Lightyear solar electric car headed for leasing market
The ‘electric car that charges itself’ thus was the slogan Lightyear entered the EV stage with in 2017. The spin-off from the TU Eindhoven’s solar team has been working on their solar EV ever since and has now found a partner in LeasePlan that will help bring the ‘Pioneer Edition’ to consumers by 2020.
C40 Cities & Climate Group kick-off ZEV Challenge
C40 Cities and the Climate Group have launched the ‘Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge’ in order to “massively accelerate” the adoption of electric vehicles. Initiators include cities like London, New York and Paris as well as industry partners.
Allego teaming up with LeasePlan across Europe
Charging infrastructure provider Allego found a new partner in LeasePlan. Their electric car drivers will get access to the Allego network and also receive support in installing new stations at home and the workplace. The deal reaches across eight markets in Europe.
Cityscoot collects fresh financing of 40 million euros
The French electric scooter company Cityscoot has secured additional financing valued at 40 million euros. They plan to seriously expand in Paris and beyond, expanding to additional cities, including Nice, and three other cities, which have not yet been decided. One is set to be in France, one in Switzerland, and one in Italy.
LeasePlan to achieve greener car fleets
Dutch LeasePlan is about to launch an EV pilot programme to motivate its clients to switch to low-emission vehicles. The project allows fleet operators to choose how many EVs form part of their pilot and offers help regarding the installation of charging infrastructure solutions.
Ikea, LeasePlan, Norway, Japan, UK, BMW.
Ikea’s and LeasePlan’s EV strategy: 10 multinationals founded the initiative EV100 (as reported) and publish now step-by-step details about their individual electrification plans. LeasePlan for example intends to switch to an all-electric fleet by 2021. Ikea has announced to replace combustion-powered company cars at 355 sites in 30 countries through fully electrified vehicles and says it would expect that also from partner companies responsible for its deliveries. Additionally, Ikea wants to equip every store with charging stations for employees as well as for clients.
fleeteurope.com, nordic.businessinsider.com (Ikea)
Norway launchs EV infrastructure programme: The Norwegian government approved funds to promote the implementation of fast-charging stations, according to the BusinessPortal Norwegen. The new programme will support municipalities with less than 2 fast-charging points by contributing 40 percent respectively 200,000 crones for every new triple charger.
Japan to relax regulations for H2 stations: Next year, the Japanese government intends to reduce regulations for the implementation of hydrogen filling stations in order to halve the installation and operational costs until 2020, Nikkei has learnt. The cabinet’s aim is to increase the number of H2 stations from 91 today to 160 in 2020 and up to 320 in 2025.
How to lower freight emissions: The UK’s government raises 15m pounds for domestic companies presenting solutions to reduce freight emissions. Roads Minister Jesse Norman says the aim is to support research into low emission technology for lorries as well as cars and vans.
Official provider of BMW’s portable chargers: AeroVironment has been chosen by BMW of North American to provide BMW- and MINI-branded accessory EV chargers. The system provides two chargers in one, enabling flexible dual-voltage (120 V or 240 V).
LeasePlan, Hanover, Scotland, Sacramento, Pakistan.
Full service mobility: Belgian LeasePlan will offer the Mobility Card to its customers this June. The card gives business travellers access to any form of transport, be it via car, tram or bike share and also enables electric car charging. Multimodal travel will thus also include employees without a lease car.
Electric bus test: The German city of Hanover will start an electric bus trial next year. Three Solaris buses are to serve line 100/200 and will be charged at the depot overnight as well as juicing up via the Tram’s overhead lines. If the test is successful, the whole fleet of 130 diesel and hybrid buses could be replaced over time, despite the 600,000-dollar price tag on the Solaris buses.
heise.de (in German)
Scottish ICEing: EV incentives have been working well in Scotland as the country is experiencing Norwegian-like circumstances. EV drivers are complaining about hybrid vehicles blocking charging stations – without even being plugged in. Clearly, more infrastructure is needed.
Electric garbage truck test: Sacramento County will start a trial with two electric waste collection trucks by Californian TransPower next year. The trucks will be provided for free in the first two years to get an overview of operational costs. After that the County might buy the EVs at a reduced rate.
Hybrid privilege: The Government of Pakistan is thinking about lowering import duties for hybrid vehicles by another ten percent. Already, a 50-percent duty discount applies to hybrid vehicles.
BYD, Tesla, Leaseplan, UPS.
Record-setting EV order: The Chinese city of Hangzhou has ordered 2,000 all-electric buses and 1,000 electric taxis from BYD – one of the world’s largest all-electric fleets ordered to date. By making special arrangements, BYD will be able to already deliver 1,000 buses and 500 taxis by the end of 2014.
Swiss service centre: Tesla opened a new service centre and showroom in Möhlin, Switzerland, on Friday. The 1,000 sq-metre facility will serve Tesla drivers in the Basel region. It is Tesla’s fifth site in the alpine country (after Geneva, St. Gallen, Winterthur and Zurich), and more locations are to follow this year.
aargauerzeitung.ch (in German)
Trial lease: Fleet management company Leaseplan now offers its clients the Nissan Leaf for a three-month trial period, to let them find out if the car is suitable for their business operations. In return, trial users are asked to give feedback. In total, Leaseplan customers have 150 electric cars in their fleets.
UPS electric in the Netherlands: A total of four UPS delivery vans have been converted by German EFA-S (Elektro Fahrzeuge Schwaben GmbH) and are now in service in Rotterdam. In October 2013, six of the P80-E had already been put in service in Amsterdam.
BESIC, LeasePlan, MRA-E, ABB, Tesla.
Battery-electric heavy goods vehicles: At Hamburg’s industrial harbour, ten electric HGVs have been in operation since 2011 and are transporting containers between warehouses and ships. Now, a new research project called BESIC (Battery Electric Heavy Goods Transports within the Intelligent Container Terminal Operation) aims to develop a system which will charge the batteries of these container transporters mainly at times when the grid has a surplus of renewable energy generated in northern Germany.
Personal-public charge point: The Dutch LeasePlan now cooperates with the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Electric (MRA-E) to offer customers the option to install a charging station within 300 metres of their home when leasing an EV. The stations will remain public and charge two vehicles.
Multi-charger certified: ABB announced that their Terra 23/53 fast charger has been certified according to the new EU standard for DC fast chargers. The ABB multi-standard chargers thus comply with CHAdeMO, the CE standard and industry guidelines.
Better place for Tesla? In Isreal, rumours of Tesla reviving the obsolete charging infrastructure of Better Place have been spread. At the same time, Israeli company Mobileye, which plans to test its autonomous-driving technology in a Tesla (we reported), clarified that the system will only enable drivers to switch to autopilot very briefly, i.e. to check or write a text message.