According to media reports, Hyundai is stopping its fuel cell truck project in Switzerland. “Extremely fluctuating energy prices” are apparently the cause, however, Hyundai has since denied that the initiative will be stopped.
In the German state of Lower Saxony, the world’s first network with hydrogen fuel cell trains in passenger service has now gone into operation. On the route between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude, 14 hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint regional trains are now in operation, replacing 15 diesel trains.
Daimler Truck has extended trialling its future fuel cell truck with another prototype now running on liquid hydrogen stored in novel tanks. For the test drives, Mercedes’ heavy-weight division also installed a new type of filling station to deliver the LH2 fuel.
In Germany, the government-funded hydrogen filling station operator H2 Mobility has received an investment of 110 million euros to enable its next phase of growth. The primary investor is the French finance company Hy24. The expansion goals are accompanied by a focus on hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles of all sizes.
Great Wall Motor has announced that it will launch its first hydrogen-powered SUV model and 100 FC heavy-duty trucks in 2021. GWM also plans to contribute a hydrogen-powered passenger car fleet to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The Norwegian Havyard Group is working with partners on a fuel cell system for large ships. The company is now entering the approval phase with Linde Engineering as tank supplier and PowerCell Sweden as fuel cell supplier.
The industrial gases group Linde has acquired a ten per cent stake in Hydrospider AG. Hydrospider specialises in generating “green” hydrogen by using power from a hydroelectricity station in Switzerland.
U.S. American Plug Power has teamed up with Linde Material Handling to advance the use of fuel cells in manufacturing operations in Europe. Linde already offers a range of vehicles, which Plug Power deems “fuel cell ready” and waiting to house their stacks.
Linde’s plan to promote fuel cell cars through a car sharing offer has failed. The company has announced that the BeeZero service in Munich will close on July, 1 this year. Users may rent the 50 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell until June, 30.
The latest design competition powered by Renault and a College of Art and Design in London has focussed on futuristic means of transport. The declared winner concept called Float envisions autonomous transport capsules with magnetic levitation tech replacing the wheels. The “bubble cars” shall be ordered by app and even be able to act as swarms. dezeen.com, inhabitat.com, youtube.com
Ford certifies retrofit: XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids have one thing in common – they are all certified to upfit Ford vans with hybrid powertrains. Ford calls its programme eQVM through which it enables commercial customers to buy hybrid variants but keep the original powertrain warranty. greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, trucks.com
Smart Energy Island: The remote Isles of Scilly are to become more energy efficient through the Hitachi-led project Smart Energy Island (SEI). An intelligent energy system that includes electric cars and home batteries shall help to reduce energy costs by 40 percent by 2025. To meet 40% of the islands energy demand from renewables and to convert 40 % of the isles’ 1,253 vehicles to electric or low carbon are other goals to be achieved within the timeframe. Systems for the 10.8m GBP scheme come from Moixa. renewableenergymagazine.com, smartislands.org
Fuel cell train on track: Alstom successfully trialled the Coradia iLint fuel cell train at 80 kph at its own test track in Salzgitter, Germany. More extensive trials are to follow in Germany and Czech Republic in the coming months before the first passengers will aboard the train. It will run on the Buxtehude–Bremervörde–Bremerhaven–Cuxhaven (Germany) route beginning of 2018. Alstom already holds signed letters of intent for 60 trains from German states. greencarcongress.com, alstom.com
Hydrogen trishaw: Linde is to present fuel cell bicycles at the Shell Eco-Marathon. The prototype H2-Bike has a 100 km range at speeds of up to 25 kph. In Singapore, Linde has transformed these bikes into HY!cycles – complete with sidecars inspired by the city state’s iconic trishaws. gasworld.com
Hydrogen fuelling stations is what Markus Bachmeier, head of Hydrogen Solutions at Linde AG, is in charge of setting up across Germany. In our video interview, produced during the Hanover Trade Fair, he told us about some of the difficulties along the road. And what does the expert recommend: setting up new locations or integrating H2 pumps at existing petrol stations? And what has to come first: the fuel cell car or the station to fill up? And what role do battery-electric cars play in all this? Find out the answers and more in the video! watch full video on electrive.com >> or on youtube.com >>
“You need a comprehensive network first… And we have committed to building the first 100 stations or so, no matter how many or how few [fuel cell] cars there are,” Markus Bachmeier, Head of Hydrogen Solutions at Linde AG told electrive.com during the Hanover Trade Show 2016. If someone is fuelled by hydrogen, than it’s this man! His company is setting up hydrogen filling stations across Germany and already has 50 FCVs in its fleet. Though the goal of setting up 50 H2-pumps by the end of 2015 was not met, Bachmeier remains optimistic: “It’s not so much a half a year earlier or later,” he says, but about setting up reliable infrastructure “in the right places.” From then on, H2 filling stations will be added as more fuel cell cars hit the road. And when they do, stations have to be as small as possible and high-performing. As for the location – setting up shop at an already existing petrol station can prove useful. So will it be battery-powered and fuel cell cars on the road, or will one outshine the other? Watch the whole video to find out what the Head of Hydrogen Solutions has to say about the issue.
