Enel, Beijing, Philadelphia, Air Liquide, San Diego.
Enel earmarks 300m for EV infrastructure: Enel plans to establish a dedicated e-mobility unit within months to oversee its network of charging stations with 300m euros in its back. The Italian utility recently embarked on the EU project EVA+ together with Renault, Nissan, VW and BMW, that plans 200 multi-standard fast-chargers in Italy and Austria.
tt.com (in German)
Go fun in Beijing: 5,000 additional electric cars shall enter EV sharing service GoFun in Beijing by 2018. A reasonable move given the capital’s ban on gas guzzlers that is unlikely to lessen. GoFun’s fleet in Beijing is 1,100 EV strong but the company ventured to three more Chinese cities already.
EV parking privilege to end? Philadelphia has secured free parking for electric cars since a decade but this programme may come to an end now. New permits are left pending as the council awaits a decision on whether to continue or to ax the scheme.
Hydrogen in NYC: Air Liquide said it will install two H2 charging station in New York. Planned in Brooklyn and Hempstead, the FCV stops shall go live in the second half of 2017.
San Diego doubles charging capacity: San Diego city completed a project that increased the number of EV charging stations at public locations to 57, while the number of ports for vehicles to plug into jumped from 32 to 68.
DBT, Styria, Navya, GoDrive, Philadelphia, Québec.
150 kW charger from France: French infrastructure provider DBT presented its first 150 kW, multi-standard EV charger in Paris, offering CCS, CHAdeMO and Type 2 charging. The NG 150 is said to be available from spring of next year.
avere-france.org (in French)
Styria presents electric mobility strategy: The Austrian federal state introduced its electric mobility strategy from now to 2030. The goal is to have at least 200,000 charging points by then, while the region now offers a rebate of up to 5,000 euro for private individuals who buy or lease an electric vehicle.
steiermark.at, steiermark.at (in German)
New frontiers: The small autonomous bus Arma from French manufacturer Navya will also be tested in New Zealand next year. It will first be put into operation at the airport in Christchurch, but will eventually be allowed to roam the streets there.
Last miles for GoDrive: The Ford carsharing pilot (we reported) will terminate at the end of the month. A total of 50 Ford had been made available to the public in London, with half the fleet consisting of the Ford Focus Electric. The carmaker will use gained data to develop new offers.
Philly police plug-in: Police in Philadelphia have taken delivery of their first Ford Fusion Energi. The PPD will add a total of 17 part-time EVs to its fleet by January, to be used by the eight police districts and two departments. Another five for municipality purposes will follow.
Fuel for all: All four regions of the Canadian province will kick off a pilot project early 2018, opening fuelling stations that offer hydrogen, natural gas and electricity. Québec wants to only install these kinds of multi-energy stations in the future.
PSA, Beijing, Philadelphia, Tesla, Avista.
PSA goes CCS: It seems PSA brands Peugeot and Citroën will be switching to the Combined Charging System for their upcoming models, due to hit the read in about three years. The group’s rebranded versions of Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, the Peugeot Partner Electric and Citroen Berlingo had all featured CHAdeMO DC fast-charging.
Congestion in China: Legislation is expected to pass in Beijing this year incorporating i.e. congestion-based charges and restricted driving days, giving special privileges to EV owners. Still, electric vehicle uptake in Beijing has been low. Almost half of EV license plates issued in October were not used by their expiry date in April.
Buses in Philly: The city of Philadelphia has purchased 525 diesel-electric hybrid buses as part of a 411.8m dollar five-year contract with New Flyer of America. Once they hit the road, 95% of the area’s bus fleet will be made up of hybrid vehicles.
All Teslas lead to Rome: The newly erected Tesla Supercharger in Magliano means drivers can now reach Rome from almost anywhere in Europe. It is the EV maker’s 12th Supercharger location in Italy.
Avista chargers in Washington: The utility has gotten the green light to install seven fast-charging stations across eastern part of the U.S. state of Washington. Moreover, it will set up a corridor from north of Spokane to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, erecting 50 level-2 charging stations ant workplaces and another 30 in public locations. The initiative will also include 120 in-home chargers for EV owners.