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Tesla board to remain, China factory to come (video)
Today’s Tesla shareholder meeting has been a success for Elon Musk. Shareholders support him as both CEO and Chairman and also his closest (in every sense) board members. Moreover, plans for production in China are moving ahead.Weiterlesen
Tesla sets up electric car company in Shanghai
Tesla has registered a firm for electric cars in Shanghai ahead of the planned change of rule in Beijing. The EV maker had been negotiating to open business in China without the previously required local joint venture partner before but to no avail.Weiterlesen
Italian XEV to 3D-print low-speed electric vehicles for China
X Electrical Vehicle (XEV) from Italy is working on low-speed electric vehicles (LSEV) for the Chinese market. The startup wants to start 3D-printing the tiny electric cars asap and aims for market entry in China in the second half of 2019.Weiterlesen
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Just as China is toughening up on vehicle laws to cut down on pollution, an entirely different development is taking place among consumers. There, buyers of PHEV not only never recharge their batteries, but remove them entirely in order to save weight and consequently fuel, making the bridge technology crumble.Weiterlesen
500 H2 trucks by Dongfeng powered by Ballard fuel cells
Licensed, plated and deployed with fuel cell stacks by Ballard – 500 hydrogen trucks built by Dongfeng have hit the road in Shanghai. Each electric truck has a range of over 330 km. Operated by a new fuel cell EV operator, the fleet will be used for city deliveries mainly.Weiterlesen
Tesla’s plans for China factory threaten to go kaputt
It is Tesla against the Chinese state as the dream bubble of a manufacturing hub in Shanghai threatens to pop. While the EV maker wants to own the Tesla factory alone, the authorities in Beijing insist on the rule that requires foreign producers to enter into a JV with a local firm.Weiterlesen
Panasonic onboard with Tesla Gigafactory in China?
The Japanese battery manufacturer says that it thinks about producing cells for Tesla in a new Gigafactory in Shanghai, China in a comparable deal that they have regarding the so-called Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. That is what “Nikkei” learnt on the sidelines of CES.Weiterlesen
LEVC to build electrified Black Cabs also in China
British Geely subsidy LEVC (London EV Company) wants to produce and offer its electrified London Taxis with range extender in the People’s Republic, too. Market launch is scheduled for 2019.Weiterlesen
Kick-off: Ballard’s FC systems get assembled in China
After Canadian Ballard Power Systems closed a deal with Chinese company Broad-Ocean Motor to produce and sell 30 and 85kW fuel cell systems in three strategic regions in China in February, the first assembly plant has now been put into operation in Shanghai.Weiterlesen
World’s largest solar charging centre opens in Shanghai
Tellus Power has opened a solar charging centre for electric cars in Shanghai and claims it to be the world’s largest. It covers an area of 2,500 sqm and includes 44 charging stations that can charge up to 400 EVs a day.Weiterlesen
That’s how BMW envisions cycle paths in the future
BMW and the Tongji University in Shanghai have created a common visionary mobility concept for crowded mega cities. The project called „BMW Vision E³ Way“ has been initiated by the BMW Group Technology Office China in Shanghai.Weiterlesen
Shanghai, Paris, Nagpur, Sacramento.
210,000 charge spots in Shanghai: The Chinese harbour metropolis is fast becoming China’s model EV city. 210,000 charging facilities are to stand by 2020 with both the authorities and businesses making an effort. Currently most new energy vehicle drivers charge at the workplace but wish to see more opportunities to rejuice in residential areas as well. There are about 30 charge point operators in Shanghai at the moment with fees often paid via mobile app/s.
Paris ePrix is to generate energy even after the heat of the race is over as the Formula E leaves behind a glycerine generator. It produces electricity from a diesel by-product clean enough to drink and can be used to power buildings or EV charging stations. It sure prove of use to Swiss pilot Sebastien Buemi, who scored yet another victory in this Formula E season last weekend.
automobilsport.com (generator), motorsport.com (ePrix)
A first for India: The city of Nagpur wants to electrify the entire cab fleet. A pilot will start later this week with 200 electric taxis provided by the municipal government. The vehicles have yet to be confirmed but will likely be either e20 Plus or the e-Verito.
