New Zealand, West Coast alliance, Caltrans, Kia Soul, Evercar.
Electric delivery: New Zealand’s postal service will add 500 electric scooters to its fleet over the next two years. Manufacturer is Norwegian company Paxster. The first 50 cargo-scooters have already been delivered.
West coast alliance: The mayors of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and Seattle have signed an agreement to reduce CO2 emissions. To do so, they will push EV uptake by installing a charging corridor between California and British Columbia, as well as more chargers in cities.
Green funding: The California Department of Transport (Caltrans) earmarked 16.2m dollars to fund green energy initiatives. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, for example, will be granted 3.5m USD to buy five electric buses, San Mateo County will get just under 1m USD for one electric bus, and Livermore Amador Valley will purchase two hybrid buses with its 250,000 USD in funding.
Soul EV for California: Kia will provide six of its all-electric cars to a V2G project at the University of California in Irvine (UCI). They will help develop advanced smart charging software algorithms and to better understand how electric cars are managed on the grid.
Electric ridesharing: Evercar has already rented its 100th EV. The company provides electric and hybrid cars to drivers for ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber. Moreover, Evercar says it has 4,500 registered drivers, who have given 125,000 people a lift in an Evercar.
California, New Zealand, South Korea, Leicester City, UPS.
Cleaner transportation: The newly presented Draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan calls for the deployment of more than 100,000 zero emission vehicles by 2020 and maximisation of near ZEVs. Moreover, the state earmarked 23.6m dollars for the development of and a demonstration project using electric drayage trucks at ports.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com (drayage trucks)
New Zealand pushes EVs: The government says it is looking to implement incentives to get more electric cars on their roads. The goal is to double the current number of EVs to 64,000 by 2021, extend and introduce new Road User Charge exemptions for electric cars, integrate more electric vehicles into government fleets, and fund promotions as well as further studies.
Seoul networks: The South Korean capital has launched the second stage of their carsharing network, aiming to increase electric vehicle usage. The number of carsharing locations will grow from 1,262 to 1,600, and another 1,749 vehicles will be added to the fleet. Seoul expects to have more than 2,400 carsharing locations by 2018.
Victory Mercedes: Leicester City players will be receiving a Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Model from club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after winning the English Premier League Title. That will be 30 vehicles in total, each priced at 32,670 pounds.
UPS E-GEN: UPS has updated their 125 Workhorse E-GEN hybrid electric delivery trucks to achieve extended range and better fuel economy. Working with Workhorse Group, they integrated a new drive system and swapped out a four-cylinder engine for a two-cylinder motor. The vehicles will provide up to four times better fuel economy than that of a gasoline-powered vehicle.
Domino's Pizza Bot.
The next time you order a Domino’s pizza for delivery, you may be met by a friendly delivery robot. The bot can hold up to ten pizzas in its heated compartment and is part of a trial in New Zealand. The country’s transport minister has been focused on promoting new technologies, and is confident the pizza bot will be a success.
E-carsharing, DriveNow, Costa Rica, New Zealand, India.
ZEV sharing: The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg awarded 1.1m euros to the e-carsharing project “zeozweifrei unterwegs” (en route with zero emission). The aim is to set up 39 EV-sharing stations in the Bruchsal region by April 2017, with the first stations ready to open this September. There will be an EU-wide tender for the purchase and operation of the vehicles.
DriveNow Seattle: Following DriveNow’s leaving San Francisco in November, the carsharing service seems to be headed to Seattle, where GeekWire spotted three i3 in the street. The city says it issued 63 carsharing permits to BMW – but the carmaker has not yet confirmed the extend of the program.
Costa Rica electrifies: In an effort to promote electric vehicles, Costa Rica is looking to put in place new measures like tax relief, quotas for charging stations, and the integration of electric vehicles into government fleets, where at least ten percent of government vehicles would be replaced by electric or hybrid cars. The programme could also offer 100% financing for people who opt to exchange their vehicles.
