First Bus opens the UK’s largest charging depot in Scotland
Glasgow is now home to the largest fast-charging centre for electric vehicles in the UK after First Bus completed the transformation of its Caledonia bus depot. The depot in the south of Glasgow has seen 160 fast-charging points installed over the past nine months. And, this was just phase 1.
Glasgow targets doubling EV charging stations
Glasgow City Council has got an update on charging infrastructure in Scotland’s most populous city. The report includes existing and incoming charge points, with 164 planned for this year and more in the pipeline. Funding has been arranged, yet other factors remain open.
COP26: 30 nations & 11 carmakers want to exit combustion transit
At the World Climate Conference in Glasgow, 30 countries, 11 carmakers and other partners issued a joint declaration to move away from the internal combustion engine. The goal is to be emission-free worldwide for passenger cars and LCVs by 2040. But some of the signatories have already set themselves stricter targets.
GlasGo Cabs orders 360 Nissan Leaf in Scotland
Glasgow-based taxi and hire car company GlasGo Cabs has ordered 360 Nissan Leafs to replace existing internal combustion models with its fully electric vehicles. The 360 electric cars are to be delivered over a period of three years, the first eleven of which will arrive this year.
World leaders get the e-bus at COP26 in Glasgow
While the world looks to COP26 in Glasgow to turn the tides on catastrophic climate change, we look at change happening on the ground – the decarbonisation of public transport, a field where host nation UK and specifically Scotland may actually shine. Local manufacturers are building unique electric vehicles and are increasingly banking on both […]
DHL Parcel UK buys 50 Mercedes eSprinter vans
DHL Parcel UK will add 50 new electric vans to their fleet before the year’s end. The logistics company will deploy the 50 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter L2s in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Bristol and Southampton and complement the fleet in London.
First Bus order 125 electric buses from BYD-ADL
UK electric bus partners BYD and ADL have received another major order from Scotland. The operator First Bus has ordered 126 electric buses for use in Glasgow. These are 91 double-decker and 35 single-deck buses, which are to operate in Glasgow from March 2023.
E-buses from BYD headed to COP26 in Glasgow & Kyoto
Major electric bus maker BYD has received orders from the UK and Japan, and the US to deliver zero-emission vehicles. At least the electric buses headed for Glasgow and Kyoto will make for a sight, whereas the EVs going to the US will go there silently.
Scotland targets ebikes and EV charging
The Scottish Government has just awarded over £633,000 to support 45 e-bike projects across the country. The government has also awarded £210,000 to test new ways of improving accessibility across ChargePlace Scotland’s electric vehicle charging network.
Glasgow Airport introduces electric buses
Glasgow has introduced a three-strong fleet of battery-electric buses for its carpark operations and claims this a first in the UK. Built in Scotland by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD, it is the new Enviro200EV model’s Scottish debut.
Project Esprit bets on compact mini EV
As part of the EU funded project Esprit in Scotland (Easily Distributed Personal Rapid Transit) a compact, space-saving sharing system was developed with small EVs designed for short rides in heavily frequented areas.
EVGo, ABB, Glasgow, Ambulance, Infineon.
Strangers in Tesla Town: EVGo and ABB are about to venture into Tesla’s backyard in Californian Fremont, where they plan to install a fast charging station capable of 150 – 350 kW. The high-power charger will be made available to carmakers only to test new systems.
Leafs for cabs: Glasgow-based Taxi Centre has taken delivery of 15 Nissan Leafs but projects it will make more than 100 sales in the next 12 months and more than 300 the year after. The electric cars shall serve as taxis and join the 200 Nissan EV taxis in operation across Britain.
First responders electrified: North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) will start with four electric vehicles as a trial. The Trust will look to replace its whole fleet of 174 cars with the new electric models gradually in the coming years once the life-span of the current vehicles comes to an end.
Smart streetlight with EV charging: Infineon together with Eluminocity developed an intelligent LED street lamp that can charge electric cars as well. Its radar also detects free parking space and signals its availability to the cloud. More sensors measure air quality.
Porsche, Glasgow, Connecticut, GreenPower, Rochdale Borough.
Porsche photovoltaic pylon: A new Porsche centre in Berlin is powered by the now completed pylon. It is 25 metres high and includes 7,776 solar cells that can annually generate up to 30,000 kWh of electricity. Electric car owners are welcome to charge on-site for free.
Disciplinary move: Glasgow council scraps free parking in charge bays, limiting park time to two hours at 3 GBP each. Officials say the spaces are overused by EV and PHEV drivers and that the measure will bring greater availability for actual charging by the summer. Electricity remains free-of-charge.
EVs and charging in Connecticut: Middletown added six Ford Focus Electric cars to its fleet and the same number of public charging stations. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection funded the project with 115,064 dollars while the city had to add 78,606 dollars.
A new electric bus has been approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). GreenPower’s EV350 model can be sold as as heavy duty bus in the Golden State. The EV is eligible for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), worth 95,000 dollars.
Local EV fleet: Rochdale Borough Council purchased three electric cars. The EVs are already in use for waste and recycling, as well as transport services and the council hopes to save about 500 GBP on fuel cost per year and per EV. Bracknell Forest council, too, acquired its second Nissan e-NV200.
BAIC & Foxconn, Hubject, LangstreckE, Glasgow, SUNY.
Electric car sharing in China: BAIC Motor and Foxconn have started an electric car sharing service in Beijing. It starts with 1,000 units of the BAIC E150EV and is to be followed by Tesla´s Model S, the BYD e6 and Zinoro 1E at a later date. Maybe even a Foxconn EV will join the rental service in the future as the electronics company had revealed plans to enter the electric car market with an EV below the 15,000-dollar-mark (we reported).
New Hubject features: The Berlin-based joint venture will present its newly developed NFC access solution for charging stations operating within the intercharge network together with direct payments via credit card at the E-world energy & water trade fair in Essen, Germany this week.
Long-range commuting: Another project of Germany’s showcase regions has delivered results. The ‘LangstreckE’ (long range) project, undertaken by BMW, Chemnitz Technical University, and the city of Leipzig, saw 75 commuters using 15 BMW ActiveE over three months each. All users were able to cover most of their drives (91 percent) with the electric cars.
Go green, Glasgow: The Scottish city has now approved a ten-year transport strategy that also includes a “Low Emission Zone” feasibility study. Furthermore, Glasgow council plans to expand its current network of 64 EV charge points, adding another eight by March 2015 and expanding further in future.
Campus charging: The State University of New York (SUNY) has installed six EV charging stations at the New Paltz campus. The charge points are to be used by students, visitors, and staff, who will pay one dollar per hour for the first four hours, and five dollars per hour thereafter.
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