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CA: Rollout of 100-kW fast-chargers on Electric Circuit
AddÉnergie Technologies has been selected to supply more than 100 fast-charging stations to Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit network following a recent call for proposals. The contract will see AddÉnergie deliver its newest chargers over a two-year term.Weiterlesen
Canada: Electric Circuit charging network expanding
The EV charging network spanning Québec is receiving another extension. Hydro-Québec ordered 50 kW fast-charging stations from AddEnergie to widen the Electric Circuit. It is the fourth successful bid for the local charging equipment provider.Weiterlesen
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The New Motion, Scotland, Ontario, Albuquerque, Electric Circuit.
The New Motion starts in UK: The Dutch mobility service and charge point provider will introduce its full range of products in the UK at the Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2016 in September. TNM sees the British market as having much potential, as 1.5 percent of new cars there are electric.
New stations for Scotland: Company Evolt announced nine new charge points in Western Scotland and the Ile of Mull. Two of the chargers have a maximum charging capacity of 22 kW, the remaining seven either 43 kW AC or 50 kW DC. They are the Council’s first publicly available charging stations.
Ontario readies for emobility: The Canadian province wants to install about 500 EV charging stations at 250 locations by March 2017. The undertaking is funded with 20m dollars by the Green Investment Fund Ontario.
Albuquerque looks to go EV: The city in New Mexico, USA, is about to sign a deal for 18 electric buses with manufacturer BYD. The 60-foot-long buses could sport a “60s diner” look in honour of Route 66.
Washington plugs in: Utility Avista has gotten the green light and will begin installing 272 EV chargers in homes, at work and public places in the U.S. state of Washington. The company wants to spend about 3m dollars on the pilot programme – money it is looking to earn back with future electricity rates.
Electric Circuit grows: The Canadian network announced the installation of another eleven rapid-chargers in the regions of Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent that will be commissioned this summer. The Electric Circuit includes some 690 public chargers, including 41 fast-chargers.
Electric Circuit charging sessions.
Exactly 46,465 charging sessions took place on the Electric Circuit in Québec last year. The network has about 6,500 users, which accounts for about 80 percent of all EV drivers in the Canadian province. 3,000 signed up only in 2015 and can charge at 577 Level 2 charging stations and 29 DC fast chargers.
Car2Go, ABB, Tesla, incentives, Electric Circuit.
Car2Go electrifies Madrid: The carsharing scheme set up shop in the Spanish city with an all-electric fleet. Customers will not need to charge themselves. The service team will collect the electric Smarts and charge them at one of the city’s four hubs. After Stuttgart, Amsterdam, and San Diego, Madrid is the fourth city to get an all-electric Car2Go fleet.
daimler.com (in German), elmundo.es (in Spanish), youtube.com (video)
Visa or Mastercard? ABB has added a credit card option for its Terra 53 fast-charger. The technology also supports contactless payment options, such as Apple Pay or Android Pay. Previously installed models can also be retrofitted with the credit card terminal.
Destination China: Tesla says it completed its charging infrastructure grid in North and Northeast China. Most charge points are ‘Destination Charger.’ By adding to its infrastructure, Tesla hopes to make its EV more attractive to potential buyers, as sales in China remain below the company’s expectations.
Incentive: According to a recent study by the University of California, LA (UCLA), 40% of all purchases of plug-in vehicles made between 2010 and 2013 in California were motivated by the possibility of using HOV lanes. The law is up for review in 2019.
Dorval doubles chargers: The Canadian city now hast two new EV charging stations at its sport complex that are part of the country’s Electric Circuit. Dorval had already installed two charge points at the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport.
Fastned, China, ZEV Alliance, Electric Circuit.
300-kW charging: Dutch Fastned is preparing for faster charging at 300-kW, ensuring that all its locations have grid connections with at least 630 kVa available. FastNed operates 38 station in the Netherlands but aims to install a new one every week.
Tough love: China’s central government is reinforcing its push for electrification, urging local governments to comply with the 30 percent rule, meaning more than 30% of new cars purchased should be new-energy vehicles. Failure to comply will result in the reduction of fuel and operating expenses.
Growing alliance: The International ZEV Alliance, which aims to promote electric vehicles worldwide, has eight new members. In Europe, Norway and the UK pledged allegiance, while U.S. states Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont also signed up.
Dine & Charge: The Electric Circuit and dining chain St-Hubert agreed to install ten new EV fast-charging stations in partnership with Nissan Canada. All will be located in the Quebec province.
RWE, Minnesota, Electric Circuit, West Hill B&B.
Chatty chargers: The University of California, San Diego, has added next-gen chargers supplied by German utility RWE to a running three-year smart grid trial. They feature the 2017 global charger standard (ISO/IEC 15118) and can communicate with the grid in real time. All students have to do is plug and charge the Smart ED.
What makes you charge? That is the question cities in Minnesota ask themselves as they try to find the right price for public charging amid growing EV numbers. For now, the price of one dollar per hour with a base price of three dollars is being discussed.
Canada charged: The city of Val d’Or, Canada, has become part of the Electric Circuit, commissioning of a rapid as well as standard EV charging station. It is the first public fast-charging station in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and is supported by Nissan-Canada.
Sleep and charge: The West Hill House B&B built in 1850 in Vermont makes its way into the modern age as its two Tesla destination chargers are now powered by the sun. The guest house also accommodates for other EVs with a third 240-volt Level 2 station.
Hyundai, Yeoju, Electric Circuit, Charge Ahead.
Charging Korea pt. 1: Hyundai agreed with POSCO on the installation of 120 EV charging stations. Hyundai will install the units this year, while POSCO will service and operate the stations. Additionally, Hyundai will install 121 charging stations at its centres across Korea. Eventually, all 2,200 locations will have EV chargers.
