Tritium equips its Ionity sites with liquid-cooled cables
Tritium is refitting its chargers at Ionity charging sites with liquid-cooled cables that will enable charging capacities of up to 350 kW. The first site with the new cables was recently opened in Nyborg, Denmark, as Ionity has confirmed to our German colleagues at electrive.net.
Tritium bringing fast-charging to Hungary
Hungary’s National Utilities has ordered fast-charging stations from Tritium through its subsidiary NKM Mobilitas. Twelve DC- charging stations with 50 kW will be installed along main roads across the country and mark the start of more to come.
IONITY opens first HPC station in Germany
The high power charging network IONITY has opened its first location, right on the “Autobahn” A61. It is located at a pit stop operated by Tank & Rast and electric cars using CCS may charge for free throughout the end of May.
Australia’s Tritium opens European HQ in Amsterdam
Fast-charging equipment designed Down Under shall become more widely available in Europe as Tritium opens its new European office in the Dutch capital. It will serve as sales and training center but also includes testing facilities for carmakers.
Great Britain, Tritium, Renault-Nissan, Volvo Buses, Cologne.
Charging at service stations by law: Great Britain wants to oblige service station providers to install EV charging points. This claim is part of a new law for electrified and autonomous vehicles, announced during the course of the traditional “Queen’s Speech” in parliament.
Big deal for Tritium: The Australian quick charging manufacturer says to have won a tender of utility Stromnetz Hamburg. Tritium has until October to supply 52 units of its quick-charger Vefill, that provides a 11kW AC output and is compatible with CHAdeMO and CCS.
Autonomous EV sharing by Renault-Nissan: The Franco-Japanese alliance wants to build up ride sharing services with self-driving EVs. Ogi Redzic, head of Renault-Nissan’s Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services division said, this new business line shall kick-off “certainly within 10 years.”
Volvo’s biggest electric bus order to date has been handed in by Swedish Malmö. The city ordered 13 Volvo 7900 Electric that shall roll on Malmö’s streets by late 2018. According to Volvo, this is the biggest individual order for the 7900 Electric it ever received.
Europe’s biggest cargo bike sharing: Green Moves Rheinland, a subsidiary of eco energy provider Naturstrom, wants to kick-off the biggest rental programme for electric cargo bikes in Europe, namely in Cologne. Donk-EE will be presented at June, 28 with further details to follow only afterwards.
presseportal.de (in German)
Ecotricity, Japan, BYD, Tritium, Envision Solar .
End of flat rate charging: British EV drivers will have to pay as they charge along the Isles’ motorway as Ecotricity changes its fee system. The eco utility initially offered free charging at its 300 stations before introducing a 6 pound flat fee for 30 minutes – much to the dismay of its users. Now Ecotricity will drop that flat rate and introduce PAYG instead, based on 0.17p per kWh, with an additional 3 pound fee every time you plug your car in. Ecotricity customers get 52 free charges a year though and also won’t pay the 3 GBP connection charge.
A H2 network in Japan has been agreed between Toyota, Nissan, Honda and eight other companies among them JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy and Iwatani. The agreement had been awaiting pen and paper for almost a year and will reportedly lead to 400 hydrogen fuel stations over the next ten years with 160 to be operational by 2020.
BYD builds on Montevideo’s electric cab fleet as it delivers an additional 20 e6 EV to join the existing 50. The government supports the effort with an impressive subsidy that practically amounts to 50 percent of the purchase price and also exempts EVs from import tax.
Fast-charge China: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium brings its Veefil-RT 50kW DC charger to China together with Oxford University’s Hong Kong office. The first trial is in Jiangsu Province, close to Shanghai, and Tritium is actively seeking partners in the country.
Sun-powered Fresno: Envision Solar comes to Fresno, where 13 mobile solar charging stations will be deployed. 12 of the EV Arcs will benefit people living in so-called disadvantaged communities.
Unu, San Francisco Goodwill, Tritium, Fastned, BMW.
