Malta launches clean vehicle scheme
The Maltese government is providing 3.5 million euros in subsidies for the changeover to cleaner vehicles. Grants are to be given to anyone who de-registers and scraps their old combustion engine, while grants of between 400 and 6,000 euros are available for electric vehicles ranging from pedelecs to cargo bikes and cars. Weiterlesen
Government Fleet Declaration, Total, Malta, California.
The Government Fleet Declaration, signed by Canada, China, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the UK and U.S. at the climate conference in Marrakesh, focuses on pushing electric mobility for official fleets. The declaration does not include a common target, however. The countries have called on other nations to follow their lead.
greencarcongress.com, iea.org (goals; PDF)
Total goes sunny side up: The oil giant wants to equip 5,000 of its locations worldwide with solar panels, 800 will be in France. The official reason is to better the company’s carbon footprint, while electrek speculates Total could set up an EV charging network.
Scrappage fee extended: Transport Malta will keep paying when people trade their old gas-guzzler or diesel for a greener car, allocating another 300,000 dollars to scheme. This could be especially lucrative when combined with a second scheme to fund EVs. Driver qualify for up to 7,000 euros when trading their old car for an electric one, and for to 4,000 euros when “just” purchasing an EV.
CA gets more electric transport: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is funding 15 electric Proterra Catalyst buses, destined for San Joaquin Valley. 11 Proterra depot-chargers, and 4 Proterra fast-chargers will also be set up.
Hibject, Nissan, Volvo, Seoul, Malta, E-Totem.
Real time information on charging stations: Berlin-based consortium Hubject announced its cooperation with mapping system Here. EV drivers who use maps, navigation systems or apps based on Here data can therefore get real time information on all chargers that are part of the intercharge network. That includes the location, type of plug, charging capacity and availability.
EVs for Jordan: Nissan will deliver a total of 100 Leaf and e-NV200 to taxi company Al Moumayaz in Jordan’s capital Amman. The goal is to successively replace all 400 of the cars with electric and hybrid vehicles (we reported). The city has meanwhile begun setting up a charging infrastructure.
Swedish buses stand the test: One year after starting an electric bus line in Gothenburg, Volvo strikes a balance, saying that it has exceeded expectations. The technology is reliable and customer and driver feedback is positive. Around 1.2m passengers took the electric bus in Gothenburg this past year.
Room for electrification in Seoul: The South Korean capital wants to designate 3 percent of public parking for electric vehicles. That includes street and off-street parking, as well as car parks. Moreover, EVs would be allowed to park for free for an hour and only pay half price after that.
Pushing electrification: Malta is extending its subsidy programme for electric cars, earmarking another 100,000 euros. Moreover, companies and businesses now qualify for financial aid when buying and installing a charging station.
250 chargers for France: Car park operator Effia has asked infrastructure provider E-Totem to install a total of 250 charging points at 80 locations in 51 French cities. The first 220 will be erected before the end of the year, the remaining 30 at the beginning of 2017.
.avere-france.org (in French)
SAIC, Québec, Smarter Together, Nissan, Malta.
Mega EV rental system: China aims to set up the world’s largest electric car rental fleet as SAIC teams up with Shanghai. The carmaker will deliver more than 5,000 EVs to the city. By 2018, another 100 Chinese and few foreign cities will be included in the system that will then feature 50,000 new energy vehicles. The aim is to have 300,000 EV by 2020, to cover all metropolitan areas of China and some abroad.
Canadian EV quota: Taking California as an example, Québec is working on a law that would require carmakers to offer electric vehicles. The Canadian province hopes the measure will help it reach its goal of having 100,000 EVs on the road by 2020.
avere-france.org, lapresse.ca (both in French)
Smarter Together: The cities of Lyon, Munich, and Vienna are all part of a newly launched EU project. 29m euros are being put towards the Smarter Together initiative that focuses on energy and heat supply and includes electric mobility concepts. 24m euros come from the EU alone.
Nissan ecosystem: The carmaker’s French HQ is to showcase EV and V2G capabilities. 100 V2G charging stations will be erected together with ENEL, while Eaton will supply a 1MW stationery storage unit that consists of 64 used Leaf batteries. Energy can be traded between vehicles and the grid.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, nissaninsider.co.uk
Scrappage scheme extended: Malta adds another 400,000 euros to its car scrappage programme introduced last year. It compliments grants offered to those buying an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle (we reported).
BYD, Gogoro, Toyota, Bradford, Malta.
