Fastned, Denmark, Nissan, EVgo, AAA, Georgia Power.
Do the Dutch do it better? It seems so considering that they will be the ones to electrify the German Autobahn. Fastned announced its expansion across the border and will line the highway with 14 fast-charging stations open to all electric car types, a first in Germany. In the Netherlands the company has 60 of 201 planned stations operational.
Reverse to forward: Denmark is taking back its anti-EV policies the conservative government has (re-)introduced only last year, when it phased out the tax break on EVs. Since then sales had become virtually non-existent and so the incentive programme is now being phased back in place – almost. Instead of the tax being capped at 40 percent, it will halt at 20% until sales reach 5,000 EVs at least.
cphpost.dk, electrek.co, dr.dk (in Danish)
East coast all the way: Nissan and EVgo have made plans public to connect Boston and Washington D.C. with 50 fast-charging stations at nine locations. The chargers will support CCS as well as CHAdeMO and be ready by fall. The ‘I-95 Fast-Charge ARC’ will be pre-wired for 150 kW.
Hybrid Gig in California: The American Automobile Association (AAA) will launch its own hybrid car sharing called Gig in Berkeley and Oakland this month. 250 Toyota Prius C will form the first fleet.
Teaming up for electric transport are utility Georgia Power and the baseball club Atlanta Braves. They will install 61 EV charging stations around the SunTrust Park stadium.
carvelo2go, diesel-hybrids, Georgia Power, hydrogen, Tesla.
Electric cargo bike sharing: Carvelo2go kicked off in Bern, Switzerland. It claims to be the world’s first electric cargo bike sharing. 18 bikes are available for hire at host locations. The Mobility Academy involved in the project plans to bring the solutions to other cities and to eventually roll out carvelo2go nationwide.
Hybrid bus fleet: The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has decided to acquire at least twelve diesel-electric hybrid buses over the next five years. Eventually, the transport provider might purchase as many as 47. The vehicles will come from Canadian New Flyer Industries.
Charging isles: Georgia Power opened eleven new EV charging stations located at its properties across the state. By the end of 2016, the utility intends to have installed 61 community charging islands across Georgia, where the public can charge for a fee.
Hydrogen package: ITM Power, SymbioFCell and Arcola Energy are teaming up to offer British fleet operators a full H2 package. It includes the Renault Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cell range extender, hydrogen refuelling and several other services.
Tesla opened two new Superchargers in Australia. The stations at Goulburn and Wodonga enable Model S drivers to travel between Sydney and Melbourne. In order to make it, owners will have to charge for about an hour at each spot.
Swift, Georgia Power, Philippines, Beijing, Hanover.
Belgian EV fleet: Belgium-based Swift has added 21 range-extended BMW i3 to its fleet. The electric cars were leased through Alphabet and will be charged at the 21 EV charging stations operated by utility provider Electrabel. The deal also includes 19 home chargers for Swift employees.
Company Volts: Georgia Power now has 32 branded Chevrolet Volts crossing the state as the firm’s employees carry out energy audits at homes and businesses. The electric cars underlines Georgia Power’s EV initiative that strives to promote EV use (we reported) trough education and discounts.
Follow-up: Five firms have entered their bids for providing up to 3,000 electric trikes to the Philippines (we reported). All bidders come from Asian countries. The project will be funded by the Asian Development Bank that is looking to award the project in late June or July.
Electric bus for Beijing: The first all-electric 18-metre bus with a range of 100 kilometres has gone into service in the Chinese capital. The Foton AUV Harmony City BJ6180 by TM4 features an electric motor with rotor that rotates outside the stator, allowing for a higher power density and increased reliability.
Easy Charge and Park is a new project of Hanover’s showcase region initiative. Enercity and union-boden will equip five parking garages in the German city with up to 12 EV charging stations, at which drivers can charge their car while paying via the park ticket. First garages already feature this option.
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Chevrolet Volt, Georgia Power.
Click tip: Get all the inside on the upcoming Volt as Chevrolet’s “Hot Sheet” for GM dealers lists all differences between the old and the upcoming Volt, as well as production dates and prices per state. As usual, Californian buyers are given priority.
Video tip: Georgia Power released a series of EV commercials, praising their advances through testimonials and key facts. Aren’t electric vehicles just enjoyable?!
youtube.com (GP channel) via insideevs.com
South Korea, London, I-CVUE, Nissan & Georgia Power, Phoenix Cars.
South Korea to charge up: The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has signed a MoU to form a so-called special project company (SPC) with five public and private firms, among them Hyundai. Together they are to spend 32.2 billion won (29.24 million dollars) on building 5,580 new charging stations over the next three years. Almost half of the stations will be located in residential areas. The Korean government itself plans to supply some 3,000 electric vehicles for public use in 2015 alone.
All-electric bus route: Transport for London (TfL) has asked bus operator Arriva to serve route 312 with electric buses only, possibly starting from September. A date for full electrification is yet to be set. Two electric buses that run between Croydon and Norwood might soon be joined by seven more.
The ‘Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe’ (I-CVUE) project is calling pan-European fleet operators to switch to EVs. Ten members of the consortium that includes Bosch and TfL are offering their expertise. The project is coordinated by the British Energy Saving Trust.
Nissan partners with utility: The Japanese are expanding a workplace charging programme which was begun by Georgia Power in 2014. Local employers in Atlanta can now receive a 1,000-dollar rebate for each Level 2 charger installed. Nissan matches the 500 dollar from the utility provider.
ZEUS shuttle for NASA: Phoenix Cars announced the delivery of the first of four Zero Emissions Utility Shuttles (ZEUS) to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) campus in Pasadena, California. The electric buses will carry up to 14 NASA employees around the Pasadena campus facilities.