Rhine-Alps corridor to become zero-emission transport route
Seventeen partners want to turn the so-called Rhine-Alps corridor stretching from Rotterdam to Genoa into a purely hydrogen-based transport route – by water, road and rail. The RH₂INE project stands for ‘Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence’.Weiterlesen
DAF unveils 3-axle electric garbage disposal truck
The Dutch manufacturer DAF now also offers its CF Electric electric truck as a three-axle truck with a gross vehicle weight of 28 tonnes. The first examples will be tested this year as refuse trucks by the Dutch waste disposal companies HVC and ROVA.Weiterlesen
Rotterdam gets funding for 208 e-buses
The European Investment Bank has granted a loan of 115 million euros to public transport operator RET in Rotterdam. RET will primarily be using these funds to purchase 105 electric and 103 hybrid buses, along with the associated charging infrastructure.Weiterlesen
Rotterdam orders 1000+ charging stations in car parks
Eneco eMobility has secured a major order from Rotterdam as part of a Europe-wide tender. The port city has commissioned the Dutch charging provider to install up to 1,250 charging stations for electric cars in the city’s car parks and parking sites over the next four years.Weiterlesen
Mercedes delivers 93 natural gas hybrid buses
Mercedes-Benz has delivered 93 Citaro NGT Hybrid buses to the Dutch transport company EBS, which operates city buses in the Rotterdam-Den Haag metropolitan region in the Netherlands. The 83 solo and ten articulated buses are equipped with hybrid gas engines that can also run on bio natural gas.Weiterlesen
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Netherlands: 5 AED equipped EV charging stations live
Following last year’s successful pilot project in Delft, now five Automated External Defibrillator (AED) equipped stations have gone live in Rotterdam. The EVBox charging stations were unveiled by city officials yesterday.Weiterlesen
Rotterdam: BMW app tells hybrid drivers when to go electric
BMW and Rotterdam have started the Electric City Drive project to cut CO2 emissions. A smartphone app tells hybrid drivers when they have entered the cities electric-only zones, advising them to switch to electric drive.Weiterlesen
Over 100 hybrid buses en route to Rotterdam
VDL Bus & Coach has received a new order for 143 Citea buses from public transport operator RET in Rotterdam, including 103 Citea SLE-120 Hybrid buses. It is a follow up to an order of 55 Citea Electric buses they had already agreed on a few months ago.Weiterlesen
Electric buses by VDL heading to Rotterdam
VDL Bus & Coach has received an order from Rotterdam, where public transit operator Ret is expecting the arrival of 55 all-electric buses by 2019. The order includes charging infrastructure. Moreover, Ret is looking to buy 100 hybrid buses this year.Weiterlesen
Electric container vessels connect Rotterdam and Tilburg
Two electric-powered container ships will start to commute between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Tilburg, Belgium from this autumn on. Both cargo vessels are owned by the recently established company Port-Liner and are going to be hired by logistics company GVT.Weiterlesen
Rotterdam, Morocco, South Korea.
Dutch wireless charging: Three companies in Rotterdam have begun a trial to recharge specially converted electric cars wirelessly. In the future, wireless charging systems could be used at the city´s taxi ranks and bus stops. Rotterdam recently also celebrated the opening of its 2000th EV charging point.
ad.nl (in Dutch) via dutchnews.nl
EV chargers in Morocco: In partnership with Vivo Energy, EV-Box has launched the first charging station for electric vehicles in Morocco. In addition, a total of 20 EV-Box charging points will be presented at the COP22 Climate Change Conference and will later be added to the main roads, laying the ground work for the country’s charging infrastructure.
Korea to boost number of EV chargers: The South Korean Environment Ministry announced a rapid expansion of the country-wide EV charging infrastructure. The number of currently 9,258 regular and 750 fast charging stations will be increased to 19,579 regular and 1,915 fast chargers by mid-2017.
Teheran, Lidl, Envision Solar, Rotterdam, Orange EV, Macau.
Teheran clears the air: To fight air pollution, the Iranian capital will implement a low emission zone from September. In the beginning, all cars with a valid plaque can enter, but regulations are said to tighten in 2017. The LEZ replaces the alternating driving bans for vehicles with even or odd license plate numbers.
Lidl plugs in: The supermarket chain has set up 20 EV charging stations at its locations in Germany. While it operates internationally, the company says it has no central plan to push EV infrastructure, but that every country can decide itself which measures to take.
electrive.net (in German)
Let the sun shine: California has renewed its one-year contract with Envision Solar for another 12 months. It now plans the delivery and installation of solar-powered EV chargers at local government agencies and organisations.
Water taxi electrified: The world’s first hybrid water taxi has gone into service in Rotterdam. Powered by a Torqueedo system, it can reach a top speed of 25 kph and has room for 12 passengers.
Voucher-approved truck: Orange EV announced that its battery-electric terminal truck has qualified for subsidies in California. Companies and organisations can therefore save between 95,000 to 120,000 dollars.
Electric test route: The Chinese Transport Bureau will set up a specialty line on the Macau peninsula for a month, to test two electric buses – one each from TCM and New Era. During the trial period, the buses can be ridden for free.
Rotterdam, Stuttgart, Bristol, Westminster, Detroit, Mountain View.
