Hubject, ABB & Microsoft, PG&E, Fortum & Renault, Leviton.
European charge network grows: Hubject has extended its Intercharge network to include a few hundred stations of partners in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France and Switzerland. New partners are Fortum, Gronn Kontrakt, Virta, Clean Charge, Swisscom, ESB, and Freshmile.
Charging cloud: ABB and Microsoft jointly launched a new platform for EV fast-charging. It combines ABB’s EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services that include machine-learning and predictive analytic capabilities. The platform is presented at eCarTec.
7,500 EV chargers in California is the revised plan of Pacific Gas and Electric as its initial idea to erect 25,000 EV charging stations in the Golden state had been rejected by the California Public Utilities Commission (we reported).The plan still sees opposition by private infrastructure providers.
EV chargers in Lapland: The Fortum Charge & Drive network will be expanded with seven new charging stations in northern Lapland in Finland. The 22 kW semi-fast chargers are erected in cooperation with Renault and are located close to the border with Norway.
Home charging: Leviton presented the Evr-Green Mini Level 2 EV charging station. Very compact, the station comes standard with a 12-foot and optional 18-foot cable, and works with 30 amp circuits.
Scotland, Tasmania, Columbia, Leviton.
EV boost in Scotland: Scottish motorists will be able to take out an interest-free loan of up to 50,000 pounds (100,000 pounds for businesses) to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle under a new fund from the Energy Saving Trust. In addition, full grant funding is currently available through the ChargePlace Scotland programme for electric car drivers to install a charge point in their home.
EV boost in Tasmania: Tasmania’s electric car industry is driving forward with the official launch of an electric vehicle association. Currently, there are about 120 registered EVs in Tasmania and there are plans to build up 40 to 50 charging stations in the state.
Columbia electrifies: The City of Columbia, Missouri has ordered four electric buses from BYD. The first bus to be delivered in September will be a full-size 40-foot transit bus, followed by three 30-foot low floor transit buses in December.
New Leviton charger: Leviton unveiled its Evr-Green 320 Level 2 charging station. The device, which is capable of providing 32 amps at 208 or 240 volts AC with a maximum output of 7.7 kW, claims to display an improved installation process and to reduce the charge time of next-gen SAE J1772 plug-ins.
eRoaming, British Columbia, UK, Monterey County, Leviton.
Pan-European eRoaming: Five European eRoaming platforms – Hubject, e-clearing.net, Enel, GIREVE and MOBI.E – have declared to join their offers. First, geographical data to locate charging stations is to be exchanged. Next follows ‘Interroaming’ which will enable drivers to charge their EVs at any station within the network this year.
Buy ’em: After recently launching its scrapping scheme (we reported), British Columbia now has revived its incentive programme. Starting April 1, anyone who buys an BEV or PHEV will receive 5,000 dollars, for FCVs the Canadian province offers 6,000 dollars.
Greener mobility in Britain: The UK government is to invest 3.9 million pounds (5.8m USD) to promote environmentally-friendly transport. Walking to school is on the agenda together with car clubs and electric bike sharing scheme trials. The latter are to receive 700,000 GBP.
EVs granted: A grant from Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District awarded Monterey County, California, 27,000 dollars towards the purchase of six electric vehicles each. This means the county is left to pay only 855 dollars per Chevy Spark EV and will then have a fleet of ten EVs.
Charging from a pedestal: Leviton launched a new pedestal for workplace charging. The new pedestal system integrates Leviton’s Evr-Green 32-amp electric vehicle charging station with a system that provides single or dual EV mounting options to allow users to charge two vehicles per pedestal.
Plug Power, Intelligent Energy, Leviton, Bundeswehr, Tesla.
Walmart to stock up on fuel cells: The company just extended its deal with Plug Power to receive additional 286 GenKey units on top of their initial order of 1,783 units (we reported). The GenDrive fuel cells are used in electric forklifts and Plug Power will also provide refuelling and servicing infrastructure to a total of now seven sites.
Multi-million fuel cell deal: Intelligent Energy says it signed a two-year “multi-million” pound contract with an unnamed Japanese automotive company. The British fuel cell maker already works with Suzuki and will use the money to further develop its products.
40-A charge connector: Leviton officially introduced their 40-amps charge connector assembly. This single-phase Type 1/J1772 connector will allow for charging rates of up to 9.7 kW and is used in Leviton’s Evr-Green 400 Charging Station. In the U.S., Levington is the preferred level-2 charging supplier for Toyota,
E-Up joins German army: The Bundeswehr has taken delivery of ten electric Volkswagen. The E-Ups are part of a newly set up carsharing project in Koblenz/Lahnstein where they will serve the ‘Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support’ (BAAINBw).
firmenauto.de, autoflotte.de (both in German)
A world with superchargers: The Verge has published three animated maps showing the planned growth of Tesla’s Supercharger network in North America, Europe and China. In the states the company plans to cover 98% of the population with its charging stations by 2015.
London, Leviton, Domestic chargepoint grant, Edmonton, Piracicaba.
E-taxis for London: The cab company eConnect Cars wants to move its customers using electricity only and has ordered 21 Nissan Leaf. Seven have already been handed over, the other 14 will arrive before the end of the year.
Big business for Leviton: The U.S. provider of charging technology has been chosen as the only supplier for a programme headed by the Department of General Services (DGS). Leviton will provide charging stations to local governmental authorities throughout California.
Still no home chargers in the UK: New electric car buyers in the UK are still waiting for home charging points, after the Domestic Chargepoint Grant was put on hold, due to suspected abuse of the subsidiary. But without a green light from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), suppliers will not be able to deliver and install any new chargers.
Putting BYD e-buses to the test: Canada’s Edmonton Transit System (ETS) is testing two new electric buses provided by BYD. Known as ETS Stealth buses, they will run on different routes and are free of charge for passengers. The Secretariat of Traffic and Transport in Brazil is also testing a BYD electric bus, a move that could save the transport authority up to 26,423 dollars in fuel per year.
automotive-business-review.com (Canada), automotive-business-review.com (Brazil)