Sep 15, 2015 - 06:59 am

SLAM, UK, TNM, California, Sri Lanka.

SLAM dunk: The first three rapid chargers of the German SLAM network have gone online as scheduled. Petrol station operator Tank & Rast installed them at its service stations along the motorway A9. A total of 400 fast-charging points will be installed by the end of 2017. Charging is free for now and the project includes all standards. SLAM is a joint project by BWM, Daimler, Ford, VW and the German ministry of economics.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)

Clean air zones: The British Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs started consulting on its plan to improve air quality by banning or charging most pollutant vehicles like diesel cars in so-called clean air zones. Among the cities named likely to miss EU air quality standards are London, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby, and Southampton.
telegraph.co.uk, consult.defra.gov.uk (consultation)

Support for TNM: The New Motion has gained AutoBinck as a new shareholder. Existing investors and founders will also help fund the expansion of the company’s charging network across Europe, namely in Great Britain, France and Germany.

California charges: Six new charging stations were inaugurated by cutting a symbolic petrol pump hose in the Californian city of Torrance. The stations are part of a larger regional network.

Petrol stations to chargers: Sri Lanka decided to equip all petrol stations with EV chargers, as it believes demand for electric cars to be huge but hampered by the lack of charging infrastructure.

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Jul 21, 2015 - 08:13 am

CCS, London, Hawaii, Mountain View, Montgomery Country, Auckland.

150 kW CCS-charger planned: Partners of Germany’s fast-charging network SLAM announced that it will be possible to charge with up to 150 kW in the future at key junctions along the country’s motorways. Terms of subsidies have been adjusted accordingly – 50 percent of the cost for the installation of 50 kW chargers and 75 percent of the cost for the preparation of 150 kW chargers will be covered. The first 150 kW chargers are said to go online in two years.
volkswagenag.com (in German only)

London gets first on-street fast-chargers: Hackney Council installed three Tri-Rapid chargers in Shoreditch, Dalston and Hackney Central. They are the first publicly accessible on-street fast-chargers in the UK capital which can charge EVs with up to 50 kW.
bdaily.co.uk, itsinternational.com

Hydrogen shuttles for Hawaii: From autumn, two 25-seater hydrogen buses will shuttle tourists to the Volcanoes national park on the island. Even the “Wiki-Wiki” shuttles at Honolulu Airport could soon be fueled by hydrogen.

New EV charging project approved: The City Council of California’s Mountain View said it will install five new charging stations in the California and Bryant Parking structure, as well as upgrade four stations located at City Hall later this year. The fee is set at 1.50 dollars/an hour for the first two hours and will increase to 5 dollars/hour during peak times.

Serving electric: Montgomery Country police in the U.S. state of Maryland added three Ford Fusion PHEVs to its fleet that will be used to serve civil papers. Three EV chargers have been installed for the cars in the parking garage underneath the Montgomery County Courthouse.

35 chargers for New Zealand: Company Vector wants to install 35 EV charging station across Auckland. Vector has been offering EV drivers free coffee at its two existing stations to pass the time. The new stations will be a mix of fast- and standard-chargers.

Apr 8, 2014 - 09:14 am

SLAM, My Electric Avenue, Toyota, Tesla.

SLAM presented: The fast-charging network for Germany (we reported) has been officially introduced to the public at Hannover Messe. The first 20 SLAM stations are said to be erected at banks by the end of September this year. By 2017, a total of 400 AC and DC quick charging points are planned. All stations will use the same billing system and are to be integrated with other projects of the ‘Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität’ (NPE for national platform e-mobility).
idw-online.de (in German)

Street of the future: The first neighbourhood cluster of the My Electric Avenue project (we reported) has now received its Nissan Leafs. Marlow, UK, is one of eleven areas to take part in the trial designed to monitor the charging demand of EVs on the grid. In total, 111 participants have agreed to lease the electric Nissan.

Half of all Auris sold in the UK in the first quarter of 2014 are hybrids, says Toyota. The Britain-built C-segment car is now accounting for almost 6% of the family car segment sales.

Carmaker or grid-storage company? Considering Tesla’s plans to build the Gigafactory and thus being able to supply battery packs with a total annual output of 50 gigawatt-hours, this a valid question to ask. Why not head over to John Voelcker at Green Car Reports and join the discussion.


Mar 28, 2014 - 10:17 am

Austria, SLAM, Northumberland, Ohio, Palo Alto.

Together for Austria: Four Austrian energy providers will join their respective charging networks to offer free roaming between Vienna and Vorarlberg for their customers. Details will only be presented next week.
oekonews.at (in German)

CHAdeMO update for SLAM? The fast-charging network SLAM (we reported) which is dedicated towards the erection of about 400 CCS DC chargers at strategic locations throughout Germany might also get CHAdeMO outlets. According to electrive.com sources, the Japanese are considering to pay the extra costs on their own.
Source: own research

Nissan for Northumberland: The council of the English has added two Leafs to its fleet, which will be available to more than 1,000 employees. Because the cars proved to be very popular during trials, Northumberland Council is already thinking about adding more.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, fleetnews.co.uk

Tesla deal in Ohio: The Californian carmaker has reached an agreement with the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association to keep its two stores in the state open and to launch just one more. Still, the deal needs approval from Ohio state legislature and would be exclusive to Tesla.

The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in Palo Alto now offers EV charging via a Blink Level II station. The station is part of their partnership with the Car Charging Group.

Mar 24, 2014 - 09:59 am

SLAM, BMW, Mitsubishi, Ohio State University, eV Race, Volkswagen.

Germany gets fast-charging network: SLAM is the name of the new DC charging network to be set up by BWM, Daimler, Ford, VW and the German ministry of economics. Until 2017, a total of 400 charging stations will be installed throughout the country at about every 50 kilometres. CCS (DC) and Type 2 (three-phase AC) are the standards in favour, CHAdeMO will be excluded. The project kicks off officially at the Hannover Messe trade show at the beginning of April.
autobild.de (in German)

New fast charging option? BMWi’s head of communication, Weiland Bruch, announced the coming of a new DC-charging solution. Details about what exactly that entails were not disclosed. It is possible, however, that it could have something to do with the above mentioned SLAM project.
carscoops.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV priced down under: Starting on March 31st, the SUV will be available in Australia starting at 47,490 AU dollars (43,026 U.S. dollars). The plug-in hybrid combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with front and rear electric motors and has a maximum electrical range of 52 kilometres.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Ohio State University enters TT Zero: The RW2.X operates at 450 volts and holds as much energy as a Chevy Volt. The electronics and inner workings of the 70 hp electric motorcycle were entirely designed and build by students. It is the University’s second time entering the race.

Tesla pioneers develop electric race car: Internode-founder and owner of the first Tesla in Australia, Simon Hackett, is investing in eV Race Systems, a start-up aiming to develop a new high-performance electric race car. With Rudi Tuisk and Craig Davis – two former Tesla managers – being part of the executive team, eV Race Systems seems well prepared for the job.

Driving VW: Transport Evolved sat behind the wheel of the Golf GTE, finding that it lives up to “its name of a sporty plug-in hybrid.” GreenCar Reports gave the 2015 e-Golf a go, also having a “favourable” impression. And one thing both test drivers agree on – no matter if its hybrid or all-electric – it still looks and feels like a VW Golf.
transportevolved.com (VW Golf GTE), greencarreports.com (VW e-Golf)

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