Audi sets up 1.9 MWh battery storage in Berlin
Audi has opened a stationary energy storage facility with a capacity of 1.9 MWh on the EUREF campus in Berlin. The lithium-ion batteries in second use come from development e-tron vehicles and tests various interaction scenarios between electric cars and the energy grid.Weiterlesen
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Nissan Leaf approved to feed into grid in Germany
The Nissan Leaf is the first electric car to receive approval to serve as stabilising back up of the grid in Germany. Nissan managed to take all regulatory hurdles for the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology by working with partners from the energy sector.Weiterlesen
Renault to install Europe’s largest 2nd life battery storage
French carmaker Renault and partners have published their plan for an Advanced Battery Storage system. They say it will become the largest energy storage system in Europe reutilising batteries from used electric vehicles. The modular system will comprise of multiple sites across France and Germany.Weiterlesen
TenneT, The Mobility House & Nissan start V2G project
Transmission system operators TenneT, energy provider The Mobility House and carmaker Nissan have formed a joint venture to establish a pilot project for vehicle to grid (V2G) charging in Germany.Weiterlesen
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Renault and EEM launch “Smart Island” project
Renault and EEM launched the ‘Smart Island’ project, that will give EV batteries a sweet second life on the Madeira archipelago. The French manufacturer is cooperating with utility Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira to convert Porto Santo island into a smart grid. On a small scale first.Weiterlesen
Singapore, Australia, SunLine Transit, China.
EV sharing in Singapore: The sovereign city-state will see the debut of its first islandwide EV sharing programme in December. Operator BlueSG, a subsidiary of French conglomerate Bolloré, wants to start with 80 EVs and 30 charging stations. Within three years, the fleet shall grow to 1,000 electric cars and the infrastructure network to 500 stations with a total of 2,000 charging points.
Electrifying South Australia: Eight fast charging stations have been inaugurated in Adelaide – among them four Tesla Superchargers. The new stations are part of a network developed in South Australia that allows Tesla drivers to commute between the north of the state, its capital Adelaide and Brisbane.
Equipment for fuel cell electric buses: For 8.3m dollars, the Californian SunLine Transit Agency has ordered a combined hydrogen PEM electrolyser and H2 station fuelling solutions from Proton Onsite and Nel Hydrogen Solutions. With an expected hydrogen capacity of up to 900 kg per day, SunLine intends to fuel its growing fleet of fuel cell electric buses in the Palm Springs area.
China’s 5-km radius rule: The rather poor Guizhou province will see an extensive EV charging network in urban areas in order to catch up with richer regions in energy conservation. By 2020, the provincial government targets one charging point within a 5-km radius in every county-level city. In Beijing and Shanghai, charging facilities are available within a radius of less than 5 km.
CharIN, Car2Go, Florida, Delaware, The Mobility House.
CharIN changes management: The innos – Sperlich GmbH was appointed operative management of the Charging Interface Initiative in January, and has been a trusted partner. CharIN is a consortium that includes carmakers and infrastructure providers that look to promote the CCS standard.
Carsharing in Copenhagen: Car2go will leave the Danish capital by mid-February. Maybe its petrol driven fleet was not as attractive as the electric cars operated by DriveNow – 400 BMW i3 are available to rent in Copenhagen.
Electric bus fleet: In Florida, Pinellas County’s transit authority is thinking about replacing old buses with up to 12 electric ones. Tests with an electric bus have been successful and the PSTA already applied for funding from the government. A decision is likely to be made this summer.
Deadline: Proposals for the Delaware Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program will be accepted through Feb. 29th. A total of 1.4m dollars in funding is available for projects that expand infrastructure for alternative vehicles of all kinds in Delaware.
Charge equipment for lease: The Mobility House and Grenke Leasing offer business customers a full charging package. The offer includes the complete charging infrastructure like charging stations, accessories, installation and servicing. Rates are available over two, three, and four years.
mobilityhouse.com (in German)
Nissan, Second life EV batteries, Framo, Green Coastal Shipping.
