UK: Electric car charging stations surpass fuel stations
On the latest count, there are a thousand more charging spots for electric cars than pit stops to be found in the UK. Nissan compiled the data that builds on a decline of fuel stations while charging stops show the reverse trend.Weiterlesen
Scotland: East Lothian Council selects SWARCO to build charging hubs
SWARCO eVolt was selected by the Scottish Council to supply EV charging units for the ongoing project to improve EV infrastructure in the county. SWARCO will supply a total of 45 charging units, including 11 rapid chargers across 28 locations.Weiterlesen
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Scotland’s largest e-bike hire scheme Forth Bike kicks-off
The Scottish charity Forth Environment Link has launched “Scotland’s largest electric bike hire scheme” called Forth Bike. The first fleet is based at Forth Valley Royal Hospital and also part of an NHS study.Weiterlesen
Edinburgh kicks-off on-street charging network plan
In Scotland, Edinburgh City Council has given the green light for a plan to build 66 on-street EV charging points in 14 hubs across the city by 2020. This is only the first phase of what is called the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Business Case.Weiterlesen
UK: ScottishPower to install strategic charging stations
Scotland’s utility ScottishPower wants to install rapid charging stations for electric cars “at strategically important locations throughout the UK”. The announcement is part of ScottishPower’s investment plan for its very own energy turnaround.Weiterlesen
Scotland funds e-bikes with half a million pounds
The Scottish government is serving the second round of its eBike Grant Fund designed to help organisations, universities and communities to purchase e-bikes. A total of £462,000 (526,925 euros) will go into buying new e-bikes, including electric cargo bikes.Weiterlesen
Scotland mobilises millions for e-mobility
The Scottish government has several e-mobility investments coming up: 15 million pounds (€16.6 million euros) will be invested into the set up of 1,500 new charging locations, and a subsidy of 1.7 million pounds (€1.9 million) will support the acquisition of more than 100 new “green” buses.Weiterlesen
Scotland: Ever more money to switch to electric cars
The Scottish government has increased funding to programmes that bring them closer to their goal to finish all sales of combustion engine vehicles by 2032. Hence the budget for the Low Carbon Transport Loan has risen from £8m to £20m for 2018/19 with new schemes being introduced.Weiterlesen
Scotland to build first sea-going hydrogen ferry
Scotland’s Ferguson Shipbuilders have managed to secure funding through the EU project HySeas III. With partners such as the Ballard or DLR and from different European countries they will build the world’s first sea going ferry running on fuel cells powered by hydrogen from renewables.Weiterlesen
Scotland launches subsidy scheme for electric bikes
The Scottish government wants to start an e-bike revolution as it allocates more than a million pounds in funding for electric bicycles and pedal-assist cargo bikes. The money will be made available in form of loans and grants.Weiterlesen
JIVE 2: Dundee and Aberdeen to receive 22 hydrogen buses
The Scottish cities of Dundee and Aberdeen will be participating in the recently introduced European H2-bus project JIVE 2, which plans to bring another 152 fuel cell buses to 14 cities by 2023.Weiterlesen
Scotland to phase out ICEs in favour of plug-in cars
Scotland’s national transport agency publishes specifications regarding the country’s plan to phase out the need for combustion-powered cars by 2032. In September it was Nicola Sturgeon, head of the Scottish government, who announced this ambition.Weiterlesen
Germany, Hamburg, Scotland, British Telecom, Korea.
Germany turns to Japan to get its fix on fuel cell vehicles, namely 185 Toyota Mirai, that are co-funded with 3.2m euros through the NIP fund. The first hydrogen cars from the so-called ZeroE project will reportedly be deployed in Hamburg’s new CleverShuttle programme. The destination of the remaining 165 Mirai has yet to be disclosed.
Hamburgs seems savvy when it comes to funding for e-mobility initiatives. A new scheme called Efficiency Hamburg, wants to populate the port town with 500 plug-in vehicles, cars and vans alike. Businesses and the authorities can register with Alphabet to receive funding from a total of 1.5m euros.
On track to electrification: Scotland’s biggest train stations will soon offer EV charging. The first 4 of a total of 100 charging points have been installed with Uphall, Bathgate, East Kilbride and Johnstone already live. They are free to use but require a ChargePlace Scotland card to activate the device.
BT to electrify fleet: British Telecom has announced plans to exchange most of its cars with electric or hybrid ones but wants to switch gradually all throughout 2030. It’s UK fleet entails about 30,000 vehicles.
