Spanish CAF to take over bus maker Solaris
Spain’s railway company CAF wants to take over Polish bus maker Solaris. For CAF this means broadening their portfolio particularly in e-mobility while Solaris has been looking for investment. Projections suggests a price of over 300 million euros with approval expected by September 2018.
Solaris readies fuel cell electric bus for 2019
Poland’s prolific busmaker Solaris will present their first hydrogen bus next year. The fuel cell electric vehicle is based on their Urbino series but with a longer range of up to 350 km on one fill. A traction battery is to support the bus at peak times.
BVG orders 30 electric buses for Berlin
Following a lengthy tender process, Berlin transport provider BVG has made its decision. The board approved the acquisition of 30 electric buses that are to arrive next year. Details on the manufacturer have not been disclosed but Daimler is a good guess although Solaris may be an option too.
Hamburg Hochbahn brings “E-Bus Masterplan” under way
Hamburg’s public transport provider Hochbahn is on schedule with its E-Bus Masterplan that will see them procure nothing but all-electric buses from 2020 onwards. The first batch of thirty such EVs will be delivered by Daimler’s EvoBus and Solaris after they won a competitive tender.
Gdynia orders 30 Solaris trolley buses
The Polish city of Gdynia has signed an agreement with Solaris for the delivery of 30 trolleybuses, valued at 28 million dollars. The order includes 14 Trollino 12 buses with 58 kWh batteries and 16 articulated Trollino 18 buses with 87 kWh batteries.
Solaris to provide 16 hybrid buses for Stettin
The Polish city of Stettin has placed an order with Solaris for 16 new hybrid buses. The Solaris Urbino series hybrid buses will come in two different size variety, at 12m and an articulated 18m version, running on a 120 kW and 200 kW traction motor, respectively.
Solaris sold 2,500 electrified buses to date
Polish bus maker Solaris has had a record year, selling more vehicles than ever in 2017. The electric segment is one of the factors driving the growth and Solaris says it delivered 2,500 electrified coaches across Europe to date.
Poland to procure 1,000 electric buses until 2020
Warsaw’s recent announcement to acquire 130 articulated electric buses seems to be just the beginning when it comes to electrify the public transport in Poland: Transport minister Jerzy Kwieciński now set the target of bringing 1,000 electric buses on Poland’s roads until 2020.
Hyundai, Linz, ABB, Solaris, Volta Charging.
Hyundai launches first EV sharing: In Amsterdam, a fleet of 100 Ioniq EV is free floating and can be booked via an app. For the Japanese carmaker it is the first EV-only sharing service in Europe and it chose the Dutch capital due to its existing infrastructure. There are 2,200 public EV charging stations in Amsterdam alone and Hyundai says customers may drive the cars all over the Netherlands and can pay by the minute, hour, or per day.
electrek.co, hyundai.news, ioniqcarsharing.nl
20 electric buses for Linz: The Austrian city of Linz has received its first electric bus. Double-articulated and at 24m length, it belongs to an order of 20 such buses using IMC (In Motion Charging) technology by Kiepe Electric. Due to arrive by 2019, they shall replace the trolley bus fleet while increasing the capacity per vehicle by 30 percent and charge whenever they get in touch with the overhead wire.
ABB in India: The Indian arm of Swiss ABB has submitted a bid to provide 4,500 charging points as part of the government’s tender to procure 10,000 electric vehicles (we reported).
Solaris sales grow again as the Polish busmaker received an order over ten electric buses and infrastructure from the Stalowa Wola municipality in the Podkarpackie region of Poland. The vehicles can be charged via pantograph or plugged in.
Enter & Charge: Volta Charging announced a ten-year agreement to deploy EV charging stations near the South and East entrances of the United Center in Chicago. Launch is set for this month.
Allego, Shell, Solaris, New Zealand, Supercharger.
Shell to offer fast-charging: Allego has agreed to supply Shell gas stations with fast-chargers, first in the UK and the Netherlands, where they shall go into operation before the year’s end. London and Derby are on the list of locations with a few more in the west of the Netherlands (Randstad). How many 50 kW stations they want to install, none of the partners specified.
