ChargePoint acquires ViriCiti & has.to.be
In Europe, the US charging provider ChargePoint has acquired electric bus and commercial vehicle management provider ViriCiti for around 75 million euros. This should allow ChargePoint to accelerate the electrification of fleets. After acquiring has.to.be last month for around 250 million euros, this is ChargePoint’s second major acquisition in Europe within a few weeks.
VW buys into charging software-provider has-to-be
VW’s energy subsidiary Elli has acquired a stake in has·to·be, an Austrian provider of charging software solutions and long-standing partner of Ionity and Audi as well. Together, the two companies want to push ahead with the expansion of the charging infrastructure.
BYD & Alexander Dennis, Osnabrück, China, has.to.be, Stornoway.
Deal fixed: BYD will definitely expand its electric bus production in the UK to 200 units annually in cooperation with British bus builder Alexander Dennis (we reported). The firms are also in negotiations to include double decker buses, which would triple the scale of the current deal to almost 2 billion pounds.
E-buses in Germany: The city of Osnabrück plans to purchase 13 articulated e-buses to electrify a whole bus line by 2018. More routes are to follow successively, amounting to the acquisition of a total of 40 electric buses to be ordered before the end of the decade. The federal estate of Lower Saxony funds the acquisition with up to 50 percent, putting the electric buses on price parity with diesel driven ones.
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Chinese charging standards had a backlash as expert opinions are divided. Connections between electric vehicles and the actual charge point seem the most complicated part in setting a standard as it all comes down to long term compatibility, which requires cooperation.
Freeware solution: Austrian has.to.be presents its free software solution for EV charging stations providers at eCarTec. Via the ‘be.Energised community’ the charge spots can be analysed in real-time. Automatic invoicing and payments via mobile is included, too.
Wind-powered e-car club: A fully electric car club has been set up in the Outer Hebrides. The island of Lewis offers nine electric Renault Zoe and one Kangoo Z.E. for hire in the town of Stornoway. The EVs by the E-Car Club are powered by a local wind farm, the largest of any Scottish island.
has.to.be, Nashville, New Jersey, Air New Zealand.
New roaming initiative: Company has.to.be announced at the IAA in Frankfurt that it will extend its charging station management system be.ENERGISED to include access to BOSCH Charge&Pay, Plugsurfing and InterCharge. Customers still have to sign up for a subscription with each of the roaming partners.
Nashville orders more e-buses: The U.S. country music heartland has ordered a second set of two 35 foot electric buses from Proterra. The previously ordered nine EcoRide e-buses are expected to hit the road later this year. The city also installed two charging stations for the public transportation sector.
New stations in New Jersey: Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, installed five charging stations for employees as part of a pilot project with Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). The goal is to push EV uptake. PSE&G paid for the equipment, while the hospital paid for installation and will settle electricity costs.
Electric on the ground: Air New Zealand says it hopes to electrify its entire fleet of road vehicles and ground equipment by 2017. The first EVs will arrive before the end of the year. This is part of the airlines move to cut carbon emissions, as it believes that a global carbon price is coming.