Electric drone to shuttle passengers across London
British start-up Autonomous Flight is working on a drone capable of carrying commuters from central London to Heathrow airport in 12 min. The Y6S VTOL is set to take-off this year and the company is not alone in its ambition to take the last virgin airspace left.
BYD, Nissan, Enel, Heathrow, ALD Automotive, Bermuda.
BYD Down Under: Brisbane has ordered eleven electric buses to serve at its airport. While they will be build by Australian Carbridge, battery technology is BYD’s. The Chinese company only recently secured a contract to deliver 40 electric buses to Sydney airport.
Nissan Leaf heads to Chile: Nissan Chile sold 25 units of the little EV to utility Enel, which offered it to employees via a raffle. The sale is part of an initiative geared exclusively towards fleet operators and Enel also set up a rebate scheme for members of staff.
And off to Heathrow Airport where 17 Nissan Leaf arrived. Twelve will serve security and luggage teams while the remaining five form a pool. They come in the wake of a bigger electrification effort at London’s airport, which includes infrastructure and other EVs.
PHEV fleet trial: ALD Automotive UK has taken on a fleet of 20 Mercedes C350e Plug-In Hybrids in an attempt to define their feasibility for a typical business fleet. Charging points have been installed as well and the trial will run for 6 months before the firm may recommend PHEV to its clients.
Rent a Twizy in Bermuda: The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club hotel now provides guests with the option to rent a Renault Twizy and reserved a fleet of 25. They come at the same rate as a scooter, that is at 79 dollars per day.
Heathrow, Québec, Honda, Car2Go, BluePillar, eMotorWerks.
Airport air quality plan: London Heathrow wants to decrease its NOx and carbon emissions. The strategy includes 2m pounds for EV charging infrastructure, while 30 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will partially renew the fleet. Further measures include testing of hybrid cabs and electric buses.
Hybrid buses for Québec: The city of Québec will purchase up to 32 hybrid buses by Van Hool. The initiative is funded by about 11m dollars from each the province and the state of Canada. The diesel-electric buses are 9 metres long.
Going greener: The 2018 Olympics in Korea will be used to showcase hydrogen technology with Hyundai fuel cell buses. The move is not only for show only, as the government and carmaker are planning to replace the 26,000 compressed natural gas buses nationwide with H2 powered EVs at a rate of 2,000 units per year. 200 hydrogen fuelling spots at existing gas stations are planned as well.
Green gone: Car2Go will replace its 400 electric Smarts in San Diego with petrol-driven ones by May, saying there are not enough EV charging stations for its fleet. Although San Diego Gas & Electric intends to install 3,500 EV charging station within the next three years, development was not fast enough for Car2Go.
BluePillar: Chinese ZTE launched a street lantern that doubles as EV charge spot. The BluePillar also features an LED screen to display urban data (or advertising).
Wi-Fi charger: eMotorWerks is seeking crowdfunding for its JuicePlug said to smarten up any L2 charging station. The adapter is Wi-Fi enabled and connects to the JuiceNet platform. It also works with an app. Early supporters get a “Kiss my Amps” license plate holder on top of the plug.
India, Heathrow, Van Hool, Ohio, Chai Point, Derbyshire.
Charging offensive in India: The country may be considering a private-public partnership to set up a charging points at petrol stations across India. That would mean some 500,000 new chargers that could initially be subsidised. If India really goes through with its plan, it could become an electric mobility hotspot.
Heathrow charges ahead: The London airport announced that it will invest some 2m pounds to set up 135 new EV charging stations. Heathrow already counts 21 charge points, as well as 150 electric vehicles in its fleet.
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H2 Buses for London: Transport for London (TfL) has ordered two fuel cell buses from Belgian manufacturer Van Hool. The buses will be used on line RV1 in the city centre.
Ohio goes H2: The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Stark County, Ohio, wants to commission seven fuel cell buses by the end of next year. The company has already begun building a H2 filling station outside of its headquarters.
Electric tea delivery: Indian retail chain Chai Point kicked off its delivery service Chai-on-Call, using more than 60 electric scooters to deliver tea in the cities of Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad. Chai Points already plans to expand the service to Mumbai an Chennai.
Derbyshire plugs in: Eight hospitals in the UK county now have charging points, which are all open to the public. The purchase and installation were funded by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.