NEXT-E charging network to work with Hubject
The EU project NEXT-E with 252 fast-charging stations will soon be connected to Hubject’s eRoaming platform Intercharge. This involves 222 fast chargers with 50 kW and 30 HPC stations with 150 to 350 kW charging capacity in seven Eastern European countries. Weiterlesen
Enel X launches charging network in Bucharest
Enel X has installed and commissioned a network of 34 charging points for electric cars in Bucharest and the surrounding area. Although these are mainly AC chargers with 22 kW there are also a number of DC chargers with up to 50 kW charging capacity in the network. Weiterlesen
Bucharest misses the bus
The city of Bucharest has halted a tender for the purchase of 100 electric buses on 22 July after all three bids received were deemed unacceptable – apparently after technical evaluation. This is the second time an electric bus tender for the Romanian capital has failed due to the lack of suitable offers. It is still unlcear when and whether the City will make another attempt.
Enel X secures funding through AMBRA-E
Enel X has secured funding for the AMBRA-Electrify Europe project (AMBRA-E for short) that it coordinates. This project involves investments of 70.75 million euros and includes the construction of more than 3,000 charging stations in Italy, Spain and Romania by 2022. Weiterlesen
Poland: High subsidy for low-cost electric vehicles
In August 2019, 6,672 electric vehicles drove on Polish roads, with a share of just 0.2%, Poland is at the bottom of the league in Central Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, the Polish government has set itself ambitious targets for e-mobility. But the new funding programme is controversial, as Aleksandra Fedorska reports. Weiterlesen
Bucharest ordered 130 hybrid buses
The Romanian capital Bucharest has ordered 130 hybrid buses from Mercedes-Benz. Deliveries of the Citaro Hybrid are scheduled to take place between May 2020 and January 2021. Bucharest also plans to procure 100 battery-electric buses, 100 trolleybuses and 100 trams. Weiterlesen
Romania extends EV subsidy programme
The Romanian Ministry of the Environment is doubling the budget for its Rabla Plus programme, which offers subsidies for the purchase of electric and hybrid cars. An additional 3.2 million euros are now available. Weiterlesen
What goes up, must come down (video)
Renault recently launched an unusual advertising campaign in the Romanian capital of Bucharest for its Zoe, in which the selling price of the EV is linked to the air pollution in the city. If air pollution rises, the price for the Zoe decreases. Weiterlesen
Hungary: CEZ to install fast charging stations
The Czech Energy Group (CEZ) has been tasked with setting up fast charging stations in Hungary. The expansion is part of a $44M investment, first in their home nation before coming to Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Slovakia in the next decade. Weiterlesen
Enel X Romania plans nationwide charging network
Italian energy supplier Enel will use its subsidiary Enel X Romania to set up a nationwide charging network for electric cars in Romania. According to their plans, some 2,500 charging points with capacities of between 22 and 150 kW should be available by 2023. Weiterlesen
CEUC: New fast-charge corridor for Europe
The EU Commission is supporting the construction of 118 fast charging stations for the CEUC (Central European Ultra Charging) project. Smatrics was chosen as a service provider for the rollout, operations and maintenance of the network. Weiterlesen
Uber Green launches with Renault Zoe in Bucharest
Ride hailing app provider Uber has launched its EV-only suite in Romania’s capital. 20 Renault Zoe have become available to book in cooperation with charging infrastructure firm ElDrive. The service is available in selected European capitals. Weiterlesen
Fast-charging Romania and Croatia – TEN-T
Renovatio and Telekom Croatia say they will install 23 fast-charging stations in Romania throughout this year. The EV stops are part of a wider initiative that entails 69 DC charging stations in Croatia and Romania to be set up with EU funding. Weiterlesen
Supercharger, Romania, Electrify America, BYD, Korea.
Tesla’s first XL Supercharger stations with 20 charging points are soon opening in Albany, New York and Burbank, California. The installation of significantly bigger charging stations represents the EV maker’s current strategy for the States but also a readiness for the Model 3 roll-out.
