ChargePoint & Greenlots announce roaming partnership
The two US American charging network operators have announced a roaming partnership that would enable inter-network charging, allowing customers free access to “thousands of additional charging locations throughout North America”. The cooperation will take effect in mid-2019.
DE: ChargePoint to supply Daimler dealers
Daimler has selected ChargePoint to install charging equipment at their retailers in Germany ahead of the carmaker’s electrification and EQC roll-out. The agreement comes after Daimler led ChargePoint’s $125 million funding round last year in support of the company’s expansion into Europe.
ChargePoint gets $240M for expansion in Europe & US
Network operator ChargePoint generated no less than 240 million dollars in a new financing round. Existing investors such as BMW i Ventures and Siemens were joined by the likes of Daimler Trucks & Buses, Chevron Technology Ventures or American Electric Power.
Tesla, GM & Co. demand tax credit reform in the USA
In the U.S., a new alliance of well-known e-mobility players called the EV Drive Coalition is campaigning for a reform of tax credit regulations. Current regulations entitle buyers of e-vehicles to up to 7,500 dollars in tax-credits, but limits this number to an upper limit of 200,000 e-vehicles per manufacturer. The EV Drive Coalition is […]
Roaming North America via ChargePoint & FLO networks
ChargePoint is making good on their promise to grow their charging network. They do so through cooperation and their latest partner is FLO. The two networks together enable electric car drivers to roam in the USA and Canada using 33,000 public charge points.
EVBox & ChargePoint declare roaming agreement
EVBox and ChargePoint say they agreed on a roaming partnership that will allow their customers to freely charge in Europe and North America starting in 2019. The agreement utilises the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol.
3.5 million new EV charge points by EVBox & ChargePoint
EVBox and ChargePoint announced they would install some 3.5 million EV charging points between them by 2025. For both companies, this means a huge increase of their networks and for ChargePoint, the pledge is part of the ZEV Challenge by the C40 Cities and Climate Group.
UK, ChargePoint, EVCard, Seattle, eMotorWerks.
The electric bus programme in Britain is working as another 19 vehicles have been procured. Apart from the 24 electric buses for York we reported yesterday, Guildford, Brighton, Salisbury and Denbighshire are next in line for the 19 buses. The total of 43 buses is funded with 6.3 m pound through the British government.
Worth noting: ChargePoint is thinking about an initial public offering within the next five years, also with the aim to expand further into Europe, its chief executive told Reuters. Already the American infrastructure provider counts Daimler, BMW, and Siemens among its investors (we reported) but would not say how much they are actually involved.
Electric car rentals on the up: EVCard, one of China’s biggest hourly car rental operator, said its now operates more than 10,000 electric cars in over 20 cities. More than 4,000 EVs are currently in operation in Shanghai alone.
E-mobile in Seattle: The Department of Energy (DoE) awards a 1.9m dollar grant to Seattle to support a partnership between the city and electric vehicle infrastructure company Eluminocity. The aim is to help increase the number of fast charging stations and use of ride sharing services.
Cheaper charging stations: eMotorWerks is making its smart charging stations 50 dollars cheaper. The JuiceBox Pro 40 and JuiceBox Pro 40 Lite are now 599 and 549 dollars respectively.
Siemens, ChargePoint, Hubject, StreetScooter, UPS, Mitsubishi.
Siemens is ChargePoint’s new old big buddy as the German corporation joined the latest round of funding led by Daimler. The infrastructure provider thus managed to gather another 43m dollars, closing the total Series G round at 125m dollars. Siemens has got its very own stake in ChargePoint as it supplies DC charging technology and has been invested since 2010.
Hubject in Croatia: Hrvatski Telekom agreed to cooperate with Hubject, meaning all intercharge users may access charging opportunities in Croatia. Hubject now includes more than 55,000 charge points.
