UK: Virgin Media to turn street cabinets into EV chargers
Liberty Global revealed details of its plan to utilise the street cabinets of its UK subsidiary, Virgin Media, to supply electric car charging stations. In cooperation with Innovate UK, a consortium is expected to install 1,200 chargers nationwide within the next 18 months.Weiterlesen
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Vattenfall expands into Norway with InCharge network
The Vattenfall energy group is launching its InCharge electric mobility network in Norway with immediate effect. Throughout this year, InCharge intends to expand throughout Norway in cooperations with partner companies to install numerous public charging stations.Weiterlesen
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Vattenfall showcases charging solution at World Ski Cup
Swedish energy provider Vattenfall is supporting the Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre, Sweden, with a mobile power storage system from Beck Automation. It includes eight BMW electric car batteries and charges ten all-electric snowmobiles.Weiterlesen
Germany: Vattenfall appoints specialist for InCharge
Swedish utility Vattenfall has been increasing their efforts to take their share of the electric car charging market. Their InCharge network is on course for expansion in Europe and their latest driver to take charge of Germany is the former EVBox employee Fermin Bustamante.Weiterlesen
NL: Every McDonald’s branch to get a fast-charging station
Vattenfall’s Dutch subsidiary Nuon has teamed up with McDonald’s in the Netherlands to equip each and every DriveIn branch with two fast-charging points. The effort will result in the installation of 168 EV charging stations across the country beginning this year.Weiterlesen
Sweden: InCharge by Vattenfall at Renault & Volvo
Vattenfall is expanding its electric car charging network InCharge in its home country. A new deal with Volvo and Renault includes the installation of 300 charging stations at dealerships next to Tanka pit stops in Sweden and Vattenfall says construction works have begun already.Weiterlesen
Belectric lends life to thousands of electric car batteries
Belectric says it has commissioned three large projects in the UK and Germany based on thousands of electric car batteries, both used and new. The batteries from different manufacturers have a total capacity of 40 MWh and are providing frequency response services to grids in Europe.Weiterlesen
Vattenfall launches EV charging network in UK
Swedish utility Vattenfall is hitting at the EV market in Great Britain as they want to bring their charging network ‘InCharge’ to the Isles this June for the first time. They aim to connect commercial as well as public partners to install charging poles across the country.Weiterlesen
Vattenfall power storage with 500 BMW i3 batteries goes live
Vattenfall is using electric vehicle batteries for their to-date largest power storage facility named “battery@pyc”. The 22 Megawatt battery stands at Pen y Cymoedd in Wales and has recently begun commercial operations.Weiterlesen
Volvo and Vattenfall team up for EV home charging
Volvo and the utility Vattenfall have launched a joint offer for electric car charging in Sweden. All customers that have opted for a Volvo PHEV and have a house in Sweden may order the ‘InCharge Smart Home’ directly via the ‘Min Volvo’ website.Weiterlesen
Volkswagen, BMW, Vattenfall, Alabama, Silicon Mobility.
VW affirms EV strategy: At the annual press conference, VW stated its target to become a market leader in solid-state batteries as well as EV development. A ‘Center of Excellence’ is planned this year and will be followed by a pilot production by 2020 in order to reach what CEO Matthias Muller called “technological leadership in Europe by 2025.” Volkswagen also claimed to be in talks with partners to supply battery cells and hopes to close deals within 2017.
BMW turns battery supplier: Vattenfall is to acquire up to 1,000 EV batteries from the German carmaker this year. The 33 kWh batteries are also used in the BMW i3 but the utility is not looking to reuse EV batteries but to rather buy its own. They will serve as storage units for excess energy of Vattenfall’s wind farms, namely in Amsterdam, South Wales, and Hamburg.
Ferry retrofit: The Gee’s Bend Ferry in west Alabama will be transformed from diesel-powered into all-electric. The conversion is a joint federal-state project with a 1m dollar grant through the EPA and is believed to make the vessel the only all-electric passenger ferry in the United States.
Software library for optimisation: Silicon Mobility has developed a software library (OLEA LIB) and app (OLEA APP) for OEMs. It serves to optimise EV, HEV efficiency, battery range and charging speed for products using OLEA chips.
Volvo Buses, Vattenfall, India, Massachusetts, Tritium.
