Hamburg Hochbahn brings “E-Bus Masterplan” under way
Hamburg’s public transport provider Hochbahn is on schedule with its E-Bus Masterplan that will see them procure nothing but all-electric buses from 2020 onwards. The first batch of thirty such EVs will be delivered by Daimler’s EvoBus and Solaris after they won a competitive tender.
Germany, Hamburg, Scotland, British Telecom, Korea.
Germany turns to Japan to get its fix on fuel cell vehicles, namely 185 Toyota Mirai, that are co-funded with 3.2m euros through the NIP fund. The first hydrogen cars from the so-called ZeroE project will reportedly be deployed in Hamburg’s new CleverShuttle programme. The destination of the remaining 165 Mirai has yet to be disclosed.
Hamburgs seems savvy when it comes to funding for e-mobility initiatives. A new scheme called Efficiency Hamburg, wants to populate the port town with 500 plug-in vehicles, cars and vans alike. Businesses and the authorities can register with Alphabet to receive funding from a total of 1.5m euros.
On track to electrification: Scotland’s biggest train stations will soon offer EV charging. The first 4 of a total of 100 charging points have been installed with Uphall, Bathgate, East Kilbride and Johnstone already live. They are free to use but require a ChargePlace Scotland card to activate the device.
BT to electrify fleet: British Telecom has announced plans to exchange most of its cars with electric or hybrid ones but wants to switch gradually all throughout 2030. It’s UK fleet entails about 30,000 vehicles.
Korea is almost California: The Korea Expressway Corporation will halve the road toll for electric vehicles and fuel cell cars on expressways across the country by next Monday. The discount is valid until 2020 and an extension depends on the number of eco-friendly cars by then.
Berlin, Hamburg, PlugSurfing, London, Daimler, California.
30 electric buses for Berlin: The Berlin transportation service company (BVG) intends to order 30 electric-powered buses. A call for tender is currently in preparation. Hence, the BVG’s original plan to replace diesel vehicles through CNG buses is no longer a topic.
electrive.net (in German)
EVs also to join Hamburg’s bus fleet: The port city’s agency Hamburger Hochbahn prepares to gradually add electric buses to its fleet, as announced. Since a few days, a tender for initially 30 electric-powered buses due for delivery in 2018 or 2019 has been published. Bus manufacturers can apply until November. Hochbahn intends to electrify its complete fleet, all in all 1,000 vehicles.
PlugSurfing welcomes E.On: German energy company E.On joins the PlugSurfing charging network and in a first step made 11 of its charging stations accessible for EV drivers using the PlugSurfing app and charging key. E.On was the last of the “big four” German energy companies (Vattenfall, EnBW, Innogy and E.On) to enter the network.
Police trials H2 scooters: London’s policemen are starting to test seven hydrogen-powered scooters in their daily working life. The trial covers 18 months. The scooters, type Burman Fuel Cell, are provided by Suzuki.
Daimler plans ride sharing with autonomous EVs: Mercedes-Benz Vans and U.S. start-up Via found a JV in order to launch an on-demand ride sharing service in Europe. Via already operates in New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. – first European city shall be London. Daimler intends to gradually optimise its fleet for the ride sharing purpose. This includes developing advanced software and sensors, but also the integration of electric-powered Mercedes-Benz Vito and autonomous driving.
Studies instead of subsidies: The Californian Legislature has cancelled the plan to pump another 3 billion dollars into EV subsidies. Instead the sum serves now the Air Resources Board to conduct studies on how to write and implement EV rebate legislation, with results expected in September 2019.
Hamburg, Smart Bridge, Oregon, Innogy.
