Leeds, Queensland, eMotorWerks, Minnesota.
Electric cab charge: Leeds and neighbouring towns won a bid for 2m pounds in government funding to help install 88 dedicated taxi and private hire charge points. 33 shall be rapid chargers and Leeds will get £745,000 of the total grant through the ULEV Taxi Scheme. The vehicles however, must be acquired by the drivers and cab companies.
The world’s longest EV super highway in one state mark you, is about to unroll in Queensland, Australia, where the first fast-charging station has been inaugurated in Cairn. It forms the beginning of a network that will span from the Gold to the Far North coast and use will be free initially. The Queensland Electric Super Highway is a collaboration between Energy Queensland and several public offices.
Power combined: eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet Solar cloud platform lets owners of PV systems that also happen to have an EV, make the most of their own renewable energy via smart charging. The idea is to maximise self-consumption and thus increase energy savings.
Electric state fleet: 22 Chevy Bolt have joined the ranks of the Minnesota Administration, where the departments of health, education, pollution control, and transportation will use them.
Tesla, Montpellier Airport, ITM Power, Queensland, Z Energy.
Connector upgrades: Tesla has released their new Tesla Wall Connector. Like the previous model, it is rated at up to 80 amps, but now starts at 500 dollars – down from 750 dollars. The charging station also features a power sharing option, whose single circuit breaker can service four wall connectors.
Solar airport: A 4.5 MW solar power system was installed at French Montpellier Airport, spanning 1,800 parking stalls. 16,000 solar power modules will soon be generating about 6.2m kWh of clean electricity per year. EVs can use part of that energy when charging at one of two solar-powered EV chargers, also installed on the premise.
Hydrogen agreement: UK industrial gas supplier BOC has signed an agreement with ITM Power, providing infrastructure for ITM’s new electrolyser-based hydrogen refuelling stations for passenger vehicles. This is one step in ITM’s bid to become the predominant hydrogen fuel supplier in the UK.
Free top-ups: The University of Queensland, Australia, has installed four fast-charging solar-powered EV chargers at its campuses, and will offer free top-ups to EV drivers. Chargers are powered by two solar photovoltaic systems. Two will use a 164 kW rooftop solar PV system, and two will be supplied by a 3.3 MW solar farm.
Installation complete: Z Energy (we reported) is looking to shift from traditional fuel to the electronic charging business, starting with the promise to install five charging stations throughout New Zealand. Those stations, located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, have now been successfully installed.
LA, San Diego, Golden Gate Transit, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Queensland.
Sharing is caring: Los Angeles will kick off a three year carsharing project featuring 100 electric and hybrid vehicles in its low income districts. It will also install more than 100 charging points. The project’s aim is to allow people with lower incomes to use carsharing instead of purchasing a vehicle. The California Air Resources Board funds the initiative with 1.6 million dollars.
nbclosangeles.com, labusinessjournal.com, greencarcongress.com
BYD EVs for San Diego: The U.S. city of San Diego has ordered 50 units of the e6 electric car from Chinese manufacturer BYD. These are intended for airport transfers.
electriccarsreport.com (San Diego)
Golden Gate Transit bets on hybrids: The company is looking to order 74 new buses, which will hit the road at the end of 2017. After looking at a score of option, Golden Gate Transit prefers to go with diesel-electric buses, due to improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.
More electrification in Germany: Germany’s southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg decided on actions against fine dust and noise. It wants to therefore build up more charging infrastructure and increase the amount of electric cars in its own governmental fleet to 10 percent. It thus hopes to reach its target of 200,000 EVs on its roads by 2020.
baden-wuerttemberg.de (in German)
Electric highway: The Australian State of Queensland wants to equip the 1,600 km long “Bruce Highway” with solar-powered fast chargers for electric cars. The first such charging station will be set up in Townsville.