GM takes hard steps towards electrification in USA
General Motors has announced a comprehensive restructuring plan to save six billion dollars annually by the end of 2020. This will free up funds to invest in the development and production of electric cars and autonomous vehicles, but also means closing down large U.S. factories.
Tesla feels discriminated against by Ontario
The new conservative Ontario government cancelled the previous administrations EV subsidies for drivers in July. Unlike other car manufacturers, apparently this was only effective immediately for Tesla. The Californians are now taking legal action against this.
European HPC, Renault, StratosFuel, Singapore, Ontario.
OEMs join forces to build fast charging net: Almost one year after their first declaration, BMW, Daimler, Ford and Porsche (representing the VW Group) finally created a JV to build a CCS ultra fast-charging network together. The Munich-based European High Power Charging GmbH & Co. KG shall fund 350 kW charging stations along the Autobahn and other European key routes. In an initial step, the JV seeks to erect 400 locations. However, the long-term objective are “thousands” of ultra fast-charging stations across Europe. The project might still start before the year’s end.
automobilwoche.de, manager-magazin.de, stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
Renault acquires shares in Jedlix: The French carmaker and Eneco subsidiary Jedlix are cooperation partners since September 2015. Now, Renault went a step further and acquired a 25% share in Jedlix. Both companies want to launch new EV offers, based on Jedlix’ expertise in smart charging and Renault’s knowledge of EV technology.
H2 car sharing for California: StratosFuel is about to kick off a car sharing service with fuel cell vehicles in California. The company plans to start with 15 hydrogen-powered cars and to expand its fleet as well as its service area later on. In order to launch its service, StratosFuel benefits from state subsidy.
50 hybrid buses for Singapore: In the second half of 2018, Singapore’s roads will see a total of 50 new hybrid buses supplied by Volvo. The order is worth 30m dollars, future operator is the Land Transport Authority (LTA). But that’s not all: The LTA is about to call another tender for additional 60 hybrid buses due to go in operation in 2019.
Kingston to erect charging network: The City of Kingston in the Canadian province Ontario will benefit from 29 additional EV charging stations. The city’s council agreed to invest almost 800,000 dollars. Currently, Kingston just offers eight charging stations that are independently owned.
Rosatom, Ontario, Johnson Matthey, MTEE.
From nuclear to lithium: Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, rushes to join the lithium run and targets 30 percent non-nuclear sales by 2030. The state-owned corporation builds on the electric car boom and plans to mine and trade the metal and supply complete power packs as well. Rosatom is already looking into reviving lithium mines in Siberia and also got its eyes on South America to buy its way in. A trading company is open for business in Swiss Zug and Rosatom stated an interest in working with carmakers as well. The move comes as sales of uranium, Rosatom’s core business, are in rapid decline.
Concepts for fuel cell trains wanted: Ontario is seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered trains as an alternative to overhead wires. The province wants to electrify its GO rail network to change how people move around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). A feasibility study called HyRail is currently running and train design will become a decisive part of it.
E-mobility is Johnson Matthey’s next bet on big business and so it will invest 200m pounds next year to include battery materials in its portfolio. The British specialty chemicals company explains its move with the growth it expects in the electric automotive industry.
Novel Range Extender: Mitsubishi subsidiary MTEE presents the Range+ a generator for charging while driving. The range extender uses a gas turbine to drive a generator that charges the battery.
Scotland, Spain, Movistar, Ontario, BMW.
Hybrid bus fleet in Scotland: Dundee and Angus now count seven more hybrid double deckers to carry its populace around the Kirriemuir, Forfar and Brechin. They join Stagecoach’s other 18 hybrid coaches. To the cost of 2.1m pounds, the Scottish Green Bus Fund has contributed 300,000 GBP.
