ABB to provide 200 EV fast chargers to Philippines
ABB has received an order for 200 DC fast charging stations type Terra 53 from the Filipino company QEV. The delivery will take place over the next three years as a part of the infrastructure development for electric mobility in the Philippines.
Seoul, Philippines, Amsterdam, Green Motion.
Diesel ban in Seoul? Korea’s capital is pondering a plan to restrict entry to the ancient centre for old diesel cars and chartered buses. If such a ban passes, it would be easy to enforce as the old town lies within four gates and Seoul said controls would be strict. A study on traffic control has been commissioned and the city wants to expand both bus and bike lanes to fill in the transport gap.
The Philippines go green officially as its Department of Energy will donate 24 Toyota Prius government offices tomorrow. The move is aided through a grant from the government of Japan.
Zero emission delivery: Dutch Albert Heijn launched two electric trucks to supply its supermarkets in Amsterdam. Proivided by logistic partner Simon Loos, the e-trucks will charge while being loaded at distribution centres and could thus run continuously but will drive up to 6 times a day in practice.
Eco-friendly car rent: Green Motion specialises in electric and hybrid cars and opened a new outlet at Ljubljana airport in Slovenia. It is the 30th country the services launches, as a franchise in this case.
e-clearing.net, Fastned, Philippines, car2go, Enel, Nissan.
e-clearing.net grows its network: Dutch roaming network eViolin will add its 140,000 charge card holders and 40,000 charging stations to Smartlab’s European roaming-platform “e-clearing.net.” For Smartlab, it will open the door of the Dutch market, giving its customers access to one of the largest e-mobility networks worldwide.
Fastned with intelligent trip planer: The Dutch charging network provider now offers a trip planer in its app (and on the desktop) that not only shows the quickest way from A to B, but will also add stops for fast-charging at Fastned locations to the calculation. The planer will also take remaining range, car efficiency and traffic into account.
E-Trike programme scrapped: The Philippines had planned to use 500m dollars to replace some 100,000 old trikes with electric ones. But due to the lack of interest from buyers and high production cost, the undertaking has come to a halt. More than the 1,600 units already built will not be produced.
car2go leaves San Diego: The carsharer had replaced its electric Smarts with conventional ones in Mai (we reported), hoping to make the offering more attractive to customers. But the change in drivetrain did not spur a change of heart. car2go now announced that it will leave the California city at the end of the year.
EV plus charger: Enel and Nissan now offer the “E-go All Inclusive” in Italy. For just 299 euros per month for three years, customers will get a 30 kWh Nissan Leaf and homecharger from Enel, including installation. The two even through in a new charging app. At the end of the agreement, customers can decide to return the Leaf or refinance the remaining cost.
Thuringa, Philippines, Texas, BYD.
Charging Germany: 370 new charging stations, including 70 rapid-charging stops, shall be installed in Thuringia by 2020. The state-sponsored initiative is a result of the EMOTIF programme, which helped municipalities acquire 18 EV, 48 electric cars and 19 e-bike charging stations.
mdr.de (in German)
Moving Manila: E-trikes only is the aim of the capital of the Philippines. The government will take the first step and buy 10,000 electric trikes, which it will rent to drivers at a price they would usually pay for petrol. Charging is free. The new e-trikes sit seven and will replace almost half of all rickshaws in Manila.
Plug-ins for Texas: Austin wants to acquire 330 plug-in vehicles until 2020. The lease programme that would see the city buy the cars for 1 dollars after the three year term is up could start next year. Only the City Council’s approval is pending. The Texan capital’s eyes are on the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt.
BYD taxis in Singapore: The first ten electric cabs will hit Singapore this October. Taxi company Hold Dreams Together (HDT) says it is only the beginning. In 2017, the fleet shall grow to 100 electric taxis, all delivered by BYD. For some reason, fares will be higher than unusual.
GM + Lyft, Philippines, ReachNow, Twizy, POD Point.
Autonomous lift in a Bolt: GM and Lyft aim to have a fleet of self-driving cabs ready by January 2019. The Chevy Bolt is the most likely vehicle for the undertaking that could see 725 EVs hit the roads. Already, the companies are testing prototypes in San Francisco and Scottsdale (we reported).
The first 3,000 electric trikes of planned 100,000 units will arrive on the Philippines this September. Delivery is to be completed by the end of the year. The ministry of energy issued a tender for the next 6,000 electric three-wheelers. Back then, Bemac Electric reportedly won the first bid.
Park & Fly: BMW added a new service to its ReachNow fleet in Seattle. Members of the carsharing can now park and pick-up cars from the fleet which includes about 100 i3 at Sea-Tac airport. There are complimentary shuttles from the garage to the gates and back.
