Electrify America partners with Lyft in Denver
The Volkswagen subsidiary founded following the DieselGate scandal has announced an agreement with Lyft to supply the rideshare company’s Express Drive fleet with fast charging, as well as an investment in electric buses for a new route at UC Davis-Sacramento.
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.
Bye Aerospace’s first electric plane takes off
Bye Aerospace, or better, Hi electric flying, as the start-up’s Sun Flyer 2 has successfully managed its maiden flight. The two-seater electric plane runs on Li-ion batteries by LG Chem and is said to be capable to stay airborne for up to 3.5 hours.
Denver, Croove, Enel, Bury Council, Sri Lanka.
Diesel-gate to do good in Denver: Colorado’s capital will acquire 200 plug-in vehicles before the decade’s end as it replaces the city’s ageing fleet. It further hopes to invest part of the 61.3m dollars given to Colorado from the VW settlement fund in adding charging stations. The electric cars may be 80 percent funded by the Charge Ahead Colorado grant programme.
Mercedes car sharing open to all: Daimler launched a private car sharing app, which will go live in Munich at the beginning of next month. Croove is to be open to all brands and shall unite car owners with those wishing to hire. Mercedes calls it an “Air Bnb on wheels” and has connected the platform to its own payment platform already. Sharing is commercial once more.
Charging Austria and Italy will be Enel that has won a European tender to install 200 electric vehicle charging stations along the motorways. 20 will be erected in the Alpine republic with the rest destined to line the Italian highways. The project is to start within weeks.
finanzen.at (in German)
Clean move: Bury Council added two electric vans to its fleet, which already includes an electric sweeper and tipper for collecting litter. The EVs will be used by the street cleaning and disability services and replace diesel models. The council receives 5,000 GBP per EV from the UK government.
Carbon tax: Sri Lanka will reduce excise duty and subsidise interest rate on loans to buy electric vehicles with a power of less than 100 kW. The move is designed to replace rickshaws with electric ones, while a carbon tax will be imposed on vehicles other than electric cars and tractors. The initiative is limited to 1,000 units for now.
Aiport Cars, E-Lada, Chargemaster, Denver.
Electric pick-up: Taxi company Airport Cars, operating at the Gatwick airport in London, wants switch out its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid cars by 2020. The fleet currently consist of 250 vehicles and the company has ordered a first batch of Tesla Model S, which it will begin testing in 2017.
E-Lada to see the light? Recently, Russian company AvtoVAZ presented an electric version of the Russian cult car (we reported). Now, the national nuclear agency RosAtom seems ready to fund production by purchasing between 3,000 and 6,000 units, as well as promising to help set up infrastructure. But nothing is fix quite yet.
Funding E-Carsharing: The electric scheme in Chattanooga, Tennessee (we reported), has received 750,000 dollars in local funding from the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). It will therefore kick off with 20 Nissan Leaf and 20 chargers before the end of the month.
Free homecharger: New buyers of a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the UK will now receive a free Chargemaster Homecharger, including installation. The network also adds a POLAR Plus card to give the driver free access to chargers across the country for six months. The offer is valid until the end of the year, while chargers must be installed at home by January 31st, 2017.
More plugs at Denver airport: The Denver International Airport recently opened a new parking structure with more than 1,800 stalls. It also includes six EV chargers, while another ten could be added during the months of October. It total, there will be 36 places to plug in.
California, V2G charging, Hamburg, Denver.
Mega EV charging project: California utility Pacific Gas & Electric has submitted a proposal to set up another 7,500 AC and 100 DC chargers. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is said to announce its decision as early as Monday.
Bidirectional charging fleet: Utility Frederiksberg Forsyning has added ten Nissan 3-NV200 to its fleet in Copenhagen, as well as installed ten Enel V2G chargers. When the EVs are not in use, they can feed as much as 100 kW back into the grid.
Hamburg, a VW model city: The two partners have agreed that the German municipality will become “a model city for future, renewable and integrated urban mobility.” That includes new forms of transportation for people and goods, and emobility projects, such as the integration of more electric buses.
hamburg.de (in German)
Denver goes all-electric: The Colorado city will replace all of its 36 buses on the downtown pedestrian mall with electric ones. Charging will take place over night.
kdvr.com, cbslocal.com (with video)
Charging corridor, Swiftly, Volkswagen, Renault, Denver.
From Quebec to Main: Quebec, Canada, and Portland in Maine, U.S. are looking to build more EV charging stations between them. When finalised in summer, the corridor will see another 220 charging stations being added, thus connecting the Canadian and U.S. cities.
