Denmark aiming for decarbonisation of transport
The Danish government presented a new climate action plan with 38 measures, among them the previously leaked ban on the sales of all ICEs by 2030 and hybrid cars by 2035. In addition, the Danes will electrify their entire taxi and bus fleet by 2030 and are ready to spend millions.Weiterlesen
Electric bendy-buses coming to Copenhagen
Arriva Danmark has turned to VDL to order 21 electric buses. Model Citea SLFA-180 Electric is the first articulated e-bus ever to arrive in Denmark and will serve in Copenhagen starting in December 2019. Moreover, the order presents a milestone for VDL.Weiterlesen
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Copenhagen to switch to all-electric harbour buses
The city of Copenhagen has set aside 10 million kroner to electrify their entire fleet of harbour ferries. The iconic water taxis in EV form will be launched in Copenhagen Harbour by 2020, and ticket prices will stay the same, says the city.Weiterlesen
Siemens HPC chargers for electric buses in Denmark
Siemens has signed an agreement with Denmark’s largest public transportation operator, Movia, for the delivery of fast-charging stations with pantograph for electric buses. 45 communities stand to benefit from the contract and is one of Siemens biggest eBus orders ever.Weiterlesen
150 kW charger by Clean Charge Solutions live in Copenhagen
CleanCharge Solutions ApS have set up a 150 kW quick charger in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn district together with By&Havn. The station is located in a parking garage and part of Hubject’s Intercharge roaming network.Weiterlesen
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Montreal, UPS, Copenhagen, GreenPower, Pinellas County.
Electric taxi fleet: 50 electric cabs will start taking passengers in Montreal in mid-November. The pilot is run by start-up Taxelco, that bought the city’s second-biggest cab operator and plans to electrify the entire 500-strong fleet. Taxis, including Teslas, Kia Soul EV and Nissan Leaf, can be hailed via app.
Electric delivery fleet: UPS has received 18 electric trucks built by Workhorse specifically for stop-and-go operations postal service entails. The E-100 delivery vehicles that were purchased with the support of the DoE, local governments and non-profits, will serve in the Houston-Galveston area.
Copenhagen is to test lightweight electric buses from summer 2016 as two buses built by Finnish Linkker will serve on route 3A over two years. Rapid charging technology by Dutch Schunk/Heliox can partially recharge the buses in less than three minutes with electricity sponsored by E.ON.
Electric school buses: Canadian GreenPower signed a letter of intent to deliver a total of 20 electric school buses to Adomani. Delivery is due within a year’s time.
Hybrid bus fleet: As another seven hybrid buses join the fleet of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) in Florida, it grows to 68 in total. Comes next year, the transport provider will consider to add a number of purely electric vehicles as well in its overall fleet of 200.
Latvia, Israel, Copenhagen, USA.
Latvia latches on TEN-T: 235 EV charging stations will be erected in the Baltic state by 2022, if the Ministry of Transport gets its will. 60 of those are to be provided through the EU’s TEN-T programme and will line Latvia’s main roads by 2020. Another 175 charging stations, located within 50 km from each other, will follow by mid-2022, connecting smaller roads to the EV network.
Israel to clear the air: The city of Haifa plans to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ), the first of its kind in the country. In a first step, heavy vehicle traffic within the LEZ would be restricted. The Environment Ministry plans to spend 330 million NIS (about 87m dollars) on the project that now has to be approved by the cabinet.
Danish DriveNow update: BMW’s car sharing service together with Arriva will reportedly let 400 i3 loose in Copenhagen this September. Also on board is Danish travel card provider Rejsekort and energy utility E.on. The former will supply the keycard for the electric BMW.
Joint efforts: California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia are teaming up with provinces in the West Coast Electric Fleets initiative, a project by Pacific Coast Collaborative. The programme aims at the electrification of public and business fleets in the whole region.
Copenhagen, Paris, Malacca, Amman, Nottingham.
Copenhagen soon fully charged: Utility E.ON says it will install an additional 100 EV charging stations in the Danish capital. The network will thus include 600 stations at 125 locations by September. Copenhagen claims to become a carbon-neutral city by 2025. Outside the city, however, only 1,000 EV charging stations can be found in the country.
Paris is testing Solaris: Parisian public transport provider RATP is testing the Urbino 12 electric bus by Solaris over the coming months. The testing is part of Paris’ plan to electrify its 4,500-strong bus fleet by 2025. Further testing of buses from other providers will follow (we reported).
Malacca goes e-bus: The historic Malaysian city is putting two electric buses into service this August. They will first serve tourists hopping on and off to visit the city’s sites. The fleet will grow to 40 electric buses before the end of the year.
