CZ: Škoda installs fast-charging with flywheel tech
In Prague, Škoda Auto DigiLab has started the pilot of a particularly innovative fast-charging station. It uses kinetic flywheel technology made by Israel’s start-up Chakratec and provides twice as much electricity as the national grid can supply.Weiterlesen
Driivz to help Ennet to deliver smart charging in Japan
The Ennet Corporation has selected Israeli software specialist Driivz to bring intelligent EV charging services to Japan. Driivz will provide smart charging software that includes platform modules as well as an app that will help the Japanese utility to broaden the services.Weiterlesen
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ElectReon inductively charges a Renault Zoe in transit
The Israeli company ElectReon Wireless has successfully charged a Renault Zoe inductively while driving. This was achieved along a 20-metre long section of track equipped with coils embedded in a section of road in the coastal town of Beit Yanai in Israel.Weiterlesen
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Israel: Tel Aviv to ban polluting vehicles
Tel Aviv is currently drawing up a strategic plan for the electrification of traffic in the Israeli city. This also includes banning “polluting vehicles” from Tel Aviv as of 2025. In the rest of the country, combustion engines will also be inexorably facing extinction.Weiterlesen
VW to launch ride-hailing service with autonomous EVs
Volkswagen has chosen Israel to install a new ride-hailing service using self-driving electric cars. Together with Intel-owned Mobileye, VW is planning a joint venture to launch their Mobility-as-a-service (Maas) offer early next year and to scale up quickly.Weiterlesen
Israel: Electric car fits into tiniest parking lot (video)
A start-up called City Transformer has developed an electric car designed to tackle two issues, congestion of both the air and streets in inner cities. Their two-seater “folds” at the push of a bottom, reducing the width to no more than a metre. The price too has been set humbly.Weiterlesen
Tender: Israel planning 2,560 EV charging stations
The Israeli authorities are planning to invest 25 million shekels (about 6M euros) in installing charging stations for electric vehicles. The energy ministry will release four tenders in October for a total of 2,560 charging stations to be set up across Israel.Weiterlesen
UK utility Centrica investing in EV charging software
British utility Centrica is pushing to enter new markets with no less than a total of 100 million dollars earmarked for investment. In a first financing move, the Israeli start-up Driivz that develops software for EV charging solutions has been selected.Weiterlesen
Inductive charging: ElectReon cooperates with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi
The Israeli company ElectReon Wireless, who is developing a solution for EVs to charge inductively while driving, through integrated chargers in roads, has entered a cooperation with the automobile manufacturer alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.Weiterlesen
Israel to cease the use of fossil fuels by 2030
Israel aims to stop the use of fossil fuels such as coal, gasoline and diesel in energy and transport by 2030, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz stated at a conference in Tel Aviv. The goal is to rely solely on renewable energy and natural gas.Weiterlesen
Phinergy entered JV for metal-air batteries in China
There is a new battery joint venture in the making in China. Yunnan Aluminium has turned to fellow Chinese Shanghai Zuoyong New Energy Technology and Israeli Phinergy. Together they want to make metal-air batteries under the name of Yunnan Phinergy Chuang Neng Metal Air Battery.Weiterlesen
Eviation Aircraft sets sights on Kokam batteries
The israeli startup Eviation Aircraft, which raised some eyebrows at last years Paris Air Show with the prototype of its electrical light aircraft “Alice”, has officially announced the source for the batteries they will be using in their planes: South Korea’s Kokam.Weiterlesen
Metal-air batteries from Phinergy and Indian Oil Corporation
Israel’s Phinergy and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) want to develop lightweight metal-air batteries together. The initiative follows a LoI that has been signed during a state visit of Israel’s prime minister to India.Weiterlesen
Dan Bus invests in ElectrRoad’s dynamic inductive charging technology
In-road charging start-up ElectRoad has found a new investor in bus maker Dan Bus from Tel Aviv that wants to invest 2.2 million dollars. The Israeli company that had recently presented its dynamic inductive charging technology.Weiterlesen
Nissan, JLR, Tesla, Ford, Israel, Suzuki.
Nissan presents launch edition: The next-gen Leaf finally reached Europe. The Japanese carmaker chose Oslo to introduce its updated EV to the audience and to also announce a launch edition called „2.ZERO Edition“, fully equipped e.g. with the driver assistance system ProPILOT and Nissan’s new e-pedal. Pricing for the special version starts at 34,950 euros (in contrast to the new Leaf’s basis price of 31,950 euros), first deliveries are scheduled for early 2018.