Electric trip planning: Urban transport app Swiftly includes the electric vehicles offered by Scoot Networks in San Francisco. Users can now compare travel time and price of the on-demand EVs with public transport, walking, cycling or even Uber.
Plug-in partner: After Volvo, Volkswagen is the second carmaker turning to Pod Point to supply British EV owners with home charging facilities. The EV infrastructure provider’s service also includes the installation of a charging station at the workplace.
Free home charger: Renault says it will stick with its UK offer. Every new Zoe customer will receive a fully-installed fast-charging wallbox (7 kW) free of charge. The British government changed its plug-in grant scheme, but electric vehicles continue to benefit from the highest level of support.
EV ready building: Denver’s new building code requires planners to accommodate for electric vehicle charging. Wiring has to be ready to charge electric cars in single homes and duplexes. The rule is also designed to also make it easier to renovate old homes rather than to demolish them.
Hamburg, KEBA, Denver, New York, Ohio.
Hamburg e-terminal: The terminal for electric buses in Hamburg is completed. It will become the first and last stop on the so-called ‘innovation line’ 109, as well as buses from lines 4 and 37, since the German city plans to continue to electrify those routes as well. A total of 12 buses can be prepared for service there at the same time.
newstix.de (in German), abendblatt.de (in German, with video)
KEBA presents new wallbox: The company will show its KeContact P30 wallbox at the IAA in Frankfurt later this month. The device has i.e. load balancing capabilities and can be integrated into smart homes. It will arrive on the market early next year.
Plug and fly: Denver International Airport has opened ten new AC Level 2 charging stations in the west parking garage, doubling the number of charging possibilities at the airport. The stations were partly financed by the Charge Ahead Colorado Electric Vehicle and Charging Station grant fund and are free to use. Parking fees, however, do apply.
NYC misses out on electrification: Since September 1st, the Nissan NV200 is the official taxi of the Big Apple. That is no spelling mistake – New York failed to go for the transporter’s electric variant. The ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ will make up 80 percent of the fleet, while the rest (!) are hybrids or wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Ohio University chargers: A total of ten EV charging stations are now online on campus. Two of them will be earmarked for a car-sharing program provided by the university, while the other eight will be available for charging EVs of students and employees.
Nissan, California, Denver, Berlin e-bus.
Fuel station of the future: Nissan and architecture firm Foster + Partners want to design tomorrow’s fueling station that will be sustainable and can accommodate a range of new energy and autonomous vehicles, as well as conventional cars. A first concept is expected by the end of the year.
businessgreen.com, edie.net, puregreencars.com
CA restricts incentives: According to the LA Times, the state of California will limit subsidies for the purchase of an electric car to persons earning less than 250,000 dollars (500,000 for couples). Since the beginning of the Clean Vehicle Programme, the California Air Resource Board has distributed 242m dollars in subsidies, paid for through registration ad smog fees.
Denver shuttles electric: The Colorado city will purchase 36 of BYD’s small electric shuttles for the 16th Street MallRide in downtown Denver. The 45-foot-buses have a lifespan of 12 years and will save the city 100,000 dollars over the course of their service.
E-bus finally takes passengers: It seems that Berlin’s electric bus is ready to hit the road, following months of testing. Starting Monday, four Solaris buses will begin their official service on Line 214 in electrive’s hometown, with a wireless charging station at either end of the route.
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Utrecht, Bordeaux, Paris, Denver, Orkney.
Utrecht wants top spot: The Dutch province wants to have more than 10,000 electric cars on its road by 2020, more than any other Dutch region does per capita. One way Utrecht wants to reach its goal is by electrifying delivery vehicles.
utrechtcentral.com; utrecht.nl (in Dutch)
Twizy goes Bordeaux: Bolloré´s Blueclub carsharing fleet in Bordeaux, France, has new members. Since Tuesday, subscribers can drive one of 20 Renault Twizy. The Bluely service in Lyon already includes 30 of the two-seaters and by the end of 2015, there’ll be a total of 110 Renault Twizys available across the two services.
E-scooters for Paris: The free-floating electric scooter sharing CityScoot kicks off in the French capital this month. During the one month testing phase, there will be 30 scooters available, but operators hope to have 1,000 of the two-wheelers on the road by 2016. The scooters have a range of about 100 km.
No Charge to Charge in Denver: Nissan has started its free charging programme in Denver. For the next two years, all Nissan Leaf bought there can charge at no cost. The offer is already available in 17 other cities across the U.S. and Nissan says, it will by 25 by the end of the year.
Orkney Islands Council get e-bus: The Optare Solo SR bus has 70-mile range and will commute back and forth from the airport. It is expected to make five trips before recharging. A rapid charger will be installed later this year and cut the charging time to one and a half hours.