Charging Korea pt. 2: The Korean city of Yeoju has installed four EV charging stations. The stations are free to use with charging time being four to five hours.
Electric Circuit widened: Two more fast-chargers have been installed in Quebec, Canada. Supported by Nissan and Hydro-Québec, they are part of the Electric Circuit initiative, which plans to erect 50 fast-charging stations across the region by the end of 2016.
Charging California: The city of Campbell in California has installed four electric vehicle charging stations funded by the Bay Area Charge Ahead Project. The dual-charging stations allow multiple vehicles to charge at a time and bring the total number of public charging stations in the city up to 15.
100 BMW i3 will be incorporated into the DriveNow fleet, first in Berlin, German Wirtschaftswoche reports. The electrification is due in July and will be successively rolled out to other German cities like Düsseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg and Munich. More details will only follow by mid-July.
wiwo.de (in German)
Symbio FCell, London, Nova Bus, Electric Circuit.
Electric Kangoo with fuel cell: As part of a project lead by the Conseil Général de la Manche, Symbio FCell has delivered the first five Renault Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cell range extenders. Another 35 will follow soon. The Symbio FCell technology supposedly nearly doubles the vehicle’s range.
Testing electric black cabs: The first range-extended Electric Motorcabs have now gone on trial in London. They are powered by two electric motors and a small combustion engine used to recharge the battery pack or provide power directly to the motors. Metrocab has announced that there will be no price premium over the current diesel-powered black cabs.
Hybrid bus testing in Quebec: The hybrid bus from Nova Bus has been successfully tested in Montreal already and will now have to hold up against rough winter climate and topography in Quebec City. The bus can switch from diesel to diesel-electric and even run in full-electric mode.
Canadian Electric Circuit continues to grow: During the Montreal Auto Show, the Electric Circuit announced more charging stations to come. While 125 new charging stations were promised during the first few days, Hybrid Cars has made a list of the other smaller announcements.
Electric Circuit, AeroVironment, Mexico City, Fellbach, Mahindra.
Nissan contributes to Electric Circuit: The carmaker will help finance the installation of 25 out of 50 fast charging sites that are to be added to the Electric Circuit across Quebec over the next two years. Also adding to the network, restaurant chain Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert wants to install fast-chargers at all 100 of its locations. It already has 28 chargers.
montrealgazette.com, theglobeandmail.com (Nissan), montrealgazette.com (Restaurant)
App-controlled charging station: AeroVironment introduces TurboDock, a charging station featuring Level 1 and Level 2 charging, that is controlled through a smartphone app. When configured for 12 amp or 16 amp charging, TurboDock provides twice as many chargers with the same electrical service required for a 30 amp charging, making it a good solution for commercial and workplace settings.
Charging in Mexico City: Together with BMW, Schneider Electric and the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Walmart wants to set up four EV charging stations at its locations in the Mexican capital. The charge points are said to be compatible with most electric cars sold in the country. BMW launched its i-series there in September.
evfleetworld.co.uk, vanguardia.com (in Spanish)
Fellbach City Council goes electric: The German city now has eight electric cars in its nine-car fleet. The switch followed a cost and environmental analysis by Fraunhofer IAO, which found out that in 98 percent of cases, the fleet vehicles are used to make trips of well under 100 km. The Fellbach fleet now consists of seven VW e-up as well as one larger electric vehicle used by the sorting office.
NEMMP gets under way: As the first pilot project of India’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP), Mahindra is providing four Maxximo electric to drive tourists to and from the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The eight-seater can go up to 65 kph and up to 100 km on one charge.
Electric Circuit, Concord, Illinois, Germany.
Electric Circuit grows: Eight public charging stations will be installed in a total of six Canadian municipalities, all of which signed a partnership agreement with Electric Circuit. Regional municipality L’Érable MRC in the state of Québec had called for the development of EV infrastructure in the region.
Six charge points for South Carolina: Canadian charging infrastructure provider EV Charge Solution will install these in the city of Concord. Locations include the city’s airport, transit center, operations center and a parking deck center.
Charging in Illinois: Level 1 charging points have been installed in parking garages at the University of Illinois. Some are located in metered spaces, others in parking garages that require a specific permit. The university plans to install Level 2 chargers within the next year.
Germany incentivizes EVs: To push sales of electric cars and cut emissions, Germany will propose tax incentives for owners of electric company cars. According to an outline of a national action plan, owners will be able to offset half the cost of the vehicle against tax in the year it is bought from 2015.
UK Rapid Charge Network, Electric Circuit, South Korea, Suwon City.
UK Rapid Charge Network: Nissan is, together with BMW, VW and Renault, building a network of multi-system DC chargers throughout the UK. The programme is financed with more than 7 million euros through the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) scheme. The first ten of 74 chargers have now been erected.
Collège charging station: Collège Montmorency and The Electric Circuit, the largest public charging network in Quebec, opened a first charging station at the parking lot of the Collège. The main goal of the institution is to raise awareness for the electric car.
South Korea doubles EV subsidies: By the end of this year, 800 electric cars will have been subsidised by the Korean government. The number will be doubled to 1,600 in 2015. Furthermore, tax exemptions as high as 2.7 million won (2,600 dollars) for hybrid vehicles will be extended and also granted after 2015.
Sustainable EcoMobility World Festival: In September 2013, Suwon City in South Korea went car-free for an entire month. Now, one year later, residents are still feeling the positive impact of the event, which clearly changed their mindset of cars being the only way to maintain an urban lifestyle.