Mini electric buses back in Rome
Rome wants to make a new start with small electric buses, now that a prototype for a modernised electric minibus called Gulliver has been presented. The operation of electric buses was allegedly stopped in 2014 due to problems with the batteries and was discontinued after another short operating phase in 2017.
When in Rome take the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo
Audi is making gaming a reality as it plans to deploy the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo as a taxi during the Formula E races in Italy. The car had first been drawn up for virtual races on Sony’s PlayStation 4 but will hit the real road in Rome this weekend.
Rome to go diesel free by 2024
The Italian capital has announced plans to ban private diesel vehicles within the historical centre as of 2024. The Roman mayor Virginia Raggi announced the plan in at the Women4Climate conference in Mexico City.
ChargeLounge, Ballard Power Systems, Rome, Chevrolet, PG&E.
Ikea ChargeLounge: Ikea Germany has its first ChargeLounge that has been developed together with Fraunhofer IAO. It has been installed at a parking lot at the furniture store in Ludwigsburg. Customers can charge with AC or DC while the lounge is a modular box that can serve as showroom or café.
Fuel cell deal: Ballard Power Systems signed a Long-Term Sales Agreement (LTSA) with Polish Solaris for the sale and supply of fuel cell modules. An initial order is for ten 85 kW FCveloCity-HD fuel cell modules, with deliveries planned to start in 2017.
When in Rome promote electric vehicles. Nissan teamed up with Italian football club AS Roma to showcase its EV offering. Apart from the Leaf, the e-NV200 Evalia will serve as shuttle at the stadium. At the Trigoria training centre, another Leaf and e-NV-200 vehicles will transport people and goods.
NYC stands behind the Bolt: New York City signed a deal with GM to supply the Chevy Bolt. The order will help the city to reach its 1,000 EVs by 2017 target, which has been laid out in the NYC Clean Fleet scheme. The Bolt is to play a “pivotal role” according to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who did not go into further detail. 50 Bolt have however been ordered to take part in a shared fleet initiative and are expected to arrive in spring 2017.
Mapping charging demand: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) collaborated with researchers at the PHEV Research Center at the University of California, Davis and developed best practices for siting DC fast chargers. The findings were applied to feed an interactive map.
businesswire.com, pge.com (map, log in required)
Mitsubishi, Mini, Rome, Xin Longma, Tata Motors.
Mitsubishi to show PHEV concept: The Japanese manufacturer will present a yet unnamed compact SUV plug-in hybrid concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. For now, Mitsubishi released two teaser images, prompting speculations that the concept might preview the new ASX.
Electric Mini? Together with Toyota, BMW wants to introduce a smaller version of the Mini called Minor, which might also be fitted with an electric drivetrain, according to Georg Kacher. Moreover, the 2016 Mini Countryman could feature a plug-in hybrid variant and the Superleggera is earmarked for early 2018.
automobilemag.com, autobild.de (in German)
No roads to Rome: The Italian capital has banned private cars within the ‘fascia verde’ (green belt) this coming Sunday, in an effort to curb pollution. Electric cars and carsharing vehicles will be allowed in the city, as well as petrol and diesel Euro 5 cars. The move will be repeated on 22nd of February.
Waiting for the Outlander PHEV: Instead of launching the plug-in SUV early 2016 as previously announced, it will not debut in the U.S. until Q2 of 2016. No official reason has been given, but Mitsubishi might want to wait to see what competitors put out there first to make its final adjustments.
Electric minivan for China: Car News China shows first images of the minivan Xin Longma Kaiteng EX80, which will be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April and go on sale in China in the second half of the year. An all-electric variant is also planned.
Electric delivery truck: India’s Tata Motors will issue an all-electric version of its most popular light truck Ace in the next financial year. With a top speed of around 50 km/h, it will be much slower than its diesel cousins. Other technical details have not been announced yet.
ABB, EDF, TEN-T, Qualcomm & Chargemaster, Louisville, Rome, Israel.
New fast chargers: ABB is to deliver another 100 fast chargers to Danish e-mobility service provider Clever. The latter will erect the ‘Terra 53 DC’ not only in its home country but in neighbouring countries, too. It is very likely that these chargers will become part of the planned European charge network ‘Central European Green Corridors’ (we reported).
