European hydrogen corridor for 1000 fuel cell trucks
Initiated by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and AirLiquide, several European companies have joined forces to provide a hydrogen corridor for fuel cell trucks in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. They target 1,000 trucks by 2025.Weiterlesen
Nikola Tre to build electric trucks at Iveco in Germany
Iveco-owner CNH Industrial and Nikola Motor will build the Nikola Tre in battery-electric and fuel cell version at the Iveco plant in Ulm, Germany. The first e-trucks to go into production from 2021 are the battery-electric 4×2 and 6×2 vehicles. The fuel cell version is planned for 2023.Weiterlesen
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Nikola electric semi-trailer Tre to build on Iveco S-Way
Three months after Iveco owner CNH Industrial joined the US-based Nikola electric truck startup, the partners have now started developing their first joint product: the Nikola Tre all-battery electric truck for the European market.Weiterlesen
Elinta is developing hybrid retrofitting kits for utility vehicles
The company Elinta Motors from Lithuania develops plug-in hybrid drives for retrofitting diesel commercial vehicles up to 7.2 tons. All drive components including electric motors, battery modules and electronics have been developed in-house.Weiterlesen
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Hyundai, China Yuchai, IBM, Iveco.
Hyundai’s own tech for new FCV: Hyundai will start serial production of fuel cell tech for its upcoming H2 crossover as soon as next month in its factory in Chungju. As previously suggested, 3,600 units of the new model are to roll off the lines in 2018, meaning the Koreans are taking their FCV endeavour up a notch. As they produce even the fuel cells under their own umbrella, Hyundai says it will reduce FCV’s production costs by at least 30 percent.
China Yuchai to supply hybrid bus drives: China Yuchai’s subsidiary GYMCL closed a deal to deliver 100 diesel-electric hybrid motors to Liuzhou Bus, operator of Liuzhou’s public transport. GYMCL’s YC6J200-50 motors will power 85 buses from Xiamen Kinglong and 15 buses from Zhongtong Bus.
The latest patents: What are the engineers’ ideas for future EV development? Inside EVs digged in patent files once more and discovered Proterra’s idea of a charging system for electric buses and IBM’s cloud-coordinated charging agents among other things.
KERS for rigid truck: Fraikin’s rental fleet presents a rigid truck utilising KERS. The 12 ton Iveco Eurocargo equipped with the system installed by Alternatech and developed by Adgero and Skeleton Technologies stores regenerated energy in a set of ultracaps.
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.
Canada, CharIN, Pod Point, APCOA, PlugSurfing, Iveco.
1,000 charging stations for Canada: The Northern part of the American continent strikes again as Canada’s government grants AddEnergie 7m dollars. The EV charging company will use the investment to install more than 1,000 new charging stations across Canada by 2019 and to develop the next generation of fast-charging stations as well as other innovations for home and workplace charging.
CharIN got a new member: MAN joins the Charging Interface Initiative that aims to establish CCS as the standard for charging all EVs. The truck and bus maker said it would actively take part in the standardisation effort, especially with regards to smart communication between bus depot and/or logistics centres. CharIN got more than 60 members at the moment.
Pod Point partnered with APCOA Parking to expand its network of public EV chargers. APCOA currently has 15 points at Heathrow Airport and Birmingham’s shopping centre but the cooperation is to grow the number of charge stops significantly.
PlugSurfing per QR code: Berlin-based start-up PlugSurfing launched a new feature called Scan&Charge. It enables ad-hoc charging without registration via QR code, which can be applied to any charge point. The EV driver simply needs to scan the image, select a payment method and charging starts. It allows payment by the minute or kWh.
plugsurfing.com (in English), plugsurfing.com (in French)
120 hybrid buses for Milano: Iveco won a tender of fellow Italian transport provider ATM from Milan, which wants to renew its entire fleet until 2019. Iveco will thus deliver 120 Urbanway Hybrid buses starting from June 2017. The model saves about 30% fuel.
