Helsinki investigates heavy vehicle fleet conversion
The Finnish capital Helsinki plans to convert existing heavy-duty vehicles to electric drives as part of the Stara eRetrofit project. The conversion of the first truck, an old Scania P320, has already begun. Test drives are planned in the coming months.
Finland to receive 106 electric buses from BYD
BYD is expanding its electric buses to Finland for the first time with a significant order. The operator Nobina has ordered a total of 106 electric buses from BYD, 64 of which are destined for the capital Helsinki and 42 for the city of Turku, including a new model from the Chinese manufacturer.
All-weather autonomous electric shuttle debuts
Announced in autumn, the first self-driving electric shuttle called Gacha, which has been made for all weather conditions, has now been presented in Helsinki. The electric shuttle will be available to the general public in pilot projects as of April this year in the Finnish city of Espoo and will also be available in Hämeenlinna, […]
NYC, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Helsinki, DriveElectric.
1,000 fast chargers for NYC: 10m dollars to install fast-charging infrastructure in the big apple is what Mayor Bill de Blasio is willing to spend between 2018 and 2020. He reckons that will be enough to help Con Edison set up 50 fast-charging hubs with 20 charging points each in all five boroughs of New York City. That is a 1,000 fast-charge points in two years time for the city that aims for a 20% EV share in new registrations by 2025 and is part of the C40 Cities network. Lead on.
Generous EV incentives: Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to the likes of Daimler and Porsche and usually known for its frugality, is increasing its e-mobility incentive scheme for the third time. The “Landesinitiative III” offers 43.5m euros that will be handed out as vouchers (BW-e-Gutscheine) to not-for-profits, nurseries, SMEs, bus and taxi companies as well as car sharing clubs or driving schools. Such entities can claim 6,000 euros when buying an electric car or 1,500 for a PHEV on top of the federal incentive. Cargo electric bicycles are funded with a generous 4,000 euros, while bus companies may get up to a 100,000 euros, the same is true for those looking to invest into an electric truck.
Bi-directional charging goes public: A public V2G charging point in Europe is being installed in Helsinki, Finland. The two-way charger is part of the EU mySmartLife project and a cooperation between Virta, Helen and Nissan as it complements an existing solar power plant and stationary energy storage.
Over on the Isles a V2G charging service has been launched by DriveElectric, a provider of leased ULEVs. Drivers can charge both at home or at the workplace and DriveElectric signed a MoU with Japanese manufacturer Nichicon to sell and operate the company’s V2G chargers in the UK.
Helsinki, California, CARB, Ather Energy, Renault.
Hello Helsinki says DriveNow as BMW brings its car sharing service to Finland. The Nordic capital will receive 150 BMW and Mini cars by May, 24 but it is not clear how many will be electric. After Stockholm and Copenhagen, Helsinki is the third Scandinavian city to welcome the service but as a franchise.
Clean transport in California: 24m dollars have been granted through the California Energy Commission to green freight transportation projects in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Another 12m dollars went to other clean transportation projects. Among the funded demos are electric yard tractors, cranes or charging stations for harbours but also airports and farms or high school districts.
Another type of freight will be “hauled” in California emission-free as well as CARB grants 7.5m dollars to an electric school bus initiative. MotivPower Systems together with school bus maker Trans Tech, is bringing 13 all-electric school buses to the Sacramento region. Theirs was the only application approved.
Scooter superchargers: Indian Ather Energy wants to install charging stations in crowded areas like offices, malls, or business hubs ahead of the launch of its electric scooter S340. The start-up is backed by Hero and derives its charging idea from Tesla’s Supercharger model.
Renault extends its range in Paris where it will deliver 50 Kangoo Z.E. equipped with Symbio’s fuel cell range extender to Engie Cofely. To supply the extra energy, a dedicated hydrogen station will be opened on the firm’s site in Hauts-de-Seine.
qtelegram.com, autoplus.fr (in French)
Helsinki, California, Bolloré, Destination Charger, London.
Electric buses for Helsinki: The Finnish capital commissioned their first electric bus on Monday. Another three will follow before spring and the city plans to have a total of 12 electric buses in service before the end of the year. The buses were delivered by Linkker and are fitted with drivetrains from Visedo.
EV uptake programme: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) asked for 253m dollars from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fund at total of seven projects that will help accelerate EV uptake in the Golden State. Most of these projects involve setting up EV charging infrastructure and electrifying fleets.
Loosing game: Bolloré’s e-carsharing scheme Autolib’ (as it is called in Paris) is a loss-making business in any city that it is active, unless the programme is highly subsidised. In Paris alone, the company expects to lose 179m euros by the end of the contract duration. And Bolloré’s cars are not a sales hit either – only 942 of the tiny BlueCars were sold to individuals in 2016; 15 percent less than in the year prior.
Destination charging for all? Company DigiNow has developed an adapter to allow electric cars other than Tesla to also plug-in at Destination Chargers. So far, Tesla have not commented, but they can surely not be too happy if EVs other than their own use their free infrastructure.
autoblog.com (with video)
London funds emobility, earmarking a total of 1.4m pounds to set up a zero emission zone including fast- and regular charging in Hammersmith, a trial of one of the UK’s first hydrogen-diesel powered vans at Heathrow Airport, and high-voltage training for electricians, new chargers and EV test drives for local businesses in Harrow. These are only three of a total of six neighbourhoods that will receive funding.
