Crowdfunding success: 100 more e-scooters for Munich
Berlin-based emmy and Green City Energy are expanding their fleet of shared electric scooters in Munich after their crowdfunding campaign is yielding results. Backers enabled the partners to buy another 100 retro mopeds and they want more.Weiterlesen
Fazua’s hidden e-bike drive receives €6.5 millions
Munich-based Fazua receives 6.5 million euros in funding for its integrated pedelec drive evation. Venture capitalists trust the company to both expand their production and circle of clients beyond Bianchi, Cube, Pinarello, and Focus.Weiterlesen
Munich buys 40 new electric buses
The Bavarian capital has announced plans that the city is purchasing 40 electric buses for the Munich transport authority (MVG) to use in public transport. The first step will see 8 buses to create the first all-electric public transport line in the city.Weiterlesen
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10m euros to build 350 charging stations in Munich
The economic committee of Munich wants the city’s main utility to install another 350 EV charging stations until the end of 2019. They calculate the network’s expansion to cost 10 million euros and also want to see if there is interest from the private sector to take it even further.Weiterlesen
Sono Motors offers test sessions in Italy and Scandinavia
More than 7,000 people tested the solar-powered EV Sion by German start-up Sono Motors during last year’s test driving sessions. Now the Munich-based company starts another tour through Europe.Weiterlesen
BMW delivers 100,000 PEV worldwide and turns HQ into shiny battery
BMW has hit its target to sell 100,ooo electrified vehicles this year slightly ahead of time. To celebrate the milestone, the Munich HQ has been turned into a light installation.Weiterlesen
BMW bets on two additional electric trucks in Munich
BMW and its logistics partners ARS Altmann and the SCHERM group are about to put two additional electric trucks into operation. So the BMW headquarters in Munich will soon see all in all three electric trucks.Weiterlesen
South Korea, Sortimo, Munich, Croatia, Pennsylvania.
6,000 DC chargers by 2020: As its carmakers get behind the electrification, so is South Korea. The government announced to accelerate the expansion of fast-charging infrastructure and wants to double the number of chargers from 1,500 to 3,000 by 2018. Another increase by 100 percent is planned by 2020 when 6,000 DC charging stations shall feed the country’s EV fleet that is yet to materialise. Currently, the supply of EVs is about 50 percent below demand. Seoul wants to reduce the number of diesel-powered vehicles on the streets by 30 percent over the next five years.
The world’s largest charge park is to emerge in Germany, between Munich and Stuttgart. 144 rapid and fast-charge points will stand at the so-called Sortimo-Innovationspark Zusmarshausen near the A8 motorway by 2018. 24 of the 144 charging ports by eLoaded could be high-power chargers with 350 kW, while the remaining will offer 50 kW. Some of the energy may come from solar panels on the roofs of the buildings that is said to house shops, restaurants, and work stations. The charging stations’ waste heat will be integrated into the park’s thermal management.
electrive.net (in German), inhabitat.com
Munich’s public network of charging stations is growing as the 100th facility has now been erected by the city’s utility SWM and its transit authority MVG. All stations run by the partners supply electricity from renewables only and Munich wants to grow the network to 500 charge points by 2020.
swm.de (in German)
Croatia tops up e-mobility scheme: Another 85m Kuna (11.3m euros) will be made available in Q1 2018 to subsidise electric cars and charging infrastructure. The first 50m Kuna granted through the programme have enabled the purchase of 1,420 plug-in vehicles and Croatia’s network of 200 charging stops. Another 60 along motorways are planned.
Baby steps: The state of Pennsylvania has started a trial with 25 electric and hybrid vehicles to see the feasibility of fleet electrification. There are 7,580 cars in the state fleet so there is massive potential but the test will run over 42 – 60 months.
Munich, Laval, Southampton, Columbus.
Funding details for e-cabs: Munich’s 2m euro electric cab scheme has been finalised and accelerated. Already from September, 1, every kilometre run electrically with a passenger will be acknowledge with 0,20 euros. Incentives are capped at 40 percent of the purchase price and the city said the initial budget is enough to fund 170 electric taxis. If demand takes off however, more funds will be allocated. Furthermore, three fast-charging stations are to be installed at central taxi ranks.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)
30m electric bus scheme: Laval, a town in Québec, Canada, will be getting 30m dollars in funding from the federal and provincial government aimed at improving public transportation services through its Société de transport de Laval (STL). STL will be buying 22 new hybrid buses and install new charging stations but also plans a series of studies on electric buses and driverless transport. In total, the scheme funds 29 projects, with most to start latest next year.
