Nikola announces sales partnerships across the USA
The US battery and fuel cell truck developer Nikola has significantly expanded its sales and service in the US. The cooperation with five new independent dealers adds 51 new locations in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland.
US revives school bus electrification efforts
In the Maryland county of Montgomery, an initiative for the electric conversion of buses has been launched, marking the largest single electric school bus procurement in the USA so far. Additionally, Los Angeles has ordered 10 Lion electric school buses and California has begun installing charging stations at their schools.
Electrify America announces charging collaboration
VW’s diesel-gate subsidiary Electrify America announced the collaboration with nine additional companies to host more than 30 fast EV charging stations across the U.S. More than 20 of these will be located in California with another six states being added.
California, eMotorWerks, London, 4EV, Maryland.
Cali chargers: The California Energy Commission has approved almost 9m dollars to install DC fast chargers along major freeways and highways. Chargepoint, EV Connect, NRG EV Services and Recargo were given grants. 61 chargers will be installed at 41 sites, and 40 sites will include on Level 2 charger.
Juicy tech: eMotorWerks has released the JuiceCord, a WiFi connected 5 kW portable charging cable. The cable can be controlled through mobile devices and costs 449 dollars, available worldwide. They also released the Juicebox Pro 75, a charging station that reaches up to 18 kW and 75 amps.
Hammersmith & Fulham: London boroughs Hammersmith and Fulham have installed seven electric charging points, with 13 more planned for August. By 2017, the councils hope residents will have access to a charging point in every square kilometre.
Fleet lease: British online business 4EV will begin leasing EV charger cable for fleets. Fleet managers will be able to lease the tools required and return or exchange them as needed. The company is currently seeking fleets to be part of a pilot programme.
Maryland buses: Five electric buses will be added to the TransIT services fleet in Frederick County, Maryland. They will be the first fully refurbished all-electric buses on the East Coast. If the buses perform well, they plan to add more electric buses over the following four years, as funding allows.
California, driverless pod, e-bus, Maryland, DriveNow.
Help from Japan: The Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) have signed a Memoranda of Understanding. The former will help build a fast-charging network in the northern part of the state and demonstrate a redox-flow battery storage system. Nissan and Kanematsu will thus work together with NRG EVgo.
The final design of Milton Keynes’ driverless electric pods was presented after only 18 months of close collaboration of the partners of the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) project. The LUTZ pathfinder will be the first driverless vehicle of its type to operate in public areas and trial automated vehicles in pedestrianised areas.
Battery bus conversion: The Indian city of Nagpur wants to electrify a diesel bus. Following a two month conversion time, the trial will at last six month. If the trial proves successful, local bus operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited plans to convert another 60 broken-down diesel buses.
Rail and Charge: Maryland has installed 17 new charging spots at eight rail stations, bringing the number of chargers to 39 at a total of 16 locations. The initiative is funded by a one million dollar grant from the Maryland Energy Administration and charging is free.
BMW i3 expansion: DriveNow, the carsharing programme run by BMW and Sixt, will soon include more of the all- electric i3. The goal is that at least every fifth DriveNow car will be electric and that EV will be available in every of the participating cities.
sixtblog.de (in German)
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Vietnam, Maryland, PlugShare, Ihr Bäcker Schüren.
Electric travelling in Vietnam: Ho-Chi-Minh will kick off its electric mini bus service next month as planned. Ten electric 12-seaters will chauffeur tourists to the city’s hot spots. The same service will also start in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay in June.
shanghaidaily.com (HCM) tuoitrenews.vn (Ha Long)
Maryland charged up: Montgomery County will install eleven EV charging stations in public parking garages, the first three of which are already online. Also, the Community College of Baltimore County will erect ten EV charging spots powered by solar energy. The PV project will see 1,400 car ports covered with solar panels to meet the Campus’ energy needs.
gazette.net (Montgomery), businesswire.com (Baltimore)
PlugShare app update: The app has undergone a makeover. Apart from revamping the interface, EV drivers can now review charging locations. The ‘Trip Planner’ allows users to enter a destination and will then only point out charging stations within a 5 miles radius along the route.
Carbon neutral breakfast rolls: German bakery Schüren delivers its baked goods using a fleet consisting only of Nissan’s eNV-200. The three electric vans are charged with solar power from the bakery’s roof. Obviously, the bread is baked with sun power as well.
London, Maryland, California, Civita, Merseyside, Shropshire.
Diesel is next on the list of London’s Mayor Boris Johnson’s air-improvement plan. From 2020, all diesels might be charged an extra ten pounds to enter the low emission zone in the inner city. The same goes for petrol vehicles from before 2006. Only diesel vehicles vehicles that meet the Euro 6 emissions will be exempt from the congestion charge. At the same time, more cities in the UK, among them Birmingham and Bristol, are also considering to introduce low emission zones.
Fast chargers for Maryland: In June, the Maryland Energy Administration began its ‘Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Program’ (EVIP). One billion dollars are reserved for the installation of quick chargers in the state and applications will close on October 1st this year.
Electric school buses: The consultancy National Strategies (NSI) has received a 1.4-million dollar grant from the California Energy Commission to start a demonstration project for V2G technology. Together with earlier funding, a total of 2.2 million dollars is now available to develop six electric school buses to be deployed in The Golden State.
Better living with charging: Civita is a newly developed community in Mission Valley with about 5,000 homes. Developer Sudberry Properties said it is working together with NRG eVgo to install EV charging stations there. More EV chargers are planned as the city within the city grows. By late summer, twelve charging stations will be in operation, which can also be used by car2go San Diego.
The first of 124 charging stations were installed at the Seacombe Ferry terminal and mark the beginning of Merseyside’s charging infrastructure development. The project is funded by the UK government and led by Merseytravel, which plans to erect the public chargers at key locations in the metropolitan county. Shropshire in the West Midlands also inaugurated its first charging point. It was erected in Church Stretton together with Co-Op, the Councils and has received a grant from ‘Plugged in Midlands.’
wirralglobe.co.uk (Merseyside), shropshirestar.com (Shropshire)