Wellington New Zealand to up electric bus numbers
The city of Wellington is to increase the number of electric trolley buses from only two per cent up to 22 per cent. Through service provider Metlink, 98 new e-buses have now been ordered, which are to arrive in New Zealand between mid-2021 and early 2023.Weiterlesen
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New Zealand: Auckland CityLINK buses electric by year’s end
In New Zealand’s most populous city, Auckland, 12 new electric buses are to hit city streets by the end of the year. This means that CityLink bus services will be using an all-electric fleet by the end of the year.Weiterlesen
New Zealand to approve Wisk to test VTOL with passengers
Electric aircraft company Wisk hopes to start the first trials carrying passengers in its VTOL in New Zealand as it signed a letter of intent with the government. The company is now pushing ahead with its production and commercialisation plans together with Boeing.Weiterlesen
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Fuel cell and battery-electric buses for Auckland
As Auckland Transport continues to accelerate the Low Emissions Bus Roadmap, the public transport provider has ordered two ‘extra-large’ electric buses from Chinese giants Yutong and six BYD electric buses, as well as the city’s first fuel cell bus that will – also a first – be made in New Zealand.Weiterlesen
New Zealand plans BEV subsidies & CO2 tariffs
New Zealand’s government wants to make imported electric and hybrid vehicles cheaper by up to 8,000 NZ dollars from 2021 onwards through discounts. But a classic sales premium will not be the end of the story: Import cars with high CO2 emissions are to become significantly more expensive.Weiterlesen
China: Tesla’s Model 3 factory ready for orders
Tesla has opened the order books in China for the Model 3, which the EV manufacturer will produce in its Shanghai plant, which is still under construction. The first deliveries of the Model 3 from local production are scheduled to start in six to ten months.Weiterlesen
Water e-bike goes serial
Just over a year ago, New Zealand company Manta revealed the Hyrofoiler XE-1 – an electric bike that rides on water. Now the water rider has gone into serial production and can be ordered online. The hydrofoiler XE-1 costs $7,490.00 USD and deliveries are already scheduled for this year.Weiterlesen
Swiss & Austrian Post commit to electrify fleets
The EV100 initiative of the Climate Group organisation has received four new members, namely the Swiss Post, Austrian Post, Portugal’s EDP and Meridian Energy from New Zealand. They all pledge to further electrify their service fleets by 2030.Weiterlesen
Air taxi Cora: Kitty Hawk teams up with Air New Zealand
Kitty Hawk subsidiary Zephyr Airworks has signed a cooperation agreement with Air New Zealand as both partners want to work on setting up an air taxi service with self-flying electric aircrafts. We remember: About half a year ago, Kitty Hawk unveiled its electrically powered autonomous air taxi Cora.Weiterlesen
Tesla gearing up to bring Model 3 to Australia, NZ
Now that production has stabilised in the USA and roll-out is beginning to look more routine, Tesla has announced their next step in international roll-out: The tour that was done across Europe to help popularise the vehicle will also take place down under.Weiterlesen
Kitty Hawk’s electric flying cab called Cora takes off
Backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, Kitty Hawk formerly known as Zee-Aero, has finally launched its electric, autonomous air taxi Cora. It is a VTOL with two seats and twelve electric motors and got the backing of New Zealand’s new prime minister.Weiterlesen
Electric bike rides the waves in New Zealand (video)
New Zealand is an island, well two, strictly speaking and so it is here the world’s first bicycle for riding the waves has been invented. The Hydrofoiler XE-1 by Manta5 is even electric.Weiterlesen
New Zealand launches first EV ride-sharing service Yoogo
In Christchurch, the new new ride-sharing service Yoogo has launched with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern giving the venture the honour. They plan to put a fleet of 100 electric cars, 100 chargers and 10 hubs around the city.Weiterlesen
Nissan to offer Leaf in seven additional countries
Nissan’s newest vehicle, the BEV Leaf, has been slated for release in a total of 7 additional countries, alongside the already announced market nations, paving the way further to the goal of offering the vehicle in up to 60 countries around the world.Weiterlesen
Allego, Shell, Solaris, New Zealand, Supercharger.
Shell to offer fast-charging: Allego has agreed to supply Shell gas stations with fast-chargers, first in the UK and the Netherlands, where they shall go into operation before the year’s end. London and Derby are on the list of locations with a few more in the west of the Netherlands (Randstad). How many 50 kW stations they want to install, none of the partners specified.
Autobus per favore: Italy has ordered a total of 22 electric buses built by Polish Solaris. Twelve Urbino 12 electric are expected in Bergamo with another ten going to Milan. While both cities opted for the same models, they differed in the interior as well as charging options.
