Japan Post, Honda, Charge Your Car, DSV Sweden, New Zealand.
Emission-free mail delivery in Nippon: Japan Post and Honda signed a letter of intent as they seek to introduce electric motorcycles for postal deliveries as an alternative to the current gasoline-powered ones. Besides the testing of EVs, they also want to integrate charging stations at post offices, first for their own use and then for the public to use at a later date.
Pay and charge: UK’s EV charge point network Charge Your Car (CYC) is about to introduce a connection fee in England and Wales. For each charge one pound becomes due. The fee will be implemented from the 1st May 2017, the company stated in an email.
Trial period for hybrid truck: Logistics service provider DSV Sweden is testing a Mercedes Benz Atego Hybrid truck in Malmö. The truck is a hybrid using electricity and the biofuel HVO 100. After a six-month test period of deliveries in Malmö city traffic, the project will be evaluated.
Fast development: More than 3,000 EVs are registered in New Zealand. Half of them (1,513 electric vehicles) were only added last year and the trend points further upwards. 2017 already saw 517 newly registered EVs on the islands.
Electric Autobahn, PHEV Taxation, Charge Your Car, New Zealand, Dubai.
Electric Autobahn confirmed: Two stretches of highway will be designated for testing electric trucks in Germany this year, the German Environment Agency (UBA) confirmed. Proposals have been handed in and the selection process is underway. Once a decision is made, construction works are to begin. Siemens’ eHighway sees hybrid and electric trucks equipped with a pantograph hooked up to a catenary system. It has already been set up in Sweden and California.
badische-zeitung.de (in German)
PHEV taxation reform: Company car tax for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in Britain could soon be based not just on CO2 emissions but also on their range, HM Treasury has proposed. The policy is designed to incentivise longer ranges and to move away from hybrids.
Charging Scotland will be Charge Your Car (CYC) as it was selected operator by Transport Scotland. The charging network includes over 550 public charge spots and the contract is worth 750,000 pound.
10m dollar EV fund for NZ: The government of New Zealand intends to double the number of EVs each year to reach 64,000 by 2021, a market share of about 2%. A 10m EV fund has been set up to co-finance private and public sector partners working on e-mobility initiatives.
Driving in Dubai will become more electric over the years. The government willed for new cars to be ordered by its bodies to include a 10 percent share of electric or hybrid vehicles in the future.
ELECTRIC, The New Motion & Charge Your Car, Fujitsu, Geneva, GE.
155 European fast chargers: European Long-Distance Electric Clean Transport Road Infrastructure Corridor (ELECTRIC), that is part of the EU’s TEN-T program (we reported) is becoming concrete. Together, ABB, Clever, Fastned, Öresundskraft and VDE will erect 155 multi-standard fast-chargers along Europe’s motorways – 67 in Germany, 35 in Sweden, 30 in the Netherlands and 23 in Denmark.
European roaming: The New Motion (TNM) found a new partner in British Charge Your Car. The latter’s 2,000 charge points in the UK will now be accessible to TNM customers while British EV drivers will be able to charge at about 15,000 stations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Luxembourg.
evfleetworld.co.uk, thenewmotion.pr.co, chargeyourcar.org.uk
New service for FCV drivers: Kicking off with Toyota Mirai, Fujitsu started a new hydrogen station data management service, that accesses real-time information on the locations and hours of operation of hydrogen stations in Japan and sends it to FCV driver’s smartphones and car navigation systems.
Electric buses in Geneva: The Swiss city has deployed two electric 22-passenger-buses built by Italian company Breda Menaribus that will serve route 36 through Geneva’s Old Town. Routes 32 and 35 may soon be run electrically, too.
Intelligent charging: General Electric uses elements of AI in its latest charging stations designed to manage EV charging intelligently. Five stations are currently tested at FedEx in New York. The system takes into account holidays, weather, grid load and also “learns” from the building’s past energy use.
BMW, UK, Charge Your Car, Mitsubishi.
Premium acronym: BMW, the business mobility provider Alphabet and three German universities are joining forces in a research project to better understand user’s acceptance of EVs with or without range extender, hybrids as well as charging infrastructure. The project will run for three years.
springerprofessional.de (In German), press.bmwgroup.com (In German)
Brits jump on EV bandwagon: In January, 325 pure electric cars were newly registered in the UK, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. This is an increase of 755% compared to the 38 units of January 2013. Other fuel-efficient cars were on the uptake as well, with PHEV sales growing by 41.3%.
Charge Your Car: The aptly named infrastructure provider now operates a network with 1,500 chargers all over the UK. The pay-as-you-go service is used extensively by the 1,637 registered users, as Charge Your Car has just counted its 100,000th charging and delivered a total of 549,399 kWh so far. The CYC Lifetime Card is valid across providers and is available for a one-off payment of ten pounds.
Japan’s new favourite: In its first year, Mitsubishi’s Outlander already has been sold 9,608 times in Japan – almost as often as the Nissan Leaf in its first year of availability. With another 8,197 units shipped to Europe, Mitsubishi sold its PHEV 17,805 times in 2013 and is now aiming on making it 30,000 worldwide by the end of March.
Virginia, Charge Your Car, E-car club, Cargohopper.
Virginia’s hybrid vehicle tax: The state of Virginia is finally making sense and scrapping the hybrid vehicle tax it had originally introduced for making up for the state’s gas tax shortfall. It turns out that the shortfall is not caused by fuel efficient cars but simply because Virginia has failed to raise gas taxes since 1986.
Charge Your Car before Tuesday: Because Charge Your Car (CYC), one of the largest networks of charging stations in the UK will undergo “vital system maintenance”, some EV drivers might not be able to charge their cars on Tuesday night.
E-car club: The University of Hertfordshire became the first university in the UK to launch their own electric car-sharing scheme. The two Renault Zoe and one Fluence Z.E. are part of the British E-Car Club and are open to anyone and not just members of the university.
Small electric lorry: The Dutch Cargohopper is getting more and more popular in the Netherlands. After Utrecht and Enschede, it is time for Amsterdam to adopt four of these small electric lorries, which have a cargo space comparable to that of 7.5 tonners.