Share a bike in Sacramento: 900 bicycles will become available in California’s capital with the first 50 having launched already through Social Bicycles. The company plans to make 900 available, 100 of them electric by November but is still seeking sponsors.
Duke Energy, Ecotricity, Leeds, Ukraine, India, Shanghai.
Crime and punishment: Utility Duke Energy has earmarked 1.5m dollars for charging stations in North Carolina. 1m will be reserved for cities and towns wanting to install chargers for cars, the rest for municipalities looking to set up charging for electric buses. The investment is part of a lawsuit settlement with the state, which accused the utility of illicit smokestack pollution.
New charge to charge: After earning much criticism for its newly introduced flat rate at fast-chargers along Britain’s motorways, charge point operator Ecotricity has adjusted its rates. Originally asking 5 pounds per 20-minute charge, it will now cost EV drivers 6 pounds to plug-in for 30 minutes.
Plugging in: Leeds City Council is adding 42 electric cars to its fleet. The newcomers will also replace existing hybrid and electric cars. The council will also allocate more parking stalls for EVs and offers free parking permits to drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles.
Strong hybrids for police: Ukrainian police have ordered a total of 651 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to replace its (very) old fleet and help the country comply with the Kyoto Protocol.
20 percent EV: The Indian government wants to electrify 20 percent of its own fleet, as well encourage taxi drivers to invest in electric vehicles. Mahindra is probably already waiting by the phone.
Electric driving in Shanghai: Some 1,700 EV charging points will be set up in the Shanghai district of Songjiang before the end of the year. It will also benefit the 100 EV strong carsharing scheme in the area.
Shanghai, Tesla, Spain, Caltech, Vector.
Shanghai on track: The Shanghai Transportation Trade Association confirms that electrifying the city’s public buses remains a priority. They aim to have nearly 1,500 new-energy buses, making up half of their entire fleet, in operation by the end of 2016. Sixteen bus depots will also be fitted with electric charging stations.
Tesla grand opening: Tesla is opening a third Australian store in Sydney later this year. The two-level showroom will house all of Tesla’s cars and let customers both customise and order the vehicles. However, no on-site Superchargers will be available. Meanwhile, first the Supercharger in Russia is now live.
gizmodo.com (Australia), insidedevs.com (Russia)
Funded by Movea: The Spanish city of Murcia has purchased its first electric car as well as four more hybrids. They hope to have 20 alternative energy vehicles in their fleet by 2020. Purchases were encouraged by regional government subsidies under the “Movea” scheme,” which provides between 6,000 and 20,000 euros.
New at Caltech: The California Institute of Technology is getting an EV charging network on campus. A research group installed 54 electric vehicle charging stations to be used by Caltech and JPL personnel and guests. All are free to use. The charging network was developed by computer science and electrical engineering professor, Steven Low.
Rapid Kiwis: Two rapid charging stations points have arrived in Silverdale, New Zealand, further consolidating the area as the first viable EV region in the country. Vector installed six points in Auckland and plans for 15 more by the end of 2016. They are currently scouting areas around Wellsford and the Matakana area.
FTA, Shanghai, Communauto, Taxi Diamond, E-Wald, Wirecard.
U.S. funds e-bus development: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has selected seven projects that will receive a total of 22.5m dollars for research and development pertaining to all-electric and fuel cell buses, as well as the corresponding infrastructure.
Charging Shanghai’s airports: Shanghai’s airports Honggiao and Pudong will be fitted with a total of 1,500 charging points; the first 100 will be erected before the end of the year. Moreover, the airports want to invests in hundreds of new electric and hybrid vehicles like shuttle buses and set up an EV hiring service at Shanghai-Pudong.
