INCIT-EV project launches in 7 EU cities
The INCIT-EV project, now launched and funded by the EU Commission, is concerned with the development of innovative charging technologies for electric vehicles until the end of 2023. Under the leadership of Renault, a total of 33 partners from eight countries are participating in the project.
Renault rolling-out V2G trials across Europe
Renault has launched the first large-scale bi-directional charging pilot projects in Europe, starting in Utrecht, the Netherlands and on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo. Similar projects will follow in five more European countries with the aim to develop services and gather learnings for future harmonisation.
Postal services in Poland and Netherlands go electric
Not only Deutsche Post looks into electrifying their delivery operations. A new initiative by the Dutch PostNL now replaces diesel vehicles with electric cargo bikes in Utrecht. Also the mail service in Poland, Poczta Polska, wants to electrify by developing their own vehicle.
Charging on the go.
Tesla fan Bjørn Nyland shows us how to recharge a Tesla Model S without ever plugging in at a charging station. The “trick” is to hook it up to and trail it behind its big brother, the Model X. But considering the possible damages, it may not be the most economical way to fill the battery.
insideevs.com (with video)
Poland, Utrecht, Tesla, Venson + EO Charging, Ballard, Kandi.
EV only zones in Poland? Poland’s Ministry of Energy is looking into introducing ‘low-emissions zones’ in cities, a Polish newspaper reports. This may be a push for coal as much as for green transport as the country relies on carbon sources for its energy needs, while the ruling party PiS pushes back more sustainable alternatives.
cleantechnica.com, parlamentarny.pl (in Polish)
Ten electric buses have been acquired by the Dutch town of Utrecht, where they replace ten older diesel vehicles. The 12 metre models will serve an entire line by spring next year and have been bought in a joint effort by the Utrecht public transport bus provider, Qbuzz, the municipality, and the province.
Supercharging Ireland: Tesla is to expand to the republic with a new store, likely in Dublin, as well as EV charging stations by 2017. Ireland is the last Western European country missing on the Tesla map and was due to be connected already this year.
Clean fleet cooperation: Leasing company Venson Automotive Solutions partnered with charging infrastructure provider EO Charging, to help fleet providers switch to electric. They set up the ‘CleanFleet‘ service, which uses GPS data to see if a more electric and/or hybrid fleet is feasible.
Ballard bus update: Ballard Power Systems is to deliver technology for 300 fuel cell buses in the Chinese cities of Foshan and Yunfu reportedly. The latter has now taken delivery of ten such hydrogen buses, while Foshan received the first twelve earlier this month.
Kandi is to sell 50,000 EV over 5 years through Shanxi Coal, a strategic cooperation agreement sets out. Kandi says the agreement is to stabilise the firm’s EV business in times of varying subsidy policies.
Utrecht, Thailand, Seattle, Proterra.
Solar chargers for Utrecht: Renault, the Dutch city of Utrecht, ElaadNL, and LonboXnet have signed a letter of intent to test solar smart charging stations. Some 1,000 units could be installed, where ElaadNL would be in charge of the infrastructure and Renault would supply 150 Zoe Z.E. through 2017. The project’s second phase could see the construction of a V2G system.
Thailand’s three step plan: To push EV uptake in the public sector, the country will start regulating EV costs, making sure prices will not exceed those of natural gas vehicles. In a second step, those measures will also apply to electric passenger cars, while Thailand will also cut tax rates, push local battery production and develop charging infrastructure. The third step (2020-2036) will see the installation of up to 800 chargers for an estimated 1.2m electric vehicles.
Seattle’s 15,000 EV plan: To cut the city fleet’s emissions in half by 2025, Seattle’s mayor is calling to include more electric vehicles – a total of 15,000 purely electric cars are said to roam the city’s streets in ten years. Moreover, the EVs will all be powered with clean energy, as Seattle produces enough hydropower.
Proterra prepares for rising demand: As more and more transport agencies are looking to include electric buses in their fleets, manufacturer Proterra wants to nearly double production capacity in 2016. It therefore placed a follow-on order with UQM Technologies for PowerPhase HD electric systems, to be delivered this year.
Solar-powered V2G chargers in Utrecht.
The first of a total of 20 V2G charging stations powered with solar energy has gone into operation in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The pilot project in the Lombok district will see another 19 of these solar powered stations that allow for bidirectional charging go up.
mijntu.nl, cobouw.nl, utrecht.nl (all in Dutch)
Utrecht, Bordeaux, Paris, Denver, Orkney.
Utrecht wants top spot: The Dutch province wants to have more than 10,000 electric cars on its road by 2020, more than any other Dutch region does per capita. One way Utrecht wants to reach its goal is by electrifying delivery vehicles.
utrechtcentral.com; utrecht.nl (in Dutch)
Twizy goes Bordeaux: Bolloré´s Blueclub carsharing fleet in Bordeaux, France, has new members. Since Tuesday, subscribers can drive one of 20 Renault Twizy. The Bluely service in Lyon already includes 30 of the two-seaters and by the end of 2015, there’ll be a total of 110 Renault Twizys available across the two services.
E-scooters for Paris: The free-floating electric scooter sharing CityScoot kicks off in the French capital this month. During the one month testing phase, there will be 30 scooters available, but operators hope to have 1,000 of the two-wheelers on the road by 2016. The scooters have a range of about 100 km.
No Charge to Charge in Denver: Nissan has started its free charging programme in Denver. For the next two years, all Nissan Leaf bought there can charge at no cost. The offer is already available in 17 other cities across the U.S. and Nissan says, it will by 25 by the end of the year.
Orkney Islands Council get e-bus: The Optare Solo SR bus has 70-mile range and will commute back and forth from the airport. It is expected to make five trips before recharging. A rapid charger will be installed later this year and cut the charging time to one and a half hours.