FedEx and Chanje roll out DC charging infrastructure
Fed Ex has just entered the second stage of its DC charging infrastructure project in California. The logistics giant is electrifying 42 FedEx stations through an agreement with Chanje Energy, a California-based and China-backed startup founded in 2015.Weiterlesen
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Hydrogen, Innogy, South Korea, FedEx, Yokohama.
Hydrogen boost in UK: The British government has announced a new 23m pound funding programme for FCV and H2 infrastructure. Grants are to go to partnerships between fuel providers and fuel cell vehicle makers with a competition to be launched this summer. Toyota has welcomed the move – if it influenced its UK investment decision (see news above) is uncertain but the Isles are one of the selected markets for the Mirai FCV.
European roaming may leap forward as Innogy presses ahead with its plans. Up to 1,000 Blockchain EV charging stations could be installed this April, German Wirtschaftswoche reports. Hundreds more charge stops may be updated to the tech platform within months.
wiwo.de (in German)
Charging Dominican Republic: South Korea’s state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said it signed a MOU with Dominican Republic’s National Energy Commission to help to build EV charging infrastructure. A pilot project shall connect the capital Santo Doming to Punta Cana on the east coast.
FedEx expands green fleet: FedEx has introduced electric delivery vans in Belgium, where five Nissan e-NV200 will serve in Ghent, Brussels, and Antwerp.
Twizy sharing in Japan: Nissan and the city of Yokohama have started a round-trip car sharing service with (renamed) Twizy Evs. Called Choimobi Yokohama, it is part of Nissan’s New Mobility Concept. Users register online and can pick-up the EVs at 14 locations but the service will include guided tours and long-term car rentals for businesses, too.
Ontario, UC Berkeley, Tata Motors, FedEx.
Next level EV incentives: Canadian province Ontario has topped up its EV and PHEV incentive scheme. Buyers now get 6,000 – 10,000 dollars instead of 5 – 8,000. EVs with high battery capacity are eligible for another 3,000 dollars, plus another thousand dollars for five-seaters. If the EV cost more than 75,000 dollars, however, the state will pay only 3,000 dollars under the so-called Tesla clause.
cbc.ca, citynews.ca, insideevs.com
Meanwhile, Ontario’s Oxford County applied to add 16 EV charging stations, as the Oxford Electric Vehicle Accessibility Plan has been accepted. Four stations will be Level 3 for extra fast-charging, while the remaining 12 stations will be Level 2.
Controlled charge: UC Berkeley has received 1.5m dollars from the California Energy Commission to develop the OpenVBOSS (Open Vehicle and Building Operation System Services) software platform. It can control charging and grid load in residential and small commercial settings using open-source, open-software communication.
Hybrid and electric bus focus: Indian Tata Motors has developed its first CNG hybrid electric bus. The 12-metre bus is set for launch this year already in India. An electric bus is in the cards as well. The company says it will focus future developments on hybrid and electric buses next to premium trucks and LCV.
Electric deliveries: FedEx Express added two Nissan e-NV 200 vans to its fleet in Tokyo. It is the first time the mail company delivers electrically in Japan. An EV charger has been installed at Shinsuna station.
Volkswagen, California, FedEx, AeroVironment & Recargo, Nevada.
12,000 EV charging stations could be built on Volkswagen carparks. At least that is what VW CEO Martin Winterkorn supposedly said behind closed doors at the national conference on e-mobility in Berlin this week, German Press Agency dpa reports. However, the carrot comes with a stick as he asked politicians to consider new taxation for the financial advantage workplace charging poses.
greencarcongress.com; welt.de (in German)
H2 consensus: The OEM Advisory Group has agreed on a list of 19 recommended locations to install the next hydrogen stations in California. The association unites carmakers like GM, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.
FedEx trials FCVs: At Memphis International Airport, the delivery company is testing 15 fuel cell vehicles in a demo project. Plug Power delivers the fuel cell system and will also be responsible for the hydrogen supply. The project is financed with 2.5 million dollars each from private investors and the DoE.
Pay by phone: AeroVironment and Recargo introduced a new smartphone-based payment option for EV drivers. The PlugShare app by Recargo now includes the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon and Washington. The pay per charge service invokes no additional charges but drivers can still subscribe for flat-rate unlimited charging.
Take no gamble: Plans have been announced to install electric car charging stations between Las Vegas and Reno. The so-called Electric Highway will be funded by NV Energy and Nevada’s renewable energy tax abatements. The first 15 stations are to be erected before this year ends.
FedEx & Wrightspeed, Nissan, ZSW, FIA.
FedEx powered by Wrightspeed: Recently, the logistics giant tried electric drives by Wrightspeed Power. The trial went well, as FedEx now ordered another 25 electric drivetrains for its pilot programme that sees Wrightspeed convert its trucks. The system comes with an on-board diesel-turbine to generate extra electricity.
Nissan got a taste for electric racing and will unveil its hybrid racer GT-R LM Nismo in Florida soon, sportscar365.com reports. The sports car is destined to battle at next year’s Le Mans where it will meet the hybrid racers of Audi, Porsche and Toyota on the course. The hunt for drivers is on.
Battery research centre: The ZSW Laboratory for Battery Technology (eLaB) has been opened in the German city of Ulm (we reported). Here, companies will have the chance to develop new manufacturing methods for large Li-ion batteries to be used in EVs.
Electric racing history: The FIA is to appear at the Paris Motor Show. Side by side on display will be two electric racers with more than a century between them. The ‘Jamais Contente’ was the first car to go over 100 kph in 1899 while the Spark-Renault SRT_01E is setting records in the Formula E.
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