Madrid claims clean air
Madrid’s new conservative city government attempted to roll back the driving bans in the inner city, causing a series of protests. The penalties for driving in the environmental zone with a combustion vehicle have now been reinstated, following a court decision on a lawsuit filed by environmental activists, including Greenpeace.
Back to the smog cloud: Madrid protests
In Madrid on Saturday, thousands of protestors took to the streets to demand the reinstatement of the city’s anti-pollution laws. Madrid’s newly-elected conservative Mayor has decided to reverse the “Madrid Central” anti-pollution plan that was brought in by his predecessor only last November.
Coup e-scooter sharing adds prepaid minute-packages
Bosch’s e-scooter sharing service Coup is now offering prepaid by-the-minute packages without a minimum rental period in Berlin, Paris and Madrid as a new alternative. Users can choose between three different packages with 100, 200 or 500 minutes each.
EMT Madrid orders 15 BYD electric buses
EMT Madrid, one of the biggest public transport operators in the Spanish capital, has placed an order with BYD for the delivery of 15 electric buses. These are 12-metre-long buses that are due to arrive in Madrid at the beginning of next year.
Madrid: Seat plans eXS electric scooter sharing project
Seat has sold more than 5,000 units of its eXS electric kick scooter, which was developed in collaboration with Segway, and is now entering into a strategic partnership with the startup UFO to make 530 of its electric pedal scooters available to the public in Madrid via an app.
Endesa cooperating with SABA to install EV chargers
The Spanish energy supplier Endesa is cooperating with parking management company SABA to install up to 400 charging points for electric cars in its carparks. The first 144 of the 22 kW charging points have already been put into operation in 36 locations across 14 Spanish cities.
Madrid banning petrol cars from city centre
Big changes await the people of Madrid. On November, 23 a policy called ‘Madrid Central’ will come into force that effectively bans all conventional cars from driving through the city centre. In addition, other measures designed to clear the air over the Spanish capital as well as to make space inside the city centre have […]
Nissan sells 100,000 Leaf electric cars in Europe
Nissan says it has reached another milestone for its bestselling electric car as the Leaf has found buyer no. 100,000 in Madrid. Over a third of all Leaf electric cars sold in Europe are now the latest model that was released only this February.
Spanish mail service testing electric cargo trikes
The Spanish mail service Correos is currently testing three-wheeled cargo bikes from Bikelecing (BKL), which are equipped with 48 V systems by Continental. The cargo pedelecs will be used for an initial three month period in Madrid, Sevilla, Málaga, Cordoba and Granada.
Seat takes over ride-share provider Respiro
Seat has acquired the Spanish ride-share startup Respiro, which is currently operating in Madrid with about 200 vehicles, including electric and hybrid ones. The plan is to expand the ride-share company to further major cities in the coming years.
Coup in Spain – Bosch electric scooters to hit Madrid
Bosch’s electric scooter sharing Coup is coming to Spain this summer, when Madrid will witness the launch of the Gogoro scooters. For Bosch it is the third European capital where the firm deploys the electric two-wheelers and the fleet is to grow to 3,500 LEVs this year.
Madrid, Speed Pedelec.
Reading tip I: Hybrid and EV sales rose by 90 percent in Madrid in recent months as a suggested diesel-ban led to panic purchases. The Spanish capital plans to outlaw diesel vehicles in the entire city by 2025 (we reported).
Reading tip II: Can a speed pedelec replace a car? That is what Trek wants to sell its Super Commuter+ 8S for and Seth Weintraub tested the 5,000 dollar goodie in NYC. The idea however is not new, especially as that Trek bears strong resemblance with Specialized’s Turbo.
London, Electric Nation, Madrid, Norway, Tesla.
News about Ultra Low Emission Zones: London’s mayor Sadiq Khan reveals details to the so-called Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) in the city centre. From April 2019, petrol cars have to meet at least Euro 4 and diesel vehicles Euro 6 standards to enter certain areas. Otherwise a daily fee of 12.50 GBP becomes due (for buses even 100 GBP) – in addition to the existing congestion charge. From 2020, the ULEZ are to be expanded across the whole of Greater London.
The Electric Nation project continues and first smart chargers have reached Milton Keynes, the latest town to participate in the trial. To take part, one must own an EV but receives a free smart charger. In Milton Keynes even the former Mayor is on board to see how much the grid can take.
PSA EV sharing meets demand: 100,000 clients already made use of Free2Move and Eysa’ joint venture debuting last December in Madrid – on an average these are 1,000 clients per day. Under the name Emov, 500 Citroën C-Zero free float in Spain’s capital and nearby outskirts.
Emission free buses in Norway: Norwegian public transport operator Unibuss purchased two electric buses of the type Solaris Urbino 12 to deploy them on line 74 in Oslo from autumn on. Siemens is in charge of energy supply via pantograph at stops.
Setback for Tesla in Utah: The state’s Supreme Court has denied the Californian company the right to sell its fleet directly to costumers from Utah-based stores. Too bad Tesla opened a 3m showroom in Salt Lake City just over a year ago.
Hubject, Ontario, Austria, Madrid, Fortum, Chargemaster.
Do you have reservation? Berlin-based consortium Hubject now offers a reservation system for charging stations that EV drivers to reserve a plug via their smartphone at many stations across Europe. Just how that “reservation” will be manifested at the charger was not announced. Moreover, using the Hubject roaming platform, BMW drivers in Japan can now plug in at the Japanese Charge Network (JNC).
