Around 6k CCS charging stations now in Europe
According to the CCS Charge Map, there are now around 6,000 CCS charging locations in Europe. Among the countries with the most charging sites, Germany has taken the lead ahead of the UK, Norway, France, and Sweden. Moreover, the trend points upwards, particularly in the YOY analysis.
Jaguar launches cooperation with Chargemap
Jaguar’s French customers will benefit from a special Chargemap Pass to provide access to more than 23,000 public charging stations across Europe. Jaguar and Chargemap are also working together to create a map for all I-Pace drivers.
Chargemap joins Hubject’s intercharge network
The Alsatian E-Mobility startup Chargemap is cooperating with Hubject to move outside of France as well. As of the coming summer, EV drivers who use the Chargemap charging solution can use any intercharge charging station in the world.
British Taxis, Innogy, British Gas, ChargeMap, Dubai.
Massive rebates for electric cabs: British taxi drivers may rejoice. Not only has production of a brand new electric taxi started yesterday but its acquisition will be subsidised by the UK government as it announces a 64m pound electric taxi incentive scheme. 50m GBP will be handed out in chunks of 7,500 pounds to anyone buying a TX5 cab. The remaining 14m GBP will be spend on erecting dedicated taxi charging infrastructure across 10 UK counties but with £5.2m headed for London.
Complete fleet electrification: RWE subsidiary innogy will drive entirely electrically within four years time. The board has decided to replace all 1,000 vehicles in its fleet with either plug-in hybrid or electric cars. Already, the only options available to company directors, executives and frequent drivers are climate-friendly models. From 2018, driving a PEV will be mandatory for all innogy employees but the board has a dedicated budget to even out the higher cost for electrified models.
Incomplete fleet electrification: British Gas has missed its target to have 10 percent of its commercial fleet electrified this year. Instead of the planned 1,300 electric vehicles, the utility currently has just 113 on fleet and is now pushing back the 10% goal to 2020. British Gas claims London’s infrastructure problems as one reason.
Easier access: ChargeMap will launch its charging-point access system in the next few weeks. About 100,000 users will be able to set up payments in their ChargeMap account and order a RFID access badge for (some) European charging networks.
Charging oasis: Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) that oversees the free zone technology park, has opened the EV chargers on its premises to the public. Electric car drivers can charge at no cost until the end of the year.
Supercharger, ChargeMap, Kiev, Amazon, Sacramento, Atieva.
Supercharger power upgrade: Tesla has increased the capacity of some of its Superchargers to 145 kW, apparently a result of a recent spat with British Ecotricty about who has the fastest charger (we reported). Only this time. Tesla didn’t beat the big drum for it.
On the map: ChargeMap has raised a half a million euros from the Cap Innov’Est investment fund in order to further develop its community app for EV charging points in Europe, China and the U.S. Part of the goal is to interface ChargeMap reservation and payment solution with the main charging operators.
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E-taxi in Kiev: The Oxygen Group presented its Oxy-Taxi service in the Ukrainian capital. The electric fleet is to include 50 vehicles in three months’ time. The longterm goal is to have 500 EV, including Tesla taxis.
Delivery drone charger: Amazon is considering charging pit stops for its drones to allow them to fly farther. These could be located on top of street lamps, cell towers or parking garages and use the existing grid or solar power.
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Fast-charging Sacramento: California’s capital now has a fast-charger- Users can pay with credit card directly at the station. “Filling up” the battery to 80 percent will take between 20 and 25 minutes and cost between 15 and 20 dollars.
Moving in on Tesla territory: Atieva has begun setting up charging stations in Fremont (home to Tesla Motors). From the looks of it, they don’t appear to be setting up fast-chargers, but stations with 220V and 110V outlets.
HyWay, Triangulum, Tesla, Geneva, ChargeMap.
Hydrogen test fleet: Under the 18-month project HyWay, France will deploy 50 Renault Kangoo Z.E. fitted with fuel cells around two hydrogen distribution stations in Lyon and Grenoble. In a second phase, the project provides for the development and production of hydrogen from local renewable energy.
Smart Cities project: The European Commission has nominated the “Triangulum” project, led by Fraunhofer IAO, to be the lead project for the Smart Cities and Communities initiative. Triangulum will transform urban districts into smart quarters including e-mobility concepts, starting in Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway) and to be subsequently transferred to other cities.
Tesla battery swapping coming soon: As Elon Musk told reporters at the event last Thursday, Tesla plans to open the first of its long-awaited battery-swapping stations within the next two months. It will be located between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
BMW i3 enters police fleet: As “BMW Blog” reveals, the police department in Geneva, Switzerland, will be the first law enforcement agency to use the German EV as a patrol car. The BMW i3 police car will be replacing the currently used BMW X3.
ChargeMap has launched an update of its mobile charging app. The new version comes with a redesigned interface and integrates a number of new functions in response to requests from users. The new ChargeMap app provides detailed information for 55,000 public outlets across Europe.
Nylo plugs in: Nylo Hotels announced they will provide Tesla Superchargers at three of their locations in Texas. The hotels in Las Colinas, Plano and Dallas will each be equipped with three charging stations.