Rental car company Hertz announced a new public-private partnership called Hertz Electrifies in the USA. Starting in Denver, Colorada, Hertz aspires to work with US mayors to bring thousands of electric cars and data-based infrastructure into American cities as part of a larger scheme.
Rivian announced opening the first three sites in its “Adventure Network” today. The US EV maker finally installed charging stations near National Parks and recreational areas in Colorado and California in an attempt to brand an adventurous lifestyle supported by its electric pick-up trucks.
In the USA, EV charging network ChargePoint has just announced the completion of the first of six fast-charging corridors in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office. Corridor A runs along Highway 40 from Boulder to Dinosaur near the Utah border.
In the last couple of days, two new large orders for electric buses have been made public in the USA. Nova Bus, which is part of the Volvo Group, has received its largest electric bus order to date from Houston in Texas. New Flyer of America, part of the NFI Group, is to deliver 17 […]
Tesla has acquired Colorado-based battery start-up SiILion, according to a new patent for a silicon-based battery anode. Tesla is also planning a new factory in Canada to build battery production facilities.
Ricardo and Lightning eMotors have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to deploy electric vehicles in the UK. The US electric retrofitting company will produce powertrains and other elements that Ricardo will then install in commercial vehicles in the UK.
In the US state of Colorado, utility company Xcel Energy has announced a new pilot for customers of five major automakers to charge their EVs at times when renewable energy production is high and demand on the energy grid is low.
The US solid-state battery specialist Solid Power, backed by Ford and BMW, has announced a second production facility in Thornton in the US state of Colorado. The main purpose of the plant is to produce solid electrolyte material.
The US company Colorado Teardrops is introducing a camping trailer specially designed for use with electric cars. The trailer called Boulder also has 75 kWh of battery capacity that can be used to charge the electric car’s battery while stationary.
The American manufacturer Bye Aerospace has received two orders for its eight- to nine-seat electric aircraft eFlyer 800 – both of which have already been deposited with deposits. In addition, Bye Aerospace is further developing the four-seat eFlyer 4.
The US battery and fuel cell truck developer Nikola has significantly expanded its sales and service in the US. The cooperation with five new independent dealers adds 51 new locations in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland.
Colorado regulators approved Xcel Energy’s $110 million transportation electrification plan, which aims to install up to 20,000 charging stations across the state by 2023, as well as provide rebates for EV purchasing, and to help manage the new charging load.
Commercial electric vehicle supplier Lightning Systems continues to grow and expand its operations. With more than $32 million in pending orders from commercial and government fleets, the company is more than tripling the size of its manufacturing, research and development facility in Loveland, Colorado.
In the USA, Colorado-based company, Echo3 Energy is introducing the Echo3, an electric three-wheeler. The light electric vehicle is being pitched as a supplementary vehicle for shorter trips and commutes.
EV powertrain developer Lightning Systems has just announced Lightning Mobile, a mobile DC fast charger for electric vehicles. The mobile fast charger can be quickly deployed to provide fast roadside charging to support the operation of electric fleet commercial vehicles.
Washington State has become the twelfth state to adopt tighter emissions standards in the face of the new laxer laws brought in by the Trump administration, following the example of California. Four more states are about to do the same.
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.
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.
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.
Denver aka the Mile High City, a name it owes both its location in the Rocky Mountains and its lax legislation of Cannabis, has got a new service in town. Uber-owned Jump Bikes has let loose 250 e-bikes. Their number is to double next year.
VW has followed its plan to present its electric supercar and has unwrapped the I.D. R Pikes Peak on Sunday with testing commencing today. The light racer is built for one purpose, or rather peak alone.
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. fleetpoint.org, electrek.co
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. bloomberg.com
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. denverite.com
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. eon.com, bbj.hu
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. seenews.com
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. kktv.com
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. charinev.org
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. truckinginfo.com
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. endurance-info.com
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. borgwarner.com
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. siemens.com
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. dailycamera.com
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. prweb.com
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. electrek.co
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. greencarcongress.com, ngtnews.com
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. greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
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). electriccarsreport.com
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. fleetnews.co.uk, trl.co.uk
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)
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. electrek.co
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. greencarreports.com
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. greencarcongress.com, ngtnews.com
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. timescall.com
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. marinij.com
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. logisticsmanager.com, rail.dbschenker.co.uk
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. niagaraadvance.ca
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. denverpost.com
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. scpr.org