UK, ADEME, Colorado, Greenspot, Tesla.
Modern Transport Bill: British Department for Transport has started a consultation for its Modern Transport Bill. This includes electric transport and suggests the introduction of standards, smart charging as well as the installation of charging stations in park garages and at large service stations. To foster e-mobility is one declared aim of the legislation.
energylivenews.com, newcivilengineer.com, gov.uk
French infrastructure scheme ADEME will run until March 2016. It primarily looks to finance EV charging infrastructure in yet uncoverd areas and with long-term parking. The programme further aims at municipalities and recognised energy unions and finances up to 50% of cost with a cap at 3,000 euros.
avere-france.org (in French)
EV charging in Boulder County: The town of Lafayette opened another public charging station, the fourth in the city. All four stations have been funded through the Charge Ahead Colorado grant programme that bore 80 percent of cost with the remaining 20% coming from the County.
Charging Jersey City: Greenspot, an infrastructure provider, has introduced ten EV charging stations that serve its EV sharing in Jersey City, New Jersey. The latter is done in partnership with GM’s Maven so expect to see some Bolt charging there soon.
Kiwis get Tesla storage: Vector, an utility in New Zealand, opened a grid-scale Tesla Powerpack installation. The Californians delivered 24 Powerpacks for a 1MW/ 2.3MWh system, which is located in a suburb of Auckland. The utiliy deems it the biggest installation in the Asia/Pacific region.
UK, Royal HaskoningDHV, Greenspot, Indianapolis, New Zealand.
EV privileges in UK? Clean Air Zones to be introduced in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby, and Southampton could see electric cars getting road priority. Proposed privileges include use of bus lanes, exemption from one-way systems and priority at traffic lights for EV. The latter in particular appears a recipe for chaos. Environmental lawyers and campaigners claim the British Government’s initiative to be “too little, too late,” esp. as it is limited to five cities.
bbc.co.uk, theguardian.com, consult.defra.gov.uk (clean air zone draft)
Fleet electrification: 26 BMW i3 are the start of a 100 percent electric fleet for Dutch engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV. The electric cars replace internal combustion engine vehicles and the bureau plans to operate its entire leasing fleet of 625 cars purely electrically by 2020.
Chevy Volt sharing: Ten EV charging stations were unveiled in Jersey City by infrastructure provider Greenspot. Two are reserved for GM’s Maven electric car sharing with Chevy Volts. Jersey thus has the first Maven in the New York Metropolitan area.
Airport electrification: 12.6m dollars have been awarded to the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) for upgrades that include six electric shuttle buses. It would be the largest electric fleet at any U.S. airport.
Kiwis to go green: Thirty of New Zealand’s largest companies, among them Air New Zealand and Mercury, have agreed to electrify 30 percent of their fleets by 2019. The move will put close to 1,500 electric cars on the road, thus doubling the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand.