EVgo enables Plug & Charge in USA
The U.S. charging infrastructure operator EVgo is introducing Plug & Charge into its network. Called Autocharge, the technology allows registered customers to start a fast-charging session in seconds without having to open the EVgo app or handle RFID or credit cards.
NewMotion now counts 100,000 charger network
According to NewMotion, its roaming network in Europe has now reached the milestone of 100,000 charging points. To operate this network of public charging points, the company is working with more than 200 partners in 28 European countries.
Vattenfall expands into Norway with InCharge network
The Vattenfall energy group is launching its InCharge electric mobility network in Norway with immediate effect. Throughout this year, InCharge intends to expand throughout Norway in cooperations with partner companies to install numerous public charging stations.
Hubject partners with Greenlots
Hubject has entered into a cooperation agreement with Greenlots, the recently acquired US charging network platform, now owned by Shell. The agreement concerns the implementation of Plug&Charge technology via the ISO 15118 standard on the North American market.
Audi’s new charging service available internationally
The Audi e-tron Charging Service now has officially gone online in ten European countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Finland, Ireland and Luxembourg. Six more countries are to follow in the first quarter of the year.
China JV to operate national charging network
In China, state-owned energy providers and private companies have formed a joint venture called Xiongan Lianxing Network Technology, which is now the largest operator of charging stations and controls 80 percent of the country’s current 730,000 charging stations.
Allego connects to French roaming service Gireve
Charging infrastructure provider Allego has joined forces with Gireve of France, a roaming platform provider. The alliance will enable access to Allego’s 12,000 charge points across Europe via Gireve’s IT platform called ConnectPlace.
Audi publishes their e-tron charging tariffs
Audi has published the European rates of the announced e-tron Charging Service, which can be used by everyone. The “City” and “Transit” tariffs are available. Billing is per minute, per kWh or per charging process, depending on the country.
Hubject expands executive circle in Berlin
The roaming joint venture Hubject will soon be headed by three top managers. This comes after Thomas Daiber’s contract as co-CEO expires at the end of the year, though he will continue to work with Hubject in an advisory capacity.
European roaming project evRoaming4EU is kick-ing off
The evRoaming4EU project is an initiative to enable roaming across Europe. Rather than going large scale from the start, partners from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and Austria have come together to set an example. The German launch event now took place with just one more country to follow.
PlugSurfing adds Freshmile charge points in France
Berlin startup PlugSurfing now includes the 2,000 charging points of Freshmile in France and Germany in their portfolio. The cooperation stretches over 100 local networks and will enable electric car drivers to use their PlugSurfing RFID key widely.
German fast-charging route, ChargePoint, e-clearing.net, Spain.
Let’s go: Tomorrow, the fast-charging route along the German Autobahn A9 will be opened. Eight fast charging stations are dotted along the 430 kilometres between Munich (Bavaria) and Leipzig (Saxony). The so-called Schnellladeachse (quick-charging axis) is part of the shared Schaufenster project of the German neighbouring states of Bavaria and Saxony. Participating partners are BMW, Siemens and E.ON.
elektromobilitaet-verbindet.de (in German)
ChargePoint funding: Charging network provider ChargePoint raised 22.6 million dollars in venture capital, including an investment from BMW. The startup is still looking for another 4.4m dollars in the current financing round. The money will be used to expand its sales force and to move into residential charging stations.
New roaming platform: A new roaming initiative by Smartlab (Germany), elaad (Netherlands) and Blue Corner (Belgium) called e-clearing.net has already found partners, namely E.ON, Vattenfall, T-Systems and Mitsubishi. Also, the Austrian Verbund AG is thinking about joining the platform, Smartlab says.
elektroniknet.de (in German), e-clearing.net (platform)
EV sales in Spain: A rather unimpressive 64 EVs were sold in April in Spain bringing down the EV share to 0.07% from last years’ 0.16%. Almost half of all sales went to Nissan (29 Leafs) followed by ten BMW i3 and six Renault Twizy. Come on, amigos, you can do better…