Fuel cell ferry Water Go Round finds fleet investment
The hydrogen ferry Water Go Round currently under construction in the US has found new funding for setting up an entire fleet. SW/TCH Maritime, an investment platform for all kinds of electric maritime vessels is now on board.Weiterlesen
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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.Weiterlesen
BlackBird orders 110 electric aircraft from Bye Aerospace
The US manufacturer Bye Aerospace announced another large order for their electric aircraft. After the Norwegian company OSM Aviation recently ordered 60 electric-powered aircraft, BlackBird now ordered 110 electric aircraft.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
New York cooperates with Ubitricity for charging network
Berlin-based Ubitricity has won the Local Climate Action Tech Competition in New York. Now the administration behind mayor Bill de Blasio is checking potential cooperations with the company in all five boroughs of NYC.Weiterlesen
Formula E: Audi racing to victory at first attempt (video)
Season 4 of the Formula E has come to a glorious ending in which Audi takes home the overall victory. The manufacturer had only entered this year but managed to keep the team ahead. The last races in NYC saw another driver beating all others though.Weiterlesen
California and NY fund charging infrastructure expansion
The California regulation board has approved new projects by local energy providers to expand the local charging grid for the value of 768 million dollars. The state of New York is also accelerating their charging infrastructure expansion.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
Lightning Systems demonstrates electric Ford Transit
The developer has taken to showing off their electrified Ford Transit, made as a part of the eQVM project, on a road trip in the USA. First deliveries are planned after the trip and will commence in New York and Los Angeles.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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.
Car eWallet, Romania, New York, BYD.
Electronic wallet: ZF, UBS and the Innogy Innovation Hub have developed a new payment method based on the blockchain principle. The Car eWallet system is said to especially simplify paying at the charger, but can also be used to pay for parking or road tolls. It can also accept payments for i.e. private carsharing, feeding energy into the grid or delivery services.
Charging Romania: As part of a pilot project, OMW Petrom and utility Electrica have commissioned Romania’s first fast-charger. Even petrol company MOL announced that it wants to set up an EV charging network in the country, but has so far not provided any concrete figures or timeframe.
Charging offensive: New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced the installation of 500 EV chargers at office buildings across the U.S. state. Another 69 places to plug in will be erected along New York’s 570-mile-long Thruway. The move will increase the number of NY chargers available to the public by 50 percent.
BYD has won a tender for pilot projects with electric buses, launched by Argentina’s environment ministry. The Chinese manufacturer will now deliver a total of 50 e-buses for Buenos Aires, Neuguen, La Plata and Parana.
dangdai.com (in Spanish) via twitter.com
Switzerland, IKEA, New York, Supercharger, Seattle.
Swiss charging alliance: A number of infrastructure providers such as Alpiq, Renault, BKW and others will join forces from 2017. The new platform called MOVE will then include more than 300 chargers and will make up the largest public charging network in Switzerland. EV drivers can pre-pay or get a subscription to use the chare points.
Free energy while furniture shopping: IKEA now has a total of 72 chargers at its nine locations in Switzerland. All can charge with 22 kW and are free to use. Meanwhile, the branches are urged to get at least one electric car the next time they renew or add to their fleet.
Chargers for the Big Apple: The city of New York will kick off a pilot project, installing 25 public EV charging points across the city by March 2018. There will be at least two in each borough. The project is also a move to show President-elect Trump that the city will continue its war on climate change.
Shop and supercharge: Tesla is working with supermarket chain Hy-Vee in order to tighten the Supercharger network in the flyover states in the U.S. Eight chargers along the I-80 in Iowa have already been installed, with more to follow.
Hybrids convince: Seattle’s fire department is happy with the results of recent fuel efficiency tests of ambulances retrofitted with hybrid drivetrains form XL Hybrids. So happy, in fact, that they now ordered another 10 hybrid vehicles for their fleet.
COP22, GreenTech Malaysia, Jeju, Burbank, Halifax, New York.
50 EVs for COP22: Renault-Nissan will provide 50 electric shuttles during the climate conference in Marrakesh. The Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 will shuttle participants between the different conference locations. Some 20 chargers will be installed in the Moroccan capital to power the fleet.
