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. 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.
Japan, Manitoba, New York, Jejudo, Southampton.
Fuel cell overload: Japan hopes to have 40,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2020, again increasing that number 20-fold (to 800,000 FCVs) by 2030. The country also plans to double the number of H2-filling stations in the coming decade (to 160 units), while there shall be 320 hydrogen fuelling stations by 2030.
EV subsidies in Manitoba: Campaigning for local elections in the Canadian province of Manitoba, Liberals have proposed between 2,000 and 5,000 dollar rebates for low emission cars, based on fuel efficiency. The party says it would earmark 2m CAD annually to fund the scheme.
A bill for boroughs: A Queens councilman introduced a bill would mandate that all five New York boroughs to install public EV charging stations. He proposes a total of 35 curbside chargers be erected throughout the city during a four-year pilot programme.
Charging included: Korean SK car hiring company kicked off an “all-inclusive” long-term rental scheme for electric cars on the South Korea island of Jejudo. The EVs can be rented for up to five years to a fixed monthly rate that includes everything from the energy charged to the warranty of the battery. The vehicles can be purchased once the lease it up.
Free electric ride: New York’s Southampton may be getting an electric shuttle to offer free rides to residents and visitors. The cost for the service will covered by advertising on the vehicle. Since there are few chargers in the area, American Legion in Hampton Bays offered their parking stall so the shuttle could plug in overnight.
San Diego, New York, Rhode Island, Georgia, Konya.
3,500 EV charging stations: Utility San Diego Gas & Electric received approval to start a pilot programme that will see the installation of 3,500 EV charging stations in California. They will be erected at 350 sites of which 10 percent are in disadvantaged communities. The scheme seeks to encourage charging with energy from renewables through dynamic pricing.
timesofsandiego.com, greencarcongress.com, cbs8.com
NYC scales up: New York City reportedly wants to install 3,000 EV charging stations until 2018 and now added another 800 to support the Charge NY initiative. Meanwhile, the first fast-charging stations have been erected at four service areas in the Hudson Valley, where drivers can charge with up to 50 kW.
New EV rebate: Rhode Island is offering 2,500 dollars to those who buy or lease a plug-in car. For starters, a pool of 200,000 dollars in state funds has been made available to boost the number of EVs from the current 450 in Rhode Island.
Return of the rebate? A lawmaker in Georgia seeks to reinstate tax credits for electric cars, which the state discontinued last year. Instead of 5,000 dollars, the proposed rebate would offer up to 3,000 dollars through 2017 and 2,000 dollars through 2019.
Turkish electric bus: The city of Konya will soon put four electric buses into regular service after a trial was successful. Built by a Turkish firm, the buses sit 25 passangers and have a range of up to 200 km. Several charging stations will be erected.
Aladdin goes electric.
Ever wanted to see Aladdin taking a ride on his magic carpet? Here is your chance to watch him cruising through the streets of New York and freaking people out. Spoiler alert! Of course it’s not a real flying carpet, but hey, it´s electric – and fun!
RAC survey, Irish ESB, ChargePoint, New York, BMW i3.
Charge preferred: 23 percent of 500 British firms questioned by RAC would prefer to pay a charge than to upgrade their fleet to operate in clean air zones. 27% already run fleets that comply, while 15% claim they would invest in EVs and HEVs to adhere to new standards. However, it all comes down to cost.
Charge rejected: Irish ESB announced the end of free charging on the emerald island from January. New customers will be charged 16.99 euros a month to get unlimited access to low-speed charging points, but there will be an additional 30 cents per minute cost for fast charging.
Charge reviewed: Eric Cote scrutinised the ChargePoint Home station for a month and looked at installation (“extremely simple”), set up (“a breeze”), as well as use with his Chevy Volt and the app. The latter allows to set charging times manually or according to electricity rates.
Charging NYC: Aaron Dorman looks at charging stations in the state of New York, which counts the fifth most chargers in the country. However, these are disproportionately concentrated in the wealthier suburbs around the Big Apple. A highway programme started to enable longer distances.
Safe bet: The BMW i3 proves popular with emergency fleets in Bavaria, Milan, Los Angeles, and London. The carmaker draws from existing expertise and equipment like flashing lights for roofs or sirens. In Poland, a new use was found for the compact EV, as it serves as cash transport.
transportevolved.com, automotiveworld.com (cash transport)
Uber and National Geographic have a special offer for New Yorkers. Those who enter the code BREAKTHROUGH when hailing an Uber car will be picked up by the likes of a BMW i8, a Tesla Model S, various solar-powered prototypes, or even the hybrid McLaren P1 super car.
