HH Ferries launches e-ferries and a new company name
The Swedish HH Ferries Group has launched two fully electric ferries named Aurora and Tycho Brahe on the stretch between Helsingborg (Sweden) and Heldingör (Denmark). Furthermore, they renamed themselves ForSea Ferries.Weiterlesen
Bike builder Biomega reveals electric car concept SIN
The Danish bike designers Biomega are expanding their mobility portfolio as they give their electric car concept debut in Shanghai. The carbon-fibre EV called SIN is built to weigh little and to impress with a sleek and most shiny design.Weiterlesen
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European roaming project evRoaming4EU is kick-ing off
The evRoaming4EU project is an initiative to enable roaming across Europe. Rather than going large scale from the start, partners from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and Austria have come together to set an example. The German launch event now took place with just one more country to follow.Weiterlesen
600 fuel cell buses and H2 infrastructure for Europe
The European Union is pushing to electrify transport on the continent and launched a new programme for fuel cel buses. The H2BusEurope scheme includes 600 hydrogen buses and infrastructure and is worth 40 million euros. One country benefits in particular.Weiterlesen
Denmark aiming for decarbonisation of transport
The Danish government presented a new climate action plan with 38 measures, among them the previously leaked ban on the sales of all ICEs by 2030 and hybrid cars by 2035. In addition, the Danes will electrify their entire taxi and bus fleet by 2030 and are ready to spend millions.Weiterlesen
Denmark to ban sales on petrol and diesel cars by 2030
The announcement by the government stated that the ban will be instated by 2030 on all internal combustion engine cars, and aims to have one million EVs on Danish roads by then. The sale of hybrid vehicles may also be banned in 2035, according to prime minister Lars Rasmussen.Weiterlesen
Electric bendy-buses coming to Copenhagen
Arriva Danmark has turned to VDL to order 21 electric buses. Model Citea SLFA-180 Electric is the first articulated e-bus ever to arrive in Denmark and will serve in Copenhagen starting in December 2019. Moreover, the order presents a milestone for VDL.Weiterlesen
Denmark grants speed pedelecs access to bike lanes
Speed Pedelecs, meaning electric bicycles with a maximum speed of 45 kph are allowed on bike lanes in Denmark as of July. Until now, they had to be registered as a small motorbike and had to follow rules different from those for bicycles.Weiterlesen
Copenhagen to switch to all-electric harbour buses
The city of Copenhagen has set aside 10 million kroner to electrify their entire fleet of harbour ferries. The iconic water taxis in EV form will be launched in Copenhagen Harbour by 2020, and ticket prices will stay the same, says the city.Weiterlesen
Porsche cooperating with Hubject for digital charging
Porsche is kicking off a digital EV charging service, that can even be used by drivers of EVs and PHEVs by other manufacturers. Currently, the service is bundled with Hubject’s roaming network. Other options and international roll-out are currently being tested as well.Weiterlesen
Swedish-Danish ferry route gets electrified gradually
Swedish Stena Line that operates a ferry service between Gothenburg and Danish Frederikshavn has made a deal with with Callenberg Technology Group. In three stages signified by different sized batteries, they want to electrify the vessel Stena Jutlandica.Weiterlesen
ABB and Volvo got electric bus business in Scandinavia
Volvo and ABB have been working successfully together in the past as they offer an integrated electric bus and charging option. Now Danish Aarhus and Lillehammer in Norway join the circle of cities that opt to electrify entire bus routes.Weiterlesen
Denmark considering more funding for e-mobility
The Danish centre-right government is publicly considering to strengthen subsidies or the purchase of electric vehicles again. They had to admit that EV sales have massively dropped in the country from almost 5,000 in 2015 to 700 last year since a change in policy.Weiterlesen
Siemens HPC chargers for electric buses in Denmark
Siemens has signed an agreement with Denmark’s largest public transportation operator, Movia, for the delivery of fast-charging stations with pantograph for electric buses. 45 communities stand to benefit from the contract and is one of Siemens biggest eBus orders ever.Weiterlesen
Danish Nerve Smart Systems to launch new fast-charger
The Danish company Nerve Smart Solutions has announced it is ready to reveal a new generation of fast-charging stations for EVs, which will be “significantly faster, without overloading the power grid.”Weiterlesen
Nissan and E.On work on EV-based energy services
In Geneva, German energy provider E.On and Nissan have entered into a strategic partnership as both consider to jointly kick-off pilot projects and common commercial offers in fields such as V2G, decentralised energy production and storage as well as the grid integration of Nissan EVs.Weiterlesen
150 kW charger by Clean Charge Solutions live in Copenhagen
CleanCharge Solutions ApS have set up a 150 kW quick charger in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn district together with By&Havn. The station is located in a parking garage and part of Hubject’s Intercharge roaming network.Weiterlesen
Sono Motors offers test sessions in Italy and Scandinavia
More than 7,000 people tested the solar-powered EV Sion by German start-up Sono Motors during last year’s test driving sessions. Now the Munich-based company starts another tour through Europe.Weiterlesen
IONITY’s very first HPC facility installed in Denmark
The future of charging is becoming a reality at Danish Aabenraa, where the first charging facility of the high-power charging network IONITY is being installed at present. We paid the promising site next to a gas station a visit.Weiterlesen
EV Sales in Denmark down.
