Category Archives: Transportation

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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Germany’s EV Infrastructure Grows 27%

The ECOreport reposts another story of the transition to cleaner transportation, Germany’s EV Infrastructure Grows 27%

Originally Published on Clean Technica

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The vitality and satisfaction of early EV adopters keeps on increasing. A vast market of electric car enthusiasts is prompting companies to offer more electric cars and more charging stations. Cleaner air, quieter roads, quieter neighborhoods, and precision autonomous features are where it’s at. With all the new varieties, growing ranges, and broadening styles of EVs, consumers see more charging spots at community places as important to their new lives.

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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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NDP Government Would Reduce Some Ferry Fares

The ECOreport looks at why an NDP Government would reduce some ferry fares in British Columbia

By Roy L Hales

Everyone knows that B.C. Ferries is losing money. According to their press release last November, the supposedly “publicly owned company” was $1.2 billion in debt. Yet this morning Claire Trevena, the NDP critic for transportation, announced that an NDP Government would reduce some ferry fares.

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UnGapTheMap Of Metro Vancouver’s Cycling Network

The ECOreport reposts an appeal to improve the cycling infrastructure, UnGapTheMap of Metro Vancouver’s cycling network

Press Release from HUB Cycling

HUB Cycling behind Bike to Work Week, has launched a new video to raise awareness of their campaign to make cycling safer and more connected for everyone in Metro Vancouver.

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Unveiling the Scoot Mobility Operating System

The ECOreport looks at a highly successful LEV sharing network’s plans for expansion, unveiling the Scoot Mobility Operating System

By Roy L Hales

Compared to the 10 million miles that the city’s vehicles travel every day, Scoot’s penetration into the San Francisco market is still relatively small. The 800 vehicles in their shared light electric vehicle (LEV) fleet have covered 2 million miles since 2012. CEO Michael Keating admits that, even combining their statistics with those of Zipcar, Bay Area Bikeshare, and Uber, you would probably not reach 5% of the total volume.1 But the market is growing fast. Scoot’s LEVs produce about 2% of the average car’s emissions and are an attractive alternative to get around on the world’s traffic congested streets. Keating is looking expand into cities like Paris, Rome and Madrid in the EU. So, in partnership with providers like Renault-Nissan, Mahindra, Govecs, and Emco-Elektroroller, Scoot is unveiling the the Scoot Mobility Operating System (MOS).

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  1. email from  Michael Keating, CEO of Scoot

Two Dutch Cities Adopt 100% Electric Bus Fleets

The ECOreport reposts a story about Eindhoven and Helmond, two Dutch Cities Adopt 100% Electric Bus Fleets

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Over the course of the next decade, Europe is expected to electrify most of its’ bus fleet. The transformation has already begun, though  only a hundred of the more than 12,000 buses registered in Europe during 2015 were eBuses. The largest orders were in London and Amsterdam, where BYD supplied 51 and 35 vehicles, respectively. A few months ago Amsterdam announced it will totally discard its’ fleet of diesel buses by 2025. This milestone has already been achieved in the neighbouring province of Brabant where, tomorrow, two Dutch cities adopt 100% Electric Bus Fleets
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North America’s First 100% Electric Municipal Bus System

The ECOreport looks at a story from California, North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Porterville, California, is about to make transportation history. The little Californian city only receives an average of 13 inches of rain a year, which makes it particularly vulnerable to atmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from vehicles, agriculture, and other sources. Thanks to a determined city hall, the number of Stage 1 smog alerts declined from 100% per year, in the 1970s, to almost zero. On December 7, the California Air Resources Board awarded $9.5-million to replace its’ entire bus fleet. By January, 2018, Porterville should have North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system.

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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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