24.09.2018 - 14:12

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.

10.07.2018 - 18:23

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.

28.06.2018 - 16:46

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.



12.06.2018 - 17:40

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.

11.06.2018 - 16:56

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.



01.05.2018 - 14:56

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.

12.04.2018 - 18:15

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.

06.03.2018 - 15:30

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’s EVs.

22.01.2018 - 14:05

MEGA-E: Allego to erect 322 HPC stations

Allego and Fortum Charge & Drive join forces to set up a pan-European high-power charging (HPC) network called MEGA-E and thus to erect 322 ultra-fast charging stations and 27 so-called e-charging hubs throughout Europe.

15.06.2017 - 07:08

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.

20.04.2017 - 07:21

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.,, (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.

11.11.2016 - 09:03

EV Sales in the Nordic Countries.

Exactly 15,771 EV and PHEV were acquired in the Nordic countries in the third quarter of 2016, according to Insero. Altogether, PEV sales in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark stand at more than 145,000 units. Three quarters were bought in Norway.

24.10.2016 - 07:36

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. (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.

10.08.2016 - 08:27

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. (in Italian), (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.

18.07.2016 - 08:19

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.

BMW740le-300x150BMW 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. (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. (Saxony; in German)

11.01.2016 - 09:07

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.

01.10.2015 - 09:03

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. (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. (Air Triser), (Ignis), (Ignis Trail)

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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.,

31.07.2015 - 07:08

Tesla, JAC, Denmark, Renault, Canada.

Tesla offers own incentives: Every Model S driver who refers a new buyer gets 1,000 dollars off his/her next purchase. The offer is valid until October 31st. Those who recommend five (buying) friends are invited to the Gigafactory opening and the first person to find ten people willing to purchase a Model S, gets a Model X for free.,

China electrifies further: Jianghuai Automobile Company (JAC) will invest 4.5 billion yuan (725m dollars) in the development of electric and hybrid vehicles. By 2025, they could already make up 30 percent of all sales by JAC.

The end of exemption? EVs could become much more expensive in Denmark, as their tax exempt status will expire at the end of this year. That could cause price increases of up to 180 percent. However, the Danish government already said that it is looking at solutions for 2016.,

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Hybrid Talisman: Renault will present Laguna successor Talisman at the IAA in Frankfurt, which will become available by the end of 2015. According to Renault CEO Stefan Müller, the sedan will also be available as a hybrid variant. (in German)

Canada tightens regulation: Canada’s Tier 3 regulations will introduce more stringent air pollutant emission standards for new cars, light-duty trucks and certain heavy-duty vehicles from 2017. At the same time, they will also lower limits on the allowable sulfur content of gasoline.,

06.05.2015 - 08:35

PEVs in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

More than a total of 60,000 PHEVs and EVs can be found on the streets of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. 10,000 had been bought in the Nordics just in the first quarter of 2015, with the trend pointing further up. Norway accounts for four out of five electric vehicles sold in the region.

09.01.2015 - 09:49

EV sales in Denmark and Switzerland.

A total of 1,575 EVs were sold in Denmark in 2014, a plus of 156%. About a third were Nissan Leafs (578) followed by the Model S (460) and VW’s e-Up (219). The Swiss’ taste slightly differed last year: Of 1,643 new electric cars (up 40%), 494 were from Tesla, 374 from Renault and 220 from BMW. (DK, in Danish), (CH, in German)

22.12.2014 - 09:45

Tesla, USA, California, Denmark, Siemens UK, C&C Taxis.

Tesla announces battery swap program: Tesla will start a battery swap pilot program in California this week with selected Model S drivers, intended to test technology and assess demand. Tesla thinks it will be possible to decrease the time to exchange a battery pack from now three to less than one minute.,,

U.S. tax breaks for EV chargers: The Congress has extended the tax credit for installation of electric-car charging stations through the end of 2014. Individuals can deduct 30 percent of the cost of EVSE up to 1,000 dollars, for business the limit is 30,000 dollars.

Smart charging solicitation: The California Energy Commission is to award up to four million dollars for applied R&D projects to smart charging and V2G technologies. The aim is to maximise benefits for both electric vehicles and the grid.

Denmark to top up: Danish energy agency Energistyrelsen is to grant another 31 million krones (5m dollars) to e-mobility. The money will be used to expand the EV charger network as well as hydrogen fuelling stations and aims to get another 1,200 electric cars on the roads within the next few years. (in German), (in Danish)

Siemens rapid chargers: Siemens will deliver multiple QC45 multi-standard rapid charging stations to the UK. By early 2015, a total of 39 chargers will be installed in South Tyneside and Dorset. More locations are to follow in the course of the year.,

Electric cab fleet: Cab company C&C from Cornwall has just added a Nissan e-NV200 to its fleet. The all-electric van joins an existing carpool of six Nissan Leaf. The company hopes the e-NV200 will save up to 10,000 pounds in fuel costs annually.

