Renault with charging app: The French carmaker and Bosch have developed the Z.E. Pass, allowing Zoe drivers to use an RFID card or app to plug in at some 4,000 chargers in Germany. The app also provides information on pricing and enables cashless payment directly at the charger. The offer will soon be expanded to other European countries.
firmenauto.de, n24.de (articles in German)
New e-carsharing in Germany: RWE subsidiary Innogy now offers e-carsharing and charging infrastructure together under the brand eCarSharing. For a monthly fee, users can book a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf for when they need it. The cars will be provided German Drive CarSharing. While the offer is mostly addressed at businesses and communities, individuals may also make use of it.
flotte.de, presseportal.de (in German)
Clearing the air: The city of Taiyuan, the capital of Chinese province Shanxi, will replace no less than 8,000 ICE taxis with EVs. Instead of getting behind the wheel of a VW or Santana, drivers will swop for subsidised BYD e6. Moreover, the region will set up 1,600 charge points.
Peak power for EVS : Dutch project “Living Lab Smart Charging” is looking to charge electric vehicles when there is an excess of renewable energy, effectively using the former as mobile energy storage. Some 325 communities that provide a total of 80 percent of the Netherlands’ chargers are said to have already have joined the initiative.
New chargers: Australian infrastructure provider Tritium will present three new DC chargers at the eCarTec in Munich this week. The Veefil UT 50kW DC fast-charger is designed for utilities and connects directly to the grid, while Veefil WP 12kW DC is made for workplace and fleet applications. The Veefil 22kW DC is produced for locations with a lower power supply.