JLR electrifies Range Rover Sport: For the first time, Jaguar Land Rover adds a PHEV to its line-up: The Range Rover Sport family will get a new plug-in hybrid member called P400e. The new model couples a 300 PS gasoline engine with a 85kW electric motor and a 13.1 kWh battery, reaching a maximum range of 50km in an electric-only modus. The UK order books are open by now. Pricing starts at 70,800 pounds with first sales planned in the beginning of 2018.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com, autocar.co.uk
First spy shot of Tesla’s truck: Several websites have published a photo showing Tesla’s electric truck Semi for the first time more or less completely. The picture has been taken at a circuit in California where the EV maker regularly tests its vehicles. The truck’s official presentation is due at October, 26th, after having been once postponed.
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Ford to reconsider EV strategy for China? The American carmaker is about to realign its EV business, shifting together with its JV partner Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) further towards electric transporters and trucks, according to Reuters. Main reasons are the impending ban of combustion-powered cars in China and the fact that no other foreign manufacturer has yet put detailed plans on the table to enter the potentially lucrative Chinese electric utility vehicle market.
Israel continues „green taxation“: The country’s government agreed on keeping its lower purchase tax rate on electrified vehicles until at least late 2019. Instead of a 83 percent tax rate, HEVs and PHEVs are taxed at 30 percent, fully electric cars just at 10 percent. The reductions are valid since 2009 and serve as incentives for the country’s population.
JV trio to get another partner? After Toyota, Mazda and Denso have founded a Japanese EV alliance based in Nagoya, Suzuki seems to be interested to join the JV, too. At least that is what Kyodo News reports referring to sources that do not want to be named. Suzuki has a major presence in India but faces more and more problems to meet tightening emission standards around the world.
Deutsche Post/ DHL, Energica, Israel, California, AmeriPride.
Zero emission logistics by 2050 is Deutsche Post/ DHL’s commitment to the future of deliveries. Its ambitious target applies to both its own operations and to those of its subcontractors. However, as 2050 is far, the group formulated four milestones for 2025 already, that are part of its GoGreen programme. One of them is to switch 70% of its delivery services on the first and last mile to electric vehicles.
First e-bike maker joins CharIn: The CCS charging initiative welcomed Energica as its latest member. Energica says it is the first electric motorcycle manufacturer that uses this fast-charging standard.
Life Riders in Israel: Emergency service Magen David Adom (MDA) has added pedelecs to its fleet for first responders. The so-called Life Rider unit involves a 1,000 e-bikes for volunteers to operate within a 10 mile radius starting by mid-2017. Each pedelec carries resuscitation equipment.
The first 27 next-gen electric trucks are due to arrive in California tomorrow. Reason enoigh for CARB to gather together all partners involved, namely the state of California, the San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG), Daylight Transport, and BYD. More e-trucks are to be delivered this summer.
Fleet replacement expands: AmeriPride Services now plans to add 20 additional vans equipped with the Motiv Power Systems electric powertrain to the company’s California business, after initially replacing 20 percent of its fleet in Vernon with electric delivery trucks.
Israel, Leicester, Canada, Supercharger, Ruby Tuesday.
Israel electrifies: The country wishes to clean the air with the government spending about 57m dollars on initiatives for electric mobility and more. Grants for the acquisition of 2,000 hybrid taxes have been set up, and electric buses will be bought. On the private side, 4 carsharing schemes with at least 800 electric cars and 2,000 charge stops will be introduced in 4 Israeli cities including Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Diesel replacement: British Leicester will potentially replace a 95 strong diesel fleet with EVs if tests with ten Nissan Leaf proof successful. The Leaf will be joined by five Nissan e-NV200 within the following weeks and testing is to resume over six months.
Rapid charging in Canada: Six EV fast-charging stations are to go up along Canada’s Highway that connects Montréal and Quebec. The province will pay half the price of each station that are estimated to cost 60,000 dollars and would like to see them go up within the next six months.
Supercharge and dine: Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday plans to install a series of Superchargers at its diners. The first has gone up in Miner, Missouri, yet the chain has not specified how many EV charging stations will follow.
Latvia, Israel, Copenhagen, USA.
