Lime expanding services in Germany
Lime boss Brad Bao announced in an interview that the US sharing provider will soon launch its electric kick-scooters in seven more German cities. Lime is already active in six major cities.
Mahle system chargeBig banks on centralisation
Stuttgart Airport has chosen Mahle to supply the bigCharge system to install 110 charge points for its fleet and electric vehicles from employees. The Mahle system is easy to scale and fit thanks to a centralised charge management unit.
Porsche accelerating their mission electrification
Porsche is beginning to make real noise for its upcoming all-electric car, the Taycan. Formerly dubbed Mission E, workers in Stuttgart have started a small series production in the new facility. Porsche will use those first 100 EVs for testing and practising.
Mercedes expands battery offensive
Mercedes-Benz has announced an expansion of their battery offensive for the near future. In particular, the locations in Singelfingen and Untertürkheim will receive the newest facilities in Mercedes’ global battery production network.
Daimler to restructure its EV battery development unit
The carmaker is currently discussing to ‘insource’ this unit, according to the Stuttgarter Zeitung. Wolfgang Nieke, Chairman of the company’s works council, makes clear that he wants development specialists of Daimler’s subsidiary Accumotive to move to the headquarters in Untertürkheim.
How to turn Germany’s ultimate car city into a sustainable urban space.
The world’s most car-centric region is Baden-Württemberg with its capital Stuttgart. After all, it is here that Bertha Benz drove the first Daimler and to this day it shelters Mercedes, Porsche and suppliers like Bosch or Mahle. The heartbeat of the German car industry can be felt most strongly here and has transported combustion engine technology […]
Stuttgart, Tuscany, Pod Point, California.
Diesel ban in Stuttgart by 2018: There will be no more diesel cars allowed on certain streets in the hometown of Porsche and Mercedes from next year onwards. The ruling coalition of the green and conservative party voted in favour of driving bans for vehicles below Euro 6 norm on days with high air pollution. Stuttgart suffers from fine particle pollution.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
Charging Tuscany: Project EVE (Electric Vehicle Energy) unites Enegan, Polo Tecnologico di Navacchio (Pisa) and Dielectrik in their quest to install 325 EV charging stations in the Italian region of Tuscany. No timeline has been issued yet.
trasporti-italia.com, gonews.it (both in Italian)
Call to crowdfunding: UK charging station supplier Pod Point launched a 1.5m pound crowdfunding round to expand its network. The call is part of larger 9m GBP fundraise led by a venture capitalist firm.
16 H2 pit stops in California: 33.4m dollars are available from the California Energy Commission to fund 16 new hydrogen fuelling stations in the Golden state. First Element Fuel as well as Toyota and Shell will take over their installation.
STILLE, Stuttgart, Leoni, Maxwell.
Inductive standards: 13 international partners are now working on project STILLE to produce recommendations for the interoperability of inductive charging systems for EVs. The undertaking is supported by the German government and includes i.e. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Toyota, Continental, Bosch, Qualcomm, TÜV Süd and Witricity.
p3-group.com (in German)
New airport project: Stuttgart Airport has started a new project ‘Scale-up!,’ putting electric airport service vehicles into service. The goal is to determine whether the EVs can be used comprehensively – first in Stuttgart and later at other airports. The project will take three years and is supported by the German Federal Environment Ministry with 2 Mio. euros.
airliners.de, flughafen-stuttgart.de (articles in German)
Cool cables for hot chargers: Leoni will present a cooled charging cable for EVs at the IZB in Wolfsburg next week. It is said to carry currents of up to 400 amperes, and could therefore pave the way for the high-speed chargers of the future.
New ultracap module: Maxwell presented a new 51-volt ultracapacitor module. The manufacture says the self-cooling system is especially fit to optimise performance of i.e. hybrid buses and other high-duty cycle applications.
Storm Sondors, Center for Hybrid Energy Systems, Eaton, Stuttgart.