At the other end of the world New Zealand’s capital ordered 32 electric double-decker. The first ten are scheduled for service from July 2018, while the other 22 are only due by 2020 and 2021. The Council of Wellington has signed with Tranzit and Uzabus for nine routes after the city called for tenders in August last year. Overall, the bus fleet is almost 500 strong.
Tesla’s Supercharger supersizing continues as the firm announced another two 40-strong charging sites after building the first in California as reported. One will come to Tesla-loving Oslo in Norway and the other to Baker, a place conveniently situated between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Not as big but expansive all the same is the latest site at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island’s mall and theme park that now call sixteen Tesla charging stations their own.
electrek.co (Oslo), electrek.co (Baker), gulfnews.com (Abu Dhabi)
Greenway, London, ChargePoint, New Zealand, Quebec.
Greenway to erect net in Slovakia and Poland: Greenway Infrastructure says it will install numerous charging stations on behalf of the EU’s executive agency INEA in both countries. The order involves 13 ultra-fast charging stations with up to 350 kW. Ten of them will be in Poland, the others in Slovakia. They will be joined by another 60 quick charging stations with up to 50 kW as well as 50 regular charging stations with up to 22 kW in Poland and 20 in Slovakia.
London charges diesel extra: Parts of London’s city centre sees the trial of the so-called D-charge that started just now. Thus, for diesel older than 2015, parking in chosen areas gets more expensive. With 7.35 pounds per hour their fee is 2.35 pounds more costly than for other cars.
ChargePoint takes over GE charging net: U.S. provider ChargePoint has announced its acquisition of General Electric’s charging network including all client contracts. The company’s network thus grows significantly towards 10,000 charging points, among them 8,000 at residential buildings.
electrek.co, greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com
New Zealand encourages EV uptake: With an Energy Innovation Amendment Bill, New Zealand’s government seeks to support electrification on the country’s roads. The aim is to exempt heavy EV from charges or allowing electric cars to use special lanes. These measures shall contribute to the government’s strategy to reach up to 64,000 EVs in New Zealand by 2021.
Also Quebec’s government raises 1.5bn dollars in order to promote clean energy within the next 3 years. In 2020, the parliamentarians hope to see 100,000 EVs in the province. The measures involve subsidiaries for EV buyers, a wider charging net and testing H2 cars.
Ubitricity, Engie, California, Los Angeles, New Zealand.
Berliners turn London on: Dozens of street posts in the British capital have been transformed into easy access charging spots with Ubitricity technology. The Berlin start-up’s latest addition to the network is the borough of Richmond upon Thames, where ten charge posts went live. The London Borough of Hounslow, Westminster City Council, and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea are other districts that have turned lamp posts into EV charging opportunities. Ubitricity’s progress is reflected in them opening a new London HQ.
Fleet electrification: French utility Engie wants to electrify 20 percent of its vehicle fleet in the UK by 2020. It’s low emission pledge effectively sees the company switching to 395 EVs in the next three years but also includes a no diesel policy by 2025.
California signs tough stance on VW into law as legislators approved a bill asking Electrify America to spend a portion of clean car infrastructure funds in so-called disadvantaged communities. The request had been on the table for a while and is part of Volkswagen’s infrastructure obligations following the diesel fraud scandal. CARB wants VW to invest 35 percent of the first 30-month investment in poor neighbourhoods that are often worst affected by air pollution.
L.A. buses to go all-electric? SoCal’s most thriving metropolis may replace 2,200 buses with electric models. If testing by transport provider Metro goes well, Los Angeles may have a complete zero-emission fleet by 2030. Interestingly the phase out is for natural gas buses. The first trial is set in North Hollywood and downtown LA and the board will decide by 2019 if to go ahead.
Electric double-deckers are making their way into New Zealand, where the capital of Wellington has ordered a total of 32 buses from Tranzit and Uzabus. The first ten may serve from July next year with the rest joining the feet until 2021. Eventually, Wellington wishes to electrify all its buses.
Bolloré, India, Disney World, New Zealand.
Bolloré goes West: After BlueIndy has finally taken off in Indianapolis, the Frech seek to expand their EV sharing to California. Bolloré’s BlueLA pilot programme will consist of 100 electric cars and 200 charging stations and is currently underway. CARB granted Los Angeles 1.6m for setting it up but the French think they will bear 80 percent of the cost in the end with the city financing the rest.
Indian ministries to switch: Ministers responsible for power, coal, renewable energy and mines in Delhi will start using electric cars. Tenders for about 1,200 vehicles are currently being prepared as are matching fast-charging stations.
Donald Duck’s 313 car may soon drive all by itself. Maybe not that car but Disney World Florida is in late-stage talks with Local Motors and Navya from Paris to deploy a large fleet of autonomous electric shuttles. They will be tested on employees prior to taking passengers around the fun park.