A decrease of 60.5 percent EV and PHEV sales in the first quarter of the year, compared with Q1 2016, means Denmark is killing the electric car. The government had discontinued tax breaks like the import tax of 180% but has lately come to the realisation that the market cannot sustain itself yet.
Fastned, Denmark, Nissan, EVgo, AAA, Georgia Power.
Do the Dutch do it better? It seems so considering that they will be the ones to electrify the German Autobahn. Fastned announced its expansion across the border and will line the highway with 14 fast-charging stations open to all electric car types, a first in Germany. In the Netherlands the company has 60 of 201 planned stations operational.
Reverse to forward: Denmark is taking back its anti-EV policies the conservative government has (re-)introduced only last year, when it phased out the tax break on EVs. Since then sales had become virtually non-existent and so the incentive programme is now being phased back in place – almost. Instead of the tax being capped at 40 percent, it will halt at 20% until sales reach 5,000 EVs at least.
cphpost.dk, electrek.co, dr.dk (in Danish)
East coast all the way: Nissan and EVgo have made plans public to connect Boston and Washington D.C. with 50 fast-charging stations at nine locations. The chargers will support CCS as well as CHAdeMO and be ready by fall. The ‘I-95 Fast-Charge ARC’ will be pre-wired for 150 kW.
Hybrid Gig in California: The American Automobile Association (AAA) will launch its own hybrid car sharing called Gig in Berkeley and Oakland this month. 250 Toyota Prius C will form the first fleet.
Teaming up for electric transport are utility Georgia Power and the baseball club Atlanta Braves. They will install 61 EV charging stations around the SunTrust Park stadium.
London, UK, Poland, Denmark, Nissan, Greater Louisville.
Fast-charging London: ChargePoint and BluePoint London from Bolloré plan to introduce fast-chargers for the British capital’s Source network. Until summer 2017, 30 rapid chargers are to go up. Both firms also declared interoperability of GeniePoint and Source London charge spots.
Electric trucks for UK: The British government will make 4m pound available for electric vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. Companies are to receive grants of up to 20,000 GBP to switch large trucks to electric equivalents. The move comes amid Nissan’s fears over Brexit with regard to its Sunderland operation.
Polish e-mobility initiative: Poland’s utilities PGE, Energa, Enea and Tauron entered a Joint Venture to foster electric transport. Each firm holds 25% and the project aims at 1m electric cars on Polish roads in 2025. The university as well as the National Centre for Nuclear Research take part as well.
energetyka.wnp.pl (in Polish)
Denmark and Nissan go V2G: The Danes are working with the Japanese to introduce vehicle-to-grid technology. Denmark’s utility, Frederiksberg Forsyning, installed ten V2G charging units at 10 kW each from Enel. There, ten Nissan e-NV200 will be plugged via ChaDeMo for bi-directional power transfer. The project is the world’s first commercial V2G hub, according to the firms, as all parts are available.
E-bus fleet: 15 electric buses place Greater Louisville’s fleet among the largest electric bus squadrons in the States. The last six units by Proterra have just been acquired by the Transit Authority of River City (TARC). The electric buses come with a bike rack and replace 16 year old models.
Luxembourg, GOFAST, Denmark, Apple, CarCharging.
Luxembourg selects provider: Engie Cofely Luxemburg and Powerdale have won the tender to install and operate 800 planned EV charging stations in the Grand Duchy. 200 will be erected each year from 2017 to 2020. Powerdale will deliver the public charging stations and internet application while Engie will handle service over twelve years. All five grid operators in Luxembourg are on board as is the public transport provider in order to offer a multi modal model to end users.
Switzerland got fast-charging: The first 150 kW rapid charger of the GOtthard FASTcharge (GOFAST) network stands. The multi-standard outlet is located close to the southern entry of the Gotthard road tunnel that connects Italy and Switzerland. 150 stations are planned.
tio.ch (in Italian), gofastcharge.com (in German)
Danish drop electric cars: Municipalities in Denmark are buying less EVs since the central government has decided to phase back the registration tax for electric cars. The policy’s dire consequences were revealed by e.On, which found that EV sales shrank from 323 in Q1 2015 to 62 in Q1 this year.
