Ireland: An Post to deliver with 750 electric vehicles
An Post, the state-owned provider of postal services in Ireland, plans to purchase 750 electric vehicles by 2022, of which 200 will be on the roads this year. All deliveries in central Dublin are to be a 100% electric by the end of 2019 with other urban areas of Ireland to follow suit.
GreenMobility electric car-sharing headed for Dublin
The Danish carsharing company GreenMobility wants to bring a fleet of 400 electric cars to the Irish capital this year. The service will meet competition in Dublin but will be the only carsharing that is EV-exclusive and with a fleet free-floating within the city limits.
Project Ireland 2040 with €22bn for Climate Action
The Irish government has published its new national development plan ‘Project Ireland 2040’ which outlines the country’s move to a low carbon economy bolstered with 116 billion euros. 22bn have been earmarked for climate protection measures, including electric transport initiatives.
UK, Ireland, Leeds, Ford, Malaysia.
UK to invest 1bn pounds in electric mobility: The British has government announced to spend 2.5bn pounds until 2021 to meet its climate targets, fixed in its “Clean Growth Strategy”. As part of this roadmap, 1bn pounds have been approved to promote electric and low-emission vehicles. The Clean Growth Strategy is detailing government spending between 2015 and 2021. In its update, the government also confirmed once more the aim to ban combustion-powered cars by 2040.
Ireland supports electric corporate fleets: In order to promote electric cars in company-owned fleets, the Irish government establishes a zero percent rate of Benefit-in-Kind for such vehicles. Existing EV incentives such as a purchase premium of up to 5,000 pounds and a reduction of the vehicle registration tax are going to be continued, too.
Leeds welcomes electric double decker: Bus company First Leeds is currently testing an all-electric double decker bus in Leeds. The vehicle called Metrodecker EV carries up to 99 passengers and provides a range of almost 150 miles. The bus company’s trial project is part of its plan to invest 71m pounds into the purchase of 284 ultra-low emissions buses.
Ford triples charging opportunities for staff: The U.S. carmaker says it will extend the amount of charging stations for its employees in North America from currently 200 to 600 within the next three years. The company explains this move by pointing at the fact that charging options at the workplace are a decisive criteria to opt for an electric vehicle purchase.
150 electric buses for Malaysia: GETS Global and Putrajaya Leisures & Services Group signed a MoU as both partners seek to bring 150 electric buses to the streets of Putrajaya. However, they take their time: The electric bus fleet shall not go into operation before 2025.
Amsterdam, Ireland, Belgrade, ChargePoint, Burlington.
13 MW charge infrastructure: Amsterdam is about to become home to the world’s largest depot charging network to be installed by Heliox. The 13 MW turnkey project is to charge 100 electric buses from Connexxion (Transdev) and the order will include installation sites at Amsterdam Airport and Amstelveen. Heliox’s opportunity chargers provide 450 and up to 600 kW from 2018, resulting in charging times of 2 to 4 minutes via pantograph.
Irish EV task force: Ireland joins the countries that wish to drive all-electric from 2030, as outlined in its ‘National Policy Framework on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland’. A Low Emission Vehicle Taskforce is to work out how to best achieve such LEV uptake, including infrastructure measures. So far, Ireland is far behind its intended EV share with estimates for 8,000 electric cars on the roads – far from the targeted 50,000 by 2020.
60 e-buses for Belgrade? Serbia’s capital plans to deploy 60 electric buses, says a report from Belarus, where local company Belkommunmash actually hopes to win the bid as Belgrade is testing one of its electric buses. Competition comes from China but Belkommunmash bets on competitive pricing.
EV inclusive: U.S. Bank’s Voyager Network Fleet Card will now be accepted at ChargePoint’s stations across the States. ChargePoint will begin updating its locations immediately and expects the process to be completed over the summer so that corporate fleets may adopt electric cars more easily.
Utility rebate: Burlington Electric of Burlington, Vermont is the next utility to offer customers a rebate on the purchase of a new electric vehicle. The 1,200 dollar discount applies to any electric car priced 50,000 dollars or less.
Ireland, Australia, Canada, Iveco, Romania.
