Posts Tagged: Electric Vehicles in Germany

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 »

BASF to build battery materials plant in Germany, supplying up to 400,000 EVs per year

Chemical company BASF announced a new battery materials production site in Schwarzheide, Germany, as part of its multi-step investment in Europe’s EV value chain. The new plant will produce cathode active materials with an initial capacity enabling the supply of around 400,000 pure EVs per year with BASF battery materials. The company says the Schwarzheide… Read more »

Musk responds to environmental concerns about Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory site

Tesla’s board of directors has approved an agreement with the state of Brandenburg to buy a property in an industrial area on the outskirts of Berlin, bringing the company a step closer to opening its European Gigafactory. According to a Brandenburg government spokesman, Tesla will buy the 300-hectare property for a price of around 41… Read more »

BMW to install 4,100 new charging points in Germany

BMW plans to install 4,100 charging points at its German locations by 2021. The charging points will include AC and DC fast chargers, and will be powered by renewable energy. Most of the stations will be installed around Munich – other sites include Berlin, Leipzig, Regensburg, Landshut, Wackersdorf, and Dingolfing. BMW anticipates that, by 2021,… Read more »

VW to deploy 4,000 charging points at German workplace sites

Volkswagen plans to install around 4,000 charging points at its German company facilities by 2025, beginning with 60 points recently installed for employees at a component plant in Braunschweig. The company will invest some €250 million ($276.5 million) to expand the charging infrastructure at its European sites, aiming to add around 36,000 new charging points… Read more »

UK lags behind Europe on home EV charging speeds

When you think of roadblocks to EV adoption, vision-challenged automakers, uneducated dealerships and SUV-loving consumers make for convenient culprits. However, in many parts of the world, arcane technical and political issues also present major challenges. In the UK, a technical issue having to do with the electrical grid is emerging as a limitation on home… Read more »

VW launches electric car share program WeShare in Berlin

Volkswagen has launched WeShare, its 100% electric car sharing program, in Berlin. The program will begin with 1,500 e-Golf vehicles. VW plans to add 500 additional e-up! vehicles at the beginning of 2020 as well as the ID.3 after releasing it in mid-2020. WeShare is a “free-floating” system without rental stations and is operated via… Read more »

Berlin orders 15 more electric buses from Solaris

Berlin’s public transport operator BVG has ordered fifteen articulated electric buses from Solaris, a Polish bus and trolleybus manufacturer. The Solaris Urbino 18-meter buses will be delivered in 2020. The value of the contract, including charging infrastructure, is €13.2 million. Each of the buses will have a battery capacity of 174 kWh. They will be… Read more »