German fast-charging route, ChargePoint, e-clearing.net, Spain.
Let’s go: Tomorrow, the fast-charging route along the German Autobahn A9 will be opened. Eight fast charging stations are dotted along the 430 kilometres between Munich (Bavaria) and Leipzig (Saxony). The so-called Schnellladeachse (quick-charging axis) is part of the shared Schaufenster project of the German neighbouring states of Bavaria and Saxony. Participating partners are BMW, Siemens and E.ON.
elektromobilitaet-verbindet.de (in German)
ChargePoint funding: Charging network provider ChargePoint raised 22.6 million dollars in venture capital, including an investment from BMW. The startup is still looking for another 4.4m dollars in the current financing round. The money will be used to expand its sales force and to move into residential charging stations.
New roaming platform: A new roaming initiative by Smartlab (Germany), elaad (Netherlands) and Blue Corner (Belgium) called e-clearing.net has already found partners, namely E.ON, Vattenfall, T-Systems and Mitsubishi. Also, the Austrian Verbund AG is thinking about joining the platform, Smartlab says.
elektroniknet.de (in German), e-clearing.net (platform)
EV sales in Spain: A rather unimpressive 64 EVs were sold in April in Spain bringing down the EV share to 0.07% from last years’ 0.16%. Almost half of all sales went to Nissan (29 Leafs) followed by ten BMW i3 and six Renault Twizy. Come on, amigos, you can do better…