is for free while parking fees still apply.
Campus charging: The California State University Los Angeles now has a total of 15 EV charging points on its campus. The start of the project dates back to 2010 and has recently received a grant from the Department of Energy to fund more stations.