Posts Tagged: Electric Vehicles in Germany

Volkswagen plans to install 300 kW DC charging stations at German sites

Charging power levels are on an upward trend, as OEMs and charging providers strive to enable longer ranges and faster charging times. Volkswagen is planning a major expansion of the charging infrastructure at its company facilities in Germany—some 750 new charging points are planned for 2021, and some of these will be High Power Charging… Read more »

Berlin adds 90 Solaris e-buses, expanding its electric fleet to 123 units

Polish bus builder Solaris has delivered 90 new Urbino 12 electric buses to Berlin’s BVG transit agency, bringing the number of Solaris electric buses operating in Berlin to a total of 123. The 65-passenger e-buses feature battery packs with a total nominal capacity of 300 kWh, and are charged using a plug-in system. They sport… Read more »

Munich electrifies an entire bus line with 8 new Ebusco buses

With the deployment of 8 new electric buses from Netherlands-based manufacturer Ebusco, the Munich Traffic Association (MVG) has fully electrified the city’s bus line 144, which runs over the Landshutter Allee and through Olympia Park. The new 12-meter Ebusco 2.2 city buses join 4 Ebusco buses that were delivered to Munich earlier this year. Line… Read more »

Düsseldorf bakery claims to have Germany’s largest fast charging hub

German organic baker Roland Schüren is a long-time supporter of the clean-tech revolution (Energiewende in German). The bakery, located at the busy Kreuz Hilden motorway junction near Düsseldorf, features a large EV charging facility and a rooftop photovoltaic installation. It’s a well-known meeting point for EV enthusiasts, who can top up their batteries while enjoying… Read more »

Plug-in market share powers past 8% in the UK, Germany and France

What a difference a few years (and some judicious government policy) makes. Back in 2014, the US was the center of the EV scene, and sales in Europe had yet to crack the one-percent mark. Now the Continent has left us behind. In June, the market share of plug-in vehicles exceeded 8% in all of… Read more »

German stimulus plan supports EVs, ICEs out fossil vehicles

Following the French government’s announcement of an auto industry bailout that included some pro-EV measures, the German government has unveiled a stimulus package that advances vehicle electrification. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, along with its two governing partner parties, hashed out the agreement in a marathon 21-hour negotiating session. The package, which is expected… Read more »

Tesla greens up Berlin Gigafactory plans, hopes to start production in one year

Tesla is reworking plans for its Berlin-area Gigafactory to answer criticism from environmental groups, a local government official told Bloomberg. The EV trendsetter has faced concerns from locals about deforestation and water usage. In February, the company was forced to temporarily halt construction. New blueprints to be presented in the next couple of weeks will… Read more »

Volkswagen invests €450 million in Northvolt battery operations at Salzgitter

Volkswagen recently announced that it will erect buildings and infrastructure for a new factory in Salzgitter, under its joint venture with Swedish battery producer Northvolt AB. Volkswagen will invest €450 million in the new Northvolt Zwei facility, which will produce lithium-ion battery cells. Construction is scheduled to commence before the end of this year, and… Read more »

German bakery builds EV charging park with 114 chargers, solar power and battery storage

Who knew that bakers would be major drivers of the electromobility revolution? Mexican bakery giant Bimbo is building its own electric delivery vans, and now we learn that German organic baker Roland Schüren is building what’s billed as Europe’s largest electric car charging park. The bakery’s charging facility is located at the busy Kreuz Hilden… Read more »

Monthly EV market share in Germany tops 9 percent, led by Tesla Model 3

Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, has been slower than some of its neighbors to embrace EVs, but things seem to be changing fast. In March, plug-in vehicles accounted for a record 9.2% of the total auto market (as reported by CleanTechnica). The balance between pure EVs and PHEVs was about even. For the first time,… Read more »