Millions for e-scooter start-up: Berlin-based Unu secured 7.5m euros in another round of funding and wants to use the money to launch its electric scooters in France and the Netherlands. The circle of backers is international and includes French VC Iris Capital, Silicon Valley’s Michael Baum or NRW.Bank. Apart from the expansion, the three founders announced to be working on a new connected model. The original Unu scooter’s USP is its portable battery that facilitates charging anywhere.
gruenderszene.de (in German)
Electric trucks for charity: San Francisco Goodwill, a not-for-profit organisation, will deploy eleven electric trucks that will pick-up unwanted stuff and electronics in a bid to reduce not only poverty but CO2 emissions too. The test project involves BAAQMD, CARB, the Center for Transportation and the Environment as well as BYD. If successful, the charity may electrify its operations nationwide.
Coming from down under to the UK market is Tritium with its range of Veefil EV rapid chargers. The Australian tech company has found its first UK distributor in Electric World Enterprises (EwE). Tritium believes the “small footprint” of its products may prove particularly fitting for Britain’s narrow roads.
Fastned en route to growth: The Dutch infrastructure company announced its Q1 figures. Both volume and revenue grew by 160 and 148 percent year-on-year. Client registrations increased by 62% and Fastned thus counts 3,520 active customers, or about a fifth of all EV drivers in the Netherlands.
Alternative tracks are what BMW apparently wants to leave in California. The carmakers “Road to Coachella” campaign will see the i3 and X5 40e iPerformance serve as shuttles for the Coachella music festival. The i8 is reserved for VIPs, who will be accompanied by a soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer, who delivered the score for the Dark Knight or Pearl Harbour movies.
Volvo Buses, Vattenfall, India, Massachusetts, Tritium.
It is the first time opportunity charging is implemented in the UK. Eight electric Volvo buses will be delivered to Harrogate, where they are to enter service in 2018. The 7900 Electric models will be charged automatically via an overhead mast and pantograph using the common interface OppCharge. The latter has spread to twelve countries already, unifying charging for vehicles of various makers.
Green drive at Vattenfall: The Swedish utility flipped the switch this January to electrify its entire fleet. Over the next five years, 3,500 vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany will be replaced by electric alternatives. They will cover all areas, from passengers over technical support and maintenance.
Charging India: 1,200 EV charging stations shall come to India’s main roads, according to the government’s latest push to go electric. It also includes 200 fast-chargers. A pilot project is to start in Nagpur for the electrification of commercial vehicles.
Meanwhile, National Grid is to install 1,200 EV charge points as well but only in Massachusetts over the next three years. They are to cover 140 locations at work-places as well as multi-dwellings and include fast-chargers. The proposal is pending approval by the state’s Department of Public Utilities.
Tritium goes Torrance: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium that makes the Veefil station has set foot into California. It is its first oversea facility and is located in Torrance, from where it is to offer customer service, local manufacturing and R&D in the Americas. Regional partners wanted!
Tritium, Adelaide, Bangalore, BYD-ADL, Cape Town.
Tritium expands to U.S.: The Australian charging infrastructure provider is looking to expand across the United States, starting with California. Next year, Tritium will set up a first U.S. headquarter in Torrance, complete with a research and a production facility.
Plugging in Down Under: The Australian city of Adelaide wants to increase the number of EV charging stations from now four to 40 by next year, and make these available for free. Meanwhile, businesses, residents, schools and community groups still qualify for subsidies for installing solar panels, energy storage and EV chargers (we reported).
150 e-buses for Bangalore: The Indian megacity decided to purchase 150 electric buses, making it the country’s first metropole to order electrically powered buses on such a large scale.
New order for BYD and ADL: The BYD-ADL (Alexander Dennis Limited) has received its first order in the UK. Bus operator Arriva North West Merseyside wants to purchase twelve Enviro200 EV electric buses and eight charging stations.
