London, Chargemaster, e-pendler, Supercharger, ClipperCreek.
More e-buses for London: The English capital wants to electrify two bus lines (507 and 521) by the end of the year. The 51 new electric buses, built by BYD and Alexander Dennis, would then bring the total number of electric buses in London to 73. Another 2,000 hybrid buses are already on the road there.
UK charging network join forces: Chargemaster has taken over fellow provider Elektromotive’s Charge Your Car (CYC), meaning Britain’s two largest charging networks are now one. Both brands are said to remain, while customer support and maintenance resources will be shared.
“e-pendler in niederösterreich” strikes a balance: After its three -year run, the programme in Lower Austria counted new 114 electric cars, 86 e-bikes and 167 charging points. Moreover, the acceptance of electric mobility in combination with public transport is said to have increased, while the e-bike market experienced a “boom.” Since 2013, the region had tested how the daily commute between Vienna and Wr. Neustadt could become more efficient and environmentally friendly.
orf.at (in German)
Supercharging Portugal? It seems Tesla is meeting with Portuguese officials looking to set up Superchargers in the country. The carmaker doesn’t offer any direct service in the country yet, but there are still quite a few Model S drivers already, that could soon change as well.
jornaldenegocios.pt (in Portuguese) via electrek.co
Introducing Share2: The new ClipperCreek system allows Level 2 charging station to split power from a one branch 40A circuit, allowing for the installation of an additional charger without running another 240 V circuit. The station will operate at full power when only one car is plugged in, while splitting the energy when both chargers are in use.
Double-decker, Tata Motors, Hubject, Air New Zealand, ClipperCreek.
Electric double-decker launch: London now has its first electric double-decker bus. Built by BYD, the model will be joined by another four to serve on two routes in the British capital. It can travel 306 km carrying 81 passengers and needs 4 hours to recharge at the depot overnight. If all works well, the vehicle could potentially prove a “great solution for a large part” of the London bus fleet, TfL said.
channelnewsasia.com, standard.co.uk (video)
Hybrid buses for Mumbai: Tata Motors bags a contract for the delivery of 25 hybrid buses for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The buses are expected to run fully electric for 30 to 35 percent of the operations in India.
Network within a network: Hubject introduces its eHub solution together with Swisscom. It enables businesses, associations and project syndicates to operate their own charging networks within the intercharge framework. Solution would thus become integrated instead of isolated.
Airline electrifies: Air New Zealand purchases 36 BMW i3, 28 Renault Kangoo Z.E. and 12 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for its ground operations. By the end of this year, all 76 vehicles shall be in service with EV charging infrastructure already being set up.
Fast-charging: ClipperCreek presents its 5.8 kW fast-charging station. The LCS-30 is for Level 2 charging and comes for both plug-in and hardwired installations that cost 515 and 499 dollars.
Hydrogen, electric taxis, Arkadelphia, ClipperCreek.
Hydrogen from renewables: In its push to make fuel cell vehicles emission-free, the Japanese government started an initiative for H2 from renewable sources. The Environment Ministry initially intends to set up 100 units across Japan by 2019. The first five stations will go up within the next two months. 75 percent of the cost is covered by the government on the condition that benefactors like companies and authorities use FCVs as official vehicles.
The million miles milestone has been reached by an electric cab service in Scottish Dundee. 203020 Electric introduced a fleet of 30 Nissan Leaf cabs only last April and is delighted to have reached its target ahead of schedule. Drivers save up to 120 GBP a week in fuel costs and the company looks to expand.
Electric patrol: The police in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, has replaced ten Ford Crown Vics with Toyota Camry Hybrids. The city thus saves about three percent of its annual budget and enables officers to approach silently. As Ford discontinued the traditional Crown Vic, carmakers are rushing in to fill the gap.
Next-gen EV charger: ClipperCreek has upgraded its Level 2 home charging EV station. The updated LCS-20 now features 16 Amp charging and a longer cable, while the price of 379 dollars for the hardwired model and 395 dollars for all four plug-in models remains the same.
ABB, BYD, Ford, New York, ClipperCreek.
Automated fast-charging at 450 kW: ABB will present a new turbocharging system for electric buses at the Busworld show in Belgian Kortrijk. The modular system can easily integrated in existing bus lines and is based on IEC 61851-23. The system is offered in 150 kW, 300 kW or 450 kW modules.