Full charge in New Zealand: Christchurch, New Zealand, will become home to a new car hiring hub to include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Apex. The 10m dollar, three-storey complex houses everything a car could need – including ten EV charging stations. It is scheduled to be finished by May 2017.
Updates in India: Volvo will deliver the first five hybrid buses to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport Corp. in the coming weeks. It is only the first step, as the Swedish manufacturer will deliver a total of 25 of its buses to India, financed by the FAME (Faster Adoption of Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India) subsidy scheme.
New Zealand, Lane County, Shanghai, Hong Kong.
Kiwis charge fast: New Zealand installed the first rapid charging station of a planned 75 in the Charge.Net.NZ. It is located in the Kaiwaka community on the way from Auckland to Northland. The initiative also created a platform for 3rd party providers to integrate their stations in the network.
Small town electrification: The Lane Transit District (LTD) purchased five electric and five hybrid buses to go into service by the end of 2016. The move away from oil found 1,000 signatures beforehand. The ten green buses costs 7m dollars and will make a tenth of the fleet running in Eugene and Springfield.
Street lighting and charging: 15 smart street lamps were inaugurated in Shanghai. The lamps allow for EV charging, have wifi and measure air pollution in the Chinese metropolis. Charging is not free but app payments are enabled. If the trial is successful, more enlightening lamp posts will follow.
Lighter electric bus: Hong Kong is to roll out a trial with a locally designed electric bus this November. The 12.5t bus took two years to complete and has a range of 380 kilometres. The 12-metre single-decker can carry up to 75 passengers and will be tested on the city’s roads for a month.
'A' for effort.
Wellington (NZ) is looking to put hybrid double-deckers into service. In fact, they have been testing them for 4 years, costing taxpayers millions, only to find that the buses might actually be too heavy for the city’s roads and don’t fit through all tunnels. Points for trying, though.
London, eMERGE, Portugal, ChargeForward, New Zealand.
London electric bus update: The British capital reportedly plans to electrify two bus lines this autumn. BYD will be responsible for building the chassis and drivetrain system (including the battery) of all 51 electric buses, while Alexander Dennis Limited will assemble them.
eMERGE complete: A real world EV trial draws to a close after private and business customers drove 146 smart fortwo EDs more than 1 million km in Berlin, Potsdam and North Rhine-Westphalia. The lowest annual average energy consumption was 10.4 kWh/100 km, the longest range 161 km. Mercedes will now launch the eMERGE2 fleet project with 200 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and plug-in hybrid models.
Update on Portugal: The government in Lisbon reportedly strives to bring down carbon emissions of its fleet. It wants to buy 1,200 EVs and also encourages its more than half a million employees to take to pedalling. We suggest pedelecs to kill two birds with one stone.
The ChargeForward programme by BMW i is about to start in San Francisco. 100 selected BMW i3 drivers will test the practicalities of intelligent charging firsthand over the next 18 months (we reported). BMW i gets support from utility provider Pacific Gas and Electric.
Kiwis to charge publicly: New Zealand’s city of Auckland opened its first two public charging stations. Located in the Downtown Carpark, the two EV charging sites are free for garage users. The stations were installed by Mighty River Power and Auckland Transport.
New Zealand, EV cleanliness.
Research tip: We recently quoted Dr. Rebecca Ford and her study on how keen her fellow Kiwis are to switch to electric vehicles. The full study can now be found here.
Reading tip: EV myth-buster Eric Schaal look at recent studies suggesting that the cleanliness of EVs depends on their location. He particularly takes issue as the findings are published in a manner that seems to indicate that e-cars are actually more pollutant than petrol-powered ones.
California, Colorado, EV charging stations, Dorset, New Zealand.
Inclusive EV scheme: The California Air Resources Board is starting a new EV incentive programme for people of low income in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley. The pilot offers up to 12,000 dollars to those who hand in their old gas guzzlers in exchange of a low or zero emission vehicle. The lower the income and the cleaner the car, the higher the incentive.
