Anodox Energy to build two battery plants in Latvia
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 […]
StreetScooter bought by Odin
Deutsche Post DHL Group has sold its electric delivery van subsidiary StreetScooter to the Luxembourg holding company Odin Automotive. StreetScooter rights and production know-how as well as its subsidiaries in Switzerland and Japan will go from Deutsche Post DHL Group to the new owner.
Blink Charging acquires Blue Corner
Blink Charging has acquired the European EV charging operator Blue Corner N.V., based in Antwerp, Belgium. The acquisition adds 7,071 charging ports to Blink’s portfolio across four countries in Western Europe – Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and France.
Luxembourg links EV subsidies to consumption
The government of Luxembourg has extended its subsidy programme for electric vehicles by another twelve months until 31 March 2022. The purchase premium for pure electric cars will in future be linked to electricity consumption. Changes will also apply to plug-in hybrids.
Nine European nations call for EU combustion phase-out
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.
FCA offers fleet customers NewMotion charging solutions
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and NewMotion announce a new partnership for FCA’s business clients that will gain access to NewMotion’s entire charging ecosystem. The partners will roll out the service in twelve European countries, starting with France, Germany and the UK.
MAN supplies four Lion Electric buses to Luxembourg
Voyages Ecker, a subsidiary of Voyages Emile Weber from Luxembourg, has taken delivery of the first four MAN Lion City Electric buses. The solo buses are pre-series models, which MAN sold to the Group under a partnership agreement concluded in 2017.
Renault launches charging subsidiary
Groupe Renault has created a new subsidiary called Elexent to help other companies find solutions for charging their fleets of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. A branch office in France is already operational.
UFODrive offers EV fleet management software
The electric car rental company UFODrive has launched a fleet management software for electric cars. The Luxembourg-based company already rents electric vehicles in various European cities and now also offers the new software ‘eMobility Fleet Manager’.
Nissan & Plugsurfing charging app starts in Europe
The Nissan Charge App developed by Nissan and Plugsurfing enables electric car drivers to charge at over 100,000 charging points throughout Europe. The service that includes navigation and charge management first launches in Italy and Germany before successively covering other markets.
Orders open for the Mini Cooper SE across Europe
The all-electric Mini Cooper SE can now be reserved in a total of twelve European countries; These are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Police not charged
In Luxemburg, a Tesla police car ran out of battery power on a public highway. Usually running out of fuel on a highway in the rather small and very wealthy European country will incur a fine. But since there are currently no regulations against empty batteries, the police got away with an embarrassing moment.
Chargy expands electric car charging in Luxemburg
The infrastructure operator Chargy delivers the latest data from Luxembourg where the network includes 277 charging stations since its inception in 2017. Moreover, all signs are on expansion in the Grand Duchy with numbers to more than double in the next two years.
Germany’s first self-service Tesla car rental station
Luxembourg-based start-up UFOdrive opened their first self-service rental car station in Germany. Drivers can now rent and collect one of six Tesla Model S at Hamburg Airport, simply via app. UFOdrives operates EV-only fleets in Luxembourg and Brussels as well.
York, Fortum, Oxford, Luxembourg.
York goes full on in: 24 new electric buses shall come to York supported by the British government with 3.3m pounds through the Low Emission Bus Scheme. They will join an 11 strong electric bus fleet already in operation in the English town and 18 of the new models are double-deckers. Once the order is fulfilled, York says its will have the country’s first fully electric Park & Ride fleet.
Fortum to expand in India: For Finnish Fortum India is its next destination and a pilot with EV charging stations is planned this October. The energy firm has set eyes on large cities like Mumbai and Bangalore to install about 150 charging stations, including DC fast-chargers over the next 12 – 18 months in attempt to “figure out the landscape,” Fortum India’s MD Sanjay Aggarwal said.
Smart move: Oxford City Council has commenced to install 100 EV charging stations in residential streets across the city. They are part of a trial and their use will be monitored by researchers from the University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit (TSU).
Electrification in Luxembourg accelerates with the government aiming to electrify ten percent of its fleet of 1,700 vehicles. The first 15 – 20 hybrid and electric vehicles have already arrived.
Daimler, Groupe E, Luxembourg, Envision Solar, Canada.
