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.
UK, ChargePoint, EVCard, Seattle, eMotorWerks.
The electric bus programme in Britain is working as another 19 vehicles have been procured. Apart from the 24 electric buses for York we reported yesterday, Guildford, Brighton, Salisbury and Denbighshire are next in line for the 19 buses. The total of 43 buses is funded with 6.3 m pound through the British government.
Worth noting: ChargePoint is thinking about an initial public offering within the next five years, also with the aim to expand further into Europe, its chief executive told Reuters. Already the American infrastructure provider counts Daimler, BMW, and Siemens among its investors (we reported) but would not say how much they are actually involved.
Electric car rentals on the up: EVCard, one of China’s biggest hourly car rental operator, said its now operates more than 10,000 electric cars in over 20 cities. More than 4,000 EVs are currently in operation in Shanghai alone.
E-mobile in Seattle: The Department of Energy (DoE) awards a 1.9m dollar grant to Seattle to support a partnership between the city and electric vehicle infrastructure company Eluminocity. The aim is to help increase the number of fast charging stations and use of ride sharing services.
Cheaper charging stations: eMotorWerks is making its smart charging stations 50 dollars cheaper. The JuiceBox Pro 40 and JuiceBox Pro 40 Lite are now 599 and 549 dollars respectively.
Bavaria, Rolec EV, Melbourne, EMotorWerks.
32 new BMW i3 with range extender are joining the fleet of Bavaria’s public authorities. They will be distributed among the state’s construction authorities and the motorway directorate. In order to erect almost 190 new charging stations at the new fleet bases, the Bavarian state invests additional 3,8m euros. The stations shall enable visitors to charge their EVs for free while they deal with their affairs.
stmi.bayern.de (in German)
Always up-to-date charging data: UK-based Rolec EV has developed a smart technology platform that integrates real-time charge point data such as availability, costs and power consumption. The so-called UltraSMART technology platform is a further development of the company’s former independent smart charging solutions that have now been merged into an all-in-one package.
H2 waste collection trucks in Melbourne: Moreland City in northern Melbourne shall see 12 hydrogen fuel cell waste collection vehicles by 2020. In order to realise this project the City Council teams up with hydrogen utility company H2U and Iveco owner CNH Industria. The 9.37m dollars project also includes the installation of Australia’s first commercial-scale H2 refuelling station.
Like Airbnb, but for EVs: Charger company EMotorWerks seeks to link EV drivers with owners of home charging stations and thus tests a distributed, peer-to-peer charging marketplace in California. The start-up has launched now a beta test of its project. As reported, the San Carlos-based company works with the Share&Charge blockchain platform developed by MotionWerk.
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Leeds, Queensland, eMotorWerks, Minnesota.
Electric cab charge: Leeds and neighbouring towns won a bid for 2m pounds in government funding to help install 88 dedicated taxi and private hire charge points. 33 shall be rapid chargers and Leeds will get £745,000 of the total grant through the ULEV Taxi Scheme. The vehicles however, must be acquired by the drivers and cab companies.
The world’s longest EV super highway in one state mark you, is about to unroll in Queensland, Australia, where the first fast-charging station has been inaugurated in Cairn. It forms the beginning of a network that will span from the Gold to the Far North coast and use will be free initially. The Queensland Electric Super Highway is a collaboration between Energy Queensland and several public offices.
Power combined: eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet Solar cloud platform lets owners of PV systems that also happen to have an EV, make the most of their own renewable energy via smart charging. The idea is to maximise self-consumption and thus increase energy savings.
Electric state fleet: 22 Chevy Bolt have joined the ranks of the Minnesota Administration, where the departments of health, education, pollution control, and transportation will use them.
Apple, Eldrive, Korean Telecom, SunLine, eMotorWerks.
Apple to show charging stations: The Silicon Valley based tech giant adds EV charging station information for Europe to its navigation app Maps. Data is provided by Munich-based Cirrantic and the UK will be the first country to receive this new information. Here, Cirrantic supports the major charger operators like Podpoint, CYC, Ecotricity, NPower and NewMotion but welcomes any interested parties. Apart from EV charging stations, the updated version of Maps will also show bike rental hubs in London, Paris and New York. Competitor Google Maps however, had included such data for some time and lists EV charging stations globally but without specific icons.
