22.08.2018 - 16:00

Austria: Auto club ÖAMTC launches e-scooter sharing

Austria’s largest automobile association ÖAMTC has rolled out their own electric scooter sharing. People in Vienna can now rent 150 light electric vehicles with another 15 being available in Graz. The ‘easy way’ service works via mobile app.

12.06.2018 - 17:40

Porsche cooperating with Hubject for digital charging

Porsche is kicking off a digital EV charging service, that can even be used by drivers of EVs and PHEVs by other manufacturers. Currently, the service is bundled with Hubject’s roaming network. Other options and international roll-out are currently being tested as well.



06.06.2018 - 17:37

Hi-tech recycling of Li-ion batteries at Redux

Saubermacher and Redux Recycling have installed a battery recycling plant in the German town of Bremerhaven after jointly researching the process over years. The plant is capable of processing all types of lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 10,000t a year.

31.05.2018 - 18:09

High Power Charging in Switzerland and Austria

The DACH region is catching up with high power charging stations as both Ionity and Smatrics opened first HPC locations this week. While Ionity focuses on motorways, Smatrics together with Wien Energie connected metropolitan Vienna.

26.04.2018 - 18:10

CEUC: New fast-charge corridor for Europe

The EU Commission is supporting the construction of 118 fast charging stations for the CEUC (Central European Ultra Charging) project. Smatrics was chosen as a service provider for the rollout, operations and maintenance of the network.



05.04.2018 - 15:17

Kreisel shows off electric firetruck in action

The Austrian firm Kreisel Electric has developed the first fully functional firetruck with an electric motor, in conjunction with Rosenbauer and Linz AG. The initiative began two years ago under the orders of the firefighting supplier Linz AG.

11.12.2017 - 14:05

Vienna is banking on E-Buses by Rampini

The Italian manufacturer Rampini has been tasked with producing seven electrical Buses for the Austrian public transportation network. The 12-meter buses are planned to be in use by the end of 2018 and will be used on the 4A Line.

07.12.2017 - 10:15

Irizar and Ferrostaal sign sales partnership for D-A-CH

The Spanish manufacturer has chosen Hamburg-based Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions to take care of its electric bus and charging infrastructure business in terms of sales, project management and after sales. Their deal involves the D-A-CH region, namely Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

26.09.2017 - 10:46

Austria, Mitsubishi, Sprinter, Suzuki, JLR, India.

Austria to increase its bonus programme’s budget: In March, the Austrian government introduced premiums for private buyers of electrified vehicles and charging infrastructure components. Since then, 2,380 funding applications have been handed in and more than 4m euros have been distributed in return. That’s obviously the main reason, why the country turns out to be the EU’s frontrunner when it comes to newly registered EVs. Now the Austrian cabinet decided to increase the programme’s budget by providing additional 5m euros. In detail, buyers get 4,000 euros bonus for all-electric cars, 1,500 euros for hybrids, 750 euros for electric bikes and 200 euros for wallboxes or smart charging cables., (both in German)

Mitsubishi intends to launch electric duo: As part of the alliance with Nissan and Renault, Mitsubishi will contribute two electric vehicles to the recently announced alliance project to launch 12 EVs until 2022. The first one will be a mini EV based on Mitsubishi’s eK wagon and created to be a successor of the i-MiEV. The second newcomer shall be an electric version of the company’s RVR compact SUV – rather known as AXS respectively Outlander Sport abroad.

Design details about Mercedes’ new Sprinter: In the run-up to the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Vans has presented an official design sketch of its next-gen Sprinter. As reported, both, the conventional and the electric version of the Sprinter, will roll off the lines in Düsseldorf. Market launch is scheduled for the first half of 2018.

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Electric buggy by Suzuki: With a concept car dubbed eSurvivor, Suzuki shows its vision of future electric mobility at the Tokyo Motor Show. The prototype is a fully electrified off-roader in buggy stile with a two seat open cockpit and a motor in each wheel. More details will follow with the concept vehicle’s official presentation in October.,,

JLR to launch new model line: Jaguar Land Rover plans to initiate a new model line called Road Rover and says its first representative, an electric-powered luxury car, would hit the road before 2020, Autocar reports. Pricing for the top-line version could exceed 90,000 pounds. Simultaneously, JLR develops the next-gen Jaguar XJ. According to the report, both, the XJ and the Road Rover, will be pure-electric vehicles with twin motors and on-demand all-wheel drive.

India extends its FAME programme up to March 2018. The inventive scheme with the four letters standing for “Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles” is in its second year and offers premium payments on electric and hybrid vehicles of up to 29,000 rupees (375 euros) for bikes and 138,000 rupees (1785 euros) for cars.

31.05.2017 - 07:19

Austria, Bzzt, FC Buses, Hamburg, Guangzhou.

