BattLife battery research project launches in Germany
In Germany, Fraunhofer IKTS has just launched the research project called BattLife at the newly founded Battery Innovation and Technology Center BITC at Erfurter Kreuz. As part of the project, a digitised test centre for batteries and battery components will be established at BITC.
Blackstone invest €200M in European cell production
The Swiss raw materials company Blackstone Resources intends to invest 200 million euros in the production of battery cells for electric cars, most likely in Germany. They hope the move will garner subsidies both from the Germans as well as the EU.
CATL moves into German battery factory early
The Chinese battery cell giant CATL has moved into the offices near the planned battery factory in Erfurt, Germany. Moreover, they are also accelerating their entire schedule, according to European boss Matthias Zentgraf, who said “it is all about tempo”.
BMW announces billion euro contract for CATL
Harald Krüger, head of the BMW board, announced the contract with the Chinese battery manufacturer for cells valued at over one billion euros. The announcement came in an interview, where it was also confirmed that CATL will be opening a factory near Erfurt, Germany.
Thuringia, Supercharger, Atlanta, EVA+, Dubai.
The German federal state of Thuringia has revealed its charging infrastructure plan LISS until 2020. It plans 370 new EV chargers in the next three years, where a total of 32 local utilities will work together to install 300 regular and 70 fast-chargers. The federal state is funding slower chargers with 975 euros, while 2.46m euros will be invested in fast-chargers at a federal level. The utilities are investing a combined 2.61 euros.
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Good-bye free charging: As reported, Tesla cars ordered after January 15th will not be allowed to charge for free at Superchargers. Only the first 400 kWh will be included in the price of the car. After that, Tesla will charge per kWh, meaning the fee will differ from area to area. The carmaker also emphasised that it will not profit, but will merely cover costs.
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Ultimate charge and fly: No less than 102 parking spots have been fitted with EV chargers at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Another 200 more parking spots will also be modernised in the coming years.
Electric Vehicle Arteries: Project EVA+, which was unveiled in Brussels and is being funded with 4.2m euros by the EU, wants to set up 200 multi-charger stations in Italy and Austria in the coming three years. For the project, utility Enel and Verbund have teamed up with BMW, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen.
Plugging-in: The British government is looking for ways to simplify charging and cut cost. Parallel pricing, as well as a pricing cap are among propositions on the table, as is a standard charge chard that will work at all EV chargers in the country.
Dubai goes hybrid: The country’s Roads and Transport Authority has issued a five-year plan that also calls for half of all taxis to be fitted with hybrid drivetrains by 2021. That would be the equivalent of 2,280 hybrid taxis.
Apollo Sunguard Systems, Silicon Valley, Thuringia, Switzerland.
Federal charging stations: The small company Apollo Sunguard Systems has won a contract worth 900,000 dollars from the public buildings division of the Government Services Administration. It will now distribute 183 charging stations made by ChargePoint at federal government buildings across the states.
Short on charging: With the increasing number of employees going to work in their electric cars, Silicon Valley companies are facing a shortage of charging stations. To avoid incidents of “charge rage” among drivers, companies began to draft guidelines and making charging stations available on reservation only.
Thuringia means EV business: The German county will continue its programme for EV promotion with a focus on companies and research institutes willing to participate in testing. The Thuringian Ministry of Economics will release a total of 300,000 euros (406,000 dollars) and has already received eleven applications. Last year, the fund co-financed the purchase of twelve EVs and eight charging stations while the participating companies invested about 530,000 euros (718,000 dollars).
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Swiss struggle for transport taxes: The multi-canton republic is faced with rising costs of rail and road infrastructure, while fuel tax revenue is decreasing due to more fuel-efficient vehicles. The Federal Council now proposed a road fund similar to the planned rail fund. Money for the roads is supposed to come from a higher fuel tax rate and an increase in car taxation. From 2020, electric car owners, currently exempt from taxes, will be asked to pay their share as well.
20min.ch (In German)