Switzerland to get Europe’s largest EV charging hub
Swiss energy firm EBL plans to create an E-Mobility Hub which will feature 280 EV charging points, including 60 fast chargers. The facility will be located in the canton of Basel. It will also have space for e-mobility related projects inside a large innovation centre.
Porsche cooperating with Hubject for digital charging
Porsche is kicking off a digital EV charging service, that can even be used by drivers of EVs and PHEVs by other manufacturers. Currently, the service is bundled with Hubject’s roaming network. Other options and international roll-out are currently being tested as well.
ABB gives away 30 fast-charging stations to Zurich
Infrastructure provider ABB has presented the capital of its home country Switzerland with 30 fast-charging stations. It is a gift on the occasion of ABB’s 30th anniversary. Once the chargers will be added, Zurich will have over 100 EV charging stations.
Swiss startup converts VW van with Kreisel battery
Engineers from Swiss Durot Electric have taken on a commission to convert a VW T6 van to all-electric power. The e-mobility specialists turned to Kreisel Electric for the power pack good for 400 km and also fitted the van with an all-electric AWD.
High Power Charging in Switzerland and Austria
The DACH region is catching up with high power charging stations as both Ionity and Smatrics opened first HPC locations this week. While Ionity focuses on motorways, Smatrics together with Wien Energie connected metropolitan Vienna.
Sharing the VW e-Up in Basel with Catch a Car
Swiss car sharing service Catch a Car has ordered its first electric models. Thirty VW e-UP are to arrive in Basel within the next few months and join the existing fleet of 120 regular Up cars. The electric version will be charged at new charging columns.
ABB expands Wallbox portfolio to include 52 types
ABB is expanding its portfolio as the Swiss add a range of wallboxes for AC charging at homes and workplaces. The new range includes a total of 52 types and offers charging at 4.6 to 22 kW. It runs on the Open-Charge-Point-Protokoll (OCPP).
Electric scooter sharing Go-Green to launch in Geneva
It will be the Alpine Republic’s first fleet of electric scooters to share once Go Green got its offer going this April in Geneva. 50 electric scooters from German Kumpan electric will mark the start of the planned expansion across Switzerland and Europe.
Microlino by Micro Mobility Systems debuts in Zurich
After two and a half years, Swiss Micro Mobility Systems has taken the wraps off the pilot production version of its Microlino in Zurich. The company received already more than 4,600 pre-orders for the BMW Isetta based Microlino EV. Now ‘production hell’ is waiting.
EVTEC fast-chargers with Type 2 DC plug in Switzerland
The first two EVTEC fast-charging stations including a Type 2 connector for DC fast-charging compatible with Tesla vehicles have been erected in Switzerland. Initiators are the companies Energie 360° and Gotthard Fastcharge (GOFAST). However, Tesla talks about a “misuse” of its tech.
Audi embarks on smart grid pilot project with EVs
The Audi Smart Energy Network will go live for the first time in a pilot as part of a joint research project. Households in the Ingolstadt area and the Zurich region will test various sizes of photovoltaic systems coupled with stationary batteries and EVs.
Irizar and Ferrostaal sign sales partnership for D-A-CH
The Spanish manufacturer has chosen Hamburg-based Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions to take care of its electric bus and charging infrastructure business in terms of sales, project management and after sales. Their deal involves the D-A-CH region, namely Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Switzerland, IKEA, New York, Supercharger, Seattle.
Swiss charging alliance: A number of infrastructure providers such as Alpiq, Renault, BKW and others will join forces from 2017. The new platform called MOVE will then include more than 300 chargers and will make up the largest public charging network in Switzerland. EV drivers can pre-pay or get a subscription to use the chare points.
Free energy while furniture shopping: IKEA now has a total of 72 chargers at its nine locations in Switzerland. All can charge with 22 kW and are free to use. Meanwhile, the branches are urged to get at least one electric car the next time they renew or add to their fleet.
Chargers for the Big Apple: The city of New York will kick off a pilot project, installing 25 public EV charging points across the city by March 2018. There will be at least two in each borough. The project is also a move to show President-elect Trump that the city will continue its war on climate change.
Shop and supercharge: Tesla is working with supermarket chain Hy-Vee in order to tighten the Supercharger network in the flyover states in the U.S. Eight chargers along the I-80 in Iowa have already been installed, with more to follow.
Hybrids convince: Seattle’s fire department is happy with the results of recent fuel efficiency tests of ambulances retrofitted with hybrid drivetrains form XL Hybrids. So happy, in fact, that they now ordered another 10 hybrid vehicles for their fleet.
Switzerland, BMW, KEPCO, Smart City Challenge, Plymouth, Monaco.
Unified charging in the confederation: Swiss eMobility and utility EnergieSchweiz have launched the shared charging platform Ladenetz Schweiz (charging network Switzerland). The initiative aims to offer non-discriminatory and nationwide EV charging for the Alpine state by coordinating and encouraging efforts by multiple actors over the next two years.
energieschweiz.ch (in German)
Uber competition from BMW? The German carmaker might set up its own ride hailing service utilising its existing DriveNow fleet, Spiegel Online reports. If the plans go ahead, Germans could soon hail an i3 via app.
spiegel.de (in German)
Charging Ecuador: State-owned Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) has signed a deal worth 30m dollars with the government of Ecuador. The plan is to erect EV charging stations at 91 locations along three motorways of the Latin American country.