Electric Day Pass: Regular business flyers to New Zealand’s Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch can now book a free Volkswagen e-Golf. Europcar and Volkswagen New Zealand have teamed up with the three airports for the Electric Day Pass (EDP) programme.
BMW, General Motors, Nissan, New Zealand, Seat, Hyundai.
iNext to be made in Germany: BMW decided to manufacture its first autonomous EV in the company’s very own backyard in Lower Bavaria, or Dingolfing to be exact. The idea is to keep production close to its HQ that concentrates tech and development competence in Munich. Just a few weeks ago, BMW announced the creation a new R&D centre for autonomous driving in the north of the city but will also work on the iNext drivetrain here. The iNext is scheduled to roll off the lines by 2021, while production of other i-models will remain in Leipzig, Saxony.
GM to make EVs profitable? General Motors wants to be the first carmaker to enter the EV profit zone by making electric cars more affordable. Hence, the company’s engineers seek to make batteries less heavy and more efficient, says GM executive Mark Reuss. Coupled with the earlier announced strategy to substantially increase production output especially in China, where GM intends to introduce 10 electrified models by 2020, battery costs could significantly decline indeed.
Range is relative as it is highly dependent on the test cycle. Nissan obviously uses the Japanese JC08 standard that is among the most optimistic and gives the next-gen Leaf 350 to 400km. By 2020, Nissan intends to launch a comparable model with 550 km range that may reach 450 – 500km in Europe.
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3D printed EV in New Zealand: The Drop is the name of a three-wheeled electric car that shall come out of a 3D-printer in New Zealand. With 300 km range and a price around 10,000 dollars, its creator Ira Munn addresses commuters. His endeavour is supported by tech charity Accelerating Aotearoa and Massey University. Together, they hope to present a prototype in August and “print” serially by March 2018.
Seat EV becomes concrete: The first all-electric car in Seat’s line-up will either be an electrified Mii minicar or Leon compact, CEO Luda de Meo now confirmed earlier guesses. The model is due by 2019, one year before Seat wants to produce its first EV utilising VW’s common MEB platform.
Hyundai prices Ioniq in Canada: The hybrid version of the Ioniq starts at 24,299 dollars, whereas the EV version costs 35,649 USD. While the HEV will be available throughout Canada, the Ioniq EV will only be offered in provinces with EV rebates, namely Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
Poland, Austria, Salt Lake City, Ontario, New Zealand.
Poland to move from oil to EV: Polish oil giant PKN Orlen intends to add EV quick-charging infrastructure to its network of petrol stations. The task is to connect Warsaw to the western city of Poznań and further on towards the German border. Details such as the number of charging stations or a schedule have not been revealed. Poland’s government aims for 1m electric cars by 2025 but so far the country’s EV marketshare stands at 0.1 percent.
thenews.pl, rp.pl (in Polish)
Fourth H2 station in Austria: A new hydrogen filling station has joined the already existing sites in Innsbruck, Asten (close to Linz) and Vienna. The fourth station in the Alpine republic has been added by local energy company OMV, that chose Graz to open the new H2 site.
Salt Lake City provides 28 new charging ports located at twelve sites throughout the city. In the eyes of the municipal leaders, the project represents a significant expansion of the Utah’s public EV charging infrastructure. Fees for charging may be waived through January 31, 2018.
Ontario project on hold: Last Friday, 475 EV charging stations in 250 locations across Ontario were to open. But the plan failed as only 2/3 of the network were ready that day. The government pointed to problems with permits and technology but hopes to have the missing stations running by autumn.
New Zealand expands network: Kiwi fuel distributor Z Energy and EV charging infrastructure provider ChargeNet NZ together want to install three more rapid-charging stations before April’s end. The new sites will complement six more rapid chargers Z Energy has already installed for public use.
Japan Post, Honda, Charge Your Car, DSV Sweden, New Zealand.
Emission-free mail delivery in Nippon: Japan Post and Honda signed a letter of intent as they seek to introduce electric motorcycles for postal deliveries as an alternative to the current gasoline-powered ones. Besides the testing of EVs, they also want to integrate charging stations at post offices, first for their own use and then for the public to use at a later date.
Pay and charge: UK’s EV charge point network Charge Your Car (CYC) is about to introduce a connection fee in England and Wales. For each charge one pound becomes due. The fee will be implemented from the 1st May 2017, the company stated in an email.
Trial period for hybrid truck: Logistics service provider DSV Sweden is testing a Mercedes Benz Atego Hybrid truck in Malmö. The truck is a hybrid using electricity and the biofuel HVO 100. After a six-month test period of deliveries in Malmö city traffic, the project will be evaluated.
