Dyson discontinues electric car project
Dyson has axed all plans to build electric vehicles. Founder Sir James Dyson announced the surprise move in an email to employees, saying the project is not commercially viable. Dyson will rechannel the £2.5 billion already invested in other technology.
Singapore to receive 2,000 Ioniq hybrid taxis
Singapore’s largest transport operator ComfortDelgro has ordered 2,000 additional Ioniq hybrid taxis from Hyundai Motor. 1,500 of the hybrid EVs will arrive by the end of this year, with the other 500 planned for delivery at the beginning of 2020.
Geely subsidiary Geometry presents first BEV
Geely has introduced its first fully electric car brand, named Geometry, alongside its first model Geometry A. By the year 2025, ten electric models will be launched under the new brand in several segments, including sedans, SUVs and vans.
Avevai reveals electric vans powered by supercaps
Avevai, a start-up from Singapore is showing the first electric vehicles of their new Iona series at the Guangzhou Auto show in China. They developed the chassis of their electric van and small e-truck together with Daimler and Foton but the real innovation is in the system.
BYD, ST and Yutong share Singapore electric bus order
Singapore has contracted three companies with an order for 60 electric buses to be delivered in 2019/ 2020. The contracts went to BYD, ST Engineering and Yutong-NARI. At the same time, Singapore Power announced their plan to build 1,000 charging points in the city-state.
Dyson decides to build electric cars in Singapore
Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson has picked the spot for the electric car factory: Singapore. They want to break ground before the year’s end with the first EV to rival Tesla to roll of the lines by 2021. The choice builds on Dyson’s extensive workforce in the city state that is also the world’s second-largest container […]
BYD unveils driverless electric forklifts and aircraft tugs
BYD has developed a driverless electric forklift together with Singapore-based ST Engineering. The two companies signed a cooperation agreement to broaden their joint activities in this field. That’s not BYD’s sole special vehicle innovation: The company also unveiled two new electric tug models.
Nissan to offer Leaf in seven additional countries
Nissan’s newest vehicle, the BEV Leaf, has been slated for release in a total of 7 additional countries, alongside the already announced market nations, paving the way further to the goal of offering the vehicle in up to 60 countries around the world.
BlueSG ready for its car sharing debut in Singapore
Bolloré subsidiary BlueSG is going to kick off its EV car sharing service in Singapore on December, 12th, as planned. Within three years, the fleet shall grow to 1,000 electric cars and the infrastructure network to 500 stations with a total of 2,000 charging points.
European HPC, Renault, StratosFuel, Singapore, Ontario.
OEMs join forces to build fast charging net: Almost one year after their first declaration, BMW, Daimler, Ford and Porsche (representing the VW Group) finally created a JV to build a CCS ultra fast-charging network together. The Munich-based European High Power Charging GmbH & Co. KG shall fund 350 kW charging stations along the Autobahn and other European key routes. In an initial step, the JV seeks to erect 400 locations. However, the long-term objective are “thousands” of ultra fast-charging stations across Europe. The project might still start before the year’s end.
automobilwoche.de, manager-magazin.de, stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
Renault acquires shares in Jedlix: The French carmaker and Eneco subsidiary Jedlix are cooperation partners since September 2015. Now, Renault went a step further and acquired a 25% share in Jedlix. Both companies want to launch new EV offers, based on Jedlix’ expertise in smart charging and Renault’s knowledge of EV technology.
H2 car sharing for California: StratosFuel is about to kick off a car sharing service with fuel cell vehicles in California. The company plans to start with 15 hydrogen-powered cars and to expand its fleet as well as its service area later on. In order to launch its service, StratosFuel benefits from state subsidy.
50 hybrid buses for Singapore: In the second half of 2018, Singapore’s roads will see a total of 50 new hybrid buses supplied by Volvo. The order is worth 30m dollars, future operator is the Land Transport Authority (LTA). But that’s not all: The LTA is about to call another tender for additional 60 hybrid buses due to go in operation in 2019.
