Inductive charging project for taxis in Cologne
In the German city of Cologne, an inductive (wireless) charging project for taxis is being set up called the Taxi Charging Concept for Public Spaces (TALAKO for short from the German). This is part of the SMATA feasibility project was launched in October.
Ford expands PHEV tests to Cologne
Ford is extending their field tests with plug-in hybrids to Cologne. In the Rhine metropolis, nine Ford Transit Custom PHEVs and one Tourneo Custom PHEV will be used in five municipal fleets for a year in different everyday scenarios.
Uber & Lime expand cooperation in Europe
Uber clients in Europe may now book Lime e-bikes straight through the Uber app. The cooperation started in the US and is currently being rolled out across the continent. Prague, Warsaw and Stockholm are among the first wave of European markets with other capitals to follow suit.
Reach Now adds Tier electric kick scooters to its app
Moovel, the joint venture of Daimler and BMW that will soon be Reach Now, is collaborating with Tier Mobility to expand its multimodal mobility app to include electric kick scooters. It remains unclear, what this means for the companies‘ own scooter brand Hive.
Sixt to offer Tier Mobility electric kick-scooters
Customers of car rental firm Sixt will soon be able to book thousands of Tier Mobility electric kick scooters via the Sixt app. Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Bonn and Münster are the first cities to start with more to come.
Cologne testing Ford Transit PHEV fleet
Ford will be providing ten Transit PHEVs for use by municipal enterprises based in Cologne, starting next spring. The project will analyse how hybrid vehicles can help achieve the city’s pollution targets. Similar fleet tests were undertaken by Ford in London and Valencia.
Five German cities to order 3,000 electric buses
At least 3,000 electric buses is what the five biggest cities in Germany want running on their roads by 2030, according to a new survey from Wirtschaftswoche. After Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne had announced their move, Frankfurt and Munich followed.
Tata Motors, Cologne, Edinburgh, Wirecard.
India to buy 10,000 EVs: The Indian government in Delhi decided to turn to local Tata Motors to supply 10,000 electric cars following its successful bid in a tender that saw Mahindra and Nissan partake as well. The new EV will be used to replace government cars over the next four to five years but can only mark a starting point given that India’s official fleet incorporates about half a million vehicles. Tata Motors will supply the EVs in two phases to the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a branch of the Ministry of Power, that expects the first 500 units this November. To fulfil the contract, Tata wants to start producing the compact sedan Tigor with electric motor at its Sanand plant in Gujarat.
economictimes.indiatimes.com, reuters.com, indiatimes.com (Tigor)
Biggest H2 bus order to date: 30 fuel cell buses and two hydrogen filling stations worth a total funding of 13m euros have been granted to Cologne’s public transport agency RKV through the federal programme NOW. It will pay 7.4m euros with the other 5.6m euros coming through the EU’s JIVE project. Once the buses will go into service by 2019, RKV will operate one of the biggest fuel cell bus fleets in Europe, especially as there is an option for another ten such vehicles.
rvk.de (in German)
Electric buses roam Edinburgh since bus operator Lothian Buses has put its first electric coaches into service on October 1. The six buses run through the Scottish city’s central air quality management area. Lothian Buses ordered six Street Air buses from Wrightbus for worth 2·7m pounds. These are fitted with 300 kWh batteries that will be charged overnight. There will be five more electric buses added to the fleet next year when the Service 1 will become the first fully electric route.
Park, charge and pay: Wirecard, a digital payment solutions provider has linked up with evopark to connect their services. In the future they hope to also offer payment for EV charging services.
Great Britain, Tritium, Renault-Nissan, Volvo Buses, Cologne.
Charging at service stations by law: Great Britain wants to oblige service station providers to install EV charging points. This claim is part of a new law for electrified and autonomous vehicles, announced during the course of the traditional “Queen’s Speech” in parliament.
Big deal for Tritium: The Australian quick charging manufacturer says to have won a tender of utility Stromnetz Hamburg. Tritium has until October to supply 52 units of its quick-charger Vefill, that provides a 11kW AC output and is compatible with CHAdeMO and CCS.
Autonomous EV sharing by Renault-Nissan: The Franco-Japanese alliance wants to build up ride sharing services with self-driving EVs. Ogi Redzic, head of Renault-Nissan’s Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services division said, this new business line shall kick-off “certainly within 10 years.”
Volvo’s biggest electric bus order to date has been handed in by Swedish Malmö. The city ordered 13 Volvo 7900 Electric that shall roll on Malmö’s streets by late 2018. According to Volvo, this is the biggest individual order for the 7900 Electric it ever received.
Europe’s biggest cargo bike sharing: Green Moves Rheinland, a subsidiary of eco energy provider Naturstrom, wants to kick-off the biggest rental programme for electric cargo bikes in Europe, namely in Cologne. Donk-EE will be presented at June, 28 with further details to follow only afterwards.
presseportal.de (in German)
Cologne, New York, Workhorse, BYD, Bengaluru.
Diesel ban in Cologne: The city at the Rhine river joins the growing number of cities that will prevent diesel vehicles from entering. Cologne however goes a bit further and announced that not only diesel but all petrol-driven cars are a thing of the past and must expect to be banned too, in the long-term. Details on measures will be published this summer but the head of the city’s department of environment, Harald Rau, said a congestion charge could be implemented in less than three years.
express.de (in German)
EV initiative in NY: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive EVs and public education. The projects will start immediately and will include 450 charging stations.
The pick-up remains a firm favourite in the USA, where Workhorse reports growing interest for its electric version of the iconic vehicle. The e-pick-up truck W-15 registered 2,150 letters of intent to date. Workhorse wants to build the W-15 in its Indiana plant with and annual capacity of 60,000.
