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. For plug-in hybrids, support will only be available until the end of the year.
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.
Oxford, Luxembourg, Marseille, New Flyer, Saudi Arabia.
Testing charging in public: Oxford intends to set up 100 on-street EV charging points by 2019 but wants to test at least six solutions by different providers first. Residents of the university town are asked to put their interest forward to have a charging point close to home. The trial is being funded through an 800,000 pound grant from the UK government’s ultra-low cities fund.
Luxembourg is to get hybrid buses as Autobus de la ville de Luxembourg orders 5 from Volvo as a turn-key solution. The 7900 Electric Hybrid is a plug-in that can operate 70 percent of the time electrically. Fast-chargers for the buses come from ABB with all deliveries due by the end of 2016.
Marseille turns to electric transport: The French city put its first 12 metre electric bus in service. The Irizar i2e has a 374 kWh battery pack, that offers a range of up to 155 miles and needs five hours of charging to be ready for a 14 to 16 hour shift. Marseille is also testing hybrid options.
Fleet renewal: New Flyer is to deliver 267 hybrid and diesel buses to Connecticut’s Department of Transportation (CTDOT). The contract is worth about 122m dollars and includes an option for an additional 218 vehicles. It has not been said however, how many of the buses will be partially electric.
Pilgrims’ carriage: 18,000 carts will be made available at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s capital Abu Dhabi during the holy month of Ramadan. The fleet for worshippers includes at least 300 electric scooters and electric cars as well as special vehicles.
Luxembourg, Enviro Technology, City Car Club, Workplace charging.
EV incentives in Luxembourg? The small Grand Duchy is looking into the feasibility of encouraging the uptake of zero-emission vehicles as part of fiscal reform. 800 EV charging stations will reportedly be erected by the end of the decade and complimentary incentive schemes like those in Norway and France are being considered, says Sustainable Development Minister François Bausch.
Sensible: British Enviro Technology Services transformed two Nissan e-NV200 into “Smogmobiles” or Air Quality Monitoring Vehicles. They served in a pilot running from Reading and Waterloo Bridge in London, finding that in some parts of the city, NOx levels were twice as high as permitted by EU law.
Sharable: City Car Club launches in British Surrey. Residents can now rent 14 electric and hybrid models. If successful, another five low emission vehicles will follow this April. The car club is available in Guildford, Redhill, Dorking, Leatherhead, and Woking.
Workplace charging works: Electric cars with access to a charger during office hours are driven more than those without, the Idaho National Laboratory shows. This is particularly true for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, which travel up to 25 percent more than average if plugged-in at the office.
Electrified bus fleet: King County, Washington, released the first of three electric buses into service in Bellevue. The Proterra prototype sits 38 and can be charged wirelessly, and is just one step in the direction of electrifying of the entire fleet. By 2020, all buses in the county shall be hybrid or electric.
Luxembourg , Pod Point, The New Motion, Washington, BlueIndy.
Luxembourg gears up: The city-state wants to install 800 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2020. The first 300 will be erected by July 2017, another 560 two years later.
POD Point charges ahead: The British provider of charging infrastructure has started two crowdfunding schemes in order to raise 1.75m pounds. The first 1.5m are to come from the “Electric Equity” programme, where people can purchase shares. The remain 250,000 GBP from the “Open Charge Bond” campaign will be used to increase POD Point’s open charging bays.
Le nouveau mouvement: Dutch company The New Motion signs on Egis, which offers engineering, project structuring and operations services, as a new shareholder. It will therefore also open an office in Paris, France, to expand its operation across Europe.
Hydrogen for the capitol: A total of five H2 buses have gone into service in Washington, DC; another 21 are said to follow in the coming year. The first batch services some of the busiest routes that see about 200,000 people on a workday. Each bus comes with a price tag of 970,000 dollars.
BlueIndy is a success: The electric carsharing scheme in Indianapolis only kicked off in September. The programme already counts more than 500 members, who completed a total of 3,000 trips with the Bolloré cars. BlueIndy workers continue to come to new carsharing stations to explain the vehicles and sign up new drivers.
Plugging in in Luxembourg.
A total of 74 public charging stations with 187 charging points are currently installed in Luxembourg. The small European country previously announced that it plans to build up a whopping 850 charging stations by the end of the decade (we reported).