UK: Electric Highway to be upgraded by Ecotricity
In the UK, Ecotricity’s network of charging stations that form the ‘Electric Highway’ one of the oldest charging networks in Britain, is to be comprehensively modernised. This will include contactless payment and multiple charging options.
Hitachi Capital invests another £10m in Gridserve
Hitachi Capital announced a £10m investment in Gridserve’s parent company, Gridserve Sustainable Energy Ltd. The firms say this is to strengthen their partnership following the successful launch of the UK’s first ultra-fast Electric Forecourt.
LA, Bern, Hitachi Capital, Oslo, ITM Power.
LA electrifies: The city of Los Angeles wants to lease 160 all-electric cars and 128 plug-in hybrids in the coming months. Apart from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the initiative is estimated to lower operating costs of the city’s fleet by 41 percent. The LAPD already received a Tesla Model S P85D and a BMW i3 in a full-fledged police outfit.
latimes.com, transportevolved.com, insideevs.com
Bern swaps diesel for hybrids: The Swiss capital has ordered 21 hybrid articulated Volvo buses, which will replace Bern’s current diesel buses and are scheduled to be delivered from mid-August to the end of October 2016. The new buses are said to drive all-electric around 30 percent of the time.
nahverkehrs-praxis.de, newstix.de, derbund.ch (articles in German)
Hitachi Capital teams up with Schneider Electric: In the UK, Schneider Electric and Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions have signed a five-year contract in order to provide complete charging solutions. The partnership aims to make Hitachi Capital’s customers feel more comfortable about choosing EVs.
H2 on the fly: The Norwegian prime minister inaugurated a hydrogen fueling station at Oslo airport. Another three are scheduled to be built in the greater Oslo region over the next two to three years. Norway wants to maintain a leading globally role in the adoption of hydrogen fuel.
Fuel for all: ITM Power will deliver hydrogen filling stations to three Shell locations in the UK. These will be the first hydrogen stations on the premises of existing petrol stations in the country.