My Electric Avenue, Belfast, Toyota, Nissan, Winnipeg.
How many EVs for UK grid? The project “My Electric Avenue” finds that the grid will need to be upgraded when 40 to 70 percent of people in the UK drive electric. The project is also working on “Esprit,” a more cost-effective piece of technology that can regulate EVs charging when demand is too high.
autocar.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com, myelectricavenue.info
Hybrids for Belfast: The Northern Irish city has ordered 30 Van Hool Exqui.City trambuses with hybrid diesel-electric drives. It will be the first right-hand drive trambus in the UK and will go into service from September 2018.
Mobile H2: Since the density of H2 filling stations in California is still lacking, Toyota is sending temporary hydrogen stations to dealerships to meet demand. The technology is provided by Air Products & Chemicals and one mobile fuelling station can fill about the half of a Mirai’s tank.
Nissan charges Twin Cities: The carmaker’s “No Charge to Charge” programme has arrived in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. It is the 22nd market for the initiative and allows LEAF drivers to charge for free at public chargers for two years after purchase.
Electric airport: The James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in the Canadian city of Winnipeg has installed eight EV charging stations for public use. Another six stations will follow and will be used to power electric carts to transport luggage between the airplanes and terminals.
My Electric Avenue reaches 2.7 million km.
More than 2.7 million kilometres have been driven in Nissan Leafs taking part in the ‘My Electric Avenue’ project. The project has been going on for less than 18 months, during which clusters of neighbours lease Nissan Leaf to test the strain on the local grid with multiple EVs charging.
Ebee, Google, My Electric Avenue, Duluth, Telefonix.
Berlin charging lights for Chengdu: Berlin-based Ebee Smart Technologies has signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese Rongchen Investment to form a joint venture in Chengdu. The JV is to adapt Ebee´s technology for turning street lights into charging points. First installations in public and semi-public spaces are set for this year.
Google to go Uber? A report by Bloomberg suggests that the internet company plans to set up its own ride-hailing service, most likely in conjunction with its driverless car project. So maybe we will see the small self-driving electric Google cars on the roads soon.
My Electric Avenue exceeds its targets as more than 200 participants take part. Initially, only ten neighbourhoods with ten people each leasing a Nissan Leaf were to be recruited. The initiative aims to see if a “charge cluster” poses a problem for the grid and how to manage peak loads.
automotiveworld.com, autovolt-magazine.com, youtube.com
Minnesota electrifies: The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) will receive a 6,343,890-dollar grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The money is intended to buy six electric buses by Proterra to replace six diesel buses. Covered as well is the cost for the erection of two fast-charge stations on route.
PowerPosts: Telefonix, manufacturer of PowerPost commercial EV charging stations, now installed ten such stations at Melink Corporation’s energy-efficient HQ in a suburb of Cincinnati. Melink offers free charging during the day and sees the installation as an important step towards workplace charging.
OMV, Arizona, My Electric Avenue, Used EVs, UK.
OMV looks into hydrogen: The Austrian energy corporation is looking to invest about 20 million euros into further developing hydrogen technology. In 2012, OMV opened its first H2-station in Vienna and another one is set to follow in Innsbruck this year. Furthermore, the company is part of an initiative that aims at erecting 400 public hydrogen stations in Germany by 2023.
kurier.at (in German)
Plug-in only: The Arizona Department of Transportation redefined access to the HOV lanes. Whereas before Toyota Prius, Honda Civic hybrids and Honda Insights were eligible, now only plug-in hybrids and range extended models are allowed to use the extra lanes on the road.
azdot.gov (full list) via azcentral.com
MEA for business: The My Electric Avenue project extended its scope to enclose trials at the workplace. In the North East of the UK, Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) became one participant. The company has now six chargers on its premises to be used by 13 employees who leased the Nissan Leaf privately.
Sales of used EVs double: Experian Automotive reports an increase in the purchase of used electric and hybrid cars in the UK. In the first quarter of this year, EV sales rose by 47.10% while used hybrids were bought 24.16% more often than in the same period in 2013.
Charging design flaw? Like with most multi-system charging stations, at Ecotricity’s stations only one charge unit can be used at a time. That means that EVs with standard AC chargers (Type 2 with 3.7 kW) keep others with AC 43 kW or CHAdeMO and CCS from fast charging. Reason enough for some frustration.
Ecotricity, Tesla, My Electric Avenue, CarCharging, ClipperCreek, TNM.
UK lawsuit against Tesla: Ecotricity has accused Tesla of a “smash and grab” tactic with regards to the ‘Electric Highway’ the utility provider has erected along Britain’s motorways. According to Ecotricity, it has helped Tesla to design its UK Supercharger network but is now being threatened by the company in an attempt to take over. Tesla refused to comment as the lawsuit at the High Court is now pending.