Austria continues e-mobility funding: It is the 9th call the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund raises since 2009 and this time it promises an additional 6m euros to support flagship projects in the field of electric transport. Companies can apply with their research projects, e.g. the development of EVs, charging stations or transport services until October, 4 but must bear in mind that the call is decisively “zero emission” and thus for all-electric solutions only. A connection to public transport or intelligent infrastructure will be beneficial. (pdf)

E-rickshaws in Stockholm: The beloved Indian three-wheeled have moved to Sweden, where Bzzt launched 18 electric rickshaws. In Stockholm they call them taxi-pods that have space for two passengers besides the driver. The company wants to expand its fleet to 200 vehicles through crowdfunding until next year and so investors are welcome to take a seat.,, (in Swedish)

Joint order of fuel cell buses: German WSW mobil is seeking to procure 63 fuel cell buses for public transport operations. The tender is part of the EU project JIVE, that fosters bulk orders for hydrogen buses in the UK, Denmark, Italy, and Germany. Here, Verkehrsverbund Mainz-Wiesbaden, traffiQ Frankfurt, Regionalverkehr Köln (Cologne) will take deliveries, while some will also go to SASA in Bolzano, Italy.

Hamburg harbour electrifies: Hamburg’s port operator HHLA has ordered 25 Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) with lithium-ion battery drives from Konecranes. They are to move containers at the Altenwerder terminal comes spring 2018, together with 6 fully automatic charging stations.

30.000 electric buses for Guangzhou? Within 3 years, the Chinese mega city wants to replace its entire bus fleet through all-electric buses. According to the news agency Xinhua, this means about 30,000 electric buses are going to be deployed in Guangzhou with its 11m inhabitants. Through price reduction and the installation of more charging infrastructure, the city targets to also have 120,000 EVs on the roads by then.

03.04.2017 - 21:41

Poland, Austria, Salt Lake City, Ontario, New Zealand.

Poland to move from oil to EV: Polish oil giant PKN Orlen intends to add EV quick-charging infrastructure to its network of petrol stations. The task is to connect Warsaw to the western city of Poznań and further on towards the German border. Details such as the number of charging stations or a schedule have not been revealed. Poland’s government aims for 1m electric cars by 2025 but so far the country’s EV marketshare stands at 0.1 percent., (in Polish)

Fourth H2 station in Austria: A new hydrogen filling station has joined the already existing sites in Innsbruck, Asten (close to Linz) and Vienna. The fourth station in the Alpine republic has been added by local energy company OMV, that chose Graz to open the new H2 site.

Salt Lake City provides 28 new charging ports located at twelve sites throughout the city. In the eyes of the municipal leaders, the project represents a significant expansion of the Utah’s public EV charging infrastructure. Fees for charging may be waived through January 31, 2018.

Ontario project on hold: Last Friday, 475 EV charging stations in 250 locations across Ontario were to open. But the plan failed as only 2/3 of the network were ready that day. The government pointed to problems with permits and technology but hopes to have the missing stations running by autumn.

New Zealand expands network: Kiwi fuel distributor Z Energy and EV charging infrastructure provider ChargeNet NZ together want to install three more rapid-charging stations before April’s end. The new sites will complement six more rapid chargers Z Energy has already installed for public use.

27.03.2017 - 21:01

Baden-Württemberg, Austria, Swiss Post, Vodafone.

2,000 new chargers in 3 years: The German federal state of Baden-Württemberg announced plans to increase its number of public EV charging stations in order to create a state-wide network with charge stops every 10 km. The corresponding cabinet paper earmarks up to 10m euros to erect 2,000 new charging stations until 2020 with two charge points each. A final decision is still outstanding though. German)

Funding for electric bicycles: After starting a rebate programme for EVs this month, Austria will also give incentives to companies, municipalities, and associations to purchase electric bicycles. From April, 1 on, the state-funding is to include 200 euros per pedelec and 500 euros per cargo bike with pedal-assist. (in German)

Electric boost for used car market: Swiss Post is about to resell 1,300 units of its 5,000 strong fleet of Renault Kangoo ZEs. Together with specialist BCAuto Enchères, La Poste will resale its electric vans that are over five years old to professionals through a white label web platform.

Scooters sharing to kick-off: Vodafone Germany and the start-up Walberg Urban Electrics launched a connected and electric scooter that works like a pedelec, meaning you have to have that kick you had as a kid. Vodafone users may use an app to locate a free ElektroRoller2Go and travel up to 42 km on a charge.

Fine print: New York state’s PEV rebate scheme has reportedly started but funding depends on electric miles. Only EVs with over 120 miles of range are eligible for the full 2,000 dollar grant. Plus, any EV with list prices over 60,000 dollars will benefit from 500 dollars only – sorry, Tesla.,

21.03.2017 - 17:41

Austria, Route Monkey, NTU, Schaeffler, Gyeonggi.

