Delhi, Hyperloop, battery swapping, Amazon, Go Ultra Low, Proterra.
Delhi welcomes electrification: The Indian capital has reduced VAT on hybrid and electric cars as well as e-rickshaws from 12.5 to 5 percent with immediate effect. Delhi’s government further decided to launch 25 electric buses, which will likely be procured by July.
indiatimes.com (VAT), hindustantimes.com (electric buses)
Hyperloop hype: One of the start-ups hoping to make very high speed trains a reality has issued a global call for applications. Regions, projects, and really anyone is invited to make a case for the first Hyperloop location. Hyperloop One just collected 80m in funding. Germany’s railway company Deutsche Bahn is among the investors.
electrek.co, hyperloop-one.com (Global Challenge)
Battery swapping comeback? BAIC BJEV trials a strategy of replacing batteries rather than just charging them. It sees the idea as particularly useful for electric taxi applications, but also rental EV fleets. A first such swapping station has been erected in Beijing.
Electric delivery: Amazon expanded its electric cargo bike delivery service to Berlin. Prime customers can now receive their orders within one or two hours. The couriers ride pedelecs by Bullit and shall mainly deliver perishable goods in time.
ebike-news.de (in German)
Go Ultra Low Company is a new status awarded by the UK government initiative of the same name. Among the first 11 organisations to be recognised for their commitment to electrify up 5 percent of their fleet by 2020, were Microsoft, the London Fire Brigade, and the Environment Agency.
Though testing: Proterra’s Catalyst electric bus has undergone rigorous testing in the King County Metro Transit fleet. The electric bus was in service 24/7 for 106 days, transporting the equivalent of 97 passengers and driving an average 325 miles a day with stops at the rapid-charger in between.
insideevs.com (with video)
Toyota, Palermo, Leeds, Delhi, Nissan Leaf.
Toyota in Tokyo: Toyota has begun testing its two-wheeled electric Winglet on the roads of Tokyo’s Koto Ward. The Segway-style vehicle stands 1.2 m tall, weighs 20 kg, and can reach speeds up to 6 kph. Testing will continue through the end of March 2017, and the public will be given a chance to test drive the vehicle from April.
Palermo entrance fees: From today, Italian city of Palermo is introducing access fees for cars to city centre. Only Euro IV vehicles (or higher), as well as motorcycles and electric cars can enter the city free of charge.
Free permits for Leeds: A twelve-month free parking permit will be issued to people in Leeds who own ultra-low emissions cars and vans. The move is marketed as an incentive for those considering electric and hybrid cars to make the switch. Permits are only available to Leeds residents.
Delhi’s big incentives: The Delhi government enacted a slew of new EV incentives, cutting VAT on EV purchases from 12.5 to 5 percent, while subsidies for e-rickshaws have been doubled. Electric cars will also be exempted from road tax. The Karnataka government also eliminated all taxes on electric vehicles earlier this month.
Go LEAFs!: Four all-electric Nissan Leaf have been delivered to the Colorado State University fleet. Two will be used by housing and dining staff to travel to work events during the day, while the other two are specifically for the facilities’ management staff. Two training events were held with the help of community initiative Drive Electric Northern Colorado.
Delhi, E-Car Club, Dubai, SPIE & IBM, La Poste, Renault, Symbio FCell.
Delhi bets on e-bikes: Hero Electric is currently in talks with the Delhi government in order to offer 20 e-bikes at every metro station in the city. Moreover, manufacturer Ampere Vehicles will provide 50 e-bikes to a pizza delivery service in Delhi. The government will help fund the batteries and plans similar projects in the cities of Agra, Haridwar, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
E-Car Club expands: The UK’s all-electric car club wants to have more than 100 EVs available for hire soon. E-car club is poised to quadruple its fleet from 15 to 60 EVs and expects a further 50 to be deployed over the next six months across its locations in London, the South East, and the Midlands.
Dubai charges up: The United Arab Emirates’ biggest city kicks off construction of its charging infrastructure at the headquarters of Dubai Water and Electric Authority (Dewa). A total of 100 stations will be installed by April. Renault has already sold 75 Twizy there and plans to offer its Zoe soon as well.
Charging cooperation in France: SPIE, an installation and maintenance specialist for EV charging stations, joins forces with IBM to offer a comprehensive installation, operation and management service for charging stations in France. The stations will be managed via IBM’s Electric Vehicle Enabled Platform (EVEP), which will forward statistics about usage and service requests to operators.
Double the range: The French postal service will test the Maxity Electric by Renault Trucks for one year. It is fitted with fuel cell technology by Symbio FCell, which serves as a range extender. That allows the truck to go around 200 kilometres on one charge – doubling its usual range.
Cadillac, Tesla, Volkswagen, Delhi, ATVM, Toyota.
All electric Caddy on the way: Cadillac’s new CEO Johan de Nysschen confirmed that a successor to the ELR is being developed and that a plug-in hybrid version of the new CT6 sedan will be offered in late 2015. He also said that a pure electric car is part of the plan to expand Cadillac’s model range.
Details on Tesla’s big D: The new Model S P85D with dual motor setup will put out a whopping 508 kW and 931 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, while top speed sits at 155 mph. The D package costs an additional $14,600 for the P85 version, the “Tech Package with Autopilot” adds another $4,250. First deliveries of the P85D will start in December.
teslamotors.com, green.autoblog.com, youtube.com (Presentation), youtube.com (Test ride with Elon)
Volkswagen extends China JV: Volkswagen Group and its Chinese joint venture partner FAW are extending their current partnership for another 25 years, until 2041. In addition, VW and its second Chinese JV partner SAIC will be investing 100 million euros (126 million dollars) in a new proving ground in the Xinjiang region to test models from Shanghai Volkswagen
Delhi announces subsidies: To boost sales of EVs, the Delhi government has decided to provide the buyers of electric scooters and cars a 15 percent subsidy off the retail price. Customers will also benefit from a value-added tax (VAT) exemption and a 50 percent reduced road tax when buying EVs in Delhi.
DoE revives loan scheme: The U.S. Department of Energy plans to bring back its $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) programme and expects to soon grant its first loans since late 2011. This time, the focus will be on suppliers, as well as lightweight vehicle technology.
Toyota Prius+ makeover: The seven-seated Prius+ hybrid for the European market is getting its first facelift by the end of 2014 with a revised exterior as well as interior changes and more equipment. Prices are still to be announced.