Quick charging net in Bulgaria: eMobility International’s subsidiary Eldrive inaugurated the country’s first quick charging station in Blagoewgrad, another one is to follow soon in Sofia. Until the end of the year, Eldrive wants to implement a nationwide network with around 500 charging points.
Electrified Korean Telecom: 1,000 EVs shall join the fleet of Korea’s Telecom little by little, bringing the electrification rate of the company fleet up to 10 percent. Consequently, the Telecom also plans to equip its sites with 300 new charging stations.
H2 buses granted: SunLine Transit Agency benefits from a 12.5m-dollars grant provided by the California Climate Investments programme to deploy five new fuel cell buses from New Flyer. Part of this sum also supports the implementation of the largest H2-fueling station (Hydrogenics) in the U.S., which shall win hydrogen solely through electricity and renewable energy.
New charging cooperation: Infrastructure provider eMotorWerks und car supplier Webasto have become partners as they seek to strengthen their electric mobility units. Together they want to provide intelligent and cloud-based charging solutions to OEMs and dealerships.
Open Fast Charging Alliance, E.On + Clever, eMotorWerks, Bulgaria.
European roaming alliance: Five European fast charging networks have pledged allegiance. They founded the Open Fast Charging Alliance, which covers over 500 EV fast-charging stations in six countries. The OFCA is to push for open standards like the OCPI (Open Charge Point Interface) that enables roaming. So far, the signees are Fastned (Netherlands), Sodetrel (France), Smatrics (Austria), Grønn Kontakt (Norway) and Gotthard Fastcharge (Scwitzerland), but more members are welcome to join. Their stations only have to be numerous and offer service 24/7. Naturally, all electric cars are welcome to charge.
A candidate to join the alliance may be E.On. The utility together with Danish network operator Clever plans to span a network of ultra-fast charging stations along Europe’s arterial roads, beginning this year. Starting at 150 kW, the stops will be ready to deliver 350 kW and shall be located 120 – 180 km away from each other. Both companies gathered experiences in the Nordics but E.On said it is in talks with more potential partners. If it will be the OFCA or if E.On is trying to get closer to the German CCS initiative by carmakers remains to be seen.
Charging Germany: eMotorWerks announced a partnership with German Conenergy to launch new EV charging solutions. The companies will collaborate on technology that optimises EV charging based on a user’s energy source preferences such as solar.
Sofia in Bulgaria is looking to buy 20 electric and 20 hybrid buses comes summer. Already, an electric bus is being tested in the capital.
wirtschaftsblatt-bg.com (in German)
Electric to school: The Rural School Bus Pilot Project is a grant programme worth 10m dollars from the California Air Resources Board. All public schools in California are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to schools in districts with poor air quality and ageing vehicles.
Chevy, Graz, eMotorWerks, AddEnergie, New Jersey.
Bolt charges with 80 kW: Inside EVs really studied the Chevy Bolt’s owner’s manual carefully and found that the electric GM can be fast-charged with up to 80 kW using CCS. The carmaker has so far been little forthcoming when it comes to confirming capabilities, but the 360-page manual filled the gaps. Moreover, GM has chosen AeroVironment as a preferred supplier for homechargers for future Bolt drivers.
insideevs.com (fast-charging), forbes.com (supplier)
Graz bets on supercapacitors: Austrian transport agency Graz Linien has commissioned four electric busses. Two 18-metre buses from CSR are equipped with supercapacitors, which enables them to fast-charge at the beginning and end of the line, as well as quickly top off along it route.
graz.at, meinbezirk.at (articles in German)
Juice up: eMotorWerks is partnering with EV Meter, a subsidiary of Nayax, to develop the so-called JuiceStation and provide smart grid energy intelligence for convenience stores, service stations, and shopping centres. The station builds on eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet platform, adding flexible payment options, energy management, and advanced reporting features.
Canadian charging network expands: AddÉnergie will install 25 fast-chargers at Canadian Tire Gas+ petrol stations along busy highways in Ontario early next year. The chargers will be part of the FLO network. Natural Resources Canada is footing nearly half of the 1.8m dollar bill.
New Jersey seeks larger charging network: New Jersey is hoping for 3m dollars in federal grant money to incentivise utilities to set up chargers in the U.S. state. The investment would have to be matched by the latter. The Senate Environment and Energy Committee also approved a bill that would require EV chargers to be installed along toll roads.
