MW Motor & UAZ will build an electric 469 Hunter
After the formidable Luka EV retro presented in 2018, the Czech company MW Motors is now attracting attention with a new project: MW Motors Spartan is a fully off-road electric vehicle based on the 469 Hunter from the Russian manufacturer UAZ.
Not enough power for the getaway
In the Czech Republic, a thief who had stolen a Tesla Model S was caught trying to charge the car at a third-party Tesla service centre in Prague with a left over range of only 5 km.
Škoda Auto’s BeRider e-scooters return to Prague
This month, the green-painted electric scooters from the BeRider sharing initially launched through Škoda Auto’s DigiLab will return to the centre of Prague and in much greater numbers. This follows the completion of a successful pilot project exploring the potential for the service in the Czech capital.
GreenGo electric car-sharing expands to Prague
The Hungarian provider GreenGo is starting an electric car-sharing service in Prague. The fleet will initially comprise of 100 VW e-Up and is to be doubled within three months. GreenGo is also active in Budapest, where the fleet was expanded last year from 45 to 300 electric cars.
WeShare is expanding across Europe
WeShare, the car-sharing service from Volkswagen and Škoda, will expand to seven more cities in Germany and other European countries in 2020. Following Prague and Hamburg in the spring, WeShare will also be launched in Paris, Madrid, Budapest, Munich and Milan in the course of the year.
Škoda’s Superb iV now available to order in UK
Škoda’s first albeit semi-electric vehicle is up for order. The books are now open in the UK for the Superb iV, starting with a price of £31,970. The plug-in hybrid comes in one of four trim variants and is set to hit UK showrooms this month.
CZ: Škoda installs fast-charging with flywheel tech
In Prague, Škoda Auto DigiLab has started the pilot of a particularly innovative fast-charging station. It uses kinetic flywheel technology made by Israel’s start-up Chakratec and provides twice as much electricity as the national grid can supply.
Nissan & Plugsurfing charging app starts in Europe
The Nissan Charge App developed by Nissan and Plugsurfing enables electric car drivers to charge at over 100,000 charging points throughout Europe. The service that includes navigation and charge management first launches in Italy and Germany before successively covering other markets.
Charging the Czech Republic
The CEZ Group has selected the Israeli software specialist Driivz to manage CEZ’ charging infrastructure in the Czech Republic. This concerns both the existing network called ČEZ Electromobility and its further expansion.
Uber & Lime expand cooperation in Europe
Uber clients in Europe may now book Lime e-bikes straight through the Uber app. The cooperation started in the US and is currently being rolled out across the continent. Prague, Warsaw and Stockholm are among the first wave of European markets with other capitals to follow suit.
Hyundai to make Kona Electric in Czech Republic
Hyundai is apparently hatching plans to produce the fully-electric Kona at its Czech plant from the first half of 2020. So far, the Kona Electric has only been manufactured in South Korea from where it is exported all over the world.
Skoda debuts first electrified models in Bratislava
Skoda has presented their first electrified serial models for which the Czech brand has created the new subsidiary brand iV in Bratislava, Slovakia. For now, the iV range includes a battery electric model in form of the Citigo e iV and a plug-in hybrid called Superb iV.
Skoda launches Czech e-mobility pilot project
Before series production of the all-battery electric version of the Skoda Citigo starts in the fourth quarter of this year, the manufacturer is launching a pilot project with prototypes of the VW e-Up-based electric motor: ten Citigo E-Pilots will be made available to selected customers and facilities in the Czech Republic.
Skoda planning 7,000 factory charging points
As part of its electrification offensive, Skoda will set up almost 7,000 charging points in and around the three Czech plants in Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí by 2025, spending a total of around 32 million euros for the charging infrastructure upgrade.
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.
Skoda working on mobility concepts with Prague
Škoda, the city of Prague and the Czech Technical University have agreed to implement concepts for sustainable urban mobility together in the Czech capital. Initiatives will include electric mobility and sharing offers using future Skoda EVs including scooters.
CEUC: New fast-charge corridor for Europe
The EU Commission is supporting the construction of 118 fast charging stations for the CEUC (Central European Ultra Charging) project. Smatrics was chosen as a service provider for the rollout, operations and maintenance of the network.
MW Motors presents retro-EV Luka
The Czech automobile manufacturer has delivered a first impression of their new EV, in a stylish retro-design. Thanks to an aluminum chassis and a relatively light 21.9 kWh battery, the vehicle weighs only 815 kg and has a range of 300 km.
Skoda and Iveco debut electric trolleybus
Skoda Electric has tested a new electric trolleybus model in Plzeň, Czech Republic. The 18 metre bendy bus is made in cooperation with Iveco that lent its bus chassis made in France. The electrics come from Skoda Electric.
Canada, Scotland, Czech Republic, EWE.
Canada extends fast-charging: The Canadian government wants to raise 120m dollars to further develop the nationwide infrastructure for electric vehicles in the current year. One of the first projects is the installation of ten EV quick charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway. The initiative will cost for 335,000 dollars in the New Brunswick province and is run together with local NB Power utility.
Charging Scotland: The ScotRail Alliance announced to implement charging places with two EV charging points each at 50 train stations across the country. The infrastructure project is scheduled for September and shall be completed by November. As the train operator oversees 359 stops, every 7th will be EV ready by then.
Electrified police cars: The police of the Czech Republic started a six month trial with eleven BMW i3, some with range extender. Three of them will be on patrol in Prague and the rest in other cities.
Shop & charge: German energy provider EWE wants to install 60 EV charging stations next to Edeka supermarkets in northwest Germany. EWE thus is to double the amount of its currently 120 charging stations by the end of this year and will begin at an Edeka centre in Friedrichsfehn.
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