The continent is calling BYD as the Chinese manufacturer thinks about expanding its electric bus production in the UK to 200 units per year, an insider says. Furthermore, BYD considers to take the manufacture across the channel to mainland Europe, where another facility might be build.
Workplace charging: Ford wants to expand offers for employees to charge EVs while working. Currently, there are 45 units available for employee use at 43 Ford sites in 6 states and Canada. Plans exist to install 20 more soon, with ongoing discussions to increase the number in the long term.
Charge network update: The state of New York is getting closer to its goal to install 3,000 charging stations by 2018. So far, about 1,200 already stand with the latest 12 having just been erected at Hudson Valley and with another 17 to follow before the year’s end.
Dual charging station: ClipperCreek presents the ProMountDuo pedestal for charging stations. This pedestal sells for 434 dollars and is designed for commercial and fleet applications. Furthermore, it can provide single or dual Level 1 or Level 2 charging.
Fastned, Trikala, Edmonton, ADL, eMotorWerks & ClipperCreek.
Freedom Plan: A 4-tier vision for electric mobility has been presented by Dutch Fastned. First, Fastned plans to grow its number of fast-charging station in the Netherlands from 50 to 130 by 2017. Secondly, European expansion as well as the increase of power from 50 to 150 kW is to happen until 2018. Furthermore, prices have to decrease while Fastned plans to invest in its own solar power facilities.
Driverless e-minibuses: The Greek city of Trikala is testing autonomous electric minibuses as part of an EU project. Trials with the CityMobil2 built in France started already and will last until the end of February. The 10-seaters are guided by GPS and other sensors but limited to 20 kph.
Edmonton too is testing electric buses to see if they can withstand the Canadian cold climate. The buses will be tried in regular service in wintry conditions but with drivers steering.
Hybrid double-decker: Bus builder Alexander Dennis secured an offer from London for its new Enviro400H bus. 19 of these hybrid double-decker buses incorporating BAE technology are due to enter service in the British capital before the year’s end.
Smart EV charging: eMotorWerks has teamed up with ClipperCreek to integrate the JuiceNet platform for smart grid EV charging. JuiceNet transforms EVSEs into connected, smart appliances which are controlled via the cloud-based, self-learning software platform that includes an app.
Chevy Volt, ChargePoint, ClipperCreek, Picnic.
2016 Chevy Volt coming to Canada: Canadians will be able to buy the second-generation Chevrolet Volt by November or December this year – ahead of 39 U.S. states, where potential buyers will have to wait until the spring of next year to receive a 2017 model Volt.
Home charger on sale on Amazon: ChargePoint’s Home charging station is now available on Amazon. The charger is priced from 499 to 749 dollars, depending on the power level, installation type and cord length. ChargePoint’s mobile app can be downloaded via the Google Play or App Store.
ClipperCreek expands HCS product line: The new HCS-30 is a 24 Amp Level 2 charging station designed to serve the residential and workplace charging markets. Priced at 565 dollars, ClipperCreek’s new charging solution includes a 3-year warranty and 25 feet of charge cable.
Dutch startup Picnic uses electric vehicles to deliver groceries for free and is currently running a pilot project that involves 150 households in the Dutch city of Amersfoort. The company will soon open up its services to all inhabitants of the city and has plans to further expand.
Portugal, Aberdeen, ChargePoint, ClipperCreek, Colorado.
Electrification in Portugal: Portugal’s energy minister Artur Trindade announced that starting in about a month, the government will begin replacing its petrol-powered cars with EVs. Information about the extent of the electrification has not been made public yet.
eltis.org, jn.pt (in Portuguese)
Aberdeen sets record: The city’s Co-wheels Car Club added eight electric cars and three electric vans to its fleet, making it the largest EV fleet for hire in the UK. The cars are Renault Zoe and the vans Nissan e-NV200. The car club now offers a total of 36 cars for hire, 16 of them electric.
Charger-storage combi: U.S. charging infrastructure provider ChargePoint is working with Green Charge Networks to offer charging stations in combination with batteries. Their first joint customer is Redwood City in California, which already installed five chargers combined with energy storage.
Affortable charger: ClipperCreek offers a new 40 amp EV charger in the U.S. The HCS-50 includes a 25 metre long charging cable and a three-year-warranty. It is capable of 9.6 kW of output and is available from 835 dollars.
Colorado funds electrification: The U.S. state of Colorado, the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) will provide funding for EVs, as well as charging infrastructure. Applications for “Charge Ahead Colorado” will be accepted until mid-August and must be filed online.
