Easymile, BC Hydro, Recargo, Sonoma State University, CEP.
Autonomous e-shuttle: Paris saw driverless minibus EZ10 roam along the river Seine. Maker Easymile is working with the French transport provider RATP and set a new test for this year. With a top speed of 25 kph, the EZ10 has been tested in Japan, Singapore, California, and Finland before.
Charging Canada: Utility BC Hydro completed its pilot project to install 30 DC fast-charging station in British Columbia. More than 98 percent of the electricity generated in the province was from clean or renewable sources last year.
Charging California: Recargo has allocated the 1.6m in funding from the California Energy Commission as it reveals eight locations for DC fast-chargers. They will be installed at key sites in Buellton, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, King City, Greenfield, Gonzales, and Gilroy.
Charging California, too is Sonoma State University, which will install six EV charging stations on campus by the end of the year. Their use will be analysed to see if more are needed in the future.
New H2 station: The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) has opened a new hydrogen charging stop at a gas station in Metzingen, a town in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Supercap, charging standards, Recargo, Green Motion, Hrvatski Telekom.
Supercap buses in China: The first of planned 1,200 electric buses has gone into service in Ningbo, China. The buses feature supercabs, which can be charged within seconds at bus stops. Produced in Ningbo by CSR, the buses are the same that Austrian Graz will be working with from 2016 (we reported).
Chinese charging standards: The preparation and drafting of China’s new charging standards for electric vehicles have been completed, Gasgoo reports, and will be published sometime next month.
EV advisory: Recargo presents its PlugShare Guide, a PHEV consulting service for the electric vehicle industry, including infrastructure providers. The new division will develop strategies, policies and plans for EV infrastructure, as well as strategies to increase EV uptake.
Fly then move green: British Green Motion expanded its car rental service to Finland. The first station is located near Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport with another one to open at Tampere airfield soon. The company uses green energy vehicles.
Connecting Croatia: Croatian Hrvatski Telekom has opened the first of five EV charging stations at the airport in the Split-Dalmatia County. More stations will be located at hotels and will be connected to the European network via the e-platform.
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Volkswagen, California, FedEx, AeroVironment & Recargo, Nevada.
12,000 EV charging stations could be built on Volkswagen carparks. At least that is what VW CEO Martin Winterkorn supposedly said behind closed doors at the national conference on e-mobility in Berlin this week, German Press Agency dpa reports. However, the carrot comes with a stick as he asked politicians to consider new taxation for the financial advantage workplace charging poses.
greencarcongress.com; welt.de (in German)
H2 consensus: The OEM Advisory Group has agreed on a list of 19 recommended locations to install the next hydrogen stations in California. The association unites carmakers like GM, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.
FedEx trials FCVs: At Memphis International Airport, the delivery company is testing 15 fuel cell vehicles in a demo project. Plug Power delivers the fuel cell system and will also be responsible for the hydrogen supply. The project is financed with 2.5 million dollars each from private investors and the DoE.
Pay by phone: AeroVironment and Recargo introduced a new smartphone-based payment option for EV drivers. The PlugShare app by Recargo now includes the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon and Washington. The pay per charge service invokes no additional charges but drivers can still subscribe for flat-rate unlimited charging.
Take no gamble: Plans have been announced to install electric car charging stations between Las Vegas and Reno. The so-called Electric Highway will be funded by NV Energy and Nevada’s renewable energy tax abatements. The first 15 stations are to be erected before this year ends.
Berlin, L.A., Daimler & Recargo, ThyssenKrupp, COMOS, Abu Dhabi.
Fast-charging Berlin: The ‘Schnell-Laden Berlin’ initiative yesterday inaugurated five CCS charging stations in the German capital. These are the beginning of a project which will see Berlin and the surrounding areas being connected with a simple and unified pay and fast-charge system. Another three chargers are said to follow this year. The showcase project is led by RWE Effizienz and supported by Vattenfall, Total, Daimler, VW, DLR, and TÜV Rheinland. The TU Berlin is the academic partner.
schnell-laden-berlin.de (project’s website in German)
Electric buses for LA: Californian public transport provider Foothill Transit recently acquired twelve electric buses by Proterra. The new EVs will serve on line 291 which connects the cities of Pomona and La Verne in Los Angeles County.
Daimler to cooperate with Recargo: Drivers of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will soon get access to Recargo’s PlugShare network. PlugShare is a smartphone app that allows users to find charging stations and connect with other users and will be incorporated into Daimler’s navigation system via the e-Navigator App.
ThyssenKrupp electrified: ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has converted some of their fleet vehicles using the XL3 hybrid-electric systems from XL Hybrids. The new vehicles will be operating in Atlanta, Dallas, and Boston and are part of a growing fleet of fuel saving vehicles of the company that also incorporates CNG vehicles.
Malaysian EV carsharing about to start: COMOS has officially introduced its electric carsharing (we reported) to the Malayan public and has now opened membership registration. The 46 Renault Zoes and 30 Renault Twizys will be available for use starting in October.
Hybrid cabs in Abu Dhabi: Cab company Cars Taxi has integrated 15 hybrid cabs (presumably Toyota’s hybrid Camry) into its service in Abu Dhabi and plans to acquire more. In total, a hundred hybrid taxis are said to serve the population of the United Arab Emirates already this year.
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