Harbour electrification: The Port of Southampton has taken delivery of 13 electric vehicles to replace its diesel cars and vans. Three Nissan Leafs were joined by ten Nissan e-NV 200 and the British harbour hopes to further increase its PEV share in the future.
EV charging in Ohio: Columbus, Ohio is about to launch an incentive program to encourage the installation of 1,685 EV charging ports over the next three years at commercial and multi-family facilities. The grants are designed to provide up to 25,000 dollars per facility, though cannot exceed 3,500 dollars per plug.
Munich, BP, Toyota, Munich, New Zealand
Munich to extend electric mobility funding: Bavaria’s capital intends to invest additional 30m euros in electric mobility projects between 2018 and 2020. The programme targets the expansion of the charging network with 1000 new charging points by 2020, an accelerated transition towards EVs in the local transport company’s bus fleet and a support scheme for electric taxis. The latter project will start as early as next month with a budget of 2m euros.
Also BP considers erecting charging stations: The oil and gas company can imagine to equip its service stations across the world with EV charging points, according to CEO Bob Dudley. This statement comes not long after rival Shell launched a pilot scheme to install charging docks at some of its service stations in Britain and the Netherlands. Dudley adds that the idea is to collaborate with the car industry and that talks with EV makers have already taken place. Further details are to follow later.
Ha:mo car sharing soon also in Bangkok: Toyota’s electric car sharing brand enters Thailand’s car sharing market by the end of the year. A recently signed agreement with local Chulalongkorn University includes the installation of 10 ultra compact single-seaters at the university campus. Mid-2018 20 additional units are to follow. Ha:mo has already sites in several Japanese cities and French city Grenoble.
Fast-charging at Munich’s airport: The airport operator has teamed up with car sharing provider DriveNow and ABB in order to erect 8 stations with 24 charging points that are exclusively available for DriveNow’s Munich car sharing fleet, consisting of 85 BMW i3. For everyone else, 36 public charging points are located throughout the airport area.
More electric bikes at New Zealand’s streets? Auckland-based company Big Street Bikers seeks to convince the city’s companies of their electric bike leasing model. With their offer, including the bikes, a fleet management software, regular servicing and safety training, the company targets 10,000 electric bikes at Auckland’s roads by 2020. Allegedly, talks with New Zealand’s largest employers are currently taking place.
BASF, Munich, Continental, Lion Smart.
BASF to produce cathodes in Europe: The German company wants to invest 400m euros to build production plants for cathode materials in Europe. The material for those parts will come from Russia and Finland however, where BASF has signed an MoU with Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) to provide nickel and cobalt. BASF already supplies cathodes in Asia as well as the States but will then be able to include the European market as well.
The future of energy found a new home in Munich, where the Technical University (TM) inaugurated its Research Center for Energy and Information (ZEI). It houses various disciplines, including engineering and with the focus on energy transition (Energiewende), electric transport as well as smart grids are areas the up to 100 residing scientists will look into. Electric cars and charging equipment are regulars on campus too and batteries will be another area of research.
Efficient hose and lines: Continental will bring a range of hose and lines designed to make EV batteries last longer to the IAA. The weight of oil hoses for battery tempering was reduced by 25 percent and acoustically optimised fluid solutions ensure quiet inside the passenger compartment.
Kreisel Electric secured its supply of battery management systems from Lion E-Mobility. Its German branch Lion Smart will deliver the BMS for Kreisel’s stationery storage unit Mavero on a global scale exclusively until 2021 with an option to continue the contract.
StreetScooter + Ford, Tesla, China, Munich, SF Motors, Honda.
StreetScooter and Ford team up: With German manufacturers continuously weak on the electric transporter front, DHL subsidiary StreetScooter has turned to Ford to build bigger electric vans. The carmaker is to lend its Transit platform to be equipped with the electric drive train and fitted with a body construction based on Deutsche Post and DHL Paket specifications. Production of the large StreetScooter will start this July already so that within 2018, Deutsche Post DHL will have added at least 2,500 EVs more. This doubles its existing e-van fleet but also means that Ford and StreetScooter will become the largest manufacturer of electric medium-duty delivery vehicles in Europe.
