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GREAT News, September 2016

Welcome back from what we hope was a fantastic summer vacation. Also, welcome to a productive fall. GREAT was busy lobbying for the alternative fuel cause right up to summer vacation and we are kick starting the fall with a lot of new activities. This newsletter will cover the activities leading up to summer as well as what is coming up. In just a few weeks GREAT will join the Fehmarnbelt Days, testing the QC infra on the way there. Continue reading to find out how to follow our journey and much more.
 

What's left to be built?

GREAT starts off after summer with a finalised procurement process of Quick Chargers and new locations in negotiation that are certain to show up with new chargers built by the next newsletter.

Follow us to Hamburg

The GREAT team is trying out the infrastructure in the corridor. Starting on the 19th of September at lunchtime we will drive a Nissan Leaf from Malmö to Hamburg and the Fehmarnbelt Days. Is sustainable cross border road travel easy or hard? Make sure to add us on Twitter not to miss our journey.

GREAT Conference

September 22nd, during the Fehmarnbelt Days, GREAT arranges a conference titled: A better way – Alternative energy in road transportation. What if we all drove our alternative fuel vehicles to the Fehmarnbelt Days? Is it possible today and what is needed to upscale the decarbonisation process in the EU?

Join us and listen to the keynote by Mr. Pat Cox as well as an interesting panel discussion on the politics of alternative fuels.

Upcoming Events

The following dates GREAT will be represented. If you would like to suggest participation or add items to the list, please contact the coordinating team on the addresses at www.great-region.org

Date

Event

September
20-22

Fehmarbelt Days, Hamburg
See details above

October 11

LNG Workshop, Gothenburg
More info to come

November 9

Seminar on Sustainable road Transport, Brussels
More info to come

November 30 -
December 2

Sustainable City Development conference, Malmö
www.malmo.se/scd2016

Folkemødet

GREAT together with STRING arranged a debate at the Danish political festival Folkemødet at Bornholm. In the debate on how to persuade more people to switch from petrol or diesel to alternatively powered vehicles, views are poles apart even in the STRING corridor.

TEN-T Days

At the TEN-T days GREAT was represented in two joint booths. The first both, jointly organised by all the CEF founded EV projects, highlighted the GREAT quick charger investments and the road ahead for EV mobility in Europe. The other, organised by NGVA Europe, showed the LNG investments within GREAT together with other LNG and CNG stakeholders. Click the picture to watch the EV booth film.

Almedalen

Just before entering summer vacations in Scandinavia Britt Karlsson-Green represented GREAT at the Swedish political week at Almedalen, Gotland. Britt made several appearances in panels throughout the week and GREAT also co-arranged a seminar on alternative fuels with among others the Swedish Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy: Ibrahim Baylan. Click the picture to watch the seminar (Swedish only).

ELBNB

Take a look at this fantastic initiative by our friends at Renault. ELBNB is a social marketplace where anyone can share their electricity with other EV drivers.

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World Record

On September 11 there will be an attempt for the World Record for Largest Parade of Electric Cars in Silkeborg, Denmark. Join the attempt below.
 

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E-Car Expo

This fall the first Nordic EV car show will take place in Stockholm and Gothenburg and some of the GREAT partners will be present. Find more info and buy tickets below.

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New Project Coordinator

On the first of September the GREAT team welcomed our new Project Coordinator, Tess Waltenburg. She is replacing Emma Cosmo who left for other challenges in the beginning of summer. Tess has recently graduated with a degree in Ethnology from Lund University. ”I feel really excited to have the opportunity to work with this very interesting project and dedicated consortium of partners." Tess says.

ABB to deliver Quick Chargers

E.ON announces that they, in the beginning of summer, chose ABB as their first strategic partner in delivering Quick Chargers to their installations in the GREAT project. The procurement process, compliant with EU regulation, has been running all through spring.

GREAT predicts:

The market for alternative fuels and AFVs is not mature! We strongly believe that continued support on EU, National and Regional level for increased market share of alternative fuel vehicles is necessary and very important. To increase customers’ interest and acceptance we do need more and continuing support, enabling faster expansion of alternative fuel infrastructure.

For this reason seven TEN-T/CEF co-funded actions for electric vehicles have written a letter to Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the Energy Union.

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