Plugging in at fuelling stations: GreenTech Malaysia has signed an agreement with Petronas Dagangan to set up chargers at 66 of their petrol stations, located alongside major motorways. All chargers will have an output of 22 kW and installations will begin in December.
Pushing electrification: The South Korean island of Jeju wants to increase the number of EVs from currently 1 percent to at least 2 percent by mid-2017, and 5 percent by the end of next year. It will also set up an additional 194 fast-chargers and 52 slow chargers. 46 fast-chargers will even be free to use until the end of 2017.
Charge and fly: Burbank may not be the biggest or busiest airport in the LA region, but it now has three EV chargers for travellers to plug in. Moreover, the city of Burbank is looking to set up a fast-charger close to the airport. And those using valet, can even have their EV charged while they’re away.
Almost green fleet: Halifax started a feasibility study to look into the use of electric buses. It partners with utility Nova Scotia Power, who admitted that the electric busses may not be as green as in other fleets, as their majority of power is produced using fossil fuels. But, the percentage of renewables is rising, so electric mobility is beginning to make sense.
Smart NYPD: The New York police has taken delivery of 100 Smart Fortwo, while another 150 are on their way. None of these have a plug. The question is: would they, if Daimler hadn’t waited this long to present a new Smart ED?
Hyundai, New York, Santa Barbara, University of Kent, Millbury.
Fuel cells in South Korea: Hyundai wants to push its fuel cell technology even harder. For starters, the city of Ulsan is getting ten ix35 taxis. By 2018, a total of 100 FC taxis are to roam the streets of five cities. Moreover, J’Car carsharing pledges to have 50 percent EVs and 50 percent FCVs by then.
New York pushes emobility: Municipalities in the U.S. state can now apply for 5,000 dollars in funding for an electric and for 2,500 dollars for a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Grants for EV charging and hydrogen fuelling stations are also available. The measures will be in place until March 2017 or until the total funding 750,000 for EVs) has run out.
Santa Barbara cleans public transport: The city of Santa Barbara has received 5.6m dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to replace 14 old diesel buses with “clean diesel” or battery-electric ones. The new buses should be delivered in 2018. The city currently has a fleet of 85 diesel buses.
An EV for a diesel: The University of Kent almost doubled it number of Renault Kangoo Z.E.s, adding another six to its fleet and bringing the total number to 15. The vehicles replace the equivalent diesel-powered Renault vans.
Replacing the fleet: The city of Millbury, Massachusetts, also replaced four older cars with Nissan Leaf. The electric cars, as well as the two Level 2 chargers were in part paid for by the Green Communities 2016 competitive grant.
StreetScooter, New York, Montreal, Colorado, California.
Serial StreetScooter: After three years of testing, the StreetScooter by Deutsche Post has gone into serial production, Focus reports. The German mail service aims to produce 2,000 of the electric vehicles this year and will successively replace its fleet of 30,000 delivery vehicles. According to electrive.com sources, the StreetScooter will become available to other companies as well, with the exception of direct competitors.
focus.de (in German)
New York electrifies: The U.S. state has launched an incentive programme that includes rebates of up to 2,000 dollars for EVs and PHEVs. Local governments receive up to 5,000 dollars. The scheme also provides for charging stations, as New York aims to have 800,000 zero-emission vehicles in on the road by 2025.
eany.org, nrdc.org, poststar.com
Montreal powered by Nissan: The Canadian city has entered a framework agreement over 2 years with Cité Nissan Gabriel SEC to deliver Nissan Leafs for the municipal fleet. The agreement is part of Montreal’s electrification strategy that includes the installation of up to a 1,000 charging stops by 2020.
Local price breaks: Boulder County, Colorado, introduced its own EV benefits that offer discounts for the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3. With up to 12,000 dollars in federal and tax incentives and the programme’s 8,000 dollar discount the price of a Leaf is down to 12,000 dollars, while the i3 will cost only about 25,500 dollars.
Hybrid buses in California: Marin County Transit District purchases ten hybrid buses from manufacturer Gillig LLC for 7.7m dollars. The buses are set for delivery for next year and will join the existing fleet of 18 diesel-electric buses.