SPIE UK en route to fleet decarbonisation by 2025
British energy and communications firm SPIE UK announces the first step in its fleet electrification effort. The company purchased 60 Nissan e-NV200 vans and says it aims to replace 98 per cent of its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2025.
FCA offers fleet customers NewMotion charging solutions
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and NewMotion announce a new partnership for FCA’s business clients that will gain access to NewMotion’s entire charging ecosystem. The partners will roll out the service in twelve European countries, starting with France, Germany and the UK.
Europcar to use NewMotion charging network
The charging infrastructure provider NewMotion has signed a cooperation agreement with the vehicle rental company Europcar. NewMotion will provide the Europcar Mobility Group with its charging ecosystem for electric cars.
UK: NewMotion & Osprey announce roaming partnership
The charging network operator NewMotion has announced a roaming partnership with the British charge point operator Osprey Charging, formerly known as Engenie. Under the partnership, 259 rapid connections will be added to NewMotion’s public UK charging network.
McDonalds to connect chargers in UK locations
McDonald’s wants to set up hundreds of fast charging points for electric cars branches in Great Britain in cooperation with InstaVolt. The rapid chargers are designed for charging capacities of up to 125 kW. New Aldi branches in the UK are also to receive charging points – but at a much slower rate.
Melanie Lane replaces Sytse Zuidema as NewMotion CEO
Melanie Lane is the new CEO at NewMotion and already took over the position on the 1 April from Sytse Zuidema, who held the position for the past five years. Based in the Netherlands, Lane is responsible for the strategy and further growth of the specialist for charging infrastructure.
First charging services raise prices at Ionity HPC columns
First mobility service providers are reacting to Ionity’s new pricing model of consumption-based high power charging. MSP’s such as Deutsche Telekom and Vattenfall have excluded the automobile joint venture from its preferred and cheaper partner options, while Ionity struggles to clarify the debate.
Ford introduces new charging service plans
Ford has published the details of its charging strategy for its future electric models. In Europe, 125,000 charging points are to be integrated into the charging service, and Ford also wants to offer a wallbox.
Roaming partnership takes off in UK & Scandinavia
A number of charging infrastructure providers have signed a Memorandum of Understanding announcing that they will open their charging networks in the UK by the end of 2019 as part of a roaming partnership. A similar agreement has also been signed for Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
NewMotion signs V2X agreement with Amsterdam
NewMotion has signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the EVS32 with the City of Amsterdam, and a number of other public and private companies to develop Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) technology. The partners are planning the commercial introduction of V2X technologies in projects linking electric vehicles with energy systems in the Amsterdam area.
NewMotion now official charging partner for Renault
NewMotion is now Renault’s official charging partner for the all-electric Z.E. vehicle range. NewMotion is supplying hardware for the new Renault charging points, which will be available in 19 European countries. The stations are on display at the EVS32 in Lyon.
Arval installs 50 chargers at HQ
The British leasing company has partnered with NewMotion to install a total of 50 chargers at their main office in Swindon, as well as another 10 in Manchester, with more to follow in Birmingham.
JLR installs 166 NewMotion charging points
Jaguar Land Rover has had NewMotion (Shell) install 166 charging points at their development centre in Gaydon. The 7 kW chargers are ready for employee use. JLR will also install charging stations in the Gaydon visitor car park and later at other locations in the UK.
NewMotion now counts 100,000 charger network
According to NewMotion, its roaming network in Europe has now reached the milestone of 100,000 charging points. To operate this network of public charging points, the company is working with more than 200 partners in 28 European countries.
NewMotion partners with Good Energy
British energy company Good Energy and Dutch charging infrastructure specialist NewMotion are working on a common project to make EV owning customers of Good Energy a special offer based on 100% renewable energy.
Shell, NewMotion, ioki, Oxford, Chicago, Malaysia, California.
Shell acquires NewMotion: Oil giant Shell takes over charging infrastructure specialist NewMotion, a company with access to 50,000 public charging stations and according to own information, provider of the biggest charging network in Europe. Thus, Shell is the first oil group to enter the charging infrastructure market on a large scale. As part of the Shell group, NewMotion shall be further in charge of supplying charging solutions for private households, companies and public areas.
Deutsche Bahn kicks off EV ride sharing: The German railway company presents a new brand for on-demand mobility and autonomous driving: ioki will provide electric shuttles, autonomous electric buses and electric tuktuks. After starting operation in Bavaria-based Bad Birnbach this month, ioki will launch a ride sharing shuttle service linked to the public transport system in Hamburg next year. Additionally, Hamburg will see a trial area close to the railway station to test autonomous electric buses. sueddeutsche.de, car-it.com, deutschebahn.com (all in German)
Oxford to ban combustion engine cars: The British city wants to keep petrol-powered and diesel-powered vehicles out of its territory by 2035. The ban shall be implemented in several stages. Already by 2025, the access to several streets shall be limited to cars with electric powertrain only.