StreetScooter goes Berlin: 40 electric delivery vans and 160 charge points at 4 logistic bases are only the beginning for Deutsche Post DHL’s electrification in the German capital. 30 of the 40 homemade StreetScooters are the new large version Work L, which can hold twice the volume of the usual van. On top, the fleet is to gradually get more electric, “wherever it can as Berlin is not any odd location,” DHL board member Juergen Gerdes promised. Estimates say the Berlin mail may come fully electric by 2025, at least an exact 156 charge points with 11 kW stand at the ready by now. In total, DHL operates 3,000 StreetScooters in Germany to date and is currently gearing up to electrify 70 percent of its deliveries on the first and last mile by 2025.
electrive.net (in German)
UPS is a little less ambitious than its competitor above as it set a target to have 25 percent of its new vehicle purchases be driven by alternative fuel by 2020. Five years later, UPS wants 40 percent of its fleet to be gas and diesel free.
Leading by example: The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) took charge of five Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs and five i-MiEV along with four quick charger units. They are part of a study and Mitsu hopes to reach more government agencies as well.
Greenway, London, ChargePoint, New Zealand, Quebec.
Greenway to erect net in Slovakia and Poland: Greenway Infrastructure says it will install numerous charging stations on behalf of the EU’s executive agency INEA in both countries. The order involves 13 ultra-fast charging stations with up to 350 kW. Ten of them will be in Poland, the others in Slovakia. They will be joined by another 60 quick charging stations with up to 50 kW as well as 50 regular charging stations with up to 22 kW in Poland and 20 in Slovakia.
London charges diesel extra: Parts of London’s city centre sees the trial of the so-called D-charge that started just now. Thus, for diesel older than 2015, parking in chosen areas gets more expensive. With 7.35 pounds per hour their fee is 2.35 pounds more costly than for other cars.
ChargePoint takes over GE charging net: U.S. provider ChargePoint has announced its acquisition of General Electric’s charging network including all client contracts. The company’s network thus grows significantly towards 10,000 charging points, among them 8,000 at residential buildings.
electrek.co, greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com
New Zealand encourages EV uptake: With an Energy Innovation Amendment Bill, New Zealand’s government seeks to support electrification on the country’s roads. The aim is to exempt heavy EV from charges or allowing electric cars to use special lanes. These measures shall contribute to the government’s strategy to reach up to 64,000 EVs in New Zealand by 2021.
Also Quebec’s government raises 1.5bn dollars in order to promote clean energy within the next 3 years. In 2020, the parliamentarians hope to see 100,000 EVs in the province. The measures involve subsidiaries for EV buyers, a wider charging net and testing H2 cars.
Amsterdam, Ireland, Belgrade, ChargePoint, Burlington.
13 MW charge infrastructure: Amsterdam is about to become home to the world’s largest depot charging network to be installed by Heliox. The 13 MW turnkey project is to charge 100 electric buses from Connexxion (Transdev) and the order will include installation sites at Amsterdam Airport and Amstelveen. Heliox’s opportunity chargers provide 450 and up to 600 kW from 2018, resulting in charging times of 2 to 4 minutes via pantograph.
Irish EV task force: Ireland joins the countries that wish to drive all-electric from 2030, as outlined in its ‘National Policy Framework on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland’. A Low Emission Vehicle Taskforce is to work out how to best achieve such LEV uptake, including infrastructure measures. So far, Ireland is far behind its intended EV share with estimates for 8,000 electric cars on the roads – far from the targeted 50,000 by 2020.
60 e-buses for Belgrade? Serbia’s capital plans to deploy 60 electric buses, says a report from Belarus, where local company Belkommunmash actually hopes to win the bid as Belgrade is testing one of its electric buses. Competition comes from China but Belkommunmash bets on competitive pricing.
EV inclusive: U.S. Bank’s Voyager Network Fleet Card will now be accepted at ChargePoint’s stations across the States. ChargePoint will begin updating its locations immediately and expects the process to be completed over the summer so that corporate fleets may adopt electric cars more easily.
Utility rebate: Burlington Electric of Burlington, Vermont is the next utility to offer customers a rebate on the purchase of a new electric vehicle. The 1,200 dollar discount applies to any electric car priced 50,000 dollars or less.
ChargePoint, VDL, Seven-Eleven, Boulder, California.