Electric buses for Cape Town: As part of a pilot project, the South African city is adding ten electric buses to its MyCITI service from June 2017. The buses will be delivered by BYD, who won the recent tender. The Chinese manufacturer will assemble the buses locally and provide the necessary charging infrastructure.
Renault, Innogy, Taiyuan, Living lab Smart Charging, Tritium.
Renault with charging app: The French carmaker and Bosch have developed the Z.E. Pass, allowing Zoe drivers to use an RFID card or app to plug in at some 4,000 chargers in Germany. The app also provides information on pricing and enables cashless payment directly at the charger. The offer will soon be expanded to other European countries.
firmenauto.de, n24.de (articles in German)
New e-carsharing in Germany: RWE subsidiary Innogy now offers e-carsharing and charging infrastructure together under the brand eCarSharing. For a monthly fee, users can book a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf for when they need it. The cars will be provided German Drive CarSharing. While the offer is mostly addressed at businesses and communities, individuals may also make use of it.
flotte.de, presseportal.de (in German)
Clearing the air: The city of Taiyuan, the capital of Chinese province Shanxi, will replace no less than 8,000 ICE taxis with EVs. Instead of getting behind the wheel of a VW or Santana, drivers will swop for subsidised BYD e6. Moreover, the region will set up 1,600 charge points.
Peak power for EVS : Dutch project “Living Lab Smart Charging” is looking to charge electric vehicles when there is an excess of renewable energy, effectively using the former as mobile energy storage. Some 325 communities that provide a total of 80 percent of the Netherlands’ chargers are said to have already have joined the initiative.
New chargers: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium will present three new DC chargers at the eCarTec in Munich this week. The Veefil UT 50kW DC fast-charger is designed for utilities and connects directly to the grid, while Veefil WP 12kW DC is made for workplace and fleet applications. The Veefil 22kW DC is produced for locations with a lower power supply.
Georgia, Tritium, Manhattan Beach, Edmonton, Hydrogen.
E-buses for students: The University of Georgia has received 10m dollars in state funding to purchase 19 electric buses. These are set to go into service next year and will replace the oldest models on the university’s fleet. Moreover, the buses are said to be equipped with bi-directional charging capabilities.
Fast-charging Sri Lanka: The country could soon have a fast-charger in each of its 22 districts. Australian charge point manufacturer Tritium has already signed a distribution agreement for it Veefil stations with Sri Lankan Sunrise Engineering.
lankabusinessonline.com, infos per mail
Free electric shuttle service: California’s Manhattan Beach will start an electric ride hailing shuttle service with four to six all-electric mini busses. The service will be free of charge for passengers, as it is ad sponsored.
Electrifying public transport: The Canadian city of Edmonton is set to buy five electric buses next year. But council members are now pushing to go for 40 electrically-powered buses instead. A final decision will be made this autumn.
H2 for the north: Nel Hydrogen Solutions will set up a H2 fuelling station in the Swedish city of Mariestad by the end of the year. The pump is part of the EU-funded H2ME-2 project. Meanwhile, Norway’s joint venture Uno-X Hydrogen took delivery of the country’s first Toyota Mirai. Uni-X will set up 20 H2 filling stations in Norway (we reported).
businesswire.com (Sweden), electriccarsreport.com (Norway)
LAPD, Dortmund, Route Monkey, Ho Huy, Tritium.
BMW preferred over Tesla: The LAPD has decided to lease 100 BMW i3 after it has been testing various EV over a year, reportedly including Tesla. The Model S had proven too expensive for the police force. The i3 will be charged at 100 EV charging stations by Greenlots and four rapid charging stops. The city of Los Angeles is looking to acquire 100 more electric cars of hitherto unknown make this year.
latimes.com, greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com
Fleet electrification: The German city of Dortmund intends to replace half of its fleet of 100 cars and 200 vans with electric vehicles by 2020. Currently, there are 13 electric cars, 10 pedelecs, and 8 electric vans in operation and another 10 light utility EV shall be acquired this year. All can be charged at Dortmund’s 100 charging stations. In fall, the hospital will start a pilot renting EV to staff.
wdr.de (in German)
Routing recharged: Scottish Route Monkey received 285,000 GBP to create an online portal and app for EV drivers. The tool will point out the best route for electric cars as it takes into account available charging points, driving conditions, charge time, and the battery’s state-of-charge.
