USA awards grants for electric buses and infrastructure
As part of the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) just announced $84.9 million in grant selections.Weiterlesen
USA invests $84.5 million to electrify public transport
The US Federal Transit Authority has announced a pot of 84.5 million dollars to help electrify public transport in US American communities. The money will be spent on 52 projects in 41 states.Weiterlesen
UK government extends operating licenses for vans
The British government changed the laws regarding driving permits to make alternative energy vans more attractive to the wider public. The normal drivers license now allows for drivers to drive a hybrid or electric transporter weighing up to 4.25 tons, instead of the previous 3.5 tons.Weiterlesen
EU, Berlin, New York City, FTA, Nagpur.
EU approves fast-charging conglomerate: BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen with its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche have got the EU Commission’s permission for the installation and operation of an ultra-quick charging network through a joint venture. As announced earlier, construction is to start still this year with initially 400 CCS fast-charging stations with up to 30 charge points each along Europe’s core highways.
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30 EVs for all of Berlin’s airports: Airport operator FBB is to electrify its fleet through leasing 30 BMW i3 and invests also 240,000 euros in charging infrastructure. Within the next month, employees shall be able to choose between four car pool sites in Tegel, Schönefeld and at the future BER.
Electric bus trial in NYC: Ten electric buses will hit the roads of New York City from December on. The pilot programme shall provide information in order to specify requirements for a future business operation in New York’s metropolitan environment.
FTA raises 55m dollars to reduce emission: The State’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides 55m dollars for FY 2017 in order to motivate states, local authorities and indigenous tribes to purchase or lease low- or no-emission vehicles along with related equipment or facilities.
Test with 200 electric taxis: At 24th of May, the Indian city of Nagpur will kick-off a trial including 200 electric taxis provided by Mahindra. It’s the first project of such magnitude in India.
FTA, Shanghai, Communauto, Taxi Diamond, E-Wald, Wirecard.
U.S. funds e-bus development: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has selected seven projects that will receive a total of 22.5m dollars for research and development pertaining to all-electric and fuel cell buses, as well as the corresponding infrastructure.
Charging Shanghai’s airports: Shanghai’s airports Honggiao and Pudong will be fitted with a total of 1,500 charging points; the first 100 will be erected before the end of the year. Moreover, the airports want to invests in hundreds of new electric and hybrid vehicles like shuttle buses and set up an EV hiring service at Shanghai-Pudong.
Electrification to share: Carsharing operator Communauto says it will add a total of 600 all-electric and hybrid vehicles to its fleets in Québec, Ottawa, Halifax and Montreal. The first 275 cars are said to hit the road in Montreal by the end of the week.
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Electrification to hire: The above mentioned carsharing scheme will join Taxi Diamond’s 110 hybrid cabs on the streets of Montreal. The taxi company says that it wants to replace most of its 1,100 vehicles with electric and hybrid cars by 2020.
E-Wald joins Hubject consortium: The Bavarian charging network is the 200th partner to join the international consortium. It adds 600 new chargers to the intercharge network.
Pay by smartphone: Mobile payment service provider Wirecard and Austrian IT start-up Enio teamed up to enable cash-free payments via an app at EV charging stations. The option is said to be rolled out across all EU countries where Enio is active before the end of summer:
PNNL, FTA, ISO/IEC 15118-2, Bridgestone.
Hybrid anode for Li-S batteries: Researchers at PNNL have designed a protection system for the anode of lithium–sulfur batteries. Electrically connected graphite and lithium metal functions as an artificial solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer that prevents destructive chemical reactions. This could prolong battery life up to four times.
25 million dollar LoNo program: The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has money left to spend on the deployment of low- or no-emission (LoNo) buses. 21.6 million dollars are available for vehicles other than prototypes, another 3.3m dollars for equipment and infrastructure.
International V2G standard: A part of the ISO/IEC 15118-2 standard regarding the two-way communication between electric vehicle and charging stations, has been accepted by the ISO authority as ‘FDIS’ (Final Draft for International Standard). Now, the IEC has to approve the draft before a final document can be prepared and eventually issued as international standard for V2G.
smart-v2g.info (In German)
Bridgestone tyres for i3: The Japanese exclusively deliver slim tyres for the all-electric BMW. The new Ologic line uses a diameter usually known from race car tyres and combines it with a narrow tread design. The tyres are said to improve aerodynamics and rolling resistance while providing safe grip.