Helsinki, Alpiq, Missouri, Ford, Middletown.
Driverless shuttle: For two months, Helsinki will be testing two self-driving EZ10 electric mini-buses from French company EasyMile. Compared to other road tests, the Finish capital seems to have imposed much less restrictions for the autonomous vehicles to be integrated into regular traffic.
“Grand Tour of Switzerland” electrifies: The 1,600 km long holiday route in Switzerland will be fitted with charging stations by the end of 2017. Alpiq E-Mobility received the order and has begun with the installation of a first charger in St. Moritz.
Like an island in the sun: Missouri will set up “charging islands” along the I-70 highway. Ameren Missouri is currently on the hunt for three locations that will offer fast- and regular charging.
Predictive shuttle service: Ford will offer an electric shuttle service on the MIT campus from September. The service will be on-demand, but is also said to predict when people will need a ride, by learning when and where there are the most pedestrians on campus.
cbslocal.com (with video)
Electric mobility in Middletown: The city of Middletown in Connecticut has used a government grant to purchase six Ford Focus Electric and install two EV charging stations with two charge points each. The city footed half of the bill.
courant.com (with video)
Reading tip: Helsinki is working on a mobility system that would allow citizens to no longer need a car from 2025. Thanks to smartphones and digitalisation, the Finish capital will offer a mix of self-driving cars, e-bikes and of course public transport.
fastcoexist.com via cleantechnica.com
Video tip: Translogic host Jonathon Buckley got to drive a PUV – a 3D-Printed Utility Vehicle – at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The car is even equipped with V2G technology. Needless to say, he was impressed.
Helsinki, ClipperCreek, Lake Tahoe, Cobb Police Department.
Helsinki gets charged: The Finnish capital and their transport authority Helsinki Region Transport want to purchase 400 all-electric and 200-300 hybrid buses until 2025. In just the coming four years, Helsinki Region Transport wants to invest five to six million euros. The first twelve e-buses were recently ordered from the company Linkker (we reported).
ClipperCreek charging station: The company now offers its LCS-20P Type 2 charger with a plug for less than 400 dollars. The LCS-20 EV had previously only been available as a hardwired unit.
EV Readiness Plan: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has received 200,000 dollars from the California Energy Commission, to help develop a plan for the expansion of EV infrastructure around Lake Tahoe. It will identify private and public locations where additional chargers could best serve EV drivers.
dailyjournal.net, ksl.com, nevadaappeal.com
Cobb Police Department goes electric: The police department in U.S. state of Georgia has received two electric motorcycles from Zero. They will be used for park patrolling as well as when police provides security at special events. They replace two 12-year-old gas guzzling dirt bikes.
UK, Helsinki, Zap-Map, AMP.
New UK subsidies: The British government has earmarked another 43 million pounds for the funding of electric mobility. 11 million will be invested in a total of 15 research projects and 32 million pounds will be used for the development of charging infrastructure. That also includes the extension of the homecharge grant scheme from April, but with a reduction in the maximum grant from 900 to 700 pounds.
gov.uk, businessgreen.com, airqualitynews.com
Helsinki gets electric buses: Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) purchased 12 electric buses from Finnish manufacturer Linkker. Due to the use of aluminium, the lightweight buses are said to be very efficient. They will go into service in the Finnish capital as part of a pilot project this summer.
Zap-Map app launched: The new app provides information about publicly accessible charging stations across the UK. The country’s main EV charging websites are linked to the app to update information. Charging points can be filtered by rated power, connection type and vehicle model.
zap-map.com via evfleetworld.co.uk
AMP takes Chicago: The Alpha Banking Company of Chicago has ordered five all-electric Workhorse E-GEN Trucks from AMP, while the Standard Equipment Company in Chicago ordered another three. The city incentivizes the adoption of electric and alternative fuel commercial trucks.
globenewswire.com (Alpha Banking), globenewswire.com (Standard Equipment)
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Helsinki, Luxembourg, Uruguay, Rungis.
Helsinki takes car sharing a step further and might make car ownership redundant by 2025. Its new concept for “Mobility on Demand” is taking into account all forms of transport and integrates them in a single payment system. However, this is very much future talk while their ‘Kutsuplus’ minibus can already be ordered via smartphone and personally scheduled.
Luxembourg plans carsharing: The scheme is set to start in the capital by 2015 and will receive 1.5 million euros by the City of Luxembourg in the first ten years of its existence. For the start, only 15 (“low emission,” not fully electric) cars will be deployed by the newly founded Carsharing SA, which the city owns by 97% while partners Cambio and ACL get a 1% share each.
Renault goes Uruguay: The French company has just delivered 30 Kangoo Z.E. to the state-owned utility provider UTE. They will be used in the capital Montevideo and elsewhere in the country, which already gets 84% of its energy from renewable sources.
Rungis to be electrified: SEMMARIS, that manages Rungis International Market in Paris, added seven Renault Zoes to its fleet. The partnership with the French carmaker is aimed at the 1,200 market sellers and their 25,000 customers. Together with the City of Paris, several charging stations are set to be erected at the market.