E.On, Clever, Fortum, EnBW, GOFAST, Korea.
Ultra-fast-charging the Nordics: The partnership of E.On and Danish Clever reaps its first fruit, a cooperation with Norwegian pit stop provider XY. 20 of its service stations will be equipped with fast-chargers that deliver 150 kW but can go up to 350 kW if required. But E.On and Clever are not alone in their endeavour. Fortum Charge & Drive announced its plan to open a rapid-charging corridor connecting capitals. Electric cars travelling between Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki would be able to charge at 150 kW in-between. The first four of such fast-charging stops shall be erected this year.
eon.com (Norway), iwr.de (Fortum)
Fast-charging along the Autobahn: 100 fast-charging stations will be installed by German utility EnBW together with service station operator Tank & Rast. The EV pit stops will offer charging at 50 kW (AC 43 kW) with the option to upgrade to 150 kW. They are multi-chargers that connect to Type 2, CCS and CHAdeMO and will line motorways in Germany’s south and southwest.
enbw.com (in German)
Charging Switzerland faster: The Swiss-wide fast-charging network initiative GOFAST found a new investor in Energie 360°. Gotthard Fastcharge (GOFAST) reportedly wants to install at least 150 EV charging station offering 150 kW and more across Switzerland.
Korea’s first FCV sharing is about to start in the city of Gwangju. 15 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell are available to book online and form a fleet with another 27 battery-electric cars. The programme is a government initiative and serves as testbed.
Open Fast Charging Alliance, E.On + Clever, eMotorWerks, Bulgaria.
European roaming alliance: Five European fast charging networks have pledged allegiance. They founded the Open Fast Charging Alliance, which covers over 500 EV fast-charging stations in six countries. The OFCA is to push for open standards like the OCPI (Open Charge Point Interface) that enables roaming. So far, the signees are Fastned (Netherlands), Sodetrel (France), Smatrics (Austria), Grønn Kontakt (Norway) and Gotthard Fastcharge (Scwitzerland), but more members are welcome to join. Their stations only have to be numerous and offer service 24/7. Naturally, all electric cars are welcome to charge.
A candidate to join the alliance may be E.On. The utility together with Danish network operator Clever plans to span a network of ultra-fast charging stations along Europe’s arterial roads, beginning this year. Starting at 150 kW, the stops will be ready to deliver 350 kW and shall be located 120 – 180 km away from each other. Both companies gathered experiences in the Nordics but E.On said it is in talks with more potential partners. If it will be the OFCA or if E.On is trying to get closer to the German CCS initiative by carmakers remains to be seen.
Charging Germany: eMotorWerks announced a partnership with German Conenergy to launch new EV charging solutions. The companies will collaborate on technology that optimises EV charging based on a user’s energy source preferences such as solar.
Sofia in Bulgaria is looking to buy 20 electric and 20 hybrid buses comes summer. Already, an electric bus is being tested in the capital.
wirtschaftsblatt-bg.com (in German)
Electric to school: The Rural School Bus Pilot Project is a grant programme worth 10m dollars from the California Air Resources Board. All public schools in California are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to schools in districts with poor air quality and ageing vehicles.
Clever, Spiri, South Africa, Proterra, Cobb County.
Clever cooperation: Following a similar deal with BMW (we reported), Clever and VW now offer buyers in Denmark a charging flat rate for newly purchased electric or plug-in models. On top of that, buyers get a personal charger installed at home.
Autonomous carpool: Danish start-up Spiri wants to start a carpooling service with its own electric vehicles starting next year. Design and performance details are said to be unveiled at the end of September. Spiri says it cars will be able to drive autonomously in the future.
Charging South Africa: Nissan and BMW have installed its first three joint chargers in the. The two carmakers are working together (we reported) to set up a charging station network across South Africa by 2017.
E-Bus for Illinois: The Illinois Quad Cities’ MetroLINK transit organization has ordered two battery-powered XR buses from Proterra. The deal also includes an option for further purchases through 2020.
Electric emergency response: The fire department and emergency services in Cobb County in the U.S. state of Georgia have added seven Nissan Leaf to their fleet. The vehicles are being leased and are reserved for staff members. The department expects to save more than 170,000 dollars compared to operating petrol-powered cars.
Cityscoot, Clever, Ljubljana, Ergon Energy, AGL.