Daimler electrifies car sharing: Hamburg’s electrification is happening as Daimler follows BMW’s DriveNow in arranging a mobility partnership with the Hanseatic town. Mercedes’ first step will be to switch the entire Car2go fleet (400 cars) to electric and to kick-off projects that involve commercial EVs as the cooperation shall include private and public transport as well as business traffic. Hamburg in turn will reportedly install 1,150 charge points and reserve 150 of them for car sharing vehicles of any maker, it appears.
electrive.net (in German)
Charging the Alps: Swiss utility Groupe E intends to invest additional 10m francs in the installation of several hundred EV charging stations in order to expand its Move network it initiated in 2013. A newly founded company is soon to take charge of the network’s operation and development.
Alliance for electric buses: Voyages Emile Weber enters a cooperation with MAN Truck & Bus and Losch Luxembourg in order to launch emission-free buses. From 2020 the purchase of diesel buses will be prohibited in the Grand Duchy and so Emile Weber will add four electric buses to its own fleet.
Portable charging stations for NYC: Charging company Envision Solar signed a 3 year contract with New York City worth 3.8m dollars. The first order includes at least 30 mobile charging stations EV ARC, which shall be deployed across five boroughs and offer a solar-powered charge to the city’s EV owners.
EV discovery centre in Canada: Thanks to 1m dollars raised by the Ontario government, a centre has opened in Toronto, where visitors can learn how EVs work, take various models for test drives and get information about subsidies and rebates before being referred to a dealer.
SEEV4-City, Luxembourg, California, ChargePoint, Uber.
EU funded V2G research: Five European cities, namely Amsterdam, Hamburg, Oslo, Leicester, and Belgian Leuven, will take part in the SEEV4-City EU project. It looks at storage of excess solar power in batteries of electric cars and bi-directional charging. Amsterdam University (HvA) takes the lead in the research effort that is funded with 2.5m euros from the EU Commission over three years.
hva.nl (in Dutch)
Electric buses for Luxembourg: Volvo will deliver four electric buses to Sales-Lentz. The public transport provider from Luxembourg will put the Volvo 7900 Electric into service in the town of Differdange by mid-2017. Sales-Lentz already operates 36 hybrid buses by Volvo.
PHEV unlimited: California removed the cap on green stickers, which entitle plug-in hybrids to use the HOV lane. The state will resume handing out access to the carpool lane until Jan 1, 2019 when the scheme ends. White stickers for electric cars were never limited.
ChargePoint takes over the charging network in Hampshire and Cornwall. The 51 chargers thus become integrated into the firm’s GeniePoint Network that allows for easy access. ChargePoint also wants to grow the number of fast-chargers in the region.
All-electric Uber: Singaporean start-up S Dreams started an EV fleet to be booked via Uber. BYD is on board and will deliver the first six of 30 e6 by next week. By 2018, the fleet shall be a 1,000 electric cars strong. S Dreams pays its drivers a fixed revenue but collects all fares.
Luxembourg, GOFAST, Denmark, Apple, CarCharging.
Luxembourg selects provider: Engie Cofely Luxemburg and Powerdale have won the tender to install and operate 800 planned EV charging stations in the Grand Duchy. 200 will be erected each year from 2017 to 2020. Powerdale will deliver the public charging stations and internet application while Engie will handle service over twelve years. All five grid operators in Luxembourg are on board as is the public transport provider in order to offer a multi modal model to end users.
Switzerland got fast-charging: The first 150 kW rapid charger of the GOtthard FASTcharge (GOFAST) network stands. The multi-standard outlet is located close to the southern entry of the Gotthard road tunnel that connects Italy and Switzerland. 150 stations are planned.
tio.ch (in Italian), gofastcharge.com (in German)
Danish drop electric cars: Municipalities in Denmark are buying less EVs since the central government has decided to phase back the registration tax for electric cars. The policy’s dire consequences were revealed by e.On, which found that EV sales shrank from 323 in Q1 2015 to 62 in Q1 this year.
Apple Energy: The IT giant can power homes as it gets the approval to sell energy into wholesale markets beginning this Saturday. The firm reportedly harvests sun rays on farms in Cupertino and Nevada and has recently shown interest in EV charging tech.
CarCharging expansion: The infrastructure provider says it built almost 100 new EV charging stations in various states like California, Florida, Hawaii, or Tennessee over the last two months. During that same period, CarCharging also restored another 400 stops on the Blink network.