BMWs motorcycle section is busy as well and has now electrified the police force in Gijón, Spain. Ten members of the “policía” now ride the C Evolution electric scooters when on patrol.
prestigeelectriccar.com, bmwgroup.com (both in Spanish)
More electric news reached us from Spain where Telefonica has reached a deal with Peugeot and Alphabet to add ten EVs to the Movistar Spain Operations and Network fleet. Starting this April, six electric Peugeot Partner Tepee vans will be deployed in Madrid and four in Barcelona.
Bank and charge: Scotiabank said it will install over 30 EV charging stations at select branches across Ontario. They complement the bank’s EcoLiving Auto Loan Program, which provides preferential financing for electric, hybrid and clean diesel vehicles. The latter term may need an update.
BMW is to electrify America as it teams up with the National Park Foundation and its services as well as the DoE to erect up to 100 EV charging stations at the nature reserves. The first stations have been inaugurated at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey.
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.
Mercedes, Ontario, Supercharger, Duke Energy, Toyota.
Future bus put to test: Mercedes presented its autonomous CityPilot Bus in Amsterdam. The vehicle drove itself over 20 km at an average speed of 70 kph. Stops for imaginary passengers were part of the demo. The bus avoided collisions with cars and pedestrians in its separate lane successfully. Daimler plans to go into serial production by 2020. An electric version is likely but as of yet unconfirmed.
Charging Canada: Ontario province will set up a network of 500 new EV charging stations, including 84 fast-charging stops. The chargers shall be installed at stores and offices by March 2017. The 24m dollar programme includes partners like McDonald’s and Ikea or the airport.
Supercharging Canada is Tesla who just installed another two of its fast-charging stations in Montreal and Magog in Québec. Those join the existing nine Superchargers in Eastern Canada.
1.5m dollar public charging programme: Duke Energy aims to increase the number of public charging stations in North Carolina by 30 percent. The firm offers cities and towns 1.5m dollars. 500,000 dollars go into the installation of charging stations for electric buses. Deadline for applications is September, 1.
greencarcongress.com, Apply for public charger, Apply for buses
Rent a Prius: Hertz Mexico adds Toyota’s hybrid bestseller to its rental line-up. The 2016 Toyota Prius is available at all stations in Mexico City as part of Hertz’ Green Collection scheme.
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.
London, Ontario, Chargemaster, Rolec, Brusa.
Cleaner London air: Mayor Sadiq Khan also officially launched plans for his “Clean Air Action Plan.” It includes extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone and moving it forward from 2020 to 2019. It also suggests a 10 pound Emission Surcharge for high pollutant vehicles in central London from 2017.
fleetnews.co.uk, autocar.co.uk, london.gov.uk
Ontario rebates: Ontario has released a new 8.3bn dollar Climate Action Plan that would offer cash incentives up to 14,000 dollars for the purchase or lease of an EV, and 1,000 dollars for the installation of a Level 2 home charger.
Leaf charger offer: A new Chargemaster campaign will offer free Homecharge units to Nissan Leaf customers using Nissan’s finance package between July and the end of September.
Charger cost reduction: Rolec EV’s home charging points now start at 149 pounds after funding originally available only for points offering a data connection has been expanded.
Fast charger upgrades: BRUSA has upgraded their on-board fast charger NLG664 to feature a 45-64 Hz input frequency and improved single-phase current of 30 A. It is the first charger to allow a typical EV battery to charge in less than one hour from a standard 3-phase AC grid.
Hubject, Ontario, Austria, Madrid, Fortum, Chargemaster.
Do you have reservation? Berlin-based consortium Hubject now offers a reservation system for charging stations that EV drivers to reserve a plug via their smartphone at many stations across Europe. Just how that “reservation” will be manifested at the charger was not announced. Moreover, using the Hubject roaming platform, BMW drivers in Japan can now plug in at the Japanese Charge Network (JNC).
Ontario plans energy turnaround: The Canadian The Globe and Mail published a first outline of the province’s climate change plan, for which 7bn Canadian dollars have been earmarked for the next four years. 285m will be spend on a buyer’s premium for electric cars and charging infrastructure. The goal is that by 2020, five percent of Ontario’s vehicle are electric.
