Shell quietly pulls the plug on hydrogen in the UK
Shell has closed down all its hydrogen filling stations in the UK, saying “prototype tech had reached its end of life”. However, this is just a small part of the story since the oil and gas corporation now wants to refocus – on bigger vehicles.
£8.8M OLEV funding to improve H2 infrastructure in UK
A consortium including ITM Power, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai has won £8.8 million in funding from the British Department for Transport. They are to improve the UK’s network of hydrogen filling stations by improving existing ones and also installing new sites.
London, ITM Power, Slovenia, Dubai, Taipei.
Electric double-decker trial: London is about to see the first all-electric Metrodecker. Maker Optare is now ready to try the electric bus on Go-Ahead’s Route 36 across the British capital, starting this summer. The electric trial follows successful testing of the same model but with a diesel engine.
Great Britain to get H2 chargers: Four sites, namely in Birmingham, Swindon and two in Sheffield, will be equipped with hydrogen refueling from ITM Power. Additional locations have been earmarked in London and around the M25, along the M1, M40, and M4 but have yet to get permission.
Slovenia to add chargers: 140 additional EV charging stations shall be installed in 69 municipalities of the Eastern European country. They will be part of Slovenia’s existing infrastructure and are co-financed through the Eco Fund.
Dubai is to add charging stations too as the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) wants to double its electric vehicles charging stations to 200 across Dubai. It will thus complete the second phase of the Green Charger initiative.
Park&Charge in Taipei: Taiwan’s capital has 20 public parking facilities equipped with electric car charging posts. Each location features two charging points, so 40 EVs in total may charge in Taipei. They have been installed through the city’s parking authority.
Electric Nation, Austria, Sweden, ITM Power, Shell, Michigan.
The Electric Nation project gets underway as first smart chargers are installed for free at homes of participants in Britain. Electric Nation is the follow up trial of the Electric Avenue and probes a future, where electric cars will be plenty and smart enough to stabilise rather than destabilise the grid.
72m euro e-mobility package kicks off: Austria has started its planned subsidy programme for electric vehicles. From March, 1 communities, companies and municipalities may apply for grants for EVs and charging infrastructure. The overall scheme is worth 72m euros.
diepresse.com (in German)
Swedish police on EV call: Ten electric cars entered a trial as police cars in Sweden, where they will serve in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö but not on call-outs. The test will run until April.
Hydrogen on the M25: ITM Power and Shell opened a fuel cell station at Cobham services on the M25 motorway. It is the first on a British highway.
Infrastructure withdrawn: Michigan utility Consumers Energy has scrapped its plan to install 810 EV charging stations for 15m dollars in the state. The scheme met dissent from authorities, competitors and environmental groups that had concerns about funding.
IKEA, Vienna, Hamburg, ITM Power, Panasonic.
IKEA charges Norway: The furniture company announced that it will equip all of its stores in Norway with fast-chargers, starting with its location in Slependen. IKEA has already launched similar initiatives in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.
Vienna plans 1,000 chargers: The installation of the first 500 will start mid-2017 in the 2nd and 16th district of the Austrian capital. Over the following two years, the network will then grow step by step to reach 1,000 units. How much it will cost to plug in is still being discussed. But EVs will not have to pay a parking fee while charging.
wien.orf.at, vienna.at (articles in German)
Last mile innovations: With project SMILE (Smart Last Mile Logistics), Hamburg is looking to become a European model region for sustainable and clean package deliveries. Businesses and the city of Hamburg presented a number of intelligent last mile delivery systems, including the use of electric vehicles. The proposals will now be implemented step by step.
verkehrsrundschau.de, hamburg.de (articles in German)
New kind of pump: ITM Power is installing the UK’s first hydrogen fuelling pump at an existing petrol station. The Shell station is located along the M40 in Beaconsfield and will go into service early 2017.
Green fleet: Panasonic says it was able to cut its fleet’s emissions by 37.5 percent in the UK since 2008. The company employs 19 plug-in and ten pure hybrids in the country, which together make up about 20 percent of the fleet. Another three PHEVs have already been ordered.
Nissan, Germany, fuel cell, Tesla, ITM Power.
V2G testing: Nissan and Enel have started the V2g trial first mentioned at COP21. 100 British Leaf and e-NV200 drivers get the opportunity to sell energy back to the utility when charging outside peak time. Furthermore, the Japanese present the xStorage home energy storage unit together with Eaton.
cityam.com, youtube.com, nissan-europe.com, automotiveworld.com (xStorage)
Drive electrically, fund locally: The German government handed 7.1m euros to municipalities to boost electric mobility in the country. The money is destined for 96 projects ranging from EV infrastructure over electric bendy buses to electric carsharing and taxi services. Overall, the projects are funded with 17m euros from both federal and local sources.
bmvi.de (in German)
Fuel cell boost: The British government launches a 2m pound programme for FCV fleets. The money will cover up to 75 percent of cost of new hydrogen vehicles. The Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Fleet Support Scheme starts from April 2017 and includes operating expenses.
Tesla hire at Heathrow: White Car will deliver a Model S to your door at the tap of your finger from August this year. The app-controlled car hire service intends to start with a fleet of five Tesla to be used to drive to and from London’s main airport. The firm is still looking for crowdfunding.
A new hydrogen station went up in London this week. ITM Power intends to build another two in the UK as part of the European HyFive project. ITM teamed up with renewable electricity provider Good Energy Group to inquire how to best power its H2 stations with clean energy.
Tesla, Montpellier Airport, ITM Power, Queensland, Z Energy.
Connector upgrades: Tesla has released their new Tesla Wall Connector. Like the previous model, it is rated at up to 80 amps, but now starts at 500 dollars – down from 750 dollars. The charging station also features a power sharing option, whose single circuit breaker can service four wall connectors.