Ireland’s EV sharing service that will start in Dublin and Cork takes learnings from a bicycle sharing system already installed in the Irish capital. Dublin Bike works via membership and PAYG and the government hopes to put more than 100 electric cars to hire out on the streets before the year’s end. The initiative is to encourage EV uptake on the Emerald isle also through test driving opportunities at events and a roadshow. Incentives for businesses to switch to electric cars or vans are under scrutiny.
EV accord in Australia: A new national body comprised of 17 Australian industry organisations aims to promote the adoption of electric vehicles on the continent. The ‘Electric Vehicle Council’ wants to focus on corporate fleets, demand EV incentives, seek investment for charging infrastructure and publish an annual report on the state of EV affairs.
Electric buses in Canada: Montréal has welcomed three electric buses from Nova Bus, a Volvo Bus Group member, into its service within the framework of the Montreal City Mobility project that is driven by the company. Another three e-buses but by BYD this time, have gone to St. Albert. They spearhead a total order of seven with the remaining four to arrive by the end of this year.
newswire.ca (Montreal), masstransitmag.com (St. Albert)
Mixed message: Iveco has delivered hybrid buses to Astana. They are part of an order over 210 Urbanway models, which are available as both hybrid and diesel buses. How many of the vehicles will drive partially electric in the Kazakh capital is undisclosed.
Real change? Romania´s fuel retailer Rompetrol has added its first EV chargers to a gas station. It is part of a 10m dollar investment plan by the KMG owned company, which plans seven more gas stations with charging points of 50kW, where charging is free of charge.
BYD, Tesla, Renault, Paris, ICAO, Ireland.
BYD confirms Hungarian facility: The Chinese manufacturer is pouring 20m euros into an assembly facility for electric buses and forklifts in Komárom in northern Hungary. Doors are said to open in the first quarter of 2017, after which the factory will churn out 400 EVs per year. The name “BYD Electric Bus & Truck Hungary” suggests that it could also produce electric trucks in the future.
Tesla conquers new frontiers: The California EV pioneer will offer its Model X in New Zealand starting next month. It will also open a Tesla Store there in the second half of 2017 and add Superchargers. Meanwhile, Tesla is hiring for new stores in Madrid and Barcelona.
electrek.co (New Zealand), electrek.co (Spain)
Cheap EV for China: Renault’s plan to produce an affordable electric car in China are taking shape. Gérard Detourbet will head the project as chief engineer. The 70-year-old has made a name for himself as “the auto industry’s low cost maven extraordinaire.”
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Paris region opens pockets: Residents of the Métropole du Grand Paris, which includes the French capital and 130 other cities and communities, will receive extra cash on top of state subsidies. If they swap their 20-year-old diesel (or older) for an EV or PHEV, they get 5,000 euros. E-bikes and scooters are subsidised with 1,000 euros. But there is only enough cash for 1,000 applicants.
avere-france.org (in French)
Step in the right direction: UN special agency International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will put in place measures to offset CO2 emissions from 2021. Airlines will then be asked to i.e. invest in climate protection, in order to counterbalance their emissions. The programme will first be voluntary, but will become mandatory from 2027.
Ireland prolongs incentives for electric and hybrid vehicles past the initial 2016 deadline. Motor vehicle insurance rebates will be extended another five years for EVs and another two for hybrids. A tax on diesel was not increased.
Amsterdam, Athens, Ireland, Conneticut.
Amsterdam electrifies: The Dutch capital strives for zero-emission by 2025. Starting by 2017, it will set-up an environmental zone that bans elderly gas guzzlers from entering the city centre. Over the course of one year, the prohibition will gradually include vans, cabs, buses and scooters made before set dates. For positive encouragement, Amsterdam reportedly plans to upgrade charging infrastructure to 4,000 stations and will also introduce subsidies for EVs. Electric cabs will get priority at the Central Station.
Athens electrifies: The Greek capital will apply for a 6m dollar state grant to support Athens Transit in the acquisition of ten hybrid buses, which will replace ten diesel-powered units. Another 1.5m dollars will come through local funding.
Ireland charges rapidly: Irish utility ESB installed six multi-standard fast-charging stations in Belfast and Dublin. Co-financing of the 7m euro project came through the TEN-T EU programme, as well as BMW, Nissan, Renault and VW. The chargers support CCS, CHAdeMO, and Type 2.