More chargers for France: Just after Bolloré promoted its plan to build 16,000 charge points, Électricité de France (EDF) announced it will start to erect 200 fast chargers along French motorways starting in January 2015. The project is backed by Renault, BMW and VW, while the EU promised 4.5 million euros (5.5m USD). Most stations will be located close to the borders to Germany, Belgium and Italy.
leparisien.fr, automobile-propre.com (both in French)
European H2 infrastructure: 3.5 million euros are to be invested in studies preparing a European network of hydrogen infrastructure for transport. The money comes from the European Union´s TEN-T program and is intended for national implementation plans for Belgium, Finland, Poland and Riga, Latvia as well as three hydrogen refuelling stations with “specific innovative elements” in Finland and Sweden.
Wireless charging: Qualcomm is to invest in the British EV infrastructure provider Chargemaster that operates the Polar network in the UK. Its charging stations are planned to be retrofitted with Qualcomm’s inductive charging technology bit by bit although a detailed schedule has not been issued yet.
Electric buses for Louisville: The city’s public transport TARC has introduced the ZeroBus, which will replace gas-powered trolleys when being phased into daily operation early next year. 10 electric buses for about 11 million dollars have been purchased with the help of the state and federal funds.
Electric christmas: To help Romans leave their car at home during the festive season, the Italian capital has introduced five new electric mini-buses. The buses serve the main shopping districts while stopping at major car parks, metro stations and bus terminals along the way.
Bi-national research: The energy ministries of both the U.S. and Israel will fund five Israeli projects with 4 million dollars in a bi-national effort. Among the supported companies are Fridenson Logistics and ChargePoint to jointly develop a smart grid capable, cloud-connected EV charging station.
Rome, ChargePoint, Washington, Louisville, Odyne Systems.
Quick-charger on wheels: First details about the mobile “Quick-Charger” for Rome’s Nissan Leaf taxi have been released. With 130 lithium-iron-tetraphosphate batteries, holding 100 kWh of renewable solar energy, the CHAdeMO compatible NV400 conversion can charge a Leaf taxi from 30 percent to 80 percent in just 15 minutes.
ChargePoint customers can now use PayPal when charging their EVs. The charging points are owned by business or individuals (PayPal istself has 34 at its offices in California) and many of them are free of charge. If there is a fee, user can now pay via their PayPal account.
Scenic charging route completed: Washington State finished installing over 60 charging point along the “Cascade Loop Scenic Highway” in the northern part of the U.S. state. The electrified route is a total of 440 miles (708 km) and said to be one of the most scenic in the country.
Proterra bus for Kentucky: The ZeroBus will soon enter service in the city of Louisville. It seats 30 and can travel for up to two hours and fully recharge on route in less than 10 minutes by hooking up to a wireless overhead system that links to a high-capacity charger. Two of those are planned.
Michigan’s largest utility goes hybrid: Odyne Systems has delivered six plug-in hybrid trucks to Consumer Energy. The hybrid system is also used to power the equipment on the trucks without using the engine, significantly reducing noise levels at the work site.
Tesla, Malaysia, TesLowJuice, Rome, BMW i & Soho, Honolulu.
Tesla charges China: Under a new agreement with Minsheng Bank, the California EV maker will erect 200 so-called Destination Chargers in twenty cities. Similar deals with China Unicom, Intime Retail and SOHO China have seen Tesla install over 400 charge spots in 61 cities, and 20 Superchargers in another eight cities in China, says China Times.
Malaysia charges itself: From 2015 to 2017, the Malaysia Automotive Institute will install 125 to 150 charging stations along the country’s highways and in the capital Kuala Lumpur. The government is ready to spend 150 million Malayan ringgit (about 46m dollars) on EV infrastructure. More stations are likely to follow until 2020.
Sharing economy: In the UK, owners of Tesla wallboxes are taking matters into their own hands. The TesLowJuice is a charge club via which British Model S owners can make their chargers publicly available. 50 chargers are already registered – 20 more and the UK is covered.
Leaf taxi in Rome: Nissan is working with a Roman taxi company and will erect a CHAdeMO fast charger for two Leaf taxis at the Fiumicino airport. Moreover, working with FCS Mobility, Nissan will convert a NV400 into a mobile charging station for the electric taxis.
Soho House and BMW i: The two enterprises have entered a global partnership that spans across Europe and America. The carmaker will provide guests and members of the Soho House Group with electric i3 vehicles, while also collaborating on cultural events.
Hawaii’s hybrid buses: Honolulu will soon receive four hybrid buses. They are based on New Flyers Xcelsior platform (we reported) and come with HybriDrive Series-E by BAE Systems. The articulated buses were ordered by the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) of the City and County of Honolulu.