e-clearing hits European charging market with roaming
After the new charging platform was founded this year, now more than 100,000 charging points are now available for roaming partners to connect via the European platform e-clearing.net. The platform has processed more than 3.3 million transactions this year.
Audi launches e-tron charging service Europe-wide
Just a week before unveiling their first electric SUV, the e-tron quattro, Audi kicks-offs a wide reaching offer. The ‘e-tron Charging Service’ enables access to 72,000 charging points by 220 providers in Europe, all with one card or via app. We asked Audi all the details.
e-clearing.net, Fastned, Philippines, car2go, Enel, Nissan.
e-clearing.net grows its network: Dutch roaming network eViolin will add its 140,000 charge card holders and 40,000 charging stations to Smartlab’s European roaming-platform “e-clearing.net.” For Smartlab, it will open the door of the Dutch market, giving its customers access to one of the largest e-mobility networks worldwide.
Fastned with intelligent trip planer: The Dutch charging network provider now offers a trip planer in its app (and on the desktop) that not only shows the quickest way from A to B, but will also add stops for fast-charging at Fastned locations to the calculation. The planer will also take remaining range, car efficiency and traffic into account.
E-Trike programme scrapped: The Philippines had planned to use 500m dollars to replace some 100,000 old trikes with electric ones. But due to the lack of interest from buyers and high production cost, the undertaking has come to a halt. More than the 1,600 units already built will not be produced.
car2go leaves San Diego: The carsharer had replaced its electric Smarts with conventional ones in Mai (we reported), hoping to make the offering more attractive to customers. But the change in drivetrain did not spur a change of heart. car2go now announced that it will leave the California city at the end of the year.
EV plus charger: Enel and Nissan now offer the “E-go All Inclusive” in Italy. For just 299 euros per month for three years, customers will get a 30 kWh Nissan Leaf and homecharger from Enel, including installation. The two even through in a new charging app. At the end of the agreement, customers can decide to return the Leaf or refinance the remaining cost.
Ballard Power Systems, LeTV, LoNo, e-clearing.net.
Public transport deals: Ballard Power Systems has won two contracts from China. Its fuel cell technology will be used in 300 H2-buses in the Chinese cities of Foshan and Yunfu for 17m dollars. Another deal worth 6m dollars will see Ballard develop and deliver fuel cell modules for trams build by CRRC Sifang for Foshan.
greencarcongress.com (Buses), prnewswire.com (Trams)
LeTV charges ahead: The Chinese internet giant has become a major investor in Dianzhuang Technology. The start-up produces EV charging stations and has already installed stations in more than 30 cities. Dianzhuang is currently building the largest EV charging station in Beijing, which can serve 100 EVs at a time.
22.5m dollars for green buses have been made available by the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This latest round of the ‘Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program’ (LoNo) has been earmarked for transit authorities and firms to fund electric and fuel cell electric buses.
e-clearing.net grows: E.ON has joined the e-roaming platform e-clearing.net, increasing the latter’s number of roaming-enabled EV charging points by about 800 – most of them in Denmark. The platform now counts about 7,300 roaming-enabled chargers across Europe.
smartlab-gmbh.de (in German)
e-clearing.net, Volkswagen, Cork, Edinburgh, VGI test.
e-clearing.net kick-off: The new interoperability platform by German Smartlab and Dutch foundation ElaadNL counts 4,500 chargers from the get-go. The target is a fully operational roaming network across Europe. Smartlab also confirmed to electrive.com that there will be talks with the competing roaming platform intercharge from Hubject, to enable communication between the two systems.
Sharing the E-up: As part of the showcase project in the German federal state of Lower Saxony, Volkswagen provided 50 of the EVs to selected universities for carsharing programmes. Depending on demand, the number of vehicles can be increased.
auto-medienportal.net, motorvision.de, volkswagen-media-services.com (all links in German)
Cork plugs in: The city wants to become the capital of electric mobility in Ireland. The Drive4Zero programme will allow EVs to park for free, double public charging points and create incentives for buying an EV. The first 2,000 buyers will even receive a rapid-charge home point.
Scotland gets first Supercharger: The Tesla fast-charger was installed at Edinburgh Airport. Tesla UK manager Georg Ell hinted that there is more to come, saying one should “watch this space for more activity.”
VGI test a success: Last week, eight manufacturers and a number of utilities came together to see, if energy providers could tell EVs to stop charging via a cloud, in order to not overload the grid (we reported ahead of the event). Using technology provided by Sumitomo Electric, the test was declared a success.
German fast-charging route, ChargePoint, e-clearing.net, Spain.
Let’s go: Tomorrow, the fast-charging route along the German Autobahn A9 will be opened. Eight fast charging stations are dotted along the 430 kilometres between Munich (Bavaria) and Leipzig (Saxony). The so-called Schnellladeachse (quick-charging axis) is part of the shared Schaufenster project of the German neighbouring states of Bavaria and Saxony. Participating partners are BMW, Siemens and E.ON.
elektromobilitaet-verbindet.de (in German)
ChargePoint funding: Charging network provider ChargePoint raised 22.6 million dollars in venture capital, including an investment from BMW. The startup is still looking for another 4.4m dollars in the current financing round. The money will be used to expand its sales force and to move into residential charging stations.
New roaming platform: A new roaming initiative by Smartlab (Germany), elaad (Netherlands) and Blue Corner (Belgium) called e-clearing.net has already found partners, namely E.ON, Vattenfall, T-Systems and Mitsubishi. Also, the Austrian Verbund AG is thinking about joining the platform, Smartlab says.
elektroniknet.de (in German), e-clearing.net (platform)
EV sales in Spain: A rather unimpressive 64 EVs were sold in April in Spain bringing down the EV share to 0.07% from last years’ 0.16%. Almost half of all sales went to Nissan (29 Leafs) followed by ten BMW i3 and six Renault Twizy. Come on, amigos, you can do better…