Autonomous Leaf: Nissan tests its Piloted Drive 1.0 with three “intelligent” Leaf at the firm’s Advanced Technology Center near Tokio. Each test EV is equipped with almost 400 autonomous drive sensors. The first version of the Leaf with the new technologies will be available in Japan by the end of 2016.
Energy storage from EV batteries: Daimler Accumotive, The Mobility House and GETEC are working on a 13MW-battery in German Lünen that re-uses old EV batteries to store energy. The joint venture requires 650 electric car batteries with 20 kWh each to realise the project.
heise.de (in German)
E-Trucks made in Germany: Starting in 2016, Framo GmbH from Saxony will produce battery-electric commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle mass of 12 to 26 tonnes. The modular drive and battery concept allows customer to choose from motors between 140 kW and 310 kW and battery capacities between 60 and 307 kWh. Framo recently presented the E180 / 280 electric truck.
Green shipping in Norway: The “Green Coastal Shipping Program” by the Norwegian government and DNV GL aims to create the world’s most environmentally-friendly vessels. Five pilot projects, that involve a tanker, a plug-in hybrid ferry and a port, use LNG and batteries as energy sources to drive the boats.
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California, BYD, Austria, VW & The Mobility House, EverCharge.
EV boost in California: A number of government and business leaders announced new initiatives to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and workplace charging in California. For instance, the Department of the Navy will lease more than 450 EVs to replace gas-powered vehicles. PG&E will invest 35 million dollars for 180 new charging stations and 152 new plug-in electric vehicles. Coca-Cola is deploying 28 hybrid service vans in California and will add chargers at seven facilities. Furthermore, LADWP announced it will purchase and lease 157 PEVs (117 Volts and 40 Leafs) and charging stations.
New e-bus plant in China: BYD and Guangzhou Automobile started operations at an electric-bus plant in Guangzhou, where they are targeting an annual production capacity of 5,000 buses. The Guangzhou municipal government has already ordered 400 e-buses.
Austria extends EV funding: Austria’s funding programme “klimaaktiv mobil” for companies and municipalities (we reported) will be extended by one year. The country will sponsor electric taxis with up to 6,000 euros, electric vans with up to 30,000 euros and fast charging stations with up to 10,000 euros.
ots.at (in German)
TMH chargers for VW customers: In Germany, VW has teamed up with charging infrastructure provider The Mobility House. The latter will provide Volkswagen customers purchasing a plug-in model with a home charging package including a wallbox and an installation service.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)
EverCharge secures investment: The Californian EV charging provider EverCharge has received a seed investment of 1.4 million dollars led by the venture fund Bolt. EverCharge will use the money to continue its national expansion and to further develop its SmartPower technology platform.
BlueBUS, The Mobility House, CarCharging, Zenith, Derby.
France electrified, again: Bolloré’s subsidiary BlueBUS has taken order of 12 electric buses to be delivered to the public transport providers in the Ile-de-France region, STIF und RATP. The 12-metre buses are said to have a range of up to 180 km (111 miles) and go into service by late 2015 or the beginning of 2016. There might be more to come as a total of 40 million euros (50m dollars) could be invested in electric buses serving in the region.
leparisien.fr (in French)
Prepaid charge card: The Mobility House launches its ChargeCard, a prepaid card that can easily be topped up. It is valid at 2,400 charge points in Germany as well as in the Austrian cities of Vienna and Salzburg. Payment is being taken for kWh, not charging time. The card can be ordered online.
mobilityhouse.com, youtube.com (both in German)
Blink app: CarCharging has started a new app that enables users to remotely start charging at Blink stations. In a next step, the Blink App is to include payment options and become available to use with other charge points from GE and SemaConnect which are part of the CarCharging network as well.
Zenith’s electric vans are now eligible for the Drive Clean Truck program in Chicago. Effectively this brings down the price to 46,884 dollars via the program’s voucher. After the 7,500-dollar federal incentive the Zenith EV costs less than 40,000 dollars which puts it on par with its petrol-powered competitors.
Low carb car club: Derby city council is to start a car club for its residents with ten hybrid and electric cars by the end of next year. The cars will be available for hire on a pay-as-you-go basis but can also be “blocked” for longer periods by businesses hiring the vehicles for their employees.