Chicago, Northern Ireland, New Hampshire, Toyota, Fastned.
Electric bus fleet: Chicago’s Transit Authority (CTA) has got permission to use an 8.1m federal grant to buy 27 electric buses instead of the initially planned 26 hybrids. CTA intends to further its experiences with electric buses to ultimately decide on the bus mix for its next procurement in 2020, when 1,000 new buses will have be purchased. If the EVs prove worthy, more than half of the fleet could be electrified at once.
Charging conflict: 41 of Northern Ireland’s 336 chargers are not working. Furthermore, some of the remaining chargers stand on premises that close over night or in privately owned carparks, even though the stations were paid for with public money. Authorities are investigating the issue.
Taking Liberties: New Hampshire’s Liberty Utilities turned to the Public Utilities Commission for questions about the resale of electricity at its EV charging stations, as EV drivers felt they paid too much when charged by time. Current regulation forbids the resale of electricity at a per-kWh-rate by third parties and Liberty wants to change that.
Business case: Toyota offers two new versions of its RAV4 in the UK, targeting the fleet market. The Business Edition and Business Edition Plus offer Cruise Control and satellite navigation, while the Plus version also features LED lights in the front and rear. The Japanese hope to sell 1,250 diesel and just as many hybrids.
Fast growth: Dutch infrastructure provider Fastned, says it increased its revenue by over 340 percent in the last quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The volume of kWh delivered at its 50 fast-charging stations in the Netherlands increased by 374%.
London, Go Ultra Low, New Hampshire, Amsterdam, Tbilisi.
London buses to charge wirelessly: Transport for London (TfL) announced to start operating three inductively charging buses in the British capital this September. The buses are part of the European ZeEUS project and follow a successful trial that has taken place in Milton Keynes for six months.
Go Ultra Low cities: The British government shortlisted 12 cities to potentially share 35 million pounds of funding to further the use of ULEVs. London, Oxford, York, and Dundee, to name but a few, have until August 31, 2015, to finalise their submissions. The winners will be announced shortly after.
New Hampshire offers rebates of up to 12,000 dollars for the installation of a DC fast chargers on the Interstate 93, available through April 3. Rebates of up to $5,000 for Level 2 chargers will be available later for other locations. In total, 49,000 dollars in funding are offered for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.
Dutch Tesla Service Center: The Californian company has opened one of the biggest European service facilities in Amsterdam. The Drivers Lounge offers Dutch Model S drivers 24-hour-access, “in case you need a coffee at 3 am”.
Japan to support Georgia: The capital Tbilisi is to receive 500 million yen (4,1 million dollars) towards the acquisition of hybrid buses and two electric cars. While for the greater good, the funding is also a way of promoting Japanese technology abroad as all vehicles will come from Japan.
Hydrogen and fuel cell development plans.
A total of 10,800 FCVs, 640 FC buses, and 110 H2 fuelling stations in eight North-Eastern states until 2025 are outlined in the ‘2015 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Plans’ by the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster in the USA.