Amman sun-charged: The capital of Jordan announced plans to install about ten solar-powered EV charging station this year already. They will be set up by Net Energy, a company owned by a Jordanian entrepreneur based in the Silicon Valley. An agreement with Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has been signed.
Campus charged up: The University of Nottingham acquired nine Kangoo ZE. The electric Renault vans will be used by staff members and make up about 15% of the fleet. Public EV charging stations have been installed on campus with more being planned.
Copenhagen, Salzburg, USF, UNC Charlotte, Motiv Power Systems.
Underground maintenance electrified: Metro Service, that operates Copenhagen’s subway, already uses five Citroën Berlingo Electrique for servicing the network. Metro now acquired another three Nissan e-NV 200 and has installed its own 50-kW fast charging station in the Danish capital.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), clever.dk (in Danish)
Touring with pedelecs: The Austrian city of Salzburg will open a new cycle track specifically designed for electric bicycles in May. Somewhat counterintuitively called Slow Bike, the trail runs through and around the town and crosses the border to Bavaria. Along the mountainous path, electric cyclists find charging and rental stations for pedelecs as well as information on the surrounding area.
emobilitaetonline.de, slow-bike-tour.com (both in German)
Campus charging I: The University of South Florida is to install seven fast charging station in the Tampa Bay area. The first one will go up at the St. Petersburg (USFSP) campus next month and was donated by Nissan and Duke Energy. The charging stations will be open to the public and customers will be charged 30 cents per kilowatt used.
Campus charging II: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) has been granted 64,000 dollars for two Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Projects. 52,000 dollars will be used to erect 20 charging stations on campus while 12,000 dollars are to fund a battery monitoring pilot programme for low speed electric vehicles.
Electric Ford commercial vans: AmeriPride has placed an order for six Ford F59 with all-electric powertrains by Motiv Power Systems. The walk-in vans provide up to 100 miles of range on a single charge and will be utilized in Fresno, California.
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BMW, York, Copenhagen, Burlingame, Telefonix.
Electrified shuttle service: BMW and hotel chain Fairmont in Beijing have signed cooperation. For the coming three months, hotel guests can use the i3-shuttles for a ride to the airport or to tour parts of the city.
Seeing electric: The city of York has electrified its diesel sightseeing buses. Moreover, it claims to now have the only double-decker gone electric worldwide. The was converted by Sheffield-based Magtec and uses lithium-ion batteries that allow for all-day operation without recharging.
No electric Car2go for Copenhagen: The carsharing service will kick-off in the Danish capital on September 17th. It is the first Scandinavian city to get Daimler’s carsharing scheme. Unfortunately, the 200 Smart cars will all be petrol-powered. Too bad, since Copenhagen has quite some charging infrastructure.
Two charging points for Burlingame: The Californian city will soon get two dual cord Level-2 EV charging stations by ChargePoint. These will be installed by REJ Electric on city-owned property, in the city’s downtown area. Because there was no power available at the selected site, the installation costs total 49,363 dollars.
Telefonix focuses efficiency: The company’s L2 PowerPost has now received UL approval. It is a low-current Level-2 charging station, designed especially for commercial use and long-term parking. It is also said to be more cost efficient than other stations, since it only charges with 20 amps, which allows for the installation of more stations with a given electrical supply.
Freight EVs, Renovo Coupe, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.
Download tip: E-Mobility NSR has published three “action plans” for the cities of Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Hamburg on how to support the use of electric light freight vehicles for the last mile.
All on e-mobility-nsr.eu, Amsterdam (PDF), Copenhagen (PDF), Hamburg (PDF)
Video tip: Chris Heiser is the CEO of Renovo. The Silicon Valley start up has now introduced its electric Renovo Coupe which is the main act in this Yahoo Autos video interview.
Panamera review: Richard Lane looks at the hybrid Porsche to see if it is “worth the premium” compared to a Tesla Model S. However, the hybrid Panamera’s electric mode only really applies in urban areas were it then unfolds its “truly wraith-like qualities” but only for a very limited range.
Qatar, Orange EV, Copenhagen, UK.
Electric bike-sharing in Qatar: Students and staff at the Qatar Foundation in Education City will have access to the pedelecs, providing them transportation around campus. Initially, 60 units will be placed at 19 stations. Before beginning to pedal, the user must pass a cycling test.
Orange EV gets stamp of approval: The company’s T-series electric terminal truck has qualified for the Drive Clean Chicago programme with cash subsidies ranging from 45,000 to 75,000 dollars. Orange EV strips diesel trucks of its core and electrifies them. According to the manufacturer, the e-trucks can haul the same load as its diesel-run cousins, while saving 90% in fuel costs.
