Los Angeles first electric buses to hit the road in March
The city of Los Angeles will receive the first of a total of 155 electric buses to be delivered over the next two years starting in March. The procurement is part of the Californian city’s plan to fully electrify its bus fleet by the start of the 2028 Summer Olympics.Weiterlesen
Canoo opens waitlist for subscription-only EV
Canoo, (formerly Evoloczity), has announced the opening of the waitlist for their subscription-only, 7-seater, electric vehicle. Being put on the waitlist is open to everybody and free to join, though the initial market appears focussed on the L.A. area.Weiterlesen
Los Angeles takes aim at 80% electric sales by 2028
The “Zero Emissions Roadmap 2028 2.0” for the Los Angeles area has just been presented. It outlines the way the city aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by 25% by the 2028 Olympic Games. E-mobility plays an essential role.Weiterlesen
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Hyundai starts electric car-sharing in L.A.
Hyundai has established a new venture named MoceanLab to provide mobility services in LA. Starting with a pilot carsharing, Mocean Carshare will deploy up to 20 Hyundai Ioniq PHEVs across the city of angels still this year before adding pure electric vehicles to the fleet.Weiterlesen
License to build: Tesla electric cars in China + CYBRTRK
Tesla has now officially obtained the license to make and sell electric cars at its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China. Meanwhile, the EV maker sent invitations for its “Cybertruck Unveil” – the long-expected pickup-truck in LA.Weiterlesen
Los Angeles orders 130 BYD electric buses
BYD has just announced that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has ordered 130 battery-electric buses. The order has been prompted by the “Green New Deal”, that involves converting the entire LA public transit bus fleet to zero-emission buses by 2030.Weiterlesen
LA targets 100% electric vehicles by 2050
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti has just introduced a target for the eradication of CO2 emissions in all transport, housing, industrial and governmental applications by 2050. By 2025, electric vehicles in the city shall increase by 25% and 80% by 2035.Weiterlesen
EV startup Evelozcity renamed Canoo
The Californian e-mobility startup Evelozcity that is led by former BMW managers (that had a stint over at Faraday) has got a new name: Canoo. They also streamlined their offer and have now announced four electric vehicles all designed for urban life and to be sold on a subscription basis only.Weiterlesen
Ikea to accelerate electrification in five cities
Ikea has announced an accelerated time plan for their planned switch to electrified vehicles. As things stood, in 2020 deliveries in the inner city areas of Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai will be conducted in a fully electric manner.Weiterlesen
UPS orders another 950 e-transporters from Workhorse
The cooperation between UPS and the US manufacturer Workhorse to develop new electric delivery vehicles, which initially planned for a fleet of 50 vehicles, is picking up speed.Weiterlesen
ChargePoint unveils charger for electric planes and semi-trucks
ChargePoint has taken the Uber Elevate conference in LA as an opportunity to unveil a new dedicated charging solution for electric aircrafts and electric trucks not unlike the Megacharger Tesla is planning for their own Semi.Weiterlesen
Lightning Systems demonstrates electric Ford Transit
The developer has taken to showing off their electrified Ford Transit, made as a part of the eQVM project, on a road trip in the USA. First deliveries are planned after the trip and will commence in New York and Los Angeles.Weiterlesen
Byton launches 2nd US site and manager duo
The electric startup Byton has hired two new managers, and opened a new factory in the USA. After the completion of the company HQ in Santa Clara, the EV brand owned by Future Mobility set up a new location in Los Angeles called the “LA Future Lab”.Weiterlesen
$100M in funding for last mile electric kick scooter by Bird
Founded by a former Uber executive, L.A.-based Bird has been reeling in the money for its electric kick scooter business. Less than a month after announcing a $15 million funding round, the shared electric scooter startup raised a further $100 million.Weiterlesen
Supercharger site with drive-thru café and wheeling waiters
Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to increase the attraction of a Supercharger site in LA by turning it into a drive-thru restaurant where waiters wheel around in roller skates, not to forget loud rock music.Weiterlesen
Uber will trial its electric aircrafts in L.A.
Uber has closed a cooperation deal with U.S. space agency NASA to realise tests of its “flying cars” also above Los Angeles. As reported, Uber extends its project called Uber Elevate in order to create a network for its planned on-demand service.Weiterlesen
California sees first eHighway
Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) inaugurated a 1.6 km test track with an overhead catenary system made by Siemens. The eHighway stretches out in the Californian city of Carson, close to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.Weiterlesen
Tesla, Hubject, Los Angeles, Q-Park.
