New Jersey budgets $15m a year for electric school buses
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill requiring the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to implement a three-year ‘Electric School Bus Program’. The budget stands at $45 million or $15m per year. It is the latest bill in a row the EV-savvy Governor has signed.
Genesis GV60 sales launch commences in the USA
Genesis announced the start of sales of its first electric vehicle GV60 in the United States. The GV60 will be offered in two packages in the USA, with the GV60 Advanced AWD starting at an MSRP of $58,890 and the GV60 Performance AWD at $67,890.
New Jersey prioritises decarbonisation projects
In the USA, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has just announced an investment of more than $100 million in clean transportation projects that range from the decarbonisation of cargo port handling to charging structure, ride-hailing and electrifying garbage and delivery trucks.
New Jersey installs plug-in vehicle rebates
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill to promote electric vehicles. The state calls for two million plug-in cars by 2035 and offers consumers rebates of up to $5,000. The ‘Light Duty Plug-in Electric Vehicle Rebate Program’ will run for ten years.
Shell, Bangkok, New Jersey, Jedlix, FLO.
Shell plans EV chargers: The oil giant will kick off construction of EV chargers this year, starting in the UK and Netherlands. More markets could follow. The number of planned chargers has not been released.
ft.com (paid content) via heise.de
200 e-buses for Bangkok? The Thai capital’s plan to replace 200 conventional buses with electric ones is getting more concrete. If the cabinet gives the green light in February, those 200 electric buses could already go into service before the end of the year.
Charging toll roads: The U.S. state of New Jersey passed two bills to push EV charging along toll roads. The first requires the installation of places to plug in at three service areas on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, and two Atlantic City Expressway service areas. The second bill will see the installation of EV chargers along to toll roads as part of a public-private partnership.
Charging renewables: Jedlix, a subsidiary of Dutch utility Eneco, is making its #ichargesmart charging app available to Tesla drivers. When charging at home, it helps increase the amount of renewable energy used to charge the battery, as well as keep costs low, by selecting optimal charging moments.
New home charging solution for Canadians: Nissan is working with FLO in Canada, recommending the FLO Home charging station to its customers there. Nissan will even offer a 500-dollar discount on the charger when purchased with a new Nissan leaf by March 31st.
Chevy, Graz, eMotorWerks, AddEnergie, New Jersey.
Bolt charges with 80 kW: Inside EVs really studied the Chevy Bolt’s owner’s manual carefully and found that the electric GM can be fast-charged with up to 80 kW using CCS. The carmaker has so far been little forthcoming when it comes to confirming capabilities, but the 360-page manual filled the gaps. Moreover, GM has chosen AeroVironment as a preferred supplier for homechargers for future Bolt drivers.
insideevs.com (fast-charging), forbes.com (supplier)
Graz bets on supercapacitors: Austrian transport agency Graz Linien has commissioned four electric busses. Two 18-metre buses from CSR are equipped with supercapacitors, which enables them to fast-charge at the beginning and end of the line, as well as quickly top off along it route.
graz.at, meinbezirk.at (articles in German)
Juice up: eMotorWerks is partnering with EV Meter, a subsidiary of Nayax, to develop the so-called JuiceStation and provide smart grid energy intelligence for convenience stores, service stations, and shopping centres. The station builds on eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet platform, adding flexible payment options, energy management, and advanced reporting features.
Canadian charging network expands: AddÉnergie will install 25 fast-chargers at Canadian Tire Gas+ petrol stations along busy highways in Ontario early next year. The chargers will be part of the FLO network. Natural Resources Canada is footing nearly half of the 1.8m dollar bill.
New Jersey seeks larger charging network: New Jersey is hoping for 3m dollars in federal grant money to incentivise utilities to set up chargers in the U.S. state. The investment would have to be matched by the latter. The Senate Environment and Energy Committee also approved a bill that would require EV chargers to be installed along toll roads.
Charging corridors, New Jersey, New Zealand, Barcelona, Kazakhstan.