Kingston to erect charging network: The City of Kingston in the Canadian province Ontario will benefit from 29 additional EV charging stations. The city’s council agreed to invest almost 800,000 dollars. Currently, Kingston just offers eight charging stations that are independently owned.
Innogy, Fortum, ChargePoint, Etran, Singapore.
European roaming: RWE’s Innogy plans to set up a pan-European charging network that will use its Blockchain solution. It is a technological platform that allows for payments and the protocol is particularly suited for decentralised networks. In a next step, the e-Wallet is to be integrated. It simplifies payment and includes not only charging but road tolls, car sharing and other services.
Fortum to expand in Poland: Polish utility Energa chose Scandinavian Fortum to equip its future charging stations with its cloud-based Charge & Drive solution. Energa will retrofit its six existing EV charge points by March.
ChargePoint and Renault: Infrastructure provider ChargePoint announced the integration of its GeniePoint Network with Renault’s Z.E. Pass App. Renault EV drivers can now locate, charge and pay for recharging their electric car with their mobiles.
3D-printed electric scooter cabs: Etran Group will set up a taxi service in Bangkok this September that includes 10,000 electric scooters. The two-wheeler called Etran Prom is 3D-printed (partially at least) and runs on a network of battery swapping stations. Expansion beyond Thailand may begin by 2019.
Singapore set up an electric cab service already. The first 50 of a total of 100 electric cabs now roam the city state. They were delievered by BYD.
Audi, Singapore, Last Mile Assistant Robot, Coverstro.
Audi engineers train for e-mobility: Development engineers for Audi are back to school to intensify their knowledge of electric machines and drives at Technical University Ingolstadt (THI). The car maker and the university designed specific courses that last three and a half months.
Autonomous hybrid buses: Land Transport Authority (LTA) in Singapore and Nanyang Technological University will start to test self-driving technology in two twelve-metre-long hybrid buses from 2018. The vehicles will serve along fixed routes and carry up to 50 people.
Mail robot: The ‘Last Mile Assistant Robot’ (LaMA) is built to help with parcel delivery and has been developed by students of Bremen University. As a tracked, tiny vehicle it uses the working principle of Mecanum wheels. LaMA also reacts to gestures and will be presented at DHL.
idw-online.de, youtube.com (animation)
EV plastic concept: Coverstro revealed its electric car concept as planned at K Trade fair. Developed with partners, it incorporates a seamless front end, holographic lighting, and the use of sustainable coating and adhesive systems.
BMW, NCY Clean Fleet, Singapore, France, BayCAP.
BMW charges New Zealand: The German carmaker partners with Charge.Net.NZ to install 100 DC fast-charging stations on the islands. This ‘Electric Highway’ will support both CCS and CHAdeMO and is powered by renewable energy. Charge Net operates 20 such stations and another 80 are to follow by the end of 2017. Drivers will be able to pay with a Charge Now card at the stations.
NYC Clean Fleet: New York’s electric vehicle fleet is growing and already consists of 500 EVs, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. He reportedly plans to operate the biggest electric fleet a city has yet seen. NYC is indeed on course to break the 1,000 EV benchmark by the end of 2017.
Electric service fleet: Utility Singapore Power plans to replace its entire fleet of 400 vehicles with electric vans bit by bit. The first 31 Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. will enter service before the year’s end.
Charging France: Département Alpes-de-Haute-Provence will install 50 EV charging stations in 44 municipalities by the end of next year. Meanwhile, the city of Roche-sur-Yon is testing three streetlamp charging posts developed by Bouygues Energies & Services over six months. If the trial is successful, such posts might be rolled out across France.
avere-france.org (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), avere-france.org (Roche-sur-Yon, both in French)
With the completion of the Bay Area Charge Ahead Project (BayCAP), EV drivers can charge at 152 new charging stations in 20 cities. BayCAP was funded with about 1m dollars from the CEC and developed with the support of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative and the California EV Alliance.
BYD, super battery, Singapore, GKN.
BYD ups EV investments: The manufacturer wants to spend another 670m euros on its electric and hybrid fleet, as well as another 800m euros on its battery segment. BYD will use the cash to i.e. set up a new battery factory in Quinghai, said to produce batteries with a total of 10 GWh per year. The Shang, Song, M5 and other electric and hybrid newcomers will arrive on the market before the end of the year.
