Yet more electric buses for Milan this year
Milan’s public transport operator ATM is continuing the conversion of its bus fleet to electric vehicles: ATM has ordered a further 75 electric buses from Solaris – the company’s Urbino 12 electric buses are due to arrive in Milan later this year.
Milan frees up funds for 350 electric buses
In Italy, 350 electric buses are to be purchased for Milan. The Milan City Council has passed a resolution clearing the way for the release of 249 million euros for the fleet renewal programme of the local public transport company ATM.
Solaris builds another 100 electric buses for ATM Milan
Milan-based public transport operator ATM has ordered 100 more electric buses from Solaris. The basis for the new order is the framework agreement concluded last year for up to 250 electric buses. The first 40 electric buses ordered under this contract have already been delivered by Solaris.
Acciona expands scooter sharing to Rome
The Spanish company Acciona has expanded its electric scooter sharing to Rome. Operations will kick off in the Italian capital with 500 vehicles. According to Acciona, it already has more than 10,000 electric scooters in sharing use in various cities.
Milan to receive up to 250 electric Solaris buses
The Milan public transport company ATM has selected Solaris as a supplier of up to 250 electric buses. The framework agreement with ATM Milano is one of the largest orders for Solaris to date – and the largest order for electric buses in Europe.
Italy: Kiepe to supply tech for 38 electric buses
The German supplier Kiepe Electric is supplying key components for new Solaris electric buses for use in the Italian cities of Milan and Modena. Milan’s public transport operator ATM has ordered 30 Solaris buses with electrical equipment from Düsseldorf.
Milan to introduce diesel ban in 2019
The city of Milan has now also decided to install a diesel ban albeit in small steps. As of January, 21, 2019, older diesels (up to Euro 3) will be banned from driving in city limits from Monday through Friday.
BAIC BJEV, Milan, Wrightbus, San Fernando Valley, Camden Yards.
Battery swap in Beijing: BAIC BJEV has installed ten battery swapping stations for electric cabs in the Chinese capital. Their number shall grow to 50 within this year with 200 planned by the end of 2017. They would serve a fleet of 50,000 electric taxis that shall shuttle audience and athletes that are expected for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Shop & Go Sharing: Charge and share an electric car at a Carrefour outlet in Milan. The “Shop’n Go‘ carsharing and charging station has been installed in cooperation with Share’NGo, an elecric carsharing provider from Italy. Seven more such stations shall follow at Carrefour markets before the year’s end.
Bulk bus order: Scottish Lothian Buses has ordered a total of 316 electric, hybrid and diesel buses from Wrightbus otherwise known as Routemaster bus for London Transport. It has not been disclosed how many buses of each variant will be delivered over four years.
Electric bus line: Five electric buses will serve on the Orange Line in San Fernando Valley, California and charge overhead. A 4.3m federal grant has helped financing the initiative along with another 5.8m match from the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority. By 2020, the entire line shall be electrified.
Nine EV charging stations have been erected at Camden Yards stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Baseball fans can thus charge their electric cars on Level 2 or Level 3 and pay by the month or by trip.
Tesla commercial, Milan, Cedar Rocket.
Video tip: The first fan-made commercial for the Tesla Model X is making the rounds, as well as a new ‘declaration of love’ for the Model S. Tesla’s strategy of not paying for advertising itself keeps paying off.
insideevs.com (Model X), autoblog.com (Model S)
Reading tip: Milan is known for pioneering design but is a little late to jump on the sustainable transport wagon. It now tries to catch up by introducing a cycle scheme that pays commuters for riding their bike to work. Maybe getting there electrically would suit the Italian dolce vita even better?
Video tip II: Remember the record breaking log called Cedar Rocket propelled forward electrically? The turbine trunk still runs wild and Jonathan Buckley got to test it.
San Diego, Milan, Jordan, Plug Power & Walmart, London, Wolfsburg.
SDG&E plans infrastructure extension: San Diego Gas & Electric announced a new project, working with automakers, labor representatives, environmentalists and service providers to install 10 chargers each at up to 550 business and multi-family locations throughout its service territory for a total of 5,500 separate chargers. The company will also offer special rates to encourage charging at times when electricity supply from renewable energy is plentiful and energy prices are low.
Milan adds e-bikes: The Italian city has introduced 1 000 electric bicycles to its BikeMi network, bringing the total number of public bikes in the city to 4,600. All e-bikes have a range of 55 to 65 kilometres on a single charge. Furthermore, another 70 docking stations will be set up across the city.
150 Renault Zoe for Jordan: The deal was signed during the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and is the biggest Zoe order since 2013. The cars will be delivered this year and will be completely powered by electricity from solar panels installed on royal property.
Plug Power and Walmart Canada expand partnership: Plug Power will deliver another 124 GenDrive fuel cell systems for forklift trucks to Walmart’s distribution center in Balzac, Alberta, bringing the GenDrive total to 230 units at the site. Walmart Canada will also receive a GenFuel infrastructure.
EV charger extension in London: Transport for London seeks potential partners and suppliers to further extend EV infrastructure by building more rapid-chargers for commercially used electric vehicles. This is all in the run up to the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2020.
Wolfsburg gets e-sharing: The hometown of Volkswagen got its first electric sharing scheme, featuring 15 e-bikes and five VW e-Up, and aims to include up to 50 electric bicycles. The scheme is supported by the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) and its partners. An “eMobility cube” is being built near the main station to provide a point of information.
innoz.de (in German)
Milan, GoE3, New Zealand, British Gas, Baltimore.
Electric car sharing in Milan: Italy’s design capital now has a fleet of 100 EVs for the free-floating carsharing scheme Share’Ngo. The two-seat ZD1 by Geely subsidiary Xin Da Yang Electric Vehicles is made in China. Women are allowed to drive the EVs free of charge at night. Share’Ngo plans to grow its fleet in Milan as well as to expand the service to Florence, Modena, Pisa, and other European cities.
quattroruote.it, milano.repubblica.it (in Italian)
Universal charging: GoE3 is building a coast-to-coast fast-charging network in the U.S. Its charging stations support both Level 2 and Level 3 quick charging with both CHAdeMO and SAE standards. The first stations have already been installed in Arizona between Phoenix and Tucson.
New Zealand charged up: A new initiative, ‘Charge.Net.NZ’ aims to install fast-charging stations all over New Zealand. Within the next three years, 74 stations are set to become available to Kiwis, the first 23 of which will already be installed this year.
British Gas runs an electric shuttle service for staff travelling between its two sites located west of London. The two Mercedes-Benz E-CELL Traveliners are part of the utility provider’s plans to replace at least 10 percent of its 13,000-strong fleet with electric vehicles.
Park & Charge in Maryland: The Electric Vehicle Institute (EVI) has been asked to install 20 EV charging stations in municipal parking garages in Baltimore. The city already has 20 charge spots in garages. The new stations will be run by EVI over the next 3 years.