Porsche makes it big
The Dubai market launch of the fully electric Taycan was accompanied by a large light show on the facade of the world’s tallest building. On a total area of 33,000 square meters, Porsche presented the most important milestones in the company’s history up to the Taycan on the Burj Khalifa.
Hoversurf aircraft crashes in Dubai
The Dubai police have reportedly been testing the Hoversurf Scorpion, an electric aircraft, for some time. A new video now shows a flight attempt with the flying scooter that doesn’t end well.
Cybertruck – for the force of the future
To date, Tesla has already tallied up at least 250,000 reservations for the Tesla Cybertruck. The fully-electric pickup truck is popular among police forces with reservations from the local police force in Ciudad Valles, Mexico; the Kansas Highway Patrol in the US; and the Dubai police force in the UAE.
Uber presents tentative air taxi design
Uber has brought their latest flying cab design to their second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles. The ride hail company hopes to be using their drone-like “flying car” for personal taxi transport as of 2023.
Dubai tests driverless electric pods that can couple
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started testing a fleet of autonomous electric pods. Using their own dedicated lanes, the prototypes can attach and detach to and from one another to form a mini tram while in Motion. They are built for Next Future Transportation in Italy.
Tenerife, Hyundai, Dubai, UK, IndyGo.
14 fast-chargers for Tenerife: The biggest of the Canary Islands wants to extend its charging infrastructure by adding 14 fast-charging sites to the existing network of 8 rather slow-charging stations by the end of the year. However, that is nothing against the expansion plans in the upcoming three years: By 2020, Tenerife shall see already up to 415 charging stations.
wochenblatt.es (in German)
Gratis charging for Hyundai’s employees: Hyundai Motor America has installed more than 100 level-two charging locations for its employees driving an Ioniq EV respectively PHEV or a Sonata PHEV. The charging net enables Hyundai’s workforce to recharge its cars during its working hours at the headquarters in Southern California.
Dubai launches EV incentives: Dubai’s road and energy authorities want to motivate residents to replace their combustion-powered cars through EVs, thus, offering a bunch of incentives: For example, future EV owners can recharge their cars for free at Dewa-approved stations until 2019, use free designated parking and do not have to pay for their car’s registration.
More fast-chargers for UK district Devon: The Mid Devon District Council partners with InstaVolt as it seeks to install more fast-charging points in its region. The charging network shall work on a “pay-as-you-go basis”, thus being easily accessible for everyone. The first charging point has been erected in Tiverton, others shall follow in Cullompton and Crediton.
DOT awards IndyGo: Indianapolis’ Public Transportation Corporation IndyGo intends to gradually replace diesel buses through electric models, targeting a fully-electrified fleet by 2032. The U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) just contributed 1.45m dollars to support this project. The money shall help to expand the necessary charging infrastructure.
British Taxis, Innogy, British Gas, ChargeMap, Dubai.
Massive rebates for electric cabs: British taxi drivers may rejoice. Not only has production of a brand new electric taxi started yesterday but its acquisition will be subsidised by the UK government as it announces a 64m pound electric taxi incentive scheme. 50m GBP will be handed out in chunks of 7,500 pounds to anyone buying a TX5 cab. The remaining 14m GBP will be spend on erecting dedicated taxi charging infrastructure across 10 UK counties but with £5.2m headed for London.
Complete fleet electrification: RWE subsidiary innogy will drive entirely electrically within four years time. The board has decided to replace all 1,000 vehicles in its fleet with either plug-in hybrid or electric cars. Already, the only options available to company directors, executives and frequent drivers are climate-friendly models. From 2018, driving a PEV will be mandatory for all innogy employees but the board has a dedicated budget to even out the higher cost for electrified models.
Incomplete fleet electrification: British Gas has missed its target to have 10 percent of its commercial fleet electrified this year. Instead of the planned 1,300 electric vehicles, the utility currently has just 113 on fleet and is now pushing back the 10% goal to 2020. British Gas claims London’s infrastructure problems as one reason.
