Volvo announces plans for another European plant
Volvo Cars is planning a significant expansion of its production capacities and intends to build another plant in Europe in the medium term. Initially, production capacity at the existing European plants in Torslanda near Gothenburg and Ghent in Belgium is to increase to 1.2 million vehicles.
Keolis to deploy electric bendy-buses in Gothenburg
Keolis has been awarded a ten-year contract worth €150 million to run electric buses in Gothenburg, Sweden. The contract with the Västraffik transport association is due to take effect in June 2022 and involves replacing the city’s biogas and biodiesel buses.
Sweden: Emobility testbed SEEL to become even bigger
The ‘Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory’ or SEEL for short, designed to make the country a hotbed for e-mobility, will grow larger than planned. The partners, which include Volvo and Scania as well as Chalmers University of Technology and RISE, now designated three sites.
Stena Line plans two e-ferries on the Baltic Sea
The Swedish shipping company Stena Line plans to operate two battery-powered ships on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route “before 2030”. The first of the two electric ferries, whose name and key data have already been determined, is to be ordered by 2025 at the latest.
Gothenburg to test emission-free ‘Green City Zone’
Starting in the spring of 2021, the Swedish port city of Gothenburg is planning to establish a zero-emission urban area under the title ‘Gothenburg Green City Zone,’ which will have a variety of climate-neutral modes of transport and a networked infrastructure.
Transdev coming to Gothenburg with e-buses
Transdev has been selected by the transport authority Västtrafik as the bus operator for the Gothenburg area for the next ten years. Transdev will operate 370 buses of which 160 are new electric buses by December 2020.
Sweden establishes e-mobility testbed worth 1BN SEK
Carmakers Volvo and Volkswagen’s Scania together with the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), and Chalmers University of Technology are establishing a testbed for electric mobility. With funding from the Swedish government the investment totals one billion krona (about 96M euro).
Sweden: Alelion supplying heavy-duty EV batteries
Swedish Alelion has been selected to supply batteries for Germany’s KAMAG Transporttechnik who wants to electrify one of their heavy-duty truck models. The order is worth 1.4M euros and part of a joint development project starting this year.
Swedish-Danish ferry route gets electrified gradually
Swedish Stena Line that operates a ferry service between Gothenburg and Danish Frederikshavn has made a deal with with Callenberg Technology Group. In three stages signified by different sized batteries, they want to electrify the vessel Stena Jutlandica.
Geely acquires shares in AB Volvo
After taking over Swedish carmaker Volvo 2010, the Chinese Geely group is now also owning parts of the separately operating truck specialist AB Volvo. Geely replaces investor Cevian Capital and thus acquires shares worth 2,8bn euros.
London, Gothenburg, BlueCity, H2 Mobility, Aspen.
London gets 36 electric buses: BYD and ADL (Alexander Dennis Limited) managed to get a letter of intent from transport provider RATP Dev to acquire 36 electric buses to serve on lines C1 and 70. Deliveries of the Enviro200 models are scheduled for spring 2018 and price negotiations are underway. Once concluded, the latest order will bring the number of ADL BYD electric buses in the UK capital to over 100, more than in any other major European city.
Gothenburg too got the hang of electric buses and thus extends its ElectriCity project together with Volvo to 2020. Two more electric buses shall take over line 16, after the electrification of no. 55 has proven a success.
Slowly but surely: BlueCity dares to grow its EV sharing in London fivefold, from 10 to 50 electric cars after the Hammersmith & Fulham trial went well. Availability will include Merton and Hounslow. Bolloré has been trying to gain ground in London since 2014.
German H2 initiative: Hesse state has 5 hydrogen stations as the joint venture H2 Mobility Deutschland opens two new ones. The JV consists of Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde and Shell that thus expand in the Rhine-Main area, namely in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. Germany now has a total of 30 H2 stations and these last two saw the federal government pour 1.6m euros into them. H2 Mobility not only got mighty shareholders but associated partners too with BMW, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen.
It took Aspen 18 months to decide to apply for funding for electric buses and infrastrcuture. City officials will now be asked to grant 1.5m dollars towards the acquisition of eight electric buses from New Flyer. RFTA plans to also apply to the state for a grant worth 1.7m and to the FTA for a 3.2m grant.