Colorado is similarly generous as it now ruled that the states 6,000-dollar rebate can also be applied to used EVs, as long as they have not claimed the incentive before. Add to that the 7,500-dollar government rebate and an electric car could become 13,500 dollars cheaper.
Infrastructure pays off: The global market for EV chargers is expected to grow more than 12-fold within the next few years, analysts of IHS suggest. Their forecast sees demand to climb from one million units in 2014 to 12.7 million units in 2020.
Rapid charging in UK: The first of a total of 18 fast chargers has been installed in Dorset as part of a 900,000-pound grant from the Department of Transport. It is powered by solar power. Also the Cotswold District has now erected two Siemens DC-charging stations close to the motorway.
bbc.co.uk (Dorset), Cotswold info via email
Electric delivery in NZ: The New Zealand Post has started a trial with fully electric delivery vehicles in Taranaki and New Plymouth. The 20 EVs combine the delivery of letters and parcels and are allowed to drive on the footpath with 10 kph. In Plymouth, 40 electric three-wheelers reach a speed of up to 45 kph.
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South Africa, Uber, New Zealand, Moscow, Brampton.
South African charging union: Nissan and BMW will connect to install a network of charging stations across South Africa until 2017. Both CHAdeMO and CCS standards will be supported. How many fast-charging stations there will be remains yet to be seen.
Uber in China: Online hire service Uber now started a new cooperative approach in Chinese Wuhan. There, UberGreen consists of ten hybrid cars called Trumpchi GA5 REV by Chinese manufacturer Guangzhou Auto. Meanwhile, the city of Guangzhou has banned the conventional Uber cabs and announced to open its own app-based service instead based on the city’s existing cab companies.
carnewschina.com (Wuhan), cnbc.com (Guangzhou)
New Zealand update: The Charge.Net.NZ initiative that had just announced its plan to install 75 fast-charging stations across New Zealand has taken its first action. Already, 23 Veefil DC fast-charging devices have been ordered from Australian provider Tritium.
Electric delivery in Moscow: DHL Express has started to electrify its Russian courier fleet with the deployment of two electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Moscow. The cars will be used for last-mile assignments in both the city centre and the outskirts and will be charged at the company’s facilities.
Free charging in Canada: The city of Brampton just unveiled the first of a total of 32 EV charging stations, which will be installed in municipal parking lots across the Canadian town by 2016. The stations are free to use while regular parking charges apply.
Milan, GoE3, New Zealand, British Gas, Baltimore.
Electric car sharing in Milan: Italy’s design capital now has a fleet of 100 EVs for the free-floating carsharing scheme Share’Ngo. The two-seat ZD1 by Geely subsidiary Xin Da Yang Electric Vehicles is made in China. Women are allowed to drive the EVs free of charge at night. Share’Ngo plans to grow its fleet in Milan as well as to expand the service to Florence, Modena, Pisa, and other European cities.
quattroruote.it, milano.repubblica.it (in Italian)
Universal charging: GoE3 is building a coast-to-coast fast-charging network in the U.S. Its charging stations support both Level 2 and Level 3 quick charging with both CHAdeMO and SAE standards. The first stations have already been installed in Arizona between Phoenix and Tucson.
New Zealand charged up: A new initiative, ‘Charge.Net.NZ’ aims to install fast-charging stations all over New Zealand. Within the next three years, 74 stations are set to become available to Kiwis, the first 23 of which will already be installed this year.
British Gas runs an electric shuttle service for staff travelling between its two sites located west of London. The two Mercedes-Benz E-CELL Traveliners are part of the utility provider’s plans to replace at least 10 percent of its 13,000-strong fleet with electric vehicles.
Park & Charge in Maryland: The Electric Vehicle Institute (EVI) has been asked to install 20 EV charging stations in municipal parking garages in Baltimore. The city already has 20 charge spots in garages. The new stations will be run by EVI over the next 3 years.
Berlin, Maastricht, Florida, New Zealand, Fiat 500e, Nissan.