ABB, BYD, Ford, New York, ClipperCreek.
Automated fast-charging at 450 kW: ABB will present a new turbocharging system for electric buses at the Busworld show in Belgian Kortrijk. The modular system can easily integrated in existing bus lines and is based on IEC 61851-23. The system is offered in 150 kW, 300 kW or 450 kW modules.
The continent is calling BYD as the Chinese manufacturer thinks about expanding its electric bus production in the UK to 200 units per year, an insider says. Furthermore, BYD considers to take the manufacture across the channel to mainland Europe, where another facility might be build.
Workplace charging: Ford wants to expand offers for employees to charge EVs while working. Currently, there are 45 units available for employee use at 43 Ford sites in 6 states and Canada. Plans exist to install 20 more soon, with ongoing discussions to increase the number in the long term.
Charge network update: The state of New York is getting closer to its goal to install 3,000 charging stations by 2018. So far, about 1,200 already stand with the latest 12 having just been erected at Hudson Valley and with another 17 to follow before the year’s end.
Dual charging station: ClipperCreek presents the ProMountDuo pedestal for charging stations. This pedestal sells for 434 dollars and is designed for commercial and fleet applications. Furthermore, it can provide single or dual Level 1 or Level 2 charging.
Hamburg, KEBA, Denver, New York, Ohio.
Hamburg e-terminal: The terminal for electric buses in Hamburg is completed. It will become the first and last stop on the so-called ‘innovation line’ 109, as well as buses from lines 4 and 37, since the German city plans to continue to electrify those routes as well. A total of 12 buses can be prepared for service there at the same time.
newstix.de (in German), abendblatt.de (in German, with video)
KEBA presents new wallbox: The company will show its KeContact P30 wallbox at the IAA in Frankfurt later this month. The device has i.e. load balancing capabilities and can be integrated into smart homes. It will arrive on the market early next year.
Plug and fly: Denver International Airport has opened ten new AC Level 2 charging stations in the west parking garage, doubling the number of charging possibilities at the airport. The stations were partly financed by the Charge Ahead Colorado Electric Vehicle and Charging Station grant fund and are free to use. Parking fees, however, do apply.
NYC misses out on electrification: Since September 1st, the Nissan NV200 is the official taxi of the Big Apple. That is no spelling mistake – New York failed to go for the transporter’s electric variant. The ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ will make up 80 percent of the fleet, while the rest (!) are hybrids or wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Ohio University chargers: A total of ten EV charging stations are now online on campus. Two of them will be earmarked for a car-sharing program provided by the university, while the other eight will be available for charging EVs of students and employees.
New York, Mercedes S-Class Plug-in hybrid.
Reading tip: Uber won the right to continue growing unfettered in New York and the city now faces its own ambitious goals in emissions reductions with an expanding taxi and car service fleet running on gasoline. Could electric taxis be the solution for New York to solve the Uber problem?
Video tip: CNET On Cars took the Mercedes S-Class Plug-in hybrid out for a spin and was not too thrilled about it. Brian Cooley concludes: “An S-Class that the world wasn’t looking for, but that California and other state regulators where.”
Trash and email.
The so-called “BigBelly” rubbish bins in New York are state of the art. They feature a solar-powered press that will compress its content regularly, meaning they bins have to emptied less frequently. To top it off, they could now also be used as wifi hotspots!
New York, Rimac Automobili.
Reading tip: Starting next Monday, the city of New York will ban cars from park drives in Central Park north of 72nd street on weekdays, as well as in Prospect Park in Brooklyn one week later. Cars are already prohibited to enter the parks on weekends. The idea is to create safe zones for bicyclists and pedestrians and for kids to play in.
Video tip: Rimac Automobili recently tested the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, the racing car with 1.1 MW under the hood, on the dyno. Nobuhiro Tajima will be taking this “monster” to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2015.
youtube.com via electriccarsreport.com
Nissan GT-R Nismo, e-Carriage.
Video tip: In this newest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay chats with Nissan engineer Zack Eakin about the Nissan GT-R Nismo, the 1,000 hp hybrid front-engined car for Le Mans. And Jann Mardenborough, Nissan GT Academy’s Season 3 winner, even gets to take it for a spin.
youtube.com via motorward.com
Reading tip: It is hard to imagine Central Park without its horse drawn carriages. But New York could soon have a new attraction. The all-electric nine-seater e-Carriage is a homage to New York tour buses back in 1910 and could become the new tourist-preferred mode of transportation for sightseeing around the park.