PG&E orders 2,500 charging stations from EVBox
The charging infrastructure specialist EVBox has announced the securement of a major contract from the USA: The energy provider Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) wants to purchase up to 2,560 charging stations from the Dutch company.
Innogy, EV-Box, ChargePoint, Ennead.
Reading tip: Forbes has a recommendable summary, that illuminates the U.S. strategies of Innogy and EV-Box as well as ChargePoint‘s plans for Europe’s EV infrastructure among others.
Click tip: Architect office Ennead in New York designed a space-saving concept for EV charging in big cities like Shanghai. Their idea is a charging tower that staples EVs. While the lower places are reserved for quick charging, the upper level is for cars that park and can thus charge longer.
EV-Box, Hyundai, Germany, Chargemaster, Kia.
Home charging reloaded: Dutch EV-Box, which has recently been acquired by Engie, launched a new generation of EV charging devices. Elvi combines upgradable power capacity technology, smart interoperable stations as well as a modular design for installation and maintenance. It shall kick-off in both the States and Europe before the year’s end.
GUL campaign grows: Hyundai Motor UK has joined the Go Ultra Low campaign. The Korean carmaker will add its ix35 FCV and Ioniq EV to the product lineup, which are officially campaigning for the use of plug-in and fuel cell vehicles on the Isles. Hyundai thus joins the likes of Audi, BMW, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen on the consortium.
Germany’s charging initiative is working at least for large utilities like E.On. Its regional subsidiaries have handed in applications for more than 700 charging points. Most requests for funding were submitted by Avacon, Bayernwerk, E.DIS and Hansewerk on behalf of municipalities.
Chargemaster’s Polar network is to take on all former Source East charge points with complimentary upgrades. Source East will go out of business by the end of the month (we reported).
100 Soul EV order: Kia sold a whole bunch of its electric cars to one rental company on the Korean island of Udo. 100 Soul EV are on the way. To date, Kia sold 21,000 units worldwide since the Soul EV’s inception in 2014.
Infrastructure Alliance: Engie takes over EV-Box.
French utility ENGIE acquired the Dutch charging infrastructure specialist EV-Box for a yet to be disclosed price. The deal has been finalised last night, electrive.com learnt. The acquisition is likely to lead to the creation of a new heavyweight for electric mobility in Europe. EV-Box has installed over 40,000 charging stations in 24 countries to […]
EV-Box, Shell, ChargePoint, PSA, U Drive.
4,000 chargers in Rotterdam: ENGIE Services and EV-Box are said to install 4,000 chargers in region of Rotterdam by 2018, some 1,800 will be erected in the city itself. EV-Box already won a similar deal earlier this year (we reported) to set up 4,000 chargers in Amsterdam.
duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl (in Dutch), ev-box.com
Is Shell going EV? According to the Guardian, the oil company is looking to set up EV chargers at its petrol stations in the UK from 2017. Moreover, Shell asked the government about its plans to install roads with inductive charging technology. Further details or how many chargers will be installed are still under wraps.
95 fast-chargers along the coasts: BMW, VW and ChargePoint have completed their project setting up fast-chargers along the East and West Coast in the U.S. Placed 50 km apart, the 24 kW stations are said to make it easier for EV drivers to go long distance.
theverge.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
PSA-Carsharing in LA? The joint carsharing scheme that PSA and Bolloré announced last year (we reported) is taking shape. According to PSA CEO Carlo Tavares, talks with numerous cities are still ongoing, with LA being a top choice.
lesechos.fr (in French) via fortune.com
U Drive goes into second round: The programme from the University of Utah is designed to help staff and students go EV or PHEV, sponsoring up to 20 percent of the lease or purchasing price. All who live or work in the Salt Lake City region qualify.
EV-Box sets record.
EV-Box has installed its 40,000th charging point located in the Netherlands. According to its own account, the international EVSE manufacturer now has the largest base of charging points installed worldwide. EV-Box has offices in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Paris, London and New York.
PlugSurfing, Mexico, Ottawa, Norway, Nebraska, EV-Box.
PlugSurfing expands into France: PlugSurfing has signed an Interoperable Agreement with French company Sodetrel, adding another 1,600 charging point to its network. The former enables EV drivers to plug in in Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, using the same account.
Electric transport in Mexico: 25 electric trolley buses have gone into service in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. They were built by local manufacturer DINA together with Škoda Electric, which delivered all electric components. Final assembly took place in Mexico City.
newstix.de (in German), parlamentnilisty.cz (in Czech)
Shifting burden of proof: The Canadian city of Ottawa wants more electric and hybrid vehicles in its fleets and will oblige staff to buy greener cars. Purchases of petrol- or diesel-powered cars need to be explicitly justified. Moreover, the city is setting up a ‘green fleet fund’ to cover any cost difference.
H2 coalition update: Norwegian companies NEL Fuel AS and Uno-X have formed a joint venture to set up a total of 20 hydrogen filling stations across the country. The hydrogen will be produced on site. The companies had previously signed a letter of intent and are now ready to start a “real, commercial network of hydrogen refuelling stations in Norway.”
Self-driving city: The U.S. city Lincoln, Nebraska, hopes to decide the Smart City Challenge for itself. If successful, it would use the 50m dollars from the Department of Transportation and Vulcan Philanthropy to put 50 autonomous shuttles and 650 self-driving cars on the read in three years. All-electric of course.
EV-Box takes Amsterdam: Infrastructure provider EV-Box has opened a new head quarter in Amsterdam. The city commissioned to company along with Nuon-Heijmans to set up 4,000 EV charging points by 2018 (we reported). Some 1,500 are already in service.
EV-Box, Cityscoot, Brompton Bicycles, Toyota Mobility Foundation.
Dutch EV efforts: Amsterdam has commissioned EV Box and Nuon-Heijmans to expand charging infrastructure in the city. 4,000 EV charge points are to be erected there by 2018, with 1,500 already in existence. EV Box is looking to enter Belgium and Luxembourg next, as EV-Box BeLux bvba.
blog.ev-box.com (Amsterdam), ev-box.com (BE, LUX)
Electric scooter sharing: Paris will see the introduction of a 1,000 electric scooters in its vicinity this year after testing was successful. The first wave of 500 scooters will arrive in June, with another 500 to follow in September. The electric two-wheelers are operated by Cityscoot and cost 3 euros per 15 minutes.
Last miles marriage: British Brompton Bicycles teamed up with Nissan to offer its employees the Leaf via a company scheme. The folding bike fits neatly in the EV’s trunk and the company is looking to erect charging stations on its London premises. Brompton is still working on its own electric offering.
Compact mobility: Toyota Mobility Foundation starts its first project on home soil. Okayama prefecture will get up to 50 so-called electric COMs. The compact EVs carry one passenger for about 50 km on one charge. The project is funded with 220 million yen (about 1.9m dollars) and will run until 2019.
japan.ahk.de (in German)