E-Bus Berlin is a new project in Germany’s capital. Four electric buses will serve on route 204 and will be charged via three Primove inductive charging stations. The installation of the first wireless charging platform is under way. Next month, two more stations will follow as well as four stations with cables at the depot. The four Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses will begin transporting passengers this summer.
rbb-online.de, moz.de, idw-online.de (articles in German)
In Maastricht too, a VDL Citea Electric bus has begun its service on line 4. This pilot is part of the Zero Emission Bus transport (ZEB) foundation’s project to electrify Dutch public transport.
For a cloud free Sunshine State: Florida Senate Bill 864 would exempt EVs from Florida’s sales tax. If accepted, the exemption would become effective by July 1st and would also be applicable to FCVs.
Kiwi-green charging: New Zealand’s Electricity Networks Association (ENA) will kick off an initiative that could see the installation of a network of charging stations across the country. A study looking at the viability of the so-called ‘Renewables Highway’ is scheduled for July.
Almost 100 electric Fiat 500e were sold in California last week. The rush was due to a leasing offer of roughly 83 dollars per month that resulted in group buys by motorsports enthusiasts and instructors. For those of you in California, the deal is going on.
Charging depot: Six fast-charging stations have been installed at the “Bellevue” Nissan dealership outside Seattle, forming a depot. The charge points will be operated by NRG eVgo and can be accessed via the usual EZ-Charge card.
Wyoming, JLong, Gothenburg, New Zealand.
Another EV tax? Wyoming is thinking about issuing a new bill, taxing what legislators call alternative fuels, together with a separate fee for electric vehicles. The tax is intended to pay for the upkeep of roads and signage.
EV extension cord: Drivers of electric vehicles in the U.S. that find parking space in front of charging stations scarce, can now get an extended charge cable. The ‘JLong’ by Quick Charge Power costs 299 dollars with a standard length of 20 feet. Each additional foot adds five dollars to the price.
quickchargepower.com via greencarreports.com
Sweden’s next hydrogen fuelling station is to be set up at Gothenburg and is expected to be open in January 2015. The initiative is led by Hydrogen Sweden in association with the region Västra Götaland, the EU and fuel cell companies like PowerCell Sweden AB and Oy Woikoski.
Crossing New Zealand electrically: Craig Salmon is about to complete his trip from Cape Reinga to Bluff and back in his 2012 Nissan Leaf. While he had no problems charging his electric car along the way, he still concludes that New Zealand could do more with public fast charging stations.
Indianapolis, Belgium, New Zealand, Tesla, Dundee.
With its “Freedom Fleet,” Indianapolis plans the largest electrification of a communal fleet in the US. A total of 425 petrol-powered vehicles will be replaced by EVs and PHEVs by 2016, the first 100 will even be replaced by the end of the year. Due to low maintenance costs, the city wants to save 8.7 million dollars over the next ten years.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, indystar.com
Topping that, Belgium’s nursing service “Solidariteit voor het Gezin” has ordered 729 Toyota Yaris hybrids and Auris Touring Sports hybrids, provided via leasing company Alphabet. Deliveries have already started and are said to soon be completed.
avem.fr (in French)
Tesla instead of petrol BMW: New Zealand government is ready to give its fleet an overhaul. 34 BMW 7 series limousines will need to be replaced. The Green Party suggests the Tesla Model S.
Tesla’s CHAdeMO adapter is still not available, but it looks as though it will be a lot cheaper than originally announced. Instead of 1,000 dollars it will be available for just 450 dollars.
teslamotors.com via insideevs.com
Tripling charging points: Scottish city of Dundee will increase the number of charging possibilities from now seven to 21, spread across the city centre. The charging stations are funded by Transport Scotland.
Open Charge Alliance, South Korea, New Zealand, Cenex, Supercharger.
Open charging: The Open Charge Alliance (OCA) has adopted the Open Smart Charging Protocol (OSCP) which focusses on energy capacity planning. The protocol can be used by infrastructure providers to learn about physical net capacity by the local network operator to predict available capacity.