BYD for DHL: In Chinese Shenzhen, DHL uses 35 electric vans by BYD for its package deliveries. The T3 with its 200 km range is the start of a “strategic cooperation” between the two firms. Meanwhile BYD has readied two more electric delivery vans, the T5 and T7, that both offer more room for load.
Gogoro OPEN Initiative: The electric scooter sharing system from Taiwan says it found 200 cities from 50 countries ready to install mini Gogoro chargers. The initiative is designed to establish interest and ultimately extend the scope of the firm’s electric mobility offering.
taipeitimes.com, gogoro.com (register)
Hydrogen running dry: Toyota has asked U.S. dealers to delay Mirai deliveries as H2 infrastructure is not ready. There are less than a dozen stations open in California and Toyota would thus sell a car destined to come to a standstill. The firm stresses that sales have not come to a halt, just a hold off.
Green council: Bradford administration now leases seven Nissan e-NV200 and two Nissan Leaf. All nine electric vehicles will be used by staff and replace older diesel vehicles. 75 percent of the cost is covered by the British Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
Grants granted: Malta kicks off its EV incentive scheme as planned. It includes a scrappage bonus of up to 7,000 euros for those wishing to replace their old car, as well as a 4,000 euro incentive for those who simply wish to purchase an electric vehicle.
H2 Mobility, ZAP Jonway, Malta, London, Slovenia.
German H2 initiative: H2 Mobility Deutschland becomes operative as a joint venture between Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total. The partners plan to accelerate the installation of hydrogen stations in Germany. H2 Mobility plans to install 400 stations by 2023.
the-linde-group.com, h2-mobility.de (Joint Venture)
EV deal for China expands: American-Sino EV maker ZAP Jonway says its plan to distribute 20,000 instead of initial 5,000 EV Minivans via Dongfeng’s dealer network next year. This number could increase to 100,000 units over the next three years.
EV boost in Malta: A new scrappage scheme will start in Malta next year. 7,000 euros are offered to those scrapping an 10-year old car to buy an EV. Hybrids are subsidised with up to 3,000 euros. Those not wanting to get rid of the old but want a new EV still get 4,000 euros.
FCV support: Transport for London will be the first customer in the UK for the Toyota Mirai. TfL ordered four Mirai models to assist with maintenance work. Toyota named the British capital as a key city for the introduction of its fuel cell car.
In Slovenia the first two of a total of 26 planned rapid-charging stations for electric cars have opened. The country intends to cover its motorway network with fast-charging opportunities standing no more than 50km away from each other before the year’s end.
Exxon Mobil, Portland, Go Ultra Low, Malta.
Exxon Mobil might be having its very own energy revolution as it plans to install EV chargers across the United States, Bidness Etc reports quoting inside sources. Construction could start already this year and while nothing is confirmed yet, such a step by a multinational oil company would certainly send out a strong signal.
Electric cab fleet: Portland, Oregon, soon might see an all-electric taxi fleet. To start with, two Teslas, ten Nissan Leafs and some electric vans are on the shopping list. At a later date, the company plans to successively expand its fleet to 50 vehicles, most of them Teslas.
Audi, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen are to “Go Ultra Low” as they just joined the UK government’s initiative of the same name. Fellow campaigners are BMW, Nissan, Renault, and Toyota who all pledged to promote the benefits of electric vehicles to the British public.
Malta to include businesses in EV scheme: Transport Malta, together with the island’s Ministry for Transport is now giving a credit of up to 4,000 euros (4,560 dollars) for electric vehicles to businesses and NGOs as well. Private persons remain eligible for the grant.
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BYD, Tesla Superchargers, Greece, Malta.
BYD built the biggest charging station for e-buses to date in Nanjing, China. Up to 300 electric buses can be recharged there at once. This is a realistic scenario, as the city recently ordered 600 electric buses from BYD (we reported). 20 more of these charging sites are to follow.
Supercharger density: Tesla is keeping busy putting up new charging stations and has just announced five new ones in Europe. For Belgium, it is definitely the first one and also Slovenia now has a (red) spot on the Supercharger map.
twitter.com, teslamotors.com (with maps)
Greece to promote EVs: The Greek Ministry of Energy aims to promote e-mobility in the country. A first step will be the establishment of the ‘Network of Electric Mobility’ to start a public campaign. To date, only 25 EVs have been registered in Greece, putting the country far off the EU’s agenda.
Electric tour guides: On Malta, the start-up Xception Malta has started the ‘Rolling Geeks’ service. Electric cars of the same name take tourists on a pre-designed trip around the island while voicing information about the attractions along the way.