Virta gains €30 million in financing round
The charging infrastructure service provider Virta has secured 30 million euros in capital in a new financing round. The Finnish company was able to secure new investors, and all previously existing backers, including E.ON, also joined in the financing round.
Hubject adds 48 HPC parks in Scandinavia
Hubject has entered into a cooperation with ultra-fast charging venture Scandinavia ApS. The 48 fast charging parks of the joint venture belonging to E.On and Clever in Denmark, Norway and Sweden will be connected to Hubject’s EV charging platform intercharge.
Nissan & E.On launch V2G project in the UK
Nissan and E.On have installed and successfully deployed 20 Vehicle-to-Grid chargers at Nissan’s European Technical Center in Cranfield, England. Now the two partners are looking for other companies that want to use V2G chargers.
VW & E.ON’s mobile HPCs almost ready for rollout
Volkswagen wants to push ahead with the rollout of its mobile rapid charging stations with battery storage in cooperation with the energy company E.ON. The partners have now presented the prototype of a new, flexible ultra-fast charging station in Essen.
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.
E.ON complying with German “Eichrecht” for EV charging
Utility E.ON has announced to begin equipping their charging stations in accordance with the German Weights and Measures Law (Eichrecht). The solution called SAM has been developed by EBG compleo and enables E.ON to accurately calculate the price of charging both per minute and kWh.
E.ON expands e-mobility activity to Norway
The energy company E.ON has decided to expand their international e-mobility business unit to Norway. In the e-mobility showcase country, E.ON will be advertising its mobility business for private and corporate customers and communities in a nation-wide campaign.
BMW manager to join E.ON supervisory board
Klaus Fröhlich, who is the BMW board member for development, is set to join the supervisory board of energy group E.On, but will remain in his position at BMW. If the move is approved it will be another sign of the sectors merging in terms of e-mobility.
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.
Tank & Rast provides charging service at 300 of its sites
German autobahn service company Tank & Rast has implemented a publicly subsidised network of 50kW multi-chargers at the majority of its 400 locations. In an interview with electrive.com, Jörg Hofmeister, the company’s electric mobility specialist, reveals how the charging parks are progressing.
E.On supplies energy to Uniti car owners
Swedish EV start-up Uniti and energy provider E.On closed an interesting deal: Swedish clients, who buy one of Uniti’s EVs, are getting five years of solar power to charge their vehicles at home. The bill will be paid by Uniti.
E.ON supports electric cabs in Sweden
30 Renault Zoe have arrived in the Swedish capital where cab provider Taxi Stockholm is working to electrify its fleet. The entire charging infrastructure has been provided by utility E.On and includes the provision of electricity from renewables.
E.ON promises 10,000 charging stations by 2020
The energy provider has solidified plans for a pan-European charging network: By the year 2020 E.ON plans to install 10,000 charging stations all over Europes’ public places, including super markets, train stations and highway stops.
Used Model 3 for 150,000 dollars.
That was fast: Just a few weeks after Tesla started delivery of its Model 3, an employee put his own one up for sale – for not less than 150,000 dollars. Meanwhile the offer has been removed from the internet. Maybe because Tesla explicitly forbid his employees to resell their cars for more than the original price.
E.On, Clever, Fortum, EnBW, GOFAST, Korea.
Ultra-fast-charging the Nordics: The partnership of E.On and Danish Clever reaps its first fruit, a cooperation with Norwegian pit stop provider XY. 20 of its service stations will be equipped with fast-chargers that deliver 150 kW but can go up to 350 kW if required. But E.On and Clever are not alone in their endeavour. Fortum Charge & Drive announced its plan to open a rapid-charging corridor connecting capitals. Electric cars travelling between Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki would be able to charge at 150 kW in-between. The first four of such fast-charging stops shall be erected this year.
eon.com (Norway), iwr.de (Fortum)
Fast-charging along the Autobahn: 100 fast-charging stations will be installed by German utility EnBW together with service station operator Tank & Rast. The EV pit stops will offer charging at 50 kW (AC 43 kW) with the option to upgrade to 150 kW. They are multi-chargers that connect to Type 2, CCS and CHAdeMO and will line motorways in Germany’s south and southwest.
enbw.com (in German)
Charging Switzerland faster: The Swiss-wide fast-charging network initiative GOFAST found a new investor in Energie 360°. Gotthard Fastcharge (GOFAST) reportedly wants to install at least 150 EV charging station offering 150 kW and more across Switzerland.
Korea’s first FCV sharing is about to start in the city of Gwangju. 15 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell are available to book online and form a fleet with another 27 battery-electric cars. The programme is a government initiative and serves as testbed.
Open Fast Charging Alliance, E.On + Clever, eMotorWerks, Bulgaria.