Electrification to share: Carsharing operator Communauto says it will add a total of 600 all-electric and hybrid vehicles to its fleets in Québec, Ottawa, Halifax and Montreal. The first 275 cars are said to hit the road in Montreal by the end of the week.
journaldemontreal.com (in French)
Electrification to hire: The above mentioned carsharing scheme will join Taxi Diamond’s 110 hybrid cabs on the streets of Montreal. The taxi company says that it wants to replace most of its 1,100 vehicles with electric and hybrid cars by 2020.
E-Wald joins Hubject consortium: The Bavarian charging network is the 200th partner to join the international consortium. It adds 600 new chargers to the intercharge network.
Pay by smartphone: Mobile payment service provider Wirecard and Austrian IT start-up Enio teamed up to enable cash-free payments via an app at EV charging stations. The option is said to be rolled out across all EU countries where Enio is active before the end of summer:
Tesla, Shanghai, Nissan, Ford.
Tesla joins CCS initiative: The CharIn initiative found a new prominent member as the Californian EV maker got on board. If that means Tesla will offer an adapter or adapt to the European standard is unclear. However, CCS is a likely option for the Model 3, esp. as the economy Tesla comes with Supercharger “capabilities,” but not necessarily with a free charging. Meanwhile, Tesla is working on an option to show Supercharger availability in its navigation system.
insideevs.com, teslarati.com, charinev.org, fool.com (Supercharging Model 3), electrek.co (Supercharger navigation)
10 times more EV chargers: Shanghai will increase the number of charging points from 21,700 to 210,000 by 2020. A new infrastructure plan sets the ratio of charging stations to EVs at 1:7 and the Chinese city currently counts 57,000 new energy vehicles on its roads.
All EV fleet on campus: Manchester Metropolitan University just added two Nissan Leaf pool cars and three e-NV200 vans to its fleet. But that is only the beginning, as the Uni plans to replace its entire 18 vehicle strong fleet with electric substitutes once they are up for renewal.
Electric Ford fleet: Canadian Victoria and Saanich municipality have teamed up to acquire 13 electric vehicles with a rebate of 8,000 dollars per EV from the Canadian province of British Columbia. Victoria purchased nine electric Ford Focus, while the District of Saanich got four.
Volvo, Shanghai, EV Connect, BMW, Powerco.
Volvo supports CCS: Volvo gets behind the Charging Interface Initiative, joining Audi, BMW, Daimler, Opel, Porsche, VW, TÜV Süd, Mennekes and Phoenix Contact in their effort to establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as a standard. CharIN is working towards EV charging with 200 and up to 350 kW although it is currently operating at 50 kWh, similar to CHAdeMO.
Shanghai stocks up: The Chinese mega city reportedly plans to have 3,000 rental EVs in its vicinity by the end of the year and a government paper now proposes 5,000 new charge points. As many as 20,000 electric cars will be available for hire by Shanghai’s 24m inhabitants by 2020 and could be charged at 30,000 locations.
West Coast electric highway: EV Connect received 1.8m dollars from the California Energy Commission to add charge stops along parts of the California 99 and Interstate 5 highways. The West Coast Electric Highway will include fast- and Level 2 EV charging stations and will connect Canada with Mexico.
BMW is looking for partners to erect solar EV charging ports in South Africa. The plan is to install four stations by the end of the year, two in Johannesburg, as well as one in each Cape Town and Durban. BMW SA also called on the government to scrap its 25 percent tax on EV imports, esp. as gas guzzlers are taxed with 18%.
EV charging in New Zealand: Company Powerco says it will install 20 EV charging stations across the country over the next three years. The first station will go up next week in Tauranga and another one in New Plymouth. Plans there are supported by the district council.
New Zealand, Lane County, Shanghai, Hong Kong.