Superchargers in Down Under: Meanwhile, Tesla confirmed plans for a Supercharger network in Australia but not before early 2015, Tesla CTO JB Straubel said in a blog post. Superchargers in Down Under will use the same connector as European Model S.
valuewalk.com, teslamotorsclub.com (Tesla blog)
My Electric Avenue expanded: The British ‘My Electric Avenue’ project now includes two business fleets. Slough Borough Council in Berkshire and Your Homes in Newcastle both will lease Nissan Leafs for the next 18 month for selected employees to use and will also install charge points at their business premises.
CarCharging to integrate Nissan stations: The charging provider has teamed up with Gridscape Solutions to develop a software, which will integrate Nissan’s DC Fast Chargers with the Blink Network. In an effort to expand consumer awareness of the electric car market, CarCharging and Nissan initially deployed 48 Nissan-branded quick chargers.
Smart grid enabled charger: ClipperCreek launched its ETL listed utility smart-grid connected charging station, the CS-40-SG2. It has been developed jointly with Itron and includes an embedded revenue grade sub-meter and a variety of smart grid communications options.
The future of parking: The New Motion (TNM) teamed up with Swiss start-up ‘parku’ to ease access to park and charging opportunities for EV drivers. TNM offers about 12,000 parking spaces for EVs which will now be available to book through the parku app. The app furthers enables payment and access to car parks.
dmm.travel (in German)
Science Award Electrochemistry, My Electric Avenue.
Competition: BASF and Volkswagen are calling for applications for their ‘Science Award Electrochemistry.’ Researchers and faculties can hand in their proposals until 4th July 2014 and enter the competition to win 50,000 euros.
science-award.com (enter the competition)
Video tip: In a new episode of Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn pays the My Electric Avenue project a visit where clusters of neighbours leased Nissan Leafs to find out how the local grid is coping with the demand of the charging cars (we reported).
SLAM, My Electric Avenue, Toyota, Tesla.
SLAM presented: The fast-charging network for Germany (we reported) has been officially introduced to the public at Hannover Messe. The first 20 SLAM stations are said to be erected at banks by the end of September this year. By 2017, a total of 400 AC and DC quick charging points are planned. All stations will use the same billing system and are to be integrated with other projects of the ‘Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität’ (NPE for national platform e-mobility).
idw-online.de (in German)
Street of the future: The first neighbourhood cluster of the My Electric Avenue project (we reported) has now received its Nissan Leafs. Marlow, UK, is one of eleven areas to take part in the trial designed to monitor the charging demand of EVs on the grid. In total, 111 participants have agreed to lease the electric Nissan.
Half of all Auris sold in the UK in the first quarter of 2014 are hybrids, says Toyota. The Britain-built C-segment car is now accounting for almost 6% of the family car segment sales.
Carmaker or grid-storage company? Considering Tesla’s plans to build the Gigafactory and thus being able to supply battery packs with a total annual output of 50 gigawatt-hours, this a valid question to ask. Why not head over to John Voelcker at Green Car Reports and join the discussion.
My Electric Avenue, DriveNow, Connecticut.
The project ‘My Electric Avenue’ has not even really started but is already proving one thing according to Transport Evolved: Put the price right and people will happily buy electric cars. Though, the aim of the project, which is subsidised with 9 million pounds (14.9m dollars), is to assess how EVs, being charged all in the same neighbourhood and at the same time, might impact on electricity supplies (we reported). So far, more people signed up for the trial lease than cars are available.
More DriveNow: The carsharing scheme from BMW is looking to expand to another 10 to 15 European and 10 U.S. cities but has not revealed any details about its timing yet. Currently, DriveNow is operating in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich and San Francisco and serves 240,000 users.
Revolutionary Award? The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association created an EV incentive aiming at the car dealers. The ‘Connecticut Revolutionary Dealer Award’ will be given to the dealership which sells the most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the first half of 2014. Tesla better hurry with its planned Milford opening.
My Electric Avenue, Cadillac, London, Edinburgh.
‘My Electric Avenue’ is a British project funded with nine million pounds (14.9m dollars) by Ofgem. In June last year, seven neighbourhood clusters with ten families each have been chosen to share a Nissan Leaf. The aim is to see if the grid can cope with the charging activities. Now, project leader EA Technology Group is looking for a company to join the scheme.
Complimentary Caddy charger: GM offers early buyers of its luxury electric Cadillac ELR a free 240-Volt home charger, including installation. The ELR, which is a more luxurious and re-tuned version of the Chevrolet Volt, starts at 75,000 dollars.
EV trip London to Edinburgh: EV advocates Robert Llewellyn and David Peilow crossed Britain south to north in a Nissan Leaf in just over 13 hours along Ecotricity’s Electric Highway. They stopped eight times to fast-charge for free. Three years ago, the same 400 miles took BBC journalist Brian Milligan four days in a BMW Mini E.