Revel launches scooter fleet in Austin
The New York startup Revel has launched in the Texan capital with a fleet of 1,000 electric scooters (as in mopeds, not kick scooters) in a vehicle-sharing scheme. Revel already has 1,000 electric scooters on New York’s streets and 400 more in Washington DC.
13-year-old girl invents more doable Hyperloop
In New York, 13-year-old student Caroline Crouchley has made some waves with her invention of a more sustainable Hyperloop solution. Crouchley’s idea is to build pneumatic tubes next to existing train tracks, where magnetic shuttles would travel connected via a magnetic arm to trains, allowing pods to travel more than twice as fast as a […]
Tesla chargers blocked again
During an event in Yorktown, New York last Sunday, all Tesla supercharger berths were blocked by parked combustion engine cars. It is unclear whether this was a pre-coordinated action.
New York to expand DC fast charging
The New York State Public Service Commission approved the expansion of its fast-charging infrastructure program. Now fast-charging plugs at newly constructed charging stations will be eligible for an incentive.
USA: Revel completes scooter sharing tests in NY
The New York City-based startup Revel Transit has completed a nine-month pilot project on electric scooter sharing, in which 68 mopeds were used. Now 1,000 of their shared electric scooters were released onto the streets of Brooklyn and Queens.
Electrify America announces charging collaboration
VW’s diesel-gate subsidiary Electrify America announced the collaboration with nine additional companies to host more than 30 fast EV charging stations across the U.S. More than 20 of these will be located in California with another six states being added.
Mercedes confirms new electric SUV model EQB
Daimler executives have confirmed new models at the auto shows in New York and Shanghai. Mercedes-Benz will launch the new compact SUV GLB in 2021 and turn it into a fully electric car called EQB at the same time. The carmaker also presented a special edition of its EQC EV.
Nio gets hit by lawsuits
The Chinese EV manufacturer is facing a class action lawsuit from their investors in the U.S, who are unhappy that Nio gave up on their plan to build a factory in Shanghai, as well as making misleading claims about the impact of the updated Chinese subsidy situation and the slower-than-expected deliveries of their electric SUV.
Ikea to accelerate electrification in five cities
Ikea has announced an accelerated time plan for their planned switch to electrified vehicles. As things stood, in 2020 deliveries in the inner city areas of Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai will be conducted in a fully electric manner.
New York to electrify complete bus fleet
New York City is planning to electrify their entire bus fleet by 2040. The announcement came from the public transport company Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) who currently operates more than 5,700 buses.
New bike startup VanguardSpark announced
Erik Buell and Frederic Vasseur from Spark Racing have announced their new bike startup VanguardSpark, which will be producing electric bikes. The New York based firms first project will be a pedelec named Speedbike.
Blue Bird electric school buses now fully certified
US bus maker Blue Bird has received all required certifications for its electric school buses which are now in pre-production. The company also opened the order books and their EVs qualify for grants available in California and New York respectively.
New options for Tesla’s Model 3 soon available?
Tesla has updated the configurator for its Model 3, suggesting that more options for the car are about to be introduced. Moreover, the model has hit the first show rooms at the U.S. East coast, where it attracts a lot of attention.
EV start-up Bollinger to settle down in Detroit
New York-based Bollinger Motors wants to move to Detroit to set up a design and research centre and production may move there too but at a later date. The start-up had presented its electric off-road EV B1 last year and says production is to start in the second half of 2019.
Leipzig, Tesla, Nissan, New York, New Zealand.
Leipzig got a plan to become Germany’s most electrified city. A new proposal wants to see 80 percent share of electric vehicles in municipal fleets by 2019 and electric buses only by 2030. On the citizen side, electric cars may park for free for at least five years and an electric scooter sharing may be introduced as well. Commercial vehicles would benefit from extended delivery slots – if they drive electrically and come from so-called urban hubs that centralise goods transfer. A new e-mobility division within city hall will be responsible to execute each project.
bild.de (in German)
Tesla vanpool in LA: Green Commuter started to lease a fleet of Tesla Model X to commuters and so-called vanpoolers, that use the seven seats of the electric SUV. The company plans to expand the fleet to 50-80 units by the end of the year.
Natural choice: The Cambridge Organic Food Company is going fully green as it acquired three Nissan e-NV200 vans. The electric transporters are to deliver boxes of organic fruit and vegetables.
New York rebate launched:The state of New York kicked off its 70m dollar EV rebate scheme and outreach that had been in the making for over a year reportedly. The Drive Clean rebates (up to 2,000 dollars) are now available to all New York residents who buy plug-in electric or fuel cell cars.
Exclusive EV access: New Zealand started a trial that allows priority access for electric vehicles at five different bypass lanes across Auckland. The lanes are also known as T2 and Truck lanes and the programme is similar to the HOV lanes in California but allows only fully electric cars.
Cologne, New York, Workhorse, BYD, Bengaluru.