Easier access: ChargeMap will launch its charging-point access system in the next few weeks. About 100,000 users will be able to set up payments in their ChargeMap account and order a RFID access badge for (some) European charging networks.
Charging oasis: Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) that oversees the free zone technology park, has opened the EV chargers on its premises to the public. Electric car drivers can charge at no cost until the end of the year.
London, ITM Power, Slovenia, Dubai, Taipei.
Electric double-decker trial: London is about to see the first all-electric Metrodecker. Maker Optare is now ready to try the electric bus on Go-Ahead’s Route 36 across the British capital, starting this summer. The electric trial follows successful testing of the same model but with a diesel engine.
Great Britain to get H2 chargers: Four sites, namely in Birmingham, Swindon and two in Sheffield, will be equipped with hydrogen refueling from ITM Power. Additional locations have been earmarked in London and around the M25, along the M1, M40, and M4 but have yet to get permission.
Slovenia to add chargers: 140 additional EV charging stations shall be installed in 69 municipalities of the Eastern European country. They will be part of Slovenia’s existing infrastructure and are co-financed through the Eco Fund.
Dubai is to add charging stations too as the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) wants to double its electric vehicles charging stations to 200 across Dubai. It will thus complete the second phase of the Green Charger initiative.
Park&Charge in Taipei: Taiwan’s capital has 20 public parking facilities equipped with electric car charging posts. Each location features two charging points, so 40 EVs in total may charge in Taipei. They have been installed through the city’s parking authority.
Thuringia, Supercharger, Atlanta, EVA+, Dubai.
The German federal state of Thuringia has revealed its charging infrastructure plan LISS until 2020. It plans 370 new EV chargers in the next three years, where a total of 32 local utilities will work together to install 300 regular and 70 fast-chargers. The federal state is funding slower chargers with 975 euros, while 2.46m euros will be invested in fast-chargers at a federal level. The utilities are investing a combined 2.61 euros.
thueringen24.de, thueringen.de (articles in German)
Good-bye free charging: As reported, Tesla cars ordered after January 15th will not be allowed to charge for free at Superchargers. Only the first 400 kWh will be included in the price of the car. After that, Tesla will charge per kWh, meaning the fee will differ from area to area. The carmaker also emphasised that it will not profit, but will merely cover costs.
insideevs.com, teslarati.com, tesla.com
Ultimate charge and fly: No less than 102 parking spots have been fitted with EV chargers at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Another 200 more parking spots will also be modernised in the coming years.
Electric Vehicle Arteries: Project EVA+, which was unveiled in Brussels and is being funded with 4.2m euros by the EU, wants to set up 200 multi-charger stations in Italy and Austria in the coming three years. For the project, utility Enel and Verbund have teamed up with BMW, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen.
Plugging-in: The British government is looking for ways to simplify charging and cut cost. Parallel pricing, as well as a pricing cap are among propositions on the table, as is a standard charge chard that will work at all EV chargers in the country.
Dubai goes hybrid: The country’s Roads and Transport Authority has issued a five-year plan that also calls for half of all taxis to be fitted with hybrid drivetrains by 2021. That would be the equivalent of 2,280 hybrid taxis.
Free2Move, Deutsche Bahn, Montreal, CharhePoint, Dubai.
PSA EV sharing in Madrid: Free2Move is the French answer to future mobility services and has now found an outlet in the Spanish capital together with partner Eysa. Under the name Emov, 500 Citroën C-Zero will free float in Madrid and even to the outskirts of the city.
Testing is underway in Berlin and Leipzig where Deutsche Bahn let loose autonomous electric mini buses on employees. The Olli that serves at the EUREF campus in Berlin is build by Local Motors, while the Leipzig bus is from EasyMile. The test will enter the public sphere next year.
deutschebahn.com (in German)
Electric transport in Montreal: STM (Société de transport de Montréal) will electrify all its buses by 2025 if testing is successful. A pilot project is due to start early next year and will see three electric buses serving route 36 in the Canadian city. Passengers may get on board from spring.
