10.06.2018 - 14:06

Engie fits 50 Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cells

The energy provider Engie has fitted a fleet of 50 Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cell range extenders from Symbio, in Rungis, near Paris, for their employees. A hydrogen fuel station was also installed at the location.

26.05.2018 - 17:55

Uber to test air taxis in Paris

The ride-share company Uber is working on the development of electric air taxis and announced their first research and development center outside of the USA, which will open in Paris in Fall this year.


02.05.2018 - 16:03

EU Project ZEFER testing business case for fuel cell cars

Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out, or ZEFER in short, is a new EU project that will deploy a total of 180 FCVs in three European capitals, namely Brussels, Paris, and London. The €26m project is designed to see how hydrogen fleets perform in the real world, that is as taxis and police cars.

26.04.2018 - 19:31

Chronopost orders 100 e-transporters from Voltia

The french parcel service Chronopost, who belongs to the DPD Group, has ordered 100 electric transporters from the Slovak Voltia. The acquisition is part of Chronopost’s plan to eventually deliver packages in Paris on a completely electrical basis.

22.04.2018 - 18:54

Off-highway hybrid concept by Deutz

Deutz is coming to the Intermat in Paris to debut its off-highway hybrid concept this week. Coupling a diesel engine and a 55 kW electric motor with a 40 kWh battery built by BMWi, the study is the first result of the E-DEUTZ program established in 2017.

11.04.2018 - 16:23

Flixbus launches first long-distance electric bus route in France

Munich-based bus operator Flixbus has entered the electric age in France yesterday, as it launched two electric buses that will go the long distance. The coach service runs between Paris and the city of Amiens and was live at the launch event in Paris, just at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

24.03.2018 - 23:07

Paris considers free public transport to curb air pollution

Paris may provide free public transport if a motion by Mayor Anne Hildago overcomes the opposition. A feasibility study is to see whether such a measure would motivate more people to take the Métro. Paris transport authority IDFM, rejected the proposal despite other examples from Europe.

13.03.2018 - 19:15

German Flixbus to use Yutong E-buses

The long distance bus operator Flixbus is planning to introduce its first electric bus line in France. On the road between Paris and Amiens the company wants to use two electric buses as of April, which will be made by Chinese Yutong.

26.02.2018 - 20:39

Paris police now patrols with the e-Golf

The “Gendarmerie” of Paris is now approaching their suspects silently as the French force leases 16 e-Golf from Volkswagen. They came fully dressed in what the police calls a black and white retro style and each district will get one for a year.

08.02.2018 - 19:05

Cityscoot collects fresh financing of 40 million euros

The French electric scooter company Cityscoot has secured additional financing valued at 40 million euros. They plan to seriously expand in Paris and beyond, expanding to additional cities, including Nice, and three other cities, which have not yet been decided. One is set to be in France, one in Switzerland, and one in Italy. 

20.11.2017 - 17:14

French cargo specialist Geodis expands its electric fleet

Geodis, the street cargo unit of French railway company SNCF, is going to expand its electric vehicle fleet from currently a dozen to 50 cars by June 2018. With this step, Geodis responds to plans published by the Paris city council to ban diesel-powered vehicles by 2020.

23.05.2017 - 10:00

Shanghai, Paris, Nagpur, Sacramento.

210,000 charge spots in Shanghai: The Chinese harbour metropolis is fast becoming China’s model EV city. 210,000 charging facilities are to stand by 2020 with both the authorities and businesses making an effort. Currently most new energy vehicle drivers charge at the workplace but wish to see more opportunities to rejuice in residential areas as well. There are about 30 charge point operators in Shanghai at the moment with fees often paid via mobile app/s.

Paris ePrix is to generate energy even after the heat of the race is over as the Formula E leaves behind a glycerine generator. It produces electricity from a diesel by-product clean enough to drink and can be used to power buildings or EV charging stations. It sure prove of use to Swiss pilot Sebastien Buemi, who scored yet another victory in this Formula E season last weekend. (generator), (ePrix)

A first for India: The city of Nagpur wants to electrify the entire cab fleet. A pilot will start later this week with 200 electric taxis provided by the municipal government. The vehicles have yet to be confirmed but will likely be either e20 Plus or the e-Verito.

Share a bike in Sacramento: 900 bicycles will become available in California’s capital with the first 50 having launched already through Social Bicycles. The company plans to make 900 available, 100 of them electric by November but is still seeking sponsors.

05.04.2017 - 08:19

Paris, Volkswagen.

Reading tip: Paris’ first female mayor Anne Hidalgo outlines a future with fewer cars. In this readable article, her broadly formulated plans are well summarised. One piece of the puzzle for a cleaner capital is of course electric mobility.

Click tip: Volkswagen’s line-up for the 2017 Techno Classica in Essen includes battery-powered past prototypes and limited edition models. All in all, VW displays seven rarely shown vehicles – among them the Elektro Golf I from 1976 and the one-seater EV concept NILS from 2011.,

30.03.2017 - 07:20

London, Paris, Tencent, Tesla.