Extra incentives: Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) tops up its EV rebate programme CHEAPR with 2m dollars. 1m have been earmarked for cash rebates of up to 3,000 dollars for private buyers, while the other million will be made available as grants for state agencies and cities.
Toyota, Mercedes, GreenPower, Volta Motorbikes, Smith EV, Ireland.
EV production in Thailand: The South-East Asian country and Japan are negotiating a deal that would turn Thailand into a manufacturing hub. Toyota for example is willing to start building hybrids and more surprisingly EVs here, but only if the Thai government starts to install charging infrastructure first.
2017 Mercedes E Class: Renderings of Daimler’s next-gen E Class were published by German Auto Bild. The model is expected to debut in Detroit 2016 and will most likely feature mild-hybrid tech in nearly all petrol and diesel variants. PHEVs are planned as well with electric motor output from 75 to 120 kW.
indianautosblog.com, autobild.de (original source in German)
Electric double-decker: GreenPower sold the presumably first all-electric double decker bus in North America to EV Power for more than a million dollars. Delivery of the EVC550 is set for mid 2016. Its 400-kWh batteries translate to 240 miles range while the electric bus can carry up to 125 passengers.
Bike bargain: Spanish Volta Motorbikes is asking less than 10,000 euros for its electric models BCN City and BCN Sport (9,065 and 9,771 euros). The bikes’ motor delivers 25 kW and peaks at 33 kW. Weighing 135 kilos, both electric bikes include a 4-kW battery pack that lasts for 70 kilometres.
motorfreaks.nl (in Dutch), voltamotorbikes.com (company’s website)
10m dollars before the month’s end or else it is bankruptcy for Smith Electric Vehicles. The electric truckmaker has informed investors about its desperate need for cash. Smith EVs has a history of funding gone foul as both the UK and the Obama administration plus various investors chipped in before.
Ireland to go green: The Emerald Isle will spent 94.9m pound (144m dollars) in an attempt to become energy efficient. Apart from investments in renewables and upgrades to homes, electric transport incentives will receive some funding as well.
1,000 EVs in Ireland.
More than 1,000 electric vehicles are now registered and operating on Irish roads, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Congrats and good luck for the next thousand!
Bolloré, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Ireland, Toshiba.
Twizy for Lyon: The all-electric two-seater by Renault is now being offered as part of Bolloré Bluely carsharing scheme in the French city. A total of 30 are ready for use. Until the end of the year, Bolloré wants to have a total of 110 Twizy to join its Lyon fleet and Bluecub Carsharing scheme in Bordeaux.
Massachusetts pushes EV sales: The U.S. state has earmarked an additional two million dollars for its Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program. It offers a discount of up to 2,500 dollars to those who buy or lease an electric vehicle.
How much could you save? Hawaiian electric companies have launched an online tool that estimates, how much money a person could save by driving electric. The EV Bill Savings Estimator also takes into account off-peak charging rates.
Apartment solution: Irish companies Carra, EC Charging, Electro Automation and Smartcharge have all received 25,000 euros in funding to bring EV charging infrastructure to apartment blocks. A viable solution could receive another 200,000 euros to develop a prototype.
Toshiba bus hits the road: The company’s first electric bus has begun operating in the city of Kawasaki in Japan, along the Kawasaki Municipal Hospital route. The bus is equipped with vehicle-to-grid technology and can be used as a power source in the event of an emergency.
EVs and hybrids in Ireland.
A total of 1,756 all-electric and hybrid vehicles were sold in Ireland in the first eleven months of 2014, with hybrids accounting for more than 80 percent of the sales. 55 percent were sold in the capital Dublin.
Bombardier, Emobility Works, Ireland, Hermosa Beach.
Streetcar unplugged: In China, the first four of 15 catenary-free trams with Bombardier technology have been delivered to the city of Nanjing. They are equipped with Primove traction batteries and charged via pantograph. Two trams have already been serving the eight-kilometre Hexi line this August.
The EU project ‘Emobility Works’ just launched in Germany. It is designed to support 27 municipalities in nine participating countries as well as at least a 100 companies in their efforts to introduce electric transport by providing action plans.
derwesten.de (launch in German), ec.europa.eu (project)
EVs in Ireland: Incentives and charging infrastructure in Ireland seem to be ideal for early adopters of electric cars. But why are EV sales not taking off as one might expect? Green Car Reports takes a look at the current situation and delivers some insights on what it would take to get to the tipping point.
