Charge4Europe: 100,000 charging points by 2020
The Charge4Europe joint venture, founded by RWE subsidiary Innogy and mobility service provider DKV Euro Service, is launching its operations. The young company will be supported by Hubject in setting up a pan-European, brand-independent roaming network of 100,000 charging points.
Hubject and IoTecha to cooperate
Hubject is going to cooperate with IoTecha, a company specialising in the provision of software and hardware to support the charging infrastructure for e-vehicles. Their main focus will be on the use of Plug&Charge.
Hubject further expands in China
Hubject continues its expansion in China and expands its worldwide roaming network by 35,000 charging stations with the help of new cooperations. Several charging operator networks have recently signed agreements with Hubject.
Hubject partners with Greenlots
Hubject has entered into a cooperation agreement with Greenlots, the recently acquired US charging network platform, now owned by Shell. The agreement concerns the implementation of Plug&Charge technology via the ISO 15118 standard on the North American market.
1,600 new electric car charge points for Berlin
A new scheme is to clean the air over the German capital by installing on-street charging infrastructure. With lamp post charging provider Ubitricity at the centre, the consortium is planning to add 1,600 public and private charge points to Berlin’s network beginning this year.
Plug&Charge: Electrify America and Hubject team up
Hubject has announced a strategic cooperation with Electrify America, Volkswagen’s subsidiary founded in the wake of the diesel scandal in the USA for the purpose of establishing charging infrastructure. The main focus of the cooperation is on the implementation of standards.
Hubject expands executive circle in Berlin
The roaming joint venture Hubject will soon be headed by three top managers. This comes after Thomas Daiber’s contract as co-CEO expires at the end of the year, though he will continue to work with Hubject in an advisory capacity.
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.
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.
Hubject & Daimler enable app-less charging
Daimler and Hubject have successfully completed the pilot test phase for their project Plug&Charge with charging station operator Ebee Smart Technologies. The new Smart EQ is also Daimlers first car that already is capable of using the system.
Chargemap joins Hubject’s intercharge network
The Alsatian E-Mobility startup Chargemap is cooperating with Hubject to move outside of France as well. As of the coming summer, EV drivers who use the Chargemap charging solution can use any intercharge charging station in the world.
Hubject integrates charging network of département Yonne
Hubject has entered into a cooperation with SPIE CityNetworks and ‘Syndicat Départemental d’Énergies’ of the district Yonne (SDEY) to integrate their EV charging offerings. SDEY’s and SPIE’s charging stations may now be used by anybody signed up to Hubject’s intercharge.
Allego: Four Ultra-E chargers erected in Germany
The first four fast-chargers of the EU project Ultra-E are now in operation in Kleinostheim, Germany, close to the highway A3 (exit “Aschaffenburg West”). The finalisation comes just one month after Smatrics and Allego announced the installation of these stations.
Tesla, Hubject, Los Angeles, Q-Park.
Dual charge port by Tesla: The Californians have unveiled a dual connector charge port system to support more than one charging standard on the Model S and X. In Europe and China, Tesla usually uses the Mennekes plug (Type 2) but has now added the second charge port featuring China’s new GB standard. This points to a CCS plug coming to Europe soon, given Tesla reacts to the standardization efforts that have been undertaken in a similar fashion and the EV maker had joined CharIn last year.
Hubject is hungry for more and announced its expansion to the States and China. The shareholers are on board and have freed some more millions of euro. In the U.S. the charging network provider has already established a subsidiary, Hubject Inc. which is now to be build up and find partners. The move into China is in preparation as you read and Hubject hopes to set up “a comprehensive digital charging network in cooperation with local providers and operators.”
EV sharing in LA: Los Angeles got its first all-electric car-sharing service using Tesla Model X thanks to Green Commuter. The operator leases EVs to vanpoolers during commuting hours and to car-share users or companies for fleet replacement the rest of the time. The Model X are available to the public through the Green Commuter app.
Reserve a place to charge and park cheaper is the offer Q-Park is flagging to members of the UK’s Polar charging network. The 20 percent discount applies on parking in city centres across the UK and Ireland when drivers pre-book online. Meanwhile, Polar has just installed its 300th unit on the Isles, according to operator Chargemaster.
parking, 300 chargers (both Chargemaster)
Siemens, ChargePoint, Hubject, StreetScooter, UPS, Mitsubishi.
Siemens is ChargePoint’s new old big buddy as the German corporation joined the latest round of funding led by Daimler. The infrastructure provider thus managed to gather another 43m dollars, closing the total Series G round at 125m dollars. Siemens has got its very own stake in ChargePoint as it supplies DC charging technology and has been invested since 2010.
Hubject in Croatia: Hrvatski Telekom agreed to cooperate with Hubject, meaning all intercharge users may access charging opportunities in Croatia. Hubject now includes more than 55,000 charge points.