It is the first time opportunity charging is implemented in the UK. Eight electric Volvo buses will be delivered to Harrogate, where they are to enter service in 2018. The 7900 Electric models will be charged automatically via an overhead mast and pantograph using the common interface OppCharge. The latter has spread to twelve countries already, unifying charging for vehicles of various makers.
Green drive at Vattenfall: The Swedish utility flipped the switch this January to electrify its entire fleet. Over the next five years, 3,500 vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany will be replaced by electric alternatives. They will cover all areas, from passengers over technical support and maintenance.
Charging India: 1,200 EV charging stations shall come to India’s main roads, according to the government’s latest push to go electric. It also includes 200 fast-chargers. A pilot project is to start in Nagpur for the electrification of commercial vehicles.
Meanwhile, National Grid is to install 1,200 EV charge points as well but only in Massachusetts over the next three years. They are to cover 140 locations at work-places as well as multi-dwellings and include fast-chargers. The proposal is pending approval by the state’s Department of Public Utilities.
Tritium goes Torrance: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium that makes the Veefil station has set foot into California. It is its first oversea facility and is located in Torrance, from where it is to offer customer service, local manufacturing and R&D in the Americas. Regional partners wanted!
Vattenfall, Workhorse, Riga, Solaris.
Vattenfall presents inCharge: Vattenfall has launched the charging network inCharge, which it is building in conjunction with partners. All Vattenfall’s existing fast charging stations will be included, as will thousands of charging stations that belong to the partners. According to the power company, the current 2,732 charging points that customers can access in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands “will soon increase significantly.” A new app allows customers to pay directly at the charging stations.
Electric pickup truck attracts potential customers: Workhorse recently announced its electric pickup work truck W-15 (we reported) and now says that Duke Energy, the city of Portland and the city of Orlando’s municipal fleet have signed non-binding letters of interest to purchase the trucks for their respective uses. Duke Energy said it could purchase as many as 500 trucks.
Riga orders Solaris buses: Latvian public transport operator Rigas Satiksme has signed a contract with Solaris for the supply of ten low-floor trolleybuses. Each trolleybus will be fitted with a with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender as well as a battery, which allows it to operate without traction energy supply.
AMP, Singapore, Car2go, PlugSurfing & Vattenfall.
AMP deal in Texas: The company is to supply 18 of its all-electric Workhorse E-100 Walk-in vans to a “major transportation company” (our bet is on FedEx). They will be used in Houston for package deliveries in and around the city.
Cutting congestion in Singapore: The city state announced that it will invest 1.5 billion dollars in sustainability over the next five years. One of the projects is adding more public transportation to reduce traffic and offering electric carsharing. They are even planning “driverless vehicles”.
eco-business.com (with video), news.asiaone.com
Is Car2go headed for China? Daimler supposedly plans to introduce its carsharing scheme there, but nothing is under lock and key yet, a Moovel spokesperson told AutoblogGreen. Let’s hope that if Car2go enters the Chinese market, they will be using electric Smarts.
Vattenfall joins PlugSurfing: Following deals with RWE and E.On, the Berlin-based company now also cooperates with Vattenfall. Users can access Vattenfall charge points in Hamburg and Berlin via the PlugSurfing app and pay using the RFID key chain. The same is true for some 10,000 charge points in the Netherlands and another 130 in Austria (we reported).
GreenDataNet, BMW, Vattenfall, DoE, Aging of Li-ion batteries.
EV batteries to power data centres: The GreenDataNet project wants to keep data centres running using old EV batteries that first store and then supply extra energy during peak hours. The initiative is funded by the EU with 2.9 million euros (4m dollars) and supported by Nissan.
Second calling for batteries: With the number of EVs growing worldwide, the number of old EV batteries will increase as well. While Sumitomo in Japan already uses them to store excess solar energy, BMW is currently exploring second life applications. Together with European utility Vattenfall, they are also looking into using the old batteries as energy storage units to ensure power grid stability.
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Alternatives drives put to the (real world) test: Cars like the Honda Accord PHEV and Smart Fortwo ED are currently driving laps at the Intertek centre in Arizona, USA, before they will be driven by various fleet operators for nearly 200,000 miles over three years. The United States Department of Energy (DoE) uses the data to determine vehicle performance, durability and operational costs.
Why batteries age: German researchers have determined a major source of aging of Li-ion batteries, saying that repetitive changes in atomic arrangements can cause the breakdown of the crystal structure of a material and therefore the deterioration of battery performance.