Maven, NREL, Bristol, Greenlining, United Arab Emirates, ChargePoint.
Opel car sharing: German Vauxhall is to import GM’s car sharing service Maven to Europe by 2017. If the service will include the Ampera-e (aka the Bolt) remains to be seen as details will only follow in November. The cars will be booked via app but the system is not free flow.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Technological evolution: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is looking to convert 14 propane-powered buses to electric power at Utah’s Zion National Park. So far, the move will first be evaluated by gathering data on use and topography. Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska has made its decision and took delivery of two hydraulic hybrid shuttles from Lightning Hybrids.
greencarreports.com (Utah), greencarcongress.com (Alaska)
University of Bristol decided to replace four diesel vans with electric ones as it found the diesels not suitable for the conditions on campus that include short rides and start-stop at hills. The four Nissan e-NV200 are charged at four EV charging station on-site, saving further time and pit stops.
Widespread EV adoption: The Greenlining Institute has issued an online tool kit to facilitate EV adoption in underserved communities. “Electric Vehicles for All: An Equity Toolkit” deals with EV awareness, affordability as well as information about specific tools and resources for policy-makers.
greenlining.org (guide), chargedevs.com
Charging like a sheik: Al Qasba, a tourist and family destination in the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates has installed two EV charging stations at its car park. To promote the new spots, two BMW i8 made a princely charge stop. The stations are part of a green parking initiative.
High qualifier: ChargePoint appointed Jennifer Granholm to its Board of Directors. The former governor of Michigan is a law professor at UC Berkeley, senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, and project scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
China, United Arab Emirates, Tennessee.
Charging corridors in China: State-owned utility State Grid further developed the country’s fast charging network alongside eight of China’s main motorways, including the connection Beijing-Shanghai. Until 2020, a total of 36,000 km of motorway will be equipped with chargers.
Rapid-chargers for the West Coast: The California Energy Commission earmarked some 8.9m dollars for the installation of fast-charging infrastructure along Interstate 5, Route 99 and Highway 101.
Emirates push e-mobility: The small state of Ajman is the first in the United Arab Emirates to allow electric cars to park for free. Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai are also looking into similar regulations. Dubai meanwhile completed the installation of 100 EV chargers (we reported).
khaleejtimes.com (park), gulfnews.com (charge)
Less money down: China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, issued a directive for financial institutions to lower down payments of loans for new energy vehicles. While some believe that it could increase sales, others say it will do very little, as the NEV uptake is driven by policies, not cash.
Fee free EV: A bill in the U.S. state of Tennessee that would have called for a 150 dollar licence fee for electric cars and 75 dollar fee for hybrids, is off the table. Even though it would have added some 2m dollars to the state’s highway fund, lawmakers never debated the issue and it died quietly in the Senate committee.