Fortum’s Mike Warner sees “huge potential” in wireless charging
HPC is coming indeed but speed is only one part of the challenge to charge electric cars in future, knows Michael Warner of Fortum Charge & Drive. He oversees the SaaS unit at the Finnish utility. Also a Member of the Board, he gave electrive.com an overview of Fortum’s network and technological strategy, in which […]
Moved by the power of song
Fortum will promote the pleasures of electric driving at the music festival Ruisrock in Finland this July. But rather than offering “just” a test ride in a BMW i3, the Fortum Singalong Shuttle requires fans to sing to set it in motion.
LEVC to enter Scandinavian markets
After hitting the London Taxi scene, the London Electric Vehicle Company has signed a statement of intent detailing a cooperation for charging ports and infrastructure with Fortum Charge & Drive, which is planned to cover Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Allego, Fortum, Cityscoot, London, California.
Allego and Fortum Charge & Drive: Both companies signed a Letter of Intent to link their charging networks and to win further partners in order to create a pan-European infrastructure net, consisting of “Multi Charging Hubs” in metropolitan areas and at highways as well as home charging stations.
Electric scooter sharing soon in Nice: After having launched its sharing service in Paris, Cityscoot intends to expand to Nice in January 2018. The company will debut with 50 electric-powered scooters, but plans to multiply this amount to 400 EVs soon after.
connexionfrance.com, avere-france.org (in French)
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Charging stations for London’s south: Wandsworth, a district of south London, sees 35 new EV charging points at 11 sites. According to the Wandsworth Council, additional 50 charging points shall follow by the end of the year.
Commission supports EV sharing in CA: In order to implement an EV sharing service, Envoy Technologies can count on 1,5m dollars, approved by the Californian Energy Commission. The sharing programme is particularly addressing disadvantaged communities in the greater Sacramento Metropolitan and the California Bay Area.
York, Fortum, Oxford, Luxembourg.
York goes full on in: 24 new electric buses shall come to York supported by the British government with 3.3m pounds through the Low Emission Bus Scheme. They will join an 11 strong electric bus fleet already in operation in the English town and 18 of the new models are double-deckers. Once the order is fulfilled, York says its will have the country’s first fully electric Park & Ride fleet.
Fortum to expand in India: For Finnish Fortum India is its next destination and a pilot with EV charging stations is planned this October. The energy firm has set eyes on large cities like Mumbai and Bangalore to install about 150 charging stations, including DC fast-chargers over the next 12 – 18 months in attempt to “figure out the landscape,” Fortum India’s MD Sanjay Aggarwal said.
Smart move: Oxford City Council has commenced to install 100 EV charging stations in residential streets across the city. They are part of a trial and their use will be monitored by researchers from the University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit (TSU).
Electrification in Luxembourg accelerates with the government aiming to electrify ten percent of its fleet of 1,700 vehicles. The first 15 – 20 hybrid and electric vehicles have already arrived.
Chargie, Fortum, Italy, UK, Liechtenstein.
AirBnC or Chargie is a new sharing platform for private charging stations that is to launch in the UK on May, 16. Users can already register though. Owners of a wallbox or station can offer them for EV drivers to pre-book online. The service is similar to the one Renault launched in Sweden, where ElBnB allows users to agree between themselves on charge rates. For the British Chargie, costs will be between 2 and 4 pound per charge for the homeowner but the founding couple hopes rates for users will be set sensibly. After all, Chargie means “close friend” in Jamaican patois.
autocar.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com, cnet.com, chargie.net (registration open)
Fortum to enter the UK: The Scandinavian provider has signed a cooperation agreement to provide Franklin Energy with the Charge & Drive cloud solution. Franklin is currently building up its LiFe charging network in Britain and hopes to set foot in every major city on the Isles by the end of this year.
V2G arrives in Italy: Enel Energia, Nissan Italia and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) have started their pilot project for corporate electric car sharing, which includes two V2G chargers for two Leafs at the IIT headquarters in Genoa. For now though, the columns work unidirectional.
The UK government is due to publish its new air quality strategy that may include a diesel scrappage scheme tomorrow, the Telegraph has learnt. The new plan was forced, after the Government lost a case against environmental campaigners ClientEarth over breaches of EU emissions standards.
EV programme stocked up: Another 50 electric cars will be funded with up to 3,000 CHF through the LIFE Climate Foundation Liechtenstein and the Liechtenstein Power Company. Both had set up a similar scheme last year, which has been well received and is thus being repeated.
E.On, Clever, Fortum, EnBW, GOFAST, Korea.
