Vattenfall, Workhorse, Riga, Solaris.
Vattenfall presents inCharge: Vattenfall has launched the charging network inCharge, which it is building in conjunction with partners. All Vattenfall’s existing fast charging stations will be included, as will thousands of charging stations that belong to the partners. According to the power company, the current 2,732 charging points that customers can access in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands “will soon increase significantly.” A new app allows customers to pay directly at the charging stations.
Electric pickup truck attracts potential customers: Workhorse recently announced its electric pickup work truck W-15 (we reported) and now says that Duke Energy, the city of Portland and the city of Orlando’s municipal fleet have signed non-binding letters of interest to purchase the trucks for their respective uses. Duke Energy said it could purchase as many as 500 trucks.
Riga orders Solaris buses: Latvian public transport operator Rigas Satiksme has signed a contract with Solaris for the supply of ten low-floor trolleybuses. Each trolleybus will be fitted with a with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender as well as a battery, which allows it to operate without traction energy supply.
South Korea, Canada, British Columbia, Riga, Hamburg.
South Korea charging ever quicker: Only yesterday we reported on Seoul’s plan to quickly erect fast charging infrastructure. Today, the Ministry of Environment said it is looking at hydrogen, too. A roadmap is planned for July, while the ministry already agreed on ten hydrogen stations and the acquisition of 1,000 FCVs for the public sector by 2020.
Home chargers are the key to widespread adoption of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids rather than public infrastructure, a study conducted by the Simon Fraser University has found. For it, researchers interviewed 1,739 PHEV owners across Canada.
Scrap ’em: British Columbia launched the Scrap-It programme, asking inhabitants to let go of their pre-2000 gas guzzlers. Everyone that acquires an EV instead, will benefit from a 3,000 dollar rebate. The scrapping scheme is an addition to the yet to be revoked Clean Energy Vehicle incentives.
Riga gets electric buses: Latvian transport provider Rigas satiksme has ordered a total of 125 trolley buses for 131.8 million euros (139m dollars) from Skoda Electric. The first 25 electric buses have been delivered to the Latvian capital with another 25 to follow in the second half of this year.
Hydrogen in Hamburg: Shell opened a new hydrogen fuelling station in the Hanseatic city. It is the third station the oil corporation built on German ground and the first were H2 is produced on-site. In total, 400 stations are to be built in Germany by 2023. The one in Hamburg was delivered by H2 Logic.