Autobus per favore: Italy has ordered a total of 22 electric buses built by Polish Solaris. Twelve Urbino 12 electric are expected in Bergamo with another ten going to Milan. While both cities opted for the same models, they differed in the interior as well as charging options.
At the other end of the world New Zealand’s capital ordered 32 electric double-decker. The first ten are scheduled for service from July 2018, while the other 22 are only due by 2020 and 2021. The Council of Wellington has signed with Tranzit and Uzabus for nine routes after the city called for tenders in August last year. Overall, the bus fleet is almost 500 strong.
Tesla’s Supercharger supersizing continues as the firm announced another two 40-strong charging sites after building the first in California as reported. One will come to Tesla-loving Oslo in Norway and the other to Baker, a place conveniently situated between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Not as big but expansive all the same is the latest site at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island’s mall and theme park that now call sixteen Tesla charging stations their own.
electrek.co (Oslo), electrek.co (Baker), gulfnews.com (Abu Dhabi)
Solaris, Dubrovnik, Efacec, Bolloré, Tesla.
Buses big in Belgium: Soon all buses in Belgium will be electrified it seems. After Volvo and ABB scored their biggest order to date with 90 electric buses and 12 chargers, it is now on Solaris. Transport provider Société Régionale du Transport (SRWT) has ordered 208 hybrid buses. The contract is worth 105m euros and includes maintenance. Solaris will deliver this September.
infobus.pl (in Polish)
E-scooter sharing: Croatian Dubrovnik ordered 100 electric scooter. Tourists and locals can book them via app from April onwards. 15 charging stops stand ready and double as rental stations. Testing has commenced since autumn, yet the city has not made any rates public.
marcopolo.de (in German)
350 kW charging: Portuguese Efacec builds charging stations and has already sold 44 units from its HV-Serie. It can charge with up to 350 kW and half of the stations have been installed in various projects. The series includes models with power ranges from 50, 160, 175 and 350 kW.
E-car sharing: In Singapore, Bolloré just scaled back its BlueSG EV sharing. Only 10 – 20 electric cars will be deployed this summer and not 125 as initially planned. But the long term strategy remains and shall see the French group set up 2,000 EV charging stations for 1,000 of its EV within four years.
Tesla landed in the UAE as planned and started to install Superchargers right away. One fast-charging station connects Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Destination chargers can be found in Dubai already.
Zapinamo, Volvo, Solaris, China, Green Energy.
UK funds fast-charging tests: UK start-up Zapinamo received 2.2m pounds in government funding, in order to work with Warwick University, Iveco, and Farmdrop to test fast-charging with up to 400 kW for electric utility vehicles.
Delivery contract: Volvo received an order for four hybrid buses form the city of Värmamo in southern Sweden. Adding the four Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid to the fleet will electrify the city’s entire public transport system.
Solaris conquers North: Finish city Tampere commissioned four all-electric buses from Solaris. The latter has now sold more than 100 electric buses in i.e. Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden – now adding Finland to its list.
Ultimate charging offensive: Tianjin will soon be a mecca for electric mobility. The Chinese city wants to increase the number of charge points from now around 2,000 to 90,000 by 2020. Surely, there will then always be place to plug in.
Time of day tariff: Green Energy is now the first utility in the UK that offers residential customers a time of day tariff for EV charging. Using smart meter technology, the company encourages EV drivers to plug in when demand and prices are lower.
Vattenfall, Workhorse, Riga, Solaris.
Vattenfall presents inCharge: Vattenfall has launched the charging network inCharge, which it is building in conjunction with partners. All Vattenfall’s existing fast charging stations will be included, as will thousands of charging stations that belong to the partners. According to the power company, the current 2,732 charging points that customers can access in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands “will soon increase significantly.” A new app allows customers to pay directly at the charging stations.
Electric pickup truck attracts potential customers: Workhorse recently announced its electric pickup work truck W-15 (we reported) and now says that Duke Energy, the city of Portland and the city of Orlando’s municipal fleet have signed non-binding letters of interest to purchase the trucks for their respective uses. Duke Energy said it could purchase as many as 500 trucks.
