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Electrify America Chooses Coast 2 Coast partner Greenlots To Charge EVs Every 70 Miles On Highways Across USA

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Electrify America announced the selection of Greenlots to provide the network operating platform for its historic coast-to-coast deployment of “Fueling Stations of the Future” along highway corridors as a part of Electrify America’s historic $2B investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure over the next ten years. With over 2,000 high-power charging stations deployed at more than 250 sites nationwide, whether driving across the country or across town, people will be able to find a user-friendly fast charger along the way. Well done, Greenlots!

Amber, ARS Traffic and Goudappel join the program

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The Hague, December 12, 2017 — Amber, ARS Traffic and Goudappel Coffeng have joined the Trans-Atlantic Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility Program to cooperate and develop the US and Dutch Smart e-Mobility market. A signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. During the ceremony, led by Dr. Bertholt Leeftink, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr. Steven Nelemans, CEO of Amber, Dr. Jan Linssen, CEO of ARS Traffic and Mr. Jos van Kleef, CEO of Goudappel Coffeng signed and joined the program.

“Coast-to-Coast Smart e-Mobility is very excited that Amber, ARS and Goudappel Coffeng are joining the partnership”, says Peter van Deventer, Director, “All three companies bring very exciting smart e-mobility solutions to the table. They all have a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. I consider all three organizations great assets to the transatlantic cooperation between The Netherlands and California. Their ambitions to accelerate solutions for smarter and cleaner electric transportation are amazing.””

“Shared electric cars are the future,” explains Steven Nelemans, CEO of Amber, “and we’re going to do our best to make that happen sooner than later. We plan to expand internationally in the next few months, so this partnership is a logical next step for us.”

“This partnership leverages ARS T&TT European Smart Mobility success in the likewise USA ecosystem” says Dr. Jan Linssen. “It will show that Smart Mobility is not just a fashionable term, but is a way to let mobility intensive people and businesses grow and prosper AND contribute to sustainability.”

“Smart mobility is one of the areas in which we already have a lot of experience,” says Jos van Kleef, ceo of Goudappel Coffeng. “But we strongly believe in partnerships from coast to coast – to not only build up new relationships but also work together on smart and innovative mobility plans.”

Europe’s first public ultra-fast charging station now operational

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Charging times of five minutes for 100 kilometres possible

Berlin, 20 December 2017 – As of today, Europe has its first publicly accessible ‘ultra-fast charger point’. This new generation of fast charging stations is part of a transnational network of pioneering charging technology. Allego is currently equipping a corridor that runs through the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany right up to the Austrian border with 21 ultra-fas charging stations. These enable upcoming models of long range electric cars to charge a range of 100 kilometres in five minutes. The first fast chargers are now operational in Kleinostheim near by Frankfurt am Main, Germany, near the A3 motorway. The four ultra-fast chargers are located at the Aschaffenburg-West exit on Saaläcker Strasse. Four e-cars can be charged simultaneously at the stations, initially with 175 kW. I n the spring of 2018, the charging stations will be upgraded to enable up to 350 kW to be charged at two of the four connections – making for even faster charging. The facilities at the station will be supplemented with an additional multi-standard 50kW charger. The new ‘Ultra-E’ charging stations will be erected at intervals of 150 to 200 kilometres, in the immediate vicinity of motorway exits. More stations will follow, the next one in Bernau am Chiemsee, Southeast Germany.

From the summer of 2018, destinations on the corridor from the Dutch coast to the Austrian border will be more easily accessible in an e-car. ‘We are delighted to be setting a milestone for future electro-mobility in Europe with this new generation of fast chargers,’ says Allego COO Ulf Schulte. The ultra-fast charging stations are designed to accommodate many current and future types of e-car. They are particularly suited to the new long range e-cars that will be available from 2018. With these new ultra-fast chargers, Allego is supplementing its existing fast charging network of 250 50kW charging stations, making it a pioneer in Europe. ‘Interoperability comes as standard at Allego. We support all the current charging cards and access apps, enabling anyone to charge their e-car at Allego and quickly be on their way,’ says Schulte. ‘It is thanks chiefly to our working relationships with our numerous partners that we are able to offer this comprehensive service.’ The ‘Ultra-E’ project is funded by an alliance of energy companies, vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers, a roaming platform and public institutions. Besides Allego BV, which acts as coordinator, Audi AG, BMW i, Renault Magna, Bayern Innovativ, Hubject, Smatrics and Verbund AG are also involved. A total budget of EUR 13 million is available for the expansion of the ‘Ultra-E’ corridor, which is part-financed by the European Union’s ‘Connecting Europe Facility’.

