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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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the clean up among Chinese EV makers, as the government revoked licenses of 13 EV makers whose products often came too close to Western designs.
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.
Hamburg, IES Synergy, CCS fast charging, DriveNow.
EV rebates in Hamburg: In Hamburg, both the chamber of commerce and the chamber of trade have set up the ‘Hamburg macht e-mobil’ (Hamburg goes electric) initiative. The 80,000 chamber members will receive discounts of 6 to 23% when choosing from one of nine electric cars from manufacturers like Daimler, Mitsubishi, VW, Nissan, and Renault. The chambers think their initiative could put as many as 18,000 electric company’s cars onto Hamburg’s streets by 2020.
welt.de (in German), hk24.de (list of cars, in German)
Charger on wheels: IES Synergy announced that it has become a supplier to Volkswagen. The company says it will equip the carmakers European dealers with its Keywatt Trolley DC fast chargers that can be rolled around on wheels.
Charging experience: This couple has seen them all, as they first drove the Mini-E, then became BMW ActiveE drivers and consequently now own a BMW i3 each. With that, the future has finally arrived, the future of charging that is, embodied by the here tested 50 kW CCS fast charging spot. “It’s amazing!”
DriveNow to come to Vienna: BMW and Sixt will introduce their car sharing in the Austrian capital in about two weeks. 400 BMW and Mini will be made available to the Viennese, none of them is yet electric. However, this might change once the i3 makes it into the DriveNow fleet.
österreich.at (in German)
Hamburg, BRD Motorcycles, REVolt, Peugeot.
Battery’s second-life: The harbour of the German city of Hamburg has taken two batteries of BMW i3 test vehicles into operation as energy storage for renewable energies. Together with utility provider Vattenfall, the Bavarian carmaker will test this type of recycling of its batteries over the course of five years. By then, batteries of current i3s and i8s with larger capacities will be available for similar projects.
.elektroniknet.de, wiwo.de (both in German)
RedShift Revisited: Customers have longingly been waiting for the electric motor bike by BRD Motorcycles. Green Autoblog has gotten a peak of what is to come – a new prototype. It weighs 20 pounds less than its predecessor and comes with features the author is not allowed to mention at this point (keyword: cooling system). If the prototype will make it to production remains to be seen.
green.autoblog.com, faster-faster.com (Company website)
Ship without a captain: Researchers at DNV GL have developed the REVolt, an electric boat that can drive itself at a speed of up to six knots. The slower speed compared to other vessels helps reduce water resistance and safe energy. The ship’s battery has a capacity 3,000 kWh, and because it does not need room for a crew, there is more storage capacity. The concept-ship is still being tested.
Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air: The concept car, which will feature a hybrid drive using compressed air as energy storage, will be shown at the Paris Motor Show. Additionally to the changed drivetrain, the 5-seater now only weighs 860 kg thanks to the use of carbon composites in certain parts.
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Freight EVs, Renovo Coupe, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.
Download tip: E-Mobility NSR has published three “action plans” for the cities of Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Hamburg on how to support the use of electric light freight vehicles for the last mile.
All on e-mobility-nsr.eu, Amsterdam (PDF), Copenhagen (PDF), Hamburg (PDF)
Video tip: Chris Heiser is the CEO of Renovo. The Silicon Valley start up has now introduced its electric Renovo Coupe which is the main act in this Yahoo Autos video interview.
Panamera review: Richard Lane looks at the hybrid Porsche to see if it is “worth the premium” compared to a Tesla Model S. However, the hybrid Panamera’s electric mode only really applies in urban areas were it then unfolds its “truly wraith-like qualities” but only for a very limited range.
Renault Samsung, Toyota, Hamburg, Graz, Munich.
Spearheading e-volution: South Korea’s Renault Samsung has agreed with the city of Seoul to supply ten electric taxis free of charge. The SM3 Z.E. will be used in a pilot project designed to showcase the suitability of EVs for public transport. The South-Korean capital will take care of charging infrastructure.
H2 station from Toyota: The Japanese carmaker began construction of its first commercial hydrogen refuelling station in Nagoya, Japan. The fuel will be provided by French Air Liquide. Another two stations are set to be build with in the next few months before the planned introduction of Toyota’s FCV car in March 2015.
