Hungary: Spar invests in charging infrastructure
The food retail chain SPAR has announced that they will begin building EV charging infrastructure across their 500 locations through the country. The first installation was done by NKM, who installed 66 EVBox charge points at 17 high traffic locations in the country.Weiterlesen
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H: Toray plans factory for electric-car battery separators
Toray Industries will build a factory producing separators for electric-vehicle batteries in Hungary. The Japanese manufacturer plans to invest 200 million euros in the factory near an existing carbon-fibre plant outside Budapest.Weiterlesen
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Audi revises e-tron production targets downwards
Audi has reduced the e-tron production target for this year at its Brussels plant by more than 10,000 units to 45,242 units, due to supply issues. Also, production of Audi’s second electric model, the e-tron Sportback, is to be postponed until 2020.Weiterlesen
Hungary: SK Innovation starts construction of 2nd battery factory
On 8 March, SK Innovation officially started the construction of its second battery cell factory in Hungary, announced at the end of February. Meanwhile, the ground-breaking ceremony for the U.S. cell factory in the state of Georgia is apparently taking place today.Weiterlesen
Hungary: SK Innovation to build second battery factory
The South Korean manufacturer SK Innovation announces the construction of another factory for battery cells in Hungary. The ground-breaking ceremony will take place in March this year in Komárom, where SK Innovation started building its first Hungarian battery factory a year ago.Weiterlesen
BYD delivers electric buses to Brazil & Hungary
Brazil’s largest city, that is Sao Paulo, has received its first electric buses from BYD. The 15 buses are part of a pilot project involving solar power, before they will take up full service in March 2019. Meanwhile, BYD has also become active in Hungary.Weiterlesen
Hungary: CEZ to install fast charging stations
The Czech Energy Group (CEZ) has been tasked with setting up fast charging stations in Hungary. The expansion is part of a $44M investment, first in their home nation before coming to Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Slovakia in the next decade.Weiterlesen
Is JLR banking on Samsung cells?
Jaguar Land Rover will be investing in Samsung battery cells soon, according to insiders. Apparently the Brits are interested in the cylindrical battery cells from Samsung SDI for future models as of 2020. The Korean battery manufacturer will reportedly upgrade their Hungary factory with a new production line for 21700 cells.Weiterlesen
BMW planning to construct Hungary factory in 2019
BMW has announced their plan to begin construction on their next factory in Hungary with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles next year. The Bavarians aim to set up a flexible production mode, which will allow them to manufacture both combustion and new energy vehicles in the same facility.Weiterlesen
Audi e-tron available for reservations in the USA in September
Audi has announced they will begin accepting pre-orders from the USA starting on the 17th of September for their first serial electric vehicle, the e-tron. Reservations will begin after the official premiere in San Francisco, and will require a $1,000 down payment.Weiterlesen
Audi starts manufacturing electric motors in Hungary
Audi has officially begun with serial production of electrical motors in Hungary. The production capacity at the Győr factory is around 400 motors per day, and is planned to be successively increased.Weiterlesen
Daimler building Full-Flex-Plant for EVs and ICEs in Hungary
The German carmaker has broken ground in Hungary for their latest facility. Dubbed the first full-flex-plant because of its ability to adapt to various vehicle architectures, the 1bn euro facility is to start producing regular and electric cars from 2020.Weiterlesen
EU suing France, UK and Germany over air pollution levels
The EU Commission is getting tough and has announced to take six European states, among them France, Germany, and Britain to the EU Court of Justice for failing to respect air quality limits. They had been introduced in 2005 and 2010 and warnings had preceded the case.Weiterlesen
Korea’s Shinheung SEC making batteries in Hungary
Korean battery part maker Shinheung SEC has opened a new factory in Hungary in the town of Monor close to Budapest. It is the firm’s first facility in Europe and has received funding from the Hungarian state that wants to see 300 new jobs by 2019.Weiterlesen
SK Innovation kicks off construction of Hungarian plant
SK Innovation has broken ground for the construction of its battery cell facility in Hungary. Battery cells worth 7.5 GWh will eventually be made here. Production is to begin by 2020 in the 430,000 sqm facility.Weiterlesen
Budapest: MOL starts car sharing with 100 VW e-Up cars
Hungarian oil company MOL has launched a car sharing service in Budapest, deploying 300 VW Up cars – among them one third electric-powered. The group says that it plans to extend the car sharing network in Budapest and beyond later on.Weiterlesen
Hungary, Allego, Elix Wireless, Consumer Federation of America.
Hungary takes the next step in its push for electric transport as it confirms the announced EV incentives. The government reserves 2bn forint (7.3m dollars) for the acquisition of electric cars and small utility vehicles. Next year’s budget will be increased to 3bn forint.