Korea is almost California: The Korea Expressway Corporation will halve the road toll for electric vehicles and fuel cell cars on expressways across the country by next Monday. The discount is valid until 2020 and an extension depends on the number of eco-friendly cars by then.
Scotland, Germany, Auckland, Carolina.
60m for Scotland’s energy transition: The Scottish government has launched a 60m pound fund reserved for innovations that will help its transition to a low carbon society. This includes a switch to electric vehicles – Scotland wants to ban sales of ICE by 2032 reportedly – and respective charging infrastructure. The latter may be partially paid for from the new fund. Further measure include the introduction of low emission zones as well as a ban of the worst gas guzzlers in Glasgow from late 2018 and in Aberdeen and Dundee by 2020.
cleanenergynews.co.uk, thelondoneconomic.com, scotsman.com (low emission zones)
Funding for 1,100 electric vans: Germany’s Ministry of the Environment will top up its programme for zero emission deliveries (‘CO2-freie Zustellung’) with 7.7m euros, bringing the total funding available to 17m euros. Enough to support another 1,100 StreetScooter vans built by Deutsche Post DHL to deliver parcels and mail in cities with high levels of air pollution. The decision follows the second so-called diesel summit and already 1,100 electric vans had been funded previously. In total, Deutsche Post operates 3,400 StreetScooters in Germany today.
bmub.bund.de (in German)
Kiwis in EVs are on the freeway literally since Auckland has agreed to open 11 priority bypass lanes on busy State Highways by late September. The California-style move is part of a one year trial by New Zealand’s transport agency (NZTA) and existing owners will be sent a sticker that allows access.
Riding electric in Carolina: Clemson Area Transit (CATbus) has purchased ten electric buses and related charging infrastructure from Proterra. They will join another six e-buses already in operation and further CATbus’ plan to build a 100 percent electric fleet.
Scotland, Detroit Electric, Nissan, VW, Honda, China.
Scotland to ban new petrol and diesel cars in 2032: The Scottish government turns out to be even more ambitious than the British cabinet, which plans to ban sales of cars with combustion engines from 2040, as reported. Nicola Sturgeon, head of the Scottish government, has announced now that her country intends to reach this aim 8 years earlier. In order to prepare the shift towards zero-emission vehicles, the cabinet suggests to “massively expand” charging points and set up pilot projects to encourage uptake of EVs, e.g. to make the A9 Scotland’s first fully electric-enabled road.
Details about Detroit Electric’s line-up: The EV maker has confirmed its plan to launch three new all-electric models, showing now also their silhouette. First model to hit the stores will be a supercar in 2018, followed by a crossover in 2019 and a saloon in 2021. Production capacity shall reach 1,000 units of the supercar and 50,000 units of each of the other two models per year. In terms of range, the trio is said to reach at least 500km.
Leaf-based SUV by 2019? Nissan intends to put a new electric crossover on display at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, Autocar has learnt. It shall be based on the second-gen Leaf, unveiled this week, and hit the roads by 2019. Additionally, the new Leaf could be offered in a performance version, spiced up through a Nismo styling pack, the website reports further. On top, first driving reports emerged, analysing and evaluating the new Leaf’s performance.
autocar.co.uk (SUV), autocar.co.uk (Nismo), autoblog.com, autocar.co.uk (driving reviews)
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VW to present updated I.D. Crozz: After having introduced its EV concept I.D. Crozz at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, Volkswagen says it will show now an enhanced and closer to serial production version of the SUV coupe to the audience in Frankfurt. Following the I.D., the I.D. Crozz is VW’s second EV serial model based on the MEB platform, as reported. Launch is scheduled for end 2020 or early 2021.
Specs about Honda’s CR-V Hybrid: Ahead of the CR-V Hybrid prototype’s debut at the IAA in Frankfurt, Honda has published first pictures and spec details. Thus, the model’s i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system couples an electric propulsion motor, a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a separate electric generator motor. The prototype also previews the upcoming CR-V model for the European market due in 2018.
China’s list of eligible EVs: A new document published by the Chinese government lists 486 EVs and PHEV models that are approved for state subsidies. 417 of them are fully-electrified vehicles. Among the companies with particularly many eligible cars are first of all domestic manufacturer, e.g. BAIC, BYD, SAIC, Chery and Dongfeng.
Emmy, Car2Go, Scotland, West Virginia.