ChargePoint reaches for Europe: The U.S. infrastructure provider closed a deal with UK-based InstaVolt as it intends to extend its charging network to Europe, not least thanks to investments of Daimler and BMW. InstaVolt wants to purchase more than 200 of ChargePoint’s DC fast-charger and install them at main roads throughout the island.
electrek.co, greencarcongress.com, localgov.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com
E-bus order: Dutch public transport company Qbuzz has ordered ten articulated electric buses and charging infrastructure from VDL Bus & Coach. The will be deployed in Groningen from December.
Next level convenience: Seven-Eleven plans to supply its 19,000 convenience stores in Japan with electric trucks from Mitsubishi. Production will only start this autumn but Seven-Eleven hopes to deploy the first 25 EVs still this year in and around Tokyo.
Doubling charging stations: Boulder, Colorado invests 100,000 dollars from the Regional Air Quality Council into an update of existing and installation of new EV charging facilities in public parking lots to increase their number from now 22 to 46.
Crowd ready to invest in H2 stations? 20m dollars are the target of a crowdfunding campaign by Californian HyGen Industries. The supplier of renewable H2 fuel wants to use the money to install more hydrogen filling stations.
hydrogenfuelnews.com, banklesstimes.com, startengine.com
Innogy, EV-Box, ChargePoint, Ennead.
Reading tip: Forbes has a recommendable summary, that illuminates the U.S. strategies of Innogy and EV-Box as well as ChargePoint‘s plans for Europe’s EV infrastructure among others.
Click tip: Architect office Ennead in New York designed a space-saving concept for EV charging in big cities like Shanghai. Their idea is a charging tower that staples EVs. While the lower places are reserved for quick charging, the upper level is for cars that park and can thus charge longer.
Innogy, Fortum, ChargePoint, Etran, Singapore.
European roaming: RWE’s Innogy plans to set up a pan-European charging network that will use its Blockchain solution. It is a technological platform that allows for payments and the protocol is particularly suited for decentralised networks. In a next step, the e-Wallet is to be integrated. It simplifies payment and includes not only charging but road tolls, car sharing and other services.
Fortum to expand in Poland: Polish utility Energa chose Scandinavian Fortum to equip its future charging stations with its cloud-based Charge & Drive solution. Energa will retrofit its six existing EV charge points by March.
ChargePoint and Renault: Infrastructure provider ChargePoint announced the integration of its GeniePoint Network with Renault’s Z.E. Pass App. Renault EV drivers can now locate, charge and pay for recharging their electric car with their mobiles.
3D-printed electric scooter cabs: Etran Group will set up a taxi service in Bangkok this September that includes 10,000 electric scooters. The two-wheeler called Etran Prom is 3D-printed (partially at least) and runs on a network of battery swapping stations. Expansion beyond Thailand may begin by 2019.
Singapore set up an electric cab service already. The first 50 of a total of 100 electric cabs now roam the city state. They were delievered by BYD.
ChargePoint, Supercharger, London, BYD, Plugless Power.
New era of fast charging: ChargePoint announced the next generation of its DC fast-chargers at the CES earlier this month. The so-called ChargePoint Express Plus is to deliver up to 400 kW per outlet and should already be available from July of this year.
insideevs.com, electrek.co, forbes.com
Supercharger gets V3 upgrade: Elon Musk also had some news about the next generation of charging infrastructure. The Supercharger network is getting an upgrade – and according to a Twitter conversation, will then be able to deliver more than 350 kW. Musk joked that “a mere 350 kW” would be for “a children’s toy.”
Electric transport for London: Chinese BYD and its UK partner Alexander Dennis have received an order for 14 of its Enviro200 electric buses from Transport for London. The EVs will be used on line 360 in the British capital. As part of the deal, BYD will also install 14 charging stations.
Mega-charger: The Chinese port city of Tianjin has commissioned 500 electric buses from BYD, as well as installed a charging station where 80 electric buses can plug in at the same time. In total, 448 e-buses can fill up there daily.
Model S inductive charging: Plugless Power now officially added a wireless charging solution for the Tesla Model S to its portfolio. It delivers 7.2 kW. The company already offers inductive charging technology for the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. A video and picture gallery show off the new addition.
insideevs.com (with photos and videos)
VDL, France, Volvo, Fortum, ChargePoint, ReachNow.
