Switzerland, BMW, KEPCO, Smart City Challenge, Plymouth, Monaco.
Unified charging in the confederation: Swiss eMobility and utility EnergieSchweiz have launched the shared charging platform Ladenetz Schweiz (charging network Switzerland). The initiative aims to offer non-discriminatory and nationwide EV charging for the Alpine state by coordinating and encouraging efforts by multiple actors over the next two years.
energieschweiz.ch (in German)
Uber competition from BMW? The German carmaker might set up its own ride hailing service utilising its existing DriveNow fleet, Spiegel Online reports. If the plans go ahead, Germans could soon hail an i3 via app.
spiegel.de (in German)
Charging Ecuador: State-owned Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) has signed a deal worth 30m dollars with the government of Ecuador. The plan is to erect EV charging stations at 91 locations along three motorways of the Latin American country.
Smart City Challenge: The finalists have been selected from 77 initial entrants. Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland and San Francisco now compete for up to 50m dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Leading by example: The council of British Plymouth has acquired six Nissan Leaf, thus moving ahead with its planned electrification. The leased pool cars are part of a two-year trial, during which the EVs could save about 26,000 pounds a year in fuel costs.
Nissan EVs enter the Palace of Monaco, as Prince Albert II took delivery of two e-NV200. The electric vans will be used to deliver goods as well as transport people around the premises. Monaco aims to be emission-free by 2050.
Kuala Lumpur, Kandi, San Francisco, Linde, Washington, Plymouth.
Malaysia to be electrified: An electric car sharing service will be set up in Kuala Lumpur by KL Electric Mobility. The ‘KL Electric A-gogo’ is to start with 150 electric cars while at least 3,000 charge stations are to be installed over the next two years.
1,000 EVS for Chengdu: Kandi has completed the sale and delivery of 1,000 electric vehicles to the leasing company ZuoZhongYou. The EVs will be used for a newly launched car-share program in the Chinese city of Chendu.
Hybrid buses in San Francisco: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors just granted 68 million dollars for the acquisition of 61 hybrid buses by New Flyer over the next six years. The contract also includes options to purchase an additional 363 hybrid buses.
Hydrogen cooperation: Sandia National Laboratories and Linde LLC have signed a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) to accelerate the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The first projects will look into R&D for the expansion of hydrogen fuelling stations.
Washington on the EV case: Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s plans to make the state more EV friendly (we reported) are taking shape. He is to extend tax incentives, create an EV infrastructure bank, and ask city planners to incorporate infrastructure in their planning.
Plymouth has installed its first charge points and expects EV ownership to grow over the coming years while the council plans to add EVs to its own fleet as well. The charging stations are the beginning of a two-phase project which will see public charging opportunities pop up all over the British city.