Arrival still bogged down in launch difficulties
Things at the British electric vehicle start-up Arrival apparently continue to be anything but smooth. After the strategic reorientation of the company, there are now media reports that an Arrival electric delivery van caught fire during a demonstration for the customer UPS.
Arrival confirms focus on electric delivery vehicles
In its latest quarterly report, the British electric vehicle start-up Arrival has confirmed the recently leaked strategic realignment, according to which the company will fully concentrate on the launch of its electric transporter for the time being and put its bus and car project on the back burner.
Oak Ridge tests inductive bi-directional charging
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have successfully developed and deployed a bi-directional inductive charging system on a UPS PHEV delivery vehicle. Bidirectionality was not the only feature of the experiment.
UPS invests in artificial intelligence
The logistics & delivery corporation UPS plans to spearhead a project to explore the way Artificial Intelligence systems can optimise charging electric vehicle fleets and integrate onsite renewables to reduce emissions and energy costs.
UK: UPS rolls-out Rex EVs powered by Tevva Motors
The logistics giant UPS plans to bring 15 electric vans with range extenders onto British roads in the next few weeks and deploy them permanently. In the EVs developed in cooperation with Tevva Motors, a small diesel engine is used to charge the batteries.
UPS launches custom-made cargo e-bikes
34 new cargo pedelecs have joined the European fleet of logistics giant UPS. The bikes were specifically developed for the carrier together with Rytle. After initial testing in Germany, the cargo e-bikes are now coming to France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
UPS installs 2nd life charging system in London
UPS has launched the ‘Smart Electric Urban Logistics’ (SEUL) initiative in London together with UK Power Networks and Cross River Partnership. Its new technology enables them to recharge an entire fleet of electric vehicles at the same time, thanks to stationery battery units.
Tesla working on charging network for electric trucks
As the commercial shift to electric transportation modes is taking place, Tesla is taking a proactive approach by working with industry to supply local charging stations for companies. According to Reuters Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi and UPS are among those participating in the development programme.
UPS is trialing electric bikes
UPS is trialing deliveries with electric bikes and trikes in the streets of London and Pittsburgh. The British capital sees a bike trailer pushed along electrically, while in Pennsylvania it is an e-trike that hauls the parcels.
Siemens, ChargePoint, Hubject, StreetScooter, UPS, Mitsubishi.
Siemens is ChargePoint’s new old big buddy as the German corporation joined the latest round of funding led by Daimler. The infrastructure provider thus managed to gather another 43m dollars, closing the total Series G round at 125m dollars. Siemens has got its very own stake in ChargePoint as it supplies DC charging technology and has been invested since 2010.
Hubject in Croatia: Hrvatski Telekom agreed to cooperate with Hubject, meaning all intercharge users may access charging opportunities in Croatia. Hubject now includes more than 55,000 charge points.
StreetScooter goes Berlin: 40 electric delivery vans and 160 charge points at 4 logistic bases are only the beginning for Deutsche Post DHL’s electrification in the German capital. 30 of the 40 homemade StreetScooters are the new large version Work L, which can hold twice the volume of the usual van. On top, the fleet is to gradually get more electric, “wherever it can as Berlin is not any odd location,” DHL board member Juergen Gerdes promised. Estimates say the Berlin mail may come fully electric by 2025, at least an exact 156 charge points with 11 kW stand at the ready by now. In total, DHL operates 3,000 StreetScooters in Germany to date and is currently gearing up to electrify 70 percent of its deliveries on the first and last mile by 2025.
electrive.net (in German)
UPS is a little less ambitious than its competitor above as it set a target to have 25 percent of its new vehicle purchases be driven by alternative fuel by 2020. Five years later, UPS wants 40 percent of its fleet to be gas and diesel free.
Leading by example: The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) took charge of five Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs and five i-MiEV along with four quick charger units. They are part of a study and Mitsu hopes to reach more government agencies as well.
IAV, UPS, Kenworth, NÜWIEL.
Modular electric drive: Engineering firm IAV brought its latest electric drive to a symposium in Vienna, Austria. The motor’s integrated planetary gear set offers up to three speeds, which can be adjusted for efficiency or hill-climbing ability. Constant power is at 50 kW with a max output of 80 kW and the electric drive is said to increase battery range by 5 – 10 percent. Target group are all sizes of cars and all sorts of low-emission vehicles including those with fuel cells.