Rotterdam electrified, pt. I: APM Terminals is to run a zero-emmision operation at its new deep-water terminal at Rotterdam port. The company leased 35 Nissan e-NV200 and already has electrified all its cranes and Lift-Automatic Guided Vehicles. All machines will be powered by wind-generated energy.
Rotterdam electrified, pt. II: After successfully testing three electric cabs (we reported), Rotterdam Taxi Company (RTC) is to extend its electric fleet. The Dutch taxi company has ordered another 22 e6 electric cabs from BYD which are set to arrive next year.
Free EV parking extended: German city of Stuttgart is to grant free parking to electric cars on all public parking lots until the end of 2017. While the incentive already existed for EVs, it now applies to plug-in hybrids with an electric range of at least 30 kilometres as well. The city already has 175 charge points.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
1m pound to improve air quality: The British government has granted one million pounds (1.6m dollars) to 24 projects. Successful applicants include 20,800 pounds (32,400 USD) to buy an EV for Bristol and 128,800 pounds (199,000 USD) for Westminster City Council to erect charging stations.
Leading by example: GM is installing 23 new 120V charging outlets at its Renaissance Center in Detroit. The company now has built up about 500 charging stations at 45 GM sites in the States, where employees can charge their PEVs while working.
Google to launch electric shuttle: After successfully completing the pilot phase of its electric shuttle service at Mountain View (we reported), the internet giant will start the Mountain View Community Shuttle in January. The four electric buses can transport up to 16 passengers and two wheel-chair users. Transport and wireless internet are free of charge.
Volvo, Renault, NEVS, Rotterdam, Denza, Unu.
Another plug-in from Sweden: Volvo announced that its S90 limousine will debut in the second half of 2015. It will share mechanics and chassis as well as connectivity technology of the recently presented XC90 and will also be available as a plug-in hybrid.
Renault to show plug-in hybrid: The French carmaker wants to present a 2-litre (117 mpg) concept car at the Paris Auto Show. It is said to build on a completely new platform. Details have yet to be released, but due to earlier announcements, a plug-in hybrid is considered as very likely.
cars.uk.msn.com, autocar.co.uk, greencarreports.com
NEVS to reorganise: A court in Swedish Vaenersborg approved NEVS’ application for protection from creditors, after first rejecting it on Thursday (we reported). The Saab-owner allegedly owes suppliers 57 million dollars. Negotiations with investors are progressing, but have yet to bear fruit. Meanwhile, NEVS lost the right to use the brand name Saab for new vehicles as well as those originally developed under that name.
greencarcongress.com, just-auto.com (reorgianisation), wsj.com (name)
EV prices reach record low in Rotterdam: The Nissan e-NV200, i.e., starts at a mere 4,950 euros, the Leaf at 7,450 euros due to new subsidies, claimed to be the best in the world. These are, however, temporary and limited in terms of number of sales. Amsterdam is offering similar bargains, combining local and national subsidies.
Behind the wheel of the Denza EV: Greg Kable from Autocar says the electric vehicle sets itself apart from other cars from China due to its “high standard of fit and finish.” Another positive point is its 208 mile range. With a weight of 2090 kg, Kable also criticises that the Denza is “hardly what you’d describe as quick.”
Introducing the Unu: The electric scooter has a range of 100 kilometres and a top speed of 45 kph. It features a portable 3000-watt lithium-ion battery, which weighs only 8 kilos. That enables users to charge their two-wheeler virtually anywhere. Pricing starts at 1,699 euros (2,231 dollars).
Taking a gas-guzzling SUV off-road is certainly closest to its intended purpose. But taking it off the road and into a canal like in this video, its quite a different story. It is not known how this could happen, but luckily nobody was injured. And this way, another SUV has been taken off our city roads.
Bhutan, West Coast Electric Highway, Delaware, Rotterdam, UK.
E-taxis for Bhutan: Mahindra will launch its Verito Electric in Bhutan by September this year. The Indian market will have to wait as the company does not want go ahead without government incentives for EVs being finalised. In Bhutan, the Verito will have to compete against the Nissan Leaf to be used to electrify the kingdom’s 5,000-strong cab fleet.
economictimes.indiatimes.com via indianautosblog.com
Charging charges: The West Coast Electric Highway in Washington State with its plenty DC quick-chargers will not be free to use any more. From April 1, 2014 users will have to pay to fill up their electric cars. The operator AeroVironment is expected to introduce two tariffs: a monthly flat rate at 19.99 dollars and a pay-per-charge fee.
Long distance chargers: In a new research project, the University of Delaware and the state of Delaware will install new fast charging stations to enable longer electric trips. The 16 kW stations will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware and not more than 50 miles apart. The researchers want to monitor station usage and track emission reductions.
BYD taxis in Rotterdam: Following a successful trial, the Dutch Rotterdam Taxi Centre (RTC) will put two BYD e6 into service as electric cabs. RTC plans to extend its fleet of all-electric taxis to 25 within the next 18 months.
Mahindra goes UK: According to ‘Bussinessworld’, Mahindra wants to introduce its latest electric car, the Halo, in the UK by 2016. It also plans on relaunching the Reva and bringing it back to London later this year.
businessworld.in via indianautosblog.com