Tesla, fuel cells, Prius, Vector.
Tesla loses Missouri: The U.S. state’s Auto Dealer Association has won its case against the EV maker, which will no longer be allowed to sell cars directly to its customers. That means that there will still be Tesla show rooms in Missouri, but the cars can only be purchased online.
UN pushes FCVs in China: The third phase of UN Development Programme looking to push commercialisation of fuel cells in China to help limit climate change has kicked off. The project “Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China” follows tests with a total of 12 prototype FC buses from different manufactures.
Prius police car: Dubai police have added another four Toyota Prius the fleet, which now includes a total of ten of the “best-selling” hybrids. A few months ago, the country’s Roads and Transport Authority also pledged that half of its fleet would be hybrid by 2021.
Charging Auckland: Vector has installed another two fast-charger at BP Connect Pakuranga and another two at Auckland Airport Shopping Centre, bringing the total number of chargers at the airport to seven. The company has launched a digital map with charging location. The latter is said to soon also be available as an app.
scoop.co.nz (BP), stuff.co.nz (airport)
Shanghai, Tesla, Spain, Caltech, Vector.
Shanghai on track: The Shanghai Transportation Trade Association confirms that electrifying the city’s public buses remains a priority. They aim to have nearly 1,500 new-energy buses, making up half of their entire fleet, in operation by the end of 2016. Sixteen bus depots will also be fitted with electric charging stations.
Tesla grand opening: Tesla is opening a third Australian store in Sydney later this year. The two-level showroom will house all of Tesla’s cars and let customers both customise and order the vehicles. However, no on-site Superchargers will be available. Meanwhile, first the Supercharger in Russia is now live.
gizmodo.com (Australia), insidedevs.com (Russia)
Funded by Movea: The Spanish city of Murcia has purchased its first electric car as well as four more hybrids. They hope to have 20 alternative energy vehicles in their fleet by 2020. Purchases were encouraged by regional government subsidies under the “Movea” scheme,” which provides between 6,000 and 20,000 euros.
New at Caltech: The California Institute of Technology is getting an EV charging network on campus. A research group installed 54 electric vehicle charging stations to be used by Caltech and JPL personnel and guests. All are free to use. The charging network was developed by computer science and electrical engineering professor, Steven Low.
Rapid Kiwis: Two rapid charging stations points have arrived in Silverdale, New Zealand, further consolidating the area as the first viable EV region in the country. Vector installed six points in Auckland and plans for 15 more by the end of 2016. They are currently scouting areas around Wellsford and the Matakana area.
Gatwick, Proterra, Tesla, Vector, SemaConnect.
Electric Gatwick: The London airport wants to become the “UK’s leading low carbon airport” by 2025. That also means it will electrify its entire fleet over the coming 10 years.
More efficient: According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Proterra’s all-electric buses are four times more efficient than buses running on compact natural gas. The study looked at a pilot scheme in California’s Foothill Transit, where 12 Proterra buses are in service.
EV feud: A new bill could put an end to Tesla’s direct sales model in the U.S. state of Indiana from July 1st, 2016. The EV maker blames GM to behind the measure, who responded to the allegations by saying that Tesla should not play by “special rules” when competing against “similarly capable vehicles and similar price points” – meaning the Chevy Bolt going up against the Tesla Model 3.
autoblog.com (bill); autoblog.com (GM)
Vector expands network: New Zealand’s Vector added two more rapid and one standard charger to its network in the city of Auckland. The company also said that it will install at least another 13 fast-chargers in the country over the next six months.
Charging USA: SemaConnect has installed five new charging stations at three The Wiseman Company properties in California. Four stations will be reserved for tenants and local drivers, while the fifth is open to the public. Meanwhile, DC Solar will install six portable, solar-powered EV chargers for the NASCAR weekend in Las Vegan, Nevada, next month.
pressreleaserocket.net (California), pressreleaserocket.net (Nevada)
V2G, Vector, Fasned, DC charging, West Norfolk.
V2G initiative: The University of California, San Diego, will introduce electric vehicles. The fleet consists of Nissan and Honda electric cars and will be charged and operated by EVgo. The firm also wants to test bi-directional charging and feed into UC San Diego’s advanced microgrid.
Vector shows progress in setting up a promised 35 EV rapid-charging stations in New Zealand. The first station that sports two fast-charging spots has been installed in Auckland and the company says another fifteen will be erected soon.
Longer and faster: Nissan’s new 30 kWh battery of the Leaf not only holds more power than the previous 24-kWh version but also charges faster, Fastned reveals after real-life testing. The quicker replenishing is probably due to the alternated cell chemistry.
The faster the better: EV drivers prefer rapid-charging over Level 2 charging 12 to 1, a survey by NRG eVgo in the Bay area reveals. This means that in the long run, DC charging might be where the money is for infrastructure providers, while AC charging will likely remain free of charge.
200,000 pounds were invested in EV charging infrastructure, as British West Norfolk is now equipped with three stations. Each includes two rapid charging spots. The initiative is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and a Nissan consortium.