DC Charging California: 70 new fast-charging points are to be installed by ChargePoint in California with the support of the California Energy Commission. They will stand along transit routes spanning both North and South California and also allow access to previously underserved areas.
Electric shopping trip: The Dubai Mall spans the equivalent of 50 football fields and so the shopping centre offers a chauffeur service with electric cars. Tired consumers can take a seat in two Peugeot iOn and be dropped off for free at their next shopping destination.
Netherlands, Fastned, Toyota, New Zealand, Dubai.
Local electric transport: Starting this Sunday, all 43 buses in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond will be electric. The buses can be charged in just half an hour via a pantograph. Some buses are kept as back-up, in case one ever does run out of power. The fleet’s official presentation is scheduled for Friday.
Raising capital: Dutch infrastructure provider Fastned raised 2.5m euros with a limited issue of bonds to the public over the weekend. The money will be invested in further developing its fast-charging network. Due to the success, Fastned will offer additional bonds in the future.
Rewarding emobility: Toyota has teamed up with five Japanese utilities, offering its new PHV Connected Power Service. The idea is to animate Prius Plug-In Hybrid drivers to use the EV modus more often, by offering rewards based on the all-electric distance travelled.
Promoting electrification: New Zealand’s government will invest 6m dollars per year in the promotion of electric vehicles. The goal is to increase the number of EVs on the road from now 2,000 to 60,000 in five years. A key focus will be company fleets and the electrification of bin lorries in the coming years.
Dubai goes hybrid: The city’s transportation department has taken delivery of 20 Toyota Prius. Dubai previously announced that it wants to electrify or hybridise 10 percent of its fleet in order to cut carbon emissions.
Electric Autobahn, PHEV Taxation, Charge Your Car, New Zealand, Dubai.
Electric Autobahn confirmed: Two stretches of highway will be designated for testing electric trucks in Germany this year, the German Environment Agency (UBA) confirmed. Proposals have been handed in and the selection process is underway. Once a decision is made, construction works are to begin. Siemens’ eHighway sees hybrid and electric trucks equipped with a pantograph hooked up to a catenary system. It has already been set up in Sweden and California.
badische-zeitung.de (in German)
PHEV taxation reform: Company car tax for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in Britain could soon be based not just on CO2 emissions but also on their range, HM Treasury has proposed. The policy is designed to incentivise longer ranges and to move away from hybrids.
Charging Scotland will be Charge Your Car (CYC) as it was selected operator by Transport Scotland. The charging network includes over 550 public charge spots and the contract is worth 750,000 pound.
10m dollar EV fund for NZ: The government of New Zealand intends to double the number of EVs each year to reach 64,000 by 2021, a market share of about 2%. A 10m EV fund has been set up to co-finance private and public sector partners working on e-mobility initiatives.
Driving in Dubai will become more electric over the years. The government willed for new cars to be ordered by its bodies to include a 10 percent share of electric or hybrid vehicles in the future.
EV Hub, Kandi, Seattle City Light, Dubai, New Flyer, Proterra.
New UK charging network planned: EV Hub wants to set up a charging network at supermarkets and cafés in the UK. It is currently looking to collect 500,000 pounds via crowdfunding to kick start its project in London, which will then successively expand to other parts of the country.
Sells like hotcakes: Kandi has signed another deal, this time with Pang Da Automobile that ordered 60,000 EVs that will be delivered over the next four years. The electric cars will be stationed at universities across the country.
Seattle plugs in: Utility Seattle City Light will install 20 new rapid-chargers, as well as set up charging at several hundred private homes. Previously, the company had announced plans to set up 10 fast-chargers.