European roaming alliance: Five European fast charging networks have pledged allegiance. They founded the Open Fast Charging Alliance, which covers over 500 EV fast-charging stations in six countries. The OFCA is to push for open standards like the OCPI (Open Charge Point Interface) that enables roaming. So far, the signees are Fastned (Netherlands), Sodetrel (France), Smatrics (Austria), Grønn Kontakt (Norway) and Gotthard Fastcharge (Scwitzerland), but more members are welcome to join. Their stations only have to be numerous and offer service 24/7. Naturally, all electric cars are welcome to charge.
A candidate to join the alliance may be E.On. The utility together with Danish network operator Clever plans to span a network of ultra-fast charging stations along Europe’s arterial roads, beginning this year. Starting at 150 kW, the stops will be ready to deliver 350 kW and shall be located 120 – 180 km away from each other. Both companies gathered experiences in the Nordics but E.On said it is in talks with more potential partners. If it will be the OFCA or if E.On is trying to get closer to the German CCS initiative by carmakers remains to be seen.
Charging Germany: eMotorWerks announced a partnership with German Conenergy to launch new EV charging solutions. The companies will collaborate on technology that optimises EV charging based on a user’s energy source preferences such as solar.
Sofia in Bulgaria is looking to buy 20 electric and 20 hybrid buses comes summer. Already, an electric bus is being tested in the capital.
wirtschaftsblatt-bg.com (in German)
Electric to school: The Rural School Bus Pilot Project is a grant programme worth 10m dollars from the California Air Resources Board. All public schools in California are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to schools in districts with poor air quality and ageing vehicles.
E.ON, eMobility International, Colorado, CCS.
E.On eager on e-mobility: The utility founded a new e-mobility division. It is to set up EV charging infrastructure and service across Europe together with partners. A first cooperation exists with Hungary, where E.On will supply infrastructure together with ABB. Over the last months, E.On has also begun to electrify its 4.500 strong fleet as it acquired 150 electric vehicles.
500 charge points will be installed in Bulgaria and neighbouring countries like Greece by the end of 2017. The plan for the SEE region goes back to Sofia-based eMobility International, which now operates its platform Eldrive in partnership with Finland’s Fortum Charge & Drive.
2,000 mile EV corridor: Colorado, Utah and Nevada will make plans for an interstate network of EV charging stations together. The charging corridor will connect over 2,000 miles of highway as it will line the Interstates 15, 25, 70, 76 and 80.
ISO/IEC testing symposium: Charging infrastructure, manufacturers and technology providers came together in South Korea to prove compliance to the ISO/IEC15118, DIN 70121, SAE J2847/2 standards. They tested hardware and software so engineers fine tuned their products under real life conditions.
E.on, France, Ford, Massachusetts, BMW.
EV charging open to all: E.on has opened a true eco station in the Czech Republic. Tesla’s Supercharger can be found there together with chargers of all kinds. Gathered are two DC fast-charging chargers, one for CHAdeMO, and a CCS charger, plus a few level 2 chargers. The stylish charge stop is located in Humpolec along the E50, which connects Prague and Brno.
France prepares for EVolution: All new buildings will have to be ready to install EV charging facilities. The law will come into effect by 2017 and regards residential housing as well as offices and public services. If more than 40 parking lots are to be build, 75 percent will have to be pre-wired.
avere-france.org (in French)
Plug-in behaviour: Ford has analysed the behaviour of thousands of its plug-in vehicles via its app. The study found that workplace charging could increase the electric vehicle miles travelled (eVMT) substantially. The eVMT decreased in the winter but not in California thus pointing to geographic location playing a role in charging and driving habits.
Charge along Mass Pike: Massachusetts’ Department of Transportation (MassDOT) plans to install fast-charging stations at six service plazas that run along the famous highway from Boston. The first of up to twelve 50 kW chargers shall stand by autumn. MassDOT also looks into hydrogen infrastructure.
Duty call: A BMW i3 has entered the Austrian police force in the town of Watten as an emergency car. The German carmaker has been rather successful marketing its police version of the electric car, which also serves in Milan, London and Bavaria.
bmwblog.com via carscoops.com
GM & LG, E.ON, Body Integrated Supercaps, Daymak.
LG inside: Not only will South Korean LG Chem deliver the batteries for the upcoming Chevy Bolt but the cooperation runs deeper. GM has also requested the electric drive, power inverter, on-board charger as well as components like air con or infotainment from LG.
autovolt-magazine.com, electriccarsreport.com, insideevs.com
E.ON to test wireless charging: The utility provider is testing inductive charging for electric vehicles in Berlin and the surrounding area. The charging technology is delivered by SEW Eurodrive. One of the electric cars charging without physically plugging is a converted Peugeot iOn.
Integrated supercaps: Hong Kong Polytechnic University developed what is calls a Body Integrated Supercapacitor for electric vehicles. As the super-caps can be curved, they can be integrated into car body parts and are said to enable high capacity as well as fast-charging.
The Beast just got more fierce as Canadian Daymak improved its electric bike. Compared to the previous version, the overhauled Beast D features a dual 500W Motor and comes with an upgraded 60V 20ah Lithium Ion battery. Cost of the off-road creature is 4,299 dollars.
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