EU combustion vehicle sales ban under fire
Germany’s uncertain position on the phasing out of internal combustion vehicles (ICE) in the EU from 2035 appears to embolden other governments to make their own demands. If Germany abstains in the EU Council of Ministers, countries could succeed in watering down the incoming regulation on transport decarbonisation.
Ford plans to release 7 new BEVs in Europe by 2024
Ford has announced plans to introduce three new electric passenger cars and four new electric commercial vehicles in Europe by 2024. The goal is to sell more than 600,000 electric vehicles annually in Europe from 2026. There are also details of Ford’s MEB model.
Rock Tech Lithium to build plant in Romania
Rock Tech Lithium plans to build a production plant for battery-grade lithium hydroxide in Romania. A memorandum of understanding now signed by the company with the Romanian Ministry of Energy provides for investments of 400 million euros for this purpose.
OMV Petrom grows Southeast Europe charging network
The Bucharest-based energy company OMV Petrom is expanding its charging network in Southeastern Europe. The Romanian oil company plans to install a total of around 100 fast and ultra-fast charging stations at its service stations in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Serbia by the end of 2022.
Turkey’s Karsan counts electric bus orders in Romania
Karsan is racking up electric bus orders in Romania as they receive another order for 26 electric buses. The city of Deva expects 22 e-Jest minibuses from the Turkish manufacturer and four electric buses of type e-Atak from mid-2022. Karsan’s sales of electric buses in Romania now stand at 158 units.
Enel X Romania joins Hubject network
Charging infrastructure specialist Enel X Romania has joined the Hubject network. Specifically, over 160 charging points from Enel X in Romania will become part of Hubject’s Intercharge roaming platform. Until now, access to Enel X Romania’s charging points was only possible via the JuicePass app.
Dräxlmaier to set up production in Romania
The German automotive supplier Dräxlmaier will invest 200 million euros in the construction of a production site in the Romanian city of Timisoara over the next six years. Battery systems for electrified vehicles are to be produced there.
Ford to build light utility vehicle factory in Romania
Ford has announced it will invest $300 million in the production of a new light commercial vehicle at its Romanian assembly plant in Craiova, with production scheduled to start in 2023. An all-electric version of this commercial vehicle model will debut in 2024.
Romania doubles 2021 EV subsidy budget
The Romanian Ministry of Environment is doubling the budget for its Rabla Plus programme this year, which offers subsidies for the purchase of electric and hybrid cars, to the equivalent of around 82 million euros.
Solaris wins major multi-city tender in Romania
Solaris expands its position in the Romanian public transport market. In a tender issued by the Ministry of Public Works, Development and Administration, Solaris has won a major order for 123 electric buses out of 131 put out to tender.
Temsa wins tender for electric buses in Romania
After having won a tender held in Buzău, Romania, the Turkish bus manufacturer Temsa today announced that it will now deliver four Avenue Electron buses by the end of 2021. The delivery also includes the procurement of two 150kw and 480kw charging stations to the city.
Karsan delivers electric minibuses to Romania
Turkish manufacturer Karsan has delivered a further ten electric minibuses to the Romanian city of Suceava, which now has 15 Jest Electric buses from Karsan in operation. Karsan had won a tender by the city for the new electric minibuses last year with an open option.
BYD receives first order from Romania
BYD books its first electric bus order from Romania. The city of Buzău orders nine 12-metre electric buses, which will be operated by Transbus Buzău. The majority of the vehicles will be manufactured at BYD’s production facility in Komárom in neighbouring Hungary.
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.
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.
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.