Hamburg’s harbour electrifies fleet: Hamburger Hafen and Logistik AG (HHLA) is adding another four Renault Zoe and three Smart ED into its fleet of now 64 EVs at the European port. They will replace older petrol models and will have their own charge point each.
E-bike sharing in Austria? The E-Mobility-Graz-Gesellschaft has come up with a bike sharing system which might go into operation in the city of Graz already next year. The system will include pedelecs with digital locks to be opened via bluetooth and smartphone app. The project plans to work with existing rental stations.
kleinezeitung.at (in German)
Meanwhile in Bavaria, the ‘Mobility Station’ is already past planning stage as construction has started. The station in Munich will include parking reserved for car sharing vehicles of multiple operators, an EV charging spot and a centre for rental bikes. Its opening is set for November.
merkur-online.de (in German)
Rapid-Chargepoints, Hamburg, Tesla, South Africa, Cincinnati.
“Rapid Chargepoint” initiative: Transport for London and the Energy Saving Trust want to identify potential locations for charging infrastructure for commercial vehicles in London. They have invited business fleets who operate small lorries (up to 12.5 tonnes) and commercial vans to take part in the project. The goal is to further push for businesses to electrify their fleets.
businessgreen.com, fleetnews.co.uk, greenpowertrain.automotive-business-review.com
Hamburg to quadruple charging stations: The North German city wants to have a total of 592 charging points by mid-2016. Of those, 70 will be DC fast chargers. Currently there are 138 across the city. Also, Hamburg’s senate is looking to trade its petrol cars for vehicles with alternative drives. Hamburg aims to become a leader in the field of electric mobility in Germany and expected to have 5,000 EVs on its roads by 2016.
abendblatt.de, spiegel.de (both in German)
Madrid next on Supercharger map: According to a tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Superchargers will be installed across southern Europe soon. Spain and Portugal are said to be covered by the end of next year. While the supercharger website was not updated yet, Tesla twittered the newest up-to-date version.
twitter.com via cleantechnica.com
BMW and Schneider Electric partner up: With the introduction of the BMW i3 in South Africa next year, the companies agreed that Schneider Electric will be in charge of installing chargers at dealerships, as well for the installation of wallboxes in customers’ homes. BMW and Schneider Electric have a similar agreement in Germany.
Cincinnati airport gets charging stations: Travellers who leave their car at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) can now use one of six charging stations. Two are located in the long-term parking lot, the others at terminal parking. Parking and charging is free. According to CVG, almost all types of plug-ins can be charged there in about eight hours.
Tesla has just set up store in Hamburg, Germany, and finds itself in the same building as Audi’s advertising agency. Coincidence? The agency does not seem to think so and took the chance to make its claim with a big poster of the Audi e-tron “welcoming” Tesla warmly.
Solaris, Macy's, Tacoma, No Charge to Charge, Open Charge Alliance.
New fuel cell buses for Hamburg: Public service operator Hochbahn ordered two Urbino articulated electric buses from Solaris. These will be especially equipped with a fuel cell range extender to offer about 250 kilometres of range. Hochbahn already has four Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCell in service and is steadily expanding its fleet with diesel-hybrid and plug-in hybrid buses from Volvo.
nahverkehrhamburg.de, newstix.de (both in German)
Charging at Macy’s: Volta Industries will install new free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations at 17 of the retailer’s location in the Los Angeles area by this autumn. This brings the total number of charging stations at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s in California to 33.
Charge points by law: From August 10th, new commercial building projects in Tacoma, Washington, will be required to install EV charging stations at 1 to 3% of their parking spaces. Even though requirements won’t apply to residential projects, the City Council recommends to reserve 50% of spaces there.
No Charge to Charge in LA: Nissan added the Los Angeles market to its free charging programme. Buyers of the Nissan Leaf in LA will now receive the EZ-Charge card, giving them access to various charging networks and letting them use most of the stations for free in the first two years.
Open Charge Alliance growing: After implementing Open Charge Point Protocol already last year, German utility provider RWE now also joins the Open Charge Alliance. With 3,200 charge points in several countries, RWE is seen as an “especially valuable addition” to the consortium.
