BMW researches bidirectional charging with partners
In the recently started research project “Bidirectional charge management”, the project partners want to develop the technologies for a charge management ready for series production. The results are to be evaluated in a field trial with 50 BMW i3 at the beginning of 2021.
Germany extends EV premiums til end of 2020
The German Federal Ministry of Economics has officially extended the purchase premiums for electric cars and plug-in hybrids until the end of 2020. The environmental bonus will therefore continue in its current form, meaning with identical subsidy rates, until 31 December 2020.
EU battery cell production: First funding in June
The German BMBF, that is the Ministry for Education, plans to decide on the location of a research factory for cell production on June 7. Moreover, the German government is also planning to pay the first half of the money for the planned cell production factories this June as well.
PSA, Opel and Saft battery consortium ready to go
The Franco-German initiative announced last December for setting up a battery cell production facility is becoming concrete. The economic ministries of both countries have now proposed the alliance as the first consortium for funding from the EU Commission.
German battery cell manufacturing plans pick up steam
Applications closed last Friday for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology’s call for proposals for the development of battery cell production. The Ministry has now issued its first official statement: More than 30 companies from across the value chain have participated in proposal submissions.
Six Consortia want to build battery cells in Germany
Six consortia have so far submitted applications for funding to set up battery cell production in Germany. These include prominent names such as BASF, VW, PSA, BMW and Northvolt. Meanwhile e.Go-Mobile CEO Günther Schuh is leaving the consortium that wants to bring a cell factory to Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region.
Germany: battery cell manufacturing incoming
A decision on the establishment of industrial battery cell production in Germany will be made this year, according to the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. Talks between the federal government and companies are already underway.
BMW buys Parkmobile to coordinate congestion
Parking is the next frontier of private (electric) car ownership and BMW is determined to get on top of the game as it acquires ParkMobile. The parking app provider fits into BMW’s strategy to become a mobility solutions provider.
BMW i sales worldwide.
A total of 1,255 BMW i vehicles were registered worldwide in January. Overall, the carmaker sold 152,879 vehicles around the globe in the first month of 2016, marking a 7.5 percent increase in sales compared to January of last year.
BMWgroup.com (in German)
BMW i sales figures.
With 12,562 units sold, BMW i has doubled sales in the first half of the year compared to the same time in 2014, when it sold 5,405 BMW i3 and i8. The German carmaker saw sales grow in all markets despite the current volatility.