1,600 new electric car charge points for Berlin
A new scheme is to clean the air over the German capital by installing on-street charging infrastructure. With lamp post charging provider Ubitricity at the centre, the consortium is planning to add 1,600 public and private charge points to Berlin’s network beginning this year.
UK: Siemens & Ubitricity to deliver lamp post charging
Siemens and Berlin-based Ubitricity have been selected to help London improve EV charging infrastructure by retrofitting street lamps. They are 2 of 8 organisations in the Go-ultra Low City Scheme through which London expects to deliver 1,150 charge points by the end of 2020.
UK: Pop-up charge point by Urban Electric
On-street charging has become less obtrusive with this solution by British startup Urban Electric. Their UEone which they call a pop-up charge point disappears out of sight when not in use. A trial is underway together with the Oxford City Council.
Ubitricity, Engie, California, Los Angeles, New Zealand.
Berliners turn London on: Dozens of street posts in the British capital have been transformed into easy access charging spots with Ubitricity technology. The Berlin start-up’s latest addition to the network is the borough of Richmond upon Thames, where ten charge posts went live. The London Borough of Hounslow, Westminster City Council, and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea are other districts that have turned lamp posts into EV charging opportunities. Ubitricity’s progress is reflected in them opening a new London HQ.
Fleet electrification: French utility Engie wants to electrify 20 percent of its vehicle fleet in the UK by 2020. It’s low emission pledge effectively sees the company switching to 395 EVs in the next three years but also includes a no diesel policy by 2025.
California signs tough stance on VW into law as legislators approved a bill asking Electrify America to spend a portion of clean car infrastructure funds in so-called disadvantaged communities. The request had been on the table for a while and is part of Volkswagen’s infrastructure obligations following the diesel fraud scandal. CARB wants VW to invest 35 percent of the first 30-month investment in poor neighbourhoods that are often worst affected by air pollution.
L.A. buses to go all-electric? SoCal’s most thriving metropolis may replace 2,200 buses with electric models. If testing by transport provider Metro goes well, Los Angeles may have a complete zero-emission fleet by 2030. Interestingly the phase out is for natural gas buses. The first trial is set in North Hollywood and downtown LA and the board will decide by 2019 if to go ahead.
Electric double-deckers are making their way into New Zealand, where the capital of Wellington has ordered a total of 32 buses from Tranzit and Uzabus. The first ten may serve from July next year with the rest joining the feet until 2021. Eventually, Wellington wishes to electrify all its buses.
Ubitricity, Volvo + ABB, New York, BMW, EVOLVE.
London lanterns turn charge point: Ubitricity has arrived in the British capital, where its lamp post chargers have gone on trial. The Berlin start-up’s technology uses mobile meters that enables EV drivers to plug into a charge post. In cooperation with UK Power Networks, three street lamps are ready to share their grid connection in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
America second for e-buses: While Volvo and ABB cooperate successfully in Europe already, they are to enter the U.S. market with their electric buses and charging system. Volvo subsidiary Nova will aid entry. As in Europe, the OppCharge interface will be used, that enables cross-maker cooperation.
Three millions for PEV: New York state earmarked three million dollars for communities that look to invest in electric or hybrid vehicles, including trucks. All models on the market are eligible for funding and both municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives that receive low-cost hydropower can apply.
BMW strengthens its USA business namely within its 360° Electric scheme. Home charging for PHEV and EV owners is to get simpler with a new service that lists BMW compatible home charging stations and installation partners on the bmwcharging.com platform delivered together with local QMerit.
Evolving e-mobility: Project EVOLVE has three years to advance EVs in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. The American Lung Association planned more than 200 events this spring with test rides in electric cars from Ford, GM and Nissan.
CarCharging, Nissan, Ubitricity, Bradford, Sydney.
High performance charging: CarCharging will enhance the performance of its Blink Level II commercial EV charging stations. TE Connectivity is to supply a new cord set able to provide the maximum unit amperage of 30 Amps. Former owner of Blink stations, Ecotality used 24 Amps.
Free charging for Leaf: Nissan is to extend its No Charge to Charge program to Atlanta this coming Black Friday. New buyers of the Leaf, including those who got theirs on or after November 1st, will be able to charge their EV free of charge for two years.
Lamp post charging pilot: German start-up Ubitricity has begun with the installation of its charging sockets in Berlin street lamps. If the ten pilot charge spots in the German capital prove successful, the solution could be rolled out nationwide and eventually go global.
EV-friendly tourism: Bradford Council is now offering hotels, B&Bs, and campsites in the region 499 pounds (780 dollars) for the installation of a wall-mounted EV charge point. The grant is part of the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan.
Electric airport shuttle: A six month trial with an electric bus by BYD has begun at Sydney International Airport. Operated by Carbridge Pty Ltd., the electric bus will be used as an airport passenger shuttle and is the start of the planned electrification of the airport’s entire bus fleet.
EV forecast, Ubitricity, BMW i3 vs. Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive.
Research tip: The market for electric vehicles, including boats and planes, could be worth 533 billion dollars by 2025, according to the ‘Electric Vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2015-2025’ report by IDTechEx. The updated October-version takes into account quads, too.
Reading tip I: Frank Pawlitschek, COO of Ubitricity, a Berlin-based start-up that enables charging via public lamp posts, in this interview explains what drives the company’s technology.
theecoreport.com (with video)
Reading tip II: Ted Kidd compared the BMW i3 and Mercedes B-Class ED and likes the Benz much better, esp. if you take more than one person with you as the back seats are “luxurious”.
BMW i, Canada, Charleston, Car2go, ubitricity.
New BMW wallbox: After the Wallbox Pure, BMW i introduces the Wallbox Pro. It can be integrated in a smart home grid and use self-generated electricity to charge the EV. The wallbox is to come available worldwide and can charge at a power rate of up to 7.4 kW. In Germany it is limited to 4.6 kW, due to local grid regulations.
hybridcars.com, slashgear.com, press.bmwgroup.com (4.6 kW, in German)
Electric corridor opens in Canada: The first charging stations between Quebec City and Montreal have gone into operation. A total of twelve charging points, including five fast charging ones, will be installed on the electric corridor between the Highways 10 and 138 this fall already.
Free Leaf Taxi: A new driving service is ready to launch in the next two weeks in Charleston, South Carolina (USA). Scoop CHS will feature four Nissan Leaf and will drive customers to their destination free of charge. The idea is to finance the service purely with advertisements.
Car2go conquers Brooklyn: The carsharing company will extend its offer to the New York neighbourhood of Brooklyn. Starting on October 25th, 400 Smart fortwo will hit the road there. The NYC fleet will not feature any electric vehicles, however.
Intelligent charging system: Five German welfare and caritas associations have acquired a total of nine EVs. The charge cables are supplied by Berlin-based ubitricity and include mobile electric meters. That enables employees to charge the cars at home without having to pay. Because of the intelligent charging technology, electricity consumption is monitored by ubitricity and billed directly to the company.
suedkurier.de, erzbistum-freiburg.de (both in German)
ubitricity, Nissan, MyCarma, TWIN.
Big backup for Berlin start-up: The German chapter of French utility provider EDF has acquired a minority in ubitricity during the latest funding round. EDF probably hopes to acquire in-depth information on the company’s mobile metering and payment system. All other shareholders remain on board as well.
vc-startups.com (in German)
Nissan strong in the UK: In Great Britain, a total of 2,057 all-electric vehicles were sold last year and the Japanese company claims that 73% of those were Nissans. Good news, considering the fact that Nissan is building its Leaf for the European market at its facility in British Sunderland.
EV data logger: MyCarma is looking for 25,000 dollars to back up the development of its latest app. The myEV platform is designed to track energy consumption and state-of-charge of almost any electric car and naturally comes with excessive sharing functionalities too. So far, about 10,000 dollars have been collected with 17 more days to go.
youtube.com (video), indiegogo.com (campaign) via cleantechnica.com
E-Bike training to be developed: The European Twowheel Innovation Network (TWIN) project has got the go ahead from Dutch-led Transfer of Innovation project (TOI). TWIN aims at developing European training on electric bicycles for dealers and their mechanics.
Fake engine sounds for Model S, Affordable everywhere charging.
Video tip: Viewers of the 60 Minutes show from CBS might have wondered about the sound the Model S suddenly was making. Sound engineers must have thought, that the car was simply to quiet and added some combustion engine sound. CBS apologised and has now deleted the artificial soundtrack. It is still a nice report on “Elon Musk’s industrial empire” though.
cbsnews.com (video) via greencarreports.com
Charge your EV anywhere: At a streetlamp for example and pay your provider via your personal mobile meter. An intriguing idea which German Ubitricity has come up with and already has put into practice. Enough reason for Forbes to speak to one of the company’s founders.