Nov 25, 2021 - 03:58 pm
Germany’s new government aims for more sustainable transport
The newly-elected German federal coalition government has presented its coalition agreement. This is titled “Mehr Fortschritt Wagen” and can be translated to something like “dare to innovate” or “dare to make progress.” This, of course, has a number of ramifications for the transport industry.
Sep 8, 2021 - 02:46 pm
Alstom debuts battery-electric train in Germany
A battery-electric train by Alstom has completed its maiden voyage on a rail route in Saxony, Germany. The prototype train developed together with TU Berlin started on a roundtrip in the city of Chemnitz. Electric trains of this type are scheduled to go into passenger service from December 2021.
Apr 28, 2021 - 02:10 pm
ÜSTRA factory recycles old eCitaro batteries
The partners of the GUW+ model project are dedicated to the re-use of batteries from electric city buses and will now realise a stationary energy storage system in a rectifier substation of the ÜSTRA based on batteries that were previously used in eCitaro city buses.
Feb 13, 2021 - 06:39 pm
Go4City: Fraunhofer & ELO Mobility to develop H2 buses
The Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI and Berlin-based ELO Mobility have teamed up developing next-gen hydrogen-powered buses. They just launched the Go4City project with funding through the German government.
Jan 22, 2021 - 12:39 pm
DLR announces 1.5 MW fuel cell powertrain for aircraft
In the BALIS project, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is developing a fuel cell powertrain for aircraft with an output of around 1.5 MW. This would make it possible to build a regional aircraft with 40 to 60 seats and a range of 1,000 kilometres.
Dec 14, 2020 - 05:12 pm
Hydrogen fuel cell aircraft takes off in Stuttgart
The latest generation of the world’s first four-seater hydrogen fuel cell aircraft, the Hy4, has now been unveiled at Stuttgart Airport. The latest generation of the Hy4’s propulsion system recently received test flight permission, which means that the model can now take off at Stuttgart Airport.
Apr 22, 2020 - 04:12 pm
DroidDrive presents last-mile delivery EV system
The Ducktrain is a new innovation from RWTH Aachen University. The Aachen-based company DroidDrive is developing an electrically driven articulated train consisting of trailers that are to swarm out autonomously in the delivery area. A first prototype has now started testing.
Apr 5, 2020 - 05:03 pm
Berlin: BVG builds on electric bus fleet
The Berlin transport authority BVG has added the first articulated electric bus to its fleet as part of a research project. Besides, delivery of a total of 90 e-buses ordered from Solaris has begun with the Urbino 12 Electric models about to enter service now.
Mar 12, 2020 - 01:19 pm
Transit operator RVK turns to fuel cell buses
In Germany, Cologne-region public transport operator Regionalverkehr Köln (RVK) has increased its fuel cell bus fleet with hydrogen buses from Solaris. From 2021, 15 Solaris hydrogen fuel cell buses will be successively integrated into RVK’s fleet.
Feb 12, 2020 - 03:05 pm
Municipal EV fleets to be funded in Germany
The German Federal Ministry of Transport has presented 168 so-called ‘future cheques’ totalling 90 million euros as part of the Electromobility Directive. These cheques will help local authorities to purchase more than 3,800 electric vehicles and almost 2,000 charging options.
Nov 5, 2019 - 06:55 pm
Germany expands hydrogen infrastructure
The German Federal Ministry of Transport and H2 Mobility have signed a declaration of intent to further expand the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. It follows on from the first phase of expansion, which is to be completed by mid-2020 with 100 hydrogen filling stations.
Nov 5, 2019 - 02:49 pm
Germany to increase electric car sales with subsidies
At the “car summit” held at the Chancellery in Berlin, the German federal government and industry representatives have agreed on measures to boost electric cars sales. Purchase premiums and the number of charging stations will increase, while some questions remain unanswered.
Oct 10, 2019 - 05:46 pm
Freudenberg to deliver fuel cells for cruise ships
Technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and one of the largest shipyards for the construction of cruise ships, Meyer Werft, plan to equip next-gen cruise ships with fuel cell propulsion. First trials are set for 2021.
Sep 14, 2019 - 04:33 pm
Germany to drive transport transition with €75 billion
To reach its climate goals, Germany needs a massive transport turnaround to change how traffic looks like latest by 2030. Now the Federal Ministry of Transport is planning to invest up to 75 billion euros not only in railways but also electromobility.
Jun 19, 2019 - 11:20 pm
Berlin public transport BVG orders 90 Solaris e-buses
The state of Berlin and public transit operator BVG are pushing ahead with the ramp-up phase for the procurement of electric buses and are purchasing a further 90 EVs. Polish manufacturer Solaris secured the contract and will deliver from spring 2020.
May 25, 2019 - 04:03 pm
Germany looks to raising EV subsidies
The German Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer wants to boost electric car sales by raising the ‘Environmental Bonus’ for purely electric cars from currently 2000 to 4000 euros by 2020. The measure would only apply to small battery electric or fuel cell cars with a purchase price of no more than 30,000 euros.
May 24, 2019 - 12:57 pm
DHL Express & StreetScooter present fuel cell van
At GreenTech Festival in Berlin, DHL Express and the DHL/Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter just announced their cooperation in developing the ‘H2 Panel Van’. The van will be the first standard 4.25-ton electric utility van powered by hydrogen fuel cell – enabling a range of up to 500 kilometres.
May 18, 2019 - 02:07 pm
German gov’t green lights electric kick scooters (PLEV)
The German Federal Council approved the Ordinance on Small Electric Vehicles (eKFV) today, which will soon allow electric kick scooters to be used on the road. However, the government will have to implement changes yet again as a prerequisite for final approval.
Apr 4, 2019 - 02:48 pm
Germany paves way for electric micro-mobilty
The German federal cabinet has passed the long-announced Small Electric Vehicle Ordinance (eKFV). Now it is up to the federal council to take the next steps. It could adopt the new regulations on 17 May so that the regulation would enter into force this spring.
Jun 29, 2018 - 11:32 pm
IONITY to set up charging at 80 German gas stations
IONITY will be fitting a total of 80 Tank & Rast rest stations in Germany with EV charging infrastructure. The two cooperation partners announced this at the unveiling of the first German HPC park at the Autobahn stop near Brohltal.
Jun 4, 2018 - 12:22 pm
Subsidy scheme for electric trucks in Germany
Germany’s Ministry of Transport wants to fund both battery and fuel cell electric trucks and those with alternative fuels. The bill is set to take effect this June with grants ranging from 12,000 to 40,000 euros depending on the trucks’ weight.
Apr 10, 2018 - 07:29 pm
German government spends €20 mil for 2,000 EVs
The German minister for transport Andreas Scheuer has handed over the first four grants for the acquisition of 2,000 new EVs and the required charging infrastructure as a part of the Clean Air 2017-2020 program.