Latvia starts expanding EV charging network
In cooperation with businesses, the Latvian Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD) is spearheading the effort to develop a network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the country. By next year, the initiative plans to double the current number of charging stations.
The all-electric tricycle-boat-home
The startup Zeltini from Latvia has developed a motorhome amphibian for two people based on a three-wheeled e-bike called Z-Triton. The model can be ridden like a bicycle or launched like a boat. Apparently it sleeps two and a (small) dog.
Caverion now service partner for Ionity in five countries
Finnish company Caverion and the high power charging joint venture Ionity have entered into an international service partnership. Caverion is responsible for the maintenance and service of transformers at Ionity’s HPC stations for electric vehicles in Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
H2Bus consortium is born
A consortium of hydrogen and bus companies, including Everfuel, Wrightbus, Ballard Power Systems, Hexagon Composites, Nel Hydrogen and Ryse Hydrogen have united to create H2Bus. Together, they intend to popularise the technology across the European continent.
600 fuel cell buses and H2 infrastructure for Europe
The European Union is pushing to electrify transport on the continent and launched a new programme for fuel cell buses. The H2BusEurope scheme includes 600 hydrogen buses and infrastructure and is worth 40 million euros. One country benefits in particular.
Solaris readies fuel cell electric bus for 2019
Poland’s prolific busmaker Solaris will present their first hydrogen bus next year. The fuel cell electric vehicle is based on their Urbino series but with a longer range of up to 350 km on one fill. A traction battery is to support the bus at peak times.
MEGA-E: Allego to erect 322 HPC stations
Allego and Fortum Charge & Drive join forces to set up a pan-European high-power charging (HPC) network called MEGA-E and thus to erect 322 ultra-fast charging stations and 27 so-called e-charging hubs throughout Europe.
Latvia, Nissan, Renault, Arizona.
The Latvian charging network gets the go ahead with the government approving a plan to erect 235 EV charging stations by 2022. EU regional develoment funds will provide 7.09m of the needed 8.34m Euros needed in funding.
Free to charge: Nissan expands its No Charge to Charge promotion to Salt Lake City. Leaf drivers benefit from up to two years of complimentary public charging in the city that also grants electric cars free two-hour parking and HOV lane access.
Rental Twizy: 26 of Renault’s electric quads roam New Forest in Britain. The rental fleet was deployed in 2013, but is now under new management from Hire A Twizy – for 49 pounds a day. The operator plans to launch a similar programme on the Isle of Wight.
Electric airport: Ground equipment at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, will be electrified. The Federal Aviation Administration will provide a one million dollar grant via its Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) programme to fund the undertaking.
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.