Smart City: While Hamburg did not exactly act intelligently during the riots surrounding the G20 meeting, it wants to get ready for an electric future and decided to test 100 autonomous shuttles from next year. The partnership between the town and Deutsche Bahn is dubbed Smart City and focuses on transport to and from stations and bookings via app. With VW’s MOIA and Hamburg Hochbahn also looking to introduce electric shuttles, 200 even, the roads may soon run ripe with autonomous mini buses.
handelsblatt.com (in German)
Bridge technology: The world’s longest sea bridge that will connect China with Hong Kong and Macao upon completion later this year, will also include an artificial island built for 550 EV charging stations. It’s an investment of 90m yuan (13m dollars) from China Southern Power Grid that said the stations will be available to different kind of electric vehicles including buses and taxis. The 429 DC charging stations and 121 AC charging stations will be opened at the end of 2017.
Oregon favours EVs: The Oregon House approved a 5.3bn dollar, 10-year transport funding package that includes plug-in vehicle incentives of 2,500 dollars. Lower income earners that also got a 20 year old car to scrap can get double that incentive, which comes into force from 2018 with applications open now.
Innogy clears another hurdle to enter into the U.S. market as it receives the UL certificates from Underwriters Laboratories for its charging equipment. This means the path is clear for its newly formed subsidiary to operate in the States.
presseportal.de (in German)
Istanbul, Hamburg, Ganzhou, Tesloop.
Istanbul’s electric cab project continues as three more Zoe have arrived in the Turkish capital on a lease. Their number is to grow week by week to ultimately reach 9,000 EV taxis and while this seems like a lot, it suits the size of the metropolis. Most of them will be Renault’s and the Electric Taxi Project has only just started.
Hamburg chose Renault to continue to encourage businesses to switch to electric. Called e-Drive Hamburg 2017, the initiative offers a total of 450 electric vehicles, namely 350 Renault Zoe and 70 Kangoo Z.E. with another 30 Master Z.E. to follow at a later date. The project succeeds a previous campaign that managed to put almost 800 EV in service at attractive leasing rates.
electrive.net (in German)
Vow green: Newly wed couples in China can now start their honeymoon or reception in an electric bus for weddings that has been launched in Ganzhou. After a two month trial, the green wedding bus that couples can decorate themselves is now running full time.
Tesloop takes off: The Model X chauffeur service that saw then 17 year old Haydn Sonnad offering rides from LA to Vegas, has expanded. The first Tesla has been joined by another 5 electric SUV and one Model S and routes now include Orange County and San Diego and can be booked via app.
Austria, Bzzt, FC Buses, Hamburg, Guangzhou.
Austria continues e-mobility funding: It is the 9th call the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund raises since 2009 and this time it promises an additional 6m euros to support flagship projects in the field of electric transport. Companies can apply with their research projects, e.g. the development of EVs, charging stations or transport services until October, 4 but must bear in mind that the call is decisively “zero emission” and thus for all-electric solutions only. A connection to public transport or intelligent infrastructure will be beneficial.
E-rickshaws in Stockholm: The beloved Indian three-wheeled have moved to Sweden, where Bzzt launched 18 electric rickshaws. In Stockholm they call them taxi-pods that have space for two passengers besides the driver. The company wants to expand its fleet to 200 vehicles through crowdfunding until next year and so investors are welcome to take a seat.
news.xinhuanet.com, fundedbyme.com, mynewsdesk.com (in Swedish)
Joint order of fuel cell buses: German WSW mobil is seeking to procure 63 fuel cell buses for public transport operations. The tender is part of the EU project JIVE, that fosters bulk orders for hydrogen buses in the UK, Denmark, Italy, and Germany. Here, Verkehrsverbund Mainz-Wiesbaden, traffiQ Frankfurt, Regionalverkehr Köln (Cologne) will take deliveries, while some will also go to SASA in Bolzano, Italy.
Hamburg harbour electrifies: Hamburg’s port operator HHLA has ordered 25 Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) with lithium-ion battery drives from Konecranes. They are to move containers at the Altenwerder terminal comes spring 2018, together with 6 fully automatic charging stations.