Electrifying Chicago: The third biggest city of the States wants to electrify 25 percent of its passenger fleet until 2023. In a first step, Chicago is going to purchase 182 EVs, 9 fast-charging stations and 182 lower-level chargers. The costs will be covered by a 15.5m dollars federal grant.
100 EV charging stations for Malaysia: Petronas Dagangan, a subsidiary of the country’s national oil and gas group, teams up with Asia’s biggest energy provider Tenaga Nasional and a state green technology firm to erect 100 charging stations across the peninsula. The beginning of the project is scheduled for 2018.
CA sees first electric school buses: Adomani has founded a subsidiary called School Bus Sales of California and just received an order, worth 1,1m dollars. The Calaveras Unified School District seeks to add three zero-emission electric 72-seat school buses to its fleet.
Total, NewMotion, Gogoro, Téo, Suzhou E Motors.
Total and NewMotion: Oil giant Total partners with EV charging company NewMotion to offer its professional customers access to a network of more than 50,000 EV charging points in 25 European countries. The contract will enable 3m Total cardholders to uncomplicatedly charge their EVs and HEVs. The project’s kick-off is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017.
newfleet.de (in German), automobilsport.com
Electric scooter sharing for Japan: Taiwanese manufacturer Gogoro teams up with Sumitomo to introduce its electric scooters with exchangeable batteries also in Japan. A pilot of a sharing service called GoShare will start on the island Ishigaki with expansion to other parts of Japan scheduled for 2018. Sumitomo is also among the investors Gogoro won in its latest 300m dollars financing round.
engadget.com, theverge.com, prnewswire.com
Téo to fill the gap that Uber leaves behind? Canadian electro taxi company Téo wants to expand its fleet from currently 110 to 350 electric cars within 18 months. By doing so, Téo hopes to fill the gap that rival Uber could leave behind as it might quit Quebec due to regulation problems.
Electric vans and buses for 20m dollars: Chinese company Suzhou E Motors Buses will supply 450 electric vans and 10 electric buses to Zhenjiang Baichuan New Energy Automobile. The contract that both partners signed has a volume of approximately 20m dollars.
The New Motion, Scotland, Ontario, Albuquerque, Electric Circuit.
The New Motion starts in UK: The Dutch mobility service and charge point provider will introduce its full range of products in the UK at the Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2016 in September. TNM sees the British market as having much potential, as 1.5 percent of new cars there are electric.
New stations for Scotland: Company Evolt announced nine new charge points in Western Scotland and the Ile of Mull. Two of the chargers have a maximum charging capacity of 22 kW, the remaining seven either 43 kW AC or 50 kW DC. They are the Council’s first publicly available charging stations.
Ontario readies for emobility: The Canadian province wants to install about 500 EV charging stations at 250 locations by March 2017. The undertaking is funded with 20m dollars by the Green Investment Fund Ontario.
Albuquerque looks to go EV: The city in New Mexico, USA, is about to sign a deal for 18 electric buses with manufacturer BYD. The 60-foot-long buses could sport a “60s diner” look in honour of Route 66.
Washington plugs in: Utility Avista has gotten the green light and will begin installing 272 EV chargers in homes, at work and public places in the U.S. state of Washington. The company wants to spend about 3m dollars on the pilot programme – money it is looking to earn back with future electricity rates.
Electric Circuit grows: The Canadian network announced the installation of another eleven rapid-chargers in the regions of Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent that will be commissioned this summer. The Electric Circuit includes some 690 public chargers, including 41 fast-chargers.
The New Motion, Demand Clearinghouse, Sleep&Charge, Vallie.
Buffer chargers: The New Motion (TNM) and grid operator TenneT have started a pilot project, where the latter will get access to TNM’s 25,000 charge points and regulate energy supply when EVs are charging. At times of high energy supply, EVs will serve as buffer or mobile energy storage. In times of lower energy supply from renewable sources, they will be charged a lower speed.
rtlnieuws.nl, tennet.eu (both in Dutch)
More smart charging: German utility RWE teams up with KnGrid to develop a cloud-based system for EV charging. The Demand Clearinghouse signals electric cars current prices based on availability of energy from renewables or grid conditions.
Sleep & Charge: The German capital is to redistribute more than 3.5m euros from the city to new tourism initiatives this year. One will be the Sleep and Charge project, which looks to build up to 50 charge points at Berlin hotels. 175,000 euros have been earmarked for the measure.
berlin.de (in German)
Valet park & charge: On-demand valet parking service Vallie offers EV drivers in London to not only park but also charge their electric car. After successful testing, the service can now be booked via an app and has been extended to include the whole central area of the British capital.