The safest SUV of all is the Tesla Model X according to the NHTSA rating. The American safety testing agency gave it 5 stars in all categories and subcategories, saying the probability of injury in a crash is the lowest of any SUV it ever tested.
insideevs.com, tesla.com, youtube.com (crash test front), youtube.com (crash test side)
China upholds NEV quota: Draft regulation published this week shows no signs of weakening the electric car sales quota, despite previously promised concessions. The draft by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) maintains that sales of automakers must include 8 percent electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2018, so there seems to be a disconnect between the ministry and the leadership. The draft is open for public comment until June, 27.
The situation in Germany is not much better when seen from the perspective of a traditional carmaker. Munich joins the ranks of cities that consider a diesel ban. Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter is under pressure after data by Sueddeutsche Zeitung showed nitrogen oxide emission levels 40 percent above limits set by the EU. Reiter called the readings “shocking” and thinks BMW’s hometown “cannot do without” a diesel ban, especially as he believes that a congestion charge would not keep drivers out but would just have them pay. A ban would affect about 170,000 diesel cars in town.
reuters.com, electrive.net (in German), sueddeutsche.de (original source)
China EV made in USA: SF Motors has set up shop in California’s Santa Clara, where it plans to make electric cars reportedly. SF Motors is a spin-off from Chinese Sokon and the company says the new site will create 100 jobs. The same number of employees are to be based in Michigan, where SF intends to establish its R&D unit. Extra brain power comes from Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard who acts as a consultant while also working on his own start-up InEVit.
thedrive.com, bizjournals.com, sfmotors.com
The cutest cub: Honda has a new pack member as it decides to make the EV-Cub concept a production reality. The small and light motorbike has been in Honda’s line-up for decades but the electric version fits a niche in green city transport. Speccs will be released closer to launch set for 2020.
Munich, Cannon, BlueCity, Evercar, EVGo.
Munich goes on the e-offensive:: The city wants to successively replace 220 of its own vehicles that don’t travel more than 80 km per day with EVs by 2023. Munich says it will take delivery of the first 70 electric vehicles by the end of next year. EV infrastructure in the city will also be build up in the coming months.
abendzeitung-muenchen.de (in German)
New turbo-chargers announced: ITT brand Cannon will present a new fast-charging system at the eCarTec in Munich next week. According to company, the liquid cooled plug and cable design has been tested at 400 amperes and 1,000 Volt.
E-carsharing expands: London’s Bolloré offspring BlueCity will start offering its e-carsharing vehicles at the Gatwick airport. A total of five chargers will be installed there over the coming months.
Evercar throws in the towel: The company that rented out electric and hybrid cars to Uber and Lift drivers (we reported) will do so no more. The business model was apparently not as lucrative as they had hoped.
Fast-charging Colorado: EVGo has finished setting up 18 new fast-chargers in Colorado, which already has a network of public charging. The provider says it wants to ultimately offer a place to plug “within 5 to 10 miles of any given location in a larger city.”
Munich, ChargeNow, Nissan, Phihong.
Electric only: Munich’s ruling conservative party CSU wants to electrify transport in the Bavarian capital. By 2030, all buses shall be electric. To do so, Munich’s public transport provider is to seek the community of other buyers. Similar attempts have just started in Berlin and Hamburg. The party aims for its own fleet to be electric as well. Furthermore, the package demands more EV charging stations – 200 shall stand by 2017, esp. next to taxi ranks. The city hopes for funding from federal sources.
abendzeitung-muenchen.de (in German)
ChargeNow USA: BMW rolls out its charge card network in 25 U.S. cities. Through the partnership with EVgo, drivers of the i3 and i8 can access the network but for a charge. BMW includes a pay-as-you-go option and membership fees for unlimited charging that start at 99 dollars.
No charge to charge: Nissan makes its free EV charging scheme available in 10 more U.S. markets. Leaf owners in places like Miami, Portland, or Milwaukee now charge for free for the first two years.
