“Actually, we are the pioneer of solid-state battery”
They are the only manufacturer of solid-state batteries for electric vehicles on an industrial scale – and yet they are hardly in the spotlight: French Bolloré subsidiary Blue Solutions developed and commercialised batteries with solid-state electrolyte years ago. Their most prominent customer is Daimler.
Investors favour Powersports as Taiga goes public
Electric snowmobile and watercraft maker Taiga is going public through a SPAC deal and is raising a whopping 100 million CAD in its wake. The Montréal-based company had vowed to electrify powersports back in 2015 and today joins the growing number of EV makers looking to grow big on the stock exchange.
Montréal says no to kick-scooters
Many cities have struggled with the adoption of electric scooters and the micromobility vehicles have had a mixed, often negative response. Now a city is throwing in the towel: After a pilot project last year, Montréal is now banning electric kick scooters from the city.
100 new Nissan Leaf added to Montreal city fleet
The city car fleet of the Canadian city Montreal will be joined by 100 Nissan Leaf of the most recent generation in the coming weeks. The city currently maintains 129 fully electric vehicles in its fleet, among which are 107 first-generation Nissan Leaf.
Free2Move, Deutsche Bahn, Montreal, CharhePoint, Dubai.
PSA EV sharing in Madrid: Free2Move is the French answer to future mobility services and has now found an outlet in the Spanish capital together with partner Eysa. Under the name Emov, 500 Citroën C-Zero will free float in Madrid and even to the outskirts of the city.
Testing is underway in Berlin and Leipzig where Deutsche Bahn let loose autonomous electric mini buses on employees. The Olli that serves at the EUREF campus in Berlin is build by Local Motors, while the Leipzig bus is from EasyMile. The test will enter the public sphere next year.
deutschebahn.com (in German)
Electric transport in Montreal: STM (Société de transport de Montréal) will electrify all its buses by 2025 if testing is successful. A pilot project is due to start early next year and will see three electric buses serving route 36 in the Canadian city. Passengers may get on board from spring.
DC Charging California: 70 new fast-charging points are to be installed by ChargePoint in California with the support of the California Energy Commission. They will stand along transit routes spanning both North and South California and also allow access to previously underserved areas.
Electric shopping trip: The Dubai Mall spans the equivalent of 50 football fields and so the shopping centre offers a chauffeur service with electric cars. Tired consumers can take a seat in two Peugeot iOn and be dropped off for free at their next shopping destination.
Paris, London, Ukraine, Montreal, Orange EV.
Fuel cell taxis: The Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien (STEP) has received another batch of fuel cell taxis, taking delivery of 60 Hyundai ix35. The company had put its first five FCVs into service almost one year ago (we reported), and plans to increase its fleet to include several hundred FC vehicles in the next five years.
E-Carsharing in London: The London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham have a new e-carsharing scheme in place. Blue City now offers five EVs for hire that can be booked for 30 minutes and left at any charger in any of London’s 20 boroughs signed up to Source London. The fleet will be extended to 25 vehicles in spring.
Ukraine borrows cash for e-mobility: The country has asked the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a 200m euro loan in order to invest in and modernise its transport infrastructure in 20 municipalities. The money will also be used to purchase electric buses.
Montreal extends charging network: The Canadian city has commissioned 50 new charging points, after adding another 50 to its network in August. The city’s goal in to have a total of 1,000 place to plug-in by 2020.
Heavy-duty e-truck at a discount: Orange EV announced that through the New York State Electric Vehicle Voucher Incentive Fund, it can now offer its T-Series pure electric terminal truck at a 150,000 dollar discount. Vouchers can be requested until the end of the year.
Montreal, Canada, LAPD, CliperCreek, ChargePoint, COMO Connect, Uber.
