Bolloré, Quebec, Canada, Malaysia, eVolt.
Bolloré to launch in London: The French firm is ready to roll-out its electric carsharing scheme BlueCity in the British capital finally. Not quite though, as only Hammersmith and Fulham has been bold enough to make the move so far. The borough’s bid for better air quality includes an initial 30 electric vehicles and about 85 on-street charging points set to reach 150 this summer. On top, Hammersmith and Fulham residents will be offered a year’s free membership and 20 hours of free driving. While BlueCity has been three years in the making, Bolloré has met severe difficulties in London due to its reportedly complex political power map and poor charging infrastructure. Still, BlueCity shall eventually include up to 3,000 red electric cars.
Electric scooter incentives: Quebecers can now claim a 500 dollar rebate from the province when going for an electric moped limited to 65 kph. The incentive is part of the Ride Electric subsidy scheme that also includes a 2,000 dollar goodie for electric motorcycles.
Taking aim at the whole of Canada is Cadillac Fairview, who announced its national EV charging programme that will see networked chargers at 15 CF properties. There will be 45 across Canada in 2017 and continuing into 2018.
Campus cycling: Six universities in Malaysia will receive a total of 1,200 electric bicycles from the government as it wants to promote electric mobility. The e-bikes are made by a local company.
Fluid fast-charging: eVolt has launched its third-generation Rapid EV charger, the Raption 5. It uses four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. It thus completes an 80% charge in 30 minutes with simultaneous charging for two EVs at 50kW DC and 43kW AC.
Electrify America, H2ME, BYD, Nissan, eVolt.
Electrify America: VW’s 2bn dollar settlement on dieselgate will be managed by a dedicated EV infrastructure subsidiary owned by Volkswagen Group of America. It is to manage the installation of more than 300 EV charging stations in 15 metropolitan regions and another 200 to form a high-speed, cross-country network. Furthermore, VW will set up the ‘Green City’ initiative in California that will see electric car sharing or a ZEV shuttle or transit programme. Investments of 500m dollars are due every 30 months and have to be approved by EPA and CARB.
100 FCV are on the road and got there through the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project. They deployed 60 Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 in France and England as well as another 40 Mercedes B-series F-Cell in Germany. The fuel cell cars are the first 100 of 1,230 to come via H2ME.
E-bus trial a success: For BYD, an electric bus trial at Sydney Airport bears fruit as the ground transport provider Carbridge now ordered another 40 shuttles. The BYD Electric Blu bus can carry 70 passengers, comes with luggage storage racks and ranges 248 miles on a single charge.
eNV200 on security duty: North East Lincolnshire Council has added eleven Nissan eNV200 to its security and neighbourhood operations fleet. They replaced its diesel-powered vehicles as the council plans to become the UK energy capital by 2032.
Leaf on duty, too: eVolt has installed three rapid chargers for a Scottish taxi business to charge its five Nissan Leaf EVs, which are now ready for hire in Kirkcaldy.
OLEV, Evolt, Nissan, Austria, Coop.
EV infrastructure funding: The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has detailed its new workplace charging grant that is part of the 35m EV initiative. Businesses and public sector bodies receive 300 GBP per charge point and may install up to 20.
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V2G testing: Evolt has been selected to provide EV charging infrastructure to the UK Electric Nation project. It will deliver charging station to half of the 500 to 700 participants. The units will be subsidised by OLEV and Western Power Distribution, which is funding the project.
V2G operational: Nissan has installed vehicle-to-grid technology at its British R&D unit, the Nissan Technical Center Europe (NTCE). Eight stations are now available to NTCE staff and have been developed together with Enel.
The largest e-NV200 fleet in Europe is operated by the Austrian mail service Post RAL. They count 360 of Nisan’s electric vans. After serving in urban centres since 2015, the new batch will now be on duty in rural areas.
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H2 cooperative: Swiss retailer Coop a hydrogen filling station in Hunzenschwil, Canton Aargau. At the same time it added an H2 truck and trailer to its logistic fleet as well as twelve FCV. More H2 stations are planned for other regions in Switzerland.
UK, ABB, U.S. Navy, Carloh, Evolt.
UK invests further in electric mobility: The UK government announced that it will spend a total of 30m pounds on charging infrastructure and another 5,75m on subsidising electric two-wheelers and fuel cell vehicles. It will also take delivery of two more Nissan Leaf.
Rapid bus charger for all: ABB has opened its first fast-charger for electric buses at the Volvo bus terminal in Gothenburg. It is based on the OppCharge interface, due to which buses and chargers from different manufactures are made compatible. The goal is to simplify the introduction of electric bus systems.
U.S. Navy goes EV: The California Energy Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of the Navy, according to which the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy will lease a total of 250 electric vehicles for its location in the Golden State. It is the biggest U.S. government deal for electric vehicles to date.
Luxembourg shares electric: The carsharing scheme Carloh, which kicked off about a year ago, will also offer EVs to share from November, as well as open nine new stations. How many electric cars will be made available has not been announced.
Connecting Western Isles: Charge point supplier Evolt has installed another 11 chargers on the islands of the Outer Hebrides (UK). That includes three 50 kW chargers and three 22 kW fast-chargers. The remaining five chargers have an output of 7kW.
Romeo Power, SuperTruck II, Litarion, Evolt.
Battery factory wanted: Romeo Power is in negotiations with both Nevada and California to find a spot for its planned battery production facility. The start-up formed by former Space X and Tesla people promises powerful EV power pack competition and stationery storage. Launch is set for next year.
137m dollars will be spend by the DoE on two new projects. SuperTruck II will award 80m dollars to cost-effective technologies that double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. Another 35 projects will receive 57m dollars to come up with batteries and electric drives for cars and light trucks.
Stronger cells: Elektrovaya and Litarion introduced the next generation Litacell with ten percent more capacity while the size remained the same. The 44 Ah cells will become available in this quarter.
Charging evolution: Evolt will present charging equipment at Cenex. The e-Stor uses 2nd-life EV batteries to charge EVs via the 50kW Tri-Rapid charger that features ChaDeMo and CCS. The Raption 22 kW charger will be joined by the 7kW lamp post charging solution that premiers at the show.