New super battery: Using sheets of graphene, researcher at the Australian Swinburne University have developed a flexible energy-storage technology. The supercapacitor is said to store as much energy as a lithium battery, but can be charged in just seconds and has an almost unlimited lifespan.
Autonomous in Singapore: Companies Delphi and nuTonomy working with the government of Singapore to test autonomous vehicles. The mobility on-demand service will include one Audi SQ5 and five still unnamed electric cars that will be retrofitted with Delphi technology, including cameras, radar and lidar. The project, which kicked off Monday, will run until 2019.
Boosting electric AWD: Shanghai GKN Huayu Driveline Systems (SDS), GKN’s Chinese joint venture, has set up five new production facilities for its all-wheel drive technology in Shanghai, in order to cater to the growing demand for electric drivetrains.
ChargePoint, Singapore, Farmdrop, Florida, Nebraska.
EV infrastructure expense: ChargePoint has secured 50m in funding. The money will be used to expand the company’s EV charging station network in the U.S., where it already operates 28,000 charging spots. Siemens and BMW iVentures are among the investors. Meanwhile, competitor EVgo scored a “major investment” from Vision Ridge Partners. Together with funding from NRG, EVgo currently disposes over 100m dollars.
Islandwide e-carsharing: Singapore plans to install about 2,000 EV charging points that will primarily serve an e-carsharing programme. Details of which have yet to be disclosed but proposals are in the final stages of evaluation.
Electric farm food fleet: Ten hybrid vans have been replaced with fully electric ones as Farmdrop cleans up its food delivery act in London. The fresh produce is now picked up with Nissan e-NV200 and brought to homes and grocery stores in the British capital emission-free.
Free electric shuttle: The city of Sarasota in Florida, U.S. is considering to introduce a shuttle service with electric six-seaters in the downtown area. The city set aside about half a million dollars for the next two years to kick start the programme that ultimately aims to reduce traffic.
Rejoicing the EV market: Lincoln in Nebraska, U.S. plans to install ten EV charging stations. The dual-port stops result in a total of 24 plug-in opportunities in a town that so far counts only 50 electric cars. The grant programme intends to change that.
Berlin, Uruguay, Singapore, tax credits, Virginia.
Berlin e-bus: As you maybe saw on our Facebook page yesterday, Berlin began operating four all-electric Solaris Urbino 12 buses to service the route 204. The buses are charged inductively at the first and last station on the line via the Primove charging system from Bombardier.
berlin.de (in German), infobus.pl (in Polish) facebook.com (our photos)
Uruguay wants more e-taxis: The country earmarked 100,000 dollars for each newly purchased electric taxi. A taxi license will be subsidized with 60,000 dollars and the taxi company will be exempt for a 23 percent sales tax. Charging infrastructure will be funded with 5,000 dollars. Moreover, BYD confirmed the delivery of 50 e6 e- taxis for the capital Montevideo.
EV infrastructure in Singapore: Greenlots is partnering with real estate developer CapitaLand and BMW to continue with its second phase of EV charging infrastructure installations in Singapore. The goal is to increase the number of public chargers to 45 at 31 locations across the city state.
Money for the rich: Researchers at the University of California, Berkley, found that between 2006 and 2012, 60 percent of all clean energy tax credits went to people who earned more than 200,000 dollars a year. In the case of electric and hybrid vehicles, that quintile even received 90% of all credits.
Port of Virginia cleans up: Kalmar delivered three hybrid shuttle carriers to The Port of Virginia. They will begin operations at the Virginia International Gateway and are part of the port’s voluntary Green Operator (GO) programme to replace equipment with more energy-efficient alternatives.
Scoop of the day.
Uber will be delivering ice cream to customers in Singapore via EVs and drones. Just like the cars, scoops can be ordered and paid for using the app. Let’s just hope the ice cream doesn’t melt while high in sky – or Singaporeans may experience rain with strawberry or chocolate flavour.