Incentives for company EVs: The Austrian Energy Department earmarked 7.5m euros for a second incentive scheme aimed at electric company cars and charging infrastructure. EVs for company use will be subsidised with 3,000 euros, while EVs for taxi or carsharing firms can be funded with up to 4,500 euros. Charging stations qualify for up to 10,000 euros.
ots.at (in German)
110 e-Taxis for Madrid: Taxi company La Ciudad del Taxi has ordered no less than 110 Nissan Leaf with a 30 kWh battery pack. According to Nissan, it is the largest delivery of electric taxis worldwide.
Fortum partners with Swedish Jönköping Energi and will install 30 public EV charging stations in the city of Jönköping this autumn. It will link the city to the Charge & Drive Nordic that encompasses more than 600 chargers.
Nissan partners with Chargemaster, which is now the official charge point supplier for Nissan UK. Owners of an electric Nissan Leaf or e-NW200 can get a 3 kW or 7kW Chargemaster Homecharger, which qualifies for a 500 pound OLEV grant.
Ontario, Delaware, California, Bonn.
Updating Ontario: The province of Ontario will spend 20m dollars to build nearly 500 new electric vehicle charging stations around the province next year. Working with 27 private and public partners, the project will span over 250 different locations. Highways, inner cities, workplaces, condominiums and public areas are possible sites.
100 rebates: The U.S. state of Delaware has allocated 100 more rebates for electric and plug-in vehicles purchased or leased in the state. The rebates are valued at 2,200 dollars each and are now available.
Growing network: The California charging network got another nine stations, all located in Humboldt county, including one at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka. Stations were built using grants from the California Energy Commission with matching funds from the Redwood Coast Energy Authority. There are now 14 total charging stations in the northern county.
Bonn bus: As part of the EU’s Zero Emission Urban Bus System project, the German city of Bonn has implemented six new electric buses. The move to switch all of the city’s buses to electric could theoretically be completed by 2030.
nahverkerhs-praxis.de (in German)
Belgium, Delaware, Ontario, Tesla.
Can all taxis be electric? Belgian taxi operator association GTL launched a study to see if all cabs could be electric by 2020. For starters, two electric taxis are now in operation in Antwerp. The theoretical side is taken care of by MOBI Research Centre of the Flemish University of Brussels (VUB) and The New Drive (TND) consultancy.
BEV bus funds: Delaware is seeking 3m dollars in federal funding to acquire six electric buses. The bus agency competes with others across the country to get a bit of the 55m dollar fund set up by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
EV charging funds: Simcoe County in Canada’s Ontario province received 267,350 dollars to install EV charging stations at three locations. The initial request included five sites, two of which were turned down. The spots are mainly aimed at travellers rather than commuters.
Tesla holiday package: The Ritz-Carlton of Half Moon Bay in California offers a ‘Tesla Driving Experience Package’. It includes access to all fitness and spa facilities, as well as a Model S for the length of the stay. They can even request to be picked up from the airport in the EV.
Ontario, UC Berkeley, Tata Motors, FedEx.
Next level EV incentives: Canadian province Ontario has topped up its EV and PHEV incentive scheme. Buyers now get 6,000 – 10,000 dollars instead of 5 – 8,000. EVs with high battery capacity are eligible for another 3,000 dollars, plus another thousand dollars for five-seaters. If the EV cost more than 75,000 dollars, however, the state will pay only 3,000 dollars under the so-called Tesla clause.
cbc.ca, citynews.ca, insideevs.com
Meanwhile, Ontario’s Oxford County applied to add 16 EV charging stations, as the Oxford Electric Vehicle Accessibility Plan has been accepted. Four stations will be Level 3 for extra fast-charging, while the remaining 12 stations will be Level 2.
Controlled charge: UC Berkeley has received 1.5m dollars from the California Energy Commission to develop the OpenVBOSS (Open Vehicle and Building Operation System Services) software platform. It can control charging and grid load in residential and small commercial settings using open-source, open-software communication.