Berlin buzzes with electric scooters of a new kind as Emmy (formerly eMio) adds the eSchwalbe by Govecs. 450 units of the legendary GDR two-wheeler will join the fleet for all to share from the end of July, thus increasing Emmy’s pack to a 1,000 electric scooters in the German capital. There, the rental scooter market has become tough for the eMio pioneers since Bosch’s Coup. The latter already operates a 1,000 strong fleet in Berlin and had recently expanded to Paris.
electrive.net (in German)
Accelerating EV sharing: A smartphone is all you need to rent an electric car from Car2Go in Stuttgart, Amsterdam and Madrid. All three cities are EV only for Daimler’s car sharing service and clients can now search, reserve and rent the 1,400 cars via app. The phone doubles as key as well and Daimler hopes the process to be much faster than before.
daimler.com (in German)
Six BMW i3 have arrived in Scotland to serve the Scottish Shepherd Chartered Surveyors. They are just six in a fleet of 140 cars but it is a beginning.
Fee for PEVs: West Virginia got a new law that charges electric and hybrid vehicles 200 and 100 dollars respectively per year. The registration fee is part of a road funding bill to go into effect on July, 1.
Scotland, GM, California, PonyCar, Burlington.
Scotland boosts electric transport: 8.2m pounds in funding for electric and low carbon vehicles have just been made available through the Scottish government. Individuals and businesses may apply for interest-free loans and for the first time electric motorbikes, scooters and trucks can be obtained through the fund as well.
Autonomy drive: GM has added another 130 Chevy Bolt to the self-driving fleets in San Francisco, Scottsdale and Detroit. The numbers now add up to 180 and GM praises itself as mass producer of autonomous EV for the GM Cruise project, formerly the Cruise Automation start-up.
SoCal ports climate-friendly: The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach signed a joint declaration for zero emissions goods movement at their twin ports of San Pedro Bay. The Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) will also include an electric drayage truck pilot programme and clean tech investments.
China EV rental firm raises 22m: PonyCar has raised 22m dollars in Series B funding led by Huiyou and Oppo. The EV rental platform runs operations in Shenzhen and Guangzhou and has deployed about 2,000 electric cars as well as hundreds of EV charging stops.
Rebate for PHEV: Utility Burlington has added plug-in hybrids to its EV incentive scheme, reportedly started two weeks ago. The 600 dollar rebate will be available to customers through the end of 2017.
Scotland, Spain, Movistar, Ontario, BMW.
Hybrid bus fleet in Scotland: Dundee and Angus now count seven more hybrid double deckers to carry its populace around the Kirriemuir, Forfar and Brechin. They join Stagecoach’s other 18 hybrid coaches. To the cost of 2.1m pounds, the Scottish Green Bus Fund has contributed 300,000 GBP.
BMWs motorcycle section is busy as well and has now electrified the police force in Gijón, Spain. Ten members of the “policía” now ride the C Evolution electric scooters when on patrol.
prestigeelectriccar.com, bmwgroup.com (both in Spanish)
More electric news reached us from Spain where Telefonica has reached a deal with Peugeot and Alphabet to add ten EVs to the Movistar Spain Operations and Network fleet. Starting this April, six electric Peugeot Partner Tepee vans will be deployed in Madrid and four in Barcelona.
Bank and charge: Scotiabank said it will install over 30 EV charging stations at select branches across Ontario. They complement the bank’s EcoLiving Auto Loan Program, which provides preferential financing for electric, hybrid and clean diesel vehicles. The latter term may need an update.
BMW is to electrify America as it teams up with the National Park Foundation and its services as well as the DoE to erect up to 100 EV charging stations at the nature reserves. The first stations have been inaugurated at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey.
Canada, Scotland, Czech Republic, EWE.
Canada extends fast-charging: The Canadian government wants to raise 120m dollars to further develop the nationwide infrastructure for electric vehicles in the current year. One of the first projects is the installation of ten EV quick charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway. The initiative will cost for 335,000 dollars in the New Brunswick province and is run together with local NB Power utility.
Charging Scotland: The ScotRail Alliance announced to implement charging places with two EV charging points each at 50 train stations across the country. The infrastructure project is scheduled for September and shall be completed by November. As the train operator oversees 359 stops, every 7th will be EV ready by then.
Electrified police cars: The police of the Czech Republic started a six month trial with eleven BMW i3, some with range extender. Three of them will be on patrol in Prague and the rest in other cities.
