R&D break-through: Tesla battery making looks likely
Jeff Dahn and his team, who carry out battery research for Tesla, have published test results for a new battery cell that could have a life of 1 million miles (1.6 million km) and thus be suitable for Tesla’s planned robo taxis. At the same time, Tesla battery cell manufacturing appears to be well underway.
USA: Colorado awards grants for alternative fuel buses
The Colorado Department of Transportation is awarding nearly $14 million in grants from its share of a Volkswagen settlement to help six local transit agencies replace 28 ageing diesel-powered buses with alternative fuel buses, including 24 battery-powered buses plus related charging equipment.
Denver police car swankier than usual
In Denver, Colorado, police have been driving around in a Tesla Model S for a couple of years before hardy local journalists finally found out where it came from: The car had been confiscated during an illegal marijuana bust.
ChargePoint Services, London, Tesla, Colorado.
Gas to charge: British ChargePoint Services (not U.S. ChargePoint) and Motor Fuel Group (MFG) have signed a partnership deal for the roll-out of EV charging across their UK network that spans 413 petrol stations. Not only did MFG included all its stations in the deal but will also install DC fast-charging with 50 kW or more. Given the less than 1,000 DC stops in the UK, this means almost a 50 percent increase.
Green taxi ranks in Central London: The City of London is looking at new taxi stands reserved for electric cabs. The planning proposals are due to be updated this October but it is safe to say that cabbies switching to fully electric may soon have some prime spots to charge and wait for clients.
Tesla to go to Tyrol: Austria’s third largest state may soon welcome Tesla on its pastures as the EV maker is looking to open a workshop and store in Thaur near Innsbruck. While nothing has been made official yet, the hunt for employees is on and the future landlord confirmed that talks took place.
derstandard.at (in German)
69m from the VW diesel-gate settlement in the States will go to Colorado and the state plans to invest into EV incentives for businesses and the government and also charging infrastructure. 18m alone will also buy about 36 electric or alt fuel public transit buses. The plans are still being discussed.
E.ON, eMobility International, Colorado, CCS.
E.On eager on e-mobility: The utility founded a new e-mobility division. It is to set up EV charging infrastructure and service across Europe together with partners. A first cooperation exists with Hungary, where E.On will supply infrastructure together with ABB. Over the last months, E.On has also begun to electrify its 4.500 strong fleet as it acquired 150 electric vehicles.
500 charge points will be installed in Bulgaria and neighbouring countries like Greece by the end of 2017. The plan for the SEE region goes back to Sofia-based eMobility International, which now operates its platform Eldrive in partnership with Finland’s Fortum Charge & Drive.
2,000 mile EV corridor: Colorado, Utah and Nevada will make plans for an interstate network of EV charging stations together. The charging corridor will connect over 2,000 miles of highway as it will line the Interstates 15, 25, 70, 76 and 80.
ISO/IEC testing symposium: Charging infrastructure, manufacturers and technology providers came together in South Korea to prove compliance to the ISO/IEC15118, DIN 70121, SAE J2847/2 standards. They tested hardware and software so engineers fine tuned their products under real life conditions.
Colorado, GT racing series, BorgWarner, Siemens.
Inductive charging on the go: The Colorado Department of Transportation and private Partners want to fit highway segments and the trucks with a coil transmission and reception system, essentially allowing for wireless charging while driving. Construction could begin as early as 2018.
Model S on the tracks: The world’s first electric GT racing series announced that its electric racer called V2.0 Car will in fact be a Tesla Model S P100D. It gives the series quite a power upgrade, as previous developments were based on the Model S P85 with rear-wheel drive.
BorgWarner will supply its turbocharging technology for hybrid cars from BYD, namely the 1.5 and 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engines in the Qin, Yuan, Tang and Song. The water-cooled technology is said to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Electric world climb record: Siemens’ plane Extra 330LE set a new record for time to climb, reaching a 3,000 metre altitude in just four minutes and 22 seconds. The plane’s electric drivetrain weighs just 50 kilos and has an output of 260 kW. Siemens expects first electrically powered passenger airplanes with a range of up to 1,000 km to take over the sky from 2030.
UK, ADEME, Colorado, Greenspot, Tesla.
Modern Transport Bill: British Department for Transport has started a consultation for its Modern Transport Bill. This includes electric transport and suggests the introduction of standards, smart charging as well as the installation of charging stations in park garages and at large service stations. To foster e-mobility is one declared aim of the legislation.
energylivenews.com, newcivilengineer.com, gov.uk
French infrastructure scheme ADEME will run until March 2016. It primarily looks to finance EV charging infrastructure in yet uncoverd areas and with long-term parking. The programme further aims at municipalities and recognised energy unions and finances up to 50% of cost with a cap at 3,000 euros.
avere-france.org (in French)
EV charging in Boulder County: The town of Lafayette opened another public charging station, the fourth in the city. All four stations have been funded through the Charge Ahead Colorado grant programme that bore 80 percent of cost with the remaining 20% coming from the County.
Charging Jersey City: Greenspot, an infrastructure provider, has introduced ten EV charging stations that serve its EV sharing in Jersey City, New Jersey. The latter is done in partnership with GM’s Maven so expect to see some Bolt charging there soon.
Kiwis get Tesla storage: Vector, an utility in New Zealand, opened a grid-scale Tesla Powerpack installation. The Californians delivered 24 Powerpacks for a 1MW/ 2.3MWh system, which is located in a suburb of Auckland. The utiliy deems it the biggest installation in the Asia/Pacific region.
California, Colorado, CarConnect, Fastned.
