Volkswagen & Ford unite for self-driving electric cars
The long-expected alliance between Volkswagen and Ford is official. As part of the deal, VW will become an equal stakeholder in Ford’s self-driving cars venture, while Ford will get access to VW’s electric vehicle technology.Weiterlesen
German battery cell production research centre situated
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has announced that its battery production research centre (FFB) will be located in Münster and will be set up at MEET (Electrochemical Energy Technology centre at Uni Münster). The German government funds the project with 500 million euros.Weiterlesen
– ADVERTISEMENT –
Sixt to offer Tier Mobility electric kick-scooters
Customers of car rental firm Sixt will soon be able to book thousands of Tier Mobility electric kick scooters via the Sixt app. Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Bonn and Münster are the first cities to start with more to come.Weiterlesen
Fastned opens fast-charging station at Van der Valk Hotel
Fastned has opened a fast-charging location at the Van der Valk Hotel in Germany as part of larger cooperation across Europe. Fastned was also successful with a complaint filed with the Dutch state regarding their idea of turning charging stations into more pit stop like facilities.Weiterlesen
– ADVERTISEMENT –
Extra small electric car Microlino to be made in Germany
German sports car manufacturer Artega has taken over all rights for the production of the Swiss electric city car Microlino from Tazzari of Italy. The latter wants to focus on projects outside the urban segment instead. Hence Artega also acquired the rights to the Tazzaro electric taxi e-cab but first to the electric Isetta remake.Weiterlesen
Cologne testing Ford Transit PHEV fleet
Ford will be providing ten Transit PHEVs for use by municipal enterprises based in Cologne, starting next spring. The project will analyse how hybrid vehicles can help achieve the city’s pollution targets. Similar fleet tests were undertaken by Ford in London and Valencia.Weiterlesen
Nissan Leaf approved to feed into grid in Germany
The Nissan Leaf is the first electric car to receive approval to serve as stabilising back up of the grid in Germany. Nissan managed to take all regulatory hurdles for the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology by working with partners from the energy sector.Weiterlesen
SVEN: Electric 3-seater for shared mobility (gallery)
The German town of Aachen is becoming the country’s hottest e-mobility spot. Share2Drive is the latest startup wanting to make it there. Their small EV called SVEN (Shared Vehicle Electric Native) fits 3 and could hit the road by 2019.Weiterlesen
North Rhine-Westphalia expands eMobility support
The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has announced new support and subsidies for electric mobility concepts in the state, which will take effect as of the 5th of February. This will include public charging sites as well as communal support to transform the public transportation system.Weiterlesen
North Rhine-Westphalia, Linz, Renault, Chichester District Council.
German charging infrastructure: Half a million euros will be spend by North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, for the installation of up to 200 EV charging stations within its county borders. The initiative is part of a joint investment programme of Germany’s federal and state governments, which will kick off next year.
land.nrw (in German)
Fresh fleet: The Austrian city of Linz will see 20 electric catenary buses successively replacing existing ones by 2017. The Van Hool buses cost public transport provider Linz AG 20m euros. They are 24 m long, have room for 180 passengers and a range of up to 10 km.
nachrichten.at (in German)
Twizy patrol: Four Renault Twizy are now patrolling the streets of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. They are part of a one year trial. So far, fuel savings and maneuverability during rush hour speak in the electric quad’s favour. City Hall also operates five electric scooters.
Fleet replacement: British Chichester District Council will replace seven petrol vehicles in its fleet with electric ones when their leases run out. The will be used by the parking services department and external contractors. The council hopes to save 1,000 GBP per year per vehicle.
Tesla, VIA Motors, Northrhine-Westphalia.
Super Chargers for China: Tesla announced the start of negotiations and preparations to install a network of its Super Chargers across the Asian nation. The first corridor to open up for all-electric rides is planned to be Beijing-Shanghai. When the first chargers will be ready for use is not said.
Canada electrified: VIA Motors has signed an 80 million dollar purchase agreement with Sun Country Highway. A deposit of 8m dollars for the first 100 VIA electric-vans has already been placed. The vehicles will go to Best Western Hotels in Canada, which have been supplied with 1,000 public chargers by the privately funded electrification project Sun Country Highway.
“Klimaschutz made in NRW”: This is the Denglish slogan of a new initiative in the German city of Essen. “NRW” is short for Northrhine-Westphalia while “Klimaschutz” means climate protection and is in this case a mini-fleet of four electric cars. For the next two years, employees of the State Office for environment and consumer protection will drive around in three Renault Zoé and one Fluence to test if EVs are a viable option for their daily routines. If so, more will be purchased.
emobilserver.de (In German), youtube.com (Video in German)