Germany Gets Smart with Electric Car Charging Stations

The Berlin electric vehicle project will have more than 100 cars and 500 charging stations.

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Germany’s Daimler has teamed up with Essen-based utility RWE on a pilot project in the country’s capital. The project will see more than 100 electric cars on the road and a network of 500 charging stations.  Daimler currently has a pilot project in London, where a test fleet of about 100 first-generation Smart Fortwo electric cars are being used by corporate groups and municipal authorities, including the London Police.

Eva Wiese, a spokeswoman for Daimler, told the Cleantech Group that the new Smart cars in Berlin will have a greater range.

“The London one has 115 kilometers, and we think that with the new battery technology it will be a little better, but we haven’t specified it yet.”

Recent reports have pegged San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla Motors, maker of the high-speed electric Tesla Roadster, as a battery supplier for Daimler, but the Germany automaker is keeping tight-lipped about its power plans.

“We have been in talks with various companies, but I cannot confirm anything,” said Wiese.

RWE, one of Germany’s largest energy providers, will develop, install and operate the charging infrastructure in Berlin, with Daimler providing electric Mercedes-Benz and Smart cars, as well as vehicle service. The cost of the project was not disclosed, but the companies said the program is getting some support from the German federal government.

The charging station aspect of the project is similar to the partnership between San Jose and Coulomb Technologies in California.  However, the sheer number of planned charging stations and the addition of the electric Smart cars takes the Berlin plan several steps further.

Source: CleanTech

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Dana Nuccitelli

Dana earned a Bachelor's degree in astrophysics from UC Berkeley in 2003 and a Master's degree in physics from UC Davis in 2005. Through college, he grew increasingly interested in environmental issues, particularly global warming and alternative fuel vehicles. After earning his Master's degree, Dana became employed at an environmental consulting firm in the Sacramento, California area. He currently works as an Environmental Scientist, primarily perfoming research and contributing to the cleanup of contaminated former military defense sites.