Europe’s biggest e-bus fleet: As previously announced, the 43 VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses began operations in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond over the weekend. Charging infrastructure will also be provided by VDL. It is already the largest all-electric bus fleet in Europe and the Nordbrabant region wants to electrify its entire public transport offering by 2025.
Charging along motorways: The French motorway association ASFA announced that a total of 200 fast-chargers will be installed along major expressways by 2017, essentially giving EV drivers a place to plug in every 80 kilometres. Moreover, the energy available will be 100 percent renewable.
welt.de (in German), caradisiac.com (in French)
Volvo unveils hybrid double-decker bus: The Volvo B5LHC Double Deck Electric Hybrid, which will hit the road in London next year. The top deck is provided by Wrightbus. The new double-decker can go around seven kilometres on electricity alone and has room for a maximum of 87 passengers.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)
Back-up battery: Fortum has opened a charging facility in Oslo, featuring 100 chargers with 22 kW, as well as two DC CHAdeMO and CCS chargers. It is also fitted with a battery reserve said balance power loads in order not to put any strain on the grid.
Putting ChargePoint on the map: Apple added more than 30,000 EV charging stations from ChargePoint to its own Apple Maps system. The icons also include links to initiate charging, as well hours of operations and pricing.
Reaching NYC: BMW’s new carsharing scheme ReachNow has arrived in the Big Apple. Residents of two luxury apartment buildings can now share four electric BMW i3, as well as two BMW 3-Series sedans. Two ChargePoint charges are already available at the location, with BMW installing a third place to plug in.
ChargePoint, Hyperloop One.
Reading tip I: As Volkswagen is obliged to put 2bn dollars in electric mobility initiatives like charging infrastructure following diesel gate, U.S. providers fear the competition. ChargePoint handed in a filing to the District Court in San Francisco.
Reading tip II: 50m dollars have been awared to Hyperloop One by investors. The biggest is DP World Group, the globe’s third largest harbour operator, who is looking to build a hyperloop to transport containers around Dubai port and inland.
WiTricity, Lohr Group, Spiri, Chargepoint, Kansas, WestSmart EV.
11 kW wireless charging? WiTricity and Prodrive are working on an inductive charging system for EVs for a “leading European carmaker” who has not been named. The 11 kW system is scheduled for release by 2019. The foundational magnetic resonance intellectual property will come from WiTricity.
Electric shuttle: French Lohr Group has prepared to go the last mile electrically as it presented the Le Cristal in Berlin. The compact electric bus seats five but can extend its load by coupling up to four of its kind. Its range was given at 150 km and testing is to commence in Strasbourg next year.
morgenpost.de (in German)
Sharing is the motto of Danish start-up Spiri as well, who presented a prototype as planned. The light-weight EV (450 kilos) has been developed by engineers from both Aston Martin and Tesla and shall serve in a new carpooling service. Obviously, the EV is well connected.
Waitlist: ChargePoint introduced a new service for EV drivers faced with occupied charging stations. Instead of waiting in front of it, signing up for ‘Waitlist’ enables drivers to be alerted via their mobile phones or RFID card once the charging station becomes available.
1,000 charging stations rejected: Kansas regulators have stopped an initiative by utility Kansas City Power & Light to install 1,000 EV charging stations. The authorities found the plan too expensive but also doubted its environmental benefits and said data was missing.
DC charging for 3 states: Rocky Mountain Power has applied for a 4m dollar federal grant to set up an EV fast-charging corridor along the Interstate 15, 80, 84, and 70. If the ‘WestSmart EV’ programme goes through, drivers could traverse Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.
SEEV4-City, Luxembourg, California, ChargePoint, Uber.
EU funded V2G research: Five European cities, namely Amsterdam, Hamburg, Oslo, Leicester, and Belgian Leuven, will take part in the SEEV4-City EU project. It looks at storage of excess solar power in batteries of electric cars and bi-directional charging. Amsterdam University (HvA) takes the lead in the research effort that is funded with 2.5m euros from the EU Commission over three years.
hva.nl (in Dutch)
Electric buses for Luxembourg: Volvo will deliver four electric buses to Sales-Lentz. The public transport provider from Luxembourg will put the Volvo 7900 Electric into service in the town of Differdange by mid-2017. Sales-Lentz already operates 36 hybrid buses by Volvo.