Hybrid and electric bus focus: Indian Tata Motors has developed its first CNG hybrid electric bus. The 12-metre bus is set for launch this year already in India. An electric bus is in the cards as well. The company says it will focus future developments on hybrid and electric buses next to premium trucks and LCV.
Electric deliveries: FedEx Express added two Nissan e-NV 200 vans to its fleet in Tokyo. It is the first time the mail company delivers electrically in Japan. An EV charger has been installed at Shinsuna station.
Beijing, Ontario, Renault & Eneco, Paris.
Electric bus charging depot: Up to 30 electric transit buses can fast charge at the same time at Xiaoying Terminal in Beijing. Built by China State Grid, the facility spans 26,500 m2 and hosts 25 chargers at 360 kW and 5 chargers at 90 kW. More EV charging stations and depots are planned to electrify further transit routes.
20m dollars for infrastructure will be invested by the Ontario province in Canada. The government will provide the money in grants to the private and public sector. Announced at COP21 in Paris, details of the programme will follow later this month. Ontario aims to reduce emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.
winnipegfreepress.com, thestar.com, news.ontario.ca
Eco charge via app: Renault and Eneco subsidiary Jedlix will jointly adapt an existing smart charging app to the Zoe EV. Users will then be able to charge their electric car with energy from renewable sources when tariffs are most favourable. A pilot in the Netherlands led to cost savings of up to 15 percent.
BlueTram in Paris: An electric streetcar runs up and down the Champs-Élysées. The BlueTram by Bolloré can be used free of charge until mid January. The 20 passenger vehicle runs with supercaps and needs neither cables nor tracks to move along (we reported).
leparisien.fr, lefigaro.fr, youtube.com (all in French)
Hamburg, DriveNow, eclearing.net, Ontario, Dubai.
Hamburg supports EVs: Hamburg is the first German city to take charge of the federal EV law. From November on, all electric cars will park free-of-charge in the city. To recognise those eligible, a big “E” is to be added to license plates by the end of February 2016. Furthermore, the city plans to increase the number of charging stations from currently 150 to about 600 by the end of next year.
heise.de, hamburg.de (both in German)
BMW pulls the plug: Electric car sharing in San Francisco will end on November 2 as DriveNow is leaving the city. SF’s parking permit regulation does not allow for free-floating thus colliding with the DriveNow business model. BMW plans to focus on other U.S. cities instead.
E-roaming: Volkswagen Financial Services and Stromnetz Hamburg both signed up for the open B2B platform eclearing.net. Users of VW’s Charge&Fuel Card will hence get access to Hamburg’s charge points.
Charging incentive: Ontario offers up to 1,000 dollars to those willing to purchase and install an EV charging station. The rebate applies to businesses and home owners alike if the stations is not public.
Leading by example: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) added eight electric cars to its fleet. The move is part of DEMA’s Green Charger initiative in which it plans to install 100 EV charging stations in the desert state this year.
NRG eVgo, Coca-Cola, Ontario, Colibri, London.
Coca-Cola energy: NRG eVgo has signed a cooperation with Coca-Cola and will install charging stations for employees at seven locations in California. The deal is part of the “Workplace Charging Challenge” by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Money for EVs and smart grids: Ontario, Canada is financing 17 energy projects in the region with a total of 24 million dollars. Smart grids and energy storage are on top of the list. The integration of EVs is also part of the deal.
Colibri in the starting blocks: German company IMA has begun issuing sales licenses for its electric one-seater Colibri. Dealerships can apply until December 12th. According to IMA, some 1,200 units have already been ordered at a price of 10,900 euros, plus a monthly rental fee of 40 euros for the battery.
Electrifying London: Newly released study “Powering ahead – fast track to an all-electric city” outlines the benefits for the English capital, if by 2035 it would only use electricity to power transport and heating systems. It could apparently lower pollution by one third and significantly cut CO2 emissions.
wspgroup.com via greenbuildnews.co.uk