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Achmea joins our Smart e-Mobility Program S4C

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Achmea, the largest insurance group in the Netherlands, has joined our international Coast-to-Coast Smart e-Mobility program S4C. The world of mobility is changing ever faster. As a large non-life insurer Achmea plays an important role in many of these changes. Achmea joins partner networks to shape the future of (electric) mobility together with other parties. As part of the S4C-program Achmea will share their expertise in the area of insurances with sector partners, universities and governments in The Netherlands and the US.

Contributing to mobility concepts of the future
Robert Otto, member of the Executive Board of Achmea: “Innovation in the area of mobility is relevant to our customers in many sectors. Joining the S4C-program offers us opportunities to contribute to mobility of the future. The future of mobility is shaped with input from many parties. Sharing knowledge through platforms is the preferred way to foster strategic innovation. “

Achmea brings knowledge and expertise
“As the largest insurer of the Netherlands, Achmea brings unique expertise to Smart e-Mobility. Achmea has a clear focus on innovation and development of new companies. “I consider Achmea of great value to the trans-Atlantic partnership between the Netherlands and California”, says Peter van Deventer, Director of S4C.

 

 About Achmea 

Established in 1811, today Achmea is the largest insurance group in the Netherlands. In its home market, Achmea is market leader in non-life and health insurance. Gross written premiums for the group totalled approximately 20 billion euros over 2016, while the group’s solvency ratio remained strong at 185% at the end of June 2017. The group also offers income protection insurance, life insurance, pensions services and mortgages. Asset manager Achmea Investment Management, oversees over 117 billion euros in assets under management. Internationally, Achmea is active in Turkey, Greece, Ireland, Australia, Slovakia and Canada. Each insurer has deep understanding of its local market and customers. 

Project with S4C partner EV4 boost access to charging stations in Washington

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Energy Northwest recently finalized agreements to be the lead agency in the Washington state Department of Transportation Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Pilot Project. Electric vehicle supply equipment providers Greenlots and EV4 are also participating in the project. The goal of the $1 million project is to construct a network of publicly available electric vehicle charging stations along Interstate 90, I-82, I-182 and US-395.

Read the whole article in the Seattle Times

New pilot with SolaRoad technology for heavy vehicle traffic

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The province of Noord-Holland is going to test the SolaRoad solar-surface for heavy vehicle traffic. After the successful pilot on a cycling lane in Krommenie, the municipality of Haarlemmermeer and the province are looking for a suitable location for heavy vehicle traffic to drive over SolaRoad. The pilot will test the behavior of the road surface for heavy traffic and what the solar-surface means for the daily management and maintenance of the road. In addition, the province will test how the energy-yield can be maximized.

SolaRoad captures sunlight falling on the roadsurface through solar cells and converts this into electricity. The pavement acts as a large solar panel. By making smart use of the existing road network, it is possible to use a larger surface for collecting energy without affecting the landscape. Vice-governor Elisabeth Post: “It is time for a next step. The pilot in Krommenie has taught us a lot. We know that the road surface performs well under the cycling traffic, now we are going to investigate how it behaves when heavy vehicle traffic drive on the SolaRoad. If the pilot is successful, this greatly increases the possibilities for large-scale application of solar roads. “

 Living Lab
The test location for heavy vehicle traffic in the Haarlemmermeer will become a living lab. This means that the test environment is set up on a public road. The test compartment is set up in phases, which also involves working with different materials. The Vice-governor has made € 2.700.000,- available for the pilot, the research and the further development of the product.

 Cooperation and further development
SolaRoad is a development of the province of Noord-Holland, TNO and Strukton Civiel. In 2018, the province of Zuid-Holland will also carry out a trial with SolaRoad for heavy vehicle traffic. The province of Zuid-Holland wants to test the solar road surface on a bus lane, where the traffic situation is different from the road in Noord-Holland. The provinces work closely together and share knowledge and results.

In addition to the concrete pilot in the Haarlemmermeer, the province of Noord-Holland, TNO and Strukton Civiel are currently exploring the chances and opportunities for further commercialization of the SolaRoad initiative in a joint venture.

Smart roads and sustainable energy transition
The energy generated with sunlight can be used for many purposes, such as street lighting, households, traffic installations and electric driving. The innovation is in line with the sustainability objectives that many governments and companies, in the context of the Paris Climate Agreement, endorse. It contributes to CO2 reduction and makes a valuable contribution to the development of smart roads and sustainable energy transition.

More information about SolaRoad: www.solaroad.nl

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.