Hub building in Austria: The Alpine country will join up its EV charge points using the Hubject platform Intercharge. From April, 11, eleven utilities will combine their charging stations thus forming one network of 1,300 public points throughout Austria, which will make it much easier for PEV drivers to charge and pay. The republic hopes to inspire EV use further although it is 3 x higher than the EU average already. The move to network is matched by a 4,000 euro rebate available since this month.,

Route Monkey has kept on track and is now ready to present its planned EV navigation tool at the GreenFleet Evolution show in Edinburgh on May, 5. The MyRouteMonkey app will be available for free.

Joint lab for personal mobility: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Schaeffler have agreed to jointly find solutions for personal urban mobility and intelligent transportation systems for future metropolises. An electric skateboard with navigation is one of the less likely (or rather viral) projects but the partnership will build on the NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Test Bed with smart vehicles such as pedelecs communicating with their environment. The lab is funded with 5m dollars over 3 years so far.

Real-world vehicle emissions revealed: Ricardo Energy & Environment and technology partner OPUS Inspection have launched a real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service. The measurement of the emissions of passing vehicles is linked to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to ultimately identify the worst polluters. Cities seeking to introduce Clean Air Zones – delight.,

EV-friendly province: Korea’s Gyeonggi Province plans its own local EV incentives. Starting from mid-June, EV subsidies will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. A requirement for construction in the region to feature parking lots that have EV charging stations is in the cards as well.

23.02.2017 - 09:35

Electric Nation, Austria, Sweden, ITM Power, Shell, Michigan.

The Electric Nation project gets underway as first smart chargers are installed for free at homes of participants in Britain. Electric Nation is the follow up trial of the Electric Avenue and probes a future, where electric cars will be plenty and smart enough to stabilise rather than destabilise the grid.,

72m euro e-mobility package kicks off: Austria has started its planned subsidy programme for electric vehicles. From March, 1 communities, companies and municipalities may apply for grants for EVs and charging infrastructure. The overall scheme is worth 72m euros. (in German)

Swedish police on EV call: Ten electric cars entered a trial as police cars in Sweden, where they will serve in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö but not on call-outs. The test will run until April.

Hydrogen on the M25: ITM Power and Shell opened a fuel cell station at Cobham services on the M25 motorway. It is the first on a British highway.,

Infrastructure withdrawn: Michigan utility Consumers Energy has scrapped its plan to install 810 EV charging stations for 15m dollars in the state. The scheme met dissent from authorities, competitors and environmental groups that had concerns about funding.,

24.11.2016 - 09:30

Austria, Chevy, BYD, Nissan, Mahindra, Roewe.

Austria finalises mobility plan: Some 16,000 new EVs are to hit the road by 2018, and Austria is digging into its pockets to get the ball rolling. From January, it will subsidise all-electric cars with 4,000 euros (3,000 euros for businesses), and plug-in hybrids with 1,500 euros. All vehicles must be recharged using 100 percent renewable energy, the base price must be less than 50,000 euros and the electric range has to be at least 40 km. Moreover, license plates with green writing will give EVs special privileges, like free parking. Two-wheelers, all-electric utility vehicles, wallboxes, intelligent charging cables and public EV chargers also qualify for some form of subsidies., (articles in German), (programme as PDF)

Go Bolt for 309 a month: With the Chevy Bolt ready to arrive at dealerships in California, GM has finalised pricing. Drivers will have to pay at least 309 dollars per month with no down payment and including subsidies. And GM ordered all dealers offering the Bolt to install at least one CCS fast-charger on its premises. (leasing), (fast-charger)

BYD builds e-bus plant: The manufacturer will invest more than 2bn yuan (290m dollars) in a new manufacturing site in Xi’an, capital of the Chinese Shaanxi province. Here, BYD will produce some 5,000 electric buses per year. Meanwhile, the manufacturer has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Iranian automaker Kerman Khodro for the delivery of electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as batteries. (China), (Iran)


Nissan chucks supplier: The Japanese will sell their 41 percent stake in Calsonic to the investor KKR. The former was Nissan’s biggest supplier, specialised in standard components and air conditioning. But now that the carmaker is turning towards electric mobility, it is looking for a supplier to match those endeavours.,

Bigger sells better: Back in October, Mahindra introduced a four-door version of its e2o electric car (we reported). Though it was not intended to actually replace the two-door variant, it will do exactly that, as sales of the latter never really picked up.

Chinese carmaker Roewe unveiled its i6 sedan at the Guangzhou Motor Show. The car will also be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, combining a petrol engine and 82 bhp electric motor. It is also said to be the basis for the next-generation of MG Motors’ MG 6, while the drivetrain will also be used in the upcoming small SUV MG ZS, which will arrive in the UK in May.

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