eHighway project kicks off in Germany
Tomorrow, the eHighway project Elisa (electrified, innovative heavy traffic on the autobahn) will start on a section of the A5 highway between Langen and Weiterstadt. For the first time on a German motorway, hybrid trucks will be powered via overhead lines.
Fraport & Volocopter set about air taxi infrastructure
Volocopter, and Fraport AG – the owner and manager of FRA, Germany’s biggest airport, intend to develop concepts for the ground infrastructure and the operation of electric aerial taxis at airports. The main focus will be on smooth passenger handling and efficient connections to existing traffic infrastructure.
Messe Frankfurt trials three StreetScooter vans
In addition to its existing e-vehicles, Messe Frankfurt is now also using three StreetScooters electric vans as part of a two-year test run. The charging infrastructure will be provided by the trade fair with 13 charging stations on site for both exhibitors and visitors.
First electric long distance bus in Germany
FlixBus has introduced the first fully electric bus running the long-distance in Germany. Starting this Thursday it serves four times a day between between Frankfurt and Mannheim, including stops at Frankfurt Airport and Heidelberg.
Fastned partners with large German supermarket chain
Dutch charging infrastructure provider Fastned has struck a new deal. Together with Rewe, a grocery retailer, they will trial fast-charging at four large supermarkets in Germany. If the pilot is a success, they will expand their cooperation to other locations and we asked more details.
Chery of China starting expansion to Europe
Chinese carmaker Chery has begun making its way into Europe. The first foothold is a design and development centre Chery is to open in the German town of Raunheim, near Frankfurt. The newly founded Chery Europe GmbH will take up their work there next year and Chery said that importing an all-electric model by 2020 […]
London, Frankfurt, Proterra, Hammersmith and Fulham.
Boris Buses: London’s Mayor Boris Johnson will leave office this year but is busy buying more of his “signature” hybrid buses, ordering another 195 from Wrightbus. This will eventually bring the total number of orders to a 1,000 of which 600 are already in service. Potential successors to the mayor already said they would not continue to aim for 2,000 hybrid buses by 2020. Instead, they would seek full electrification or “true” hybrids if not suspending infrastructure spending altogether.
Electric fleet in Frankfurt: The city added 35 electric cars to its official fleet as part of its procurement initiative. Departments and offices could apply for monetary support and Frankfurt spent all 200,000 euros initially reserved. The city hopes to set an example not only for its citizens but also other cities as it considers itself to be a European mobility metropolis.
frankfurt.de (in German)
Electric buses on campus: Proterra received an order from the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Transportation. The two electric buses and a semi-fast charging stations are the beginning of ASUM’s initiative to phase out diesel buses and to move into electric transit.
Let the charge begin: The London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has started the installation of its on-street EV charging facilities. The first nine of 20 planned charging locations with two charging points each will be ready by March.
California, UK, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Frankfurt.
New grant for electric trucks and buses: The California Air Resources Board announced another EV funding initiative. In total, 24 million dollars will be provided for projects putting zero-emission trucks and buses into service in the Golden State.
Promoting cycling: The U.K. Department for Transport funds a new e-bike fleet with 700,000 pounds. A total of 234 e-bikes will become available for hire in ten locations, including Bristol, Exeter, Oxford, Rotherham, Isle of Wright, Eastbourne and Plymouth, backing the government’s commitment to double the number of bicycle journeys in the United Kingdom.
Fifth H2 station in southwest Germany: Daimler, Linde and Total have opened the fifth hydrogen filling station in Baden-Wuerttemberg. As part of the Clean Energy Partnership expansion programme, the joint venture is investing in 20 of 50 new H2 stations to be built in Germany by 2016.
New EVs for Frankfurt Airport: Ten electric cars have been added to the fleet of Germany´s largest Airport. While these new Mitsubshi EVs are used for aircraft handling services, an electric heavy-duty prototype vehicle manufactured by Mulag is being tested for the transport of luggage containers.
aerosieger.de, airliners.de (both in German)