Ultra-fast-charging the Nordics: The partnership of E.On and Danish Clever reaps its first fruit, a cooperation with Norwegian pit stop provider XY. 20 of its service stations will be equipped with fast-chargers that deliver 150 kW but can go up to 350 kW if required. But E.On and Clever are not alone in their endeavour. Fortum Charge & Drive announced its plan to open a rapid-charging corridor connecting capitals. Electric cars travelling between Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki would be able to charge at 150 kW in-between. The first four of such fast-charging stops shall be erected this year.
eon.com (Norway), iwr.de (Fortum)
Fast-charging along the Autobahn: 100 fast-charging stations will be installed by German utility EnBW together with service station operator Tank & Rast. The EV pit stops will offer charging at 50 kW (AC 43 kW) with the option to upgrade to 150 kW. They are multi-chargers that connect to Type 2, CCS and CHAdeMO and will line motorways in Germany’s south and southwest.
enbw.com (in German)
Charging Switzerland faster: The Swiss-wide fast-charging network initiative GOFAST found a new investor in Energie 360°. Gotthard Fastcharge (GOFAST) reportedly wants to install at least 150 EV charging station offering 150 kW and more across Switzerland.
Korea’s first FCV sharing is about to start in the city of Gwangju. 15 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell are available to book online and form a fleet with another 27 battery-electric cars. The programme is a government initiative and serves as testbed.
Innogy, Fortum, ChargePoint, Etran, Singapore.
European roaming: RWE’s Innogy plans to set up a pan-European charging network that will use its Blockchain solution. It is a technological platform that allows for payments and the protocol is particularly suited for decentralised networks. In a next step, the e-Wallet is to be integrated. It simplifies payment and includes not only charging but road tolls, car sharing and other services.
Fortum to expand in Poland: Polish utility Energa chose Scandinavian Fortum to equip its future charging stations with its cloud-based Charge & Drive solution. Energa will retrofit its six existing EV charge points by March.
ChargePoint and Renault: Infrastructure provider ChargePoint announced the integration of its GeniePoint Network with Renault’s Z.E. Pass App. Renault EV drivers can now locate, charge and pay for recharging their electric car with their mobiles.
3D-printed electric scooter cabs: Etran Group will set up a taxi service in Bangkok this September that includes 10,000 electric scooters. The two-wheeler called Etran Prom is 3D-printed (partially at least) and runs on a network of battery swapping stations. Expansion beyond Thailand may begin by 2019.
Singapore set up an electric cab service already. The first 50 of a total of 100 electric cabs now roam the city state. They were delievered by BYD.
VDL, France, Volvo, Fortum, ChargePoint, ReachNow.
Europe’s biggest e-bus fleet: As previously announced, the 43 VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses began operations in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond over the weekend. Charging infrastructure will also be provided by VDL. It is already the largest all-electric bus fleet in Europe and the Nordbrabant region wants to electrify its entire public transport offering by 2025.
Charging along motorways: The French motorway association ASFA announced that a total of 200 fast-chargers will be installed along major expressways by 2017, essentially giving EV drivers a place to plug in every 80 kilometres. Moreover, the energy available will be 100 percent renewable.
welt.de (in German), caradisiac.com (in French)
Volvo unveils hybrid double-decker bus: The Volvo B5LHC Double Deck Electric Hybrid, which will hit the road in London next year. The top deck is provided by Wrightbus. The new double-decker can go around seven kilometres on electricity alone and has room for a maximum of 87 passengers.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)
Back-up battery: Fortum has opened a charging facility in Oslo, featuring 100 chargers with 22 kW, as well as two DC CHAdeMO and CCS chargers. It is also fitted with a battery reserve said balance power loads in order not to put any strain on the grid.
Putting ChargePoint on the map: Apple added more than 30,000 EV charging stations from ChargePoint to its own Apple Maps system. The icons also include links to initiate charging, as well hours of operations and pricing.
Reaching NYC: BMW’s new carsharing scheme ReachNow has arrived in the Big Apple. Residents of two luxury apartment buildings can now share four electric BMW i3, as well as two BMW 3-Series sedans. Two ChargePoint charges are already available at the location, with BMW installing a third place to plug in.
Hubject, Ontario, Austria, Madrid, Fortum, Chargemaster.
Do you have reservation? Berlin-based consortium Hubject now offers a reservation system for charging stations that EV drivers to reserve a plug via their smartphone at many stations across Europe. Just how that “reservation” will be manifested at the charger was not announced. Moreover, using the Hubject roaming platform, BMW drivers in Japan can now plug in at the Japanese Charge Network (JNC).
Ontario plans energy turnaround: The Canadian The Globe and Mail published a first outline of the province’s climate change plan, for which 7bn Canadian dollars have been earmarked for the next four years. 285m will be spend on a buyer’s premium for electric cars and charging infrastructure. The goal is that by 2020, five percent of Ontario’s vehicle are electric.