Electric roadside assistance: Phihong launches a portable 10 kW DC charger for electric vehicles. It can easily be rolled along on its four wheels and delivers 12V and 24V in remote areas or in emergencies. It doubles as energy storage system with 3.5 kW backup AC power.
UK, Munich, Green Commuters, Massaschussetts, Thailand.
New round of grants: The British government has earmarked 30m pounds for bus operators and local authorities to purchase clean energy buses and corresponding infrastructure. A total of 326 electric, hybrid and biomethane buses will benefit from the grant.
Gewofag electrifies: The Munich-based housing association Gewofag has purchased 27 VW e-Up! to replace part of its old fleet. Its fleet now includes 31 EVs and is said to be totally electrified in the coming years.
sueddeutsche.de, gewofag.de (articles in German)
E-carsharing with Tesla X: Starting in August, Green Commuter will offer a fleet of Tesla Model X in Los Angeles for people to use for ridesharing to and from work, as well as regular carsharing. How many electric SUVs will hit the road, has yet to be announced.
Fighting range anxiety: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is looking to erect six 50 kW fast-chargers along Interstate 90 by the end of the year. Each of the stations will cost about 30,000 dollars plus installation. Another six locations will follow “in the near future.”
Oil company pushes electrification: Thai oil company PTT is looking to install 20 EV charging stations in 2017. PTT already has four chargers in the ground, all including a DC, an AC and a normal Schuko connection.
Munich, India, Beijing, Norway, Tesla, Hyundai.
Autonomous EVs in Munich? According to German Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Bavarian city is working with BMW, Siemens and UPS to test new mobility concepts. BMW will i.e. look at autonomous driving in e-carsharing schemes, while UPS wants to set up distribution containers from where messengers can pick up parcels to deliver on electric cargo bikes.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)
India rids itself of smelly cars: India’s environmental minister Prakash Javadekar announced a specialty tariff for diesel cars and SUVs. Diesel cars will be subject to a 2.5 percent tax on top of the buying price, while SUV prices will even increase 4%. The goal is to have 7m EVs on the road by 2020.
automobil-produktion.de, wiwo.de (articles in German)
Beijing brings ICVs to a halt: The Chinese capital has published its transport plan until 2020. It says that the number of motor vehicles will be kept under six million by the end of 2017 and under 6.3 million by 2020 – meaning only 100,000 new motor vehicles will be allowed on the road each year. The share of electric buses is meanwhile said to increase from 35 to 65 percent by 2020.
EV figures from Norway: A total of 38.7 percent of all newly registered cars there in the first half year of 2016 had an electric motor on board. The number of EVs and hybrids grew to 30,107 units (up from 22,478 in 2015), while plug-in hybrids are definitely the new trend.
New base Tesla for China: Tesla now offers its Model X 75D as base version in China. Due to taxes and tariffs, the price starts at around 125,000 dollars. Deliveries of the Model X have already kicked off. However, only 11 cars have been handed over so far.
New markets for the Ioniq: Hyundai confirmed that it wants to offer its newest family member in the Middle East before the end of the year, as well as in selected African countries. First up will be countries of the Golf Cooperation Council (GCC), while the focus will be on the Ioniq hybrid variant.
New York City, Munich, Paris, CHIC, London.
NYC committed to e-mobility: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the NYC Clean Fleet, a plan to create the largest municipal fleet of electric vehicles in the country. Over the next decade, about 2,000 city-owned fossil fuel sedans will be replaced with plug-in electric cars. The plan’s costs are expected to range from 50m to 80m dollars and will also include the creation of new charging stations.
Munich supports EVs: The German city will launch a 22.2m euro programme in Q2/2016 to fund the adaptation of EVs. Businesses will receive grants between 4,000 and 5,500 euros when they buy a four-wheeled EV and up to 1,000 euros for the purchase of an electric scooter or an e-bike.
abendzeitung-muenchen.de (in German)
Paris, Capital of H2 cabs: The Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien (STEP) will launch a hydrogen-powered taxi fleet. The first five Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell will soon be commissioned and the H2 taxi fleet is expected to grow to 70 vehicles within a year and as many as several hundred within the next five years. The first hydrogen filling station in downtown Paris has just been inaugurated by Air Liquide.
gasworld.com, businesswire.com; breezcar.com (in French)
H2 buses fight climate change: In the EU-funded CHIC project (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities), 56 fuel cell buses have been operated in eight cities and have avoided over 4 million litres of diesel and 6,000 tonnes of greenhouses gases. The CHIC project will run until the end of 2016. The city partners are currently planning for the expansion of their use of the technology.
