CharIN recognises Dekra testing lab for charging
The European CharIN organisation has recognised the German standards inspection company Dekra as a testing laboratory for charging infrastructure. Dekra is now one of the first two laboratories that can perform conformance tests for the Combined Charging System (CCS) and issue CharIN CCS certificates.
Partners pledge to implement Plug&Charge across Europe
Major players such as BMW AG, Groupe Renault, Stellantis, Tritium and Volkswagen AG, and Shell, bp, and Total, have agreed to implement Plug&Charge as standardised by ISO before the second half of this year. A dedicated project team at CharIN is to drive the implementation.
Sygic adds electric car mode to navigation app
Slovakian navigation specialist Sygic has introduced an electric car mode to its App Sygic GPS Navigation. The new EV Mode allows route planning with compatible charging points, payment without installing an additional app and real-time data from the stations.
CharIN moves ahead on truck charging standard
The CCS initiative CharIN has just announced 15 new members, including the car manufacturers SAIC, Suzuki and Subaru. The CharIN Steering Committee has also pushed the development of the planned CCS-compliant connector for the rapid charging of electric commercial vehicles with at least 2 MW.
CharIN is working on truck charging with up to 3 MW
The CCS initiative CharIN and its members in the High Power Commercial Vehicle Charging Task Force (HPCVC) are now also working on high power charging for electric commercial vehicles with a charging capacity of one to three megawatts and, with the help of Tesla.
CharIN: Bidirectional CCS charging by 2025
The CharIN initiative, formed to develop and establish CCS as a fast-charging standard, has published two new papers. These illustrate CharIN’s position on network integration and bi-directional charging (V2G), as well as giving an outlook on future developments.
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.
The Mobility House joins CharIN
The Mobility House has joined the international Charging Interface Initiative (CharIn). As energy solution provider, TMH will take a key role in Vehicle-to-Grid applications.
Canada, CharIN, Pod Point, APCOA, PlugSurfing, Iveco.
1,000 charging stations for Canada: The Northern part of the American continent strikes again as Canada’s government grants AddEnergie 7m dollars. The EV charging company will use the investment to install more than 1,000 new charging stations across Canada by 2019 and to develop the next generation of fast-charging stations as well as other innovations for home and workplace charging.
CharIN got a new member: MAN joins the Charging Interface Initiative that aims to establish CCS as the standard for charging all EVs. The truck and bus maker said it would actively take part in the standardisation effort, especially with regards to smart communication between bus depot and/or logistics centres. CharIN got more than 60 members at the moment.
Pod Point partnered with APCOA Parking to expand its network of public EV chargers. APCOA currently has 15 points at Heathrow Airport and Birmingham’s shopping centre but the cooperation is to grow the number of charge stops significantly.
PlugSurfing per QR code: Berlin-based start-up PlugSurfing launched a new feature called Scan&Charge. It enables ad-hoc charging without registration via QR code, which can be applied to any charge point. The EV driver simply needs to scan the image, select a payment method and charging starts. It allows payment by the minute or kWh.
plugsurfing.com (in English), plugsurfing.com (in French)
120 hybrid buses for Milano: Iveco won a tender of fellow Italian transport provider ATM from Milan, which wants to renew its entire fleet until 2019. Iveco will thus deliver 120 Urbanway Hybrid buses starting from June 2017. The model saves about 30% fuel.
11 electric buses for ZA: Cape Town has ordered eleven electric buses including charging equipment from BYD. Ten will go into service in the South African city by 2018, while one bus is destined on loan to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital to test if electric transport is a viable option there.
CharIN, Tesla, BYD, Easymile.
Fast-charging initiative CharIN has 10 new members, putting its total count at more than 60. According to the initiative, which wants to establish CCS as a worldwide fast-charging standard, EnBW, Honda, Hyundai, Infineon, Ingeteam, Keri, Lear, Siemens, STMicroelectronics and Yazaki joined at the beginning of the year.
Tesla with new partner Down Under? Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that Tesla is allegedly sitting down with facilities manager Spotless to set up “thousands” of EV chargers in Australia. The idea is for the Spotless Group to re-brand itself as a technology solutions firm for clients. The where and when was not revealed.
Electric student shuttle: The University of California, Irvine (UCI) announced that it will purchase 20 electric buses from BYD. According to its own accounts, it will make it the first university in the U.S. to only use electric buses on campus.
Electric commuter shuttle: Since Monday, Paris is testing two all-electric and autonomous EZ10 shuttles from Easymile on a stretch of road between Gare de Lyon and Gare d*Austerlitz. During the three-months trial, the shuttles are free to use. More test routes will follow.
Energica, London, Nissan, CharIn, USPS, EVgo.