South Korea serious about EVs: One in every four vehicles bought by Korean government agencies will have to be electric. The new regulation will come into effect next year and is said to help replace up to 700 vehicles. Under current regulations, 50% of the government’s fleet had to be at least small or hybrid cars.
The Green party of New Zealand is living up to its name as it promises to invest 20 million dollars (16,3m USD) into EV promotion if successful in next week’s election. Half of the money would go into building fast-charging infrastructure while the other ten million would be spend on 1,000-dollar cash-backs for the first 10,000 EV buyers.
Real world data tool: Cenex has launched a service for fleet managers at this week’s LCV event. The ‘FCRT Lite’ tool is designed to asses the viability of low carbon vehicles. It is said to be based on real world duty cycles, fuel consumption and EV range and can be accessed for free.
cenex.co.uk (tool) via fleetnews.co.uk
Supercharger leasing: Tucker Development has leased eight charging stations from Tesla for their Country Club Plaza shopping centre in Illinois. Seems like a clever idea to attract the business of Model S driver travelling between Chicago and Indiana.
Mini update: ClipperCreek has upgraded its Level-2 HCS-40 and CS-40 EV charging stations. They now feature 32 instead of 30 amps but are available for the same price as before.
PEV sales in Belgium and New Zealand.
A mere 134 EVs and PHEVs were newly registered in Belgium in July. But for the first time, BMW beat Tesla with 29 compared to 23 units sold. New Zealand saw 158 newly registered plug-ins, 129 of them were Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs. That means the Japanese sold more vehicles in one month than all its competitors combined in a whole year.
ev-sales.blogspot.de (Belgium), ev-sales.blogspot.de (New Zealand)
Texas, H2FIRST, Electric Highway, New Zealand.
Texas embracing EVs: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will pay up to 7.7 million dollars in financial incentives for electric cars. Also plug-in hybrids are eligible for the incentive of up to 2,500 dollars. Applications will be taken until June 2015.
H2 fuelling: A new project led by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories will work in support of H2USA. The ‘Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology’ (H2FIRST) project aims at facilitating the construction of more H2 fuelling station as well as improving the fuelling experience.
Half a million electric miles: British drivers travelled more than 500,000 miles on the Electric Highway over the last twelve months, says Ecotricity. The utility provider that erected the charging stations along British motorways is expecting a further increase of users in the future.
Every 5th Kiwi fond of EVs: A survey by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, found 20% of those questioned and willing to buy a car within the next five years would choose electric. However, high prices, limited range and rare infrastructure still stand in the way of potential EV sales.
Israel, Bratislava, Bhutan, New Zealand.
Recharge at gas stations: Israeli gas station provider Paz Oil and Nissan importer Carasso agreed to strategically cooperate and install nine fast charging stations at Paz outlets. The chargers are paid per use and while being described as “universal” the stations will obviously not help former Better Place customers, since the Renault Fluence Z.E. is not capable of fast charging of any kind.
Slovak battery swap: GreenWay has opened its first battery swapping station in the capital Bratislava last week. The service is for GreenWay’s rental vans, currently the electrified Citroen Jumper, but could be expanded nationwide or even to other countries. The battery swap itself is quite simple and anything but automatic: a forklift brings the new pack and extracts the old one from behind the driver’s cabin.
cleantechnica.com, oekonews.com, greenway.sk/en
Another buzz for Bhutan: Just after introducing the Nissan Leaf (we reported) prime minister Tshering Tobgay announced the launch of Mahindra’s e2o and Reva later this week. He is also hoping for an electric bus trial with British Ashok Leyland and is eyeing Tesla, which Tobgay says he wants to “encourage.”
Tango for New Zealand: 15,000 of the Commuter Car’s Tango might soon be driving around Auckland. The project Microcar wants the city to buy the cars and then lease them to its commuters for 55 dollars per week instead of using the money for building new streets.