StreetScooter goes Berlin: 40 electric delivery vans and 160 charge points at 4 logistic bases are only the beginning for Deutsche Post DHL’s electrification in the German capital. 30 of the 40 homemade StreetScooters are the new large version Work L, which can hold twice the volume of the usual van. On top, the fleet is to gradually get more electric, “wherever it can as Berlin is not any odd location,” DHL board member Juergen Gerdes promised. Estimates say the Berlin mail may come fully electric by 2025, at least an exact 156 charge points with 11 kW stand at the ready by now. In total, DHL operates 3,000 StreetScooters in Germany to date and is currently gearing up to electrify 70 percent of its deliveries on the first and last mile by 2025.
electrive.net (in German)
UPS is a little less ambitious than its competitor above as it set a target to have 25 percent of its new vehicle purchases be driven by alternative fuel by 2020. Five years later, UPS wants 40 percent of its fleet to be gas and diesel free.
Leading by example: The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) took charge of five Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs and five i-MiEV along with four quick charger units. They are part of a study and Mitsu hopes to reach more government agencies as well.
Hubject, carsharing, EVgo, Portland, North Carolina, Beijing.
VW joins Hubject : The German automaker officially joined the e-roaming platform, buying a single-digit million euro stake in the company. BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Bosch, EnBW, and innogy are also part of the consortium.
DriveNow and car2go to join forces? According to German Manager Magazin, BMW and Daimler want to merge their carsharing businesses. Others like BMW’s charging infrastructure subsidy ChargeNow or Daimler’s MyTaxi could later join in. DriveNow stakeholder Sixxt would, however, leave the group. A reason for the merger is i.e. growing competition from Uber, etc.
manager-magazin.de (in German), reuters.com (Sixxt)
First 350 kW charger being built: EVgo kicked off the installation of the U.S.’s first 350 kW charging station. It has four ultra-fast connectors, as well as CCS and CHAdeMO outlets. The station will be commissioned in June. The road for the energy hungry Porsche Mission E has been paved.
Portland pushes electrification: The city in Oregon and surrounding Multnomah County have passes and emobility strategy that will see the replacement of at least 10,000 diesel and petrol-cars with electric ones by 2020. Portland itself will get 60 EVs. Moreover, the number of chargers in the county will be doubled.
Charging North Carolina: Duke Energy will install 200 new EV chargers across North Carolina. A list of exact locations has now been made public. The utility earmarked 1.4m dollars for the undertaking. The investment is part of a lawsuit settlement with the state, which accused the utility of illicit smokestack pollution (we reported).
Smart streetlight: 20 intelligent streetlights offering WiFi have been installed in Beijing. 18 of which also include a place for EVs to plug in. The city plans to install another 100 units.
Hubject, CSULB, Tesla, SunShare, Greenstorm Mobility.
Green charging across Europe: Hubject and the South Pole Group have developed a certification allowing EV drivers (in terms of figures) to always charge renewable energy. With “intercharge green,” charge point operators will be able to offer 100 percent green energy at any public charging station in Europe.
Mega solar carport: The California State University, Long Beach, is setting up a solar carport with a total capacity of 4.8 MW. It will be completed by the end of 2017 and will then cover 15 percent of the University’s energy needs. Moreover, it will be fitted with 50 EV charging stations that will also use the solar energy.
Tesla announced partnership for flagship store: The carmaker is working with Shinsegae, South Korea’s largest retailer, to open the first Tesla showroom as well as install chargers at 25 or the retailer’s locations. Tesla only expanded to the South Korean market a little over a week ago.
EV rebates: Through the programme SunShare, any home owner in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento can get solar panels at a discounted rate. For the first time, the scheme now also drops the price for the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Mirai, as well as other Zero Emission Vehicles.
Trade hotel bed for Tesla: The Tirol-based start-up Greenstorm Mobility has come up with an emobility scheme to fill empty hotel beds. The idea is that hotels can offer vouchers and can in return use electric bikes or cars for a certain period of time. Some 40 EVs such as Teslas and BMWs, as well as more than 1,000 e-bikes are already part of the fleet.
tophotel.de, hottelling.net (in German)
Hubject, Ontario, Austria, Madrid, Fortum, Chargemaster.
Do you have reservation? Berlin-based consortium Hubject now offers a reservation system for charging stations that EV drivers to reserve a plug via their smartphone at many stations across Europe. Just how that “reservation” will be manifested at the charger was not announced. Moreover, using the Hubject roaming platform, BMW drivers in Japan can now plug in at the Japanese Charge Network (JNC).
Ontario plans energy turnaround: The Canadian The Globe and Mail published a first outline of the province’s climate change plan, for which 7bn Canadian dollars have been earmarked for the next four years. 285m will be spend on a buyer’s premium for electric cars and charging infrastructure. The goal is that by 2020, five percent of Ontario’s vehicle are electric.