18.11.2014 - 09:54

Toyota, H2 buses, Denmark, Kandi, Iceland, Athens-Clarke.

Hydrogen for the East Coast: On the occasion of presenting its Mirai, Toyota revealed plans to erect twelve hydrogen fueling stations together with Air Liquide in the states of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island where the Mirai will be sold from 2016.

H2 buses for Europe: EvoBus, MAN, Solaris, Van Hool, VDL together with bus operators from major European cities such as Hamburg and London have signed a joint Letter of Understanding for the commercialisation of fuel cell buses. 500 to a 1,000 are said to be deployed across Europe by 2020.,,

Clever charging: Danish eMobility provider CLEVER announced its plan to build 263 new fast charging stations in its home country. By the end of 2015, a total of 543 charge points are thus to be made available, offering charging with 22 kW, 43 kW, and 50 kW in Denmark.,

Electric car sharing in China: Kandi announced the delivery of 64 Kandi EVs to the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province. The car sharing programme is operated by ZuoZhongYou Electric Vehicle Service, a Kandi subsidiary. By the end of this year, delivery of up to a 1,000 Kandi EVs is expected.

Iceland to be electrified: Canadian Sun Country Highways has set its eyes on its nordic “neighbour” and plans to set up free EV charging stations along Iceland’s roads. The initiative will go ahead together with EV importer EVEN and is said to take less than twelve months.

County police goes all electric: Athens-Clarke police in Georgia has now added a Nissan Leaf to its existing fleet of 18 hybrid Toyota Priuses and Ford Fusions. The leased Leaf will be used by administrators rather than officers on patrol.

09.10.2014 - 08:21

Verbund, Germany, Denmark, France, California.

Fast charge roaming in Central Europe: Led by Austrian utility Verbund, the ‘Central European Green Corridors’ (CEGC) initiative will see the installation of a fast charging network spanning Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia by the end of 2015. Eleven partners, among them BMW, Nissan, Renault, and VW, utility providers, and the Slovenian government are set to erect 115 multi-standard DC-charge points. (in German)

H2 to arrive in Germany: Daimler and Linde announced plans to begin the installation of 20 planned hydrogen stations this year. Both companies will invest about ten million euros each and have already identified 13 locations at filling stations from Total, OMV, Avia and Hoyer. There, installation is set to finish by the end of 2015 while the other seven stations are still being negotiated.,

Danish EV incentives: Denmark intends to invest 38 million kroner (6.5m dollars) in e-mobility. Funds for carsharing and lease programmes shall make electric cars a more viable, price compatible solution. Ultimately, the money is hoped to put another 1,400 EVs on the country’s roads by the end of next year.

An impressive 8,600 charge points can be found in France, according to the “Avere France” association. Their new graphic shows the charging station density across the different “departements” or regions. (in French)

More fast charger funds: The Californian Energy Commission has granted 920,000 dollars for the deployment of new DC charge spots. Three new ones will be erected in the Sacramento area while in the South Coast district the money will be used to add more versatile stations to the existing ones.

04.07.2014 - 08:13

Stockholm, Denmark, Electric Highway, Hamburg, CHAdeMO.

Putting hybrid buses to the test: Eight Volvo plug-in hybrid buses will enter service in Stockholm, Sweden, this autumn. The buses’ battery packs can be quick charged in just six minutes. The trial is part of the EU project ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System), which is conducted in a total of six EU countries.

New charging points in Denmark: E.ON wants to install 13 new charging stations along the national motorway, which will support “all off the brands of electric cars commonly found in Denmark.” The stations should be operational by the end of 2014, with twelve of the stations located between Copenhagen and Aarhus and one near the Farø Bridges.

Two new charging points on ‘Electric Highway’: Ecotricty added stations at Peterborough and Baldock Extra Services in England. According to EVfleetworld, the company has now installed 161 DC charging stations along its ‘Electric Highway’ from London to the South of Scotland. The plan is to have a charging point at every motorway service station by the end of the year.

Hamburg electrifies public bus lines: Starting this December, the German city will use only buses with an electric drivetrain to service its bus route 109 from the city centre to Alsterdorf. Moreover, Hamburg says that all new buses bought after 2020, will be emission-free. (in German)

CHAdeMO in Europe: A total of 1,181 quick charging stations supporting the CHAdeMO standard have been installed throughout Europe. With 261 chargers, the UK currently has the most installations. Looking at the per-capita numbers, Norway once again proves to be the EV friendliest place.

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