Cityscoot starts in Paris: After extensive testing (we reported), the 150 electric scooters finally hit the streets of Paris today. Another 400 to 500 will be added from November. Cityscoot plans to have a fleet of 1,000 scooters by the end March 2017.
lefigaro.fr (in French)
Clever joins CharIN: The Danish charge point operator is now part of the Charging Initiative (CharIN) that pushes DC charging using the CCS standard. Clever already has 750 chargers up and running and wants to install its first 150 kW chargers with CCS form 2017.
E-Carsharing in Ljubljana: The Slovenian capital is the first to feature an electric carsharing scheme in the region. It will be operated by car hiring company Avantcar and IT specialist Comtrade. A total of 30 EVs will be available at eight different locations.
Australia plugs in: Queensland utility Ergon Energy has begun setting up an EV ‘super highway,’ planning to install some 60 fast-chargers. The country’s first solar-powered charger will be set up in Townsville. Manufacturer Tritium is most likely in talks with Ergon Energy about the remaining stations.
Charging flat for at home: Australian utility AGL wants to introduce a flat rate for the charging of EVs at home. And it’s quite an attractive offer. For only one Australian dollar per day, drivers can keep the battery of their electric car filled.
Clever, wallb-e, Arizona Public Service, Seoul, Rolec EV.
Charging flatrates: Clever and BMW now offer buyers in Denmark a charging flatrate for newly purchased EV and PHEVs. For example, i3 driver would pay about 80 euros per month for “Clever Unlimited” and would get a home charger plus installation, as well as access to some 750 public chargers across Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Drivers can also choose a cheaper package and not get a home charger.
Solar carport with access control: German company wallb-e introduced its solar carport sun4charge, featuring two 22kW AC charge points. Drivers can plug in using their RFID card of via an app, meaning the concept is also feasible for utilities. There is also a sun4charge variant for e-bikes.
wallb-e.de (in German)
Going EV: Arizona Public Service (APS) is looking to successively replace its 2,138 vehicle strong fleet with electric and hybrid cars – starting with where it makes the most sense economically. The fleet consist of car, utility vehicles, as well as forklifts. Some buckets trucks have already been switched out.
Seoul dreams electric: The city government considers adding to its all-electric fleet from 2017 to include models from KIA (Soul and Ray), as well as the Hyundai Ioniq. Moreover, Korea Electric Power is to set up rapid chargers in the city. How many EVs or chargers are in the cards, was not announced.
Charging at home: NHS Fleet Solutions cooperates with Rolec EV, which was announced as the official home charging point supplier and will install chargers for salary sacrifice drivers. Rolec EV offers the so-called ‘enquiry to installation,’ allowing NHS Fleet Solutions to follow every stage of the installation.
Hubject, Flinkster Connect, Clever, Esslingen, Avista.
Digital ICEing prevention: Hubject has come up with a solution that detects not only if whether a charger is free, but also if parking is available. The solution utilises sensors and works for any network operator and the German consortium has already successfully implemented a pilot project. Moreover, the digital system can detect whether the space is occupied by an EV or a combustion engine vehicle.
Rail & EV with Deutsche Bahn: Germany’s rail operator is piloting an EV hire scheme in Berlin. For an additional 29 euros, DB travellers can use their train ticket to also hire an EV from DB’s carsharing scheme Flinkster, allowing door-to-door transport. Customers may keep the electric car for up to a week.
Clever charging: Danish company Clever installed 200 EV charging stations last year. Over 750 rapid charging stations can now be found in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany and Clever plans to add another two each week throughout 2016. In addition, it plans to upgrade its 50 kW chargers to 150 kW.
Electric buses in Swabia: The town of Esslingen operates four electric buses. The trolleys by Solaris are able to run with as well as without a wire and were co-funded by the German federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with 600,000 euros.
baden-württemberg.de (in German)
265 EV charging stations will be installed during for a pilot scheme in Washington State by company Avista. The trial will run over two years, with charge spots being installed in homes, workplaces and public locations. The utility hopes for over 3m dollars for the EVSE scheme that would start this May – if approved.
Foxconn, Norway, DriveNow, Clever, Vital Energi.
5,000 EVs for Hangzhou: Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile has invested 1.2bn Chinese yuan (more than 180m USD) to set up an electric car rental service company in Hangzhou, China. FIH plans to deploy up to 5,000 electric cars within the next three years.