Crowdfunding for e-car: Storm Sondors, which already successfully staged crowdfunding for an e-bike, is now looking for funds for an electric car. The ‘Model Sondors’ is said to become available worldwide and cost just 10,000 dollars. It has three wheels, room for three and three battery options allowing for a range of 80, 160 or 320 km. Apart from a few teaser images, details remain under wraps.
EV research Down Under: The Australian government is looking to team up with Delta Energy Systems, a developer and supplier for electric cars and fast-charging infrastructure, to set up the Center for Hybrid Energy Systems. Researchers there will then also look at battery, fuel cell and other hydrogen-related technologies for electric transport.
Two-speed transmission for EVs: Eaton showed a two-speed gearbox for heavy- and medium-duty electric commercial vehicles at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which will allow for a greater speed and torque range. Production is said to kick off this autumn and will be used with UQM’s current PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter system (we reported).
Durable silicon anodes: Researchers at the German university of Stuttgart have developed two new techniques to use silicon in batteries for electric cars. They were able to manufacture porous, micro-stabilised anodes to reach a high consistency in charging cycles. Patents for both innovations are pending in Europe and the U.S.
idw-online.de (in German)
Stuttgart, France, Fastned, Supercharger, Washington, Seattle.
Stuttgart electrifies: The local government decided to replace 45 of its old combustion engine cars with electric ones and announced that all new vehicles added to the city’s fleet will be fully electric. Of course, Stuttgart will also set up the charging infrastructure needed for its initiative. The German city already raised an alert due to particulate matter on more than one occasion this year.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de, stuttgart.de (articles in German)
Charging France: Some 117 municipalities in the French Département Bouches-du-Rhône will install a total of 200 chargers by the end of next year. That is 400 charging points with 22 kW each. 80 chargers are said to go online this year. Half of the 2m euro bill is footed by the Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie (ADEME).
avere-france.org (in French)
Fastned cooperates with Dutch railway: Fastned has signed an agreement with Dutch railway operator NS (Nederlanse Spoorwegen) to install EV charging stations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Den Haag. The locations are all property of the Dutch railway.
Superchargers plough ahead: The announced expansion of the fast-charging network is already well underway. Some eleven new locations with some 90 parking stalls have been confirmed since the unveiling of the Model 3. In some cases, installation already kicked off. The new Superchargers are located across the globe in i.e. China, Australia, the U.S., the Czech Republic and Germany.
Washington adjusts incentives: Washington state, USA, expanded its sales tax break in order to include news EVs like the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 in the scheme. From July, the tax break applies to the first 32,000 dollars of the selling price. Moreover, electric cars with an MSPR of 42,500 dollars now qualify.
Tripe the fast-chargers: Moreover, the state’s capital Seattle is looking to install another ten rapid-chargers within the next year. These will be located on city as well as some privately owned grounds. Seattle currently has five fast-chargers. The city is also looking to kick off an in-home charging pilot programme, were EV drivers can rent chargers for their garage on a monthly basis.
Nissan, UPS, Cenntro, Stuttgart.
Complimentary charging: Nissan has partnered with Fastned in the Netherlands. Buyers of the Leaf receive the ‘EV carefree package’ that allows for free charging free at all Dutch Fastned EV charging stations for two years.
Electric delivery: UPS has started a year-long trial of its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle in London. There, it will cover 100 – 150 km a day. The EV has been developed in collaboration with TEVVA Motors since 2014 and is equipped with geo-fencing technology.
Electric mail delivery: The University of Dayton, Ohio, has received two EVs as gifts from Cenntro Motors, maker of electric commercial vehicles. The Cenntro vans will deliver mail across campus and are designed to capture the students’ attention.
Leading by example: Soon, all of Stuttgart’s city officials, home to Daimler and Porsche, will roam partially electric. They await delivery of the new Mercedes E-class diesel-hybrid, scheduled for January of next year. The PHEV has a said electric range of 30 km, enough for most official trips with city borders. The city’s Lord Mayor (Green party), however, will stick with his electric Smart ED.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German)
VW & BMW, NRG eVgo, Bosch, Stuttgart, Utah.
