California: SCE adresses commercial vehicle market
The utility company, Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched the Charge Ready Transport programme with a budget of around $356 million USD. The scheme offers commercial clients the installation of charging stations for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles for free and some rebates on top.
SCE proposes $760M electric car charging expansion
Southern California Edison is pushing for a mayor expansion of their running infrastructure pilot Charge Ready. A new proposal includes 48,000 additional charging points in a 760 million dollar programme but with the utility operating alone, approval is uncertain.
H2ME, Vienne, Lothian Buses, Southern California Edison.
Huge hydrogen project: Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) will push FCV uptake in Europe with 63m euros. Further funding comes from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The project will support the deployment of 325 fuel cell vehicles and 29 hydrogen refuelling stations in 10 countries.
Electric strategy: Vienna has agreed on a new strategy to electrify the Austrian capital. This time, politics will concentrate on electric cars as pedelecs are believed to have been integrated already. Fleets, deliveries and taxis are to become increasingly electric, while more charging infrastructure will be funded to attract private buyers.
wien.gv.at (strategy paper) via oekonews.at (both in German)
Hybrid buses in Scotland: Lothian Buses will introduce 25 hybrid vehicles by Volvo by mid- to late 2017 in Edinburgh. Costs are around 12m pounds with funding being sought from the Scottish Green Bus Fund. The hybrid buses will be used on most polluted routes.
Smart grid learnings: Southern California Edison (SCE) is running one of the largest pilot schemes of smart grid demand response. Now, EV drivers are added to the game. They can choose between different pricing options based on demand. SCE wants to see how pricing impacts consumer behaviour.
Cenex, Chargemaster, EVEN, OLEV, Tesla, Southern California Edison.
EV initiative for outer communities: British Cenex has secured funding to develop business plans to bring electric transport solutions to communities outside cities with the aim to include them commercially, environmentally and socially. The project is led by Cenex and will tackle the fringes in Poland, Spain, and Italy as well as the West Midlands and Scotland in the UK.
Charge point package: Chargemaster is offering British companies a package to get a 7-kW electric vehicle charge point installed for 995 GBP (1,533 dollars) excl. VAT. The charge point can be used by employees or the companies’ own fleet.
EV concept store:EVEN has opened a ‘Concept Store’ for electric cars in Iceland’s biggest shopping centre. Models of Renault, Nissan, Tesla, and Kia are on display and for sale. However, this could be just the start as the company aims at opening 250 stores across Europe within the next few years.
Late payment of the EV homecharger grant via the UK government’s OLEV scheme has caused outrage. SMEs are particularly concerned as waiting times of months instead of 30 working days disrupt their cashflow considerably. It is unclear if the scheme is to be continued beyond March 31, thus leaving infrastructure providers in the dark, too.
Tesla Stores for all: In a letter to U.S. legislators, 10 organisations urge the States to allow Tesla to sell and service its electric cars directly. The alliance includes free-market groups, consumer-protection and environmental organisations, and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Demand response: Southern California Edison has started a pilot involving its employees and 80 charge points. The utility is to test charging at peak times and how to manage it via several tariff options.