German Innovation Premium comes into force
In Germany, the Innovation Premium that spells out the doubling of the federal share of the Environmental Bonus for electric vehicles has come into force. The amended funding guidelines for the Environmental Bonus were published in the Federal Gazette, thus making it official. Weiterlesen
Germany invests in battery research with Varta
Varta has now received funding positive decisions from the Germany federal government and the states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg concerning 300 million euros for projects involving battery cells. The subsidy was approved by the EU Commission in December 2019 and the decisions have now been sent to Varta. Weiterlesen
Increased EV subsidies go into effect in Germany
The increased environmental bonus has now come into force with its publication in the German Federal Gazette for official announcements. Meanwhile, the ministry responsible for the allocation of the bonus – the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) – has updated its website. Weiterlesen
EV subsidy increase in Germany green lit by EU
Brussels has given the green light for an increase in the EV subsidy scheme, the Environmental Bonus in Germany. According to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the European Commission today announced that it has no objections to greater financial support for electric vehicles in Germany. Weiterlesen
Opel & PSA plants to make 48GWh battery cells yearly
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has given a statement on the planned battery cell production capacity at the Opel site in the southwest of Germany: they aim for 24 GWh. The relevant cell technology is currently still being developed in France by Saft, where a sister plant is to produce the […] Weiterlesen
EU Commission considering second battery consortium
According to German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier, the second European battery cell consortium has now been “put on track” by sending the information to the European Commission. However, his ministry still does not mention the names of those involved. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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.
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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.