Fast-charging for bikes: Starting next year, Energica and partners will set up fast-charging infrastructure (CCS) for electric motorcycles along popular routes in Italy and California. The company will also accept used bikes as payment for a set residual value and offer a battery guarantee for five years or 100,000 km.
Chargers for London: The London Borough of Wandsworth will install as many as 125 new EV charging points in six months that will be integrated into the citywide charging network Source London. However, the cabinet has not given the final green light quite yet.
Nissan is popular in Scotland: Both the Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian have opted for the all-electric Nissan e-NV200. While the latter added two of the electric vans to its fleet, the Midlothian Council now counts a total of eight electric cars on its fleet.
CharIn grown: The CCS initiative has gained a new member, as Taiwanese OEM Delta Electronics has signed on. Recent newcomers included Hubject, Faraday Future, and Renault.
pressebox.de (in German)
Alternative postal cars: The United States Postal Service (USPS) has chosen six suppliers to convert its 180,000 vehicles (we reported). A total of 50 prototypes will be built for a six-month trial – half with hybrid, and half with other alternative drivetrains.
Charge and shop: Nissan and EVgo has set up fast-charging at five Hannaford supermarket locations in the U.S. state of Maine. Users can pay with credit card or their monthly EVgo subscription.
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.
CharIN, PlugShare, Columbus, Brussels, New Jersey.
CCS gets support from the big leagues: Clever is not the only company that recently joined CCS initiative CharIN. Hubject, Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Atieva, Circontrol and Lafon have also signed up.
Charge with sun: PlugShare has started the programme ‘Drive Solar’ in California. Anyone who installs a Sungevity solar system can receive a GE WattStation for free – the installation in included.
Columbus is U.S.’ smartest city: The Ohio city has won the U.S. transportation ministry’s Smart City Challenge. Next to 40m dollars in funding for i.e. self-driving vehicles, Columbus gets another 10m dollars to push electric mobility (we reported). Companies will invest another 90m dollars.
Brussels without e-power: car2go will start its carsharing scheme in the EU’s capital in October. 250 Smarts and 50 Mercedes A-series will hit the road there, but unfortunately no electric cars. Even though it would have been nice if especially Brussels could have led with example.
New Jersey plugs in: The U.S. state earmarked 750,000 dollars for subsidies for the installation of more charging stations. Level 1 chargers qualify for up to 250 dollars; level 2 chargers for up to 5,000 dollars.
CharIN, Car2Go, Florida, Delaware, The Mobility House.
CharIN changes management: The innos – Sperlich GmbH was appointed operative management of the Charging Interface Initiative in January, and has been a trusted partner. CharIN is a consortium that includes carmakers and infrastructure providers that look to promote the CCS standard.
Carsharing in Copenhagen: Car2go will leave the Danish capital by mid-February. Maybe its petrol driven fleet was not as attractive as the electric cars operated by DriveNow – 400 BMW i3 are available to rent in Copenhagen.
Electric bus fleet: In Florida, Pinellas County’s transit authority is thinking about replacing old buses with up to 12 electric ones. Tests with an electric bus have been successful and the PSTA already applied for funding from the government. A decision is likely to be made this summer.
Deadline: Proposals for the Delaware Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program will be accepted through Feb. 29th. A total of 1.4m dollars in funding is available for projects that expand infrastructure for alternative vehicles of all kinds in Delaware.
Charge equipment for lease: The Mobility House and Grenke Leasing offer business customers a full charging package. The offer includes the complete charging infrastructure like charging stations, accessories, installation and servicing. Rates are available over two, three, and four years.
mobilityhouse.com (in German)
CharIN, ACE & The New Motion, DigiNow, SCAQMD, Dubai.
CCS charging at 150 kW: The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Opel, Porsche, VW, TÜV Süd, Mennekes and Phoenix Contact presents results of the cooperation at ELIV in Germany: vehicles and equipment prepared to charge at up to 150 kW.
Pan-European charge card: The ACE (Auto Club Europe) together with The New Motion offers its members the ‘Power Me’ charging card for free. It allows charging at more than 25,000 EV charging stations across Europe. No monthly fee applies, but rates for charging depend on the operators.
Portable super charger: DigiNow and eMotorWerks have jointly developed the DigiNow Super Charger Charge Tank. The rapid charging unit fits into the Power Tank area of bikes by Zero Motorcycles and enables charging times of about an hour at 8kW.
Clean lawn: The California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) delivers 17 commercial electric lawn mowers to agencies in San Bernardino County. SCAQMD seeks to gather data on fuel and cost saving as well as air quality improvements.
Hybrid Golf in Dubai: The Dubai Municipality will trial 10 newly arrived Golf GTE over the course of a year. If the Volkswagen hybrids prove fit for life in the desert, they will become a more common sight as Dubai aims to become a leading sustainable city.