Stockholm, Denmark, Electric Highway, Hamburg, CHAdeMO.
Putting hybrid buses to the test: Eight Volvo plug-in hybrid buses will enter service in Stockholm, Sweden, this autumn. The buses’ battery packs can be quick charged in just six minutes. The trial is part of the EU project ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System), which is conducted in a total of six EU countries.
New charging points in Denmark: E.ON wants to install 13 new charging stations along the national motorway, which will support “all off the brands of electric cars commonly found in Denmark.” The stations should be operational by the end of 2014, with twelve of the stations located between Copenhagen and Aarhus and one near the Farø Bridges.
Two new charging points on ‘Electric Highway’: Ecotricty added stations at Peterborough and Baldock Extra Services in England. According to EVfleetworld, the company has now installed 161 DC charging stations along its ‘Electric Highway’ from London to the South of Scotland. The plan is to have a charging point at every motorway service station by the end of the year.
Hamburg electrifies public bus lines: Starting this December, the German city will use only buses with an electric drivetrain to service its bus route 109 from the city centre to Alsterdorf. Moreover, Hamburg says that all new buses bought after 2020, will be emission-free.
newstix.de (in German)
CHAdeMO in Europe: A total of 1,181 quick charging stations supporting the CHAdeMO standard have been installed throughout Europe. With 261 chargers, the UK currently has the most installations. Looking at the per-capita numbers, Norway once again proves to be the EV friendliest place.
Hamburg, Toyota, Hertz.
Plug-in buses for Hamburg: Public transport provider Hamburger Hochbahn and Volvo have signed an agreement for the delivery of three plug-in diesel-electric hybrid buses with an all-electric range of about 10 kilometres. The charging infrastructure and technology will come from Siemens.
Hydrogen infrastructure: Toyota will help local authorities in Japan and the U.S. with the development of infrastructure for hydrogen filling stations to speed up the adoption of fuel-cell cars. Next year, Toyota will introduce trailer stations that can be moved to different locations and serve as temporary filling stations.
Hertz offers Chevy Spark: At Hertz car rental locations at the LA and San Francisco airports, as well as throughout the Golden State, drivers can now rent the .Chevy Spark. The EV was named the most efficient electriv vehicle in the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide released by the EPA and Energy Department.
Renault, BlueIndy, Hamburg.
Renault Kangoo Z.E. Down Under: The all-electric van from Renault has arrived in Australian. As part of a one-year trial, the Australia Post will put a total of four Kangoo Maxi Z.E. into service at its locations in Melbourne and Sydney.
BlueIndy test: John Voelcker got a taste of Indianapolis’ upcoming electric carsharing service when driving the BlueIndy by French Bolloré. With him was Herve Muller, VP of BlueSolutions, which will operate the system when it starts this December.
Twizy for a day: Together with parking company Q-Park, start-up Erfahre just opened new rental business in Hamburg, Germany. Located at Q-Parks’s XXL parking garage, customers can simply leave their gas-guzzlers behind and choose from a variety of electric and cargo bikes, as well as the all-electric Renault Twizy to explore the city.
abendblatt.de, dmm.travel (both in German)
Massachusetts, Highway Code, Polar Network, Hamburg.
EV incentives in Massachusetts: Governor Deval Patrick announced plans to start offering rebates for electric car and plug-in hybrid purchases similar to those in California. Buyers could thus get 2,500 dollars at the point of sale. At the same time, Massachusetts will continue to provide funding for institutions and businesses in its existing EV programme.
Highway Code update: RightDriver.co.uk has found that almost 65% out of 1,056 driving instructors would like to see hybrid vehicles included into the standard UK driver’s guide. More than a third believe that specifically all-electric vehicles belong into the Highway Code while 68% wish to see more information on alternatively-fuelled vehicles in general.
Charging for charging: Just ahead of the launch of new tariffs for charging at Polar Network stations in the UK today, the company seemed to have lowered its prices. However, customers are still indignant with some considering boycotting the network altogether.
