22 articulated electric buses to grace Nantes
The Nantes Métropole association of municipalities is starting to integrate electric buses into its TAN network. By November, all 22 electric buses on line 4 will be in operation. The 24-metre-long articulated buses in tram design come from the Swiss manufacturer Hess. Weiterlesen
TOSA, POD Point, Bavaria, Toyota.
Ultra-fast charging come true: Pilot project TOSA that saw electric buses in Geneva being charged with 400 kW in 15 seconds at stops (we reported) has been a success. The Swiss city plans to acquire 12 electric buses destined to enter service in 2017 and run between Geneva city and the airport. The Swiss government is ready to contribute 15m francs (15.5m dollars).
avere-france.org (in French) via insideevs.com
Open access: British POD Point introduces its Open Charge solution that allows drivers to pay at EV charging points via app instead of an RFID card. However, the first 15 min of charging require nothing but plugging in. POD Points plans to install 100,000 charge points across the UK over the next decade.
Bavarian police electrifies: Police in Munich, Nurnberg and Augsburg will each test the practicality of a refitted BMW i3. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann promised that if the i3 proves itself, police will purchase additional EVs in the future.
bayern.de, abendzeitung-muenchen.de (articles in German)
Tokyo Toyota carsharing to expand: Park24 and Toyota will widen their central Tokyo offer. From next month, more EV rental stations will open, while the Toyota iRoads are to be joined by the micro EV called COMS. The new trial will run until March 2016.
TOSA, CARB, Bolzano, Massachusetts.
Flash charging: Imagine a robotic arm reaching out from a bus’ roof for 15 seconds of ultra fast charging and then moving on with up to 133 passengers. That becomes reality with Geneva’s TOSA project. EPFL scientists developed a mathematical model to minimise infrastructure and costs of the TOSA e-bus system even further, to be able to integrate it into the Swiss city’s public transport system by 2017.
phys.org, youtube.com (video)
CARB dashboard online: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) published the results of a survey looking at who buys plug-in vehicles and why. For example, 70% of all 83,000 Californian EV buyers have taken advantage of the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP).
energycenter.org (dashboard), chargedevs.com
H2 centre in South Tyrol: Bolzano opened Italy’s first hydrogen centre at a location, where H2 is being produced from renewable sources. From July, the centre will be home to a rental station for ten Hyundai FCVs as part of the HyFive project.
alvolante.it (in Italian)
Outsourced EV rebates: Massachusetts turned to the Californian non-profit ‘Center for Sustainable Energy’ to manage its new ZEV incentive programme, worth two million dollars. The ‘Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles’ (MOR-EV) scheme will provide up to 2,500 dollars for the purchase or lease of electric cars.