EDF founds hydrogen subsidiary Hynamics
The French energy supplier Électricité de France (EDF) is pushing ahead with its hydrogen efforts. At the Hanover Fair, the Paris-based company announced the establishment of a new subsidiary called Hynamics. Its aim is to make EDF a major player in the global H2 sector.
Sodetrel of EDF to expand charging network in Lyon
The network operating unit of Électricité de France (EDF), Sodetrel, will install more than 600 charging points for electric vehicles in France by 2020. The plan details their installation to cover 59 municipalities in the Lyon area with some to enable DC charging.
Nissan and EDF Energy explore 2nd life use of batteries
Nissan teams up with EDF Energy, the UK-based subsidiary of French utility EDF, to explore secondary use of old EV batteries. The first joint project will focus on creating a business model to reuse recycled batteries of the Nissan Leaf into commercial storage systems.
French EDF to install 75,000 charging stations until 2022
French energy giant EDF intends to operate 75,000 charging stations in Europe by 2022 as it aims for a 30% market share in its main markets of France, Belgium, Italy and the UK. “We want to become the uncontested leader in electric mobility in Europe by 2022”, declares CEO Jean-Bernard Levy.
C40 Cities & Climate Group kick-off ZEV Challenge
C40 Cities and the Climate Group have launched the ‘Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge’ in order to “massively accelerate” the adoption of electric vehicles. Initiators include cities like London, New York and Paris as well as industry partners.
UK governments funds 21 V2G projects with £30 million
The British government has embarked on a funding spree worth almost 30 million pounds to foster vehicle-to-grid technology on the Isles. 21 V2G projects have been chosen among them EDF Energy’s V2GO initiative that takes place at delivery and taxi services in Oxford.
Berlin, ABB, Sodetrel, eMotorWerks, EDF, Delaware.
Berlin’s electric cab funding: The German capital’s mayor Michael Müller has announced a funding programme for electric taxis. Thus, taxi companies that replace diesel-powered cars through new hybrid-powered, electric or fuel cell-based taxis get – on top of the existing federal subsidy – money from the state of Berlin. Being asked about concrete figures, Müller says that the federal funding of 3,000 to 4,000 euros could be doubled.
rbb24.de, welt.de, berlin.de (all in German)
More ABB chargers for Germany’s autobahn: German energy company EnBW has ordered additional fast-charging stations of ABB in order to extend the charging network along German highways. Before the year’s end, ABB is to erect 117 50-kW charging stations at locations of service station operator Tank & Rast. Already last year, EnBW purchased 68 ABB charging stations.
Rapidly growing Corri-Door net: Sodetrel’s fast-charging network brand Corri-Door has tripled its number of chargers along French highways to 3,000 within one year. In the next months, the company plans to add new locations and to enlarge highly frequented stations. Sodetrel is the electric mobility business of French utility EDF.
eMotorWerks and EDF team up in order to create cloud-connected and intelligent charging stations. French EDF thus combines charging hardware of eMotorWerks with its JuiceNet software platform.
10 electric buses for Delaware: In order to buy 10 electric buses, the Delaware Transit Corporation receives a 1m dollars grant from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The money shall help the corporation as well to purchase associated charging infrastructure.
Mitsubishi, EDF, Forsee Power, and PSA Peugeot Citroën, EV parking, Electric Highway, e-bus.
2nd life project: Mitsubishi is joining forces with EDF, Forsee Power, and PSA Peugeot Citroën to set up a demonstration project for deploying used EV batteries in energy storage. The partners will look at energy management practices based on electricity storage, charging and generation technology with i-MiEV, Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero batteries.
Park only when you charge: British Bedford is cracking down on non-electric cars parking in front of charging stations, ordering its wardens to hand out tickets. Irish Limerick is only setting up six of such sole EV parking spaces but might soon be forced to do the same.
bedfordshire-news.co.uk (Bedfordshire), limerickleader.ie
Electric Highway: Australia’s Royal Automobile Club (RAC) is going ahead with its Electric Highway Plan in Western Australia. Six EV fast-charging stations have been erected, another six will follow. Charging is free of charge until the end of the year.
From Australia comes a prototype of a 50 seater electric bus. Transit, the Australian company behind it, hopes to produce locally but partners with the Malaysian government that already invested 170 million dollars in infrastructure based on the new bus.
EV incentives limited: Washington State extended its plug-in vehicle tax breaks for another year but plans to exclude electric cars that cost more than 35,000 dollars. That means Tesla, as well as the BMW i3 would then have to be paid in full. The bill has yet to be signed.
ABB, EDF, TEN-T, Qualcomm & Chargemaster, Louisville, Rome, Israel.
New fast chargers: ABB is to deliver another 100 fast chargers to Danish e-mobility service provider Clever. The latter will erect the ‘Terra 53 DC’ not only in its home country but in neighbouring countries, too. It is very likely that these chargers will become part of the planned European charge network ‘Central European Green Corridors’ (we reported).
More chargers for France: Just after Bolloré promoted its plan to build 16,000 charge points, Électricité de France (EDF) announced it will start to erect 200 fast chargers along French motorways starting in January 2015. The project is backed by Renault, BMW and VW, while the EU promised 4.5 million euros (5.5m USD). Most stations will be located close to the borders to Germany, Belgium and Italy.
leparisien.fr, automobile-propre.com (both in French)
European H2 infrastructure: 3.5 million euros are to be invested in studies preparing a European network of hydrogen infrastructure for transport. The money comes from the European Union´s TEN-T program and is intended for national implementation plans for Belgium, Finland, Poland and Riga, Latvia as well as three hydrogen refuelling stations with “specific innovative elements” in Finland and Sweden.
Wireless charging: Qualcomm is to invest in the British EV infrastructure provider Chargemaster that operates the Polar network in the UK. Its charging stations are planned to be retrofitted with Qualcomm’s inductive charging technology bit by bit although a detailed schedule has not been issued yet.
Electric buses for Louisville: The city’s public transport TARC has introduced the ZeroBus, which will replace gas-powered trolleys when being phased into daily operation early next year. 10 electric buses for about 11 million dollars have been purchased with the help of the state and federal funds.
Electric christmas: To help Romans leave their car at home during the festive season, the Italian capital has introduced five new electric mini-buses. The buses serve the main shopping districts while stopping at major car parks, metro stations and bus terminals along the way.
Bi-national research: The energy ministries of both the U.S. and Israel will fund five Israeli projects with 4 million dollars in a bi-national effort. Among the supported companies are Fridenson Logistics and ChargePoint to jointly develop a smart grid capable, cloud-connected EV charging station.
Brazil, Car2Go, China, Alphabet, EDF Energy.
Dis-incentives: Brazil announced an incentive scheme, cutting import duties on hybrid cars. Plug-in vehicles are excluded from the measure, because the country fears that its electricity grid doesn’t have the capacity to handle an influx of plug-in cars and their charging needs.
Car2Go gives ten free minutes to its San Diego customers, if they park the all-electric Smarts in the so-called “incentive zone.” Leaving the cars downtown makes it easier for the fleet team to move the cars around, making sure they are charged up.
Green buses for China: By the end of next year, 20,222 electric buses will take to the streets of Beijing, Tinjin, and Hebei Province, making up 16 percent of all public transport in the areas. Moreover, local governments plan on setting up 94 charging stations and 16,200 charging posts.
Alphabet and EDF Energy partner in order to give potential EV buyers more confidence. On top of advice about charging points, UK customers will also receive detailed advice on load and power requirements, alongside managing ongoing maintenance, installation and warranty protection.