Electrifying Dubai: The UAE’s biggest city wants that by 2020, at least two percent of all new cars registered there will be electric of hybrid – a number said to grow to 10% by 2030. Meanwhile. Dubai’s taxi service Careem is working with Next Future to set up a shuttle service with self-driving electric pods.
tradearabia.com, timeoutdubai.com (pods)
Public electrification: Thanks to federal grants, Portland is looking to purchase four all-electric New Flyer buses and the corresponding charging infrastructure. Service will start in 2018. The city of Everett, located in the U.S. state of Washington, has received 3.4m dollars in grants to replace four older buses with electric ones from Proterra.
patch.com (Portland), heraldnet.com (Everett)
H2 Logic, XL Hybrids, Cape Town, Dubai, Car2Go, Belarus.
More efficient H2-station: H2 Logic has presented its new hydrogen fuelling station, the CAR-200, available from the second half of 2016. Compared to current stations, it is said to have triple the capacity, while using only a third of the space.
Cloud-based analysis: XL Hybrids has introduced a new cloud-based analytics tool that measures i.e. CO2 reduction and fuel-efficiency of hybrid fleet vehicles equipped with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems. Moreover, the company says its system does not hinder other telematics devices or services.
Electric tuk-tuks for Cape Town: The South African government wants to improve public transport and issued a tender for the three-wheeled taxis. Electric variants will be favoured, authorities say. Some 80 tuk-tuks could hit the road as early as September.
Charging Dubai: The city now has seven new EV charging stations, which were installed at exiting petrol stations. Another two will follow. Dubai’s very first EV charger went online just one year ago.
Car2Go without electric drive: The carsharing scheme kicked off in the Chinese city of Chongqing – the operator’s first on the continent. Some 400 Smart are already in service, and another 200 will follow. Only all cars have a conventional drivetrain, even though China is pushing hard to get more EVs on the road.
E-bus with supercaps: The Belarussian capital Minsk will test two locally build electric buses from December. The vehicles from Belkoounmasch are fitted with supercaps. Another 18 buses will follow in the first quarter of 2017.
Tesla, Supercharger, Dubai, Mahindra, North Somerset.
Tesla to support CHAdeMO and SAE: The EV maker is working on an inter-protocol charging adapter that would enable both CHAdeMO and SAE J1772, patent applications reveal. Tesla is also looking into sharing its Supercharger network with other carmakers and add the European standard plug.
electrek.co, patents.justia.com (patent application)
Free green charging: Tesla cooperates with Swedish utility Skellefteå Kraft to supply all 14 Supercharger in Sweden with renewables energy only. Furthermore, the agreement includes free green home charging for up to 45,000 km over three years for Swedish Tesla owners.
Hybrid cab fleet: Half of the taxis will be hybrid in Dubai by 2021, says the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). At the moment, there are 150 hybrid cabs in the desert state, but that number will increase to 4,750 over the next five years. This year alone, 791 cabs will be hybridised.
Indian inductive charging: General Electric has developed wireless charging technology for Mahindra, which was reportedly demonstrated for the e20 Sport concept. Charging with 3.3 kW, the system’s efficiency is given at 92 percent.
More chargers for Britain: North Somerset will more than double EV charging points from 22 to 50. The upgrade is made possible because of a 1.3m pound grant from the UK Government’s Office of Low Emissions.
CharIN, ACE & The New Motion, DigiNow, SCAQMD, Dubai.
CCS charging at 150 kW: The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Opel, Porsche, VW, TÜV Süd, Mennekes and Phoenix Contact presents results of the cooperation at ELIV in Germany: vehicles and equipment prepared to charge at up to 150 kW.
Pan-European charge card: The ACE (Auto Club Europe) together with The New Motion offers its members the ‘Power Me’ charging card for free. It allows charging at more than 25,000 EV charging stations across Europe. No monthly fee applies, but rates for charging depend on the operators.
Portable super charger: DigiNow and eMotorWerks have jointly developed the DigiNow Super Charger Charge Tank. The rapid charging unit fits into the Power Tank area of bikes by Zero Motorcycles and enables charging times of about an hour at 8kW.
