Archive for the 'Electromobility' Category

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Munich: EUR 23 Million over the Next Three Years in Direct Aid to Electric Cars

Unlike the German government that so far declined to provide direct financial aid for electric cars, the City of Munich wants to grant EUR 23 million spread over 3 years, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. Buyers of passenger cars shall be able to claim EUR 2,500. Craftsman and tradesman, who buy vans up to 7.5 tonnes, shall be eligible for a grant of EUR 7,500. Besides, Munich reportedly wants to invest in the infrastructure for electric cars.

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Hamburg Presents Master Plan for Expansion of Charging Stations for Electric Cars

With a new master plan the City of Hamburg intends to increase charging stations for electric cars to 592, including 70 locations with DC charging stations for fast recharging. Hamburg and the German Federation are supporting the expansion with EUR 4.7 million.

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Showcase Electromobility Programme Launches Own Website

The “Showcase Electromobility Programme”, a government sponsored programme that supports research in electromobility, has launched its own website, parts of which are in English as well.

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Bank Survey Shows Cautious Yes to Electric Cars

A survey by Creditplus Bank among 1,000 Germans shows that 63% are generally willing to change to electric cars, yet a number of caveats were made.

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First Information on Electromobility Act Suggest that Certain Hybrid Cars May Also Benefit

Following Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt’s announcement in late March to pass an Electromobility Act this year, Handelsblatt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) provide first information which suggest that certain hybrid cars may also benefit if the new law comes into force.

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VW and Partners Aggregate Batteries of 20 VW Electric Cars to Provide Operating Reserve

In a research project for system services called INEES Volkswagen AG (VW) teamed up with green electricity provider Lichtblick, PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG and Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES). 20 VW e-up electric cars delivered to test customers shall not only be powered by electricity, but feed back electricity into the grid due to intelligent charging technology and software. That way they shall form a demand-oriented storage battery of a significant size that is able to balance the fluctuating input of wind and solar power and stablize the grid.

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BDEW Starts Issuing Identification Numbers for Electric Cars

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) on 1 March 2014 started to issue uniform identification numbers that shall allow drivers of electric cars easy access to (preferably) all charging stations accessible to the public.

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Government Wants to Work with Länder to Exempt Electric Cars from Parking Fees

An initiative by the the German states (Länder) to promote the sale of electric cars by establishing favourable parking regulations and exemptions of (parking) fees met with approval by the government. The government has, however, doubts as to the legal procedure proposed and announced to review the matter in cooperation with the states.

BDEW: Number of Charging Points and Electric Cars on the Rise

The number of charging points for electric cars has increased by 15% from roughly 3,900 in December 2012 to approximately 4,400 , at 2,033 charging stations) by mid 2013, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed, following a survey among members.

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Fraunhofer ISI Study on Achievability of Electromobility Target 2020 of 1 Million Electric Cars in Germany

A new study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) “Market launch scenarios for electric vehicles” shows that a successful market launch of electric cars depends on various external factors. ISI considers the joint goal of the German government and NPE Mobility of one million electric cars by 2020 still reachable under optimistic assumptions, even without monetary measures. Only 150,000 and 200,000 electric cars on Germany’s roads are possible by 2020 under less optimistic framework conditions.

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