German fast-charging system crosses the pond: Together, VW and BMW want to set up a network of 100 rapid-charging stations, featuring the Combined Charging System (CCS). The stations will be set up along Interstate 95 from Boston to Washington D.C. and routes between San Francisco and Portland, as well as between Los Angeles and San Diego. ChargePoint has signed on as a partner.
NRG eVgo expands across U.S.: The fast-charging network is currently established across ten local U.S. markets and plans on expanding into another 15 in next two years. The charging infrastructure provider is i.e. eyeing major corridors from San Diego to Seattle and from Miami to Boston.
Second life for EV batteries: Bosch has joined BMW and Vattenfall in an energy storage project in Hamburg, using old batteries from BMW ActiveE and i3 models to form a 2 MW energy storage unit (we reported). Now you can read up on all the project’s details in English.
Stuttgart focuses on intermodal transport: The Association for the Stuttgart Region wants to use future fundings specifically for “intermodal points of transportation” instead of evenly pouring it into all projects part of the “model regions for sustainable transport” initiative. Until the end of the project in 2016, the association still has 3.5 million euros to spend, 4 million have already been used up.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
EV initiative in Utah: Business based in the U.S. state such as 3form, Backcountry.com, Black Diamond, Cubiscan, Ken Garff, Lancer Automotive Group, Packsize and Vivint have formed the “Leaders for Clean Air” initiative. They agreed to install EV chargers at their locations and have set themselves the goal of erecting a total of 2,000 Level 2 charging stations in Utah.
Tokyo, Shanghai, Stuttgart, Germany, Australia.
Tokyo steps up H2 investment: The Japanese capital wants to pour 45.2 billion yen (385 million dollars) in the construction of hydrogen stations and subsidies for fuel cell vehicles until the Olympic Games in 2020. Tokyo hopes to count 6,000 FCVs and 35 H2-fuelling stations by the end of the decade.
electriccarsreport.com, eco-business.com, autonews.com
Shanghai e-carsharing: Following a successful trial year, the Carsharing scheme featuring 350 Roewe E50 is officially under way. The Shanghai Municipal Government wants to successively increase the number of electric cars to 2,000 and also include the Zinore 1E in its offering.
Electric taxis against fine dust: In order to circumvent an EU procedure and related penalties due to fine dust pollution, the German city of Stuttgart is putting in place new green initiatives. According to Mayor Fritz Kuhn, measures could also include a funding programme for electric and hybrid taxis.
swp.de, swr.de (Articles in German)
EV charging rules: Germany seeks to make the preferred CCS standard mandatory in addition to any other quick charging standards being offered, as well as a fall-back type2 fast charging outlet. Transport Evolved thinks, this is a move other countries could follow.
Traveling electric in Australia: As an EV owner, road trips are often planned based on where one can charge. As it turns out, that is not necessarily a negative thing, as the excursions of Mat Peterson, one of the first Tesla Model S owners in Australia, show. He drove some 3,000 kilometers with his Tesla in just three weeks and has some beautiful stories to tell.
Rotterdam, Stuttgart, Bristol, Westminster, Detroit, Mountain View.
Rotterdam electrified, pt. I: APM Terminals is to run a zero-emmision operation at its new deep-water terminal at Rotterdam port. The company leased 35 Nissan e-NV200 and already has electrified all its cranes and Lift-Automatic Guided Vehicles. All machines will be powered by wind-generated energy.
Rotterdam electrified, pt. II: After successfully testing three electric cabs (we reported), Rotterdam Taxi Company (RTC) is to extend its electric fleet. The Dutch taxi company has ordered another 22 e6 electric cabs from BYD which are set to arrive next year.