30.000 electric buses for Guangzhou? Within 3 years, the Chinese mega city wants to replace its entire bus fleet through all-electric buses. According to the news agency Xinhua, this means about 30,000 electric buses are going to be deployed in Guangzhou with its 11m inhabitants. Through price reduction and the installation of more charging infrastructure, the city targets to also have 120,000 EVs on the roads by then.
BMW, Hamburg, San Francisco, ConEdison, Qatar.
BMW to boost EV sharing in Hamburg as the carmaker teams up with the Hanseatic city. Together they seek to release 400 electric cars and 150 plug-in hybrids through the DriveNow partnership with Sixt. The electrified fleet is to be complete by 2019 but 130 BMW i3 are scheduled to join 70 existing ones on Hamburg’s roads within this year. The city’s part is to successively install 1,150 charge points until 2019 as well as to reserve parking spots. This EV sharing will be integrated into public transport.
Another town just reached a deal as San Francisco agrees to electrify its municipal fleet. 300 electric cars and another 100 hybrids will replace 400 existing fleet cars until the end of 2022. It is about half of the fleet with the remaining cars parking in leased spots without the option to install chargers.
Request For Information: ConEdison has earmerked 25m dollars for project partners that will help EV adoption through infrastructure in New York City. The utility just issued an RFI and calls for strategies that may become funded demo projects. Con Edison wants to place at least 100 EV charging stations on the streets of NYC and 500 chargers in clients’ homes for testing.
One out of 10: Qatar has agreed on its Green Car Initiative that seeks to grow the share of electric or hybrid vehicles to four percent by 2022. By 2030 however, every 1 in 10 cars cruising around the Arabian Peninsula shall be electrified and the government wants to erect the supporting infrastructure.
London, Hamburg, Pod Point, Volvo, Tesla.
London found its taxi fast-chargers: As the battery-powered black cabs will soon hit London’s roads, extending the quick charging net throughout the city has become a must. 18m GBP have been raised for this purpose and Transport for London has officially named five companies, which won the tender to install and operate this charging infrastructure. The winners are Fastned, Chargemaster, BluepointLondon, Centrica Consortium and the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). 75 taxi charging stations shall be erected by the end of the year and up to 300 by 2020.
theguardian.com, fleetnews.co.uk, tfl.gov.uk
1,000 electric buses until 2030? Since September 2016, Hamburg’s transportation agencies are cooperating with MAN as from 2020 they seek to replace buses in their fleet solely through electric powered models (we reported). Agency Hochbahn now announced it will deploy ten of them already in the on-going year and 20 more by 2018. Until 2030, Hochbahn intends to electrify its complete fleet, namely 1,000 vehicles.
mopo.de (in German)
Shop and charge: UK’s charging infrastructure provider Pod Point enters into a cooperation with real estate service provider Savills in order to equip the group’s retail parks and shopping centres with EV charging stations. The project shall be developed throughout the country.
Volvo buses cooperates with Heliox: Gothenburg sees its first charging station for electric buses based on the OppCharge interface, allowing buses and stations from different manufacturers to match. Initiators have been Volvo Buses and Heliox, which operates 20 such stations in Scandinavia.
Ride-sharing with Tesla quartet: Florida’s Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) has leased four Model X crossovers in order to build up a ride-sharing service. The business is based in the University of South Florida area and part of HART”s HyperLink programme.
IKEA, Vienna, Hamburg, ITM Power, Panasonic.
IKEA charges Norway: The furniture company announced that it will equip all of its stores in Norway with fast-chargers, starting with its location in Slependen. IKEA has already launched similar initiatives in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.