Renault Mobility, Ford, Proterra, eMotorWerks, Missouri.
Renault announces Zoe-sharing: The French manufacturer will implement a carsharing scheme called Renault Mobility in France, which it will present at the Salon d’Automobile in Paris in October. On top of cars with combustion engines, private and business customers will also be able to rent the Renault Zoe.
Ford cooperates with MIT: The two have announced a research project using a fleet of electric shuttles. LIDAR sensors and cameras will measure pedestrian traffic on campuses and public roads to determine areas where there is demand for electric shuttle buses.
New electric busses across the pond: Proterra announced that eight existing and new customers have received grants to buy a total of 35 electric buses. That brings the manufactures total orders to 287 electric buses from 38 U.S. cities.
Charge with voice command: California-based company eMotorWerks has announced a new voice command function for its JuiceNet charging stations. Amazon’s Speaktoit assistant Alexa is there to help.
Local incentives: Missouri utility Empire District Electric has set up a charger at the Missouri Southern State University. Moreover, it incentivises clients to purchase electric cars, promising 2,000 dollars in subsidies per EV and 1,000 per PHEV bought.
California, eMotorWerks, London, 4EV, Maryland.
Cali chargers: The California Energy Commission has approved almost 9m dollars to install DC fast chargers along major freeways and highways. Chargepoint, EV Connect, NRG EV Services and Recargo were given grants. 61 chargers will be installed at 41 sites, and 40 sites will include on Level 2 charger.
Juicy tech: eMotorWerks has released the JuiceCord, a WiFi connected 5 kW portable charging cable. The cable can be controlled through mobile devices and costs 449 dollars, available worldwide. They also released the Juicebox Pro 75, a charging station that reaches up to 18 kW and 75 amps.
Hammersmith & Fulham: London boroughs Hammersmith and Fulham have installed seven electric charging points, with 13 more planned for August. By 2017, the councils hope residents will have access to a charging point in every square kilometre.
Fleet lease: British online business 4EV will begin leasing EV charger cable for fleets. Fleet managers will be able to lease the tools required and return or exchange them as needed. The company is currently seeking fleets to be part of a pilot programme.
Maryland buses: Five electric buses will be added to the TransIT services fleet in Frederick County, Maryland. They will be the first fully refurbished all-electric buses on the East Coast. If the buses perform well, they plan to add more electric buses over the following four years, as funding allows.
Heathrow, Québec, Honda, Car2Go, BluePillar, eMotorWerks.
Airport air quality plan: London Heathrow wants to decrease its NOx and carbon emissions. The strategy includes 2m pounds for EV charging infrastructure, while 30 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will partially renew the fleet. Further measures include testing of hybrid cabs and electric buses.
Hybrid buses for Québec: The city of Québec will purchase up to 32 hybrid buses by Van Hool. The initiative is funded by about 11m dollars from each the province and the state of Canada. The diesel-electric buses are 9 metres long.
Going greener: The 2018 Olympics in Korea will be used to showcase hydrogen technology with Hyundai fuel cell buses. The move is not only for show only, as the government and carmaker are planning to replace the 26,000 compressed natural gas buses nationwide with H2 powered EVs at a rate of 2,000 units per year. 200 hydrogen fuelling spots at existing gas stations are planned as well.
Green gone: Car2Go will replace its 400 electric Smarts in San Diego with petrol-driven ones by May, saying there are not enough EV charging stations for its fleet. Although San Diego Gas & Electric intends to install 3,500 EV charging station within the next three years, development was not fast enough for Car2Go.
BluePillar: Chinese ZTE launched a street lantern that doubles as EV charge spot. The BluePillar also features an LED screen to display urban data (or advertising).
Wi-Fi charger: eMotorWerks is seeking crowdfunding for its JuicePlug said to smarten up any L2 charging station. The adapter is Wi-Fi enabled and connects to the JuiceNet platform. It also works with an app. Early supporters get a “Kiss my Amps” license plate holder on top of the plug.
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.
