Jun 19, 2015 - 08:47 am
Norwegian Post, TNT, Tesla, HOV lanes, Dresden, Alphabet, BMW.
Electric delivery: The Norwegian Post is to expand its fleet of electric vehicles as it intends to buy another 300 EVs from Renault and Nissan next year. ‘Posten Norge’ has already acquired more than 900 electric vehicles in the past five years.
Meanwhile TNT, is to employ seven E-Ducato in Dutch Amsterdam and Rotterdam as part of the FREVUE (Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe) EU project. The vehicles are to replace diesel vans and the company hopes to save 24,000 litres of gas and 76 tons of CO2 each year.
Tesla in the UK: The Californian electric carmaker is to expand its Supercharger network on the Isles as it plans to add another seven fast-charging locations. They will be located at motorways in the West of Scotland and Eastern England. Currently, 22 Supercharger stations can be found in the UK.
Further access to HOV lanes is only one signature away as a bill passed the Californian legislature on Monday, calling for another 15,000 green stickers. If signed by the governor, the number of stickers giving privileges to PHEV drivers would grow from 70,000 to 85,000.
Electric bus service: The venerable city of Dresden in Germany now has its first all-electric bus line. It serves on route 79 with four stops on a stretch of 5.2 kilometres. The electric bus by Solaris runs every 20 minutes. The service is the first of its kind in Saxony.
sz-online.de, newstix.de (both in German)
Electrification for fleets: Alphabet introduces its ‘Electrification Potential Analysis (EPA)’ which does exactly what its name suggests: analysing the potential for electrification of fleets. Deloitte Italy and Interserve UK are already using the service. The analysis is based on real-life client data supplied by removable loggers that record data like speed, distance, acceleration and parking.
Street light charging: In a showcase at the Mini Plant Oxford, BMW introduces its ‘Light & Charge’ project in the UK, a street lighting system that doubles as a charging station for EVs. The system is based on LED technology and can easily be installed in various locations.
Feb 6, 2015 - 09:42 am
Trophée Andros Electrique, Toyota iRoad, HOV lanes, Events.
Video tip: This on-board video from the Trophée Andros Electrique definitely takes you on an exciting ride as the race is through ice and snow. Expects a few bumps (into opponents) along the frosty road!
youtube.com via electricautosport.com
Reading tip I: It took Chris Davies some time to get used to the Toyota iRoad’s “tilting sensation” but he soon got the hang of it and happily cruised along while also finding some time to talk to Makoto Morita, leader of the iRoad project.
slashgear.com (with video)
Reading tip II: HOV lanes in California are becoming less and less of a privilege as they are increasingly crowded. Plans to ease the traffic go from expansion to allowing only vehicles with more than one or two passengers to use them.
Events for the upcoming week: Energy Storage Seminar (Feb 09-10; Greenville, USA) ++ SAE 2015 Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Technologies Symposium (Feb 10-12; Los Angeles, USA) ++ EV Charge Point Symposium (Feb 11-12; Nice, France) ++ Canadian International AutoShow (Feb 13-22; Toronto, Canada) ++ Chicago Auto Show (Feb 14-22; Chicago, USA)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Jul 30, 2014 - 08:37 am
Green HOV-lane sticker program.
Some 4,903 green stickers of the 15,000 additionally granted by the Californian ARB has been claimed in only three weeks. The decals give drivers of hybrids and range-extended EVs access to HOV lanes and are apparently in high demand.
May 26, 2014 - 08:29 am
UK, China, ChargePoint, HOV lanes.
Charge point incentive pending: The ‘Domestic Chargepoint Grant Scheme,’ under which home owners in the UK could receive up to 1,000 pounds for the installation of a home charger is on hold. Allegations of abuse through dubious installation providers now led to the programme pending “ministerial review.”
EV Sales in China: 2014 might be a good year for EVs in China, as 7,209 EVs were sold in the first quarter. That is almost half of the overall sales of last year (17,642). So far, the BYD Qin PHEV has proven the most popular choice with 3,294 units. Chery’s QQ3 EV came second best (1,600) followed by the BYD e6 (881).
ChargePoint exits EZ-Charge: Just before its launch, Nissan has lost one of its charging partners. ChargePoint dropped out of the EZ-Charge project, designed to give Leaf drivers access to multiple charging networks when it learned that its competitor NRG will be managing the programme.
greencarreports.com via chargedevs.com
No HOV for hybrids? An amendment to a highway-spending bill would forbid states to allow hybrids with only on driver on HOV lanes. Existing programmes could be continued though and also, plug-in hybrids, extended-range plug-in vehicles and electric vehicles are exempt from the new regulation.