Vienna plans 1,000 chargers: The installation of the first 500 will start mid-2017 in the 2nd and 16th district of the Austrian capital. Over the following two years, the network will then grow step by step to reach 1,000 units. How much it will cost to plug in is still being discussed. But EVs will not have to pay a parking fee while charging.
wien.orf.at, vienna.at (articles in German)
Last mile innovations: With project SMILE (Smart Last Mile Logistics), Hamburg is looking to become a European model region for sustainable and clean package deliveries. Businesses and the city of Hamburg presented a number of intelligent last mile delivery systems, including the use of electric vehicles. The proposals will now be implemented step by step.
verkehrsrundschau.de, hamburg.de (articles in German)
New kind of pump: ITM Power is installing the UK’s first hydrogen fuelling pump at an existing petrol station. The Shell station is located along the M40 in Beaconsfield and will go into service early 2017.
Green fleet: Panasonic says it was able to cut its fleet’s emissions by 37.5 percent in the UK since 2008. The company employs 19 plug-in and ten pure hybrids in the country, which together make up about 20 percent of the fleet. Another three PHEVs have already been ordered.
Hamburg, Renault + Nissan, Electric Nation, Green Commuter, Rolec EV.
Electric buses for Hamburg: The city only wants to buy zero emission vehicles from 2020, which is why Hamburg’s transportation agencies have signed a partnership with bus manufacturer MAN. Together they want to develop especially fit electric and fuel cell buses. MAN will already show an articulated bus concept at the IAA in Frankfurt.
man.eu (in German)
Renault and Nissan in the UK: Renault delivered 55 Zoe to Europcar UK, which is looking to electrify 5 percent of its fleet by 2020. It is Renault’s biggest order in the UK to date. Nissan meanwhile sold its 15,000th Leaf on the Isles and now offers a 500-pound rebate for private buyers of the Leaf or e-NV200 until the end of September.
electriccarsreport.com (Renault), nissaninsider.co.uk (Nissan)
V2G research project is looking for drivers: The successor of the My Electric Avenue programme in the UK, Electric Nation, will look at the effects of EV charging on the local grid. It is still looking for some 500 to 700 EV and PHEV drivers to take part. Participants will get an intelligent charger for free.
E-Carsharing: GreenCommuter will kick off its carsharing scheme with 20 Nissan Lean in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the coming weeks. The city has already had an all-electric shuttle bus in service for 26 years.
Paying per mobile: Rolec EV has developed a new management system for EV chargers called ‘EV Charge Online.’ It will allow users to pay via their smartphone when at the charger, getting rid of some of the hassle many EV drivers sill face when plugging-in.
California, V2G charging, Hamburg, Denver.
Mega EV charging project: California utility Pacific Gas & Electric has submitted a proposal to set up another 7,500 AC and 100 DC chargers. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is said to announce its decision as early as Monday.
Bidirectional charging fleet: Utility Frederiksberg Forsyning has added ten Nissan 3-NV200 to its fleet in Copenhagen, as well as installed ten Enel V2G chargers. When the EVs are not in use, they can feed as much as 100 kW back into the grid.
Hamburg, a VW model city: The two partners have agreed that the German municipality will become “a model city for future, renewable and integrated urban mobility.” That includes new forms of transportation for people and goods, and emobility projects, such as the integration of more electric buses.
hamburg.de (in German)
Denver goes all-electric: The Colorado city will replace all of its 36 buses on the downtown pedestrian mall with electric ones. Charging will take place over night.
kdvr.com, cbslocal.com (with video)
Hamburg, London, EVFutureGrid, Australia, Mahindra.
Innovation line: Three electric buses have taken to the streets in Hamburg. The Solaris vehicles join plug-in hybrid buses from Volvo that have been in operation since 2014. All buses are able to charge at the same charging terminals by Siemens via the supplier’s onboard equipment. Each of the two interoperable charging terminals has a capacity of 300 kW and two charging stations.
London Fire Brigade electrified: The firefighters of the British capital are en route to electrify their entire fleet by the end of the year. Already, 73 of 103 stations boast a EV charging station. 52 BMW i3 REx are to join the brigade that operates five PHEV at the frontline before the year’s end.
Indian EV arrives in England: Mahindra has delivered its first e20 to a British customer. The business woman bought the compact electric car online and will use it to see clients.