Montreal on a mission: The Canadian city pursues a programme to introduce a 1,000 EVs to share by 2020. For starter, control over parking lots with EV charging stations will be transferred from the districts to the city, enabling electric carsharing to flow freely. Around 50 such park and charge spots shall go up next month with a further 1,000 due by 2020. The measures include pure EV zones to be designated in downtown Montreal by the end of the decade.
cbc.ca, auto123.com (EV only)
Future ready: Canada confirms its EV and FCV infrastructure policy as it intends to spend 62.5m dollars. 16.4m dollars have been earmarked for rapid charging, hydrogen and natural gas units. Another 46.1m dollars to be invested in “next generation” infrastructure, i.e. wireless and even faster charge spots.
Tesla police cruiser: The LAPD has been testing two Model S for a year but is not ready to order. Police fear the event of a massive power outage and is also concerned about cost. Still, it expects prices for EVs to decrease and will continue to keep “learning [from] and contributing” to electrification.
Access restricted: CliperCreek has unveiled ChargeGuard for its HCS charging station series. Access is controlled via a key. ChargePoint meanwhile employs an RFID card/smartphone reader for authentication and also offers a Fleet Card that can be used at public stations. Both solutions were designed with fleets and depots in mind.
chargedevs.com (ClipperCreek), cleantechnica.com (ChargePoint)
Electric bus fleet: COMO Connect has been testing a BYD electric bus. Successfully, it seems, as the firm from Columbia, Missouri, now purchased three all-electric transit buses, which are due to go into operation next month. Range is given at 144 miles, while charging takes two to three hours.
Uber goes green: Since the beginning of the week, Uber users in Johannesburg can hail a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf when choosing the UberGreen option in the app. The company is testing its UberGreen service until June 3rd during daytime and is working with both carmakers.
StreetScooter, New York, Montreal, Colorado, California.
Serial StreetScooter: After three years of testing, the StreetScooter by Deutsche Post has gone into serial production, Focus reports. The German mail service aims to produce 2,000 of the electric vehicles this year and will successively replace its fleet of 30,000 delivery vehicles. According to electrive.com sources, the StreetScooter will become available to other companies as well, with the exception of direct competitors.
focus.de (in German)
New York electrifies: The U.S. state has launched an incentive programme that includes rebates of up to 2,000 dollars for EVs and PHEVs. Local governments receive up to 5,000 dollars. The scheme also provides for charging stations, as New York aims to have 800,000 zero-emission vehicles in on the road by 2025.
eany.org, nrdc.org, poststar.com
Montreal powered by Nissan: The Canadian city has entered a framework agreement over 2 years with Cité Nissan Gabriel SEC to deliver Nissan Leafs for the municipal fleet. The agreement is part of Montreal’s electrification strategy that includes the installation of up to a 1,000 charging stops by 2020.
Local price breaks: Boulder County, Colorado, introduced its own EV benefits that offer discounts for the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3. With up to 12,000 dollars in federal and tax incentives and the programme’s 8,000 dollar discount the price of a Leaf is down to 12,000 dollars, while the i3 will cost only about 25,500 dollars.
Hybrid buses in California: Marin County Transit District purchases ten hybrid buses from manufacturer Gillig LLC for 7.7m dollars. The buses are set for delivery for next year and will join the existing fleet of 18 diesel-electric buses.
Montreal, UPS, Copenhagen, GreenPower, Pinellas County.
Electric taxi fleet: 50 electric cabs will start taking passengers in Montreal in mid-November. The pilot is run by start-up Taxelco, that bought the city’s second-biggest cab operator and plans to electrify the entire 500-strong fleet. Taxis, including Teslas, Kia Soul EV and Nissan Leaf, can be hailed via app.
Electric delivery fleet: UPS has received 18 electric trucks built by Workhorse specifically for stop-and-go operations postal service entails. The E-100 delivery vehicles that were purchased with the support of the DoE, local governments and non-profits, will serve in the Houston-Galveston area.
Copenhagen is to test lightweight electric buses from summer 2016 as two buses built by Finnish Linkker will serve on route 3A over two years. Rapid charging technology by Dutch Schunk/Heliox can partially recharge the buses in less than three minutes with electricity sponsored by E.ON.
