Mini E Berlin

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Mini E Berlin
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Type: Field operational test
Tested system/service: Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Countries: Germany ? test users
2 partners 50 vehicles
Active from 2008 to 2009
Mini-E by Vattenfall
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Vattenfall Europe and BMW have started the first field test of electric cars in Berlin. The joint project “Mini E Berlin powered by Vattenfall” started in November 2008 in order to launch emission-free driving in Germany’s capital, and to develop the infrastructure necessary to make the project a success.

This is the first project of its kind in Berlin, and currently there are 50 Mini E cars on the streets with public access to charging points. The project aims at testing the interaction of electric vehicles under everyday conditions, and also the electricity charging infrastructure and charging stations running on wind power.

The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Electricity charging stations:

Vattenfall are installing and operating electricity charging stations in places accessible to the public in Berlin. All of the charging stations can "fill up" electric vehicles from all manufacturers and brands, regardless of which company is their electricity supplier.

Vattenfall will make up to 50 charging stations available. The construction and design of the charging stations permit them to be installed easily in publicly accessible places. The intention is to focus on installing them within the inner ring area of the S-Bahn commuter rail system in Berlin, that is, within the city's environment zone.

The reduction of CO2 emissions in focus:

The Mini E does not generate any local CO2-emissions. In order to present the upstream stages as CO2-neutral Vattenfall is obliging itself to supply only certified "green" electricity for the electric vehicles in the project. This certified "green" power will be available either via the public charging stations, or via the mains of the Mini E drivers’ homes. The reduction of CO2 emissions from the transport systems is one focal point of the national and European climate and energy policy. In this regard the automotive industry and energy suppliers have been contributing their share to achieving this aim – with Vattenfall demonstrating its commitment here to a unique degree.

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