More electric cars being sold despite market downturn
The latest report by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) forecasts electric vehicle sales to continue to gain momentum in 2019 – despite a decline in the overall number of car registrations. China and Norway remain the drivers and exceptions of the global trend.
On the pacifying effect of electric cars
A hospital in England wanted to make surgery less scary for their youngest patients and found an intriguing way to calm the little children. The nurses provided them with miniature electric cars, in which they can put their hands on the steering wheels themselves.
Nissan and EDF Energy explore 2nd life use of batteries
Nissan teams up with EDF Energy, the UK-based subsidiary of French utility EDF, to explore secondary use of old EV batteries. The first joint project will focus on creating a business model to reuse recycled batteries of the Nissan Leaf into commercial storage systems.
French EDF to install 75,000 charging stations until 2022
French energy giant EDF intends to operate 75,000 charging stations in Europe by 2022 as it aims for a 30% market share in its main markets of France, Belgium, Italy and the UK. “We want to become the uncontested leader in electric mobility in Europe by 2022”, declares CEO Jean-Bernard Levy.
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.
MEGA-E: Allego to erect 322 HPC stations
Allego and Fortum Charge & Drive join forces to set up a pan-European high-power charging (HPC) network called MEGA-E and thus to erect 322 ultra-fast charging stations and 27 so-called e-charging hubs throughout Europe.
Pre-orders for Tesla truck now possible in Europe
Tesla has opened the order books for its electric truck Semi in Europe – or let’s say in several European countries such as Norway, the Netherlands and Great Britain. Besides that, more and more Model 3 cars are about to get delivered to external clients.
Rocket-powered racer may go electric soon
Bloodhound, the British 1000mph jet and rocket-powered land speed record challenger, is planning to convert. The rocket motors may soon be supported by an electric motor and talks with Polestar are underway.
NewMotion partners with Good Energy
British energy company Good Energy and Dutch charging infrastructure specialist NewMotion are working on a common project to make EV owning customers of Good Energy a special offer based on 100% renewable energy.
Great Britain, Tritium, Renault-Nissan, Volvo Buses, Cologne.
Charging at service stations by law: Great Britain wants to oblige service station providers to install EV charging points. This claim is part of a new law for electrified and autonomous vehicles, announced during the course of the traditional “Queen’s Speech” in parliament.
Big deal for Tritium: The Australian quick charging manufacturer says to have won a tender of utility Stromnetz Hamburg. Tritium has until October to supply 52 units of its quick-charger Vefill, that provides a 11kW AC output and is compatible with CHAdeMO and CCS.
Autonomous EV sharing by Renault-Nissan: The Franco-Japanese alliance wants to build up ride sharing services with self-driving EVs. Ogi Redzic, head of Renault-Nissan’s Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services division said, this new business line shall kick-off “certainly within 10 years.”
Volvo’s biggest electric bus order to date has been handed in by Swedish Malmö. The city ordered 13 Volvo 7900 Electric that shall roll on Malmö’s streets by late 2018. According to Volvo, this is the biggest individual order for the 7900 Electric it ever received.
Europe’s biggest cargo bike sharing: Green Moves Rheinland, a subsidiary of eco energy provider Naturstrom, wants to kick-off the biggest rental programme for electric cargo bikes in Europe, namely in Cologne. Donk-EE will be presented at June, 28 with further details to follow only afterwards.
presseportal.de (in German)
Great Britain, Germany, Seoul, Connecticut.
Councils cued up on EVs: A survey by Intelligent Car Leasing among 412 councils in Great Britain found that one third of authorities had at least one electric vehicle in their fleet. Scottish communities are particularly well electrified with Dundee taking the lead as its fleet is 38 EVs strong.
intelligentcarleasing.com via fleetpoint.org, transportevolved.com
German Greens pro EV incentives: German car buyers could get grants worth 5,000 euros (5,672 USD) for EVs and 2,000 euros (2,270 USD) for hybrids if a new proposal by the Green party will make it through parliament. The subsidies could be financed through a new fund fed with taxes collected from cars which emissions exceed the European limits.
Phone booths to charge points: Korean KT Linkus together with electric car sharing company Han Car and the city of Seoul has started a pilot project to turn disused phone booths into EV charging stations. Three have undergone the transformation already and more could follow suit.
Crossing Connecticut in hybrids: The state will put 48 diesel-hybrid buses by Nova, New Flyer and Gillig into service for its new express bus system CTfastrak, which is scheduled to start in March. All buses are equipped with hybrid technology from Allison Hybrid and will serve across Connecticut.
Great Britain, Nissan, British Gas, ebuggy, The New Motion, Car2go.
500 more millions: The British government specified the second round of its ‘ultra-low emission vehicle’ initiative. Another 500 million pounds (841.2m dollars) will be invested in the continuation of the 5,000-pounds buying incentive, the creation of green city areas and research and development. 32 millions are reserved for the installation of new fast chargers.
gov.uk, businessgreen.com, transportevolved.com
British Gas convinced by Nissan: After a six-month trial phase of the e-NV200, the British utility provider has now decided to actually place a bulk order. 50 electric vans are due for immediate delivery, another 50 are set to follow by the end of this year.
Battery trailer: German company ebuggy set out to solve the range issue of electric cars. Instead of recharging at a station, EV drivers just pick up a trailer full of battery cells said to last for 300 miles. When empty, the ebuggy is to be swapped or left at another station. So far, the project is at prototype stage.
ecomento.com (with video) via greencarreports.com
Correction: As we reported yesterday, The New Motion and Alliander Mobility Services will jointly erect a fast-charging network in the Benelux countries. But the 200 multi-system chargers for Germany will be set up solely under the responsibility of The New Motion.
Roam (more) freely: Car2go is opening up its car sharing offers. By next week, users in Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands will be able to use cars in the respective cities with just one account. In a similar move, Car2go will unite drivers in the states and Canada but cross-continental roaming has yet to be enabled…
daimler.com (Europe, in German), cleantechnica.com (North America)