Helsinki, ClipperCreek, Lake Tahoe, Cobb Police Department.
Helsinki gets charged: The Finnish capital and their transport authority Helsinki Region Transport want to purchase 400 all-electric and 200-300 hybrid buses until 2025. In just the coming four years, Helsinki Region Transport wants to invest five to six million euros. The first twelve e-buses were recently ordered from the company Linkker (we reported).
ClipperCreek charging station: The company now offers its LCS-20P Type 2 charger with a plug for less than 400 dollars. The LCS-20 EV had previously only been available as a hardwired unit.
EV Readiness Plan: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has received 200,000 dollars from the California Energy Commission, to help develop a plan for the expansion of EV infrastructure around Lake Tahoe. It will identify private and public locations where additional chargers could best serve EV drivers.
dailyjournal.net, ksl.com, nevadaappeal.com
Cobb Police Department goes electric: The police department in U.S. state of Georgia has received two electric motorcycles from Zero. They will be used for park patrolling as well as when police provides security at special events. They replace two 12-year-old gas guzzling dirt bikes.
TU Delft, Palm Beach, Pepco.
EV study: E-Mobility NSR partner TU Delft produced the report “Analysis of consumers’ EV potential,” asking if people can keep their driving behaviour, while replacing one or all cars with EVs. They found that while people living outside of cities drive longer distances, they also own more cars on average and have a higher potential to replace at least one fuel-based car for an EV.
e-mobility-nsr.eu, e-mobility-nsr.eu (report as PDF)
Free EV ride in Florida: Shoppers and visitors can again hop on (and off) the Palm Beach Free Ride electric cars, as they go into service for a second season. New this year is a Holiday Haute Ride that takes customers from one popular shopping area to the next.
Pepco deploys smart charging solution: The electric service provider will install ClipperCreek’s smart charging stations equipped with Itron Embedded Sensing technology. Pepco´s voluntary Demand Management Pilot Program encourages customers in Maryland to conveniently take advantage of off-peak charging.
Hydrogen-XT, ZAP, Albany, ClipperCreek.
Small is smart: Texan start-up Hydrogen-XT is rethinking hydrogen fuelling infrastructure and wants to offer small, inexpensive fuelling outlets that produce hydrogen from natural gas. The offering is complemented by an app that locates stations according to a customer’s need. Hydrogen-XT’s patent is pending.
EV conversion cooperation: Californian ZAP has entered a strategic partnership with Lishen. The Chinese will supply financing and batteries for the electrification of several thousand vehicles. Apparently, ZAP is in negotiation with a fleet operator willing to convert its entire fleet to EVs.
Charge and fly: Albany International Airport has opened six charging stations at their long-term parking lot. The charge points are part of New York’s ‘Charge NY’ initiative and will be free to use in the first two years.
Cheap charging station: ClipperCreek presents a Level 2, 240V EV charging station for 395 dollars. The LCS-20 is now available for immediate delivery and the first Level 2 electric vehicle charging station to stay below the 400-dollar-mark.
Ecotricity, Tesla, My Electric Avenue, CarCharging, ClipperCreek, TNM.
UK lawsuit against Tesla: Ecotricity has accused Tesla of a “smash and grab” tactic with regards to the ‘Electric Highway’ the utility provider has erected along Britain’s motorways. According to Ecotricity, it has helped Tesla to design its UK Supercharger network but is now being threatened by the company in an attempt to take over. Tesla refused to comment as the lawsuit at the High Court is now pending.
Superchargers in Down Under: Meanwhile, Tesla confirmed plans for a Supercharger network in Australia but not before early 2015, Tesla CTO JB Straubel said in a blog post. Superchargers in Down Under will use the same connector as European Model S.
valuewalk.com, teslamotorsclub.com (Tesla blog)
My Electric Avenue expanded: The British ‘My Electric Avenue’ project now includes two business fleets. Slough Borough Council in Berkshire and Your Homes in Newcastle both will lease Nissan Leafs for the next 18 month for selected employees to use and will also install charge points at their business premises.
CarCharging to integrate Nissan stations: The charging provider has teamed up with Gridscape Solutions to develop a software, which will integrate Nissan’s DC Fast Chargers with the Blink Network. In an effort to expand consumer awareness of the electric car market, CarCharging and Nissan initially deployed 48 Nissan-branded quick chargers.
