Category Archives: Cars

London’s Transportation Sector Going Electric

The ECOreport looks into the first steps towards London’s Transportation Sector Going Electric

By Roy L Hales

A spokesperson from Fastned said negotiations have been going on for the past year and a half. This morning Transport for London (TfL) announced the Dutch EV fast charging company is one of the five successful bidders. The other charging companies are Bluepoint London, the Centrica Consortium, Chargemaster and Electricity Supply Board (ESB).  London’s first 75 charging points should be operational by the end of the year.  By 2020, there could be 300.  The first steps towards London’s transportation sector going electric have been taken.

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Will California Accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 Million Settlement?

The ECOreport looks at what could be the final chapter of Dieselgate, Will California accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 million settlement?

By Roy L Hales

The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) ruling on the proposed settlement, from the dieselgate scandal, will come very soon. The Volkswagen Group of America is proposing to invest $2 billion into the nation’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure over the next ten years. A significant portion of this investment is earmarked for California. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the deal. Will California accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 million settlement?

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Fastned’s First German EV Fast Charging Stations

The ECOreport looks at a story from Germany’s Ev Build-out, Fastned’s First German EV Fast Charging Stations

By Roy L Hales

Germany is building out an EV fast charging infrastructure. Two months ago, the European Commission decided “Germany’s scheme to roll out a network of user-friendly infrastructure for charging electric vehicles across the country is in line with EU state aid rules.”  The government will invest €300 million (nearly $320 US) and two-thirds of this is designated to accelerate the development of a fast charging network. The buildout started long before any announcement of Government funding. 292 units were installed last year. Construction of the Dutch company Fastned’s first German EV fast charging stations is about to commence.

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Europe’s Largest EV Fast Charging Station Company Announced An Important Milestone

The ECOreport publishes news that Europe’s largest EV Charging Station Company announced an important milestone

By Roy L Hales

In the five years since Fastned incorporated, they have built 59 fast charging stations through-out the Netherlands. Investors funded this expansion. Now many of these stations are generating revenue. Last week Europe’s largest EV Fast Charging Station company announced an important milestone.

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Fastned Raised EUR 2.5 Million Over The Weekend

The ECOreport looks at a story form the Netherlands,  Fastned raised EUR 2.5 million over the weekend

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Fastned’s original funding came from its founders and angel investors such as the Lubbers family (Breesaap) and Fred Matser (Flowfund). Last year, the Dutch fast charging station company needed three weeks to raise EUR 3 million selling share certificates on Nx’change. Now, Fastned raised EUR 2.5 million over the weekend.
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Europe’s First Urban Fast Charging Station

The ECoreport looks at story of the expanding EV infrastructure, Europe’s First Urban Fast Charging Station

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Billions of euros are being invested into Europe’s EV market. Most of the industry’s best known vehicles are available. The race to build the infrastructure, that can help make them the vehicle of choice, lags behind. Ford Motors, Volkswagen Group, BMW Group and Daimler are entering into the race with joint plans to develop 400 sites by 2020. However Fastned has already built 55 stations through-out the Netherlands and, on December 1, announced the opening of Europe’s First Urban Fast Charging Station in the Hague.

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The Largest EV Charging Program In North America

The ECOreport looks into why the largest EV Charging Program in North America could have a chilling effect on utilities considering investments into this sector

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1On February 9, 2015, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) brought forward a proposal to install more than 25,000 EV charging stations within their territory. Readily embraced by environmentalists, the project faced opposition from ratepayers (questioning the value of this investment) and other electric service providers (who did not relish direct competition from a utility). Last October PGE reached a settlement with ten interested parties that reduced the project to almost a third of its’original size. Pointing out that “No proposal is supported by all parties, and no party supports all of the proposals made,”1 a California Utilities Comission (CPUC) judge brought forward a new proposed decision of his own. Only according to Tom Ashley, Greenlots’ head of government relations, the proposed terms for what is still the largest EV Charging program in North America “could have a chilling effect on utility investment in EV infrastructure.”

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  1. Proposed Decision of Administrative Law Judge Darwin E. Farrar, State of California Public Utilities Commission, Agenda ID #15334 Ratesetting, p 12

Expanding EV Infrastructure In Eastern Washington

The ECOreport looks at a new pilot program, expanding EV infrastructure in eastern Washington state

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Washington currently has 16,000 electric vehicles and plans to more than triple this number by 2020. Most of this development will occur in the state’s western metropolitan areas. Between 350 – 400 EV owners are in Avista Utilities service area.  Now the utility is  expanding EV infrastructure in eastern Washington.

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$10 Billion PEV Market By 2020

The ECOreport looks at the LUX Research report predicting a $10 Billion PEV Market By 2020

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMichel Langezaal believes that electric cars could replace gas cars, as the vehicle of choice, within a decade. The tipping point will come after they have more range and are competitively priced. He said, “History shows us that once you hit 5% or 6%, if the product is better, then the breakthrough comes much quicker.” The latest LUX Research report is more conservative and predicts a $10 Billion PEV Market By 2020.

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The latest Solar-EV combo

The ECOreport looks at the latest solar-EV combo, Plugshare & Sungevity come together together for a California-wide “Drive Solar” campaign

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There have been highly successful joint promotions of solar and electric vehicles. According to the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), 72% of EV purchases in a Colorado campaign were made by people who had not previously intended to buy.  Around 15% also bought a solar system. The latest solar-EV combo brings Plugshare and Sungevity together for a state-wide “Drive Solar” campaign.

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