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New BMWi Energy Research Funding Notice Published: Support for Whole Energy Value Chain Including Renewables, CCS and Energy Efficiency

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has published a new energy research funding notice (Förderbekanntmachung) that has become effective on 1 January 2015. The notice relates to the government’s 6th Energy Research Programme. In line with the programme it provides support for research along the whole energy value chain from power generation (including CCS) to transmission, distribution and storage as well as for energy efficiency.

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National Electromobility Initiative Presents Progress Report 2014 – Registrations of Electric Cars Decline in November

On Tuesday the National Electromobility Initiative (NPE) presented its Progress Report 2014. The presentation occurred amid reports about declining registrations of new electric cars and the announcement of the closure of Germany’s only lithium ion battery cell manufacturer, Li-Tec Battery GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG, by the end of 2015. At the end of the market ramp up phase (2010 to 2014) Germany was on the right track with 17 electric cars offered by German manufacturers and 12 more to come in 2015, but more needed to be done if Germany wanted to reach the government’s goal of having one million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020, the report says.

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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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EU Council Adopt Directive for the Deployment of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure

Yesterday the Council adopted a Directive for the Deployment of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure, which aims at ensuring the build-up of an infrastructure for alternative fuels and the implementation of common technical specifications in the Union as well as appropriate consumer information that inter alia allow to compare prices with those of conventional fuel prices. Member States must set and make public their targets and present their national policy frameworks by end-2016. Parliament had already approved the Directive in April 2014.

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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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