Fast development: More than 3,000 EVs are registered in New Zealand. Half of them (1,513 electric vehicles) were only added last year and the trend points further upwards. 2017 already saw 517 newly registered EVs on the islands.
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.
Netherlands, Fastned, Toyota, New Zealand, Dubai.
Local electric transport: Starting this Sunday, all 43 buses in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond will be electric. The buses can be charged in just half an hour via a pantograph. Some buses are kept as back-up, in case one ever does run out of power. The fleet’s official presentation is scheduled for Friday.
Raising capital: Dutch infrastructure provider Fastned raised 2.5m euros with a limited issue of bonds to the public over the weekend. The money will be invested in further developing its fast-charging network. Due to the success, Fastned will offer additional bonds in the future.
Rewarding emobility: Toyota has teamed up with five Japanese utilities, offering its new PHV Connected Power Service. The idea is to animate Prius Plug-In Hybrid drivers to use the EV modus more often, by offering rewards based on the all-electric distance travelled.
Promoting electrification: New Zealand’s government will invest 6m dollars per year in the promotion of electric vehicles. The goal is to increase the number of EVs on the road from now 2,000 to 60,000 in five years. A key focus will be company fleets and the electrification of bin lorries in the coming years.
Dubai goes hybrid: The city’s transportation department has taken delivery of 20 Toyota Prius. Dubai previously announced that it wants to electrify or hybridise 10 percent of its fleet in order to cut carbon emissions.
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)
UK, Royal HaskoningDHV, Greenspot, Indianapolis, New Zealand.
EV privileges in UK? Clean Air Zones to be introduced in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby, and Southampton could see electric cars getting road priority. Proposed privileges include use of bus lanes, exemption from one-way systems and priority at traffic lights for EV. The latter in particular appears a recipe for chaos. Environmental lawyers and campaigners claim the British Government’s initiative to be “too little, too late,” esp. as it is limited to five cities.
bbc.co.uk, theguardian.com, consult.defra.gov.uk (clean air zone draft)
Fleet electrification: 26 BMW i3 are the start of a 100 percent electric fleet for Dutch engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV. The electric cars replace internal combustion engine vehicles and the bureau plans to operate its entire leasing fleet of 625 cars purely electrically by 2020.
Chevy Volt sharing: Ten EV charging stations were unveiled in Jersey City by infrastructure provider Greenspot. Two are reserved for GM’s Maven electric car sharing with Chevy Volts. Jersey thus has the first Maven in the New York Metropolitan area.
Airport electrification: 12.6m dollars have been awarded to the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) for upgrades that include six electric shuttle buses. It would be the largest electric fleet at any U.S. airport.
Kiwis to go green: Thirty of New Zealand’s largest companies, among them Air New Zealand and Mercury, have agreed to electrify 30 percent of their fleets by 2019. The move will put close to 1,500 electric cars on the road, thus doubling the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand.
Opel, Chevy, BMW, Australia, New Zealand, Ariel.
More than 400 km of range: Ahead of the official premiere in Paris, Opel published some new details about its upcoming Ampera-e. NEFZ puts range at over 400 km on one charge, which is more than any other EV in its class (the BMW i3 currently offers 300 km). The new Opel is said to arrive at dealerships in Germany in spring. The UK may have to wait for the second generation of the Ampera-e, as Opel subsidiary Vauxhall will not be offering the EV for now.
autonews.com, opel.com (details), fleetnews.co.uk (UK)
Chevy Bolt update: The Ampera-e’s big cousin has gotten its final EPA rating, according to which the Bolt can go 238 miles on one charge. Moreover, GM will offer over the air updates, just like Tesla, and released ten new videos ahead of the EV’s launch.
greencarcongress.com (range), insideevs.com (updates), insideevs.com (videos)
BMW i sales soar: The year isn’t over yet and BMW has already sold more electric cars than in all of 2015. A total of 16,855 BMW i rolled off the lots from January until the end of August, while the i3 sold 2,848 times in August alone – a 73 percent increase compared to the previous year.
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Australia pushes zero emission: According to Motoring, Australia is looking to scrap the Luxury Tax for (partially) electrified cars, as well as implement other incentives to push sales of electric and hybrid vehicles. What the measures will look like is still not clear.
No fees for EVs: As one of 14 incentives to push electric mobility, New Zealand extended the EV road user charge exemptions until 2021, meaning EV drivers safe up to 438 dollars. The government is also looking into whether electrically powered utility vehicles could benefit.
Hybrid on track: Ariel has unveiled the Aero-P Atom Concept with hybrid powertrain. And while it is not said to directly influence a production car, it could mean that Ariel is looking eventually create a hybrid version on the Atom.