Reading tip I: The Mayors of both London and Paris have taken off the gloves in their fight against air pollution and want to get the public on their side. Before the year’s end, real-world emissions of cars shall be measured for citizens to check online. Other cities part of the C40 climate leadership group like Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, Oslo, Seoul, and Tokyo may follow suit.,

Reading tip II: What is truly behind Tencent’s investment in Tesla, wonders Jay Somaney and comes up with a rather intersting answer – what if it is to strike a deal between the EV maker and the ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing Tencent holds shares off? Masses off Model 3 could soon serve as cabs – maybe.

17.01.2017 - 09:23

Tesla, Genesis, China, Volkswagen, Paris, Vera.

Tesla-Model-S-2017Cheaper upgrade: The over-the-air upgrade of a Tesla Model S 60 to Model S 75 just got 2,000 dollars cheaper. Some drivers reported being offered the upgrade for now 7,000 instead of 9,000 dollars, though it remains unclear whether the price will be the same for all. Just a few months ago, Tesla upped the price of its base version by 2,000 dollars, presumably to make the upgrade more attractive.,,

Hyundai’s electrification plans: The carmaker’s luxury brand Genesis will launch three electric models by 2025, Automotive News reports. The first will become available around 2020. All Genesis EVs will be designated models that will be based on a new EV platform, which is currently being developed.

Quadrupled: According to Chinese Industry Minister Miao Wei says the country wants to quadruple its production of electric and plug-in hybrid cars by 2020, essentially churning out 2m vehicles per year. Last year, some 517,000 BEVs and PHEVs rolled off production lines in there, while 100,000 chargers were installed – ten times as many as in 2015.

VW plans in China: Leaked documents show that Volkswagen is planning to bring a total of eight electric and hybrid cars in China – four under the VW brand (e-Golf, Tiguan PHEV, Phideon PHEV and the VW I.D.), two Audis (A6L e-tron and Q6 e-tron quattro), and two as part of a joint venture with JAC. The latter will most likely be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.

Paris fights air pollution: Paris now requires vehicles to sport a sticker in the windscreen, showing how much CO2 they emit. But not all vehicles can get one. Those older than 20 years are therefore banned from entering the city Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to ban all diesels from the city by 2020.

Made for Thailand: The country’s first EV maker Vera has presented its first model. The Vera V1 BEV will be built by Geely and imported to Thailand. Range is estimated at 180 km, while the car will sell for around 28,000 dollars. The company hope to sell 100 units this year.

09.12.2016 - 09:16

Chargemaster, Paris, UPS, Greensboro.

Big deal: Chargemaster has received a 2.3m pound order to set up chargers in Milton Keynes. In addition to 50 public chargers at sporting compounds, hotels, restaurants, etc., the infrastructure provider will set up two petrol station like “EV charging hubs” near a motorway junction and a shopping centre.

Paris clears the air: As reported, the French capital issued partial driving bans on Tuesday, extending it for three consecutive days. During that time, public transport and electric carsharing can be used for free. Other cities like Lyon are considering following suit. From July 1st, 2017, Paris will ban all diesel cars and vans first registered before 2001 and all diesel-powered trucks with a registration date prior to 2006.

Parcel delivery: UPS is testing a new way to deliver parcels emission free, using a prototype electric-assist tricycle. The Truck Trike can haul as much as 600 pounds. The first testing ground is Portland, Oregon, where the company is already using conventional bikes to make deliveries.,

Electrifying public transport: Over the next ten years, Greensboro, North Carolina, will successively replace its 47 diesel buses with electric ones. The first two or three e-buses could go into service in 2018. A first charging station is being set up in cooperation with utility Duke Energy.

07.12.2016 - 09:15

Honda, Daimler, Ford, Paris, Toyota, Tesla.

Honda-NeuV-ConceptHonda teases with EV heart: The carmaker will fully unveil the self-driving electric car called NeuV at the CES in Las Vegas is January. The boxy commuter car of the future can generate its own emotions thanks to an integrated artificial-intelligence tool, which Honda says will create “new possibilities for human interaction and new value for customers.”,

Daimler made in China? According to Daimler board member Hubertus Troska, the German carmaker is considering producing batteries and electric cars in the Asian country in order to boost sales there. And the EQ is based on the Mercedes C-Class, which is already build in China. However, there are just “among the options in the room,” and nothing has been decided yet.

Ford to invest in new technology: According to a statement sent to U.S. regulators, the carmaker wants to raise 2.8m dollars in long-term debt. The money will be invested in new technologies such as autonomous and electric vehicles, as well as in mobility services like as ride-hailing and -sharing.

Bad air: Because of poor air quality, only vehicles with even number license plates were allowed on Paris’ roads on Tuesday, with the exception of hybrid and electric cars. Public transport could be used for free. Over the weekend, the Mayor of Paris committed to banning all diesel cars from the city centre by 2025.