Solar airport: A 4.5 MW solar power system was installed at French Montpellier Airport, spanning 1,800 parking stalls. 16,000 solar power modules will soon be generating about 6.2m kWh of clean electricity per year. EVs can use part of that energy when charging at one of two solar-powered EV chargers, also installed on the premise.
Hydrogen agreement: UK industrial gas supplier BOC has signed an agreement with ITM Power, providing infrastructure for ITM’s new electrolyser-based hydrogen refuelling stations for passenger vehicles. This is one step in ITM’s bid to become the predominant hydrogen fuel supplier in the UK.
Free top-ups: The University of Queensland, Australia, has installed four fast-charging solar-powered EV chargers at its campuses, and will offer free top-ups to EV drivers. Chargers are powered by two solar photovoltaic systems. Two will use a 164 kW rooftop solar PV system, and two will be supplied by a 3.3 MW solar farm.
Installation complete: Z Energy (we reported) is looking to shift from traditional fuel to the electronic charging business, starting with the promise to install five charging stations throughout New Zealand. Those stations, located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, have now been successfully installed.
PREMIUM, Geneva, ABB & Alpiq, Teheran, ITM Power & Ove Arup.
BMW i3 is most test driven EV: According the German state-funded research project PREMIUM, some 13 percent of German drivers have already had first encounters with electric mobility. Most chose to test the BMW i3. Many would love to drive electric to protect the environment, but say that range and vehicle cost are still too big of an issue.
uni-passau.de (in German)
Geneva votes for e-buses: The city will introduce eleven all-electric buses on its line 23 from 2017, replacing the current diesel-powered fleet. The deal worth tenth of millions of euros will most likely be signed very soon. The electric buses were already been tested during the Tosa pilot project.
bzbasel.ch (in German)
ABB and Alpiq cooperate: Alpiq E-Mobility now carries all ABB rapid-charging solutions and will take charge of the conception and planning phases, as well as the installation and service of the EV chargers. ABB will continue to focus on the development and production of charging solutions.
abb.ch (in German)
Teheran bets on hybrids: The Iranian capital wants introduce at least 10,000 hybrid taxis within three years. 200 are already on the road and will be used at “airports, hotels and luxurious places.” The vehicles will of course be imported.
H2 alliance: Companies ITM Power and Ove Arup & Partners will work together to identify sites for new hydrogen refueling and energy storage systems using technology.
Posten Norge, Carrefour, ITM Power, Tesla.
More electric mail in Norway: The Norwegian postal service further expands its fleet of 900 electric vehicles, ordering another 240 Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. The electrification is part of the Posten Norge’s strategy targeting a 40 percent reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2020 (we reported).
Carrefour charges Beijing: In Beijing, French retailer Carrefour opened its biggest store in Asia. The location includes 15 charging stations for electric shuttle buses and another five for electric cars.
Essex gets H2 filling station: Company ITM Power now received permission for the construction of the hydrogen fuelling station. It will be located near the A13 road in Rainham, Essex, and is part of the EU-funded HyFive project. The station will open to the public in spring 2016.
New Supercharger Down Under: Tesla installed another one of its fast-charging stations in Gundagai, Australia. The strategic location completes the Sydney to Melbourne route along the Hume Highway, one of Australia’s major inter-city highways.
Orlando, Florida, Delaware, ITM Power, EWEB.
Volts instead of Leafs: At Orlando International Airport, hiring company Enterprise god rid of its 15 Nissan Leaf in favour of 14 Chevy Volt and plans to add another 10 Volts. These can be hired for about 30 dollars/day. The move is part of a larger initiative led by the City of Orlando in order to promote electric vehicles. There are already over 300 charging stations in the Orlando area.
Jacksonville gets charging: Construction of 28 public EV charging stations with featuring Level 2 chargers will begin in Jacksonville, Florida, in October. The chargers paid for with a 300,000 dollar federal grant. There are currently 670 electric cars on the road in the Jacksonville area.
Delaware adds chargers to the map: Delaware added five new charging locations with eleven chargers to the “Charging up Delaware” network that now counts 21 public charging locations. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is partnering with the University of Delaware to analyse usage of the stations.
Wind-powered H2 station: ITM Power has opened a hydrogen filling station in South Yorkshire, England, powered by a 225 kW wind turbine. As part of the HyFIVE project, ITM is also deploying a solar-powered H2 refuelling station in Rainham, scheduled to open in mid-2016.
Commercial loan program: Utility Eugene Water & Electric Board in Oregon, USA, has started a lucrative loan programme with an interest rate of 4 percent for businesses, fleet operators and landlords looking to install charging infrastructure.
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.
ITM Power, Kentfa, Tesla, Sri Lanka.
Three H2 stations: ITM Power has been contracted by London to build three hydrogen refueling stations for 2.8 million pounds (4.7m dollars). The stations are part of the HyFive project (we reported) and expected to go into operation by 2015. In February, ITM received planing permission for five hydrogen stations on the Isle of Wight.
Battery swapping works better with electric scooters than cars it appears. Kentfa has installed 30 stations in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where buyers of the company’s Isuda e-scooter can change their batteries. The system has been running smoothly since last August, so now Japanese and UK companies are showing interest.
Pro-Tesla bill: The governor of Washington state signed a bill allowing the Californian carmaker to keep its stores open and also to open new ones. This right is in fact exclusive to Tesla as it only applies to manufacturers who had a state dealership license before January 2014.
Fast forward: Will the number of EVs in Sri Lanka raise from today’s 60 to 100,000 in only two years? Yes, says the CEO of E-Lanka Automotive, Anuruddha Lihinikaduwa, who hopes the installation of charging infrastructure in Sri Lanka will be the main driver of this development.