Hubject has entered into a cooperation with Ultra-Fast Charging Venture Scandinavia. The 48 fast charging parks of the joint venture between E.On and Clever in Denmark, Norway and Sweden will be connected to Hubject's e-roaming platform intercharge.
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With OVAL, a project recently came to an end that navigated very closely along a central chapter in the history of electromobility and that has a significant impact on current market events. The project investigated how the ad hoc charging at charging stations required by the EU and its billing in compliance with calibration law can be implemented. Click here for the project review.
Charging infrastructure lobbying organisation ChargeUp Europe is looking to move from an informal alliance to an industry association next year, with the organisation appointing Christopher Burghardt, Managing Director Europe of ChargePoint, as President for the first full financial year.
Together with ladenetz.de operator Smartlab, Aareal Bank has developed an automated billing procedure in the area of so-called multi-party payments, which is intended to reduce the enormous billing effort of the municipal utilities organised on ladenetz.de to a minimum.
Fiat Chrysler and NewMotion are collaborating to systematically provide FCA's business customers with access to NewMotion's charging ecosystems. The offering will be rolled out in 12 European countries - the first being France, Germany and the UK.
In the coming year, more and more charging stations will be Plug&Charge-capable. To achieve this, many steps have been necessary behind the scenes in recent years - groundwork from which everyone should now benefit. But one thing is still missing for the technology to be used on a broad scale: a large number of Plug&Charge-capable cars.
EnBW is spinning off its electromobility business area into an independent company. EnBW mobility+ AG & Co. KG will commence operations on 1 January 2021 and will focus on the fields of charging infrastructure (CPO) and electromobility offerings (EMP).
Cologne-based energy supplier RheinEnergie has announced that it will be charging for its TankE charging points from 11 January. For technical reasons, however, the new tariff model will not apply at all charging points. Moreover, this is not RheinEnergie's first attempt to switch to a pay model.
The cooperative "Ladegrün!" announces a new player in the charging infrastructure market. The cooperative is founded as a joint venture by the eco-energy providers Elektrizitätswerke Schönau (EWS), Greenpeace Energy, Inselwerke and Naturstrom as well as GLS Bank.
Kia is now publishing the terms for its "KiaCharge" charging service in Germany, which it says allows customers to charge at 98 percent of all public charging stations in Germany via an account at fixed prices that apply nationwide. Customers are billed once a month.
Volkswagen Group Components has created a new "Charging & Energy" business unit as of January 1, 2021. The unit will be headed by Elke Temme, formerly Managing Director of Innogy eMobility Solutions.
In France, charging network operator Freshmile and charging specialist Chargemap have further developed their cooperation. Previously, access to Freshmile charging stations was via roaming using the Chargemap badge. Now, the Chargemap and Freshmile services are directly connected via the open protocol OCPI.
With 1,000 DC charging parks, the federal government wants to finally make the electric car suitable for the masses and remove the last doubts about charging availability and range anxiety. In the meantime, the associated draft of the so-called fast charging law is being discussed in Berlin. This is intended to define the legal framework for the tenders - but questions remain unanswered.
Fast charging company Fastned saw its revenue from charging transactions increase by 14% year-on-year to €1.9 million in Q4 2020, with the number of charging transactions on the Fastned network rising to over 194,000 (+12%).
The draft bill for the fast charging law has been keeping the charging industry on its toes for weeks. In the meantime, the publicly voiced criticism of charging point operators is getting louder. They fear not only consequences for their existing charging stations, but also further expansion outside the "federal charging parks". But not all companies share the criticism.
British hotel chain Premier Inn has contracted energy company Engie to supply up to 1,000 fast charging points for electric cars, with an initial plan to install 600 charging points with more than 50 kW capacity at 300 hotels over the next three years.
The members of Ladeverbund+ added 135 new stations last year, bringing the total number from 520 to 655 charging stations. In the process, Ladeverbund+ also significantly increased usage figures: the 99,000 charging transactions from 2019 will be matched by more than 150,000 charging transactions in 2020.
Statkraft makes another acquisition in the charging infrastructure sector: the Norwegian state-owned energy company announces the acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Swedish provider Bee Charging Solutions. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.
The BMW Group has introduced a new tariff structure for its charging services BMW Charging and Mini Charging. However, only one of the two tariffs offers fixed prices at all accessible charging stations. Discounted conditions with Ionity cost extra in both cases, however.
Wirelane is equipping the latest generation of its "Light & Charge" charging station series with the cVEND box+ payment system from Feig Electronic. Users can pay at a charging station equipped with it using an NFC-enabled credit or debit card and also via Girocard.
Alongside the BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG, BP will become the third shareholder in the charging infrastructure provider Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS) with a 33.3 percent stake. DCS will also offer combined charging and refuelling solutions in the future through its partnership with the mineral oil group.
The startup Elvah has launched a charging app with a Germany-wide charging flat rate. Elvah advertises that it is the first to offer access to all public charging stations of all providers in Germany.
Payment service provider Worldline has announced the launch of a new payment solution at charging stations. According to the provider, WL Easy EV is suitable for both large infrastructures and smaller providers. Payments can be made at four different card readers via touch screen or push button.