11 electric buses for ZA: Cape Town has ordered eleven electric buses including charging equipment from BYD. Ten will go into service in the South African city by 2018, while one bus is destined on loan to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital to test if electric transport is a viable option there.
Faraday Future, China, Iveco, Renault, Polaris.
Tesla gets competition: Faraday Future says it will invest 1bn dollars in a factory to build its first electric car by 2017, quickly followed by more models. The facility’s exact location will be revealed in the coming weeks, but will definitely be in the U.S. (we reported). The California start-up is backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting and counts numerous EV professionals in its ranks. The company says it thinks of EVs as smartphones that drives revenue via subscriptions for connective services.
bloomberg.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
Push for EV producers: China is about to approve production licenses for electric carmakers, a first since 2009. More than ten manufacturers applied. Back in March, the government encouraged internet firms to look into EV development, if they are now among applicants remains to be seen.
Daily Electric update: Iveco launches a new version of its electric van with an improved battery at the Ecomondo show in Rimini, Italy. The new Daily Electric has a said range of 280 km. Battery life has been extended by as much as 20 percent, while payload capacity increased by around 100 kg.
Kangoo ZE update: Renault UK announces new trim lines and improved standard equipment for the electric van. The Kangoo ZE now includes a wall-mounted charging cable (Type 2, Mode 3) and a warning system for pedestrians and cyclists. Prices remain the same from 16,161 pounds.
Detroit Electric shuns U.S.: Despite its name being based on an old American carmaker and the once proud Motown, the EV maker will not be selling its SP:01 in the U.S. The Lotus-based racer is produced in a UK facility and while shipping is no problem, airbag regulations in the U.S. are.
bbc.com via insideevs.com
New very compact EV: Polaris is upgrading its GEM series of electric light utility vehicles, utilising battery technology by electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo. Six models, namely the e2, e6, e4, eL XD, eM 1400 and eM 1400 LSV, offer space for up to six passengers and have a top speed of 40 kph.
Iveco, Porsche, VW, South Korea, Citroen, Hyundai.
The future of LCVs: Iveco has unveiled its ‘Vision’ concept van at the IAA for utility vehicles in Germany. The stylish light van features a so-called Dual-Energy-System. It allows for mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric drive configurations. Furthermore, Iveco presented its new Daily Electric that is to be available by next year. It is said to feature a range of 215 kilometres and a 22-kW on-board charger, our editor reports from Hanover.
themotorreport.com.au (with video), iveco.com (Daily Electric), brusa.eu (Charger)
Porsche Cayenne to premier: The Cayenne S E-Hybrid will debut next week in Paris and it is already the third plug-in hybrid from the German automaker. While the petrol engine is the same as in the old Cayenne, the PHEV features an electric motor with 70 kW that brings the system’s power to 416 hp.
Plug-in Phaeton? According to Automotive News, VW insiders say that the second generation Phaeton will be offered with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain for the 2018 or 2019 model year. Furthermore, the then 400-hp sedan is likely to make a reappearance in the U.S. where the Phaeton is expected to start at 70,000 dollars.
Price drop for hybrids: New subsidies by the South Korean government will make the eight hybrid models offered in the country cheaper. The local top-sellers Hyundai YF Sonata, Kia K5, Toyota Prius and Lexus CT200h will supposedly benefit the most from the new measures.
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Compressed Air Hybrid: Citroen is to present its Cactus Airflow 2l Concept at its home show in Paris. Like the Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air concept (we reported), it is driven by a compressed-air hybrid system and is said to consume only two litres per 100 kilometres as per European test cycle.
Hyundai to promote hydrogen: The South Korean company is working with the US Department of Energy (DoE) and the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus at promoting fuel-cell technology in the States. Hyundai started leasing the first FCV in the U.S., its Tuscon Fuel Cell, earlier this year.