Hire a Twizy no more: At least not on the Isle of Wight, where 15 of Renault’s little EVs were available. The operator took the service offline just 5 months after launch and after receiving 40,000 GBP in funding but gave no explanation. His 26 rental Twizy in New Forest are still up and running.
iwradio.co.uk, onthewight.com, hireatwizy.co.uk
Charging electric motorbikes: POD Point partners with Motocorsa, who is the sole supplier of Energica electric motorcycles in the UK. They will provide EV infrastructure.
ELIPTIC, Philippines, London, Tampa, McDonald's.
Urban e-mobility: EU project ELIPTIC (electrification of public transport in cities) is looking at 23 user cases in 11 cities like Barcelona, London, Bremen, and Warsaw. The findings will be copied by “twin cities” that can receive funding and advice. Interested cities or public transport providers can apply until August 31st.
The 3,000-trike project in the Philippines goes to Japanese Uzushio Electric and its local partner Bemac Electric Transportation. From five initial bidders, it was the only group that fulfilled requirements for the scheme funded by the Asian Development Bank. 100,000 electric trikes will be introduced on the island by 2017.
Twizy shuttle service: Londoners hit by the recent tube strike had the chance to hitch a ride in a Twizy instead. Renault launched a small fleet to help stranded commuters reach their destination, or at least have some fun trying to get through traffic.
Fly and charge: Tampa International Airport added 12 EV charging stations in its parking garages. This brings the total number of chargers up to 15 that offer 18 charge points altogether.
Fast-food and charge: McDonald’s has started erecting Rolec charging stations at its locations in Italy. Customers receive a token with their burger that allows them to charge their EV for free for an hour. However, the fast-food chain failed to install fast-chargers.
Schiphol, Amsterdam, Grenoble, Tesla, Ecotricity, Philippines.
Schiphol deploys electric buses: 35 all-electric buses now drive passengers from the airplane to the gate and back at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Each bus has its own designated charging station and is 100% powered with solar energy.
Amsterdam to triple charging points: The city of Amsterdam announced that it plans to increase the number of charging points from currently 1,300 to 4,000 by 2018. Companies can now submit tenders for the operation of the network. The winner of the contract will be announced by the end of the year.
France goes H2: 21 Renault Kangoo Z.E. fitted with range-extending fuel cell technology by Symbio FCell and three hydrogen-filling stations have gone into service in Grenoble, France. The project HyWay was launched in October 2014 and now counts the largest hydrogen-powered fleet in Europe.
idw-online.de (in German), info-economique.com (in French)
Settled out of court: According to Transport Evolved, Tesla and Ecotricity have come to an agreement, ending their dispute over public electric car infrastructure in the UK. While neither companies have commented on the matter publicly, it seems they have agreed to work together for the greater good.
Taking the e-trike to class: The University of the Philippines is testing ten electric trikes on its Diliman campus, offering free rides for two months. If tests are successful, the university will add the trikes by Japanese manufacturer BEMAC Electric Transportation Phils to its on-campus transportation fleet.
Swift, Georgia Power, Philippines, Beijing, Hanover.
Belgian EV fleet: Belgium-based Swift has added 21 range-extended BMW i3 to its fleet. The electric cars were leased through Alphabet and will be charged at the 21 EV charging stations operated by utility provider Electrabel. The deal also includes 19 home chargers for Swift employees.
Company Volts: Georgia Power now has 32 branded Chevrolet Volts crossing the state as the firm’s employees carry out energy audits at homes and businesses. The electric cars underlines Georgia Power’s EV initiative that strives to promote EV use (we reported) trough education and discounts.
Follow-up: Five firms have entered their bids for providing up to 3,000 electric trikes to the Philippines (we reported). All bidders come from Asian countries. The project will be funded by the Asian Development Bank that is looking to award the project in late June or July.
Electric bus for Beijing: The first all-electric 18-metre bus with a range of 100 kilometres has gone into service in the Chinese capital. The Foton AUV Harmony City BJ6180 by TM4 features an electric motor with rotor that rotates outside the stator, allowing for a higher power density and increased reliability.
Easy Charge and Park is a new project of Hanover’s showcase region initiative. Enercity and union-boden will equip five parking garages in the German city with up to 12 EV charging stations, at which drivers can charge their car while paying via the park ticket. First garages already feature this option.
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Philippines, Toshiba, Tesla, Black Zombie.
Electric trikes: BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, a subsidiary of Japanese Uzushio Electric, has begun serial production of electric tricycles in the Philippines. The 68VM costs 450,000 pesos (10,100 USD) and carries a driver and six passengers while travelling at speeds of up to 50 kph.