Clean lawn: The California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) delivers 17 commercial electric lawn mowers to agencies in San Bernardino County. SCAQMD seeks to gather data on fuel and cost saving as well as air quality improvements.
Hybrid Golf in Dubai: The Dubai Municipality will trial 10 newly arrived Golf GTE over the course of a year. If the Volkswagen hybrids prove fit for life in the desert, they will become a more common sight as Dubai aims to become a leading sustainable city.
Hamburg, DriveNow, eclearing.net, Ontario, Dubai.
Hamburg supports EVs: Hamburg is the first German city to take charge of the federal EV law. From November on, all electric cars will park free-of-charge in the city. To recognise those eligible, a big “E” is to be added to license plates by the end of February 2016. Furthermore, the city plans to increase the number of charging stations from currently 150 to about 600 by the end of next year.
heise.de, hamburg.de (both in German)
BMW pulls the plug: Electric car sharing in San Francisco will end on November 2 as DriveNow is leaving the city. SF’s parking permit regulation does not allow for free-floating thus colliding with the DriveNow business model. BMW plans to focus on other U.S. cities instead.
E-roaming: Volkswagen Financial Services and Stromnetz Hamburg both signed up for the open B2B platform eclearing.net. Users of VW’s Charge&Fuel Card will hence get access to Hamburg’s charge points.
Charging incentive: Ontario offers up to 1,000 dollars to those willing to purchase and install an EV charging station. The rebate applies to businesses and home owners alike if the stations is not public.
Leading by example: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) added eight electric cars to its fleet. The move is part of DEMA’s Green Charger initiative in which it plans to install 100 EV charging stations in the desert state this year.
Chargemaster, Addison Lee, Ulster County, Dubai, SGM Distribution.
Subscribers charge cheaper: For a monthly installment of 7.95 pounds, EV drivers can charge at Chargemaster’s POLAR stations in the UK for 9 pence per unit. 80 percent of the network’s charge points are free to use but subscribers collect points with each charge that can be exchanged for week-long loans of iconic electric cars.
Green rides: Private cab company Addison Lee is switching into electric mode whenever its hybrid cars enter one of four designated inner city zones in London. The change is triggered via geofencing. The City of London Corporation is asking other taxi firms to join the scheme as well.
Green county: Ulster County in the state of New York has installed nine EV charging stations. They are free to use and were financed through state and federal grants, as well as county labor.
Update Dubai: The desert state has installed 16 of its planned 100 EV charging stations. The missing 84 solar-powered charging spots will follow before the end of the year.
Electric delivery: Scottish courier company SGM Distribution added two Mercedes Vito Ecell to its fleet. The electric vans will serve in the Granite city (Aberdeen), where the company had tested them prior. A charge point will be supplied and installed at the HQ by Siemens.
Charge Amps, Supercharger, Kodi, Dubai.
Considerate charge cable: Charge Amps has launched the RAY cable for Type 2 electric vehicles and plug in hybrids. Featuring a built-in temperature sensor in the wall-plug, RAY will gradually reduce charging power in case it senses increased heat.
Supercharger etiquette: Following the lead of its CEO, Tesla has amended communications on Superchargers online, stressing that they are primarily intended for long-distance travel, as local use increased. The company said that there was no change in policy, however.
Update: As Korea plans to install 100,000 charge points aided by a mobile charger of Powercube (we reported), a competitor emerges. Kodi also wants to offer a mobile charger with 3.3 kW that costs less than 1,000 dollars a piece but adds smartphone functionality.
navigantresearch.com via chargedevs.com
Charging Dubai: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will install 100 EV charging stations in the desert state. While it will charge its recently ordered 8 Nissan Leaf there, the stations are open to the public. Some will offer fast-charging.
Australia, Tesla, Dubai, BYD, London.
