Highways England funds business EV trials
The British government-owned company Highways England is handing £9.3 million to local authorities to encourage businesses with diesel van fleets to convert to electric. The scheme works by offering the businesses a free trial of electric vehicles for two months.
Transport Scotland funds eBike Grant round 4
Another £900,000 were committed by Transport Scotland towards the eBike Grant Fund for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Round four of the grant programme is now available to assist the adoption of eBikes, eTrikes and electric cargo bikes in Scotland.
BMW i3 Super Bowl commercial, Energy Saving Trust.
Video tip: No need to wait for the Super Bowl to watch BMW’s newest commercial for the all-electric i3. The idea is that the car is much more than a “newfangled idea,” which is what a lot of people used to call the internet twenty years ago. And you see what happened with that…
Click tip: Via their new online platform, Energy Saving Trust is offering customized and free advice to companies investigating ultra-low emission vehicles. The goal is to help them understand where and how plug-in vehicles could work within their fleet.
pluginadvice.org.uk via fleetnews.co.uk
BMW i, Automotive Leasing & EST, ChargePoint, Northwestern, Dayton.
New BMW i charging: The German carmaker presented its ‘BMW i Home Charging Services’ to the American public at CES. It prefers solar energy when available. If not, the system charges when prices are low. Furthermore, BMW announced the ‘i ChargeForward Program.’ Up to a hundred i3 drivers in San Francisco will take part in the 18-month pilot to demonstrate intelligent charging that takes into account the grid. The program includes a second-life for Mini E batteries which will store solar energy.
electriccarsreport.com, transportevolved.com, bmwblog.com, greencarcongress.com (i ChargeForward)
EV promotion: Automotive Leasing has partnered with the Energy Saving Trust (EST) Scotland to encourage drivers to switch to EVs in a UK wide project. The partners will promote the ‘Take A Leaf Out of Our Book’ initiative, which offers three months trials with the Nissan Leaf.
ChargePoint Home: Usually ChargePoint is known to operate public charging stations in the U.S., but now offers a compact home charger. ChargePoint Home can be ordered with charging cords of various length and the station can be operated remotely via smartphone app.
Campus charging: Northwestern University in Illinois will install four EV charging stations each able to charge two electric cars at a time. The stations come from the university’s partner Schneider Electric and have been installed on request of existing and aspiring EV drivers.
Dual-mode electric bus: The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in Dayton, Ohio, has started testing the first of four electric trolleys. The prototypes called ‘NexGen’ were built in California and can operate on or off the overhead wire and will thus be compared with battery electric buses, too.