PHEV unlimited: California removed the cap on green stickers, which entitle plug-in hybrids to use the HOV lane. The state will resume handing out access to the carpool lane until Jan 1, 2019 when the scheme ends. White stickers for electric cars were never limited.
ChargePoint takes over the charging network in Hampshire and Cornwall. The 51 chargers thus become integrated into the firm’s GeniePoint Network that allows for easy access. ChargePoint also wants to grow the number of fast-chargers in the region.
All-electric Uber: Singaporean start-up S Dreams started an EV fleet to be booked via Uber. BYD is on board and will deliver the first six of 30 e6 by next week. By 2018, the fleet shall be a 1,000 electric cars strong. S Dreams pays its drivers a fixed revenue but collects all fares.
EV-Box, Shell, ChargePoint, PSA, U Drive.
4,000 chargers in Rotterdam: ENGIE Services and EV-Box are said to install 4,000 chargers in region of Rotterdam by 2018, some 1,800 will be erected in the city itself. EV-Box already won a similar deal earlier this year (we reported) to set up 4,000 chargers in Amsterdam.
duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl (in Dutch), ev-box.com
Is Shell going EV? According to the Guardian, the oil company is looking to set up EV chargers at its petrol stations in the UK from 2017. Moreover, Shell asked the government about its plans to install roads with inductive charging technology. Further details or how many chargers will be installed are still under wraps.
95 fast-chargers along the coasts: BMW, VW and ChargePoint have completed their project setting up fast-chargers along the East and West Coast in the U.S. Placed 50 km apart, the 24 kW stations are said to make it easier for EV drivers to go long distance.
theverge.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
PSA-Carsharing in LA? The joint carsharing scheme that PSA and Bolloré announced last year (we reported) is taking shape. According to PSA CEO Carlo Tavares, talks with numerous cities are still ongoing, with LA being a top choice.
lesechos.fr (in French) via fortune.com
U Drive goes into second round: The programme from the University of Utah is designed to help staff and students go EV or PHEV, sponsoring up to 20 percent of the lease or purchasing price. All who live or work in the Salt Lake City region qualify.
Maven, NREL, Bristol, Greenlining, United Arab Emirates, ChargePoint.
Opel car sharing: German Vauxhall is to import GM’s car sharing service Maven to Europe by 2017. If the service will include the Ampera-e (aka the Bolt) remains to be seen as details will only follow in November. The cars will be booked via app but the system is not free flow.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Technological evolution: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is looking to convert 14 propane-powered buses to electric power at Utah’s Zion National Park. So far, the move will first be evaluated by gathering data on use and topography. Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska has made its decision and took delivery of two hydraulic hybrid shuttles from Lightning Hybrids.
greencarreports.com (Utah), greencarcongress.com (Alaska)
University of Bristol decided to replace four diesel vans with electric ones as it found the diesels not suitable for the conditions on campus that include short rides and start-stop at hills. The four Nissan e-NV200 are charged at four EV charging station on-site, saving further time and pit stops.
Widespread EV adoption: The Greenlining Institute has issued an online tool kit to facilitate EV adoption in underserved communities. “Electric Vehicles for All: An Equity Toolkit” deals with EV awareness, affordability as well as information about specific tools and resources for policy-makers.
greenlining.org (guide), chargedevs.com
Charging like a sheik: Al Qasba, a tourist and family destination in the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates has installed two EV charging stations at its car park. To promote the new spots, two BMW i8 made a princely charge stop. The stations are part of a green parking initiative.
High qualifier: ChargePoint appointed Jennifer Granholm to its Board of Directors. The former governor of Michigan is a law professor at UC Berkeley, senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, and project scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Montreal, Canada, LAPD, CliperCreek, ChargePoint, COMO Connect, Uber.
