Virta gains €30 million in financing round
The charging infrastructure service provider Virta has secured 30 million euros in capital in a new financing round. The Finnish company was able to secure new investors, and all previously existing backers, including E.ON, also joined in the financing round.
Virta, Fastned, London, Osnabrück, Federal Transit Administration.
Domestic smart charging: Finnsih Virta introduced its home charging unit that charges electric cars depending on tariffs. Owners can also allow others access to the charging device either for free or for a fee. Virta has recently set up shop in Berlin to coordinate its German operations.
uusisuomi.fi (in Finnish), virta.global (Berlin office)
Urban fast-charging: The Hague and Fastned opened the first of five EV fast-charging stations. The urban location completes the Dutch company’s offering that so far was concentrated along motorways.
More chargers in London will go up in the vicinity of Westminster council. From next January, existing charge points will be upgraded and 20 new ones installed, including rapid chargers. Operators will vary.
Electric buses wanted: The utility of the German city of Osnabrück, Stadtwerke Osnabrück, is calling for tenders for 13 electric buses including charging infrastructure. The call is Europe-wide. The company aims to operate a fully electric line by 2018 and will make its decision in June 2017.
hasepost.de (in German)
Zero Emission Research Opportunity: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) made another 2.75m dollars of funding available for its ZERO programme. FTA is looking for nonprofit consortia to facilitate zero-emission public transportation vehicle technology and related infrastructure.