Kiwis charge fast: New Zealand installed the first rapid charging station of a planned 75 in the Charge.Net.NZ. It is located in the Kaiwaka community on the way from Auckland to Northland. The initiative also created a platform for 3rd party providers to integrate their stations in the network.
Small town electrification: The Lane Transit District (LTD) purchased five electric and five hybrid buses to go into service by the end of 2016. The move away from oil found 1,000 signatures beforehand. The ten green buses costs 7m dollars and will make a tenth of the fleet running in Eugene and Springfield.
Street lighting and charging: 15 smart street lamps were inaugurated in Shanghai. The lamps allow for EV charging, have wifi and measure air pollution in the Chinese metropolis. Charging is not free but app payments are enabled. If the trial is successful, more enlightening lamp posts will follow.
Lighter electric bus: Hong Kong is to roll out a trial with a locally designed electric bus this November. The 12.5t bus took two years to complete and has a range of 380 kilometres. The 12-metre single-decker can carry up to 75 passengers and will be tested on the city’s roads for a month.
Québec, China, Hilton, Bangkok, Shanghai.
Québec unveils electrification plan: The government will spend 420 million dollars on its new vehicle-electrification plan to get 100,000 electric and hybrid cars on Québec’s roads by 2020. The plan includes the installation of 785 charging stations and purchase rebates of up to 8,000 dollars for electric or hybrid vehicles. Furthermore, the government promises to introduce 1,000 EVs to its own car pool and to give EV drivers permission to use reserved car lanes and exempt them from toll fees after January 1, 2016.
cbc.ca; ici.radio-canada.ca (in French)
China announces charging network: The Chinese government plans to build a nationwide charging-station network that will fulfil the power demands of 5 million electric vehicles by 2020. The network will cover residential areas, business districts, as well as inter-city highways.
Hilton charges up: Hilton Worldwide launches a major electric vehicle charging program, which will be available at 50 U.S. hotels by the end of this year and will expand to 100 U.S. hotels by the end of 2016. In order to cover all types of electric vehicles, Hilton will team up with Tesla and General Electric.
500 e-buses for Bangkok? The government of the Thai capital has greenlighted the plan of Bangkok`s Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) to buy 500 electric buses. However, the purchase still needs final approval by the cabinet. There are also plans to set up an electric bus assembly facility in Bangkok.
EV boost in Shanghai: Shanghai’s electric-car rental program EVCARD recently extended its network by opening 10 new outlets. The e-car hire scheme plans to launch up to 300 service outlets in central Shanghai by the end of this year to offer a total of 3,000 electric cars.
Tokyo, Shanghai, Stuttgart, Germany, Australia.
Tokyo steps up H2 investment: The Japanese capital wants to pour 45.2 billion yen (385 million dollars) in the construction of hydrogen stations and subsidies for fuel cell vehicles until the Olympic Games in 2020. Tokyo hopes to count 6,000 FCVs and 35 H2-fuelling stations by the end of the decade.
electriccarsreport.com, eco-business.com, autonews.com
Shanghai e-carsharing: Following a successful trial year, the Carsharing scheme featuring 350 Roewe E50 is officially under way. The Shanghai Municipal Government wants to successively increase the number of electric cars to 2,000 and also include the Zinore 1E in its offering.
Electric taxis against fine dust: In order to circumvent an EU procedure and related penalties due to fine dust pollution, the German city of Stuttgart is putting in place new green initiatives. According to Mayor Fritz Kuhn, measures could also include a funding programme for electric and hybrid taxis.
swp.de, swr.de (Articles in German)
EV charging rules: Germany seeks to make the preferred CCS standard mandatory in addition to any other quick charging standards being offered, as well as a fall-back type2 fast charging outlet. Transport Evolved thinks, this is a move other countries could follow.
Traveling electric in Australia: As an EV owner, road trips are often planned based on where one can charge. As it turns out, that is not necessarily a negative thing, as the excursions of Mat Peterson, one of the first Tesla Model S owners in Australia, show. He drove some 3,000 kilometers with his Tesla in just three weeks and has some beautiful stories to tell.
