Blink Charging to expand in Europe starting in Greece
The US charging infrastructure provider Blink Charging and the greek Eunice Energy Group have established a joint venture to target the European EV charging market. ‘Blink Europe’ will begin by focusing on Greece, before expanding to other European markets.
BMW & LG Chem, Hyundai, Greece, Motivo, Rogue Rovers.
New battery partner for BMW? According to industry insiders, BMW and LG Chem will sign a deal for the delivery of 48 volt batteries for BMW’s hybrid vehicles in the first half of 2015. Since 2009, Samsung SDI has been the carmaker´s exclusive supplier of battery packs for the all-electric i3.
Hyundai Tucson hybrid details: The Hyundai Tucson plug-in concept presented at the Geneva Motor Show combines a 1.7 litre diesel engine with a 50 kW electric motor. The system has a combined output of 180 hp (135 kW). Hyundai’s 48V Hybrid concept also features a diesel engine.
Greece blocks H2-vehicle: University students from Crete have developed a small hydrogen-fuelled car with a range of up to 434 kilometres. The vehicle is more or less ready for serial production and could cost less than 10,000 euros (10,700 dollars). But the Greek government does not consider it street legal and is blocking serial production as well as potential investors.
Electrifying agriculture: Motivo Engineering has developed an electric tractor for farmers in India, which can be charged via solar or standard power means and also be used as a power source. Rogue Rovers meanwhile presented its prototype of an electric utility vehicle for farmers and vineyard operators called “FarmDogg,” which is equipped with two 5 kW hub motors.
dailybreeze.com (Motivo), bbc.com (Rogue Rovers)
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Setting an example.
The newly elected Greek government is putting words into action as it sold its entirely fleet, including a 750,000-euro BMW. Greek ministers now have to rely on cabs or motorcycles. If those become electric in the future, we would totally be sold!
E-Mart, Ho Chi Minh City, MobyPost, Eurotunnel, Greece.
EV-friendly shopping: E-Mart, the largest discount retailer in Korea, plans to erect charging infrastructure. A total of 119 EV charging stations are said to be built at 80 stores through 35 cities, while another 70 chargers are to follow at a later date.
Electric transport in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, which is the largest city in Vietnam, is planning a project with electric buses and cabs. Hanoi already has a similar project (we reported). At HCM City, the electric vehicles would mainly service tourist areas.
Meet the MobyPost: Based on the Ducati Energia, this hydrogen vehicle has been specifically designed for the needs of postal workers. Currently, ten MobyPost with a top speed of 50 kph and a range of up to 50 km are being tested in the departments of French Doubs and Jura.
New EVs for Eurotunnel: On the French side of the English Channel, the Eurotunnel Group and its facility management partner ISS will acquire 18 electric cars for their employees. Already, seven charging stations have been erected at the site in Coquelles.
More EVs for Greece: The Public Power Corporation (PPC) is planning to lease 15 electric cars while introducing a pilot scheme with 15 charging stations, eight in Kozani and seven in Athens. This will bring the number of EVs in the country to a humble 75 but PPC expects the market to grow soon.
BYD, Tesla Superchargers, Greece, Malta.
BYD built the biggest charging station for e-buses to date in Nanjing, China. Up to 300 electric buses can be recharged there at once. This is a realistic scenario, as the city recently ordered 600 electric buses from BYD (we reported). 20 more of these charging sites are to follow.
Supercharger density: Tesla is keeping busy putting up new charging stations and has just announced five new ones in Europe. For Belgium, it is definitely the first one and also Slovenia now has a (red) spot on the Supercharger map.
twitter.com, teslamotors.com (with maps)
Greece to promote EVs: The Greek Ministry of Energy aims to promote e-mobility in the country. A first step will be the establishment of the ‘Network of Electric Mobility’ to start a public campaign. To date, only 25 EVs have been registered in Greece, putting the country far off the EU’s agenda.
Electric tour guides: On Malta, the start-up Xception Malta has started the ‘Rolling Geeks’ service. Electric cars of the same name take tourists on a pre-designed trip around the island while voicing information about the attractions along the way.