CCS, London, Hawaii, Mountain View, Montgomery Country, Auckland.
150 kW CCS-charger planned: Partners of Germany’s fast-charging network SLAM announced that it will be possible to charge with up to 150 kW in the future at key junctions along the country’s motorways. Terms of subsidies have been adjusted accordingly – 50 percent of the cost for the installation of 50 kW chargers and 75 percent of the cost for the preparation of 150 kW chargers will be covered. The first 150 kW chargers are said to go online in two years.
volkswagenag.com (in German only)
London gets first on-street fast-chargers: Hackney Council installed three Tri-Rapid chargers in Shoreditch, Dalston and Hackney Central. They are the first publicly accessible on-street fast-chargers in the UK capital which can charge EVs with up to 50 kW.
Hydrogen shuttles for Hawaii: From autumn, two 25-seater hydrogen buses will shuttle tourists to the Volcanoes national park on the island. Even the “Wiki-Wiki” shuttles at Honolulu Airport could soon be fueled by hydrogen.
New EV charging project approved: The City Council of California’s Mountain View said it will install five new charging stations in the California and Bryant Parking structure, as well as upgrade four stations located at City Hall later this year. The fee is set at 1.50 dollars/an hour for the first two hours and will increase to 5 dollars/hour during peak times.
Serving electric: Montgomery Country police in the U.S. state of Maryland added three Ford Fusion PHEVs to its fleet that will be used to serve civil papers. Three EV chargers have been installed for the cars in the parking garage underneath the Montgomery County Courthouse.
35 chargers for New Zealand: Company Vector wants to install 35 EV charging station across Auckland. Vector has been offering EV drivers free coffee at its two existing stations to pass the time. The new stations will be a mix of fast- and standard-chargers.
HyTEC, Toyota, Georgia, Cork, Mountain View, Los Altos.
Hydrogen spreads: The Hydrogen Transport in European Cities (HyTEC) consortium will create a third centre in Oslo after opening H2-vehicle deployment stations in London and Copenhagen. Newly on board is Hyundai which promised to deliver eight of its ix35 Fuell Cell to the new location this year.
Toyota big in England: Co-wheels Car Club is to acquire 80 cars from the Japanese carmaker for its national fleet. At 40 locations across the UK, members of the club will be able to rent the Toyota Aygo, Yaris Hybrid and Prius Plug-in 24/7.
Georgia to axe EV incentives? The EV role model in the south-east of the States might put a homemade stop to its fast growing electric car sales. A new bill is looking to cut the 5,000-dollar state tax credit by July, 1st. Similar attempts to stop the EV goodness have so far failed to pass the state’s senate.
Successful campaigning: In October 2014, Cork started its ‘Drive4Zero’ campaign to promote electric cars. According to a dealer, the promotion prove a success as he expects to sell 20 Leaf and Zoe this month – more than the total EV sales in 2014. Cork’s EV sales are expected to grow fivefold this year.
School yard charging: The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District stroke a deal with Green Charge Networks from Santa Clara to set up four electric vehicle charging stations for free. Two 240-V-Chargers each will be located at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools.
Rotterdam, Stuttgart, Bristol, Westminster, Detroit, Mountain View.
Rotterdam electrified, pt. I: APM Terminals is to run a zero-emmision operation at its new deep-water terminal at Rotterdam port. The company leased 35 Nissan e-NV200 and already has electrified all its cranes and Lift-Automatic Guided Vehicles. All machines will be powered by wind-generated energy.
Rotterdam electrified, pt. II: After successfully testing three electric cabs (we reported), Rotterdam Taxi Company (RTC) is to extend its electric fleet. The Dutch taxi company has ordered another 22 e6 electric cabs from BYD which are set to arrive next year.
Free EV parking extended: German city of Stuttgart is to grant free parking to electric cars on all public parking lots until the end of 2017. While the incentive already existed for EVs, it now applies to plug-in hybrids with an electric range of at least 30 kilometres as well. The city already has 175 charge points.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
1m pound to improve air quality: The British government has granted one million pounds (1.6m dollars) to 24 projects. Successful applicants include 20,800 pounds (32,400 USD) to buy an EV for Bristol and 128,800 pounds (199,000 USD) for Westminster City Council to erect charging stations.
Leading by example: GM is installing 23 new 120V charging outlets at its Renaissance Center in Detroit. The company now has built up about 500 charging stations at 45 GM sites in the States, where employees can charge their PEVs while working.
Google to launch electric shuttle: After successfully completing the pilot phase of its electric shuttle service at Mountain View (we reported), the internet giant will start the Mountain View Community Shuttle in January. The four electric buses can transport up to 16 passengers and two wheel-chair users. Transport and wireless internet are free of charge.