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.
eMio, Tesla, California, eMotorWerks, Massachusetts
150 electric scooters to share: The Berlin-based start-up eMio will roll out the second stage of its electric scooter sharing service in Berlin. Funded by the VC Fonds Technologie, as well as by two private investors, 150 electric scooters will be available by the end of July. 20 of the emco scooters are already on the street. eMio also plans to expand into other German and southern European cities.
intellicar.de (in German)
Social rebates: Low income buyers in California are now eligible for an extra 1,500 dollar rebate when buying an EV, while incentives for high income buyers are scrapped. People earning less than 48,000 dollars a year (singles) or 73,000 dollars (family of four) are eligible for 4,000 dollars for BEVs, 3,000 for PHEVs and 6,500 for FCVs. People earning more than 340,000 dollars annually will no longer receive any funding.
Tesla big(ger) in Japan: Eight new service centres will open in Japan this year, the electric carmaker announced. Until now, Japanese Tesla drivers relied on the country’s only service station located in Yokohama.
Eco juice: A new WattTime software helps eMotorWerks’ charging station called JuiceBox choose the greenest power to charge an electric car. The programme analyses the grid in real time to identify when the cleanest electricity is available and schedules charging sessions accordingly.
Electric city fleet: New Bedford in Massachusetts has leased ten Nissan Leaf, allowing it to retire ten older cars. The electric vehicles will be used by Health Department inspectors to travel around the city. The local government also plans to erect more charging stations.
London, Volta Industries, California, eMotorWerks, Cologne.
Bolloré coming to London for real: Tomorrow, the head of the Parisian electric car sharing firm, Vincent Bolloré, will unveil a righthand-drive version of the EV in London. Here, the usually blue cars will come in “double-decker red.” Bolloré intends to introduce 3,000 electric cars to share and 6,000 charge points in London until 2018, the Evening Standard reports. The first 50 Bolloré or “Boris cars” will be ready to be shared by Britains at the start of 2016.
Free charging funded: Volta Industries is working with “socially responsible brands” and has thus built up a network of 100 charging stations in 5 cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Honolulu) where charging is offered for free. The company has now secured 7.5 million dollars in funding to expand its operations.
2 million dollars of funding are waiting for landlords and small business owners in California willing to install EV charging stations. The ‘Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing’ programme offers a rebate of up to 15 percent of the cost to install charging stations.
Solar EV charging: eMotorWerks together with Slingshot Power will start to offer a solar package for EV charging. Slingshot Power customers will receive a free JuiceBox Pro 40, a charging station from eMotorWerks. The bundle comes with various financing options.
The 100th charging station by RheinEnergie has now taken up its service in German Cologne. The station can be found in front of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) where it can be used not only by DLR employees but the public alike. The energy comes from 100% renewables.
rheinenergie.com (in German)
Graz, Long Beach, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Basel, eMotorWerks.
Electric buses for Austria: Holding Graz plans to electrify its entire bus fleet with the help of Chinese CSR. The latter builds buses with supercaps which are fast-charged within seconds at every second stop. Testing will begin in 2016 and if successful, Graz could see electric buses only.
steiermark.orf.at (in German)
New BYD orders: After a long bidding war, BYD won the contract in Californian Long Beach for the delivery of ten electric buses with options for 50 more. In total, the Chinese manufacturer hopes to sell about 200 electric buses in the States this year. Across the pond, another order over 13 electric buses has been placed by British Nottingham.
bloomberg.com (Long Beach), insideevs.com (Nottingham)
Free EV loan: Chargemaster is offering businesses in Milton Keynes electric cars for free. Two Nissan Leafs and a Renault Zoe are available to borrow for two weeks at a time and can be charged at over 200 charge points in the city for free.
Basel charged up: The utility of the Swiss city of Basel, IWB, plans to install 20 charging stations by the end of 2016. Four have already been set up in Basel and one in the neighbouring community Riehen.
iwb.ch (in German)
Smart kickstart: eMotorWerks says it has delivered over 3,500 JuiceBox charging stations and expects volumes to double this year. The company started trading its low-cost charging station kit in late 2013 after a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Ice Bucket Charger.
Californian eMotorWerks is taking a new approach to the Ice Bucket Challenge and puts its ‘JuiceBox’ EVSE to the test while it is busy charging a Nissan Leaf. Inside, the box remained entirely dry so the call goes out to Bosch and Schneider now. Will your chargers take the challenge?
youtube.com via transportevolved.com