Green Fleet Roundup: Fisker, Volvo, Car Charging Group, NRG eVgo
The new owner of Fisker Automotive Holdings is planning to build electric vehicles in the US in direct competition with Tesla. Wanxiang Group purchased bankrupt Fisker in February for $149.2 million, Bloomberg reports.
In collaboration with the Swedish Transport Administration, the Volvo Group will study the potential for building electric roads, where city buses can be charged from electricity in the road at the same time as the bus is in operation. A 300- to 500-meter electric road may be built for test operations in central Gothenburg during 2015, the company has announced.
Car Charging Group is partnering with software company Gridscape Solutions to integrate Nissan’s DC Fast Chargers with the Blink Network of car chargers. Car Charging acquired the Blink Network and all Blink related assets in October 2013.
This summer NRG eVgo is launching the EZ-Charge platform, an initiative that will offer electric vehicle drivers the ability to access multiple charging networks with a single all-access card. The EZ-Charge card will support all eVgo public charging plans and enable EV drivers to enroll in participating partner network plans either through their charging company or directly with eVgo.
SAIC Motor has officially signed on as a partner and sponsor to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Game, agreeing to provide clean technology vehicles for the event. SAIC Motor will sponsor the Games financially and contribute 1,000 vehicles of various types. After the conclusion of the event 300 Sunwin green buses will continue to be used for public transportation in Nanjing.
Chevy’s 2015 Spark (pictured) will have a smaller and lighter battery, while not sacrificing range, the company has said. Chevy is bringing battery assembly in-house for the 2015 model.
UK civil engineering firm Blu-3 is now using TomTom Telematics’ tracking and diagnostic tools for its 125-strong vehicle fleet. The fleet ranges from cars to 32-ton rigid trucks, FleetWorld reports.
Toyota Motor Corporation, in collaboration with Denso and Toyota Central R&D Labs, has developed a silicon carbide power semiconductor for use in automotive power control units that the company hopes will improve hybrid vehicle fuel efficiency by 10 percent. Toyota will begin test driving vehicles fitted with the new power control units on public roads in Japan within a year.
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