Fuel cell for mass production: A European industry consortium is to develop a blueprint for a 90-kW fuel cell stack to be mass manufactured and widely used in the car industry. The VolumetriQ project receives 5 million euros from the EU over three years and is led by British Intelligent Energy. greencarcongress.com
Linde fuel cell pedelec: This e-bike by Linde is powered by hydrogen. The small fuel cell holds 34g of H2 that translate to a range of 100 kilometres. Linde plans to produce a limited number of prototypes of its H2 bike that will mainly serve as promotion tool. the-linde-group.com
Reunion: Electrovaya’s recent acquisition of Evonik Litarion bears fruit in form of a new 40Ah lithium ion cell that uses the Separion flexible ceramic separator membrane by Evonik. The Litacell LC-40 thus holds the promise of a long and save battery life (almost 9,000 cycles). greencarcongress.com, marketwatch.com
Improvement: UQM Technologies has introduced the PowerPhase HD (+) electric propulsion systems. It improves UQM’s motor system technology as the HD (+) offers an enhanced thermal path and an increase in continuous power of up to 25% for handling difficult demands on heavy duty vehicles. greencarcongress.com
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was Aston Martin’s announcement to electrify the Rapide sports car by the end of 2017. Up next in the British brands electric line will be the DBX. E-xciting times ahead! bloomberg.com
China charging update: China’s plan to roll-out a nationwide charging-station network (we reported yesterday) is taking on shape. 12,000 EV charger stations, half of them fast-chargers, are to be installed by 2020. The first 1,888 rapid-chargers shall stand by June 2016 already. xinhuanet.com
Green Gate: At Frankfurt Airport the first Green Gate has opened as part of the E-PORT AN initiative. At gate A15, passengers can inform themselves about the airport’s various e-mobility projects. Fraport, Lufthansa, the State of Hesse and the Rhine-Main model electro-mobility region are partners in the initiative. aviationtribune.com
The Go Ultra Low City Scheme enters the next stage as the 12 cities shortlisted earlier this year have handed in more detailed bids. Proposals range from car scrappage schemes over street lights doubling as EV charge points and the electrification of council fleets. fleetnews.co.uk, businessgreen.com
New e-bike legislation: California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that clarifies types of electric bicycles in the state. It introduces a distinction between e-bikes with motor support up to 20 mph, which are now allowed on cycle paths, and speed pedelecs (up to 28 mph). Also, e-bikes are no longer classified as mopeds. electricbikeaction.com
H2 infrastructure in the USA: Air Products said it will bring onstream three out of 25 SmartFuel hydrogen fuelling stations in California in October. Also Linde declared its second H2 fuelling station operational. In Colorado too, a hydrogen station opened at the NREL’s Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility. airproducts.com (Air Products), marketwatch.com (Linde), greencarcongress.com (NREL)
For its latest creation, Chinese motorcycle maker Jiangsu Xinri was rather clearly inspired by Honda’s Gold Wing. However, there is one significant difference: the Chinese model has an electric motor. For once, a copy that outshines the original. indiancarsbikes.in
Hungary privileges electric and hybrid cars as the Eastern European country plans to hand out green license plates by the end of this year. Replacement costs 8,500 forint (about 30 dollars) but that money might buy the right to drive in bus lanes and reduces parking and motorway fees. bbj.hu
Czech electric bus: In Prague, locally built electric buses are being tested and could go into service as early as September. The project is run by Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) and Czech bus manufacturer SOR Libchavy. Via pantograph charging, range can increase from 150 to 260 km. eltis.org
Fast-charging via battery: The UFCEV (Ultrafast Charging of Electric Vehicles) station, developed by Empa, ETh Zurich and others, is said to charge an EV in just 5 minutes in the future. It is basically a large battery packed in a car trailer. While it takes an hour to charge the 230 V power pack, the battery – made from lithium iron phosphate cells – discharges in currently 20 minutes through charging an EV. ee-news.ch (in German), ufcev.epfl.ch (project’s website)
EV chargers were installed in British Dorset and Weymouth. A total of four fast-charging points can be found in various carparks in the English coastal towns. Rapid charging costs 4 pounds for the first 60 minutes with a pay-as-you-go tariff. The stations were funded by the UK government. dorsetecho.co.uk
Truly a gas station: Linde opened a hydrogen fuel spot at the Ramos Oil Company station in West Sacramento. It is the first in the United States that has been certified as “officially open,” meaning it can be used just as any other “traditional” pump. automotive-business-review.com
Malaysia to be electrified: An electric car sharing service will be set up in Kuala Lumpur by KL Electric Mobility. The ‘KL Electric A-gogo’ is to start with 150 electric cars while at least 3,000 charge stations are to be installed over the next two years. paultan.org, thestar.com.my
1,000 EVS for Chengdu: Kandi has completed the sale and delivery of 1,000 electric vehicles to the leasing company ZuoZhongYou. The EVs will be used for a newly launched car-share program in the Chinese city of Chendu. nasdaq.com