Montreal on a mission: The Canadian city pursues a programme to introduce a 1,000 EVs to share by 2020. For starter, control over parking lots with EV charging stations will be transferred from the districts to the city, enabling electric carsharing to flow freely. Around 50 such park and charge spots shall go up next month with a further 1,000 due by 2020. The measures include pure EV zones to be designated in downtown Montreal by the end of the decade.
cbc.ca, auto123.com (EV only)
Future ready: Canada confirms its EV and FCV infrastructure policy as it intends to spend 62.5m dollars. 16.4m dollars have been earmarked for rapid charging, hydrogen and natural gas units. Another 46.1m dollars to be invested in “next generation” infrastructure, i.e. wireless and even faster charge spots.
Tesla police cruiser: The LAPD has been testing two Model S for a year but is not ready to order. Police fear the event of a massive power outage and is also concerned about cost. Still, it expects prices for EVs to decrease and will continue to keep “learning [from] and contributing” to electrification.
Access restricted: CliperCreek has unveiled ChargeGuard for its HCS charging station series. Access is controlled via a key. ChargePoint meanwhile employs an RFID card/smartphone reader for authentication and also offers a Fleet Card that can be used at public stations. Both solutions were designed with fleets and depots in mind.
chargedevs.com (ClipperCreek), cleantechnica.com (ChargePoint)
Electric bus fleet: COMO Connect has been testing a BYD electric bus. Successfully, it seems, as the firm from Columbia, Missouri, now purchased three all-electric transit buses, which are due to go into operation next month. Range is given at 144 miles, while charging takes two to three hours.
Uber goes green: Since the beginning of the week, Uber users in Johannesburg can hail a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf when choosing the UberGreen option in the app. The company is testing its UberGreen service until June 3rd during daytime and is working with both carmakers.
ChargePoint, Singapore, Farmdrop, Florida, Nebraska.
EV infrastructure expense: ChargePoint has secured 50m in funding. The money will be used to expand the company’s EV charging station network in the U.S., where it already operates 28,000 charging spots. Siemens and BMW iVentures are among the investors. Meanwhile, competitor EVgo scored a “major investment” from Vision Ridge Partners. Together with funding from NRG, EVgo currently disposes over 100m dollars.
Islandwide e-carsharing: Singapore plans to install about 2,000 EV charging points that will primarily serve an e-carsharing programme. Details of which have yet to be disclosed but proposals are in the final stages of evaluation.
Electric farm food fleet: Ten hybrid vans have been replaced with fully electric ones as Farmdrop cleans up its food delivery act in London. The fresh produce is now picked up with Nissan e-NV200 and brought to homes and grocery stores in the British capital emission-free.
Free electric shuttle: The city of Sarasota in Florida, U.S. is considering to introduce a shuttle service with electric six-seaters in the downtown area. The city set aside about half a million dollars for the next two years to kick start the programme that ultimately aims to reduce traffic.
Rejoicing the EV market: Lincoln in Nebraska, U.S. plans to install ten EV charging stations. The dual-port stops result in a total of 24 plug-in opportunities in a town that so far counts only 50 electric cars. The grant programme intends to change that.
Fast-charging corridor, Chargemaster, Wellington, ChargePoint.
429 fast-charging stations with multiple standards installed in 10 countries by four EU projects were merged into one pilot network, which has been completed this month. A total of 26.3m euros came from TEN-V as well as BMW, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen plus EDF, E.ON, ESB and Verbund. Benefiting countries are among others the UK, Austria and Denmark. The EU hopes to enable electric travel across borders to spur longterm confidence in EVs.
energie.de (in German)
Sleep and charge: AccorHotels teams up with Chargemaster to provide EV fast-charging facilities at Ibis and Novotel hotels across Great Britain. The first phase starting early next year will see 60 hotels being fitted with EV accommodations. Guest can charge their electric cars for free.
Electric bus fleet: Wellington aims to successively electrify its entire bus fleet within the next five years, beginning with an electric bus demonstration in the first half of next year. The move is backed by the region’s council, which also plans to introduce ten hybrid buses in the interim period.
Charging the USA: Philadelphia Airport now opened seven charging stations with two spots each, where charging is free at least until April. The stops are operated by ChargePoint. Salt Lake City, too, installed DC charging stations at six locations throughout the city. They are part of the EVgo network.
philly.com (Philadelphia), csrwire.com (Salt Lake City)