About Allego

Allego is a leading provider of charging solutions which has significant expertise in e-mobility, including the creation of a network of multi standard fast chargers throughout The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom and Luxembourg. Allego deploys more than 7000 charging sockets in urban areas and along major transportation routes. The main focus of the company is to provide an international reliable network of both AC- and DC charging and support companies and EV drivers via an EV Cloud based service platform.

Tarana joins the Coast-to-Coast Smart e-Mobility Program

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Tarana joined the Trans-Atlantic Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility Program to cooperate and develop the US and Dutch Smart e-Mobility market. A signing ceremony took place at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in San Francisco. During the ceremony, led by Consul General Mr. Gerbert Kunst, Dr. Omar Bakr, CEO and co-founder of Tarana signed and joined the program.

“Coast-to-Coast Smart e-Mobility is very excited that Tarana is joining the partnership”, says Peter van Deventer, Director, “Tarana has developed unique data transfer solutions which are crucial for the mass deployment of smart e-mobility solutions. Tarana is uniquely positioned and very strong on innovation and entrepreneurship. I consider them a great assets to the transatlantic cooperation between The Netherlands and California. Their ambitions to accelerate solutions for smarter and cleaner electric transportation are just amazing.”

“As we all know from our own experience, anyone with time on their hands while in transit grabs their smartphone or tablet and gets on the internet if they can” says Omar Bakr, CEO of Tarana. “Driverless, shared cars — which create more free time for us all in addition to reducing road congestion and carbon emissions — will no doubt create a whole new set of challenges for mobile networks, for high-throughput device connectivity as well as high-reliability and low-latency communication with the cars themselves. Adding Tarana’s unrivaled developments in reliable, resilient, gigabit wireless technology for forthcoming 5G networks to the S4C initiative will be a perfect complement to parallel advances in e-mobility and clean energy.”

  

Peter van Deventer (Director Smart e-Mobility), Gerbert Kunst (Consul General), Steven Glapa (VP Marketing), Omar Bakr (CEO)

Amber, Everest Solutions Group and EZY Mobility join the Coast-to-Coast program

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Amber, Everest Solutions Group and EZY Mobility have joined the Trans-Atlantic Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility Program to cooperate and develop the US and Dutch Smart e-Mobility market. A signing ceremony took place at NLInvest, the new initiative by the Dutch Government to stimulate economic growth. During the ceremony, led by Dr. Bertholt Leeftink, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr. Hans de Penning, CTO of Amber, Mr. Kam Hosn, CEO of ESG, Mr. Arnaud van der Sluis, CEO of EZY signed and joined the program.

“Shared electric cars are the future,” explains Steven Nelemans, CEO of Amber, “and we’re going to do our best to make that happen sooner than later. We plan to expand internationally in the next few months, so this partnership is a logical next step for us.”

“Wireless charging isn’t a solution in search of a problem”, says Arnaud van der Sluis, CEO of EZY, “Just the opposite: Cutting the cord eliminates multiple problems, starting with the obvious one of forgetting to plug in.”

“Coast-to-Coast Smart e-Mobility is very excited that Amber, ESG and ESG are joining the partnership”, says Peter van Deventer, Director, “All three companies bring very exciting smart e-mobility solutions to the table. They all strongly focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. I consider all three organizations great assets to the transatlantic cooperation between The Netherlands and California. Their ambitions to accelerate solutions for smarter and cleaner electric transportation are just amazing.”

 

 

Province of Noord-Brabant joins the Smart e-Mobility MoU to strengthen contacts with Ohio

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A mission by experts from the Netherlands to highlight what they have to offer in smart mobility solutions to key US partners, is taking place October 30 through November 5, 2017. The Dutch Embassy, the Consulate General in Chicago, Connect, Brainport Eindhoven and the Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility from the Consulate in San Francisco, is organizing a working visit and economic mission to Montreal Canada, Detroit Michigan and Columbus, Ohio.

The City of Columbus is of particular interest because it was chosen in June 2016 as winner of the American ‘smart city challenge’, and will be investing 140 million dollars in smart and e-mobility solutions in the next few years.

After a recent visit by Columbus to the Netherlands after EVS30 in Stuttgart, these contacts are now further strengthened with a return visit to policy makers, companies and universities. The goal is to bring the Netherlands into the spotlight and begin collaborating on projects, thus creating opportunities for US and Dutch companies. For this reason, the Province of Noord-Brabant, has signed an Addendum stating that they formally join the MoU which was signed last year with Ohio State University, for expert exchanges, student exchanges, and joint planning with the City of Columbus.