Riga orders Solaris buses: Latvian public transport operator Rigas Satiksme has signed a contract with Solaris for the supply of ten low-floor trolleybuses. Each trolleybus will be fitted with a with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender as well as a battery, which allows it to operate without traction energy supply.
Hyundai, Solaris, Mahindra, XL Hybrid, OCPP.
Hyundai to charge Belgium: 85 EV charging station are planned at Hyundai dealerships in Belgium and Luxembourg. The car maker will cooperate with utility provider Eneco as the Ioniq launch draws near. The first charger stands in Bruges.
lesoir.be (in French)
Homerun for Solaris: Polish bus maker Solaris has received an order from Poland over 42 electric buses. 22 Urbino of different sizes will go to Jaworzno and another 20 are destined for Krakow. Deliveries are set for 2017.
omnibusrevue.de (in German)
Homerun for Mahindra: 50 eSupro cargo vans by Mahindra have been ordered by Indian Brring Logistics. The last-mile delivery service has received the first ten electric vans in New Delhi already. They can travel up to 112 miles on a charge.
XL Hybrid retrofitted five vans for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Also, Montgomery County saw 15 vehicles being hybridised with the firm’s XL3 Hybrid system.
Prince Gorge County, fleetowner.com
International interoperability: ‘EV Charging Equipment Data Exchange Technical Committee’ is to introduce version 2 of the OCPP to establish the de-facto standard for EV-to-network communications officially and globally. Already ABB, Allego, EV-Box, EVgo, Mennekes, Schneider Electric, Siemens and The New Motion among others are on board. OCPP 2.0 is to be published this month.
Daimler, Solaris, Tesla, Toyota, BMW, VDL.
Will Daimler electrify all commercial vans? According to Autocar, it is now certain that the new-generation Sprinter will be available as an all-electric version (we reported). But that is just the beginning. Thanks to an adaptable underpinning, all next-generation commercial vehicles will be offered as purely electric.
Solaris expands hybrid bus portfolio: Solaris will unveil its New Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid at the IAA for commercial vehicles in September. It is powered by the “HybriDrive” from U.S. supplier BAE Systems. A diesel engine functions as generator for the motor and battery and shuts off when at bus stops.
busplaner.de, omnibusrevue.de (articles in German)
Is Tesla already building Model 3 prototypes? According to Electrek, the California EV maker has ordered enough parts to build 300 beta prototypes. Is this already a preproduction run? Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk and other shareholders will boost their stake in the company after it takes over SolarCity. Musk will remain the single biggest shareholder, increasing his stake from 23.2 to 25 percent.
electrek.co (Model 3), reuters.com (shares)
Plug-in Prius has to wait: The new generation of Toyota’s PHEV was supposed to arrive in Japan this autumn, followed by the U.S. and Europe. But the launch has been pushed back to winter 2016. The only reason the manufacturer gave is that it wanted to take its “time and more care before starting mass manufacturing.”
BMW sales boom: The new BMW i3 with a bigger battery has been available since July and BMW received 7,000 orders since then – three times as many, as after market launch. Hybrids are also selling well. The Bavarians sold 23,675 electrified cars in the first half of 2016, 87 percent more than in the same time last year.
Police on pedelecs: VDL is seemingly also looking to enter the world of e-bikes. First, it will focus on performance pedelecs for police and security personnel. The two-wheelers under the brand name Trefecta are said to hit 100 kph. Production is limited to 200 units.
Audi, Nissan, Samsung, EU, Solaris, Yangtse.
Upcoming from Audi: Audi CEO Rupert Stadler announced plans to bring three pure electric models to market by 2020, starting with the Q6 e-tron SUV in 2018. It will be followed by an electric compact car and later a mid-rage executive EV. Stadler also promised more plug-in hybrid models in the coming three to four years. The goal is that 25 to 30 percent of the carmaker’s vehicles sold could be electric by 2025.
techfieber.de (in German)
Extended Leaf range: The 2017 Nissan Leaf could already see the next battery upgrade and then come with 40 kWh. As with the last upgrade, the smaller (then 30 kWh) variant will still be available, while the 24 kWh version would be discontinued.
