Rampini & CaetanoBus combine electric bus lineup
The electric bus manufacturers Rampini and CaetanoBus have agreed to include each other’s models in their own respective ranges. This saves them having to develop their own models and allows them to present a wider range of models in their respective markets.
Byton starts pre-production of the M-Byte EV
The Chinese electric car brand Byton has now started production of the pre-production series of its first M-Byte model at its Nanjing plant. The manufacturer says it already has 50,000 reservations for the EV worldwide.
Nissan & Plugsurfing charging app starts in Europe
The Nissan Charge App developed by Nissan and Plugsurfing enables electric car drivers to charge at over 100,000 charging points throughout Europe. The service that includes navigation and charge management first launches in Italy and Germany before successively covering other markets.
Uber & Lime expand cooperation in Europe
Uber clients in Europe may now book Lime e-bikes straight through the Uber app. The cooperation started in the US and is currently being rolled out across the continent. Prague, Warsaw and Stockholm are among the first wave of European markets with other capitals to follow suit.
Orders open for the Mini Cooper SE across Europe
The all-electric Mini Cooper SE can now be reserved in a total of twelve European countries; These are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Efacec presents next-gen QC45 fast charger
At the EVS32, the Portuguese charging infrastructure manufacturer Efacec presented the second generation of its QC45 fast charger, which, according to Efacac, offers considerable improvements in hardware and software.
Spain: Badajoz deploys 15 BYD electric buses
BYD has delivered the 15 electric buses ordered last year for the Spanish city of Badajoz. The public transport operator Tubasa has further already put them into operation. In the near future, BYD will also deliver eight electric buses ordered by Tusgsal for use in the city of Badalona near Barcelona.
Renault rolling-out V2G trials across Europe
Renault has launched the first large-scale bi-directional charging pilot projects in Europe, starting in Utrecht, the Netherlands and on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo. Similar projects will follow in five more European countries with the aim to develop services and gather learnings for future harmonisation.
Swiss & Austrian Post commit to electrify fleets
The EV100 initiative of the Climate Group organisation has received four new members, namely the Swiss Post, Austrian Post, Portugal’s EDP and Meridian Energy from New Zealand. They all pledge to further electrify their service fleets by 2030.
Ionity cooperating with Cepsa to outfit gas stations
The high power charging network Ionity will cooperate with the Spanish Compañía Española de Petróleos to outfit their petrol stations with up to 100 HPC charging points in Spain and Portugal. The first chargers will go into operation by the start of 2019.
BYD lands first electric bus deal in Portugal
China’s BYD has got a deal in Portugal, where operator SMTUC ordered 8 electric buses. The contract follows successful trials in the town of Coimbra. While it is a first for BYD to deliver to Portugal, the firm says orders in Europe amount to 400 to date.
Renault and EEM launch “Smart Island” project
Renault and EEM launched the ‘Smart Island’ project, that will give EV batteries a sweet second life on the Madeira archipelago. The French manufacturer is cooperating with utility Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira to convert Porto Santo island into a smart grid. On a small scale first.
Renault joins E-VIA FLEX-E project for HPC in Southern Europe
Renault has partnered with southern Europe’s first High Power Charging network, E-VIA FLEX-E. The network aims at charging with 150 – 350 kW just like Ionity, only that this time, it is the South of Europe that is to be connected by the year’s end. Partners include Nissan and Enel among others while funding comes […]
Efacec opens factory for fast-charging stations in Portugal
A new factory opened in the north of Portugal, where charging-infrastructure producer Efacec is planning to increase capacity to 3,800 fast-charging stations made per year with more to come. An investment of 2.5m euros made it possible and the expansion to the States is in the cards.
Gogoro, Portugal, Chargemaster, New Flyer.
Gogoro spices up electric scooter: The manufacturer has presented an update of its electric scooter which is part of the sharing scheme Coup. The free-float service is available in Berlin and reportedly about to be applied in Paris. The Gogoro 2 comes with 6.4 kWh swappable battery just as the original, but shall allow smoother torque and more control. Its launch is scheduled for July in Taiwan before it will enter other countries by late 2017.
Charging infrastructure for the Algarve: Portugal’s South shall soon attract both local as well as travelling EV drivers by offering 32 EV semi-fast charging points. They are part of a pilot kicked-off by the country’s government and executed by Mobie.E. Two charging stations each will stand in all the Algarve’s 16 municipalities and the network is supposed to go live within two months.
Chargemaster to supply black cabs: The London Taxi Company has chosen Chargemaster as official supplier for charging equipment for its new range-extended electric taxis. As reported, LTC cabs will hit the roads of Britain’s capital later this year before their international launch in 2018.
Big hybrid bus order: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has ordered 55 hybrid buses from New Flyer. The contract includes the supply of 47 Xcelsior diesel-electric series buses for 51m dollars and an option for up to eight additional buses in 2018.
Foodstuffs, Nissan, Connecticut, Portugal.
Electric delivery: New Zealand’s supermarket chain Foodstuffs is getting cash from the government to test the use of electric delivery vans at its locations. 28 Nissan e-NV200 will be imported for the task in 2018. The installation of public EV chargers at the market’s locations is also in the cards.
Field testing bi-directional charging: Nissan is working with Newcastle University on a project using electric cars that feed electricity back into the grid. The first ten V2G charging points have been installed on the university’s campus and at Nissan’s research centre in Cranfield. The tests are part of a larger project, in the course of which Nissan plans to install a total of 100 V2G chargers on the Iles.
