Union Pacific Rail to test battery-electric locomotives
Union Pacific Railroad intends to purchase 20 battery-electric locomotives for testing in yard operations. The company expects the deal to exceed $100 million, representing the largest investment in battery-electric technology in the US. The partners are no stranger to the business either.
ChargePoint, Singapore, Farmdrop, Florida, Nebraska.
EV infrastructure expense: ChargePoint has secured 50m in funding. The money will be used to expand the company’s EV charging station network in the U.S., where it already operates 28,000 charging spots. Siemens and BMW iVentures are among the investors. Meanwhile, competitor EVgo scored a “major investment” from Vision Ridge Partners. Together with funding from NRG, EVgo currently disposes over 100m dollars.
Islandwide e-carsharing: Singapore plans to install about 2,000 EV charging points that will primarily serve an e-carsharing programme. Details of which have yet to be disclosed but proposals are in the final stages of evaluation.
Electric farm food fleet: Ten hybrid vans have been replaced with fully electric ones as Farmdrop cleans up its food delivery act in London. The fresh produce is now picked up with Nissan e-NV200 and brought to homes and grocery stores in the British capital emission-free.
Free electric shuttle: The city of Sarasota in Florida, U.S. is considering to introduce a shuttle service with electric six-seaters in the downtown area. The city set aside about half a million dollars for the next two years to kick start the programme that ultimately aims to reduce traffic.
Rejoicing the EV market: Lincoln in Nebraska, U.S. plans to install ten EV charging stations. The dual-port stops result in a total of 24 plug-in opportunities in a town that so far counts only 50 electric cars. The grant programme intends to change that.
PlugSurfing, Mexico, Ottawa, Norway, Nebraska, EV-Box.
PlugSurfing expands into France: PlugSurfing has signed an Interoperable Agreement with French company Sodetrel, adding another 1,600 charging point to its network. The former enables EV drivers to plug in in Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, using the same account.
Electric transport in Mexico: 25 electric trolley buses have gone into service in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. They were built by local manufacturer DINA together with Škoda Electric, which delivered all electric components. Final assembly took place in Mexico City.
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Shifting burden of proof: The Canadian city of Ottawa wants more electric and hybrid vehicles in its fleets and will oblige staff to buy greener cars. Purchases of petrol- or diesel-powered cars need to be explicitly justified. Moreover, the city is setting up a ‘green fleet fund’ to cover any cost difference.
H2 coalition update: Norwegian companies NEL Fuel AS and Uno-X have formed a joint venture to set up a total of 20 hydrogen filling stations across the country. The hydrogen will be produced on site. The companies had previously signed a letter of intent and are now ready to start a “real, commercial network of hydrogen refuelling stations in Norway.”
Self-driving city: The U.S. city Lincoln, Nebraska, hopes to decide the Smart City Challenge for itself. If successful, it would use the 50m dollars from the Department of Transportation and Vulcan Philanthropy to put 50 autonomous shuttles and 650 self-driving cars on the read in three years. All-electric of course.
EV-Box takes Amsterdam: Infrastructure provider EV-Box has opened a new head quarter in Amsterdam. The city commissioned to company along with Nuon-Heijmans to set up 4,000 EV charging points by 2018 (we reported). Some 1,500 are already in service.