UPS presents fuel cell truck: UPS is another logistic giant entering the zero emission business as maker rather than buyer and has just presented a custom-made electric delivery van. It uses a fuel cell from Hydrogenics as range extender and has been developed within a 10m dollar programme funded through the DOE. The van has a range of up to 200 km, says UPS, who wants to deploy a total of 17 units in a trial that runs through the end of 2018 in the USA.
trucks.com , greencarcongress.com
More fuel cell utility vehicles come from Kenworth that operates in SoCal. Its prototype Class 8 hydrogen tractor uses a Ballard Power Systems fuel cell to recharge the battery. Another model under developent is a hybrid running on CNG. Both will be deployed in in Southern Californian ports.
And back to UPS who will give a start-up from Hamburg a chance to push its deliveries by bike. NÜWIEL’s electric pusher trailer has its own electric drive and could thus assist to thrust the postman forward. Its is said to sense the force needed and adds to up to 25 kph while carrying cargo of up to 90 kilos. NÜWIEL will be available to courier companies from autumn 2017 and to consumers by 2019.
treehugger.com, electrive.net (UPS, in German)
UPS, Wireless Charging, Lexus, TUM.
Hybrid drone delivery: UPS started tests with hybrid delivery vans that carry a drone pod on their roof. From there, the little octocopter called HorseFly launches, delivers a parcel and returns to the van, where it is caught by robotic arms to dock and charge.
Wireless charging for e-buses: The 50 kW inductive charging system by Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories. It allows to charge electric buses at bus stops with up to 50 kW wirelessly. Californian Antelope Valley Transit Agency will be first to use it and plans to buy 85 electric buses from BYD over the next 5 years.
Lexus confirmed specs of the LS 500h hybrid powertrain ahead of Geneva. The partially electrified version of the luxurious sedan will share its powertrain with the LC 500h. The LS500h can run in EV mode to 140 kph.
New tool for Li-ion battery research: Positrons have been used by scientists at the TU Munich (TUM) to investigate capacity loss in NMC batteries. So-called positron annihilation spectroscopy reveals voids in the lattice of the cathode material that block electrodes’s return upon recharging.
Chargemaster, Paris, UPS, Greensboro.
Big deal: Chargemaster has received a 2.3m pound order to set up chargers in Milton Keynes. In addition to 50 public chargers at sporting compounds, hotels, restaurants, etc., the infrastructure provider will set up two petrol station like “EV charging hubs” near a motorway junction and a shopping centre.
Paris clears the air: As reported, the French capital issued partial driving bans on Tuesday, extending it for three consecutive days. During that time, public transport and electric carsharing can be used for free. Other cities like Lyon are considering following suit. From July 1st, 2017, Paris will ban all diesel cars and vans first registered before 2001 and all diesel-powered trucks with a registration date prior to 2006.
Parcel delivery: UPS is testing a new way to deliver parcels emission free, using a prototype electric-assist tricycle. The Truck Trike can haul as much as 600 pounds. The first testing ground is Portland, Oregon, where the company is already using conventional bikes to make deliveries.
Electrifying public transport: Over the next ten years, Greensboro, North Carolina, will successively replace its 47 diesel buses with electric ones. The first two or three e-buses could go into service in 2018. A first charging station is being set up in cooperation with utility Duke Energy.
Homecharger, London, GoCar, Iceland, UPS, Stagecoach.
EU guidelines push homecharger: According to the Guardian, the EU is working on a directive that would see an EV charger installed in every new or renovated home from 2019. From 2023, 10 percent of parking of new buildings will need to have a place to plug in. The guidelines will be published before the end of the year.
Stricter rules in London: London’s mayor Sadiq Khan presented detailed plans on setting up Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) from 2019. He also kicked off talks about a 10 pound increase of city toll (T-charge) from October of next year.
i3-Sharing in Dublin: Carsharing scheme GoCar now offers ten BMW i3 for short-term rental in the Irish capital. The EVs are parked at ten chargers within the city area.
Iceland plugs in: Icelandic utility Orkusalan announced that it will install an EV charging station in every community in Iceland. The first of around 80 chargers will already be erected in the coming weeks.
New Workhorses: UPS says it will add another 200 hybrid delivery vans from workhorse to it fleet next year. The electric vans with range extender will go into service in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and possibly other U.S. states.
Hybrid short-distance transport: Stagecoach has ordered seven hybrid double-deck buses that will go into service in Scottish Dundee next year. Stagecoach already counts 18 hybrid buses on its fleet.
Daimler, Ballard Power Systems, Tesla, UPS, Arizona, EnBW.
AirBnB a la Daimler: The carmaker is looking to start off a peer-to-peer carsharing service in German and the U.S. next month, allowing people to rent out their leased Mercedes or Smart to others. It is part of Daimler’s new strategy CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric), which it announced at the Paris Auto Show last week.