Vietnam’s cabs electrified: Vietnamese Ho Huy seeks to set up a taxi service with 10,000 electric cabs. Vietnam’s second largest cab operator, Mai Linh Taxi, recently announced it would replace its 20,000 strong fleet with EVs by 2020. If both plans succeed, soon more than half of all the country’s 50,000 taxis could be electric.
Faster charging Down Under: Tritium collected 5m AUD from the government in Queensland as well as from private investors to upgrade to 150 kWh charging. Apart from making the Veefil stations more powerful, the Australian firm is working on a new home charging option.
BeeZero, Nissan, BMW, Romania, Mumbai, Tritium.
Fuel cells to share: Under the name BeeZero, German company Linde wants to offer carsharing with some 50 Hyundai iX35 in Munich from this summer. If successful, the scheme could be implemented in other cities, as well as include FCVs from different manufacturers.
No more CHAdeMO? Inside EVs found a Twitter conversation between emobility insider Chelsea Sexton and Barry Koval, Senior Project Engineer at Nissan Technical Center North America, that hints that Nissan could move away from the Japanese standard. As batteries get bigger, Koval says “CHAdeMO won’t work.”
BMW invests in mobility service: BMW i Ventures is investing in RideCell, a company offering mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) software solutions for i.e. car- and ridesharing that automates end-to-end business operations. This could mean BWM is not only moving forward with its DriveNow business, but also rumoured Uber competitor (we reported).
Romania update: As reported, German retailer Kaufland wants to install EV fast-chargers at some of its locations in the Eastern European country. The first of ten planned stations has no gone online. Moreover, Kaufland added 18 e-Golf to its fleet.
Electrifying Mumbai: The Indian city wants to add 25 to 30 all-electric buses to its fleet in the coming months, converting some if its diesel-buses to EVs. It already received a grant from the central government to fund its undertakings.
Queensland plugs in: The Australian University of Queensland has installed four Tritium fast-chargers. The latter are powered by the sun and are free of charge. All four fast-chargers have an output of 50 kW.
Advenir, Belib, 203020, Tritium.
French charging offensive I: The French government kicked off a new funding programme named Advenir, said to enable the installation of 12,000 chargers by the end of 2018. Chargers at workplaces or in car parks of residential housing can qualify, if they are made accessible to the public.
avere-france.org, developpement-durable.gouv.fr (articles in French)
French charging offensive II: Paris has a new charging network named Belib. It comprises 60 multi-standard charging stations each with two CHAdeMO, CCS, and Type 2 connectors. To keep EVs from blocking the spot, pricing increases significantly after the first hour. Moreover, a radar system can identify vehicles that are not charging and alerts the police.
insideevs.com, chademo.com (PDF)
Electric taxis: Taxi company 203020 in Dundee, Scotland, wants to more than triple its electric fleet over the next six months. The company currently operates 30 EVs and wants to include a total of 100 by summer. By the same time next year, 203020’s entire fleet will be electric.
Moving fast: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium says it will have to move to bigger premises in Brisbane. The expansion is enabled by high demand for the company’s EV fast-charging stations.
Uzushio Electric, Artelec, AmeriPride, Allianz Malaysia, Tritium.