H2 coalition: Norwegian hydrogen specialist NEL has signed a letter of intent with Uno-X, a chain of fuel stations throughout Norway and Denmark, to establish a joint venture. The companies plan to rollout a minimum of 20 hydrogen refuelling stations covering all the major cities in Norway within 2020.
BMW i3 expansion: The car-sharing programme DriveNow continues the electrification of its fleet as it introduces 20 BMW i3 in the Austrian capital Vienna. Car-sharers can already get their hands on the electric car in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Cologne, London, and Copenhagen.
oekonews.at (in German)
Clever expansion: Danish EV infrastructure provider Clever will cross the border as it plans to launch four fast charging stations in Northern Germany by the end of this year. The stations will support all DC and AC connectors (CHAdeMO, CCS, Type2).
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), energy-supply.dk (in Danish)
Hybrid fleet: British sustainable energy company Vital Energi will shortly take delivery of six Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in hybrids, taking its fleet to a total of 40 hybrids. The company already has 19 Mitsubishi PHEVs, eight Lexus hybrids, six Toyota hybrids and one VW Golf GTE.
Clever, Toyota, CarCharging, Phoenix Cars.
Swedish charging network: Danish EV infrastructure provider Clever is to partner up with Swedish utility Öresundskraft. Together, they will set up the subsidiary Clever Sverige, which will offer EV charging solutions in Sweden. The network will be modelled after the Danish example with consistent access and payment. The first 35 fast chargers on Swedish soil will be erected already by this summer.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), clever.dk (in Danish)
Hybrid appraised: Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA) has purchased 30 new Toyota Prius vehicles for its staff members that travel the whole of Orange County appraising almost half a million parcels. The OCPA hopes to save carbon as well as money.
EV charging for real estate: CarCharging stroke a new deal in Eastern Tennesse as it came to an agreement with real estate firm Blue Ridge Realty for the ownership and operation of 16 Blink EV charging stations. They will be located at office buildings.
US Navy now V2G-ready: Phoenix Cars has deployed an electric ZEUS flatbed truck to the US Navy base in Port Hueneme, California. The truck is vehicle-to-grid-capable and will be used as a service vehicle to transport supplies and equipment for facility maintenance.
ABB, EDF, TEN-T, Qualcomm & Chargemaster, Louisville, Rome, Israel.
New fast chargers: ABB is to deliver another 100 fast chargers to Danish e-mobility service provider Clever. The latter will erect the ‘Terra 53 DC’ not only in its home country but in neighbouring countries, too. It is very likely that these chargers will become part of the planned European charge network ‘Central European Green Corridors’ (we reported).
More chargers for France: Just after Bolloré promoted its plan to build 16,000 charge points, Électricité de France (EDF) announced it will start to erect 200 fast chargers along French motorways starting in January 2015. The project is backed by Renault, BMW and VW, while the EU promised 4.5 million euros (5.5m USD). Most stations will be located close to the borders to Germany, Belgium and Italy.
leparisien.fr, automobile-propre.com (both in French)
European H2 infrastructure: 3.5 million euros are to be invested in studies preparing a European network of hydrogen infrastructure for transport. The money comes from the European Union´s TEN-T program and is intended for national implementation plans for Belgium, Finland, Poland and Riga, Latvia as well as three hydrogen refuelling stations with “specific innovative elements” in Finland and Sweden.
Wireless charging: Qualcomm is to invest in the British EV infrastructure provider Chargemaster that operates the Polar network in the UK. Its charging stations are planned to be retrofitted with Qualcomm’s inductive charging technology bit by bit although a detailed schedule has not been issued yet.
Electric buses for Louisville: The city’s public transport TARC has introduced the ZeroBus, which will replace gas-powered trolleys when being phased into daily operation early next year. 10 electric buses for about 11 million dollars have been purchased with the help of the state and federal funds.
Electric christmas: To help Romans leave their car at home during the festive season, the Italian capital has introduced five new electric mini-buses. The buses serve the main shopping districts while stopping at major car parks, metro stations and bus terminals along the way.
Bi-national research: The energy ministries of both the U.S. and Israel will fund five Israeli projects with 4 million dollars in a bi-national effort. Among the supported companies are Fridenson Logistics and ChargePoint to jointly develop a smart grid capable, cloud-connected EV charging station.