EV Roam to support electric vehicle charging in the UK
A new service named ‘EV Roam’ is being provided by Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL), in partnership with the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA). It is aimed to “help facilitate the uptake of roaming between EV charging networks in the UK”.Weiterlesen
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McDonalds to connect chargers in UK locations
McDonald’s wants to set up hundreds of fast charging points for electric cars branches in Great Britain in cooperation with InstaVolt. The rapid chargers are designed for charging capacities of up to 125 kW. New Aldi branches in the UK are also to receive charging points – but at a much slower rate.Weiterlesen
Zap-Map launches Air BnB for charging stations
British EV charging point mapper Zap-Map has launched two new services that allow both businesses and private households to share their charging facilities with the public. Zap-Home and Zap-Work could open up 60,000 existing charging stations potentially.Weiterlesen
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Supercharger, YPF, Ford, ABB, Volvo, Zap-Map, California.
Details to Supercharger expansion: Ahead of the Model 3 market entry, Tesla confirmed officially that the total number of Superchargers worldwide shall rise from today 5,400 to more than 10,000 by the end of the year. In the same period, the amount of Destination Chargers is to climb from 9,000 to 15,000. Interestingly, renderings show, that the EV maker may not only extend its network by building more Superchargers, but is also looking into larger locations. They would gather more Superchargers under roofs with solar tiles and could also have some sort of a waiting room, or “customer centre” – in short, they may become the pit stops of the future.
electrek.co, teslarati.com, tesla.com (official statement)
To not become obsolete through firms like Tesla just yet, Argentina’s state-owned Oil company YPF intends to equip 200 petrol stations with charging points for electric cars. The installation of initially 110 charging points is to start by mid-2017 at stops between Buenos Aires and La Plata.
Ford fleet in London: Ford selected five fleet operators to start its earlier announced pilot programme in London. For 12 months, the car maker will provide 20 Transit Custom PHEV to see how plug-in hybrids could support the capital’s target to clear the air. Its rather potent partners are Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, British Gas, Clancy Plant, and Addison Lee.
greencarcongress.com, ngtnews.com, postandparcel.info
ABB and Volvo do it again and this time it is British Harrogate that will see Swedish electric buses powered by Swiss charging equipment. The fleet will operated by Transdev Blazefield from 2018. ABB will deliver three charging stations and an electricity substation for installation at a bus station.
Zap-Map’s updated app: UK’s EV charging platform Zap-Map enables EV drivers to locate charging points through an app that the company now spiced up once more. Version 3.0 includes real-time data from across the GeniePoint and Source London networks.
44 EVs to charge simultaneously: Californian’s city of Fremont that is home to Tesla now hosts one of the largest EV charging sites in the Bay Area. Operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), 44 electric cars can charge at 22 stations simultaneously. The project’s inauguration is part of a pilot programme.
Supercharger, California, Carsharing, Columbus, Zap-Map.
Frosting Supercharger parking: Elon Musk has unveiled new rules for Supercharger access after his recent promise to take action. Any Tesla caught blocking a Supercharger five minutes after being fully charged has to pay 40 ct per minute. The fee only applies if all chargers are blocked.
7,500 EV charging stations: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) ‘Charge Smart and Save’ scheme. The utility will install 7,500 EV charging stations at multi-unit sites and workplaces across NoCal. PG&E initially planned 25,000 charge spots but got turned down by regulators who feared a monopoly and wanted inclusion of disadvantaged communities.
Démenti: BMW’s DriveNow has explicitly denied any plans to merge with Daimler’s Car2Go, which the Manager Magazin had reported on Friday, claiming fear of competition from Uber as the reason for the unlikely liaison. DriveNow partner Sixt also rejected the allegation.
wiwo.de (in German)
Charging Columbus: American Electric Power (AEP) will install 250 public EV charging station in Columbus, the city that reportedly won the U.S. Smart City Challenge. Another 1,000 EV chargers are to be located in residential areas. Both the city and the utility pledged to electrify their fleets.
Dynamic charging data: Zap-Map has launched live data on availability of EV charging stations in Chargemaster’s Polar network with other networks to follow. PEV drivers in the UK will be able to see if a charge point is in use of free via desktop as well as mobile applications.
Volvo, Supercharger, Tuk Tuk Cartel, Zap-Map.
Volvos for Belgium: Volvo has received an order for 11 hybrid buses and two charging stations from the Belgium city of Namur. It is a turn-key solution, meaning Volvo is also in charge of servicing the buses and chargers, as well as battery maintenance. The chargers will be supplied by company ABB
Supercharger galore: Tesla is currently working on its biggest Supercharger site located in the city of Fremont, California, which will feature 20 Supercharger stalls. The site is located just south of the Tesla factory, where there is another possibility to plug in.
Tuk-tuk taxi: New Zealand capital Wellington has a new ride service. Tuk Tuk Cartel will shuttle tourists to see all the major sites in town. One ride along the scenic route will cost around 25 to 30 NZD.
Zap-Map update: The UK’s leading charge point app now includes ‘Zap Chat,’ a community update facility where EV drivers can note if they charged successfully, or update a charger’s status and give other users the heads up. The app currently shows 3,800 charging locations.
UK, Helsinki, Zap-Map, AMP.
New UK subsidies: The British government has earmarked another 43 million pounds for the funding of electric mobility. 11 million will be invested in a total of 15 research projects and 32 million pounds will be used for the development of charging infrastructure. That also includes the extension of the homecharge grant scheme from April, but with a reduction in the maximum grant from 900 to 700 pounds.
gov.uk, businessgreen.com, airqualitynews.com
Helsinki gets electric buses: Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) purchased 12 electric buses from Finnish manufacturer Linkker. Due to the use of aluminium, the lightweight buses are said to be very efficient. They will go into service in the Finnish capital as part of a pilot project this summer.
Zap-Map app launched: The new app provides information about publicly accessible charging stations across the UK. The country’s main EV charging websites are linked to the app to update information. Charging points can be filtered by rated power, connection type and vehicle model.
zap-map.com via evfleetworld.co.uk
AMP takes Chicago: The Alpha Banking Company of Chicago has ordered five all-electric Workhorse E-GEN Trucks from AMP, while the Standard Equipment Company in Chicago ordered another three. The city incentivizes the adoption of electric and alternative fuel commercial trucks.
globenewswire.com (Alpha Banking), globenewswire.com (Standard Equipment)
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