Japan: New Fuso product and design centre opened
Daimler Trucks has opened a new product and design centre at the Kawasaki plant of its Japanese commercial vehicle subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC). A main focus of the new centre will be the specific challenges facing electric trucks and their ecosystems, including charging.
Fuso, AMT, South Korea, Xinjiang Uygur, Toyota.
Testing Fuso: The German city of Stuttgart and logistics company Hermes will be testing five battery-powered Fuso Canter e-cells from Daimler. The 6-tons e-cells will be tested over twelve months in tough, everyday environments. Two will be deployed in road construction and landscaping, two in furniture transport and waste disposal, and one will make deliveries for Hermes.
Electric fleet: AMT vehicle rental invested 200,000 pounds to add Nissan Leaf and a Tesla Model S to its fleets in Leeds, Stockport and London. Nearly 10 percent of AMT’s rental fleet is now made up of electrics and hybrids.
From free to fees: EV owners in South Korea will now have to pay to charge their car. While automakers argue that charging should remain free to help build the industry, owners will now pay roughly 27 cents per kWh at all of the 337 charging stations in the country. Many were not aware of the subsidy change, and worry that the future of EVs in Korea is now in question.
EVs for the underprivileged: One region in China hopes to introduce 100,000 low-cost EVs by 2020. The cars will be aimed at poorer regions and come with a significantly smaller price tag ranging from 4,600 to 7,700 dollars. This measure is part of a larger programme that hopes to make 50 percent of new vehicles electric in pilot areas.
Senior transportation: A collaboration between Toyota and Nagoya University is testing a carsharing service to help elderly citizens find rides. An undetermined number of Toyota’s super compact COMS EV will also be available for rent. The programme is currently being tested in the city of Toyota in the Aichi Prefecture and is expected to integrate automated driving in its third year.
Fuso Canter E-Cell passes test.
A total of 51,500 kilometres were driven in eight Fuso Canter E-Cell during testing in Portugal. The trial began in mid-2014 and resulted in operating costs dropping 64 percent. The trucks ran for as many as 109 km on one charge.
Kandi, West Horsley Dairy, Karlovac, Vancouver.
Kandi goes to Shanghai: From now on, the Chinese automotive company has an electric presence in Shanghai. A total of 208 Kandi EV have now been deployed for Shanghai’s carsharing program. This is only the start, as Kandi plans to deliver 3,000 to 5,000 electric cars by this year’s end.
Hybrid dairyman: West Horsley Dairy now delivers its milk products with a FUSO Canter Eco Hybrid truck in London. The lorry comes with a special cooling body with an eutectic cooling system, which is based on frozen gel that keeps goods cool even when no power source is available.
Methane to miles: The garbage collection company in the Croatian city of Karlovac plans to electrify its entire fleet. On top of it, the business will produce its own energy for the EVs by using methane – a by-product of waste decomposition at its local landfill.
No cable, no charge: In the Vancouver area, cable theft is increasingly becoming a problem for EV drivers as thieves are cutting the long charging cables to get their hands on the copper inside. Some stations had seen their charging cables stolen more than once.
Fuso, Nissan, ChargePoint, Scandlines, Tesla.
Electric lorry on trial: Fuso, Daimler’s subsidiary in Japan, is also responsible for the Canter E-Cell, which is built at Tramagal plant in Portugal. Now, eight evaluation vehicles were given to Portuguese customers to test the lorries under real-life conditions.
Nissan’s No Charge to Charge Programme has ChargePoint back in the game, reports ChargedEvs. That is because the EZ-Charge card will also grant access to charge points not included in Nissan’s two-years free-charging scheme – with a charge for a charge.
The hybrid ferries from Scandlines could soon be followed by fully-electric ones. After the carrier had been granted 2.3 million euros from the European Union for their conversion of two ferries to hybrid drivetrains. Scandlines’ CEO Søren Poulsgaard Jensen is considering the electrification of one vessel of its Helsingør-Helsingborg route.
fehmarn24.de, 02elf.net (both in German)
Tesla supports Tesla museum: The latter refers to the pioneering researcher of alternating currents, Nikola Tesla. His workplace will be turned into a museum with funds from an Oatmeal online campaign. In another cartoon, the company then asked Elon Musk to get involved. Mission accomplished – Tesla (the carmaker) will pay one million dollars and donate a Supercharger to the museum.
theoatmeal.com via greencarreports.com