Incentives for company EVs: The Austrian Energy Department earmarked 7.5m euros for a second incentive scheme aimed at electric company cars and charging infrastructure. EVs for company use will be subsidised with 3,000 euros, while EVs for taxi or carsharing firms can be funded with up to 4,500 euros. Charging stations qualify for up to 10,000 euros.
ots.at (in German)
110 e-Taxis for Madrid: Taxi company La Ciudad del Taxi has ordered no less than 110 Nissan Leaf with a 30 kWh battery pack. According to Nissan, it is the largest delivery of electric taxis worldwide.
Fortum partners with Swedish Jönköping Energi and will install 30 public EV charging stations in the city of Jönköping this autumn. It will link the city to the Charge & Drive Nordic that encompasses more than 600 chargers.
Nissan partners with Chargemaster, which is now the official charge point supplier for Nissan UK. Owners of an electric Nissan Leaf or e-NW200 can get a 3 kW or 7kW Chargemaster Homecharger, which qualifies for a 500 pound OLEV grant.
Double-decker, Tata Motors, Hubject, Air New Zealand, ClipperCreek.
Electric double-decker launch: London now has its first electric double-decker bus. Built by BYD, the model will be joined by another four to serve on two routes in the British capital. It can travel 306 km carrying 81 passengers and needs 4 hours to recharge at the depot overnight. If all works well, the vehicle could potentially prove a “great solution for a large part” of the London bus fleet, TfL said.
channelnewsasia.com, standard.co.uk (video)
Hybrid buses for Mumbai: Tata Motors bags a contract for the delivery of 25 hybrid buses for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The buses are expected to run fully electric for 30 to 35 percent of the operations in India.
Network within a network: Hubject introduces its eHub solution together with Swisscom. It enables businesses, associations and project syndicates to operate their own charging networks within the intercharge framework. Solution would thus become integrated instead of isolated.
Airline electrifies: Air New Zealand purchases 36 BMW i3, 28 Renault Kangoo Z.E. and 12 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for its ground operations. By the end of this year, all 76 vehicles shall be in service with EV charging infrastructure already being set up.
Fast-charging: ClipperCreek presents its 5.8 kW fast-charging station. The LCS-30 is for Level 2 charging and comes for both plug-in and hardwired installations that cost 515 and 499 dollars.
Hubject, Flinkster Connect, Clever, Esslingen, Avista.
Digital ICEing prevention: Hubject has come up with a solution that detects not only if whether a charger is free, but also if parking is available. The solution utilises sensors and works for any network operator and the German consortium has already successfully implemented a pilot project. Moreover, the digital system can detect whether the space is occupied by an EV or a combustion engine vehicle.
Rail & EV with Deutsche Bahn: Germany’s rail operator is piloting an EV hire scheme in Berlin. For an additional 29 euros, DB travellers can use their train ticket to also hire an EV from DB’s carsharing scheme Flinkster, allowing door-to-door transport. Customers may keep the electric car for up to a week.
Clever charging: Danish company Clever installed 200 EV charging stations last year. Over 750 rapid charging stations can now be found in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany and Clever plans to add another two each week throughout 2016. In addition, it plans to upgrade its 50 kW chargers to 150 kW.
Electric buses in Swabia: The town of Esslingen operates four electric buses. The trolleys by Solaris are able to run with as well as without a wire and were co-funded by the German federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with 600,000 euros.
baden-württemberg.de (in German)
265 EV charging stations will be installed during for a pilot scheme in Washington State by company Avista. The trial will run over two years, with charge spots being installed in homes, workplaces and public locations. The utility hopes for over 3m dollars for the EVSE scheme that would start this May – if approved.
Hubject, ABB & Microsoft, PG&E, Fortum & Renault, Leviton.
European charge network grows: Hubject has extended its Intercharge network to include a few hundred stations of partners in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France and Switzerland. New partners are Fortum, Gronn Kontrakt, Virta, Clean Charge, Swisscom, ESB, and Freshmile.
Charging cloud: ABB and Microsoft jointly launched a new platform for EV fast-charging. It combines ABB’s EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services that include machine-learning and predictive analytic capabilities. The platform is presented at eCarTec.
7,500 EV chargers in California is the revised plan of Pacific Gas and Electric as its initial idea to erect 25,000 EV charging stations in the Golden state had been rejected by the California Public Utilities Commission (we reported).The plan still sees opposition by private infrastructure providers.
EV chargers in Lapland: The Fortum Charge & Drive network will be expanded with seven new charging stations in northern Lapland in Finland. The 22 kW semi-fast chargers are erected in cooperation with Renault and are located close to the border with Norway.
Home charging: Leviton presented the Evr-Green Mini Level 2 EV charging station. Very compact, the station comes standard with a 12-foot and optional 18-foot cable, and works with 30 amp circuits.