Diesel ban in Cologne: The city at the Rhine river joins the growing number of cities that will prevent diesel vehicles from entering. Cologne however goes a bit further and announced that not only diesel but all petrol-driven cars are a thing of the past and must expect to be banned too, in the long-term. Details on measures will be published this summer but the head of the city’s department of environment, Harald Rau, said a congestion charge could be implemented in less than three years.
express.de (in German)
EV initiative in NY: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive EVs and public education. The projects will start immediately and will include 450 charging stations.
The pick-up remains a firm favourite in the USA, where Workhorse reports growing interest for its electric version of the iconic vehicle. The e-pick-up truck W-15 registered 2,150 letters of intent to date. Workhorse wants to build the W-15 in its Indiana plant with and annual capacity of 60,000.
BYD launch in Korea: The Chinese manufacturer presented eBUS-12 for the first time in Korea. The electric bus has a range of 250 km thanks to its lithium-iron phosphate battery, which is said to last for 4,000 charge cycles rather than the usual 1,500. More than 50 major bus operators attended the launch.
150 electric buses are destined to serve in Bengaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Arrival is due in September. If the electric coaches are a success, more may be acquired, again with the help of the federal government.
eGUTS, Vienna, Liverpool, New York, Bay Area, Utah.
E-mobility in Danube region: EU project eGUTS (Electric and Green Urban Transport Systems) has launched and unites 22 partners in the search for standards that foster electric transport across the Danube region. Eight cities will share feasibility studies in the form of pilots that will look at charging infrastructure, electric car sharing, parking policies as well as develop and test the eGUTS app. The EU funds the project with 1.5m euros until June 2019.
oe-journal.at (in German), interreg-danube.eu (project website)
Diesel is not welcome in cities any longer with the latest example being Vienna and Liverpool. The Austrian capital is currently marking areas and districts, where diesel vehicles will be banned once fine particle pollution hits high levels. Meanwhile Liverpool wants to ban diesel entirely from 2022. The city looks to create a “clean air zone” which will result in restrictions on diesel vehicles on all roads and also could involve refusing to offer new licenses to diesel cabs.
kurier.at (Vienna, in German), liverpoolecho.co.uk (Liverpool)
New York to launch EV rebate: The state of New York plans to start its own incentive scheme this April. Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will thus be eligible for an up to 2,000 dollar rebate. It took the state some time as the money was already earmarked last year.
electrek.co, nbcnewyork.com, usnews.com
5m dollars for EV charging infrastructure have been made available in the Bay Area. The 2017 funding cycle of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is calling on businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies to install electric vehicle charging stations through the “Charge! Program” that wants to establish a network for public use.
EV credit cut off: Utah’s House of Representatives has decided against extending the state’s tax credit for electric vehicles in a vote that could have seen an extension until 2022. The measure failed by a very narrow margin of 37-38.
Ubitricity, Volvo + ABB, New York, BMW, EVOLVE.
London lanterns turn charge point: Ubitricity has arrived in the British capital, where its lamp post chargers have gone on trial. The Berlin start-up’s technology uses mobile meters that enables EV drivers to plug into a charge post. In cooperation with UK Power Networks, three street lamps are ready to share their grid connection in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
America second for e-buses: While Volvo and ABB cooperate successfully in Europe already, they are to enter the U.S. market with their electric buses and charging system. Volvo subsidiary Nova will aid entry. As in Europe, the OppCharge interface will be used, that enables cross-maker cooperation.
Three millions for PEV: New York state earmarked three million dollars for communities that look to invest in electric or hybrid vehicles, including trucks. All models on the market are eligible for funding and both municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives that receive low-cost hydropower can apply.
BMW strengthens its USA business namely within its 360° Electric scheme. Home charging for PHEV and EV owners is to get simpler with a new service that lists BMW compatible home charging stations and installation partners on the bmwcharging.com platform delivered together with local QMerit.
Evolving e-mobility: Project EVOLVE has three years to advance EVs in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. The American Lung Association planned more than 200 events this spring with test rides in electric cars from Ford, GM and Nissan.
Proterra, EV order, Navya, New York, London.
Electrifying transit: King County Metro Transit in the U.S. state of Washington wants to purchase no less than 120 electric buses by 2020. It will acquire nine long-range busses from different manufactures to test the technology. With 73 e-buses ordered, California-based Proterra will get the biggest part of pie. The first eight buses will go into service this year, another 12 in 2019.
Record EV order: The U.S. cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland have presented the prospect of ordering a total of 24,000 electric vehicles in the coming years. In a first part of a formal bidding, the cities have asked carmakers to provide information about what cars they could have when and at what cost.
Autonomous to the next casino: Navya and Keolis have begun operating the first autonomously driving electric shuttle on U.S public roads in Las Vegas. The public can hitch a free ride during the testing phase between January 11th and 20th.
Electric clean-up: New York Central Park Conservatory workers have traded in their petrol-powered rubbish carts for electric ones. A total of 52 of them are ready to go into service this month.
New Low Emission Zones: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced ten new Low Emission Bus Zones, deploying the city’s hybrid and electric buses on the London’s most polluted roads to clear the air. Khan estimates that the measure will cut NOx emissions from buses along those routes by 84 percent.