Incentives for company EVs: The Austrian Energy Department earmarked 7.5m euros for a second incentive scheme aimed at electric company cars and charging infrastructure. EVs for company use will be subsidised with 3,000 euros, while EVs for taxi or carsharing firms can be funded with up to 4,500 euros. Charging stations qualify for up to 10,000 euros.
ots.at (in German)
110 e-Taxis for Madrid: Taxi company La Ciudad del Taxi has ordered no less than 110 Nissan Leaf with a 30 kWh battery pack. According to Nissan, it is the largest delivery of electric taxis worldwide.
Fortum partners with Swedish Jönköping Energi and will install 30 public EV charging stations in the city of Jönköping this autumn. It will link the city to the Charge & Drive Nordic that encompasses more than 600 chargers.
Nissan partners with Chargemaster, which is now the official charge point supplier for Nissan UK. Owners of an electric Nissan Leaf or e-NW200 can get a 3 kW or 7kW Chargemaster Homecharger, which qualifies for a 500 pound OLEV grant.
TEN-T, Fortum, Tesla, Simcoe County, Greenlots.
Trans-Europe: The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) project hit a major milestone, as the British and Irish sections went live. The Rapid Charge Network includes 74 stations and spans 680 miles of popular routes. Chargers are operated by Ecotricity in the UK and ESB in Northern Ireland.
Charging at home: Together with Charge Amps, operator Fortum Charge & Drive has developed a new home and workplace charging solution. The Charge & Drive @home will first be launched in Sweden, followed by other Nordic countries.
Tesla vs. GM: The fate of Tesla’s rights to directly sell to customers in Indiana remains up in the air. An Indiana state senate committee pushed back the topic back to their summer study, where it will be discussed in more length. This may also be because of the national attention the bill received, especially since Tesla has blamed GM to behind the initiative.
Connecting the network: Ontario province Simcoe County has applied for 20m CAD to fund the development of five EV charging locations, each with three fast-chargers. The chargers would be part of Ontario’s electric vehicle programme.
Testing in Hawaii: A joint research project by Greenlots and Hawaiian Electric saw the installation of Greenlots’ SKY, a rapid-charger with scalable, vehicle-grid integration (VGI) technology at a popular shopping mall. Because it is coupled with an array of solar panels and an energy storage system, the chargers can operate at full power even during peak hours.
Kandi, Winnipeg, Wellington, Fortum.
Sharing Chinese EVs: Kandi announced that its EV joint venture with Geely plans to deliver 2,000 Kandi electric vehicles to ZuoZhongYou in Hainan. The electric cars are destined for a Micro Public Transportation (MPT) programme in Haikou. Delivery is expected by the end of 2015.
All-electric public transport? Canadian Winnipeg is looking into replacing its entire bus fleet with electric vehicles. One such bus is already running and together with manufacturer Manitoba the city explores the conversion of 618 buses to electric. The report is expected in spring 2016.
All-electric public fleet? New Zealand’s capital Wellington plans to put an EV charging network in place that shall span the entire region. A working group will be set up including local councils to see how to get the infratsructure in place. Once set up the councilors vowed to replace their existing fleet with electric vehicles possibly starting by March 2016.
Fortunate take over: Fortum expands its Charge & Drive network in Norway as it acquires ten EV charging stations from EV Power in Trøndelag. The firm will extend the existing spots to include two fast-chargers and one semi-fast charging station with twin outlets and also plans to install additional ones.
Hubject, ABB & Microsoft, PG&E, Fortum & Renault, Leviton.
European charge network grows: Hubject has extended its Intercharge network to include a few hundred stations of partners in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France and Switzerland. New partners are Fortum, Gronn Kontrakt, Virta, Clean Charge, Swisscom, ESB, and Freshmile.
Charging cloud: ABB and Microsoft jointly launched a new platform for EV fast-charging. It combines ABB’s EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services that include machine-learning and predictive analytic capabilities. The platform is presented at eCarTec.
7,500 EV chargers in California is the revised plan of Pacific Gas and Electric as its initial idea to erect 25,000 EV charging stations in the Golden state had been rejected by the California Public Utilities Commission (we reported).The plan still sees opposition by private infrastructure providers.
EV chargers in Lapland: The Fortum Charge & Drive network will be expanded with seven new charging stations in northern Lapland in Finland. The 22 kW semi-fast chargers are erected in cooperation with Renault and are located close to the border with Norway.
Home charging: Leviton presented the Evr-Green Mini Level 2 EV charging station. Very compact, the station comes standard with a 12-foot and optional 18-foot cable, and works with 30 amp circuits.