CA: Ottawa to procure 450 e-buses by 2027
The Canadian capital Ottawa plans to procure 450 electric buses by 2027 and to convert the current fleet of 939 buses to include only electric buses by 2036. A pending agreement with the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) provides for funding of up to $400 million.
Edmonton launches their first electric buses
Public transport operator Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) unveiled the first 21 Proterra electric buses they have received so far. Another 19 Proterra buses are expected to arrive this year to make a total fleet of 40 electric buses. The Proterra buses will begin service in early August.
Edmonton transit orders 25 Proterra buses
The Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) has ordered 25 new 40 ft Proterra Catalyst E2 max electric buses from the US American manufacturer. The new buses will replace 25 vehicles from the agencies current diesel bus fleet.
40 electric buses for Canada
The city of Edmonton in Canada has ordered 40 electric buses with the first 5 due to arrive next year and the remaining 35 by 2020. The cost of 43 million dollars is shared by the federal and provincial governments and the City of Edmonton.
Georgia, Tritium, Manhattan Beach, Edmonton, Hydrogen.
E-buses for students: The University of Georgia has received 10m dollars in state funding to purchase 19 electric buses. These are set to go into service next year and will replace the oldest models on the university’s fleet. Moreover, the buses are said to be equipped with bi-directional charging capabilities.
Fast-charging Sri Lanka: The country could soon have a fast-charger in each of its 22 districts. Australian charge point manufacturer Tritium has already signed a distribution agreement for it Veefil stations with Sri Lankan Sunrise Engineering.
lankabusinessonline.com, infos per mail
Free electric shuttle service: California’s Manhattan Beach will start an electric ride hailing shuttle service with four to six all-electric mini busses. The service will be free of charge for passengers, as it is ad sponsored.
Electrifying public transport: The Canadian city of Edmonton is set to buy five electric buses next year. But council members are now pushing to go for 40 electrically-powered buses instead. A final decision will be made this autumn.
H2 for the north: Nel Hydrogen Solutions will set up a H2 fuelling station in the Swedish city of Mariestad by the end of the year. The pump is part of the EU-funded H2ME-2 project. Meanwhile, Norway’s joint venture Uno-X Hydrogen took delivery of the country’s first Toyota Mirai. Uni-X will set up 20 H2 filling stations in Norway (we reported).
businesswire.com (Sweden), electriccarsreport.com (Norway)
Fastned, Trikala, Edmonton, ADL, eMotorWerks & ClipperCreek.
Freedom Plan: A 4-tier vision for electric mobility has been presented by Dutch Fastned. First, Fastned plans to grow its number of fast-charging station in the Netherlands from 50 to 130 by 2017. Secondly, European expansion as well as the increase of power from 50 to 150 kW is to happen until 2018. Furthermore, prices have to decrease while Fastned plans to invest in its own solar power facilities.
Driverless e-minibuses: The Greek city of Trikala is testing autonomous electric minibuses as part of an EU project. Trials with the CityMobil2 built in France started already and will last until the end of February. The 10-seaters are guided by GPS and other sensors but limited to 20 kph.
Edmonton too is testing electric buses to see if they can withstand the Canadian cold climate. The buses will be tried in regular service in wintry conditions but with drivers steering.
Hybrid double-decker: Bus builder Alexander Dennis secured an offer from London for its new Enviro400H bus. 19 of these hybrid double-decker buses incorporating BAE technology are due to enter service in the British capital before the year’s end.
Smart EV charging: eMotorWerks has teamed up with ClipperCreek to integrate the JuiceNet platform for smart grid EV charging. JuiceNet transforms EVSEs into connected, smart appliances which are controlled via the cloud-based, self-learning software platform that includes an app.
Fastned, York, Edmonton, India.
Dutch to charge Germany: Fastned is to build 60 charging stations along German highways as it has received a 2 million euro subsidy by the European Union. The initiative by the Dutch company will take several years as it requires German permits.
Green cabs in York: Streamline Taxis has traded in a number of diesel taxis to replace them with ten hybrids and one electric car. The move was supported by the city council as part of a scheme launched in 2013 which offers taxi companies discounts off the purchase price of green taxis.
9 million dollars could be saved if Edmonton would replace its transit with 250 electric buses, a new report suggests. Edmonton Transit has been testing two electric buses since May and so far they have proven successful. Testing is to continue for another two years.
Car sharing in India: Zoomcar or Myles are just two of new Indian car sharing start-ups which are becoming more common in the ‘Tiger State’. Zoomcar operates a fleet of 300 vehicles in Bangalore and Pune, including some electric Mahindra Reva e2o.
London, Leviton, Domestic chargepoint grant, Edmonton, Piracicaba.
E-taxis for London: The cab company eConnect Cars wants to move its customers using electricity only and has ordered 21 Nissan Leaf. Seven have already been handed over, the other 14 will arrive before the end of the year.
Big business for Leviton: The U.S. provider of charging technology has been chosen as the only supplier for a programme headed by the Department of General Services (DGS). Leviton will provide charging stations to local governmental authorities throughout California.
Still no home chargers in the UK: New electric car buyers in the UK are still waiting for home charging points, after the Domestic Chargepoint Grant was put on hold, due to suspected abuse of the subsidiary. But without a green light from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), suppliers will not be able to deliver and install any new chargers.
Putting BYD e-buses to the test: Canada’s Edmonton Transit System (ETS) is testing two new electric buses provided by BYD. Known as ETS Stealth buses, they will run on different routes and are free of charge for passengers. The Secretariat of Traffic and Transport in Brazil is also testing a BYD electric bus, a move that could save the transport authority up to 26,423 dollars in fuel per year.
automotive-business-review.com (Canada), automotive-business-review.com (Brazil)