40 charging stations for Romania: E.ON Romania and Hungarian MOL agreed on erecting 40 EV charging stations in Romania until 2020. The project partners count on support through European funds.
seenews.com, petrolplaza.com, business-review.eu, romania-insider.com
Debut of VW’s infrastructure project in the U.S.: Volkswagen has started the installation of its charging network in the States, following the company’s court settlement for the diesel-gate. The first quick charging station under the label “Electrify America” recently opened in Washington D.C. and marks the beginning of the first stage, that will see 50 DC charger installed in 10 cities until September.
BYD enters partnerships in Chile: Chinese BYD has signed an agreement with Enel Chile in order to deliver 90 electric buses to the Latin American country. Additionally, the company teams up with the Federico Santa María Technical University as both seek to improve the education of teachers and students when it comes to EV tech and to support electric mobility research.
byd.com (electric buses), byd.com (university cooperation)
Korea halves EV’s toll charges: The country’s transport ministry intends to halve highway toll charges for EVs and FCVs from September to boost EV sales. Korea’s government raised its electric mobility objectives generally and now wants 1.5m electrified cars to populate the country’s roads by 2020.
Ireland, Australia, Canada, Iveco, Romania.
Ireland’s EV sharing service that will start in Dublin and Cork takes learnings from a bicycle sharing system already installed in the Irish capital. Dublin Bike works via membership and PAYG and the government hopes to put more than 100 electric cars to hire out on the streets before the year’s end. The initiative is to encourage EV uptake on the Emerald isle also through test driving opportunities at events and a roadshow. Incentives for businesses to switch to electric cars or vans are under scrutiny.
EV accord in Australia: A new national body comprised of 17 Australian industry organisations aims to promote the adoption of electric vehicles on the continent. The ‘Electric Vehicle Council’ wants to focus on corporate fleets, demand EV incentives, seek investment for charging infrastructure and publish an annual report on the state of EV affairs.
Electric buses in Canada: Montréal has welcomed three electric buses from Nova Bus, a Volvo Bus Group member, into its service within the framework of the Montreal City Mobility project that is driven by the company. Another three e-buses but by BYD this time, have gone to St. Albert. They spearhead a total order of seven with the remaining four to arrive by the end of this year.
newswire.ca (Montreal), masstransitmag.com (St. Albert)
Mixed message: Iveco has delivered hybrid buses to Astana. They are part of an order over 210 Urbanway models, which are available as both hybrid and diesel buses. How many of the vehicles will drive partially electric in the Kazakh capital is undisclosed.
Real change? Romania´s fuel retailer Rompetrol has added its first EV chargers to a gas station. It is part of a 10m dollar investment plan by the KMG owned company, which plans seven more gas stations with charging points of 50kW, where charging is free of charge.
Toxin Taxes, Romania, Lancashire, India.
UK to escalate action against diesel cars? Drivers of diesel cars could soon face “toxin taxes” on a daily basis in 35 cities of the Island. The Sunday Times quotes a 20 pound fee per day, referring to the plans of the British government that have yet to be officially announced. Ten cities may seek a total diesel ban, while others ponder a crack down on days with high air pollution or during peak hours. All in all, up to 10m diesel cars could be affected.
thetimes.co.uk via businessgreen.com
Romania doubles EV bonus: Romanian car owners, who exchange their gas guzzlers for electric vehicles can now calculate with a remarkable 10,000 euro rebate. The government decided to double its previous EV incentive through its Rabla Plus programme, that is limited to 1,000 EVs.
electriccarsreport.com, giurgiuveanul.ro (in Romanian)
EV infrastructure in the UK: Lancashire in the UK’s Northwest set up a scheme to install 150 EV charging points across the region. For an investment volume of 4.6m pounds, electric car infrastructure is to get installed in Burnley, Accrington, Clitheroe, Rawtenstall, Nelson, and Chorley. Meanwhile, West Yorkshire is to build 88 charge points for use by taxis and private hire companies. The EV charging stations shall stand at public transport and taxi operations.
lancashiretelegraph.co.uk (Lancashire), thebusinessdesk.com (Yorkshire)
India discontinues mild subsidies: The Indian government has excluded mild hybrid vehicles from incentives given under the FAME scheme. Especially the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India had benefited and will feel the discontinuation’s impact the most. Subsidies for PEV remain.