The ink has dried on the contract to build 100,000 electric trikes for the Philippines. The order reportedly goes to Japanese Uzushio Electric and its local subsidiary Bemac Electric Transportation, who will supply the first 3,000 units this year. Building, delivery and servicing are budgeted with 30m dollars based on a price of about 10,000 dollars per unit.
thestandard.com.ph, rappler.com, inquirer.net
Electric scooter fleet: Paris’ city council decided to replace its 400-strong scooter fleet with electric ones. The Artelec 670 is made in Grasse by French start-up Eccity Motocycles. Deliveries are to start in soon. The decision follows successful testing that established a real range of 100 km.
avere-france.org (in French)
Electric delivery fleet: AmeriPride replaced 20 percent of its fleet of delivery trucks with electric ones. The ten new vans are based on a Ford F59 chassis and fitted with an electric system by Motiv. The first pilot is taking place in Vernon and supply is under way.
Moving forward: Allianz Malaysia leased three branded Renault Zoe from Cohesive Mobility Solution (COMOS), as the insurer tries to create a “digital ecosystem.” The EVs will be available to staff based in Kuala Lumpur for the next four years.
Moving fast: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium says it will have to move to bigger premises in Brisbane. The expansion is enabled by high demand for the company’s EV fast-charging stations.
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Video Interview: Manuel Fernandes, Tritium.
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The idea for this charger from Down Under came from Better Place. And while the latter has gone bankrupt, Tritium and its stylish DC charging station Veefil are just getting started. Tritium’s European Representative Manuel Fernandes told electrive.com in this exclusive interview at the Hanover Trade Fair that the stylish design is only one ace up the company’s sleeve. Others include the small size and low weight due to a “unique liquid cooling technology.” The charger has already been installed in the U.S. and the company now eyes Europe and Asia as their next markets. Watch the interview to see what else Tritium has planned for the future.
electrive.com (highest resolution), youtube.com (optimized for mobile devices)
Video Interview: Manuel Fernandes, Tritium.
Design and innovation –two things the Australian company Tritium wants to combine with its DC fast-charging station Veefil. Tritium’s European Representative Manuel Fernandes told electrive.com in this exclusive interview at the Hanover Trade Fair that on top of the station’s “unique liquid cooling technology” and reduced weight, “there is also a better business case behind it.” According to the manufacturer, the charger and needs little to no maintenance, “making the return of investors a lot faster.” Fernandes hopes this charger from Down Under will also get EV sales moving there, but that “it is difficult when we are the ones to start.” Still, there is hope that if a charger from Australia can become popular, it can push the adoption of electric mobility there as well.
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ChargePoint & Tritium, London, Ecotricity, Tesla, Cincinnati.
US charged by Oz: ChargePoint cooperates with Australian infrastructure provider Tritium. The American company is to integrate Tritium’s 50-kW DC fast-charging station Veefil into its network.
ULEZ confirmed: Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has now set the date for the Ultra Low Emission Zone to come into effect. From September 7, 2020 vehicles travelling in central London will have to comply with new emission rules (Euro 6 and 4) or pay the congestion charge.
Tesla lawsuit: The British High Court has asked both Tesla and UK utility Ecotricity to provide more evidence in a case filed by the latter. Ecotricity accuses Tesla of “smash and grab raid” of intellectual property on charging station sites (we reported).
Charging in Cincinnati: The U.S. city is to get five fast-charging stations, or at least that is the plan. The first was set to be unveiled last Thursday but the event was cancelled and a new date has yet to be communicated.
California, Georgia, Tritium, Hai Phong.
California charges ahead: Utility provider PG&E asked state regulators for permission to build no less than 25,000 public charging stations in the Golden State, quadrupling the number of chargers currently installed. If approved, PG&E will set up 25,000 level 2 chargers and 100 DC quick chargers within about five years. The cost would be shared by all electric customers as a contribution to helping the state meet its clean air and climate goals.
greencarcongress.com, plugincars.com, forbes.com
Georgia gets charging: Athens-Clarke County is set to install eight new charging stations in publicly accessible locations, while the University of Georgia added two more chargers on campus. This comes as a bill was introduced that, if passed, could put an end to the state’s tax credits for electric car buyers.
