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Better Place already operates several battery recharging points in Denmark (Photo: Better Place)

The European Commission has endorsed an E-mobility project that aims to establish a Europe-wide infrastructure for electric vehicles.

The project, called "Greening European Transportation Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles" is led by EV infrastructure specialist Better Place. A coalition of eight partners is is involved in the program, which aims to develop a multi-transport network that combines today's roads and railways with a new network of EV battery-switching stations and recharging facilities. The stations will be powered by renewable energy.

The project has already been endorsed by transport ministries in Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg. Last week Brussels awarded the project a 5 million euro subsidy.

Next to Better place, the other companies involved in the project are: FCC Construccion SA of Spain; Verbund AG of Austria; the City of Copenhagen; Elia System Operator S.A. of Belgium; Technical University of Denmark; the City of Amsterdam; Public Research Center Henri Tudor of Luxembourg; and DSB Kommerciel of Denmark.

The 2.5-year project has four key elements:

  1. The deployment of the first battery switch stations in Europe ”“ one in Copenhagen and another in Amsterdam
  2. Planning for a network for battery switch stations across Western Europe
  3. A pilot for mobility services across electric cars and trains in Denmark
  4. A policy analysis and report on the conditions needed to accelerate the deployment of an “open access” electric car infrastructure of charging and switching stations across Europe
Better Place said one of the project highlights is the debut of Europe’s first commercial battery switch station in Denmark, which is expected to occur later in June.

Better Place and Renault are planning to jointly offer the French carmaker's Renault Fluence Z.E electric model in Denmark with a subscription agreement that lets drivers switch batteries whenever required.

Every subscription will include unlimited access to a Better Place network of public charge spots and battery switch stations, electricity usage, personalized energy management and navigation services via in-car and network software. Better Place will offer an inventory of batteries with a guaranteed service level agreement, 24-hour access to customer service and support, and a private charge spot.

A policy analysis and report on the conditions needed to accelerate the deployment of an “open access” electric car infrastructure of charging and switching stations across Europe. http://tentea.ec.europa.eu/en/ten-t_projects/