Electric school buses: Canadian GreenPower signed a letter of intent to deliver a total of 20 electric school buses to Adomani. Delivery is due within a year’s time.
Hybrid bus fleet: As another seven hybrid buses join the fleet of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) in Florida, it grows to 68 in total. Comes next year, the transport provider will consider to add a number of purely electric vehicles as well in its overall fleet of 200.
Montreal, Seoul, Okinawa, BienVEnu, ALD Automotive.
City charging network: Montreal moves its electrification efforts ahead as it plans a 1000-strong EV charging network by 2020. The first 106 chargers at on-street parking spots shall stand by next spring.
Electric car sharing in Seoul: Renault Samsung delivers 50 SM3 ZE to the Korean capital’s EV sharing project Gcar Sharing. If reception is good, Seoul will see 1,000 electric cars for hire by 2018. Already a fleet of 40 SM3 ZE serves as taxis in the city (we reported).
koreaherald.com, yonhapnews.co.kr (in French)
Toyota EV for tourists: 30 COMS will go on trial on the Japanese island of Okinawa in January 2016. The ultra-compact EVs will be available to hire at hotels and sightseeing sites and include an app that guides tourists along trails no car or bike could comfortably go.
Residential charging: The French BienVEnu project will install about 100 electric vehicle charging in apartment blocks over three years and include EV sharing. ERDF and seven partners receive 10 million euros from the French agency for environment and energy control (Ademe).
Hybrid fleet: ALD Automotive has taken delivery of 50 Mercedes hybrids. Over 30 C- and E-Class hybrids will serve in its own internal fleet with the remainder added to PoolFleet to lease to customers.
Amsterdam, Clean buses commitment, Montreal, St Andrews, Tesla.
Amsterdam to go all in: The Dutch capital has decided to electrify its entire bus fleet. The first 40 electric buses will go into service within the next two years. By 2025, all 200 buses in Amsterdam will drive electrically with no diesel buses left in service.
volkskrant.nl (in Dutch) via dutchnews.nl
Clean buses commitment: 20 cities in South America and others around the world have signed an agreement to introduce low-emission buses. Together, the signatories represent more than 140,000 buses – at least in theory. Detailed plans or concrete action for electrification have yet to be seen.
cleantechnica.com, c40.org (declaration as pdf)
1,000-EV sharing in Montreal: The Canadian city is planning to set up an electric car sharing and is looking for solution providers. Until 2020, Montreal wants to have 1,000 rental EVs and enough charging stations to keep them running.
Scottish E-Car Club: In St Andrews, Scotland’s first electric car club will go into service. The initial fleet is comprised of eight Renault Zoe and two Kangoo ZE which will be available for hire across the town on an hourly or daily basis.
Tesla to electrify Oz: Starting with eight charging booths in Goulborn, the Californians want to supercharge Australia. By 2016, Superchargers are to connect Melbourne with Sydney and Brisbane.
Tesla, San Francisco, Montreal.
Officially supercharged: Tesla has now formally opened its new chargers in Austria (St. Anton), Germany (Wilnsdorf, Bad Rappenau, Aichstetten und Jettingen), the Netherlands (Zevenaar and Oosterhout) and Switzerland (Lully). In the press release Tesla sticks to its promise that 100% of the German population will live within 320 kilometres of a Superchager by the end of 2014.
gigaom.com, teslamotors.com (press release)
E-bike sharing in Frisco: California’s unofficial capital is planing to introduce a sharing scheme with electric bicycles. Around 90 e-bikes by Juiced Riders and A2B will be deployed to 25 stations around San Francisco. They have a range of 40 miles and can be powered by pedalling or throttle. The three-year program costs two million dollars.
Bixi Bikeshare bankrupt: The bike share provider that debuted in Montreal in 2008 has filed for bankruptcy, as software problems and debts became overpowering. While Montreal’s mayor promised to vouch for the service at least this year, will other cities in North America, Europe and Australia face the same problem as they all adopted the Bixi system fully or partially?