Destination Down Under: Tesla now launched its so-called destination charging schemes at hotels, malls etc. in Australia where it now operates ten such sites. More are to follow all over the country in addition to the fast-charging Superchargers.
electric-vehiclenews.com, caradvice.com.au, reneweconomy.com.au
Supercharging now got even cooler as Tesla installed a liquid-cooled cable to a Supercharger in Mountain View. Cooling allows for a thinner and more flexible cable that still carries the same current. Furthermore, such a cord also has the potential for increased power when supercharging.
Hybrid taxis in the desert: Cars Taxi now added another 55 Toyota Camry Hybrid to its existing fleet of 29 hybrid taxis in Dubai. The cab company is planning big as it intends to put 7,000 hybrids in the United Arab Emirates, half of them in Dubai, as it was well impressed with the hybrids’ potential to save cost.
BYD presents V2G charging: The Chinese e6 model is now able to give and take as BYD has equipped it with technology to both charge and discharge electrical power. According to BYD, the next-gen e6 model will have a much larger capacity battery capable of delivering a 400 km range.
More about Bolloré in UK: BluePointLondon, operator of the Source London scheme, and now the EV rental programme with Bolloré RedCars, is currently responsible for about 1,400 EV charge points. Membership is 5 pounds a month and will now not only allow access to infrastructure but the rental EVs as well as soon as they launch early next year.
Aldi Süd, Gothenburg, Los Angeles, Duluth, Dubai, CoStar.
Fast chargers at German supermarkets: German supermarket chain Aldi Süd is partnering with utility and charging station provider RWE, installing its first charger in Düsseldorf as part of the new project “Sonne tanken“ (“charging sun”). Until mid-2015, the discounter wants to have installed 50 multi-standard rapid chargers that will be free to use for shoppers without any registration.
handelsblatt.com, rwe.com, aldi-sued.de (articles in German)
Volvo electrifies Gothenburg: Starting on June 15th, the Swedish city of Gothenburg will take three fully electric Volvo buses into service. They will operate alongside seven hybrid buses from Volvo on route 55 between Lindholmen and Chalmers/Johanneberg.
transportengineer.org.uk, eurotransportmagazine.com, volvogroup.com
More electric buses: LA has begun operating the first five of 25 electric buses by BYD. The city of Duluth in Minnesota has meanwhile purchased six electric buses from manufacturer Proterra and Dubai has kicked off a nine month trial with an electric bus.
shanghaidaily.com (LA), wdio.com (Duluth), gulfnews.com (Dubai)
CoStar goes hybrid: The commercial property data specialist has added eight Toyota Yaris Hybrids to its fleet, which already features a series of Prius models. With employees driving between 15,000 to 20,000 miles per year, the company says it needs fuel efficient cars.
Berlin, Oregon, Nottingham, Autohorn, Dubai.
The “Berliner Modell” from now on will serve as blue print for all EV charging stations to be installed in the German capital from July 2016. The first of its kind has now been inaugurated. The design is uniform, energy comes from renewables and the stations can be operated with a charge card by The New Motion that works regardless of the provider.
stadtentwicklung.berlin.de, be-emobil.de (both in German)
EV incentives in Oregon? The state officials are thinking about a bill that would offer EV buyers a so-called “cash on the hood” incentive of up to 3,000 dollars. Hybrid vehicles would become eligible for a 1,500-dollar grant. Legislation could start this October and would be in effect until 2022.
Nottingham is pondering a low-emission zone, at least for heavy vehicles. Furthermore, the city proposed a network of EV charge spots as well as incentives for rental EVs and local businesses to go electric. All would be part of Nottingham’s bid for the government’s Go Ultra Low initiative.
Toyota hybrids in York: Rental and leasing provider Autohorn from York has placed an order for more than 60 Toyotas, including the Yaris Hybrid and for the first time also the Prius Plug-in. The company has bought nearly 200 Toyota hybrids in the past three years.
Toyota PHEVs for Dubai: Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, has handed over three Toyota Prius PHEV to Dubai Municipality. The latter will test the cars to see if more could be bought to join the fleet in the future.
ChargePoint, Dubai, EV savings, Transport for London.