E-cab crowdfunding: London-based taxi firm eConnect Cars has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the next phase of its growth ahead of the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. So far, the company has already raised more than 25 percent of its £400,000 crowdfunding target.
nextgreencar.com, crowdcube.com (campaign)
Munich, Vantage Power, Plugged in Places, Jordan, solar carport.
Cycle Autobahn: Munich revealed plans for a network of cycle highways that would connect the suburbs with the city centre. Commuters could ride uninterrupted by red lights, cars, or crossings. The lanes are thus particularly attractive for e-bikes and s-pedelecs.
London retrofits: British Vantage Power has developed a retrofit hybrid system for buses that will be utilised in the British capital’s double-deckers by 2016. The young company is partnering with UK bus dealer Ensignbus. The hybrid system is geofencing enabled.
Electric Scots: East Ren Council received over 78,000 GBP in funding from Transport Scotland to install electric vehicle charging points. Five so-called Plugged In Places will offer rapid charging with more being planned at a nearby carpark. Charging will be free, but parking fees do apply.
Jordan update: The country found partners to install 3,000 solar-powered charge points over the next decade. The 120 million dollar deal goes to AllCell, while partners include Hyseo Int. for the solar cells and French DBT. About 600 stations will be fitted with batteries, the rest relies on the grid.
Britain’s largest solar carport can be found in Nottingham. The solar tiled canopy provides shade for 40 cars and could to generate 55.7 MWh of electricity per year, which then could also be used to charge electric cars.
Kandi, Myles, London, Munich, Proterra, CarCharging.
Kandi signs another big deal: The Chinese carmaker will deliver 1,500 electric vehicles to the city of Luzhou in the southeastern region of the Sichuan province. The city will uses the cars to start its Micro Public Transportation (MPT) program before the end of the year.
EVs for hire: Hiring service Myles has opened 20 new locations in the city of Mumbai, India, allowing customers to rent cars hourly, daily, weekly or on a monthly basis. Myles has 34 car models in its portfolio, including electric vehicles.
Double-trouble in London: Some of the city’s hybrid double-decker buses, that have been on the road since 2012, have been experiencing battery performance problems. That meant the buses were diesel-powered 90 percent of the time. Transport for London admitted that earlier buses had battery problems, but said these batteries had been repaired or replaced at no cost to the taxpayer.
First H2 station with two systems: In Munich, the world’s first hydrogen filling station featuring two refueling technologies has gone online. Next to CGHT technology with 700 bar, it makes use of Cryo-compressed hydrogen storage technology (CCH2) with 350 bar, which is developed by the BMW Group. It offers up to 50 percent more hydrogen storage capacity than 700 bar tanks
Proterra sells e-buses in California: The cities of Stockton and Porterville each ordered two of Proterra’s Catalyst battery-powered buses. The purchase is funded by the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and the buses will replace diesel-powered buses currently in use.
Four chargers for Tennessee: CarCharging and the Hamister Group have installed four Blink EV charging stations at the Fairfield Inn & Suite and MainStay Suites Hotel in Tennessee. The chargers are available to anyone, as they accept payment with any major credit card.
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Terschelling, Tesla, Munich, Light and Charge, Las Vegas.
EV island: Schylge-E-Auto commissions a fleet of 65 Nissan Leaf on the Dutch island of Terschelling. This is said to be the world’s largest island-based electric car-sharing scheme. Additional charging stations have been installed and officials are already considering to increase the EV fleet to 100.
Tesla expands across UK: The California carmaker has opened a new store in Birmingham and has installed three new London Superchargers at Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge and Westfield White City. Tesla has also added Reading, Bristol and Edinburgh to the Supercharger network.
Munich opens mobility hub: There, passengers riding bus, underground or tram can get off to switch to one of the six vehicles of a carsharing fleet, two of which are all-electric. Starting mid-next year, the hub will also feature a bike sharing service.
muenchen.de, br.de (articles in German)
Uber competition in Sin City: The start-up Shift wants to implement an app-based service in Las Vegas, telling its customers how to get to their destination quick and cheap. The company’s own fleet features 100 Tesla Model S, Smarts and bikes as well as shuttle and valet services.
washingtonpost.com (with video)
Munich, Scotland, Hamburg, Boston, Chicago.
