Greece has launched a subsidy programme to replace around 2,000 old combustion engine taxis with electric vehicles. The purchase of electric taxis will be subsidised with 40 per cent of the net list price, up to a maximum of 17,500 euros per vehicle.
The Swedish company Anodox Energy Systems wants to build two factories in Latvia to produce batteries for electric vehicles. According to Latvia’s Ministry of Economy, a plant for the assembly of battery packs will be built first in the port of Riga. The second plant, which will focus on cell production, is to follow shortly […]
Greece wants to ban the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2030. This was announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. As early as 2025, all new taxis and one third of rental cars in Athens and Thessaloniki will have to be electric.
Together with partners, Citroën wants to transform the Greek island of Halki, located in the south-eastern Aegean Sea, into an emission-free, energy-autonomous eco-island. In the medium term, every vehicle on Halki is to be replaced by an electric car.
In a letter, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Malta, Ireland, Lithuania and Luxembourg call on the EU Commission to set a phase-out date for the sale of new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with combustion engines in the EU that is in line with the goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
The European Commission has approved a second project under EU state aid rules to support research and innovation in the battery value chain. Several German companies will benefit from this, but also Tesla.
Seat has started series production of its Seat Mó eScooter 125 electric scooters with e-motorcycle manufacturer Silence. The electric scooter is already being used in sharing applications in Barcelona, and the e-scooter will also be available in Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Sweden in the first quarter of 2021.
e.GO Mobile plans to start production at its main plant in Germany in early 2021 after relaunching under the name Next.e.GO Mobile. The Aachen-based electric car manufacturer has also signed an agreement with the Greek government to set up a second series production facility.
Polish bus manufacturer Solaris under consideration for two large electric bus orders from Greece: Athens and Thessaloniki are considering expanding their fleets by a total of 1,300 buses. A decision expected in the next few months.
The VW group and the Greek government have agreed to establish a “pioneering mobility system” on the Mediterranean island of Astypalea. To this end, the island’s current transport system is to be converted to electric vehicles and regenerative energies.
Shortly after the official confirmation that Tesla will also manufacture battery cells in its Giga Berlin factory currently under construction, it has become apparent which cells will be manufactured at the German location. At the same time, Tesla is expanding in Shanghai and entering the Greek market.
The Greek government has announced extensive subsidies to foster electric mobility in the country. The goal is for every third vehicle to be electric by 2030 as the country introduces purchase premiums as well as furthering charging infrastructure.
Tesla has completed a new supercharger corridor in Canada, which extends from Vancouver to Halifax. The expansion of Tesla’s own fast-charging network is to continue in 2020 – the company also plans to expand in Europe.
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.
The Californian EV maker has long left its home coast to seek for talent elsewhere. Tesla has now reached the Greek shores and says it wants to set up a centre for research and development of electric drivetrains in Athens.
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. koreajoongangdaily.joins.com
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. greencarcongress.com
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. greekreporter.com, geeksnack.com
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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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the BYD E5, the Chinese carmaker´s second all-electric model. carnewschina.com
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! panteres.com
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. koreaittimes.com
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. eco-business.com
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. technologicvehicles.com
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. evfleetworld.co.uk
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. ekathimerini.com, ansamed.info
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. wantchinatimes.com
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. greekreporter.com
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. timesofmalta.com