Tritium plugs in Brisbane: The company opened its first Veefil fast-charger in the Australian city. The charging station is located at a Brisbane BMW dealership, but can be used by any electric car free of charge. It is also Tritium’s first charger installed on its home turf.
EV for tourists: Vietnam’s third largest city Hai Phong will launch a pilot project next week, driving around tourists in electric vehicles. In its initial stage, 30 small electric buses that can carry eight to 14 people will take visitors to all the top attractions at a leisurely speed of 25 to 30 kph.
Tritium, Toyota, Zinoro, Golden.
Rapid-charging network Down Under: Tritium presents its “Fast Cities Network” initiative for Australia, for which the infrastructure provider plans to install 12 of its Veefil chargers, creating a 430 kilometres long electric highway. Tritium is looking for investors to then further develop the network.
More plugs for Prius: Toyota expands its charging service in Japan for the Prius plug-in. Starting next month, the cars can be charged at all 700 charge points of the Nippon Charge Service, set up by Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi. The network is said to grow to 5,500 chargers by the end of 2015.
Zinoro enters civil service: 20 units of the all-electric Zinoro 1E developed by the China-based BMW-Brilliance joint venture have been delivered for the fleet of the Beijing Service Bureau for Diplomatic Missions.
EVs for the city of Golden: The carsharing scheme for the Colorado city will be all-electric and feature EVs by Coda Automotive. A Tesla Model S is also available for half-day rentals to qualified customers.
CARB, Chicago, Hannover, Tritium, Malaysia.
CARB to cut ZEV? Back in 2012, the California Air Resources Board decided that six Large Vehicle Makers will be required to sell a certain number of zero emission vehicles (ZEV). Afraid not to be able to meet requirements, Immediate Vehicle Makers called for the rule to include plug-in vehicles. The measure is said to be passed in the coming days.
Zero emission chauffeur fleet: Late Chicago gangster Al Capone has reason to be jealous. Now one can hire one of six Tesla Model S, ready to hit the street of the Windy City. Chicago’s first all-electric fleet is operated by E-Motion Chauffeurs and Hires of Chicago.
University of Hannover goes electric: The German university received six VW e-Caddy and will test the lightweight delivery vehicles during the upcoming 12 months. Data collected about energy consumption, servicing and battery capacity will be send to VW for evaluation.
Fast-charger from Down Under: The Australian charging infrastructure provider Tritium has signed a deal with E-Wald. The pilot scheme will be the first European client to use the “Veefil Electric Vehicle Fast Charger,” which supports CCS as well as CHAdeMO.
New market for BYD: At the IGEM 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, BYD presented the first electric bus for Malaysia. Manufactured in China, the K9 has already found buyers in Malaysia – Panorama Melaka has ordered 40 units and Sunway BRT 15 units.
China, Telefonix, UK, Tritium/SSE.
Making EVs a state matter? Apparently, the Chinese government wants take subsidy policies for cars with alternative drivetrains in its own hand, putting an end to specialty rules created at the local level. The announcement was made by the country’s Ministry for Industry and Technology (MIT), after sitting down with industry leaders to discuss how to spur market growth in the sector.
Rolling it up: The Telefonix ‘L1 PowerPost electric vehicle charging station’ is the first commercial charger featuring the company’s patented retractable cord reel technology. Two of these are currently installed at the Denver Airport and in Chicago. Telefonix had exhibited its technology at the International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference and Expo over the past days.
Alternative drives climb UK market ladder: As of the end of May, they hold a 1.8 market share, compared to 1.1 percent in May of last year. The biggest change could be seen in the sales of hybrid vehicles combining diesel and electric motors. Sales here rose 309.1% compared to the same month last year.
Australian-Chinese connection: Together, Australia’s Tritium and China’s SSE presented their Veefil Electric Vehicle Fast Charger at the InterSolar in Germany. The cost-efficient charger is easy to install and can give an EV an extra 50 miles (80.47 km) of range in just 10 minutes, says the company.