BYD launch in Korea: The Chinese manufacturer presented eBUS-12 for the first time in Korea. The electric bus has a range of 250 km thanks to its lithium-iron phosphate battery, which is said to last for 4,000 charge cycles rather than the usual 1,500. More than 50 major bus operators attended the launch.
150 electric buses are destined to serve in Bengaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Arrival is due in September. If the electric coaches are a success, more may be acquired, again with the help of the federal government.
EU directive, London, Cologne, PlugSurfing, Ola.
EU calls for more chargers: Earlier reports had already suggested it, now it’s black on white. With its “winter package,” the EU published a directive calling for a place to plug in at at least 10 percent of parking spots of new commercial buildings from 2025. Residential buildings with more than ten parking stalls will be required to at least put in place the necessary wiring for EV chargers.
tagesspiegel.de (in German)
E-buses for London: Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that all new single-deck buses purchased for the city centre after 2018 will be all-electric. Moreover, from then on, no new double-deckers with a pure diesel drivetrain will hit the roads of the British capital.
Electric travel in Cologne: Since Saturday, all buses travelling on the around seven km long line 133 are electric. The eight bendy buses now in service have a range of 90 km, more than first expected, though they won’t travel more than 45 km on one charge. Charging will take place at the first and last stop of the line.
presseportal.de (in German)
PlugSurfing in France: Thanks to a cooperation with Sodetrel, PlugSurfing users are now able to charge at an additional 700 EV chargers in France. Sodetrel has set up the so-called ‘Corri Door,’ a fast-charging network along French motorways that is part of a larger network across 16 countries.
One million EV wish: Masayoshi Son, head of SoftBank, the biggest investor in Uber opponent Ola, wants to offer Ola drivers one million in India produced EVs to use for free. He added that “this is a wish and not a commitment yet,” as local and central governments as well as Ola need to first agree on terms for the project to take off.
London, Volta Industries, California, eMotorWerks, Cologne.
Bolloré coming to London for real: Tomorrow, the head of the Parisian electric car sharing firm, Vincent Bolloré, will unveil a righthand-drive version of the EV in London. Here, the usually blue cars will come in “double-decker red.” Bolloré intends to introduce 3,000 electric cars to share and 6,000 charge points in London until 2018, the Evening Standard reports. The first 50 Bolloré or “Boris cars” will be ready to be shared by Britains at the start of 2016.
Free charging funded: Volta Industries is working with “socially responsible brands” and has thus built up a network of 100 charging stations in 5 cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Honolulu) where charging is offered for free. The company has now secured 7.5 million dollars in funding to expand its operations.
2 million dollars of funding are waiting for landlords and small business owners in California willing to install EV charging stations. The ‘Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing’ programme offers a rebate of up to 15 percent of the cost to install charging stations.
Solar EV charging: eMotorWerks together with Slingshot Power will start to offer a solar package for EV charging. Slingshot Power customers will receive a free JuiceBox Pro 40, a charging station from eMotorWerks. The bundle comes with various financing options.
The 100th charging station by RheinEnergie has now taken up its service in German Cologne. The station can be found in front of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) where it can be used not only by DLR employees but the public alike. The energy comes from 100% renewables.
rheinenergie.com (in German)
Linde, Cologne, Gujarat, Canada, Mitsubishi UK.
Austrian H2 pumps: Linde has started a small-series production of hydrogen fuelling stations which feature their energy-efficient ionic compressor IC90. The facility in Vienna will make 50 units per year. 28 of these H2 stations have already been sold to the Iwatani Corporation with the first put in service in Japan.
Cologne to get e-bus: Cologne’s public transport (KVB) acquired eight electric buses by VDL Bus & Coach. The 18-metre bendy buses are set to be delivered in the second half of 2015. The government of North Rhine-Westphalia will help finance the six million-euro project. KVB is one of the first companies in Germany to employ battery-electric articulated buses.
newstix.de (in German)
Gujarat to get electric bus: The government of the Indian state plans to electrify public transport service between the state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. State-owned Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) is now looking for private investors to be able to purchase between 15 and 40 electric mini buses as well as charging infrastructure.
The first Canadian Supercharger stands in Squamish, BC and has just been opened. Tesla identified “Priority Routes” in Western and Eastern Canada, connecting major cities like Toronto and Montreal or Vancouver and Whistler, and hopes to begin construction in Toronto this month already.
Electric car specialists: More than half (60%) of Mitsubishi dealers in the UK have signed up to become a ‘company car specialists’ targeting business customers. The scheme’s importance has been increased by the arrival of the Outlander PHEV and training includes sessions on tax benefits.
UK, Cologne, Tesla, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Underspent or over-funded: The uptake of electric cars in the UK is slower than expected even with generous incentives being available. If growth of EV sales remains at the current rate, roads minister Robert Goodwill will have to make good use of the 170 million pounds (284m dollars) unspent in the government’s EV scheme ending 2015.
Articulated e-bus: The city of Cologne, Germany, plans to order eight e-buses from Dutch manufacturer VDL by April. As they require a bendy bus currently not available on the market, the agreement expects VDL to customize their offer for Cologne’s public transport authority KVB. Before the buses can be built and go into service by 2016, KVB will have to decide if to opt for lead or lithium batteries.
rundschau-online.de (In German)
Tesla pricing Hong Kong: Chinese living in the “Special Administration Region” will get their Model S cheaper than consumers in mainland China. With prices similar to the U.S., ranging from 579,000 to 657,000 HK-dollars (74,700-84,700 USD), Tesla has already received 300 orders from Hong Kong.
New e-bus: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will supply two electric buses to Kitakyushu, Japan. The extra light buses come with new MLIX batteries and are said to run up to 80 kilometres on one charge at a top speed of 85 km/h.