Charging Tesla at McDonald’s: Allego has installed two fast-charging stations with Tesla adapters at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. With the latest addition, Allego now operates a network of 65 DC charging stations in the Netherlands and a total of 155 in the whole of Europe.
Sino-American wireless connection: Uni of British Columbia spin-off Elix Wireless is to collaborate strategically with Chinese Chongqing Zongshen Power Machinery. Together, they want to commercialise Elix’ Magneto-Dynamic Coupling technology for inductive charging with up to 8 kW by end-2017.
EV willingness is up: “Yes” to an electric car say 36 percent of participants in a nationwide survey by the Consumer Federation of America. The young generation is even more willing to make the switch as half of 18 – 34 year olds would be interested in buying an EV.
Supercharger, Uber, Hungary, Sydney.
Pre-pay the Supercharge: It becomes more and more evident that Tesla will charge those opting for the Model 3. The MyTesla pages ask for credit card payment, while an in-depth look at the CCS section reveals “supercharger-payment” and “supercharger credits in kWh” sections.
Uber electric: More than 50 Nissan Leaf and BYD e6 will soon be available to hail via the Uber app in London. A trial has already started. By autumn, another British town is to profit from the offer and the ride hailing service says “hundreds” of electric taxis shall be bookable by 2017.
businessinsider.de, engadget.com, metro.co.uk
4m euros for 1,000 EV chargers: The Hungarian Ministry of Economy opened a 3.9m euro fund for EV charging infrastructure. The Eastern European country aims for a 1,000 stations and has asked towns and communities with at least 15,000 residents to apply.
kormany.hu (in Hungarian) via emobilitaetonline.de (in German)
Electric airport shuttle: Sydney Airport launched its first electric bus. It is the first of five Blu Emu buses to follow before the years’ end. They replace an ageing diesel shuttle fleet. Delivered by Carbridge in a JV with BYD, the Toro model can carry up to 70 passengers. Meanwhile, Perth is testing the autonomous electric RAC Intellibus that transports up to 11 guests at an average speed of 25 kph.
airport-world.com, sydneyairport.com.au, zdnet.com
Hungary, Green H2, Sogrid, Russia.
Redistribution: Hungary will invest 7 billion forint (25m dollars) from carbon credit sales in electric mobility. The government plans to install 150 charging stations over the coming months, while also buying electric cars for its own use. Private buyers there can expect EV tax incentives.
Green H2 supply chain: Toyota, Toshiba, and other Japanese partners have set up a trial for a carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain in Japan. Wind power will be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. The four year project is set to start April 2016.
Smart grid trial: French research project ‘Sogrid’ enters the testing stage in Toulouse. Until summer 2016, some 1,000 residents will be connected to the smart grid via a chip using the new PLC protocol, designed to transmit digital information on the grid. The project aims to introduce an international communication standard for intelligent grids that could also integrate electric vehicles.
metering.com, usine-digitale.fr (in French)
EV readiness ordered: A decree by Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medwedew calls for all gas station owners in the oil-rich country to provide EV charging stations at their facilities by November 1st of next year. So far, there are only about 500 EVs roaming the streets of Russia.
Hungary, Prague, UFCEV, UK, Linde.
Hungary privileges electric and hybrid cars as the Eastern European country plans to hand out green license plates by the end of this year. Replacement costs 8,500 forint (about 30 dollars) but that money might buy the right to drive in bus lanes and reduces parking and motorway fees.
Czech electric bus: In Prague, locally built electric buses are being tested and could go into service as early as September. The project is run by Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) and Czech bus manufacturer SOR Libchavy. Via pantograph charging, range can increase from 150 to 260 km.
Fast-charging via battery: The UFCEV (Ultrafast Charging of Electric Vehicles) station, developed by Empa, ETh Zurich and others, is said to charge an EV in just 5 minutes in the future. It is basically a large battery packed in a car trailer. While it takes an hour to charge the 230 V power pack, the battery – made from lithium iron phosphate cells – discharges in currently 20 minutes through charging an EV.
ee-news.ch (in German), ufcev.epfl.ch (project’s website)
EV chargers were installed in British Dorset and Weymouth. A total of four fast-charging points can be found in various carparks in the English coastal towns. Rapid charging costs 4 pounds for the first 60 minutes with a pay-as-you-go tariff. The stations were funded by the UK government.
Truly a gas station: Linde opened a hydrogen fuel spot at the Ramos Oil Company station in West Sacramento. It is the first in the United States that has been certified as “officially open,” meaning it can be used just as any other “traditional” pump.