Charging corridors across USA: The White House will establish 48 EV charging corridors along nearly 25,000 miles of highways in 35 U.S. states. 28 states, utilities and carmakers, like GM, BMW or Nissan, as well as infrastructure providers are to add more stations. Additionally, 24 states and local government vowed to acquire more electric cars for their fleets and to also add more EV charging stops.
In New Jersey, utilities and other enterprises are lobbying to put more EVs on the road. Their ChargEVC coalition promotes various policies. If successful, the campaign may become a model for other states.
Electric Highway: New Zealand’s utilities Mercury and Contact want to double the number of EV charging stations available to Kiwis. Together with PlugShare, they set out for the so-called Electric Highway. Existing charge spots shall be made visible to drivers via PlugShare’s app.
Sea air improvement: Barcelona’s harbour shall become less polluted. The port seeks to replace its fleet with electric vehicles until complete electrification by 2020. The 25 actions outlined in the plan include the installation of respective charging stations as well.
Kazakhstan electrifies: 100 EV charging stations shall soon stand in the Central Asian country; 40 in Astana, 40 in Almaty and another 20 along motorways. The federal initiative also includes assembly of an electric car in Kazakhstan, which is priced at about 15,000 dollars.
kazakh-tv.kz, youtube.com (Video)
South Korea, India, TARC, New Jersey, NovaCharge.
South Korea gets more electrified: The government wants to help EV charging infrastructure along, investing 180m dollars before the end of the year. A total of 150 fast-chargers could be erected by November. Another 30,000 charging points at apartment complexes are also part of the deal.
India’s three-year EV plan: No less than five million EVs and hybrids are supposed to hit the road in India in the coming three years. The government wants to support uptake by offering tax reduction for fleet operators and a scrappage fee for cars with combustion engines.
New electric buses for Louisville: Die Transit Authority of River City (TARC) in Kentucky, USA, is adding six new all-electric buses to it fleet. With the new Proterra buses, the transportation company now has a total of 15 all-electric buses on the road. The switch is said to safe 60,000 gallons of diesel per year.
Charging on campus: The College of New Jersey has opened five EV charging stations on campus, in an effort to become more sustainable. The college is partnering with utility PSE&G, which provided the equipment for free. TCNJ will foot the bill for installation and maintenance.
Customised charging: NovaCharge now offers its NC-5000 EV chargers for all. The customisable front allows businesses to promote their own name, while offering EVs a place to plug-in. Just recently, the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in Florida chose the chargers for exactly that reason.
CharIN, PlugShare, Columbus, Brussels, New Jersey.
CCS gets support from the big leagues: Clever is not the only company that recently joined CCS initiative CharIN. Hubject, Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Atieva, Circontrol and Lafon have also signed up.
Charge with sun: PlugShare has started the programme ‘Drive Solar’ in California. Anyone who installs a Sungevity solar system can receive a GE WattStation for free – the installation in included.
Columbus is U.S.’ smartest city: The Ohio city has won the U.S. transportation ministry’s Smart City Challenge. Next to 40m dollars in funding for i.e. self-driving vehicles, Columbus gets another 10m dollars to push electric mobility (we reported). Companies will invest another 90m dollars.
Brussels without e-power: car2go will start its carsharing scheme in the EU’s capital in October. 250 Smarts and 50 Mercedes A-series will hit the road there, but unfortunately no electric cars. Even though it would have been nice if especially Brussels could have led with example.
New Jersey plugs in: The U.S. state earmarked 750,000 dollars for subsidies for the installation of more charging stations. Level 1 chargers qualify for up to 250 dollars; level 2 chargers for up to 5,000 dollars.
has.to.be, Nashville, New Jersey, Air New Zealand.
New roaming initiative: Company has.to.be announced at the IAA in Frankfurt that it will extend its charging station management system be.ENERGISED to include access to BOSCH Charge&Pay, Plugsurfing and InterCharge. Customers still have to sign up for a subscription with each of the roaming partners.
