China’s Xcharge to conquer Europe with 240 kW charging
China’s fast-charging startup Xcharge has announced plans to enter the European market – with a bang, if you ask the firm. The E-World in the German town of Essen will see the debut of the C6EU fast-charging device designed for the European market with a max output of 240 kW.
Total, NewMotion, Gogoro, Téo, Suzhou E Motors.
Total and NewMotion: Oil giant Total partners with EV charging company NewMotion to offer its professional customers access to a network of more than 50,000 EV charging points in 25 European countries. The contract will enable 3m Total cardholders to uncomplicatedly charge their EVs and HEVs. The project’s kick-off is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017.
newfleet.de (in German), automobilsport.com
Electric scooter sharing for Japan: Taiwanese manufacturer Gogoro teams up with Sumitomo to introduce its electric scooters with exchangeable batteries also in Japan. A pilot of a sharing service called GoShare will start on the island Ishigaki with expansion to other parts of Japan scheduled for 2018. Sumitomo is also among the investors Gogoro won in its latest 300m dollars financing round.
engadget.com, theverge.com, prnewswire.com
Téo to fill the gap that Uber leaves behind? Canadian electro taxi company Téo wants to expand its fleet from currently 110 to 350 electric cars within 18 months. By doing so, Téo hopes to fill the gap that rival Uber could leave behind as it might quit Quebec due to regulation problems.
Electric vans and buses for 20m dollars: Chinese company Suzhou E Motors Buses will supply 450 electric vans and 10 electric buses to Zhenjiang Baichuan New Energy Automobile. The contract that both partners signed has a volume of approximately 20m dollars.
Government Fleet Declaration, Total, Malta, California.
The Government Fleet Declaration, signed by Canada, China, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the UK and U.S. at the climate conference in Marrakesh, focuses on pushing electric mobility for official fleets. The declaration does not include a common target, however. The countries have called on other nations to follow their lead.
greencarcongress.com, iea.org (goals; PDF)
Total goes sunny side up: The oil giant wants to equip 5,000 of its locations worldwide with solar panels, 800 will be in France. The official reason is to better the company’s carbon footprint, while electrek speculates Total could set up an EV charging network.
Scrappage fee extended: Transport Malta will keep paying when people trade their old gas-guzzler or diesel for a greener car, allocating another 300,000 dollars to scheme. This could be especially lucrative when combined with a second scheme to fund EVs. Driver qualify for up to 7,000 euros when trading their old car for an electric one, and for to 4,000 euros when “just” purchasing an EV.
CA gets more electric transport: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is funding 15 electric Proterra Catalyst buses, destined for San Joaquin Valley. 11 Proterra depot-chargers, and 4 Proterra fast-chargers will also be set up.
Total, Riversimple, Renault, Tesla, Audi, Tata Motors.
Total buys into the future: French oil and gas company Total has acquired battery maker Saft for 1.1bn dollars, as it moves to invest in clean energy. The friendly take-over was quickly approved by the Saft board. Not unsurprisingly, considering that Total paid a 38 percent premium.
Two new FCVs for England: Riversimple plans to launch two more fuel cell vehicles in the form of a four-seater and a van. The British-based company that recently introduced the Rasa FCV for testing, has employed Fiat 500 designer Chris Reitz for its latest hydrogen concepts. Both the sedan and the van look sleek, taking inspiration from the Rasa. Riversimple is currently looking for crowdfunding to bring its ideas to life.
autocar.co.uk, gizmag.com, riversimple.sharein.com (crowdfunding)
Zoe production to increase: Renault is gearing up production of its compact electric car and looks to churn out 35,000 units this year. That is almost double of last year’s Zoe production of 20,000 units, but the French carmaker says the amount is still below its initial expectations for the EV.
Tesla range to increase: There is a new battery in town as Tesla now offers the Model S with a 75 kWh power pack. In fact, the same pack already sits in the 70 kWh version but is limited electronically. To unlock the battery’s full potential, Tesla asks for an additional 3,000 dollars.
Audi A5 PHEV: The German carmaker previewed its A5 Sportback coupé. This time round, it will also be issued as a diesel-electric hybrid with the electric motor pushing the rear wheels.
autobild.de (in German)
EV for India: Tata Motors is working on a purely electric car together with tech companies. Designed to suit the Indian market, the system will be used in both passenger and commercial vehicles and might even make it into the luxury segment. After all, Tata owns Jaguar Land Rover.
Total, Source London, Rolec Services, California.
“Multikulti” is German slang for multicultural and seems like a fitting description of Total’s idea behind its ‘Multi-Energie-Tankstelle’ (multi energy filling station). Together with Daimler, Linde and RWE, the company has inaugurated the fourth station at which drivers can refill their vehicles with either regular fuel as well as hydrogen and electricity via CCS and CHAdeMO. Total currently services four H2 stations in the German capital and one in both Hamburg and Munich. More stations are set to follow this year.
presseportal.de (in German)
Temporarily unavailable: New owner of the Source London public charging network, French IER, has found 168 of the 464 charging stations to require maintenance work. That is about a third of all stations but IER says it is making good progress together with no less than six charge point manufacturers to fix the network. In the future, rapid charging is expected to be introduced.
Rolec Services is offering free 32 amp EV home chargers to private customers. Rolec subsidises its offer which is part of the British Government’s OLEV Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. To be eligible, customers only have to own or have ordered a plug-in vehicle or drive a company EV for more than six months.
EV ready homes: California is musing yet another pro electric transport bill. This time, developers of new homes or large parking lots would be asked to have enough capacity ready for EV chargers to be installed at a later date. AutoblogGreen suggests, this anticipatory move could cost as little 50 dollars.