All-inclusive home charging: ChargePoint has announced a new service for home chargers, including the installation and servicing of the station. Customers will only pay a monthly fee and can choose to cancel the offer at any time. They can even purchase their energy using their ChargePoint account.
Dubai goes electric: On top of adding 100 EV charging points (we reported), Dubai will designate parking stalls for electric vehicles and is considering offering incentives for the purchase of EVs. Moreover, Dubai Police has added three-new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrids to its fleet.
khaleejtimes.com, tradearabia.com (police)
EVs mean big savings: If all fleet managers in Britain would switch their diesel commercial vehicles for electric ones, they could safe a total of 2.6 billion pounds in fuel costs, according to recent research from the UK government-funded green transport campaign Go Ultra Low.
TfL adds H2: Transport for London has added two Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell to its fleet, which will be used by the group’s bus operational management team to i.e. check bus route diversions. This comes after the country announced that it will invest 6.6 million pounds in H2 infrastructure
Show of police presence.
Dubai Police now welcomed the BMW i8 in its impressive fleet of patrol vehicles. While dressed in white and green, all the super hybrid is missing are the sirens on top of the roof. You got the whole weekend to think about changing your job!
bmwblog.com (with video)
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.
Rinspeed, Gigafactory, Dubai, XL Hybrids & Lancer Automotive.
i3-based autonomous concept: Rinspeed announced its plans to present the Budii at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the i3, the Swiss study will drive all-electrically and autonomously, too. It features numerous screens, desktops and an information system which is said to turn the Budii into a “learning and proactive companion” for the driver, or better, the passenger.
Tesla´s Gigafactory will take up production already in 2016, one year earlier than initially announced. This was stated in the latest ‘Shareholder Letter’ and has since been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Californian electric carmaker, quoted by Japanese Nikkei.
nikkei.com, files.shareholder.com (Shareholder Letter as pdf, p. 3)
Driverless in Dubai: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has commissioned a study on ‘autonomous cars’ which entails talks with various carmakers. If found technologically feasible, self-driving electric vehicles could become a mean of transport for the Expo 2020 in the desert state.
More hybrids to come: Lancer Automotive Group entered into a non-exclusive installation and distribution agreement with XL Hybrids. The former is to include XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System line into its roster of alternative drivetrain technologies which also includes CNG, LPG and EVs.
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Toyota, Wiltshire, Greater Manchester, La Poste, Audi, Dubai.
Toyota expands charging infrastructure tests in Aichi Prefecture in Japan. It will erect 43 new charging stations, added to the 104 already installed in the region. The goal is to find the optimal number of chargers and the best locations to encourage EV usage. In addition to past tests, stations will also be set up at cultural and social service facilities.
Wiltshire opens fast-charger network: The Wiltshire County Council had received 225,000 pounds (400,000 USD) in funding from the British Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to erect six fast-chargers across the county. It now also received a further 180,000 pounds (288,000 USD) to install more public charging points in public sector areas.
The use of EV charging stations increased 12-fold compared to last year in Greater Manchester. The 300 installed charging points there were used a combined total of 974 times in September. In the same month last year, only 82 sessions were recorded.
The 5,000th Renault Kangoo Z.E. has been delivered to the French postal service, which also employs 18,000 e-bikes, 1,000 electric quads and 100 electric trikes. Moreover, La Poste and Renault have agreed to extend their cooperation and to i.e. improve the range of the vehicles produced by Renault that are currently part of the La Poste fleet.
Audi carsharing: The new “Audi shared fleet” service now rolls into the German capital and the client “Factory Berlin” picked (among others) an Audi A3 e-tron. The service allows companies to choose from the entire Audi portfolio and pay only for the time a vehicle is in use. Audi coordinates the bookings and takes care of filling tanks, as well as cleaning and servicing the fleet.
Dubai tests e-buses: The Roads and Transport Authority wants to further study range of e-buses and lifetime of batteries under the extreme (hot) weather conditions in the United Emirates. Charging infrastructure will be developed together with the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority.