Fastned triples revenues from fast-charging network
The Dutch fast-charging company sold more electricity in the fourth quarter of 2018 than in the whole year of 2017, while the revenue also tripled. Plus, with new EVs such as the Tesla Model 3 or Jaguar I-Pace arriving in the Netherlands, Fastned expects further and rather rapid growth.
Alstom and Eversholt Rail create H² train for UK
In cooperation with Eversholt Rail, the French group Alstom has presented the design of a new hydrogen train for the British market. The H2 train, which was developed under the code name Breeze, is the conversion of an existing train.
ACCEL: Rolls-Royce engineers aim to build faster e-aircraft
Engineers from Rolls-Royce and their partners have set themselves the goal of developing the world’s fastest electric aircraft as part of the ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight) project. The model is expected to reach 480 km/hand take off for the first time in 2020.
London ups the stakes against pollution and congestion
London tackles air pollution with further restrictions and subsidies. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have made changes to the congestion charge that applies to central London roads. PHEVs and private hire vehicles such as Uber cars will lose their exemption after 2021.
Engie and Arval lure customers with e-mobility package
The energy group Engie is cooperating with Arval to offer companies, municipalities and private individuals an eMobility package in the future. On the basis of a monthly rental fee, the service combines leasing from Arval with the installation and maintenance of charging stations by Engie.
UK requires home charge points to be smart by 2019
All publicly funded home charge points for electric vehicles must use smart technology from July 2019, the British government announced. This means charge points must be able to be remotely accessed, and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal.
Pininfarina christens its e-sportscar ‘Battista’
The Automobili Pininfarina e-super sports car – previously known as PF0 – will now bear the name Battista and celebrate its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. In the meantime competitor Lotus is following suit with its own fully electric super sports car.
BYD considers European/US battery cell factory
BYD is toying with the idea of constructing battery factories in Europe and the USA. In Europe, the company is examining possible locations in Great Britain and Germany. Furthermore, the Chinese electric car manufacturer is considering a separate listing of its battery business on the stock exchange.
Aston Martin to retrofit their classics with electric drive
Aston Martin Works that takes care of the carmaker’s finest classics, will be equipping these existing models with an electric drive and battery. This has been made possible by means of the “cassette” electric drive system developed with the know-how and components from their upcoming Rapide e-range.
VW lowers UK price for e-Up by £3,000
Volkswagen has updated their UK pricing for the e-Up with a new basic price of £23,115 before subsidies, which will leave a purchasing price of about £19,600. The standard trim has also been upgraded to include a rear-view camera and better seat options.
Insensible urban aesthetics
The Zipcar car club that runs 325 VW e-Golf in London complains about the slow expansion of fast-charging infrastructure in the British capital. That is nothing new unfortunately but Zipcar quotes a new argument: some councils would refuse to install charging stations because they consider them “too ugly” for the borough.
Zapinamo power boosts rapid home charging
There is a new player on the scene for rapid-charging boosted by stationary energy storage. Zapinamo is a Coventry-based start-up that patented a home (!) charging station with a “power boost” from an extra battery and thus enables an output of up to 350 kW.
London receives 36 BYD & ADL electric buses
The cooperation between the electric bus manufacturers BYD and ADL has completed it’s order, as 36 electric buses were delivered to public transport operator RATP Dev in London. The Enviro200 EV electric buses, including infrastructure, were ordered in 2017.
PHEV a fossil fuel burning bridge technology
Perhaps there are times when it makes sense to do away with incentives, especially if they do not lead to the desired behaviour. This may be the case for the Plug-In Grant in Britain that has been changed to exclude PHEV recently. New data suggest, the removal was right.
Jaguar-backed Arc debuts hi-tech electric motorbike
Arc Vehicle of Britain are bringing their first-born bike to the EICMA show. The Vector electric motorcycle boast 95 kW for a top speed of 241 kph at ranges of around 200 km. Add to this responsive gear and you attract mighty backers like JLR. Yet, the Vector has a very steep price.
DriveNow expands into 5 more London boroughs
BMW’s car sharing service DriveNow will become bigger in Britain. Their London fleet will soon include five more districts. 410 new BMW and Mini cars are expected to join the fleet this coming January, including 80 more BMW i3 electric cars.
BYD presents mobile charging station for electric buses
China’s leading bus maker BYD and their British partner Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) presented a new version of their Enviro200EV electric bus at the Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham. The 10 metre electric vehicle features an extra space big enough to fit a wheelchair but also a mobile charging station.