Growth opportunities for the automotive industry

The automotive sector forms an important area of interest and economic support in the municipality of Helmond and the Brainport Eindhoven Region as a whole. Brainport is exploring various opportunities to internationally position regional automotive companies and the Automotive Campus with a specific international programme. Research by Automotive NL shows that most opportunities for growth in the automotive industry are to be found in the US, Canada and France. Given this background, a Brainport delegation executed a factfinding visit to Canada and Columbus in June 2016 and October 2017. This led to further cooperation with Columbus, further aided by the STORM electric motorcycle around-the-world tour as a starting point for a comprehensive working visit by various regional representatives from the automotive sector. The Vice Governor the Province of Noord-Brabant, Mr. Christhophe van der Maat, together with Mr. Daan de Cloe, Director AV at TNO are leading the delegation on their visit and attend the events organized ITS 2017 in Montreal in Canada.

 

Counting down to rEVolution 2018, March 13- Amsterdam

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On March 13,  EVBox organizes ‘rEVolution’, the annual speaking and networking conference that aims to educate professionals on the latest and upcoming developments in the e-mobility industry, as well as to inspire everyone to create better opportunities for a more sustainable future of mobility. 2018’s theme is [F = m · a] the power to accelerate. rEVolution 2018 is expected to bring 500 enthusiasts and experts from the electric mobility industry at this event.

Visit the website for more information or a pre-sign up:  www.revolution18.amsterdam.

Allego and Microsoft create Cloud Services Platform for EV charging

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Companies easily manage their charge points by a full portfolio of cloud based services.

Charging solution provider Allego and Microsoft join forces to provide companies a broad portfolio of online services to manage their current or new charge points and start new services to their customers. Both companies built the EV Cloud Services Platform that empowers companies to create interoperable services: at home, at work and on-the-go. The EV Cloud Services Platform of Allego is based on the Microsoft Azure technology.

EV market becomes more connected
Allego and Microsoft both see that the e-mobility market gets more and more interconnected. Vehicles, charging infrastructure, location services, cross border mobility, payment systems all become more interrelated and will lead to a smart services network that provides an integrated and seamless driver experience. As the EV market is at the tipping point of becoming a mass market, there is an exponential increase in data and transactions expected. The platform and the EV services are highly scalable to cope with that on a multi country bases.

Anja van Niersen, CEO Allego: “Our EV Cloud Services Platform provides practical business solutions and covers quantifiable services including billing, active monitoring, mobile apps, website portals, analytic tools and computing power. In this way companies really are able to play an active role in providing charging facilities to their customers, employees and visitors, even in their own brand. And the best part is, they stay in charge of the services they provide and actively monitor developments. We are proud to work together with Microsoft and together enable companies to actively contribute to clean mobility.”

Juan Jose Amor Cazorla, Director Sales Operations Microsoft Services Western Europe: “Allego is embracing the full power of the Microsoft cloud platform, as well as recommended practices and global experience through the Microsoft Services organization, to build its Charge Point Operations Services on a future-proof platform. Allego and Microsoft are committed to working together to further accelerate the development of the EV Cloud Platform so Allego can deliver customer-centric solutions which are always up to date with the latest cloud technology.”

 

STELLA vs STELLA vs STELLA

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Yesterday a unique race was held at Rio Linda Preparatory Academy in Rio Linda, California. Three Stella generations were put to the test and raced against each other: STELLA (2013), STELLA LUX (2015) and STELLA VIE (2017).

In three Semi Finale heats the best from each generation were advanced to the FINAL. In the final the seven best raced against each other: two Stella’s, three Lux’s and two Vie’s.

Who do you think won the first Mini Stella race in the world featuring all Stella generations?

Check out the video below…

Go Green Stella Team!

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Last week Peter van Deventer visited the Rio Linda Preparatory Acadamy in Rio Linda near Sacramento, California for children 10-13 years old. It was this Middle School where in October 2014 the first Stella Team, led by Lex Hoefsloot (now the CEO of Lightyear!) made a wonderful connection and later on won a Tech Crunch Award with great support from the school.

Ever since 2014, Rio Linda has been involved with the three Stella teams through design competitions, video conferences and pitch presentations at the Consulate General in San Francisco and at the Governor’s Office in Sacramento. Their teacher, Ms. Sharon Glover, has been the driving force and inspiration for these young students to choose technology careers and make positive life choices.

The “STELLA goes USA” initiative in 2014 and “STELLA LUX goes USA” initiative in 2016/2017 was made possible by various members of the Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility Alliance: NXP, TU/e, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Alliander/Allego and many others like IBM, Ericsson, Gefco and Provincie Noord-Brabant.