London EV charging infrastructure update
City Hall and TfL this week announced the release of land for 100 new ultra-rapid public charging points on London roads. The first 25 of these will be put out to tender on 30 November, and 75 more will follow by late April next year, aiming for all 100 to be operational by the end […]
V2G electric bus project takes off in London
A large vehicle-to-grid project with electric buses has now been launched at a bus depot in North London. The Bus2Grid project is testing V2G systems with an initial 28 electric double-decker buses with which more than 1 MW of energy can be fed back into the grid.
London slowly reopens with increase in Congestion Charge
The British capital unlocks as TfL resumes service on most London Underground lines. The opening goes hand in hand with the Mayor reintroducing the Congestion Charge and ULEZ. Both had been suspended during the Covid-19 lockdown to enable key workers to travel freely.
London suspends road tolls during pandemic
London is suspending all road tolls from today to ensure that all employees in “critical professions” can move freely in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and amidst resulting tube suspensions. The city will not enforce the congestion charge and ULEZ until further notice.
UK funds wireless charging trial for electric cabs
The British government announces an investment of 3.4 million pounds for tests on wireless charging of electric taxis. Specifically, ten e-taxis from Nissan and LEVC are to be equipped with appropriate hardware and inductively charged in Nottingham for six months.
Dynamo Taxi: London’s first all-electric cab
London is getting an all-electric taxi. The Dynamo Taxi presented now and officially approved by Transport for London (TfL) is based on the Nissan e-NV200 Evalia and has been modified by the British company Dynamo for taxi use.
London Mayor announced black cab EV investment
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has announced plans to invest an extra £24m to help more black cab drivers switch to electric vehicles. The plans will more than double the TfL’s existing £18m fund. Additionally, grants will be restructured to provide more payments at higher levels.
Electric double-decker buses coming to London
A whole pack of all-electric double-decker buses is coming to London. 68 of them are to arrive in summer 2019 and will electrify entire routes. They are being made by ADL, BYD and Optare and TfL says this will grow the fleet to 240 all-electric buses.
ChargePoint, Supercharger, London, BYD, Plugless Power.
New era of fast charging: ChargePoint announced the next generation of its DC fast-chargers at the CES earlier this month. The so-called ChargePoint Express Plus is to deliver up to 400 kW per outlet and should already be available from July of this year.
insideevs.com, electrek.co, forbes.com
Supercharger gets V3 upgrade: Elon Musk also had some news about the next generation of charging infrastructure. The Supercharger network is getting an upgrade – and according to a Twitter conversation, will then be able to deliver more than 350 kW. Musk joked that “a mere 350 kW” would be for “a children’s toy.”
Electric transport for London: Chinese BYD and its UK partner Alexander Dennis have received an order for 14 of its Enviro200 electric buses from Transport for London. The EVs will be used on line 360 in the British capital. As part of the deal, BYD will also install 14 charging stations.
Mega-charger: The Chinese port city of Tianjin has commissioned 500 electric buses from BYD, as well as installed a charging station where 80 electric buses can plug in at the same time. In total, 448 e-buses can fill up there daily.
Model S inductive charging: Plugless Power now officially added a wireless charging solution for the Tesla Model S to its portfolio. It delivers 7.2 kW. The company already offers inductive charging technology for the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. A video and picture gallery show off the new addition.
insideevs.com (with photos and videos)
ChargePoint, Dubai, EV savings, Transport for London.
All-inclusive home charging: ChargePoint has announced a new service for home chargers, including the installation and servicing of the station. Customers will only pay a monthly fee and can choose to cancel the offer at any time. They can even purchase their energy using their ChargePoint account.
Dubai goes electric: On top of adding 100 EV charging points (we reported), Dubai will designate parking stalls for electric vehicles and is considering offering incentives for the purchase of EVs. Moreover, Dubai Police has added three-new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrids to its fleet.
khaleejtimes.com, tradearabia.com (police)
EVs mean big savings: If all fleet managers in Britain would switch their diesel commercial vehicles for electric ones, they could safe a total of 2.6 billion pounds in fuel costs, according to recent research from the UK government-funded green transport campaign Go Ultra Low.
TfL adds H2: Transport for London has added two Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell to its fleet, which will be used by the group’s bus operational management team to i.e. check bus route diversions. This comes after the country announced that it will invest 6.6 million pounds in H2 infrastructure