DE: ChargePoint to supply Daimler dealers
Daimler has selected ChargePoint to install charging equipment at their retailers in Germany ahead of the carmaker’s electrification and EQC roll-out. The agreement comes after Daimler led ChargePoint’s $125 million funding round last year in support of the company’s expansion into Europe.
FastCharge delivers high power charging at 450 kW
BMW, Porsche, Allego, Phoenix Contact and Siemens succeed in boosting the charging capacity to a remarkable 450 kW. The companies demonstrated prototypes of both charging stations as well as dedicated demo vehicles developed as part of the FastCharge project this Wednesday in Bavaria. And, we were there to document.
Hubject expands executive circle in Berlin
The roaming joint venture Hubject will soon be headed by three top managers. This comes after Thomas Daiber’s contract as co-CEO expires at the end of the year, though he will continue to work with Hubject in an advisory capacity.
Fastned launches shop & charge pilot at Albert Heijn supermarket
Fastned have joined up with Albert Heijn supermarkets in Amsterdam for a pilot project. They have now opened the first fast-charging station at the chain store with another two locations to follow. If the pilot project proves successful, both partners want to increase the number of stations at supermarkets.
Hungary: CEZ to install fast charging stations
The Czech Energy Group (CEZ) has been tasked with setting up fast charging stations in Hungary. The expansion is part of a $44M investment, first in their home nation before coming to Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Slovakia in the next decade.
FreeWire gathers $15 million in financing round
The high speed charging specialists from FreeWire managed to take in 15 million dollars (about €13.2 million) in fresh capital during a financing round. The investors included BP and Volvo, who had also previously invested in the company.
EV Motors India plans to install 6,500 charging parks
EV Motors India plans to use a cooperation with DLF, Delta Electronics and ABB India to set up a brand name PlugNgo, which will install more than 6,500 EV charging parks across India over the next five years. They will equip major cities in India with multiple charging parks each, and are calculating an investment […]
Aral & DLR envision the fuel station of the future
The German fuel BP subsidiary Aral asked the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to study how gas stations may look like in the future. The vision entails services for self-driving cars, landing spots for air taxis and more charging stations than fuel pumps.
Insensible urban aesthetics
The Zipcar car club that runs 325 VW e-Golf in London complains about the slow expansion of fast-charging infrastructure in the British capital. That is nothing new unfortunately but Zipcar quotes a new argument: some councils would refuse to install charging stations because they consider them “too ugly” for the borough.
ChargePoint gets $240M for expansion in Europe & US
Network operator ChargePoint generated no less than 240 million dollars in a new financing round. Existing investors such as BMW i Ventures and Siemens were joined by the likes of Daimler Trucks & Buses, Chevron Technology Ventures or American Electric Power.
Sixt banks on mobile charging service Chargery
The car rental company Sixt acquires a share in Chargery. The Berlin-based start-up runs a mobile charging service for electric cars using bicycles. Sixt is the latest member of a growing circle of supporters that include Daimler, DriveNow and VW Commercial Vehicles.
Now that’s a fine
The Spanish government has decreed that major gas station operators have to provide EV charging stations within the next two years, and that failure to do so will result in fines of up to 30 million euros. Yet, it was not the money but time frame the association of pit stop owners complained about when calling the measure “absolutely hasty”.
Zapinamo power boosts rapid home charging
There is a new player on the scene for rapid-charging boosted by stationary energy storage. Zapinamo is a Coventry-based start-up that patented a home (!) charging station with a “power boost” from an extra battery and thus enables an output of up to 350 kW.
Xpeng gearing up for on-sale of debut electric car G3
The Chinese electric car startup Xpeng Motors sets the launch of its first model Xpeng G3 on December, 12 and provides details of its sales concept as well as the planned installation of quick charging stations. The Tesla-infused electric vehicle is out for testing as you read.
Matchmaking: Tesla and Daimler talk electric vans
Tesla and Daimler go back years when Daimler supported the EV maker early on. Now it looks as if it is time to give some of the “like” back and Elon Musk tweeted to toy with the idea of an electric van cooperation. Plus, he has expansive plans on Supercharging.
Spain: Endesa to erect 100,000 EV charging stations
Enel-owned utility Endesa announces their plan to cast a far reaching network of electric car charging stations across Spain. Their new dedicated venture Endesa X will install more than 8,500 public charge points with another 100,000 at private locations by 2023.
VW planning 30 new plug-in cars for China by 2020
Volkswagen say it will take them no more than two years to launch more than 30 new electric cars and plug-in hybrids in China. Moreover, the Group’s Chinese arm is considering to install a public high power charging network together with local partners from 2019.
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.
Enel X Romania plans nationwide charging network
Italian energy supplier Enel will use its subsidiary Enel X Romania to set up a nationwide charging network for electric cars in Romania. According to their plans, some 2,500 charging points with capacities of between 22 and 150 kW should be available by 2023.