E-Mobility NSR, ChargePoint & Sun Edsion.
Download tip: The EU project “E-Mobility NSR,” which kicked off in October 2011, has come to an end and presents its results. Eleven international partners from the North Sea region contributed to a better awareness of electric mobility in the region and now report on their project achievements.
idw-online.de (Summary),e-mobility-nsr.eu (Brochure as PDF)
Reading tip: ChargePoint and Sun Edsion are working on a solar EV home charging solution. In an interview with Venture Capital Dispatch, ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano talks about the new partnership.
TU Delft, Palm Beach, Pepco.
EV study: E-Mobility NSR partner TU Delft produced the report “Analysis of consumers’ EV potential,” asking if people can keep their driving behaviour, while replacing one or all cars with EVs. They found that while people living outside of cities drive longer distances, they also own more cars on average and have a higher potential to replace at least one fuel-based car for an EV.
e-mobility-nsr.eu, e-mobility-nsr.eu (report as PDF)
Free EV ride in Florida: Shoppers and visitors can again hop on (and off) the Palm Beach Free Ride electric cars, as they go into service for a second season. New this year is a Holiday Haute Ride that takes customers from one popular shopping area to the next.
Pepco deploys smart charging solution: The electric service provider will install ClipperCreek’s smart charging stations equipped with Itron Embedded Sensing technology. Pepco´s voluntary Demand Management Pilot Program encourages customers in Maryland to conveniently take advantage of off-peak charging.
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.
E-Mobility Information Centres, SunHawk.
Download tip: A new report by e-mobility NSR gives recommendations for setting up regional E-Mobility Information Centres (EMICs). The UK serves as a best practice example, while the transnational comparison found two awareness gaps which could easily be overcome with EMICs.
e-mobility-nsr.eu (download) via e-mobility-nsr.eu
Click tip: The SUNY New Palz has developed the ‘SunHawk,’ a solar car that looks a bit like a flying saucer covered in solar cells. And its two halves are held together by plastic zippers only. Click here, to see for yourself.
EU, Japan, China, Tesla, E-mobility NSR, Kyocera.
EU prefers multi-standard chargers: The European Parliament has adopted the final draft for the directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure. EU members are advised to erect sufficient charging points on a non-discriminatory basis. Even with choosing Type 2 and Combo 2 as an European standard, existing charging points and cars with other standards such as CHAdeMO should not be affected and multi-standard chargers should be installed.
europarl.europa.eu (directive), chademo.com (statement)
Japanese charging alliance: Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Honda will form a joint venture as early as next month to simplify EV charging in Japan, Nikkei reports. The decision follows the goal set last July to install 4,000 quick-charge and 8,000 standard stations with a unified payment system.
asia.nikkei.com via inautonews.com
Tesla to partner with petrol stations? Reportedly, Elon Musk is visiting China this month to speak to Sinopec (China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.). The aim is to integrate charging stations into Sinopec’s existing networks of petrol stations across China.
marketwatch.com via blog.sfgate.com
Follow up: The Epic American Roadtrip (we reported) on which Recargo manager Norman Hajjar is driving a Tesla Model S for approximately 12,000 miles in 20 days has now started. The team set up a website, where you can follow the journey.
roadtrip.plugshare.com (Epic website) via fastcoexist.com
Another epic electric trip has just come to an end. In only 78 hours and 14 minutes, a team managed to drive from London, UK to Oslo, Norway in two Model S.
EV as backup: Japanese Kyocera (KCCS) has installed a ‘Solar Cycle Station for EV’ at the headquarters of Shintec Hozumi in Japan, who planned the system. The station charges EVs with solar power which then cannot only be used as cars but also as disaster energy-backup.
Paris, Chargemaster, E-Mobility NSR, Norway.
Paris goes all e: Paris’ public transport provider RATP plans to electrify its whole bus fleet by 2025. A call for bids for as much as 4,500 electric buses will be started this year. The e-buses will join Bolloré’s BlueTram (we reported) in the streets of the French capital.
lemonde.fr (in French)
Pay by phone: Chargemaster is simplifying access to its Polar Network. Instead of registering and paying via RFID card, EV drivers can now download a free app which enables them to charge and pay via their smartphone.
London to Oslo: On Friday, five teams in five Tesla Model S will start a journey going from the British capital through Gent, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Gothenburg to Norway. The tour is part of the EU project ‘E-Mobility NSR’ and shall only take 80 hours.
The good news from Norway never seem to stop as the country hits yet another EV milestone. Currently, there are 26,886 plug-in vehicles of which 25,710 are electric. The latter, make for a market share of 1%, together with hybrids it is even 1.1%.
gronnbil.no (in Norwegian) via greencarreports.com