Press Release: Liberty e-care Launch Repair Programme for the Ford Transit Connect Electric Van

COVENTRY, England – Liberty e-care, a division of Liberty Electric Cars, is expanding its business as ever more EVs populate our roads. The company recently launched its repair programme for the Ford Transit Connect electric van, an all-electric van developed in a collaborative venture between Azure Dynamics and Ford Motor Company. The Transit Connect Electric is well suited for commercial fleets that travel predictable, short-range routes with frequent stop-and-start driving, in urban and suburban environments. The vehicle has a 75 mile per hour top speed and can drive up to 80 miles on a single charge—perfect for the requirements of a local delivery cycle.

The electric van had been launched in 2010 in the US and Europe; among the first US customers were AT&T, Canada Post, the New York Power Authority and Southern California Edison. Around 1500 units were sold globally before Azure stopped production in March 2012. Liberty e-care’s staff has developed a full programme to service and repair these vehicles especially with regard to the battery which is no longer available. This unique service is available to both Ford main dealers and directly to the owners of Transit Connect Electric vehicles.

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USA: Fuji Electric to Offer Financing Program for Charging Stations

Fuji Electric Corp. of America announced that they have partnered with Union Bank and Marlin Leasing Corp. to offer their customers convenient Financing Programs on their DC Quick Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles. The program offers Zero-Down, Zero-Interest financing in an effort to offset the cost of equipment and encourage small businesses to install charging stations at their sites.

“We firmly believe that the development of charging infrastructure in the US, particularly publicly available quick charging, is a critical factor in the mass adoption of EVs,” said Larry Butkovich, Fuji Electric’s General Manager for EV Systems. “Drivers need reassurance that they will be able to access charging stations while on the road, and our Financing Program gives businesses the assistance they need to make a business case for the installation of these Quick Charging Stations.”

Fuji Electric’s UL-Certified 25kW DC Quick Charging Station provides a complete charge to EVs in under an hour, making it ideal for commercial applications such as hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and public highways/interstates. With over 400 units deployed worldwide, the global manufacturer entered the US market in March 2012, and immediately recognized the hesitation among businesses to invest in this technology. Butkovich adds, “Whether we are working (more…)

In Silicon Valley hub, new homes must be wired for electric cars

No sooner had we predicted building standards being used to encourage EV uptake, it happens in Palo Alto.

In our article “Electric Vehicle Ready Garage Now A Standard Feature For Washington DC Based Builders” we suggest it will eventually become part of government and/or regional policy frameworks, to encourage EV uptake: building standards is already one the of the key areas of focus for reducing carbon emissions and this is a logical step.

Now read the article reported by Grist.com: In Silicon Valley hub, new homes must be wired for electric cars

If you build a new home in Tesla Motors’ hometown, your electrician is going to need to wire it up for an electric vehicle charger.

The Palo Alto, Calif., City Council recently endorsed a building-code change that would require builders to include wiring in new homes that can easily be connected to a charger. The council also directed city staff to figure out how to make it easier and cheaper to obtain permits for new EV chargers.

To wire a new house for an electric vehicle charger, it costs under $200 — a quarter of the price tag for installing a charger at an existing home, Palo Alto (more…)

Electric Vehicle Ready Garage Now A Standard Feature For Washington DC Based builders

Interesting press release from a US building company: US building firm Capital City Builders, LLC today announced its new “EV-Ready Garage” initiative, making the installation of 240 Volt power used to charge electric vehicles from auto makers such as Tesla, BMW, and Ford standard in all its homes going forward.

I am sure this will be a growing trend, and perhaps it will eventually become part of government and/or regional policy frameworks, to encourage EV uptake – building standards is already one the of the key areas of focus for reducing carbon emissions: the building industry in Europe and the US is subject to tight controls and regulations in areas such as insulation and energy use.

And financial incentives exist in many countries to support installation of renewable energy generation such as PV and geothermal, so why not EV charging?

For commercial developments such as shopping malls, offices as well as public buildings, the compulsory installation of charge points would be hugely beneficial to EV uptake and a way of building more charge points where they are needed, without having to use tax payers funds to pay for it.

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64,000 Public Charging Stations Installed Worldwide

Navigant research have published the Q3 edition of their Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Tracker report. In it they estimate that nearly 64,000 public charging stations have been installed worldwide.

“As public investments in charging infrastructure wane, the numerous companies that emerged in the market’s early stages and championed various technologies and business models are now beginning to consolidate and standardize,” says Scott Shepard, research analyst with Navigant Research. “While investment in EV charging equipment technology has been significant during the past few years, the private sector now needs to focus on financing infrastructure deployments in order for the market to continue to grow rapidly.”

Alternating current (AC) installations account for the vast majority of public charging station installations worldwide. AC charging, which is used in both residential and commercial applications, typically supplies capacities of up to 7.2 kilowatts (kW) and, in rare cases, up to 43 kW. Used in commercial applications, direct current (DC) installations typically supply from 20 kW to 50 kW, although some manufacturers have introduced units with power ratings of up to 100 kW.

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Better Place is reborn as DRiiVZ – Better Place, and is expanding

According to the Israeli press, well publicised financial failure; Better Place, has been re-born as DRiiVZ – Better Place”.

New owner of the company Tzachi Merkur, is attempting to revive the electric car venture in Israel and has signed a contract with fellow Israeli logistics company DRiiVZ, who will be responsible for managing the charging systems, servicing and billing.

Better Place also plans to sell its unsold Renault Electric cars – prior to Merkur’s acquisition of Better Place, the company purchased 350 vehicles from Renault that it did not manage to clear through customs before going bankrupt.

Tzachi Merkur owns various real estate investments and parking facilities and is expected to install DRiiVZ – Better Place charge points at some of the sites he owns.

See original article (in Hebrew) here: Better Place changes its name to DRiiVZ – Better Place (more…)