Munich supports EVs: The Bavarian capital wants to launch a 23 million euro programme to fund the adaptation of electric cars. Individuals will receive a 2,500 euro grant when they buy an EV. Businesses will even get 4,000 euros. 500,000 euros will be reserved for electrifying the city’s fleet, and the number of installed charge points will be increased to 2,000 by 2017, according to the announcement.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)
Transport Scotland funds EV expansion: Giving one million pounds in funding, the organisation adds a total of 50 EVs to Car Clubs in Scotland. 20 EVs will be available from City Car Club branches in Edinburgh and Glasgow and smaller car club chains across Scotland will share another 30 EVs.
Volvo plug-in buses premiere: “Hamburger Hochbahn” officially presented the new Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid, three of which will enter service in the northern German city in December. The plug-in buses will be rapid-charged by Siemens technology.
innovations-report.de (in German)
Boston rides hybrid: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has rolled out the first of 60 hybrid buses by New Flyer. The other 59 buses are expected to be delivered by the end of March and will replace the outdated bus fleet in Boston.
Alternative fuel at Chicago Airport: The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) called on Clean Energy Fuels to build a 4,000 square meter “Alternative-Fuel station” at the O’Hare airport. It will feature EV charging points, as well as compressed natural gas and biodiesel.
Renault Samsung, Toyota, Hamburg, Graz, Munich.
Spearheading e-volution: South Korea’s Renault Samsung has agreed with the city of Seoul to supply ten electric taxis free of charge. The SM3 Z.E. will be used in a pilot project designed to showcase the suitability of EVs for public transport. The South-Korean capital will take care of charging infrastructure.
H2 station from Toyota: The Japanese carmaker began construction of its first commercial hydrogen refuelling station in Nagoya, Japan. The fuel will be provided by French Air Liquide. Another two stations are set to be build with in the next few months before the planned introduction of Toyota’s FCV car in March 2015.
Hamburg’s harbour electrifies fleet: Hamburger Hafen and Logistik AG (HHLA) is adding another four Renault Zoe and three Smart ED into its fleet of now 64 EVs at the European port. They will replace older petrol models and will have their own charge point each.
E-bike sharing in Austria? The E-Mobility-Graz-Gesellschaft has come up with a bike sharing system which might go into operation in the city of Graz already next year. The system will include pedelecs with digital locks to be opened via bluetooth and smartphone app. The project plans to work with existing rental stations.
kleinezeitung.at (in German)
Meanwhile in Bavaria, the ‘Mobility Station’ is already past planning stage as construction has started. The station in Munich will include parking reserved for car sharing vehicles of multiple operators, an EV charging spot and a centre for rental bikes. Its opening is set for November.
merkur-online.de (in German)
CHAdeMO, Nottingham, Munich, Charger Fixation.
CHAdeMO is spreading: The Japanese fast-charging standard can now be found all-over the globe. A total of 3,500 stations have been installed in Japan (1,967), the U.S. (554) and Europe (1,020), according to the CHAdeMO Association. At the same time, the organisation is calling for multi-system chargers.
Nottingham going green: After receiving another 1.5 million pounds (2.5m dollars) of the British government’s Green Bus Fund, the City Council will purchase 11 more electric buses. Eight are already in operation while a fleet of 50 is planned in Nottingham.
E-bus trial in Bavaria: Munich’s public transport authority MVG is currently testing the Solaris Urbino e-bus on its line 153, most-frequented by students. The polish midi-bus follows a trial with an electric bus made by BYD, which could not reach the promised range of 250 kilometres in Bavarian winter conditions. While MVG is giving a positive outlook for e-buses in the future, it critizies that they are still way more expensive than diesel-powered coaches.
sueddeutsche.de (In German)
Charger Fixation: With free charging becoming more widely available, a new problem arises: EV drivers, who plug-in and park for free despite their batteries being (almost) full. Whether limiting charging times or the introduction of charging fees can fix this condition has yet to be seen.
ocregister.com via greencarreports.com