Sydney orders 79 e-buses from Custom Denning
In Australia, the Western Sydney-based company Custom Denning has been awarded a contract to design, manufacture and assembly 79 new electric buses to operate in Sydney. This is just part of a larger plan to fully decarbonise bus services in Australia’s largest city.
Sydney to go electric with 8000 e-buses
The government of the Australian state of New South Wales plans to electrify Sydney’s bus fleet of around 8,000 vehicles. The government is currently awarding new contracts for the provision of bus transport services throughout Sydney.
ChargeFox reveals Australian charging network
Australian electric vehicle charging network operator Chargefox has revealed the target locations for 22 sites in the first phase of its fast-charging network and announced plans to grow to over 100 charging sites around Australia.
Supercharger, Uber, Hungary, Sydney.
Pre-pay the Supercharge: It becomes more and more evident that Tesla will charge those opting for the Model 3. The MyTesla pages ask for credit card payment, while an in-depth look at the CCS section reveals “supercharger-payment” and “supercharger credits in kWh” sections.
Uber electric: More than 50 Nissan Leaf and BYD e6 will soon be available to hail via the Uber app in London. A trial has already started. By autumn, another British town is to profit from the offer and the ride hailing service says “hundreds” of electric taxis shall be bookable by 2017.
businessinsider.de, engadget.com, metro.co.uk
4m euros for 1,000 EV chargers: The Hungarian Ministry of Economy opened a 3.9m euro fund for EV charging infrastructure. The Eastern European country aims for a 1,000 stations and has asked towns and communities with at least 15,000 residents to apply.
kormany.hu (in Hungarian) via emobilitaetonline.de (in German)
Electric airport shuttle: Sydney Airport launched its first electric bus. It is the first of five Blu Emu buses to follow before the years’ end. They replace an ageing diesel shuttle fleet. Delivered by Carbridge in a JV with BYD, the Toro model can carry up to 70 passengers. Meanwhile, Perth is testing the autonomous electric RAC Intellibus that transports up to 11 guests at an average speed of 25 kph.
airport-world.com, sydneyairport.com.au, zdnet.com
UK, Chargemaster, Tesla, Sydney, TomCar.
Fleet funding pot: 19m pounds worth of funding has been made available by the UK government to help commercial fleets adopt zero emission vehicle technologies. Bidding is now open to both large fleet operators and SMEs. Part of the funds will go towards building charging infrastructure.
EV charging partnership: British Automobile Association (AA) and Chargemaster will be installing 2,500 charge points at AA-rated hotels as part of a new EV partnership. The deal for AA members will include 300 euro home installation packages, discounted charging as well as marketing.
Exclusive Tesla outlet Down Under: Tesla has opened its fourth store in Australia, right in the heart of Sydney. It is the second in the metropolis and located at a pedestrian mall in the central business district, often described as Australia’s Wall Street.
Commercial TomCar: Off-road EV maker TomCar is making their vehicles available for public use. The 100% electric all-terrain vehicles, which have hitherto been developed for military and commercial use only, will be available worldwide.
UK, Sydney, Vienna, Tesla, PlugShare.
Stabilising the grid: A new project funded by the UK government with 9.5 million pounds hopes to increase local voltage by installing high-performance power electronic converters. One reason is the increasing number of EVs on the Isle. The project is a collaborative effort between Western Power, Schneider Electric, Anvil Semiconductors, Turbo Power Systems, Aston University and Exception EMS.
Sydney Airport looks into electrification: The international airport wants to replace six diesel-powered shuttle buses with electric ones and is currently looking for a manufacturer. Key criteria are operational efficiency and passenger comfort.
Vienna cooperation: The Austrian capital will integrate the carsharing scheme DriveNow in the “Wien-Mobilkarte” (Vienna mobility card). Despite earlier rumours, there will be no BMW i3 added to the DriveNow fleet in Vienna for now, due to the lack of public charging there.
derstandard.at (in German)
Tesla in Asia: Teslarati published a screenshot showing Tesla destination chargers across Asia, showing Tesla steadily expanding its network. Still, charging infrastructure is an issue, and the story of a Chinese man who sold his Tesla because of a lack of chargers sums up current challenges there.
Free charging: A recent report by PlugShare shows that 63 percent of public chargers across the U.S. are free to use. In areas with restricted access, such as charging spots reserved for employees or customers only, 76 percent of stations are free of charge.
plugshare.com (report) via chargedevs.com
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CarCharging, Nissan, Ubitricity, Bradford, Sydney.
High performance charging: CarCharging will enhance the performance of its Blink Level II commercial EV charging stations. TE Connectivity is to supply a new cord set able to provide the maximum unit amperage of 30 Amps. Former owner of Blink stations, Ecotality used 24 Amps.
Free charging for Leaf: Nissan is to extend its No Charge to Charge program to Atlanta this coming Black Friday. New buyers of the Leaf, including those who got theirs on or after November 1st, will be able to charge their EV free of charge for two years.
Lamp post charging pilot: German start-up Ubitricity has begun with the installation of its charging sockets in Berlin street lamps. If the ten pilot charge spots in the German capital prove successful, the solution could be rolled out nationwide and eventually go global.
EV-friendly tourism: Bradford Council is now offering hotels, B&Bs, and campsites in the region 499 pounds (780 dollars) for the installation of a wall-mounted EV charge point. The grant is part of the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan.
Electric airport shuttle: A six month trial with an electric bus by BYD has begun at Sydney International Airport. Operated by Carbridge Pty Ltd., the electric bus will be used as an airport passenger shuttle and is the start of the planned electrification of the airport’s entire bus fleet.
To prevent big lorries from crashing into the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, the Australians came up with a warning sign you cannot possibly oversee. If all flashing lights fail to alert the driver, a giant STOP sign will appear out of nowhere, blocking the tunnel entrance. But no worries, it is only a projection on a wall of water. We wonder however, if this spectacle might not cause trucks to get extra-close?!