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New Camry: Toyota is planning a new Camry model for 2018, boasting a more aggressive and stylish look than its predecessor. The final design will be presented at the Detroit Auto Show early next year. A hybrid variant is also in the pipelines.

Tesla Model X review: Chris Evans from the Daily Mail got to get behind the wheel of the electric SUV – and was blown away. He said that when riding the Tesla, it “makes almost everything else on the road look like a museum piece by comparison.” He also found that “range stress” wasn’t actually an issue and loved that he could open all five doors with a touch of a button.

15.11.2016 - 08:13

Charging on the go.

Tesla fan Bjørn Nyland shows us how to recharge a Tesla Model S without ever plugging in at a charging station. The “trick” is to hook it up to and trail it behind its big brother, the Model X. But considering the possible damages, it may not be the most economical way to fill the battery. (with video)

14.11.2016 - 08:25

Paris, London, Ukraine, Montreal, Orange EV.

Fuel cell taxis: The Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien (STEP) has received another batch of fuel cell taxis, taking delivery of 60 Hyundai ix35. The company had put its first five FCVs into service almost one year ago (we reported), and plans to increase its fleet to include several hundred FC vehicles in the next five years.

E-Carsharing in London: The London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham have a new e-carsharing scheme in place. Blue City now offers five EVs for hire that can be booked for 30 minutes and left at any charger in any of London’s 20 boroughs signed up to Source London. The fleet will be extended to 25 vehicles in spring.

Ukraine borrows cash for e-mobility: The country has asked the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a 200m euro loan in order to invest in and modernise its transport infrastructure in 20 municipalities. The money will also be used to purchase electric buses.

Montreal extends charging network: The Canadian city has commissioned 50 new charging points, after adding another 50 to its network in August. The city’s goal in to have a total of 1,000 place to plug-in by 2020.

Heavy-duty e-truck at a discount: Orange EV announced that through the New York State Electric Vehicle Voucher Incentive Fund, it can now offer its T-Series pure electric terminal truck at a 150,000 dollar discount. Vouchers can be requested until the end of the year.,

12.10.2016 - 07:52

BYD, Tesla, Renault, Paris, ICAO, Ireland.

BYD confirms Hungarian facility: The Chinese manufacturer is pouring 20m euros into an assembly facility for electric buses and forklifts in Komárom in northern Hungary. Doors are said to open in the first quarter of 2017, after which the factory will churn out 400 EVs per year. The name “BYD Electric Bus & Truck Hungary” suggests that it could also produce electric trucks in the future.,

Tesla conquers new frontiers: The California EV pioneer will offer its Model X in New Zealand starting next month. It will also open a Tesla Store there in the second half of 2017 and add Superchargers. Meanwhile, Tesla is hiring for new stores in Madrid and Barcelona. (New Zealand), (Spain)

Cheap EV for China: Renault’s plan to produce an affordable electric car in China are taking shape. Gérard Detourbet will head the project as chief engineer. The 70-year-old has made a name for himself as “the auto industry’s low cost maven extraordinaire.”

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Paris region opens pockets: Residents of the Métropole du Grand Paris, which includes the French capital and 130 other cities and communities, will receive extra cash on top of state subsidies. If they swap their 20-year-old diesel (or older) for an EV or PHEV, they get 5,000 euros. E-bikes and scooters are subsidised with 1,000 euros. But there is only enough cash for 1,000 applicants. (in French)

Step in the right direction: UN special agency International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will put in place measures to offset CO2 emissions from 2021. Airlines will then be asked to i.e. invest in climate protection, in order to counterbalance their emissions. The programme will first be voluntary, but will become mandatory from 2027.,

Ireland prolongs incentives for electric and hybrid vehicles past the initial 2016 deadline. Motor vehicle insurance rebates will be extended another five years for EVs and another two for hybrids. A tax on diesel was not increased.

30.09.2016 - 08:33

Paris, CKW, Innovate UK, Canada.

Car free riverbank: The right bank of the river Seine in Paris will be free of cars, the mayor Anne Hidalgo decided in what she called a “reconquest” of the French river. Instead of rows of traffic, Parisians and visitors will be free to roam and breathe deeply from Tuileries to Bastille over a stretch of 3.3 km. The plan only needs the final approval of the police.

Electric CVs to go public: Swiss utility CKW says it operated Switzerland’s biggest EV fleet to date. 50 Renault Zoe and Kangoo ZE serve already. Four of those will be made available to the public on weekends via the car sharing platform Sharoo and can be charged with renewables.,

Is smart charging feasible asks the ITSES project. Funded by Innovate UK, the possibility of setting up V2G charging stops at the Park Royal underground station as well as at the planned Old Oak Common station in London is being explored over the course of one year.,

Charging Canada: More than 200 electric vehicle charging stations may spring up in Edmonton, capital of Alberta province, by 2018. The government is waiting to receive federal funding over 1.2m for their plan. A binding decision will be made this October.,

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