Free EV parking extended: German city of Stuttgart is to grant free parking to electric cars on all public parking lots until the end of 2017. While the incentive already existed for EVs, it now applies to plug-in hybrids with an electric range of at least 30 kilometres as well. The city already has 175 charge points.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
1m pound to improve air quality: The British government has granted one million pounds (1.6m dollars) to 24 projects. Successful applicants include 20,800 pounds (32,400 USD) to buy an EV for Bristol and 128,800 pounds (199,000 USD) for Westminster City Council to erect charging stations.
Leading by example: GM is installing 23 new 120V charging outlets at its Renaissance Center in Detroit. The company now has built up about 500 charging stations at 45 GM sites in the States, where employees can charge their PEVs while working.
Google to launch electric shuttle: After successfully completing the pilot phase of its electric shuttle service at Mountain View (we reported), the internet giant will start the Mountain View Community Shuttle in January. The four electric buses can transport up to 16 passengers and two wheel-chair users. Transport and wireless internet are free of charge.
Electric Vehicle Symposium 2017, Internet satellites.
Event tip: AVERE has chosen Germany’s application for the 30th Electric Vehicle Symposium. Therefore, the EVS 2017 will be held in Stuttgart, Germany. Next year Goyang, South Korea will host the symposium and Montreal, Canada in 2016.
bsm-ev.de (in German)
Reading tip: Is Elon Musk already planning his next business adventure? According to Wall Street Journal, the Tesla CEO wants to build and launch 700 small satellites that will provide wireless access to the internet around the world.
Europe, Stuttgart, Malvern, Utilities.
Plug-in sales jump 77 percent in Europe: EVs and plug-in hybrids are doing well compared to the same period last year. Especially Norway had EV sales grow (+302%), while France saw a small drop (-12%). The Nissan Leaf remains the best-seller among EVs, followed by the Tesla Model S and Renault Zoe.
Stuttgart gets electric taxis: Four Mercedes B-Class ED and one Vito E-Cell will roam the streets of the German city. Daimler, Bosch, the University of Stuttgart, the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS), Dekra and local taxi companies are all part of the project named ‘Guest.’ The trial is also supported by the German Ministry of Transport with 1.12 million euros.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de, badische-zeitung.de (both in German)
ElectrAA-fying the UK: A group of motorists from the British town of Malvern (just south of Worcester) has founded the Malvern Hills Electric Automobile Association (ElectrAA) to promote the use of electric vehicles. It says that the area is especially equipped to swap nuzzles for plugs, since six charging points were installed there that people can use for free.
EVs to the rescue: In order to make up for lost power sales, utility companies should focus on providing power to electric vehicles and push for the electrification of the transportation sector, says Peter Kelly-Detwiler of Forbes. There is a lot up for grabs – to date, about 93% of power in that industry still comes from petroleum.
Hertz, Vienna, Minnesota, E-Bike region Stuttgart.
Hertz joins Zem2All: The rental car company has announced its cooperation with Spanish utility provider Endesa in Spain’s demonstration project Zem2All (Zero Emissions Mobility To All). Hertz will rent out the Nissan Leaf from its stations in Malaga and the city’s airport. The Zem2All initiative has rolled out 160 charge points and electric vehicles in Malaga with another 40 being in the pipeline.
Electric carsharing for Vienna: Porsche Holding Salzburg announced its plan to roll-out electric carsharing in the Austrian capital. Within the coming weeks, the company will make several VW E-UPs available to students taking part in the ‘Campus Carsharing’ project. By 2015, Europe’s biggest car dealer wants to extend the rental service to all Viennese.
krone.at (in German)
Discount during off-peak hours: Minnesota is the first state in the U.S. to make it compulsory for investor-owned utilities to offer customers discounted rates when charging their EV outside peak hours (4pm – 8pm). The energy companies have time until next year to adjust their tariffs.
E-Bike region Stuttgart: Five counties around the south-German city of Stuttgart have now put together a 400-kilometres track specifically designed for pedelecs. Along the signposted and rather hilly e-bike path, rental stations, workshops and charging stations can be found. The region is hoping to accommodate and attract for the ever-growing segment of electric bicycle travellers.
e-bike-region-stuttgart.de (website in German)
Chargemaster, Toyota, Switzerland, Stuttgart.