Smart grid enabled charger: ClipperCreek launched its ETL listed utility smart-grid connected charging station, the CS-40-SG2. It has been developed jointly with Itron and includes an embedded revenue grade sub-meter and a variety of smart grid communications options.
The future of parking: The New Motion (TNM) teamed up with Swiss start-up ‘parku’ to ease access to park and charging opportunities for EV drivers. TNM offers about 12,000 parking spaces for EVs which will now be available to book through the parku app. The app furthers enables payment and access to car parks.
dmm.travel (in German)
Bolloré, Seattle, NRG eVgo, ClipperCreek, PlugSurfing, Hubject.
Bolloré electrifies London: After taking over Source London and its 1,500 charging points (we reported), the Bolloré subsidy IER will bring its electric carsharing scheme to England’s capital in 2015. The company runs e.g. the car-sharing service Autolib’ in Paris. In London, it plans on starting out with 100 EVs and increase its fleet to 3,000 electric cars by 2018.
Charge and fly: Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport has recently installed another 36 electric vehicle charging stations at their main-terminal parking. Together with the already exiting 12 charge points, this makes it the largest provider of any North American airport. The 48 stations are available to all plug-in drivers on a first-come, first-served basis.
New fast chargers in CA: A total of 46 NRG eVgo charging points are already online or are currently being installed there. And that is just the beginning – according to the company, it has received around 200 orders in the Golden State.
48 Amps from ClipperCreek: The new HCS-60 charging station was conceived for private and company usage and can be installed in- and outside. The 240 V, 48 Amp, level 2 charging point comes with a 3-year warranty and 25-foot charging cable. The starting price is set at 899 dollars.
Locate, charge, pay: PlugSurfing will give a sneak preview of its new app at the Cebit that makes it possible to easily locate and pay at charging stations. The app will be rolled-out across Europe in the second quarter of this year.
mynewsdesk.com, plugsurfing.de (project)
New Hubject partners: The Berlin-based company, which is developing a cross industry business and IT platform for charging infrastructure, announced three new partners. Hedele, PlugSurfing and ubitricity will open up their interfaces and become part of Hubject’s intercharge network.
Switzerland, ClipperCreek, Naturpark Südschwarzwald.
EV sales Switzerland: Last year, swiss consumers acquired a total of 1,222 electric cars, an increase of 52% compared to 2012. The Swiss’ favourites were the Zoe (342) and Tesla (213) followed by 178 Leaf and 156 electric Smarts. Mitsubshi’s i-MiEV was sold 110 times while the BMW i3 showed a quick uptake with 106 units. Renault’s Twizy, which is classified as a heavy quadricycle under EU regulations, found 207 buyers – a decrease of 62.7% compared to sales in 2012 (555).
eco-way.ch (In German), renault.com (Twizy)
Four in one: ClipperCreek has just introduced its HCS-40. This charging station mounted on a pedestal comes with one or two 240 Volt outlets and an optional two sockets with 120 V each. It can therefore charge up to four EVs at the same time and costs from 1,300 dollars.
E-mobility for a whole region: A new project called ‘Naturpark Südschwarzwald’ in the German territory of the same name has started as part of the model region Baden-Württemberg. It is the first attempt to include a whole region thus bringing electric transport to a wider rural area. The project will include experiences from 20 already successful e-mobility programmes at municipal level which include e-carsharing and electric buses.
baden-wuerttemberg.de (In German)
Estonteco, ClipperCreek, Miyakojima, Netherlands.
500 charging stations for rent: In the next five years, Luxembourg-based company Estonteco wants to set up 500 charging points across neighbouring Belgium. These will be rented out to parking garages, supermarkets or other publicly accessible places that will get parts of the earnings. The company will also offer repair and location services.
lavenir.net (In French)
Plug-in wallbox: American ClipperCreek is now ready to deliver its HCS-40P charging station equipped with NEMA wall plugs. It can be installed wherever there is a 240 Volt connection and only uses two wall screws to fix it. Starting price for the 30 A station is 644 dollars.
Micro commuter in Miyakojima: Honda selected the city on one of Japan’s islands to test its MC-β micro EV. As part of the Small-sized Electromotive Mobility Project, the mini Honda will be used to explore a CO2-free community and therefore charged at solar charging stations newly built from Toshiba.
Cable carnage: In the Netherlands, a peacefully charging Renault Zoe got assaulted. The attacker apparently tried viciously to unplug the EV but “only” managed to dismantle the plug, stripping the metal pins of their plastic cover.
motornature.com, autoweek.nl (In Dutch)