Austria, Route Monkey, NTU, Schaeffler, Gyeonggi.
Hub building in Austria: The Alpine country will join up its EV charge points using the Hubject platform Intercharge. From April, 11, eleven utilities will combine their charging stations thus forming one network of 1,300 public points throughout Austria, which will make it much easier for PEV drivers to charge and pay. The republic hopes to inspire EV use further although it is 3 x higher than the EU average already. The move to network is matched by a 4,000 euro rebate available since this month.
Route Monkey has kept on track and is now ready to present its planned EV navigation tool at the GreenFleet Evolution show in Edinburgh on May, 5. The MyRouteMonkey app will be available for free.
Joint lab for personal mobility: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Schaeffler have agreed to jointly find solutions for personal urban mobility and intelligent transportation systems for future metropolises. An electric skateboard with navigation is one of the less likely (or rather viral) projects but the partnership will build on the NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Test Bed with smart vehicles such as pedelecs communicating with their environment. The lab is funded with 5m dollars over 3 years so far.
Real-world vehicle emissions revealed: Ricardo Energy & Environment and technology partner OPUS Inspection have launched a real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service. The measurement of the emissions of passing vehicles is linked to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to ultimately identify the worst polluters. Cities seeking to introduce Clean Air Zones – delight.
EV-friendly province: Korea’s Gyeonggi Province plans its own local EV incentives. Starting from mid-June, EV subsidies will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. A requirement for construction in the region to feature parking lots that have EV charging stations is in the cards as well.
Cher, FleetCarma, Siemens, Aspen, Route Monkey.
Chinese rental EVs: Chery is to work with rental company Shou Qi to introduce 10,000 new energy vehicles for the car hire service Gofun eventually. The agreement to cooperate and to produce such customised electric cars has been signed already.
Telematics for mixed fleets: The EVS29 is FleetCarma’s new telematic device. While the C2 supports all sorts of vehicles, including diesel and gasoline, it shall ultimately increase a fleet’s hybrid and electric vehicle share as it identifies which cars could be replaced with greener options.
Smart Siemens HQ: In Munich, Siemens has completed construction of its new company HQ that can accommodate up to 1,200 employees. The building meets the highest environmental standards and all energy comes from renewable sources. The garage offers space for 200 bicycles including a charging station for pedelecs and has another 21 parking lots with EV charge points.
Summer has arrived in Aspen and with it free rides in electric carts. The service is sponsored by the town but “coincides” with increased parking fares and has started as planned. Rides can be booked via app and will be available until September when the skiing season is about to start.
EV navigation: As Route Monkey recently received funding to develop an online portal and app for EV drivers, it teams up with Sygic in order to do so. The partner is a GPS navigation specialist and together with Route Monkey is to make a platform that optimises itineraries for EV fleets.
LAPD, Dortmund, Route Monkey, Ho Huy, Tritium.
BMW preferred over Tesla: The LAPD has decided to lease 100 BMW i3 after it has been testing various EV over a year, reportedly including Tesla. The Model S had proven too expensive for the police force. The i3 will be charged at 100 EV charging stations by Greenlots and four rapid charging stops. The city of Los Angeles is looking to acquire 100 more electric cars of hitherto unknown make this year.
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Fleet electrification: The German city of Dortmund intends to replace half of its fleet of 100 cars and 200 vans with electric vehicles by 2020. Currently, there are 13 electric cars, 10 pedelecs, and 8 electric vans in operation and another 10 light utility EV shall be acquired this year. All can be charged at Dortmund’s 100 charging stations. In fall, the hospital will start a pilot renting EV to staff.
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Routing recharged: Scottish Route Monkey received 285,000 GBP to create an online portal and app for EV drivers. The tool will point out the best route for electric cars as it takes into account available charging points, driving conditions, charge time, and the battery’s state-of-charge.
Vietnam’s cabs electrified: Vietnamese Ho Huy seeks to set up a taxi service with 10,000 electric cabs. Vietnam’s second largest cab operator, Mai Linh Taxi, recently announced it would replace its 20,000 strong fleet with EVs by 2020. If both plans succeed, soon more than half of all the country’s 50,000 taxis could be electric.
Faster charging Down Under: Tritium collected 5m AUD from the government in Queensland as well as from private investors to upgrade to 150 kWh charging. Apart from making the Veefil stations more powerful, the Australian firm is working on a new home charging option.
California, Volvo, Route Monkey, Formula Student.
New money for new energy: The California Energy Commission has approved funding for infrastructure projects. 3.5 million dollars will be spent on 181 new charging stations, 1.2m for operating and servicing fuel cell stations and another 2.3m are reserved for V2G demonstration projects.
Hybrid buses for Sweden: Volvo Buses has received an order for twelve of its Volvo 7900 Hybrids from Bergkvarabuss, a privately owned transit bus operator in Sweden. The buses are destined to serve in the city of Karlskrona from September this year.
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Forecasting residual value: British Route Monkey is working with Teesside University and Urban Foresight on a project to help EV fleet managers to determine residual EV value by establishing a protocol for the sharing of vehicle and manufacturers’ battery chemistry data to better predict the battery lifetime.
Team Amperas: Opel has granted all four of its sponsored teams in the Formula Student an Ampera, otherwise known as Volt. The range-extended EVs will be at the students’ service for the whole season.