Lower Austria, DBT, Fraunhofer IML, GoAhead, Deutsche Post.
Austrian EV incentive: Lower Austria raises subsidies from 4,000 to 5,000 euros only days after the federal government introduced the measure. Also funding for EV charging stations is to increase from 200 to 800 euros in the province, which aspires to become one of the greenest in the Alpine state.
150 kW charging test: French DBT recently presented its multi-standard charging station with 150 kW. The equipment will now take part in a collaborative research project which will also determine the effect of power charging on the grid.
avere-france.org (in French)
The future of deliveries is electric and robotic, the Fraunhofer IML finds in its study called Logistics on the Last Mile. Particularly in urban centres, deliveries will accelerate, be electric and may use the quiet night hours. Rural areas however will have to wait a little longer and also stick with the ICE for a bit.
Electric bus success: Two electric buses prove their worth for London operator GoAhead. After testing the vehicles from Irizar for 18 months, the i2e electric buses will be incorporated into the fleet and serve on line 108 in East London. Spanish Irizar is to provide service and maintenance.
Electric mail: Deutsche Post DHL extends its electric delivery service to Hamburg. 75,000 homes in the city will get their mail delivered by 30 Streetscooter. More electric vans will join them in the future.
dpdhl.com (in German)