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