The car club AvD and Smartlab have launched a joint charging card called AvD CHARGe. Through the cooperation of Ladenetz.de Business-Partner with the Automobile Club of Germany, both members and non-members of the AvD can now charge their electric cars at 140,000 charging points in Europe at a special rate.
Kia will offer buyers of the new EV6 reduced prices at its HPC stations in Europe as one of the shareholders of joint venture Ionity, the brand has now announced, offering two pricing packages.
Škoda is now offering users of its electric cars the "Powerpass" charging service, which includes both a charging service for public charging points and wallboxes for charging at home.
Dubbed "Ultium Charge 360," General Motors has unveiled its concept for how to simplify e-car charging for U.S. customers, with a "holistic approach" that aims to cover all charging scenarios, public and private.
Charge4Europe, the joint venture between DKV and Innogy, has signed a roaming agreement with the petroleum company Total. The agreement provides DKV customers with access to additional high-capacity charging stations of up to 350 kW operated by Total.
Mapping specialist TomTom has added improved range and routing features as well as charging point information to its electric vehicle software suite, among other things, the latter made possible by an expanded collaboration with Hubject.
BMW plans to bundle around 360,000 charging stations from various partners in China via a mobile app by the end of the year, making charging easier for customers. The automaker also wants to make its supply chain in China more climate-friendly.
Plugsurfing's partnerships with Polestar as well as Volvo Cars bring new benefits to owners of both brands' electric models: they will be able to charge at all Ionity public fast-charging stations at a heavily discounted rate of 35 cents per kWh from July 1.
In cooperation with the VW charging service provider Elli, the range of LogPay's "Charge & Fuel" card will be expanded and the charging offer will be bundled within the Volkswagen Group.
Energy group Statkraft has rebranded the two companies it acquired, eeMobility and E-Wald, under the European brand Mer. eeMobility and E-Wald will work more closely together under the umbrella of a holding company based in Düsseldorf and have been renamed Mer Solutions GmbH and Mer Germany GmbH respectively.
Charging infrastructure specialist Enel X Romania has joined Hubject's network. Specifically, over 160 Enel X charging points in Romania will become part of Hubject's Intercharge roaming platform. Until now, access to Enel X Romania charging points was only possible via the JuicePass app.
The BMW Group has already exceeded its 2019 target of installing around 4,100 charging points for electrified cars at its German sites by the end of 2021, with around 4,350 charging points installed to date together with partner E.On.
During its recent quarterly earnings conference call, Tesla provided some more information on how the planned opening of its Supercharger charging network to electric cars from other manufacturers could play out, with the Tesla app expected to play a central role.
Renault charging service Mobilize Power Solutions and Schleswig-Holstein-based energy and charging specialist GP Joule Connect have agreed to form a joint venture to increasingly offer turnkey charging solutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland - primarily for commercial fleet operators.
Aral aims to implement the Plug&Charge functionality at the Aral Pulse HPC pumps by the end of the year. In the past few days, Aral has successfully tested the technology together with car manufacturers and its own partners Alpitronic, has-to-be and Hubject at the charging station in Murr near Stuttgart.
The two manufacturer-independent charging specialists Smartlab and The Mobility House have developed an interface that enables data exchange between The Mobility House's ChargePilot charging and energy management system and Smartlab's Lisy central backend system.
Driivz and Hubject are collaborating to drive the adoption of Plug&Charge, with the impetus coming from Mer Group, which is moving to Driivz's operating system to manage its charging infrastructure in Europe and is set to be the first to benefit from this collaboration.
NewMotion, along with its US counterpart Greenlots, will be rebranded as Shell Recharge Solutions. The rebranding will be implemented in early 2022 and will bring together Shell's international range of charging solutions under one identity.
Hubject has announced the launch of the Open Plug&Charge Testing System, which allows market participants to access a neutral testing environment to discover more features of Plug&Charge without any commercial obligation.
Cupra has unveiled the Cupra Easy Charging app, which is analogous to the familiar charging services offered by VW brands, Cupra offers special conditions for public charging, especially to first Born customers.
EnBW now offers the AutoCharge function in its HyperNetz, which eliminates the need to start the charging process via app or charging card. However, the function, which has already been offered by Fastned for some time, should not be confused with Plug&Charge.
Tesla has raised prices at its German Superchargers from 40 cents to 45 cents per kilowatt hour, and prices for using Tesla's fast-charging stations have also risen in other countries.
BMW is offering buyers of its iX and i4 electric models in the U.S. two years of free fast charging at Electrify America's more than 3,000 public charging stations - up to 30 minutes per charge.
Electric car brand Polestar has entered into collaborations with Smatrics and Fresh Mobility in Austria, under which the company is integrating new service offerings into its sales process to provide customers with help with infrastructure and financing.
Tesla has opened more Superchargers in Norway to third-party brands, meaning almost the entire route to the North Cape is now open to e-cars from other manufacturers, according to one observer.
Plugsurfing has signed another collaboration with a Chinese electric car manufacturer, with Xpeng drivers in Norway receiving Plugsurfing's charging solution and a co-branded charging key that gives them access to 300,000 public charging points across Europe via the Plugsurfing network.