Smart City Challenge: The finalists have been selected from 77 initial entrants. Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland and San Francisco now compete for up to 50m dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Leading by example: The council of British Plymouth has acquired six Nissan Leaf, thus moving ahead with its planned electrification. The leased pool cars are part of a two-year trial, during which the EVs could save about 26,000 pounds a year in fuel costs.
Nissan EVs enter the Palace of Monaco, as Prince Albert II took delivery of two e-NV200. The electric vans will be used to deliver goods as well as transport people around the premises. Monaco aims to be emission-free by 2050.
Paris, Hertz London, Switzerland, Denver International Airport.
Velo capital: Paris plans to invest 150 million euros to be come the world’s cycling capital by 2020. Subsidies for electric bicycles are intended as well as the expansion of the cycle path network and additional 10,000 cycle parking spots.
salon.com; lefigaro.fr (in French)
Rent a Leaf in London: Hertz has introduced Nissan’s electric car to its rental fleet in the British capital. The Leaf will be available at selected locations, including Heathrow and City Airport, at a special launch rate of 9,99 GBP (about 15 dollars) a day.
Switzerland gets FCV: Hyundai is now offering its ix35 Fuel Cell in the Alpine republic. There it costs 66,990 CHF (69,312 dollars). Furthermore, Hyundai Suisse plans to install a 700-bar H2 fuelling station together with partners like research facility Empa. The companies Coop, Axpo, and H2 Energy are planning to build more hydrogen stations in Switzerland.
de.nachrichten.yahoo.com (in German)
Denver doubles EV chargers: Already, Denver International Airport has ten EV charge spots and soon another ten EV charging stations are to be installed. Costs are estimated at 85,000 dollars.
Shenzhen, Tesla, Switzerland, Crosspoint Kinetics.
Shenzhen charges up: The Chinese metropolis plans to invest 5 billion RMB (about 800m USD) on developing the market for so-called new energy vehicles. 1,800 charge points for electric cars are announced to be installed in Shenzhen this year alone. Independently, Tesla announced it will begin installing free charging stations at customers’ homes in 2015.
gasgoo.com (Shenzhen), zdnet.com (Tesla)
California readies funding: The California Energy Commission announced the availability of up to 1.3 million dollars in Zero Emission Vehicle Readiness funding. The money is meant to support new and existing planning efforts for the installation of infrastructure for PEVs and FCEVs.
Swiss e-mobility confederation: Alpiq, Siemens, Swisscom and Zurich are developing a Switzerland-wide access and accounting system for EV charging stations. It is expected to be available from mid-2015 and most of the existing charging stations can be retrofitted with the system.
Leasing for retrofit hybrid: Crosspoint Kinetics offers a leasing program for commercial fleets. Fleet operators can choose to retrofit their existing fleet with the Crosspoint electric hybrid system or order it to be installed on new vehicles. Fleets may apply their fuel savings toward paying for the lease.
BMW, Tesla CHAdeMO adapter, Belgium, California, Switzerland.
BMW joins journey planer: BMW’s i brand not only stands for electric cars, but also connected mobility. To strengthen that aspect, the carmaker joins Moovit, provider of a smartphone app that gives real-time information about all sorts of mobility options, including public transport, taxis and carsharing.
car-it.com (in German), gigaom.com (background)
It’s finally here: Tesla’s long awaited CHAdeMO adapter will finally go on sale this month. Available for 450 dollars, it allows Model S drivers to charge at CHAdeMO rapid-charging stations. Though with a continuously growing the Supercharger-network, some ask if there is really a need for the adapter, especially in the U.S.
Pedelecs increase market share: A study at the Belgium’s bike dealers concluded that e-bikes held a 23 percent of the bike market share in 2014, gaining on city bikes that hold 25 percent.
California ready to invest: The U.S. state has earmarked 18 million dollars for clean energy projects. Twelve million dollars have been reserved for the development of charging infrastructure for electric cars, bio gas and the construction of additional hydrogen filling stations across the state.
Swiss launch charging station database: LEMnet and the association e’mobile have combined their databases, after previously providing separate maps showing the chargers. The new interactive plan currently lists 1,000 chargers, including 70 DC fast-chargers.
e-mobile.ch (in German)
EV sales in Denmark and Switzerland.
A total of 1,575 EVs were sold in Denmark in 2014, a plus of 156%. About a third were Nissan Leafs (578) followed by the Model S (460) and VW’s e-Up (219). The Swiss’ taste slightly differed last year: Of 1,643 new electric cars (up 40%), 494 were from Tesla, 374 from Renault and 220 from BMW.
dagens.dk (DK, in Danish), derbund.ch (CH, in German)
EV sales in Switzerland.
Tesla sold 390 Model S in Switzerland this year, making it the the best-selling electric car in the affluent alpine country. The BMW i3 follows closely behind (333), while the third place goes to the Renault Zoe in 2014 – if there are no big electric surprises waiting under the X-mas tree.