Leafs for bus company: The Hamburger Hochbahn company has acquired eleven electric Nissans. The Leafs will be driven by mechanics and supervisors in the German city of Hamburg. There, they will certainly catch some attention as they bare the slogan “Wenn ich groß bin, werde ich ein Hochbahn-Bus” (“When I grow up, I will be a Hochbahn bus”). The company already has 36 alternatively-fuelled buses in its fleet.
newstix.de (in German)
A123, Electrolyte, Tesla, Hamburg.
A123’s re-orientation: The battery maker is selling its grid storage business and other assets related to telecom and IT data storage to NEC Corporation for approximately 100 million dollars. Furthermore, A123 Systems LLC is increasing its focus on the transportation market and is currently producing 12-volt micro-hybrid batteries for three different vehicle manufacturers.
Dividable e-bike: Bavarian Electrolyte showed its latest idea of an electric bicycle which can be easily disassembled in two pieces to be taken on the train, bus or other means of public transport. The manufacturer has yet to make a decision on the final design, but says it will defintivly introduce a compact e-bike.
Pedal displacement: According to Tesla owner David Noland, poor design of the both the acceleration and braking pedal in the Model S could lead the driver to push both pedals at the same time. But instead of displaying a warning message, Noland suggest Tesla to disable the accelerator instead in the rare circumstances this double-pedal state occurs.
Hamburg gets Energy Campus: The new research institute will host two laboratories for wind turbine generation and smart grid applications and be part of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Hamburg’s mayor, Olaf Scholz, is referring to the new Energy Campus as the “Silicon Valley of renewal energies.”
hzwei.info (in German)
Hamburg, Bhutan, Tusker.
Hydrogen for Hamburg: The German city’s minister of finance, Frank Horch, expressed strong interest in making Hamburg a hub for fuel cell technology at a meeting with Toyota’s Katsuhiko “H2” Hirose. Before, Horch had written a letter to the Japanese carmaker suggesting a fleet of 200 H2 cabs. Hamburg currently features three hydrogen fueling stations with another two scheduled for this year.
abendblatt.de (in German)
Nissan Leaf goes Bhutan: Prime minister Tshering Tobgay now officially teamed up with Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. The Japanese carmaker is supposed to deliver “thousands” of Leafs as cabs and for public fleets together with the infrastructure.
greencarreports.com, green.autoblog.com (with video)
EV salary sacrifice works: Since leasing company Tusker included electric cars into its ‘SalarySacrifice4Cars’ (SS4C) scheme three months ago its customer base has grown by 250%. The strong growth is partly due to the introduction of the BMW i3 but also because Tusker has been promoting EVs for some time now and encouraged their employees with four chargers at their Hertfordshire office.
Hamburg, Nissan, Ecotricity, Tesla.
Carsharing in the red-light district: A project called ‘e-Quartier Hamburg’ in Germany has just received two Fiat 500e. The electric Fiats can be rented through Deutsche Bahn’s car sharing service Flinkster and are located in Hamburg’s notorious red-light district of St. Pauli. Two charging stations will be supplied by utility provider Vattenfall. The project seeks to explore the impact of transport offerings on district management.
dmm.travel (In German), deutschebahn.com (In German)
1,000% increase: With vehicle sales of alternative fuelled cars in the UK growing rapidly, Nissan is experiencing a particularly huge spike in demand. Its Leaf sales surged 1,000% last month to 230 units, while in the same month last year only 20 Leafs had been sold.
EV owner incentive: Utility provider Ecotricity, UK, now offers customers owning an electric car an annual discount of 40 pounds (65 dollars), equalling charging an EV for 1,000 miles for free. Under the ‘Green Electricity + Car tariff,’ Ecotricity customers will also be signed up for the company’s network of about 120 fast-charge stations all over the UK.
Roadtrip, for real: Tesla has recently made news with different combos travelling along the supercharger route in no time. So how about going off the (supercharger) beaten track and travel from Texas to Panama with nothing but a bundle of adapters and a spare tyre?! Randy Denmon and Dean Lewis are attempting exactly that and have reached Nicaragua by now. Next stop: Panama canal.
Car sharing takes its toll on the car market, according to a study by consulting firm AlixPartners. The study suggests that already half a million vehicles have not been sold because of carsharing companies like Zipcar or Relay Rides. It further forecasts that by 2021 an additional 1.2 million purchases of new cars could be replaced through carsharing.