Nashville orders more e-buses: The U.S. country music heartland has ordered a second set of two 35 foot electric buses from Proterra. The previously ordered nine EcoRide e-buses are expected to hit the road later this year. The city also installed two charging stations for the public transportation sector.
New stations in New Jersey: Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, installed five charging stations for employees as part of a pilot project with Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). The goal is to push EV uptake. PSE&G paid for the equipment, while the hospital paid for installation and will settle electricity costs.
Electric on the ground: Air New Zealand says it hopes to electrify its entire fleet of road vehicles and ground equipment by 2017. The first EVs will arrive before the end of the year. This is part of the airlines move to cut carbon emissions, as it believes that a global carbon price is coming.
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.
Not one but eight gas-powered golf carts were stolen from the Hollywood Golf Course in New Jersey, USA. Clearly, the thieves did not just want to go on a spontaneous joy-ride. It seems some golf players will have to walk for a while.
UK, DG Cars, New Jersey, South Sioux City, BMW.
Home chargers not free anymore: The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has reduced its grant by a 100 pounds from former 1,000, causing British Gas to now install EV home charging stations for a charge of 115 pounds. Renault UK announced however, that its 7-kW wallbox will remain free of charge, even though it is installed by British Gas.
Electric cabs for England: It seems as Nottingham is ahead of London as local taxi company DG Cars adds six Nissan Leafs to its fleet. In total, the firm is running with 650 cars and plans to add more EVs over time depending on customer reactions and actual savings.
Free charging points for companies is utility provider Public Service Electric & Gas giving away in a programme in New Jersey. Its pilot project is designed to encourage companies to erect charging stations at the workplace. In two years, up to 150 units are set to be installed with no cost for the employer.
Nebraska on charge: South Sioux City already has a Leaf in its fleet and is about to add three more with the help of a government grant. The then four electric cars will have to share the only two public charging stations in the city: one at the Billion Auto dealership, the other at the Hy Vee supermarket.
siouxlandmatters.com (EVs), siouxlandmatters.com (stations)
The BMW i3 REx is to be exempt from New Jersey’s usual automotive sales tax. The decision comes last-minute, as before the electric BMW was to be taxed because of its on-board petrol engine. Some dealerships in the state had offered discounts effectively taking out the tax before the law changed.
transportevolved.com, state.nj.us (list of cars exempted from tax in New Jersey)
BMW, Tesla, PlugSurfing, Elros, New Jersey.
Electric BMW prove popular: The German car maker has sold more than 3,000 of its i3 in Europe, most of them in Germany, Norway and Great Britain. About 80% of the i3 customers are new to BMW while some have not even owned a car before. The BMW i8 however, finds his followers among firm BMW fans.
Tesla arrives in the UK: Last saturday, the first right-hand drive Model S were presented to the first customers in central London. The keys were handed over by Elon Musk personally, this time wearing suit and tie. UK prices for the Model S start at at 50,280 pounds (84,500 USD).
Surf, plug and pay: PlugSurfing has launched its new app of the same name. According to the start-up, in Germany RWE, EnBW, and Belectric are among the infrastructure providers that enabled PlugSurfing’s service which let users find a charger and pay via smartphone or RFID chip in a keyring.
Press info via email, plugsurfing.com
Automated e-bike rental: In the German city of Rostock, user can now rent a pedelec from a box. After registering online, a card is all you need. The project called ‘Elektromobilität in Rostock (Elros)’ is headed by the city’s tram provider (Rostocker Straßenbahngesellschaft RSAG) which supplied four automatic rental stations. In total, eight electric bicycles are ready to rent and half-hourly rates start at 1.05 euros. The system cost were 2.3 million euros (3.13m dollars) of which 1.8m were paid by the EU.
prignitzer.de, das-ist-rostock.de (both in German)
Tesla-bill approved: In New Jersey, legislation has made a u-turn as Bill A3216 passed Senate. It now allows “certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and requires them to operate service facilities.” In short: Tesla stores are coming to the Garden State.