Shop & charge: German energy provider EWE wants to install 60 EV charging stations next to Edeka supermarkets in northwest Germany. EWE thus is to double the amount of its currently 120 charging stations by the end of this year and will begin at an Edeka centre in Friedrichsfehn.
industr.com (in German)
Tata, Scotland, Volkswagen, Starship Technologies, Chevy.
Tata shows electric buses: The Indian manufacturer presented a whole series of buses with alternative drivetrains. Next to the Starbus Electric and Starbus Hybrid, available in nine and twelve metres, Tata also unveiled the country’s first fuel-cell-powered bus. The only bad news: there are no concrete production plans.
Scotland outlines climate goals: The Scottish government announced that it wants to lower CO2 emissions by 66 percent by 2032 (compared to 1990). The climate plan also outlines that 40 percent of individual cars and transporters, as well as 50 percent of public buses will need to be electrified until then. 30 percent of public ferries will also receive a hybrid drivetrain in the next 25 years.
e-Golf for Japan: According to Nikkei, the German carmaker wants to introduce its EV to Japan in June or July. It would be VW’s first all-electric undertaking in the country and is also part of a move to repair its image damaged by the diesel scandal.
The mothership: Daimler invested in company Starship Technologies, taking part in a 16.5m euro financing round. Starship develops ground-based, autonomous delivery robots that could be featured in Daimlers (all-electric) delivery vans in the future. A mothership concept combining the two had already been shown in September.
Chevrolet Bolt review: The Chevy Bolt feels a lot like a normal car at first glance, Darrell Etherington from Tech Crunch writes. “But it feels fast, and fun.” Especially when turning on the regenerative breaking, “the car’s character really starts to shine through.” Etherington concludes that the Bolt ist he first EV he would consider owning.
techcrunch.com (with video)
China, Subaru, BYD, Scotland, Mitsubishi, Kia.
Subsidy update from China: According to Reuters, the Chinese government has published a new list of electric and hybrid cars eligible for subsidies. It contains 185 models so far and will be amended at a later date. It now also includes cars with batteries from LG Chem and Samsung SDI, which were excluded in 2016.
Subaru XV as hybrid: Subaru will premier its second generation XV at the Geneva Motor Show. So far, the XV is only offered as a hybrid in Japan and the U.S., but will now also debut in Europe. The platform, on which the XV is based, would also allow for a pure EV model.
BYD increases output: The Chinese manufacturer wants to increase production of electric and hybrid vehicles this year in order to cut cost. The reason is that the Chinese government has lowered subsidies by about 20 percent. A loss that the company now needs to compensate by slashing production cost by about 5-10 percent.
Scotland to ban combustion engines? To reach the country’s CO2 reduction goals, a new strategy paper suggests setting up an energy task force that will ban all diesel and petrol cars from cities by 2025. The government is expected to publish the draft next week. To what point the energy task force will be mentioned remains to be seen.
New Outlander priced: Mitsubishi UK now offers the new generation of the plug-in variant starting at 34,749 pounds (before the 2,500 pound subsidy). The new model comes with an “EV Priority Mode” and shorter charging times.
Kia Niro Hybrid gets price tag: The car will start at 22,890 dollars in the U.S. and will already roll to dealerships there in the first three months of 2017. Pricing for higher trim levels nor the destination charged were announced so far.
Scotland, Drive Oregon, BAE Systems, TINE.
Petrol-free Scotland: Transport in Scotland may be free from fossil fuel cars by 2050. The government set new climate and energy targets, which include traffic. More than half a billion pounds will go to energy efficiency measures for the next 12 months in a bid to combat fuel poverty. Emissions shall be cut by 50 percent by 2020 as Scotland looks to cover its entire energy needs by renewables then.
1m USD for EV marketing: Drive Oregon will receive almost 1m dollar in funding from the DoE over three years. The advocacy group will set up an EV showroom right across from the Electric Avenue in Portland. Apart from test rides, Drive Oregon will also travel the state for EV showcases.
Powering electric buses: BAE Systems found a new client in Solaris. The Polish firm agreed to use BAE’s hybrid electric drive in its vehicles and is the 7th bus maker joining the club, says BAE.
Hybrid truck to travel north: Norwegian TINE has ordered a hybrid Nikola One truck. As the hybrid vehicle is only set for the U.S. launch later this year, Norway will have to wait two to three years for delivery. TINE aims to decrease its emissions by 75 percent in 2020.