Hybrid buses in San Francisco: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors just granted 68 million dollars for the acquisition of 61 hybrid buses by New Flyer over the next six years. The contract also includes options to purchase an additional 363 hybrid buses. sfbay.ca
Hydrogen cooperation: Sandia National Laboratories and Linde LLC have signed a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) to accelerate the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The first projects will look into R&D for the expansion of hydrogen fuelling stations. greencarcongress.com, bizjournals.com
Washington on the EV case: Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s plans to make the state more EV friendly (we reported) are taking shape. He is to extend tax incentives, create an EV infrastructure bank, and ask city planners to incorporate infrastructure in their planning. greencarcongress.com
Plymouth has installed its first charge points and expects EV ownership to grow over the coming years while the council plans to add EVs to its own fleet as well. The charging stations are the beginning of a two-phase project which will see public charging opportunities pop up all over the British city. plymouthherald.co.uk
EV sharing in Yokohama: The Japanese branch of Mercedes-Benz will be offering a one-way car sharing service called Smaco in Japan from September. Together with Orix and Amano, the carmaker will deploy 20 Smart ED which can be collected and returned at eight stations in the metropolis. orix.co.jp
Linde’s global H2 technology: In Japan, Iwatani has opened the country’s first commercial hydrogen fuelling station in Amagasaki. Its components are made in Germany by Linde. The North American branch of Linde has meanwhile erected two new H2 stations in California. hydrogenhq.com (Japan), green.autoblog.com (California)
Electric Jeepney: In the Philippines, the “jeepney,” a decorated bus-like vehicle, gets electrified. The task has been taken on by domestic Global Electric Transport together with its partner Pangea Motors from the States. They now started serial production of the COMET (City Optimized Managed Electric Transport) and plan to build 20,000 of the 18-seater over the next five years. wheninmanila.com, green.autoblog.com
Hydrogen at Heathrow: Air Products, the operator of the London airport’s H2 station, has introduced an additional SmartFuel hydrogen high pressure tube trailer to its fleet. It will add a 700 bar refuelling capability to the public hydrogen refuelling station. fleetnews.co.uk
Hurry up, if you happen to live in North Yorkshire. The Richmondshire District Council together with Yorkshire Energy Partnership is offering to set residents up with a free charging facility to those with off-street parking space. However, the ‘Electric Richmondshire’ scheme is only available until August 18. thenorthernecho.co.uk
Austrian H2 pumps: Linde has started a small-series production of hydrogen fuelling stations which feature their energy-efficient ionic compressor IC90. The facility in Vienna will make 50 units per year. 28 of these H2 stations have already been sold to the Iwatani Corporation with the first put in service in Japan. greencarcongress.com
Cologne to get e-bus: Cologne’s public transport (KVB) acquired eight electric buses by VDL Bus & Coach. The 18-metre bendy buses are set to be delivered in the second half of 2015. The government of North Rhine-Westphalia will help finance the six million-euro project. KVB is one of the first companies in Germany to employ battery-electric articulated buses. newstix.de (in German)
Gujarat to get electric bus: The government of the Indian state plans to electrify public transport service between the state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. State-owned Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) is now looking for private investors to be able to purchase between 15 and 40 electric mini buses as well as charging infrastructure. indiancarsbikes.in
The first Canadian Supercharger stands in Squamish, BC and has just been opened. Tesla identified “Priority Routes” in Western and Eastern Canada, connecting major cities like Toronto and Montreal or Vancouver and Whistler, and hopes to begin construction in Toronto this month already. teslamotorsclub.com, teslamotors.com
Electric car specialists: More than half (60%) of Mitsubishi dealers in the UK have signed up to become a ‘company car specialists’ targeting business customers. The scheme’s importance has been increased by the arrival of the Outlander PHEV and training includes sessions on tax benefits. fleetnews.co.uk
London’s cabs to be electric only: Mayor Boris Johnson demands all new taxis in the British capital to be capable of emitting zero emissions from 2018. For this to happen though, the mayor first has to stick to his plan of installing 25,000 charging stations across the capital. Meanwhile, Frazer-Nash and Ecotive unveiled the full specifications of their all-electric ‘Metrocab’ with range extender which is ready to go into service this year. bbc.co.uk (Mayor), hybridcars.com (Metrocab), thegreencarwebsite.co.uk
All Super Chargers lead to DC: This is the motto for a road trip organised by Tesla enthusiasts on President’s Day weekend this February. Model S drivers from all states are asked to gather in the American capital Washington, D.C. and wave the flag for electric driving. greencarreports.com
Linde joins hydrogen network: The North American branch of Linde Group has become a member of the H2USA network. The partnership initiated by the Department of Energy is designed to promote the use of fuel cells in transportation and to install a hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the USA. networkedblogs.com, prnewswire.com