Video tip I: The electric bus line of Swedish Gothenburg runs since summer but is now dressed up for the festive season. Volvo gave its electric buses a makeover with a light show accompanied by christmas carols and calls its a “mobile x-mas card.”
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Video tip II: Amsterdam aims to be emission free by 2025 and here promotes its efforts in public charging infrastruture. The advance is backed up by data that will feed smart grid applications.
Gothenburg, Tesla, Urban Mobility Challenge.
Video tip I: Sweden’s Gothenburg just recently launched electric bus route 55. This promotional video takes a look at what that looks like in practice.
Video tip II: Tesla recently had visitors at its factory in California: National Geographic stopped by, camera in hand. The result is a 45 minute video about the Model S, Elon Musk, and the “revolutionary vision” of changing the car automobile industry.
Click tip: What will public transportation of the future look like? When Local Motors asked that question, some 100 designers presented their ideas. These are the winners of the “Urban Mobility Challenge”.
Gothenburg, Chicago, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Aylesbury.
Gothenburg goes electric: The city’s first route for electric buses has gone into service. Gothenburg´s bus route 55 has three completely electrically driven buses and seven electric hybrid buses, all of them from Volvo Buses. The buses are equipped with onboard wi-fi and phone charging facilities.
Chicago electrifies: The city has started a “Drive Clean Taxi program,” paying cab companies up to 10,000 dollars for each EV purchased. Chicago hopes to soon count 120 alternative powered taxis on its roads.
Uni of Alaska Fairbanks shuttles electric: The Moto Electro Transit Buddy is the newest addition to the UAF fleet that also includes 10 electric carts for landscaping and recycling. The shuttle had already been delivered before Christmas, but is just now allowed to hit the university roads.
Aylesbury gets three rapid-chargers: 75 percent of the installation cost was covered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the rest of the bill was picked up by Nissan and Charge Your Car. EVs can be charged up to 80 percent in 20 to 30 minutes.
Aldi Süd, Gothenburg, Los Angeles, Duluth, Dubai, CoStar.
Fast chargers at German supermarkets: German supermarket chain Aldi Süd is partnering with utility and charging station provider RWE, installing its first charger in Düsseldorf as part of the new project “Sonne tanken“ (“charging sun”). Until mid-2015, the discounter wants to have installed 50 multi-standard rapid chargers that will be free to use for shoppers without any registration.
handelsblatt.com, rwe.com, aldi-sued.de (articles in German)
Volvo electrifies Gothenburg: Starting on June 15th, the Swedish city of Gothenburg will take three fully electric Volvo buses into service. They will operate alongside seven hybrid buses from Volvo on route 55 between Lindholmen and Chalmers/Johanneberg.
transportengineer.org.uk, eurotransportmagazine.com, volvogroup.com
More electric buses: LA has begun operating the first five of 25 electric buses by BYD. The city of Duluth in Minnesota has meanwhile purchased six electric buses from manufacturer Proterra and Dubai has kicked off a nine month trial with an electric bus.
shanghaidaily.com (LA), wdio.com (Duluth), gulfnews.com (Dubai)
CoStar goes hybrid: The commercial property data specialist has added eight Toyota Yaris Hybrids to its fleet, which already features a series of Prius models. With employees driving between 15,000 to 20,000 miles per year, the company says it needs fuel efficient cars.
Wyoming, JLong, Gothenburg, New Zealand.
Another EV tax? Wyoming is thinking about issuing a new bill, taxing what legislators call alternative fuels, together with a separate fee for electric vehicles. The tax is intended to pay for the upkeep of roads and signage.
EV extension cord: Drivers of electric vehicles in the U.S. that find parking space in front of charging stations scarce, can now get an extended charge cable. The ‘JLong’ by Quick Charge Power costs 299 dollars with a standard length of 20 feet. Each additional foot adds five dollars to the price.
quickchargepower.com via greencarreports.com
Sweden’s next hydrogen fuelling station is to be set up at Gothenburg and is expected to be open in January 2015. The initiative is led by Hydrogen Sweden in association with the region Västra Götaland, the EU and fuel cell companies like PowerCell Sweden AB and Oy Woikoski.
Crossing New Zealand electrically: Craig Salmon is about to complete his trip from Cape Reinga to Bluff and back in his 2012 Nissan Leaf. While he had no problems charging his electric car along the way, he still concludes that New Zealand could do more with public fast charging stations.