Charged for charging: UK firm Chargemaster has just unveiled details of the new tariffs for users of its Polar EV charging network which will take effect from April. EV drivers will be charged by the hour, using up credits as a member, or for each charge event when choosing the PAYG option.
i-Road takes to the streets: Toyota has started trials of its electric three-wheeler in Toyota City, Japan. Here, the i-Road will be made available at public charging stations. Later this year it will enter a carsharing scheme in Grenoble, France.
Swiss charging cooperation: Energy provider BKW Energie and Groupe E team up to expand the MOVE charging network. BKW will distribute charging stations to private households, companies and local communities and will integrate those into the Move network.
ee-news.ch (in German)
Living lab: At the Fraunhofer Institute Center Stuttgart IZS up to 30 EVs can re-charge at AC charge spots at the same time. If all spots in the Fraunhofer Campus garage are taken, the electric cars could amount for up to 20% of the centre’s energy demand thus making the installation ideal to test smart grid applications. The facility is part of the charge@work project in which the Daimler AG, University of Stuttgart and Fraunhofer scientists work on micro smart grids powered by renewable energy.
Siemens UK, Stuttgart, Cayman Islands.
Siemens UK wins charging infrastructure deal: The company will deliver and install its rapid charging stations in Southwest England. The contract with the electric mobility incentive programme “Source West” also includes a three-year service agreement.
H2-bus put to the test: The German city of Stuttgart is again testing fuel cell buses on its streets. This time, the Citaro FuelCell-Hybrid will have to prove itself on an 11-kilometre route. A total of four of the buses are said to be in service by mid-2014. The research project will take three years and cost some 1.8 million euros (2.5m dollars) – half of which is funded by the German government.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de (In German)
Wheego to the Cayman Islands: Residents and of course tourists will soon be able to rent the EV from a local Budget rental agency at a little under 100 dollars per day. It has a 100 mile range and charging is free, which makes up for the relatively high rental cost.
green.autoblog.com, cayman27.com.ky (video)
Tesla, Stuttgart, Singapore, Rent-A-Car, eConnect, North Carolina.
Charging up: Only four months ago, Tesla announced that Model S drivers had been using the free superchargers to recharge a total of 3.2 million miles. As expected, demand has spiked since and the company now counts 8m miles beeing charged. Furthermore, Tesla formally informed the NHTSA about the software update and exchange of adapters to address the overheating issue when charging at domestic outlets.
green.autoblog.com (8m charged), nytimes.com (overheating)
New e-bike region: The city of Stuttgart, Germany, which is home to Daimler and Porsche, has been declared ‘E-Bike-Region Stuttgart’. Five counties joined forces and established cycle routes with a combined length of over 400 kilometres. At 40 stations tourists can choose from 200 rental pedelecs. At the end of every journey, the e-bike can be returned at any train station within the region as Stuttgart‘s public transport authority takes part in the project.
swp.de (In German)
Singapore concludes EV test: The city state has finished a two-year test of 89 electric cars. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) wanted to gain a better understanding before formulating plans for further trials. LTA sees the biggest challenge for EVs in price and infrastructure.
Rent a Chevy Volt in the UK: The U.S. car rental company Enterprise added 20 Volts to its fleet. The Volt, which is also sold as the Vauxhall Ampera in the UK, will be available at Enterprise’s Greater London branches.
Zero emission chauffeur service: The private car hire service eConnect is now able to pick up its London customers using Nissan Leafs. The company is currently building up an electric fleet and hopes to establish the category ‘EV’ as a standard option customers can choose from when ordering a car. Like you would select VIP, MPV etc.
Not tax-free anymore: Because North Carolinians drive less or switch to more fuel-efficient cars, fuel tax collections are declining. That is why the state of North Carolina has begun to collect a 100 dollar annual fee from its 1,600 registered electric car drivers to be used for road maintenance.