Lease a charger: EVFutureGrid is looking for people in Ontario, Canada willing to lease a home charger for 25 dollars a month. There are no upfront cost, installation is taken care of, and in exchange FleetCarma gathers driving and charging data.
Charging South Australia: Queensland got its first charger as Locality Planning Energy installs one of five planned Veefil fast-charging stations made by Tritium. Availability can be checked via app. The charger is located in Noosa.
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Geely, Hamburg, Aurora Flight Sciences, Nano One Materials.
Chinese cooperative: Geely and battery manufacturer Hunan Corun New Energy are working on a new technology platform for electric and hybrid cars, which will be open to all Chinese manufacturers. Nine unnamed carmakers have expressed interest. This is the second cooperation between the companies, as they are also working on a hybrid car project set to go into production next year.
H2 research in Hamburg: The new ZAL TechCenter of Applied Aeronautical Research in the Hanseatic city and was launched in cooperation with the city of Hamburg, Airbus, Lufthansa, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), four universities, and twelve other partners. The R&D facility houses the Fuel Cell Lab, which will look into hydrogen applications in aviation, public transport and the automotive industry.
Hybrid VTOL plane: Beating competitors like Boeing, Aurora Flight Sciences received 89m dollars from the U.S. Pentagon to develop an aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion, capable of vertical take-off and landing. Called LightningStrike, it will travel at up to 740 kph once airborne.
Battery pilot plant: Canadian Nano One Materials received a 2m dollar grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to commercialise its lithium-ion battery cathode materials. A pilot factory will be set up to showcase the technology to potential investors and large scale producers.
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London, Beijing, Hamburg, Supercharger, Envision Solar.
Smart city: London borough of Greenwich will introduce an electric bike sharing together with 300 smart parking bays and the Thames will serve as renewable energy source. The trial is part of the ‘Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse’ programme funded with 25m euros, which are shared between the British capital, Milan, Lisbon, Warsaw, Bordeaux, and Burgas.
Another smart city: Beijing intends to build another 5,000 charging stations. The Chinese capital now counts 5,008 public and 12,000 private charge points that serve its 35,800 plug-in vehicles. EV drivers will be able to check location and availability online.
Responsible sourcing: The city of Hamburg issued new guidelines for its purchasing department, designed to decrease the carbon footprint. In accordance with the new measures, the city intends to electrify half of its fleet by 2020. Currently, 24 percent of Hamburg’s 315 cars are electric.
klimaretter.info (in German)
European expansion: Tesla looks to solidify Supercharger coverage in Europe, a map of planned stations shows. Eastern and southern Europe in particular will see the opening of new Tesla charging stations. So maybe soon, Model S drivers will be able to drive from Lisbon to Moscow.
Close Chinese ties: Envision Solar has found two organisations in Fujian Province, who will take care of brokerage and sales. Both have close connections to the local authorities and believe Envisions charging stations, which can operate without grid connection, are ideal for the Chinese market.
Tesla Down Under.
A total of 536 Tesla Model S have been sold in Australia, EFTM reports. These are not official figures, but the website has kept a tally for each region. Maybe its time the carmaker expand its Supercharger network, now concentrated on the south-eastern side of the continent.
Hamburg, DriveNow, eclearing.net, Ontario, Dubai.
Hamburg supports EVs: Hamburg is the first German city to take charge of the federal EV law. From November on, all electric cars will park free-of-charge in the city. To recognise those eligible, a big “E” is to be added to license plates by the end of February 2016. Furthermore, the city plans to increase the number of charging stations from currently 150 to about 600 by the end of next year.
heise.de, hamburg.de (both in German)
BMW pulls the plug: Electric car sharing in San Francisco will end on November 2 as DriveNow is leaving the city. SF’s parking permit regulation does not allow for free-floating thus colliding with the DriveNow business model. BMW plans to focus on other U.S. cities instead.
