French zero-emission delivery service Cetup set a new range record for the Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 EV equipped with a fuel cell range extender. The drivers logged 228 miles over 10 hours and 36 minutes, with a fully charged 22-kWh battery pack and four pounds of hydrogen in the tank. This took place at night in and around the city with lights and heat turned on, averaging 22 mph. "Reaching such impressive performance with a first generation vehicle delivered in January 2015 is remarkable," says Fabio Ferrari, founder and General Manager of Symbio FCell (the company that provides the car's fuel cell). "The new versions of our Kangoo ZE-H2, currently in production, reduce the hydrogen consumption even more. Beyond, a new 700 bar option will get us close to the 500 km range mark." Read more at Green Car Congress.
EVgo has taken on JMPR as its public relations agency. As the EV charging service continues to grow, JMPR will help bring awareness to EVgo through various campaigns targeted at consumers, potential partners, and policy makers. "Electric vehicle charging is critical to EV adoption and is set to explode over the coming years," says EVgo VP of Product Strategy and Market Development Terry O'Day. "EVgo is positioned to further build out our industry-leading fast charging network. We are excited to work with JMPR and tell the story of how EVgo is at the forefront of powering the electric vehicle revolution." Read more in the press release from JMPR.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke about electric, automated, and connected vehicles during a visit to the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) in Greenville, South Carolina. Foxx highlighted the importance of safety, and discussed roadside sensor systems, camera-based vehicle side collision avoidance, and cybersecure wireless charging infrastructure. "We are on the cusp of one of the most dramatic transformations in the history of transportation," says Secretary Foxx. "When it comes to the future of technology, our policy leaves plenty of room for leadership to come in and help us continue to raise the bar on safety." Read more from the ITIC.