No more Tesla taxi in Copenhagen: Although Drivers and customers loved the smooth ride, the Model S was not able to compete with the normal taxis in terms of costs and reliability, according to Carsten Aastrup director of 4×48 TaxiNord. The Tesla will have to leave the taxi fleet after only one year of operation.
politiken.dk (in Danish)
Lorry levies in the UK had been introduced in April this year. The new regulation wants foreign lorries to pay levies when using UK roads. These amounted to 17 million pounds (28.4m dollars) in the first four months. The money raised is the equivalent of funding to operate 140,000 street lights for a year. Or it would be enough to pay the incentives for some 3,400 new electric vehicles, says FleetNews.
DoE, Nissan, Copenhagen, Alpiq E-Mobility.
Alternative fuels funding: The U.S. Department of Energy will grant 4.5 million dollars to innovative projects designed to increase the acceptance of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). Hydrogen and electric vehicles will have to share with natural gas and other fuel types while approaches addressing safety as well as training for first responders are eligible for funding.
Nissan meets Manchester City: The carmaker has signed a 5-year sponsorship agreement for the British football team’s portfolio of clubs which includes the Japanese F Marinos already sponsored by Nissan. For about 20 million pounds, the company’s logo will now also be seen on the back of Manchester City’s women team and Leafs be used at Man City’s training academy.
Copenhagen by e-bike: The BBC’s Lara Lewington tried the Danish capital’s public pedelec sharing for the Click technology show. The rental e-bikes, which can be booked via smartphone, come with an in-built tablet to help the user navigate via GPS and to find the next docking station.
bbc.co.uk (with video)
Alpiq to serve Volvo: Alpiq E-Mobility has installed a Mennekes charging station at Volvo’s Swiss headquarter in Zurich and will supply other Swiss branches of the carmaker. The cooperation includes the deployment of Mennekes’ home chargers to Swiss buyers of the Volvo V60 plug-in.
alpiq-intec.ch (in German)
Nissan, ChargePoint, INEES, National Parks, Copenhagen.
Public charging simplified: Nissan will introduce the EZ Charge card which will give Leaf owners access to chargers on four networks: Aerovironment, Blink (now operated by Car Charging), ChargePoint, and NRG eVgo. Additionally, Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” promotion has been expanded and will allow new Leaf owners in now 25 states to charge their cars for free in the first two years.
greencarreports.com (charge card), green.autoblog.com (free charging)
ChargePoint partnership: Every new Cadillac ELR now comes with the charge card from ChargePoint charging network included. Drivers can immediately sign up for the service and get access to 16,500 charging stations.
EV swarm intelligence: INEES is a new project testing how electric cars could work as energy storage in a smart grid. A trial with 20 VW e-Up has now been started in Berlin. SMA Solar Technology AG has developed a wallbox that is able to charge and discharge the e-Up through the CCS outlet. Green utility provider Lichtblick will control the system with, what they call, ‘Schwarmstrom’ (swarm energy). Participants can decide via app on their smartphone, how much energy they want to feed back into the grid to gain credits.
iwr.de (in German)
National Parks to go greener: In a joint effort, the DoE and National Park Service (NPS) announced nine new projects to introduce clean vehicles to nine of the 13 nature reserves in America. Vehicles include electric and hybrids but also other forms of alternative fuel solutions.
Clever charging: The Danish e-mobility provider CLEVER will install another eleven 22 kW charging stations in Copenhagen. By summer, a total of 29 CLEVER chargers are set to supply the EVs of the Danish capital. In total, Clever is operating about 110 charging stations throughout Denmark.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), clever.dk (in Danish)
Aberdeen, Copenhagen, London.
H2 buses for Aberdeen: The Scottish city has taken delivery of the first four of ten hydrogen-powered buses. The buses from Belgian company Van Hool are equipped with fuel cells from Ballard Power Systems. The 19-million pounds (31m dollars) project received funding by the EU, the UK and the Scottish Government, as well as a broad range of private sector partners.
New range record for BYD: In Copenhagen one of the BYD electric buses currently on trial in various European cities, achieved to go 325 kilometres (202 miles) on a single charge. Two of the electric buses have been in service in the Danish capital since January and were specially equipped to handle the rigours of the Scandinavian winter.
No charging in London: A recent piece in the Sunday Times stated that 69% of all charging points in London had not been used in six months. Transport Evolved looks at possible causes and names five reasons why charging stations in London and in other cities are not being used as much as they could be.
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Who needs GPS to get you where you’re going when you have this – a cargo bike with an integrated city map of Copenhagen? So far, only one of these exists. And the map is not for the rider. Owner Mikael Colville-Andersen developed it, so he can help point tourists in the right direction. He did not mention, however, if he’d also be willing to transport them to the destination – it is a cargo bike, after all.