Dual charge port by Tesla: The Californians have unveiled a dual connector charge port system to support more than one charging standard on the Model S and X. In Europe and China, Tesla usually uses the Mennekes plug (Type 2) but has now added the second charge port featuring China’s new GB standard. This points to a CCS plug coming to Europe soon, given Tesla reacts to the standardization efforts that have been undertaken in a similar fashion and the EV maker had joined CharIn last year.
Hubject is hungry for more and announced its expansion to the States and China. The shareholers are on board and have freed some more millions of euro. In the U.S. the charging network provider has already established a subsidiary, Hubject Inc. which is now to be build up and find partners. The move into China is in preparation as you read and Hubject hopes to set up “a comprehensive digital charging network in cooperation with local providers and operators.”
EV sharing in LA: Los Angeles got its first all-electric car-sharing service using Tesla Model X thanks to Green Commuter. The operator leases EVs to vanpoolers during commuting hours and to car-share users or companies for fleet replacement the rest of the time. The Model X are available to the public through the Green Commuter app.
Reserve a place to charge and park cheaper is the offer Q-Park is flagging to members of the UK’s Polar charging network. The 20 percent discount applies on parking in city centres across the UK and Ireland when drivers pre-book online. Meanwhile, Polar has just installed its 300th unit on the Isles, according to operator Chargemaster.
parking, 300 chargers (both Chargemaster)
Ubitricity, Engie, California, Los Angeles, New Zealand.
Berliners turn London on: Dozens of street posts in the British capital have been transformed into easy access charging spots with Ubitricity technology. The Berlin start-up’s latest addition to the network is the borough of Richmond upon Thames, where ten charge posts went live. The London Borough of Hounslow, Westminster City Council, and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea are other districts that have turned lamp posts into EV charging opportunities. Ubitricity’s progress is reflected in them opening a new London HQ.
Fleet electrification: French utility Engie wants to electrify 20 percent of its vehicle fleet in the UK by 2020. It’s low emission pledge effectively sees the company switching to 395 EVs in the next three years but also includes a no diesel policy by 2025.
California signs tough stance on VW into law as legislators approved a bill asking Electrify America to spend a portion of clean car infrastructure funds in so-called disadvantaged communities. The request had been on the table for a while and is part of Volkswagen’s infrastructure obligations following the diesel fraud scandal. CARB wants VW to invest 35 percent of the first 30-month investment in poor neighbourhoods that are often worst affected by air pollution.
L.A. buses to go all-electric? SoCal’s most thriving metropolis may replace 2,200 buses with electric models. If testing by transport provider Metro goes well, Los Angeles may have a complete zero-emission fleet by 2030. Interestingly the phase out is for natural gas buses. The first trial is set in North Hollywood and downtown LA and the board will decide by 2019 if to go ahead.
Electric double-deckers are making their way into New Zealand, where the capital of Wellington has ordered a total of 32 buses from Tranzit and Uzabus. The first ten may serve from July next year with the rest joining the feet until 2021. Eventually, Wellington wishes to electrify all its buses.
LA, San Diego, Golden Gate Transit, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Queensland.
Sharing is caring: Los Angeles will kick off a three year carsharing project featuring 100 electric and hybrid vehicles in its low income districts. It will also install more than 100 charging points. The project’s aim is to allow people with lower incomes to use carsharing instead of purchasing a vehicle. The California Air Resources Board funds the initiative with 1.6 million dollars.
nbclosangeles.com, labusinessjournal.com, greencarcongress.com
BYD EVs for San Diego: The U.S. city of San Diego has ordered 50 units of the e6 electric car from Chinese manufacturer BYD. These are intended for airport transfers.
electriccarsreport.com (San Diego)
Golden Gate Transit bets on hybrids: The company is looking to order 74 new buses, which will hit the road at the end of 2017. After looking at a score of option, Golden Gate Transit prefers to go with diesel-electric buses, due to improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.
More electrification in Germany: Germany’s southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg decided on actions against fine dust and noise. It wants to therefore build up more charging infrastructure and increase the amount of electric cars in its own governmental fleet to 10 percent. It thus hopes to reach its target of 200,000 EVs on its roads by 2020.
baden-wuerttemberg.de (in German)
Electric highway: The Australian State of Queensland wants to equip the 1,600 km long “Bruce Highway” with solar-powered fast chargers for electric cars. The first such charging station will be set up in Townsville.