Fuel cell in China: 12 fuel cell buses from Ballard Power Systems will hit the road in the Chinese city of Foshan. The delivery is part of a deal between Ballard and the cities of Foshan and Yunfu, according to which the OEM will deliver a total of 300 H2 buses to the two cities (we reported).
Supercharging Tesla taxis: The EV maker has set a Supercharger with 12 stalls at the Montreal-Trudeau airport in Canada for taxi company Taxelco’s fleet of Tesla Model S. It is therefore the largest privately owned Supercharger. Because it is privately owned, capacity is capped at 60 kW, instead of the regular 120 kW.
Electric delivery: UPS has begun operating 50 hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks from Lightning Hybrids in the Chicago area. The vehicles were first trialled in 2014, and feature a patented parallel hydraulic hybrid system that has no electric batteries. Instead, braking energy is stored in hydraulic pumps and used to power the wheels.
Charging Arizona: The Salt River Project (SRP) and EVgo are installing five fast-chargers with both CCS and CHAdeMO in the towns of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe in the U.S. state of Arizona. SRP also offer a price plan for EV drivers, while providing incentives for business that invent in chargers for the public and/or employees.
SM!GHT draws international clientele: One year after introducing its multifunctional street lights, which can also be used to charge EVs, German utility EnBW is happy with its success. More than 85 German cities and municipal utilities already opted for the solution, while enquiries have also arrived from Prague, Stavanger (Norway) and Caloundra (Australia).
enbw.com (in German)
California, New Zealand, South Korea, Leicester City, UPS.
Cleaner transportation: The newly presented Draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan calls for the deployment of more than 100,000 zero emission vehicles by 2020 and maximisation of near ZEVs. Moreover, the state earmarked 23.6m dollars for the development of and a demonstration project using electric drayage trucks at ports.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com (drayage trucks)
New Zealand pushes EVs: The government says it is looking to implement incentives to get more electric cars on their roads. The goal is to double the current number of EVs to 64,000 by 2021, extend and introduce new Road User Charge exemptions for electric cars, integrate more electric vehicles into government fleets, and fund promotions as well as further studies.
Seoul networks: The South Korean capital has launched the second stage of their carsharing network, aiming to increase electric vehicle usage. The number of carsharing locations will grow from 1,262 to 1,600, and another 1,749 vehicles will be added to the fleet. Seoul expects to have more than 2,400 carsharing locations by 2018.
Victory Mercedes: Leicester City players will be receiving a Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Model from club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after winning the English Premier League Title. That will be 30 vehicles in total, each priced at 32,670 pounds.
UPS E-GEN: UPS has updated their 125 Workhorse E-GEN hybrid electric delivery trucks to achieve extended range and better fuel economy. Working with Workhorse Group, they integrated a new drive system and swapped out a four-cylinder engine for a two-cylinder motor. The vehicles will provide up to four times better fuel economy than that of a gasoline-powered vehicle.
UPS, Kesko, Gujarat, Envision Solar, Ford.
Electric delivery: UPS has added another five electrified Mercedes-Benz Vario to its fleets in the German cities of Düsseldorf and Hamburg. The company therefore as a total of 40 electric cars in its fleets across the country and says it will crack the 50 mark before the end of the year.
auto-medienportal.net, grueneautos.com (articles in German)
Shop and charge: Finnish company Kesko will fit its retail locations with EV charging stations. Four chargers will be erected in each Vantaa, Espoo, Turku and Lahiti. Charging is free for customers.
E-bus pilot project: Indian state Gujarat will kick off a pilot project with six all-electric buses for public transport. Moreover, solar-powered charging stations will be set up at the central bus station in the town of Gandhinagar to keep the electric buses running. Gujarat Transport Minister Vijay Rupani meanwhile invited the auto industry to “manufacture electric vehicles in the state.”
Solar charger patent: Envision Solar has received a patent for its portable solar charging station EV ARC in the U.S. The company also announced that the EV ARC is patent pending in China and the EU.
Sleep and drive: Ford has teamed up with the Limehouse Holiday Inn Express hotel in London as part of the expansion of its GoDrive car-sharing scheme in London. Guests will be able to choose from a Ford Focus Electric, or the Ford Fiesta 1.0-litre Ecoboost.
Get ready for the Joby S2, an awesome electric two-seater vertical takeoff and landing plane. The concept features no less than 16 propellers along its wings and can also glide as a plane reaching speeds of up to 200 mph. Have a nice flight into the weekend!