Tesla, Montpellier Airport, ITM Power, Queensland, Z Energy.
Connector upgrades: Tesla has released their new Tesla Wall Connector. Like the previous model, it is rated at up to 80 amps, but now starts at 500 dollars – down from 750 dollars. The charging station also features a power sharing option, whose single circuit breaker can service four wall connectors.
Solar airport: A 4.5 MW solar power system was installed at French Montpellier Airport, spanning 1,800 parking stalls. 16,000 solar power modules will soon be generating about 6.2m kWh of clean electricity per year. EVs can use part of that energy when charging at one of two solar-powered EV chargers, also installed on the premise.
Hydrogen agreement: UK industrial gas supplier BOC has signed an agreement with ITM Power, providing infrastructure for ITM’s new electrolyser-based hydrogen refuelling stations for passenger vehicles. This is one step in ITM’s bid to become the predominant hydrogen fuel supplier in the UK.
Free top-ups: The University of Queensland, Australia, has installed four fast-charging solar-powered EV chargers at its campuses, and will offer free top-ups to EV drivers. Chargers are powered by two solar photovoltaic systems. Two will use a 164 kW rooftop solar PV system, and two will be supplied by a 3.3 MW solar farm.
Installation complete: Z Energy (we reported) is looking to shift from traditional fuel to the electronic charging business, starting with the promise to install five charging stations throughout New Zealand. Those stations, located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, have now been successfully installed.
Romania, Ola, Uno-X, Z Energy, LightMotion.
Romanian incentives: The Eastern European country launched a 16.6m euro incentive scheme for plug-in hybrid and electric cars. Last year, 495 such vehicles were sold in Romania, where price as well as infrastructure are a problem. The latter might be eased by German discounter Kaufland that is installing EV chargers at some of its locations.
balkaninsight.com (incentives), romania-insider.com (infrastructure)
E-rickshaw via app: Indian transportation app Ola has added e-rickshaws to its platform. Users can book from a pool of 5,100 electric trikes in the Delhi region and the scheme is to be exported to smaller towns. The e-rickshaws are being deployed together with Bhartiya Micro Credit (BMC).
Nordic charging: Uno-X will install a hydrogen fuelling station in Norwegian Sandvika. The station includes on-site hydrogen production via solar power and is part of the plan to install 20 such pit stops in urban Norway by 2020.
Kiwi charging: Z Energy has installed the first fast-charger in Christchurch, New Zealand, as the oil company strives to transform itself into a transport firm. Over the following weeks, five more EV charging stations by Charge Net will be erected in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.
Smart street lamp: Dutch Lightwell and The New Motion present LightMotion, a street light that serves as EV charge point as well as a WiFi hub. Furthermore, the lantern features CCTV and sensors and is now in mass production.
Pennsylvania, Chargepoint, eMobilityCity, Van Hool, Z Energy.
Rebates in Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania residents can now receive up to 2,000 dollars in rebates if they choose to purchase an ‘alternative fuel vehicle’. All-electric cars are eligible for the full 2,000 dollars, while hybrids including plug-ins, natural gas, propane or hydrogen-powered cars qualify for a rebate of 1,000 dollars.
Chargepoint places: Infrastructure provider Chargepoint partners with retailers and hotels to help them promote exclusive offers for EV drivers on the Chargepoint platform.
Thuringia electrified: The eMobilityCity network consisting of 17 companies and universities wants to deploy 300 vehicles, 150 charging points and tangible marketing and sales concepts in Erfurt, Germany. Starting in January, fleet owners are to be targeted with full service packages, including i.e. vehicles and charging station. The initiative hopes for 70 new EVs in Erfurt by September.
jenapolis.de, emobilitycity.de (articles in German)
E-buses for Sardinia: The first of 14 electric trolley buses from Van Hool and Vossloh Kiepe have been delivered to Cagliari’s public transportation services. Four models are equipped with a fully electric powertrain and traction batteries; the other buses feature a diesel generator that is used to produce electricity.
pressebox.de (in German)
Fast charging in New Zealand: Z Energy will install three new fast charging stations in Auckland, two in Wellington and one in Christchurch by the end of February. The stations are supplied by Charge.net.nz and will offer 100 percent renewable energy, at least at night.