Toshiba has opened its new Hydrogen Energy Research & Development Center (HRDC) in Tokyo, where the electronics giant is looking at hydrogen-related energy technologies. Toshiba Group wants to increase the sales of business related to H2 to 100 billion yen (840 million dollars) by 2020.
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Speedy service: Tesla now employs Kenny Handkammer, formerly the Red Bull F1 team’s chief mechanic, as global director of service training. Elon Musk expects him to “apply Formula 1 techniques to revolutionize servicing mainstream cars”, ehm, EVs.
Record-breaking EV: The Black Zombie is a converted Mustang EV that is powerful (2,000 hp) and faster than the Model S P85D. It is also, somewhat surprisingly, street legal and has now become the fastest street legal car in the history of the Texas Mile drag race, clocking a top speed of 174.2 mph.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was BYD releasing the first official images of its upcoming plug-in hybrids, the Song and Yuan.
Philippines, PlugSurfing, Chargemaster, PG&E.
Bid for 3,000 e-trikes: The Philippine’s Department of Energy (DOE) has opened the bidding process for 3,000 electric tricycles through an Asian Development Bank-funded project.
PlugSurfing investor: Cleantech Invest is taking a stake of 3.45 percent in the Berlin-based start-up which connects charging infrastructure providers in five European countries with one app. PlugSurfing intends to use the money to expand internationally.
Chargemaster North is the name of a new Chargemaster business division formed to serve customers in the North East and North West of England, as well as Scotland. Headed by Alexandra Prescott, the operation will be based in Newcastle.
Dancing with the devil? PG&E has installed ten EV charging stations at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California, another 12 stations are planned. The chargers are part of the utility’s providers plan to eventually install 25,000 such charging stations in California.
Toyota Mirai, Lexus, BMW, Philippines, Mercedes.
Mirai on sale: Toyota began selling its fuel-cell car Mirai in Japan yesterday. About 400 pre-orders have been taken so far, according to the company. Toyota will mainly sell the “future” in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka, where hydrogen stations are expected to be built.
New Infiniti concept: A first teaser image shows the latest concept by Nissan’s luxury brand. The Q60 Concept will debut at the Detroit Auto Show and give an outlook on what might become a sports coupé in the future. Infiniti has not given any information on drivetrain options yet.
BMW 3-series PHEV details: BMW’s plug-in hybrid 3-series is set to go to market by early 2016. The production model will then combine a 180-hp combustion engine with a 70 kW electric motor. Pricing is said to start at around 39,000 euros (about 50,000 dollars).
sueddeutsche.de (in German)
EV initiative on the Philippines: The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) is asking the government for an exemption from value-added tax (VAT) and excise tax for EVs until 2020 to get the industry off the ground. EVAP is claiming that the State got nothing to lose but much to gain.
Driving experience B-Class ED: CleanTechnica reader Kyle Field in his guest contribution details his very first month with the 2014 Mercedes B-Class ED. Switching from gas to electric offered a few learnings on home charging (recommended), public charging (mostly overrated), and a powerful regen mode that equals out the somewhat heavy weight and perceived low range (87 miles) of the B-Class.
Nissan, Philippines, Autoscout24, Austria.
E-NV200 pricing: Nissan Europe has announced the price for its new electric van in Germany. The E-NV200 will be available at the end of July starting at 24,157 euros (33,600 dollars) with battery leasing and for 29,819 euros (41,400 dollar) including the battery. Both the cargo and the 5-seater version (under the name Evalia) will offer the same payload and interior space as their combustion siblings. The drivetrain and battery pack are taken from best-selling Nissan Leaf and bear the same specifications.
transporter-news.de (in German), auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
One million EVs: The Philippines, or more precisely the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), aims at having 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020. It seems like a very ambitious goal – just the registration of a single Tesla Model S poses a big problem because authorities have failed to introduce a category for electric cars so far.
green.autoblog.com (1m EVs), abs-cbnnews.com (Tesla registration)
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Form should follow function: A recent survey ordered by Autoscout24 found that 59% of Europeans would not mind if the design of future cars was directed by reasons ecologically beneficial. Another 46% think that the sound of the future car should be different of today’s and in accordance with its drive technology.
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Austrians consider EV: In another survey three out of four Austrian male drivers said that they would consider buying an electric car in the next five years. Among female drivers every fourth was interested. When the participants in total denial were asked for their reasons to do so, initial costs of purchase and lack of charging infrastructure were named as the main obstacles. No surprise: The younger and the wealthier, the higher is the willingness to adopt electric vehicles.
ad-hoc-news.de (in German)