Latvia latches on TEN-T: 235 EV charging stations will be erected in the Baltic state by 2022, if the Ministry of Transport gets its will. 60 of those are to be provided through the EU’s TEN-T programme and will line Latvia’s main roads by 2020. Another 175 charging stations, located within 50 km from each other, will follow by mid-2022, connecting smaller roads to the EV network.
Israel to clear the air: The city of Haifa plans to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ), the first of its kind in the country. In a first step, heavy vehicle traffic within the LEZ would be restricted. The Environment Ministry plans to spend 330 million NIS (about 87m dollars) on the project that now has to be approved by the cabinet.
Danish DriveNow update: BMW’s car sharing service together with Arriva will reportedly let 400 i3 loose in Copenhagen this September. Also on board is Danish travel card provider Rejsekort and energy utility E.on. The former will supply the keycard for the electric BMW.
Joint efforts: California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia are teaming up with provinces in the West Coast Electric Fleets initiative, a project by Pacific Coast Collaborative. The programme aims at the electrification of public and business fleets in the whole region.
ABB, EDF, TEN-T, Qualcomm & Chargemaster, Louisville, Rome, Israel.
New fast chargers: ABB is to deliver another 100 fast chargers to Danish e-mobility service provider Clever. The latter will erect the ‘Terra 53 DC’ not only in its home country but in neighbouring countries, too. It is very likely that these chargers will become part of the planned European charge network ‘Central European Green Corridors’ (we reported).
More chargers for France: Just after Bolloré promoted its plan to build 16,000 charge points, Électricité de France (EDF) announced it will start to erect 200 fast chargers along French motorways starting in January 2015. The project is backed by Renault, BMW and VW, while the EU promised 4.5 million euros (5.5m USD). Most stations will be located close to the borders to Germany, Belgium and Italy.
leparisien.fr, automobile-propre.com (both in French)
European H2 infrastructure: 3.5 million euros are to be invested in studies preparing a European network of hydrogen infrastructure for transport. The money comes from the European Union´s TEN-T program and is intended for national implementation plans for Belgium, Finland, Poland and Riga, Latvia as well as three hydrogen refuelling stations with “specific innovative elements” in Finland and Sweden.
Wireless charging: Qualcomm is to invest in the British EV infrastructure provider Chargemaster that operates the Polar network in the UK. Its charging stations are planned to be retrofitted with Qualcomm’s inductive charging technology bit by bit although a detailed schedule has not been issued yet.
Electric buses for Louisville: The city’s public transport TARC has introduced the ZeroBus, which will replace gas-powered trolleys when being phased into daily operation early next year. 10 electric buses for about 11 million dollars have been purchased with the help of the state and federal funds.
Electric christmas: To help Romans leave their car at home during the festive season, the Italian capital has introduced five new electric mini-buses. The buses serve the main shopping districts while stopping at major car parks, metro stations and bus terminals along the way.
Bi-national research: The energy ministries of both the U.S. and Israel will fund five Israeli projects with 4 million dollars in a bi-national effort. Among the supported companies are Fridenson Logistics and ChargePoint to jointly develop a smart grid capable, cloud-connected EV charging station.
Israel, Bratislava, Bhutan, New Zealand.
Recharge at gas stations: Israeli gas station provider Paz Oil and Nissan importer Carasso agreed to strategically cooperate and install nine fast charging stations at Paz outlets. The chargers are paid per use and while being described as “universal” the stations will obviously not help former Better Place customers, since the Renault Fluence Z.E. is not capable of fast charging of any kind.
Slovak battery swap: GreenWay has opened its first battery swapping station in the capital Bratislava last week. The service is for GreenWay’s rental vans, currently the electrified Citroen Jumper, but could be expanded nationwide or even to other countries. The battery swap itself is quite simple and anything but automatic: a forklift brings the new pack and extracts the old one from behind the driver’s cabin.
cleantechnica.com, oekonews.com, greenway.sk/en
Another buzz for Bhutan: Just after introducing the Nissan Leaf (we reported) prime minister Tshering Tobgay announced the launch of Mahindra’s e2o and Reva later this week. He is also hoping for an electric bus trial with British Ashok Leyland and is eyeing Tesla, which Tobgay says he wants to “encourage.”
Tango for New Zealand: 15,000 of the Commuter Car’s Tango might soon be driving around Auckland. The project Microcar wants the city to buy the cars and then lease them to its commuters for 55 dollars per week instead of using the money for building new streets.