Chevy Bolt, BMW i8S, Nissan, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Shanghai.
Chevy Bolt debut: GM will unveil a concept version of its Chevy Bolt at the NAIAS today, Wall Street Journal reports. The EV is said to come with a 200-mile range and at a price of around 30,000 dollars. The batteries will be made by LG Chem. The Tesla Model 3 rival is set to launch by 2017.
wsj.com, autoblog.com, jalopnik.com
Jubilee BMW i8: BMW will indeed celebrate its centenary in 2016 with a super sports car based on the i8, which is currently developed under the name M 100, German Auto Bild reports. The special edition hybrid will reportedly be limited to 100 pieces and deliver more than 500 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Likely to be named i8S or i8CS, it is said to cost more than 250.000 euros (about 300,000 dollars).
autobild.de (in German)
EVs with range limitations? Not really. New data from Nissan’s telematic system CarWings show that Leaf drivers in Europe travel more than 50 percent further per year than drivers of traditional cars. While ICE vehicles rolled 6,721 miles on average, the electric Nissans covered 10,307 miles.
BMW i sales: The German carmaker sold 16,052 BMW i3 and 1,741 BMW i8 worldwide in 2014. Currently, more than 100 i3 are being built at the facility in Leipzig and BMW plans to increase the production of the i8 there this year in order to reduce customer waiting times.
LiveWire review: Embedded in tales of personal reluctance towards the Harley brand and musings on the campaign surrounding the LiveWire project, Domenick Yoney delivers a review of his electric ride. His conclusion: This Harley has the power to turn “no fans” into “potential customers.”
Free registrations in Shanghai: The Chinese metropolis has started handing out free license plates to drivers of the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shanghai is waiving the registration fee of about 12,000 dollars in an effort to reduce air pollution.
California, Chicago, Shanghai, Putrajaya.
CA utilities to invest in EV infrastructure: Energy providers had since 2011 been banned from funding public charging infrastructure, to allow smaller companies to compete. As the U.S. state considers lifting that ban, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison are gearing up to invest a total of around 500 million dollars in new charge points.
Chicago fast-chargers: NRG eVgo and Chicago-based JNS Holdings have partnered to restore the existing DC fast chargers in Chicago. In the coming months, eVgo will also add additional DC fast charging sites to the Chicagoland area.
University carsharing in China: General Motors will provide a fleet of all-electric Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, to be integrated into a multi-modal transportation system. The goal is also to evaluate the benefits and challenges of carsharing schemes.
Electrifying tourism in Malaysia: The city of Putrajaya will soon offer Ecoride, a car rental service for tourists with two Renault Zoe and ten Renault Twizy. The initiative was launched alongside the second round of the Formula E racing series, which this time took part in the Malaysian town.
Shanghai, Sri Lanka, Proterra, Texas.
Shanghai electrified: The Chinese metropolis plans to erect 1,800 charging stations by the end of the year and has another 2,400 in the pipeline for late 2015. The uptake of EVs in the city with 23 million inhabitants has doubled (from 581 in 2013) in the first half of 2014.
Sri Lanka is to build 40 charging spots next to supermarkets by August. More are to follow. The chargers will serve the Mahindra E20, which is now offered in Sri Lanka (we reported). The country hopes to quickly increase the number of EVs from currently 100.
Proterra launches 2nd generation: The company just sealed its first sale of its updated electric bus to its long-standing customer Foothill Transit in California. To acquire new sales, Proterra has went on an U.S. tour, promoting its offering to transportation officials.
greencarcongress.com (sale in California), timesunion.com, albany.twcnews.com (tour stop in Albany)
Switching pays: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is to give 7.7 million dollars to individuals, businesses, governmental organisations and schools willing to exchange their old diesel vehicles with new alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. Grants may cover up to 80% of the purchase cost.