Apple Energy: The IT giant can power homes as it gets the approval to sell energy into wholesale markets beginning this Saturday. The firm reportedly harvests sun rays on farms in Cupertino and Nevada and has recently shown interest in EV charging tech.
CarCharging expansion: The infrastructure provider says it built almost 100 new EV charging stations in various states like California, Florida, Hawaii, or Tennessee over the last two months. During that same period, CarCharging also restored another 400 stops on the Blink network.
Samsung, BMW, Denmark, MAN, Mini, Tesla.
Samsung to invest in BYD? The Korean electronics giant has been “actively pushing talks” to buy a stake in the Chinese EV maker, Bloomberg reports. Samsung could acquire four percent of BYD for about 400m dollars allegedly, but the sum has not been disclosed and negotiations are on-going. The Koreans hope to bolster their semiconductor business for cars with the move.
BMW 7 PHEV launch: The German carmaker has released details on the electrified 7 series. The upcoming plug-in hybrids will be available in both short- and long-wheelbase variants. Prices for the 740e iPerformance start at 90,095 dollars in the USA, where the 7 series PHEV is to launch next month.
Import ban for ICE? Denmark’s young green party Alternativet has proposed to stop the import of diesel and petrol vehicles into the country by 2025. EV privileges like the exemption from the registration tax shall accompany the ban but so far it has been met with opposition from lobbyists.
MAN to enter electric bus business: Truck and bus builder MAN will start serial production of fully electric buses by 2019 with first pilot fleets launching a year earlier. The move is based on the assumption that 20 percent of public transport will run electrically by 2020.
busplaner.de (in German)
Hybrid Countryman spotted: Mini’s slightly roomier PHEV was photographed charging in the country in heavy camouflage. The plug-in hybrid Countryman is expected to hit civilisation by 2019 and it looks like it will become yet bigger and bolder.
Elon makes us wait: The Tesla CEO announced on Twitter that he would first focus on the SpaceX launch and “post [the] Tesla (master) product plan afterwards.” The Falcon is now on its way, so we remain at the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, German federal state Saxony is hoping to lure in Tesla to build a European Gigafactory in the town of Kamenz.
mdr.de (Saxony; in German)
Tesla sales in Denmark.
A total of 1,248 Tesla Model S were registered in Denmark in December, as subsidies for EVs there ran out at the beginning of the new year. That means, even electric cars are now subject to a 180 percent registrations fee. In November, it was reported that Tesla ordered some 2,500 license plates in order to register its EVs there in the future.
Honda, BMW, Suzuki, Bolloré, Denmark, Sweden.
Mirai fighter: Honda is ready to present the production version of its FCV at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, publishing a first teaser image. The launch in Japan is set for early 2016. Furthermore, the Odyssey Hybrid, the NSX Hybrid, and the Neowing Hybrid trike will be on display.
New BMW i update: The German carmaker’s third model in the electrified i-series can be expected by 2020 and not 2019, as previously hoped, auto motor und sport reports. It will most likely be called BMW i5 and will have a range of up to 500 km. Earlier reports suggested it might be powered by a fuel cell.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Suzuki hybrids: In Tokyo, the manufacturer will show its hybrid concept Air Triser. The compact minivan’s seven seats can be rearranged to form a lounge. Electric AWD is optional. Also at the booth will be Suzuki’s compact Ignis and the Ignis Trail concept, both featuring a mild hybrid system.
indianautosblog.com (Air Triser), indianautosblog.com (Ignis), indianautosblog.com (Ignis Trail)
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Efficient Engines: The new project of the leading edge cluster Electric Mobility South-West “Effect 360°” is studying the efficient product and production solutions for electrified vehicle. The focus being on the urban-efficient vehicle segment. e-mobilbw-sw.de
Bolloré eyes America: The French corporation is looking to expand its business across the Atlantic. Apparently, CEO Vincent Bolloré is already talking to American companies interested in adding the Bluecar to their fleets. Even consumer sales might be a possibility in the future.
Goodbye green government: Denmark’s three-month old government is reversing the country’s green policies. By 2020, a 180 percent levy will be extended to electric cars, which will then be taxed like any other car. A special tax on Nitrogen-Oxide emissions, as those emitted by diesels, will be scrapped at the same time, rendering the government’s reasoning of budget deficits somewhat unreasonable.
Clean country: Sweden vows to become the first fossil fuel free nation worldwide. In 2016 alone, it plans to invest 546m dollars in clean energy, while increasing support for clean transport such as electric buses among other measures. When exactly it will be fossil fuel free has not been stated, but 2050 seems likely.