Samsung investment confirmed: The Korean supplier has invested 449m dollars in Chinese automotive company BYD. The reason for the investment according to Automotive News is that Samsung did not make it onto the China-approved supplier list. BYD will use the funds to expand battery production, as well as for research and development for new-energy vehicles.
New European strategy: The European Commission has published a strategy for low-emission mobility. The goal is “to make the most” of digital technologies and smart pricing, speed up the “fuelling” network for EVs and FCVs and therefore “remove obstacles” and push the acceleration of zero-emission transport.
Buses in India: Indian component maker JBM and Solaris Bus & Coach have formed a joint venture for the development and sales of hybrid and electric buses. The first Polish-Indian electric bus models could already become available next year.
Tangier EV factory: Chinese company Yangtse has announced plans to open an electric vehicle factory in Tangier, Morocco. Cars produced will be sold both locally and outside the country. Construction is to begin soon.
Deutsche Post, Hyundai, Solaris, Borne Recharge, Fleet Market Attitudes.
Electric mail delivery: Deutsche Post launched the ‘GoGreen Regional’ pilot project for business customers in the German cities of Duisburg and Essen. It is a give and take; the more mail orders are received via GoGreen, the higher the investment in deliveries with electric vehicles. To bolster up the claim, a total of 30 electric StreetScooter will be deployed in both towns.
Over 250 Hyundai ix35 Fuell Cell are on the roads in Europe this October. The Korean carmaker just delivered another 50 hydrogen vehicles. By the end of 2015, they can found in 13 European countries, with Spain and Switzerland being the latest markets added to the list.
Electric buses in Poland: Solaris has won a bid to deploy four electric buses to the Polish city of Krakow. The Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric will go into operation by June next year.
newstix.de (in German), krakow.pl (in Polish)
French wallboxes made in China: Borne Recharge has entered a partnership in China to produce its EV charging equipment in a facility located in Zhongshan city. The site will become fully operational in 2016. Borne Recharge also cooperates with Nissan, Kia, and Renault.
automobile-propre.com (in French), English info via mail
Potential fuel savings: Fleet managers could save up to 500 pounds if they would switch to electric and hybrid vehicles, Kia writes in its ‘Fleet Market Attitudes.’ The survey also noted a lack of time and knowledge to identify most cost-effective vehicles.
Toyota, DoE, Kandi, Solaris, POD Point, Tower Leasing, Brussels.
EV vandalism: Toyota’s i-Road sharing scheme in French Grenoble is suffering from setbacks, Bloomberg reports. Recurring vandalism has slowed down the introduction of the electric three-wheelers which were supposed to be guarded by surveillance cameras promised by the Socialists. Since the Green party has been elected together with the far-left, public support for the project has vanished.
U.S. charging patterns: The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has published a new report on EV charging behaviour. The data was gathered by six utility providers monitoring public and home charging stations. Charging patterns show sessions rarely last longer than four hours and take place at home during off-peak hours. Public chargers served mainly to top-up during peak times.
Electric car-sharing expands rapidly: Kandi says it has delivered no less than 14,398 electric cars for its EV sharing program in nine Chinese cities. Hanzhou made the start with 9,852 EVs and was soon followed by Chengdu (1,020), Guangzhou (700), Shanghai (686), Wuhan (612), Changzhou (500), Changsha (388), Nanjing (340), and Rugao (300). Happy sharing!
Follow up: Solaris is to develop an extra-long electric bus together with Polish universities (we reported). Green Car Reports now has all the information on the Solaris Urbino 24 Electric concept in English.
Lease a charge point: POD Point together with Tower Leasing is offering businesses charge points to lease for about 50 pounds (75 dollars) a month over 3 years. Charging is pay-as-you-go.
Leaf taxis in Belgium: 12 Nissan Leafs already serve as cabs in Brussels since last September and receive positive feedback by the various operators. Nissan hopes to increase the number of Leaf cabs soon.
nissan-corse.com (in French)