UK: E-buses for Stagecoach powered by Tesla Powerpacks
In the UK, Stagecoach is now using Tesla Powerpacks to reduce the cost of charging a large fleet of electric buses. Energy company Zenobe has installed 78 stationery batteries and several charging stations at Stagecoach’s bus depot in Guildford, a town in southern England.
Stagecoach to purchase e-buses for Manchester
The passenger transport operator Stagecoach has announced plans to acquire more than 100 electric double-deckers buses for the greater Manchester area. The first of the 105 new Enviro400 EV City buses will likely hit the roads in summer 2019.
Homecharger, London, GoCar, Iceland, UPS, Stagecoach.
EU guidelines push homecharger: According to the Guardian, the EU is working on a directive that would see an EV charger installed in every new or renovated home from 2019. From 2023, 10 percent of parking of new buildings will need to have a place to plug in. The guidelines will be published before the end of the year.
Stricter rules in London: London’s mayor Sadiq Khan presented detailed plans on setting up Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) from 2019. He also kicked off talks about a 10 pound increase of city toll (T-charge) from October of next year.
i3-Sharing in Dublin: Carsharing scheme GoCar now offers ten BMW i3 for short-term rental in the Irish capital. The EVs are parked at ten chargers within the city area.
Iceland plugs in: Icelandic utility Orkusalan announced that it will install an EV charging station in every community in Iceland. The first of around 80 chargers will already be erected in the coming weeks.
New Workhorses: UPS says it will add another 200 hybrid delivery vans from workhorse to it fleet next year. The electric vans with range extender will go into service in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and possibly other U.S. states.
Hybrid short-distance transport: Stagecoach has ordered seven hybrid double-deck buses that will go into service in Scottish Dundee next year. Stagecoach already counts 18 hybrid buses on its fleet.
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White House EV announcement: The Obama Administration has announced both private and federal sector actions to accelerate electric vehicle uptake in the country. This includes a 4.5m dollar loan option to support commercial scale-deployment of charging facilities and an “Electric Vehicle Hackathon.”
1,500 EVs in China: The Kandi Electric Vehicles Group, a joint venture of Kandi Technologies and Geely Automobile, plans to sell 1,500 EVs in the Chinese cities of Tianjin and Jiangyin. The cars should be delivered by the end of the year.
Fast-charging rates: The new Fastned Power subscription allows Dutch drivers to charge vehicles at any of the company’s 51 locations for 19 cents per kWh, with a 24 euro monthly subscription fee. Prices therefore drop to the same rate as if an EV were to charge at home, making it especially attractive to the many electric car owners who don’t have a garage or driveway to install a home charger.
Inverness fleet: U.K. bus operator Stagecoach has modified their Inverness fleet of electric vehicles to run longer, reaching distances of 130 mi on one charge as opposed to the previous 95 mi per charge. This could mean each bus will be able to run for an entire day before needing to plug-in.