E-roaming: Volkswagen Financial Services and Stromnetz Hamburg both signed up for the open B2B platform eclearing.net. Users of VW’s Charge&Fuel Card will hence get access to Hamburg’s charge points.
Charging incentive: Ontario offers up to 1,000 dollars to those willing to purchase and install an EV charging station. The rebate applies to businesses and home owners alike if the stations is not public.
Leading by example: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) added eight electric cars to its fleet. The move is part of DEMA’s Green Charger initiative in which it plans to install 100 EV charging stations in the desert state this year.
Bolloré, India, California, Hamburg.
BlueCar in Congo: Together with Qatar, Bolloré introduces Bluecongo in Congo’s capital Brazzaville on the occasion of the African Games. 50 electric cars and 14 electric buses can be rented and re-charged at 80 charging points, which are yet to be installed. The vehicles will remain in the Central African republic after the games.
automobile-propre.com (in French)
Inter city electric buses in India: Indian state of Gujarat is wants to introduce battery electric buses to run between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. The first phase of the Gujarat State Electric Vehicle (GSEV) programme already saw six electric buses being deployed in Gandhinagar.
EV fees in California? The Golden State’s roads need repair but who will pocket the governor’s proposed 3.6bn dollars a year? Tax increases and higher vehicle registration fees one way to foot the bill, while some also call for the inclusion of EV drivers to the paying folks.
Future safe bus depot: The German city of Hamburg will include EV charging points, as well as hydrogen storage and filling stations in its planned bus garage. Construction will start by 2016. By 2020, public transport provider Hochbahn will be required to only buy buses with alternative drivetrain technology.
newstix.de (in German)
Hamburg, KEBA, Denver, New York, Ohio.
Hamburg e-terminal: The terminal for electric buses in Hamburg is completed. It will become the first and last stop on the so-called ‘innovation line’ 109, as well as buses from lines 4 and 37, since the German city plans to continue to electrify those routes as well. A total of 12 buses can be prepared for service there at the same time.
newstix.de (in German), abendblatt.de (in German, with video)
KEBA presents new wallbox: The company will show its KeContact P30 wallbox at the IAA in Frankfurt later this month. The device has i.e. load balancing capabilities and can be integrated into smart homes. It will arrive on the market early next year.
Plug and fly: Denver International Airport has opened ten new AC Level 2 charging stations in the west parking garage, doubling the number of charging possibilities at the airport. The stations were partly financed by the Charge Ahead Colorado Electric Vehicle and Charging Station grant fund and are free to use. Parking fees, however, do apply.
NYC misses out on electrification: Since September 1st, the Nissan NV200 is the official taxi of the Big Apple. That is no spelling mistake – New York failed to go for the transporter’s electric variant. The ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ will make up 80 percent of the fleet, while the rest (!) are hybrids or wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Ohio University chargers: A total of ten EV charging stations are now online on campus. Two of them will be earmarked for a car-sharing program provided by the university, while the other eight will be available for charging EVs of students and employees.
South Korea, Canada, British Columbia, Riga, Hamburg.
South Korea charging ever quicker: Only yesterday we reported on Seoul’s plan to quickly erect fast charging infrastructure. Today, the Ministry of Environment said it is looking at hydrogen, too. A roadmap is planned for July, while the ministry already agreed on ten hydrogen stations and the acquisition of 1,000 FCVs for the public sector by 2020.
Home chargers are the key to widespread adoption of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids rather than public infrastructure, a study conducted by the Simon Fraser University has found. For it, researchers interviewed 1,739 PHEV owners across Canada.
Scrap ’em: British Columbia launched the Scrap-It programme, asking inhabitants to let go of their pre-2000 gas guzzlers. Everyone that acquires an EV instead, will benefit from a 3,000 dollar rebate. The scrapping scheme is an addition to the yet to be revoked Clean Energy Vehicle incentives.
