COP22, GreenTech Malaysia, Jeju, Burbank, Halifax, New York.
50 EVs for COP22: Renault-Nissan will provide 50 electric shuttles during the climate conference in Marrakesh. The Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 will shuttle participants between the different conference locations. Some 20 chargers will be installed in the Moroccan capital to power the fleet.
Plugging in at fuelling stations: GreenTech Malaysia has signed an agreement with Petronas Dagangan to set up chargers at 66 of their petrol stations, located alongside major motorways. All chargers will have an output of 22 kW and installations will begin in December.
Pushing electrification: The South Korean island of Jeju wants to increase the number of EVs from currently 1 percent to at least 2 percent by mid-2017, and 5 percent by the end of next year. It will also set up an additional 194 fast-chargers and 52 slow chargers. 46 fast-chargers will even be free to use until the end of 2017.
Charge and fly: Burbank may not be the biggest or busiest airport in the LA region, but it now has three EV chargers for travellers to plug in. Moreover, the city of Burbank is looking to set up a fast-charger close to the airport. And those using valet, can even have their EV charged while they’re away.
Almost green fleet: Halifax started a feasibility study to look into the use of electric buses. It partners with utility Nova Scotia Power, who admitted that the electric busses may not be as green as in other fleets, as their majority of power is produced using fossil fuels. But, the percentage of renewables is rising, so electric mobility is beginning to make sense.
Smart NYPD: The New York police has taken delivery of 100 Smart Fortwo, while another 150 are on their way. None of these have a plug. The question is: would they, if Daimler hadn’t waited this long to present a new Smart ED?
Supercharger signage, EV island Jeju.
Reading tip I: Do Tesla´s Superchargers require clear signage? One could indeed draw that conclusion as Model S drivers report serious confusion when non-EV drivers pull up with the intention to vacuum clean their car with the charge nozzle.
Reading tip II: The Korean island of Jeju is becoming more and more of a model EV island. The province now opened an EV Call Centre that answers question on EVs or charging locations 24/7.
Volkswagen, Jeju, Beijing, U.S. charging stations, Tetherow Resort.
Volkswagen charges up: Volkswagen of America will invest ten million dollars in charging infrastructure across the States until 2016. This includes the recently reported 100 fast charging stations with BMW and ChargePoint and also adds charge spots at Volkswagen dealers in America. Together with the announcement, VW urged the U.S. government to further invest into EV infrastructure.
Jeju welcomes EVs: The South Korean island is to invest 300 billion won (about 270m dollars) to install charging infrastructure to feed a desired 50,000 electric vehicles by 2017. The announcement did not go unheard, as carmakers are lining up for the International Electric Vehicle Expo (IEVE) on Jeju this March.
Beijing to double infrastructure: There are currently about 6,800 so-called new energy vehicles (EVs and PHEVs) on the Chinese capital’s streets. To grow the EV market, the local government intends to double the number of available charge points from currently 1,425 before the year’s end.
Mapping U.S. charge posts: The DoE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center issues a detailed map listing all public and private U.S. charging stations. The map is segmented in states with California boasting the highest number of charge spots: 7,173 of a total of 36,345.
afdc.energy.gov via ecomento.com
Golf & Charge: Tetherow Resort, a luxury golf resort in Bend, has installed two Tesla fast charging stations and one 40-amp station. The stations are available to guests and members of the golf club.
Japan, Jeju, Germany, London, South Yorkshire.
Toyota and Honda gain support: The Japanese Ministry of Economy has revised technical standards for hydrogen filling stations, essentially loosening existing requirements. Suppliers can now use liquefied hydrogen instead of only compressed gas in their tanks and make storage units using cheaper composite materials instead of steel of non-iron materials. Moreover, the space away from public spaces required to establish a filling station was reduced.
Update from South Korea: The island of Jeju hopes to be carbon and petrol free by 2030 by then replacing all 370,000 regular cars with EVs, Governor Won Hee-ryong announced. It was previously announced that 9,500 electric cars would be delivered to locals by 2019.
A dozen EVs for German police departments: A total of twelve Volkswagen e-Golf have been delivered to police departments in the German cities of Brunswick, Hanover, Lüneburg and Göttingen, as well as the police headquarters and police academy of Lower-Saxony.
presseportal.de (in German)
80 plug-ins for London: Private hire company Openstart ordered 80 Toyota Prius Plug-in and has already taken delivery of 50 of the vehicles. They join a fleet that has added more than 60 standard Prius and Prius+ cars this year.
South Yorkshire police electrified: The police received a fleet of ten Vauxhall Ampera, to be used to visit victims of crimes or carry out inquiries. During high speed chases, they will have to stay in the garage, though. Still, the police force hopes to safe 25,000 pounds in fuel costs (39,200 USD).
Newcastle, Gateshead, Blackpool, Scotland, Jeju, Tesla & Uber.
Free electric bike trial: In Newcastle and Gateshead, a new rental e-bike scheme is proving extremely popular. The project is part of the ‘Go Smarter’ campaign by the ‘Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority’ and aims to get employees of participating companies to switch their car for a pedelec.
Blackpool tests electric cab: Premier Cars has got the council licensing a Nissan Leaf as a taxi for a two-weeks trial. If the electric car proves suitable as a cab, the taxi company will look into buying up to six cars soon with more to follow in the future.
EVs for Scotland’s car clubs: Transport Scotland is giving one million pounds (1.7m dollars) to the Carplus charity. The money will be spend on purchasing about 40 EVs for Scottish car clubs and is supported by the ‘Developing Car Clubs in Scotland’ (DCCS) programme.
Subsidy lottery: To foster its goal of becoming an all zero emission vehicle island by 2030, the South Korean Jeju Island is holding draws for EV purchase subsidies. The latest lotterie saw 226 residents selected out of 1,654 hopeful applicants.
Tesla taxi for a day: Together, Uber and Tesla will be promoting electric cars in Shanghai this Wednesday for a day. When booking a cab with the taxi app, a few lucky costumers will be picked up in a Model S and offered a 15-minute test drive. To top it off, the journey will be free as well.
Green eMotion, Hungary, Rio de Janeiro, Ankara, Tesla, Jeju.
Controlled charging: As part of the EU-supported project ‘Green eMotion,’ Malaga utility Endesa has commissioned ten intelligent charging stations by Siemens. In a software-managed process, the amount of electricity being charged is controlled and split among the individual EVs.
diariosur.es (in Spanish), greenemotion-project.eu (overview)
Hungarian e-volution: Also part of the project is the installation of ten charging points in Budapest. But that is only the beginning. Some 68,000 chargers are said to be commissioned across the country by 2020. Incentives for EV-buyers are also on the agenda.
BYD put to the test again: More and more cities take a fancy to BYD’s all-electric buses. Following LA, New York, Bogota, London and Copenhagen, Turkey’s capital Ankara and Brazilian mega city Rio de Janeiro are trying the buses for themselves.
electriccarsreport.com (Rio), electricvehiclesresearch.com (Ankara)
Tesla gets to stay in New York: The EV manufacturer will be allowed to keep its five stores but had to agree not to open any further point of sales in the state. Recently, a number of U.S. states passed measures preventing Tesla from owning its stores and selling directly to customers.
Double the incentive: South Korea’s island of Jeju offers EV-buyers incentives worth 7,000 dollars. That is on top of the governmental rebate. That way, the cost of an electric vehicle can almost be cut in half.