New York City to electrify entire municipal fleet by 2040
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, has signed an ordinance to electrify the city’s entire municipal vehicle fleet by 2040. New York City claims to operate the largest municipal fleet in the United States.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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 […]Weiterlesen
Flixbus is testing long haul electric buses in California
In California, Flixbus has tested America’s first purely battery-powered long-distance bus. The MCI D45 CRTe LE CHARGE from Motor Coach Industries (MCI) completed its first test with a round trip from San Francisco to Sacramento.Weiterlesen
Tesla notes market drop in the USA, China sales surge
Just a few days after Tesla presented surprisingly good quarterly figures, the electric car company is now showing details on regional business development in a press release to the SEC.Weiterlesen
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
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
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.
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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.
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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.