CharIN, PlugShare, Columbus, Brussels, New Jersey.
CCS gets support from the big leagues: Clever is not the only company that recently joined CCS initiative CharIN. Hubject, Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Atieva, Circontrol and Lafon have also signed up.
Charge with sun: PlugShare has started the programme ‘Drive Solar’ in California. Anyone who installs a Sungevity solar system can receive a GE WattStation for free – the installation in included.
Columbus is U.S.’ smartest city: The Ohio city has won the U.S. transportation ministry’s Smart City Challenge. Next to 40m dollars in funding for i.e. self-driving vehicles, Columbus gets another 10m dollars to push electric mobility (we reported). Companies will invest another 90m dollars.
Brussels without e-power: car2go will start its carsharing scheme in the EU’s capital in October. 250 Smarts and 50 Mercedes A-series will hit the road there, but unfortunately no electric cars. Even though it would have been nice if especially Brussels could have led with example.
New Jersey plugs in: The U.S. state earmarked 750,000 dollars for subsidies for the installation of more charging stations. Level 1 chargers qualify for up to 250 dollars; level 2 chargers for up to 5,000 dollars.
UK, Sydney, Vienna, Tesla, PlugShare.
Stabilising the grid: A new project funded by the UK government with 9.5 million pounds hopes to increase local voltage by installing high-performance power electronic converters. One reason is the increasing number of EVs on the Isle. The project is a collaborative effort between Western Power, Schneider Electric, Anvil Semiconductors, Turbo Power Systems, Aston University and Exception EMS.
Sydney Airport looks into electrification: The international airport wants to replace six diesel-powered shuttle buses with electric ones and is currently looking for a manufacturer. Key criteria are operational efficiency and passenger comfort.
Vienna cooperation: The Austrian capital will integrate the carsharing scheme DriveNow in the “Wien-Mobilkarte” (Vienna mobility card). Despite earlier rumours, there will be no BMW i3 added to the DriveNow fleet in Vienna for now, due to the lack of public charging there.
derstandard.at (in German)
Tesla in Asia: Teslarati published a screenshot showing Tesla destination chargers across Asia, showing Tesla steadily expanding its network. Still, charging infrastructure is an issue, and the story of a Chinese man who sold his Tesla because of a lack of chargers sums up current challenges there.
Free charging: A recent report by PlugShare shows that 63 percent of public chargers across the U.S. are free to use. In areas with restricted access, such as charging spots reserved for employees or customers only, 76 percent of stations are free of charge.
plugshare.com (report) via chargedevs.com
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Vietnam, Maryland, PlugShare, Ihr Bäcker Schüren.
Electric travelling in Vietnam: Ho-Chi-Minh will kick off its electric mini bus service next month as planned. Ten electric 12-seaters will chauffeur tourists to the city’s hot spots. The same service will also start in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay in June.
shanghaidaily.com (HCM) tuoitrenews.vn (Ha Long)
Maryland charged up: Montgomery County will install eleven EV charging stations in public parking garages, the first three of which are already online. Also, the Community College of Baltimore County will erect ten EV charging spots powered by solar energy. The PV project will see 1,400 car ports covered with solar panels to meet the Campus’ energy needs.
gazette.net (Montgomery), businesswire.com (Baltimore)
PlugShare app update: The app has undergone a makeover. Apart from revamping the interface, EV drivers can now review charging locations. The ‘Trip Planner’ allows users to enter a destination and will then only point out charging stations within a 5 miles radius along the route.
Carbon neutral breakfast rolls: German bakery Schüren delivers its baked goods using a fleet consisting only of Nissan’s eNV-200. The three electric vans are charged with solar power from the bakery’s roof. Obviously, the bread is baked with sun power as well.
London, Sweden, Korea, A*STAR, PlugShare.
E-buses in London: Optare, the British subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, has delivered four electric buses to the city of London. The low-floor Optare MetroCity buses are funded by Department of Transport’s Green Bus fund and shall prove the feasibility of zero emission transport in the British capital.
More funding needed: The Swedish rebate program for electric vehicles is coming to an end. Only 800 EVs or hybrids are left to be partially funded and the trade group Bil Sweden is asking the government to top up its incentives quickly.
Car sharing in Korea: According The Korea Times, the country’s youth who often studied abroad is missing a car sharing culture in their homeland as not many offers are available yet. However, Green Car, Korea’s largest car sharing service is seeing constant growth since its introduction in Seoul in 2011.
Anonymous EV charging: A*STAR from Singapore has designed and electronic payment system that protects the privacy of EV drivers recharging their electric vehicles at public chargers. It is based on an in-car unit similar to a smartphone or tablet that allows two-way anonymous payments.
Where to charge for free? PlugShare is now showing Nissan EV drivers the way to the next charger taking part in the ‘No Charge to Charge’ programme. A filter within the PlugShare app will list only stations where charging is free for Leaf drivers for two years after purchase.
HEVO, VIA Motors, PlugShare, Netherlands.
First contract for HEVO Power: The U.S. start-up made headlines last year when suggesting to turn New York‘s manholes into wireless charging stations. The Department of Public Safety at NYU now takes HEVO up on it and ordered two gully-shaped inductive charging stations. According to HEVO CEO Jeremy McCool even the Department of Defense (DoD) expressed interest.
PlugShare integration: Electric vehicle manufacturer VIA Motors announced to integrate the PlugShare infrastructure listings in their iPad in-dash systems. PlugShare, which is a service of Recargo Inc, currently lists 28,000 charging stations in America and 55,000 stations globally.
Dutch tax benefits were cut at the end of 2013. This led to record-breaking sales of 9,309 electric and plug-in hybrid cars in December. The biggest winner was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is now the best-selling car in the Netherlands.