Chase Evans, West Lothian Council, Cohere, Formentera, New Zealand.
Electric real estate: London real estate company Chase Evans will replace 95 percent of its 50 vehicle strong fleet with plug-in hybrids, namely the BMW 330e. The company originally only wanted to buy one PHEV, but the financial benefits convinced them to go all out.
Scottish council plugs in: Scottish West Lothian Council received seven Nissan Leaf and three e-NV200. The latter will be used in Waste Services, Building Services and Community Transport, while the all-electric Leaf will be part of the council’s car pool and be stationed across the region.
Cash injection for Cohere: The Amsterdam-based start-up Cohere Energy Solutions was able to raise 300,000 euros. The money will be used to further develop the company’s own energy management system Maxem for smart charging of electric vehicles.
Emobility offensive on Formentera: The Balearic island kicked off an initiative to get more EVs on the road. In a first step, it gave six Citroën E-Méhari to hotels and encourages them with incentives to install more charge points. The goal is to replace 15,000 cars and motorcycles with electric ones.
New Zealand makes it clear: The country now has a uniform symbol to mark parking stalls at charging stations. It was developed by the Christchurch City Council and approved by the NZ Transport Agency. The hope is that by clearly reserving stalls at chargers, more people will go electric.
Tesla, Cohere, KEBA, fahrE, Georgia.
Anti-Tesla regulation: Yesterday, the U.S. state of New Jersey passed a regulation that is prohibiting any vehicle manufacturer selling cars directly to consumers. The regulation is backed by the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers in fear of “Tesla crushing competition.” Tesla Motors, which is the only company with a direct-retail strategy, is also banned from direct sales in Arizona and Texas.
Charging solution for smart homes: Dutch start-up Cohere has developed a smart energy management and charging controller for smart home application. The web-based platform ‘Sem’ uses the open UDP interface of the KEBA wallbox to optimise green energy supply for EVs. A pilot project with 20 Teslas will be launched in the coming weeks.
— Ad —
Experience live the solutions and synergies of the HANNOVER MESSE for electric mobility. Inform yourself on the latest components of the drive train, battery technology and lightweight construction and get in touch with the high-profile exhibitors at MobiliTec and Energy in the hall 27. Your ticket is reserved for you below www.hannovermesse.de. Welcome!
University commuter: In April, the project “fahrE” kicks off at the Technical University Chemnitz. Headed by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Driving Assistance (I-FAS), university employees can use one of four EVs and eight e-bikes to commute between the different parts of campus.
tu-chemnitz.de (in German)
EV incentive scrapped: The proposed cut of Georgia’s 5,000-dollars rebate and 2,500-dollars tax credit for low-emission vehicles (we reported) has now become a bill. According to representative Chuck Martin, EV prices are dropping and sales no longer need to be incentivised. The bill is now on the table of the state senate for confirmation.