Riga gets electric buses: Latvian transport provider Rigas satiksme has ordered a total of 125 trolley buses for 131.8 million euros (139m dollars) from Skoda Electric. The first 25 electric buses have been delivered to the Latvian capital with another 25 to follow in the second half of this year.
Hydrogen in Hamburg: Shell opened a new hydrogen fuelling station in the Hanseatic city. It is the third station the oil corporation built on German ground and the first were H2 is produced on-site. In total, 400 stations are to be built in Germany by 2023. The one in Hamburg was delivered by H2 Logic.
London, Hamburg, Chicago, San Diego.
Taking charge: According to a new deal with Transport for London (TfL) and London boroughs of Sutton and Southwark, BluepointLondon will take over operations and maintenance of 60 charging stations from TfL as part of the Source London scheme. The goal is to have 6,000 chargers across the city by 2018.
Hamburg charges fast: In the coming three years, 50 rapid-chargers will be installed in the northern German city. Traffic development and locations of existing chargers will be taken into account to determine the location for the new charging points. The project “HansE” is supported by the local government, the Technical University Aachen (RWTH Aachen) and utility provider E.On. The total cost amounts to 3.4 million euros (3,7m dollars), while 1.4 million will be founded by the German government.
t-online.de, .ndr.de (articles in German)
350Green accused of fraud: Only 17 of the 280 fast-chargers promised in 2010 in the city of Chicago are up and running. Still, 350Green, the company responsible for the installation, received 3 million dollars in funding, with which they allegedly paid subcontractors and vendors. Following an FBI investigation, the president and CEO of the company have now been accused of fraud.
Vehicle-to-Grid pilot: San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has started a V2G pilot project, using five EV fleets and local stationary energy storage systems to balance electricity supplies. Charging needs and on demand grid balancing are remotely controlled. Moreover, when agreeing to feed the grid during peak hours, fleets will be paid the marginal energy price.
Innovation Route in Hamburg, Technology roadmap for EVs.
Video tip: Innovation Route 109 in Hamburg is getting busy with low-emission buses. Volvo’s plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid bus began scheduled operation and will be compared with Volvo diesel hybrid buses as well as fuel cell buses from other manufacturers.
youtube.com (video), greencarcongress.com
Study tip: A new report by IDTechEx called “Electric Vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2015-2025” is looking at technologies like in-wheel motors, long-life batteries and supercaps suitable to increase EV efficiency in the years to come.
idtechex.com (study), electricvehiclesresearch.com
The ancient art of fighting with the Katana, the Samurai swords, has found its modern expression with two high precision robots by CPM Special Bearings crossing blades. Obviously, the fight was non-bloody and programmatically rehearsed.
Munich, Scotland, Hamburg, Boston, Chicago.
Munich supports EVs: The Bavarian capital wants to launch a 23 million euro programme to fund the adaptation of electric cars. Individuals will receive a 2,500 euro grant when they buy an EV. Businesses will even get 4,000 euros. 500,000 euros will be reserved for electrifying the city’s fleet, and the number of installed charge points will be increased to 2,000 by 2017, according to the announcement.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)
Transport Scotland funds EV expansion: Giving one million pounds in funding, the organisation adds a total of 50 EVs to Car Clubs in Scotland. 20 EVs will be available from City Car Club branches in Edinburgh and Glasgow and smaller car club chains across Scotland will share another 30 EVs.
Volvo plug-in buses premiere: “Hamburger Hochbahn” officially presented the new Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid, three of which will enter service in the northern German city in December. The plug-in buses will be rapid-charged by Siemens technology.
innovations-report.de (in German)
Boston rides hybrid: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has rolled out the first of 60 hybrid buses by New Flyer. The other 59 buses are expected to be delivered by the end of March and will replace the outdated bus fleet in Boston.
Alternative fuel at Chicago Airport: The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) called on Clean Energy Fuels to build a 4,000 square meter “Alternative-Fuel station” at the O’Hare airport. It will feature EV charging points, as well as compressed natural gas and biodiesel.