Banking on dieselgate: The U.S. state of Connecticut is getting 50m dollars in financial penalties from VW following the scandal, and is now considering where to invest. The Connecticut Public Interest Group proposed the installation of more than 100 EV charging points and the purchase of dozens of electric buses.
Electric Portugal: More than 4,000 electric vehicles were roaming the streets of Portugal last year, and the country expects to crack the 5,000-EV milestone this year. In the coming weeks, 14 fast-chargers will be installed in Portuguese cities and along the motorways.
Renault, Portugal, Panasonic, Supercharger, Green Commuters.
Renault pro combo: The French carmaker will offer CCS Combo charging with 22 kW AC and 100 kW DC on all its models in Europe. This leaves Nissan, Mitsubishi and Kia as sole CHAdeMO supporters on the continent. Despite the partnership, Renault’s EV programme director Eric Feunteun made clear that “the Combo 2 standard, which was imposed in Europe, will be our standard.”
insideevs.com, automobile-propre.com (in French)
60m state aid: Portugal’s plan to fund green buses with 60m euros has found approval with the EU commission. The country plans to replace old buses with low emission models, incl. hybrid, electric, CNG, and H2, and to supply respective infrastructure. The EU cohesion fund will bear 85 percent of cost.
Merger aftermath: Tesla and Panasonic will work ever closer together should Tesla merge with SolarCity. If approved, the battery partnership would include residential storage batteries for which it would make photovoltaic cells and modules in Buffalo, New York.
asia.nikkei.com, forbes.com, tesla.com
Supercharger pit stop: The state of New York saw Superchargers going up at gas stations. Tesla works with QuickChek in Kingston and the cooperation might be expanded to further locations in the area.
EV share funding: Green Commuter receives a 250,000 dollar state tax credit in California to advance its EV sharing with Model X. Also the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) in Tennessee granted the firm 750,000 dollars as it reportedly set up 20 Nissan Leaf to hire.
financial.de (California), chargedevs.com (Tennessee)
Oxford, Nissan, Tesla, Portugal.
Gas-guzzler ban? Oxford is looking to only allow electric vehicles in its city centre by 2020, thus effectively banning all petrol and diesel cars. By 2035, the proposed policy could be enforced across the whole city. Only one council member voiced his objection. The vote is due on September 8th.
Electric travel in Japan: Nissan and the Japan Travel Bureau initiated EV sharing in the country’s rural areas. Until the end of August, 1,622 new charging stations will be installed for relaxed travel. The stations in Matsunoyama are powered by electricity from local hot springs.
greencarreports.com, nissan-global.com, youtube.com (video)
Tesla recharged: Charging a Model S in the Big Apple just became easier, as Tesla installed a dozen destination chargers with another 12 to follow. Also, Manhattan will soon see its first Supercharger. In Australia, things are moving fast with three more rapid-chargers being installed between Sydney and Melbourne.
wsj.com (New York), cnet.com (Australia)
Liberation from Lisbon: The Portuguese government is opening the market for charging stations, previously in the hands of the monopolistic consortium MOBI.E. The latter has been found “inefficient” in regards to the installation and operation of a public charging network.
London, eMERGE, Portugal, ChargeForward, New Zealand.
London electric bus update: The British capital reportedly plans to electrify two bus lines this autumn. BYD will be responsible for building the chassis and drivetrain system (including the battery) of all 51 electric buses, while Alexander Dennis Limited will assemble them.
eMERGE complete: A real world EV trial draws to a close after private and business customers drove 146 smart fortwo EDs more than 1 million km in Berlin, Potsdam and North Rhine-Westphalia. The lowest annual average energy consumption was 10.4 kWh/100 km, the longest range 161 km. Mercedes will now launch the eMERGE2 fleet project with 200 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and plug-in hybrid models.
Update on Portugal: The government in Lisbon reportedly strives to bring down carbon emissions of its fleet. It wants to buy 1,200 EVs and also encourages its more than half a million employees to take to pedalling. We suggest pedelecs to kill two birds with one stone.
The ChargeForward programme by BMW i is about to start in San Francisco. 100 selected BMW i3 drivers will test the practicalities of intelligent charging firsthand over the next 18 months (we reported). BMW i gets support from utility provider Pacific Gas and Electric.
Kiwis to charge publicly: New Zealand’s city of Auckland opened its first two public charging stations. Located in the Downtown Carpark, the two EV charging sites are free for garage users. The stations were installed by Mighty River Power and Auckland Transport.
Portugal, Aberdeen, ChargePoint, ClipperCreek, Colorado.
Electrification in Portugal: Portugal’s energy minister Artur Trindade announced that starting in about a month, the government will begin replacing its petrol-powered cars with EVs. Information about the extent of the electrification has not been made public yet.
eltis.org, jn.pt (in Portuguese)
Aberdeen sets record: The city’s Co-wheels Car Club added eight electric cars and three electric vans to its fleet, making it the largest EV fleet for hire in the UK. The cars are Renault Zoe and the vans Nissan e-NV200. The car club now offers a total of 36 cars for hire, 16 of them electric.
Charger-storage combi: U.S. charging infrastructure provider ChargePoint is working with Green Charge Networks to offer charging stations in combination with batteries. Their first joint customer is Redwood City in California, which already installed five chargers combined with energy storage.
Affortable charger: ClipperCreek offers a new 40 amp EV charger in the U.S. The HCS-50 includes a 25 metre long charging cable and a three-year-warranty. It is capable of 9.6 kW of output and is available from 835 dollars.
Colorado funds electrification: The U.S. state of Colorado, the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) will provide funding for EVs, as well as charging infrastructure. Applications for “Charge Ahead Colorado” will be accepted until mid-August and must be filed online.