Ontario plans energy turnaround: The Canadian The Globe and Mail published a first outline of the province’s climate change plan, for which 7bn Canadian dollars have been earmarked for the next four years. 285m will be spend on a buyer’s premium for electric cars and charging infrastructure. The goal is that by 2020, five percent of Ontario’s vehicle are electric.
Incentives for company EVs: The Austrian Energy Department earmarked 7.5m euros for a second incentive scheme aimed at electric company cars and charging infrastructure. EVs for company use will be subsidised with 3,000 euros, while EVs for taxi or carsharing firms can be funded with up to 4,500 euros. Charging stations qualify for up to 10,000 euros.
ots.at (in German)
110 e-Taxis for Madrid: Taxi company La Ciudad del Taxi has ordered no less than 110 Nissan Leaf with a 30 kWh battery pack. According to Nissan, it is the largest delivery of electric taxis worldwide.
Fortum partners with Swedish Jönköping Energi and will install 30 public EV charging stations in the city of Jönköping this autumn. It will link the city to the Charge & Drive Nordic that encompasses more than 600 chargers.
Nissan partners with Chargemaster, which is now the official charge point supplier for Nissan UK. Owners of an electric Nissan Leaf or e-NW200 can get a 3 kW or 7kW Chargemaster Homecharger, which qualifies for a 500 pound OLEV grant.
Madrid, Pisa, Atlanta, Wyoming, Envision Solar, ChargePoint.
Madrid e-bike sharing: More than 50,000 residents of the Spanish capital have already signed up for the public electric bike share system BiciMAD, which was launched in June 2014. Some 1,000 e-bikes are available at 160 stations right now and the goal is to have 4,000 by 2026.
Italian hospital launches e-bike service: Cisanello hospital in the Italian city of Pisa will provide sixty e-bikes free of charge to help staff, students and visitors move about its grounds and facilities.
Atlanta goes electric: The city of Atlanta, Georgia has plans to introduce a total of 50 plug-ins into its fleet. Council members recently voted unanimously to authorize the city’s Office of Sustainability to lease 15 battery-powered electric cars as well as 35 plug-in hybrids.
Wyoming to charge EVs: As of July 1, Wyoming joined seven other U.S. states to charge a special fee on electric cars. The 50-dollar fee was created to offset the lack of gas tax collected from plug-in cars.
Solar partnership: EV charging product company Envision Solar and charging network ChargePoint announced a partnership agreement to jointly offer solar-powered EV charging in the U.S. and Canada.
Madrid, Leicester, EV battery reuse, Daimler.
License to park: The City of Madrid installed smart parking metres that will charge higher parking fees for high-emission cars (we reported). To determine its drivetrain technology, drivers have to type in their license plate number at the metre, which is linked to Spain’s vehicle registration database. Hybrid and electric cars receive a 20% discount on standard rates.
Mobile air pollution stations: Starting today, the University of Leicester and CENEX will use EVs to measure the risk of air pollution in the British city. Several electric Smart fortwos have been equipped with special sensors to provide insight into the air quality in polluted urban areas.
Reusing EV batteries: A report by the MINETA National Transit Consortium looks at the possibility of using decommissioned electric vehicle batteries as grid energy storage, as well as at the recycling possibilities for the cells.
sjsu.edu (Report as PDF) via hybridcars.com
Autonomous lorry: At its Shaping Future Transportation 2014 event, Daimler shows its concept of a self-driving lorry. The Highway Pilot system could be ready for real-world use by 2025 and help reduce physical and mental stress on drivers, as well as improve efficiency of the vehicle.
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Fushun City, California, Madrid, SAP, Hubject & Swisscom.
Bus bulk order: Fushun City in the Chinese province Liaoning has ordered 600 diesel-hybrid buses from Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Company. The hybrid technology comes from Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL). Fushun serves as a pilot city for new-energy buses in China.
Green generosity: California has expanded its green sticker programme from 40,000 to 55,000 badges. This means more partially electric vehicles will get the opportunity to use the HOV lanes, among them BMW i3 drivers with range extender.
Rent a pedelec: Madrid has launched a rental service for electric bicycles. 1,600 e-bikes can now be rented 24 hours, Euronews reports. The Spanish capital is following the lead of Zaragoza where the system has been running with 1,300 pedelecs for six years already.
euronews.com (with video)
SAP electrifies: The software giant is running its E-Fleet programme designed to electrify 20% of its fleet by 2020. Electric car No. 10 has just been introduced with 50 more to follow until the end of this year. At the same time, SAP inaugurated its 50th charging station at its headquarter in Walldorf, Germany.
Hubject goes Switzerland as it has just signed up another partner to apply its expertise to its intercharge network. Swisscom Managed Mobility will help to promote interconnectivity and the use of electric vehicle charging stations in Switzerland.
Schneider Electric/ChargePoint, Madrid, Tuk Tuk Factory, Italy.
EVlink charging stations by Schneider Electric are cloud-enabled and can be integrated into the ChargePoint network. The new stations come either for wall or pedestal installation and feature the SAE J1772 connector (Type 1).
Smart parking metres: The city of Madrid is installing smart parking metres that will charge drivers differently depending on their type of car and the current local parking demand. Hybrid cars will receive a 20% rebate on the standard rates, whereas electric cars park for free.
E-Tuk goes USA: Amsterdam-based The Tuk Tuk Factory has secured a deal with e-Tuk USA, which now is the official E-Tuk distributor for the US. The first three vehicles have reached Denver and are currently in the process of gaining certification from the US Department of Transportation.
Made in Italy: Bicycles from Italy prove to be very popular among buyers in Europe. General export figures increased by 39% in 2013 compared to 2012. Because of anti-dumping duties on China-made bikes, the numbers on E-bike exports were able to rise by 12%.