Freedom Station: NRG eVgo opened the first fast-charging station in Hermosa Beach, California. The “Freedom Station” consists of both CHAdeMO and Combo DC fast chargers and one standard Level 2 outlet. According to NRG eVo, this is the first Combo (CCS) fast-charger install in greater Los Angeles metro area.
EV-friendly National Park: Point Reyes National Seashore received a donation of multiple charging points for its National Park. Located at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, the station is free to use and powered by solar energy produced by the park’s own solar panels.
Renault Zoe trip in Ireland, BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance edition.
Reading tip: For a change, this coast to coast trip has not been made in a Tesla and has not crossed the USA. Instead, Eddie Cunningham drove a Renault Zoe from Dublin to Galway and back. In Ireland, charging does appear to be a bit more adventurous than in the supercharged States.
Click tip: BMW’s special edition of the i8 has been auctioned off for 825,000 dollars at the Concours d’ Elegance at Pebble Beach this weekend. That is about six times the asking prices but guarantees the buyer a “one-of-a-kind” hybrid super car.
July 2014 EV sales in Germany, Sweden and Ireland.
Germany saw 597 EVs being registered in July, making it a comparatively weak month for electric car sales (810 in June, 934 in May). The Swedes however, bought 412 EVs last month, about four times as many as in July 2013. For Ireland, sales of 46 EVs also make an increase of the market share which is now at 0.21% compared to last year’s 0.08%.
kba.de (Germany in German), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Sweden), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Ireland)
Cloud grid, Manila, Hong Kong, Ireland, London, Manchester.
Cloud grid: The Electric Power Research Institute, eight carmakers and 15 utility providers are working on a cloud based platform to integrate EVs, plug-in hybrids in the grids. BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi and Toyota are taking part in the two-way communication approach.
E-Trike Network: The Philippine’s capital Manila is looking to fully electrify its electric trike taxi network. The 500-million dollar program is funded by the Asian Development Bank as well as the central and local government and will see 100,000 electric tricycles on the road by 2016.
Hong Kong counts 1,000 charge points already and is planning to add another 100 next month. This means the metropolis has more chargers than it has EVs as there are currently 650. Only ten of all charging stations come with quick chargers.
Ireland’s charging network: On the island, there are now 1,200 public charging points, according to the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). That means on average, there is a charger every 60 kilometres on the main roads with all big Irish towns and cities having at least a few.
Geo-fencing electric mode: Switching to electric on demand is the latest idea of London’s mayor Boris Johnson. Geo-fencing technology will enable hybrid buses and taxis to automatically go into electric mode as soon as they cross into a highly-polluted zone. From 2018, any new cab in the city has to be ‘zero emission capable’.
Manchester gets e-buses: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has taken delivery of its first three electric buses from Optare. They will serve on the free Metroshuttle routes in the city centre and are supported by the Department for Transport Green Bus Fund. The three e-buses join 17 hybrid buses already serving Manchester.
Ireland, Sunderland, Scotland, Dresden.
Call for charging solutions: In the country’s first “Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition,” the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is calling for ideas for charging solutions for multi-story as well as underground car parks. The winner will receive 200,000 euros (271,700 dollars) to develop a prototype.
50 charging points and growing: UK city of Sunderland is investing 500 million pounds (857m dollars) in getting people to switch from petrol to electricity. Money will flow into research, as well as into the extension of the city’s charging network – already one of the best in the country. The goal is to become a national hub for the low carbon economy.
Scotland gets three new public charging stations: The new locations are funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland. While the charge point in Dumfries most likely is a DC quick charger, the sites in Annan and Castle Douglas seem to offer AC charging only.
EmiD kick-off: The showcase project “Electric mobility in Dresden” (EmiD) is headed by Fraunhofer Institute IVI and is supported by the city of Dresden, the Technical University of Dresden and local government bodies. Together, they have purchased and will test an electric fleet consisting of 16 electric vehicles to find out what is keeping people from using electric cars.
saena.de, elektromobilitaet-verbindet.de (both in German)