The Charge Ready programme is good to go. The pilot will see the utility reportedly build as many as 1,500 EV charging stations at spots where EVs are parked for an extended period of time. Participants will own, operate and maintain the stations, while SCE takes care of the supporting electrical infrastructure for free. SCE hopes to get California’s approval to build 30,000 such spots after the trial’s completion.
SCE is not alone in its endeavour to electrify California. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) says it will invest 7.5m dollars in a campaign designed to inspire EV uptake over the next five years. The promotion complements the utility’s plan to install a network of 3,500 EV charging stations in the state.
Extra incentive: Colorado adds 5,000 dollars to the existing 7,500 federal tax incentive for EV buyers. The tax credit is assignable to a car dealer or finance company and can thus effectively be turned into a point of sale incentive. The initiative was supported by Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP).
Harmonised home charging: British CarConnect seeks to understand how plug-in electric vehicles charge at home in harmony with the grid. Funded through the Network Innovation Allowance, the project shall prevent costly changes to existing infrastructure and will serve as testbed for V2G technology.
Harmonised roaming: Fastned cooperates with The New Motion. The TNM charge card can now be used at all Fastned quick-charging stations once the number of the card is entered in the Fastned app.
thenewmotion.com (in Dutch)
Tesla Gigafactory, Grabbing used EVs.
Video tip: The only thing more impressive than the Tesla Gigafactory is a time-lapse video of its construction. The video spans from July 2014 to March 2016, though the factory is still under construction.
Reading tip: One car dealer in Boulder, Colorado, is grabbing used electric cars in California and bringing them to the neighboured state. Some EVs, like the Chevy Spark EV and Fiat 500e, are particularly popular, as they are common in California but rare in Colorado.
StreetScooter, New York, Montreal, Colorado, California.
Serial StreetScooter: After three years of testing, the StreetScooter by Deutsche Post has gone into serial production, Focus reports. The German mail service aims to produce 2,000 of the electric vehicles this year and will successively replace its fleet of 30,000 delivery vehicles. According to electrive.com sources, the StreetScooter will become available to other companies as well, with the exception of direct competitors.
focus.de (in German)
New York electrifies: The U.S. state has launched an incentive programme that includes rebates of up to 2,000 dollars for EVs and PHEVs. Local governments receive up to 5,000 dollars. The scheme also provides for charging stations, as New York aims to have 800,000 zero-emission vehicles in on the road by 2025.
eany.org, nrdc.org, poststar.com
Montreal powered by Nissan: The Canadian city has entered a framework agreement over 2 years with Cité Nissan Gabriel SEC to deliver Nissan Leafs for the municipal fleet. The agreement is part of Montreal’s electrification strategy that includes the installation of up to a 1,000 charging stops by 2020.
Local price breaks: Boulder County, Colorado, introduced its own EV benefits that offer discounts for the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3. With up to 12,000 dollars in federal and tax incentives and the programme’s 8,000 dollar discount the price of a Leaf is down to 12,000 dollars, while the i3 will cost only about 25,500 dollars.
Hybrid buses in California: Marin County Transit District purchases ten hybrid buses from manufacturer Gillig LLC for 7.7m dollars. The buses are set for delivery for next year and will join the existing fleet of 18 diesel-electric buses.
UK, DB Schenker, Colorado, California.
Plug-in car grant extended: The UK Government announced that the current plug-in car grant scheme will continue to offer motorists up to 5,000 pounds off the price of an PEV until at least February 2016, for all vehicle categories. The government previously indicated that grant levels would be reviewed once 50,000 vehicles had been sold, a milestone expected to be reached in November this year.
airqualitynews.com, electriccarsreport.com, businessgreen.com
DB Schenker Rail to introduce EVs? Railway cargo carrier DB Schenker Rail is currently trialling a Nissan electric van at different depots to explore the possibility of replacing elements of its UK fleet with fully electric vehicles.
Overload avoidance: 15 families living in the Canadian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake will receive a Nissan Leaf to help develop new technology for charging stations. The use of the EVs is part of a yearlong pilot project that will provide information about car-charging overloading transformers, and how to prevent it.
Discounted EVs in Colorado: Boulder County has launched its Solar Benefits Colorado program. It offers homeowners a 15 percent discount on solar rooftop systems and 8,300 dollars off the cost of a Nissan Leaf.
Burbank charges up: The Californian city of Burbank has added 16 new EV charging stations as an extension of the 11 chargers that were placed in the city in 2011.
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.
California, Colorado, EV charging stations, Dorset, New Zealand.
Inclusive EV scheme: The California Air Resources Board is starting a new EV incentive programme for people of low income in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley. The pilot offers up to 12,000 dollars to those who hand in their old gas guzzlers in exchange of a low or zero emission vehicle. The lower the income and the cleaner the car, the higher the incentive.
Colorado is similarly generous as it now ruled that the states 6,000-dollar rebate can also be applied to used EVs, as long as they have not claimed the incentive before. Add to that the 7,500-dollar government rebate and an electric car could become 13,500 dollars cheaper.
Infrastructure pays off: The global market for EV chargers is expected to grow more than 12-fold within the next few years, analysts of IHS suggest. Their forecast sees demand to climb from one million units in 2014 to 12.7 million units in 2020.
Rapid charging in UK: The first of a total of 18 fast chargers has been installed in Dorset as part of a 900,000-pound grant from the Department of Transport. It is powered by solar power. Also the Cotswold District has now erected two Siemens DC-charging stations close to the motorway.
bbc.co.uk (Dorset), Cotswold info via email
Electric delivery in NZ: The New Zealand Post has started a trial with fully electric delivery vehicles in Taranaki and New Plymouth. The 20 EVs combine the delivery of letters and parcels and are allowed to drive on the footpath with 10 kph. In Plymouth, 40 electric three-wheelers reach a speed of up to 45 kph.
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