DSB and Better Place Partner to Deliver a Sustainable Transportation Alternative in Denmark with EV-Train Combo
Better Place and DSB, Denmark’s state-owned passenger rail company, signed an agreement to provide Danes with door-to-door, sustainable transportation by combining passenger rail and electric car service.
The agreement contains two main elements. The first is the creation of infrastructure to charge EVs at a number of train stations, and the second is the goal to establish a joint EV-sharing scheme at the main commuter stations. The infrastructure at the train stations will be used by both the EV-sharing scheme and the private EVs. By using smart charging the infrastructure ensures that the EVs are charged at the optimum time, thus ensuring that the energy powering the cars comes from renewable sources whenever possible.
In 2010 DSB and Better Place will establish a pilot project based on a shared EV scheme that will include approximately 10 electric cars at each station. The Høje-Taastrup and Skanderborg train stations will offer customers the opportunity to go from one end of the country to the other in the greenest and most efficient manner.
By using a PC and in the future, a mobile phone, the customer will be able to book train tickets, make seat reservations and order an EV from the sharing scheme, which they can pick up when they arrive at the destination station. The common EV-sharing scheme provided by DSB and Better Place will be extended to several of the largest commuter stations after the initial pilot.
We consider the cooperation agreement with DSB as a unique opportunity to promote the adoption of EVs in Denmark and an important milestone in our work to establish a nationwide infrastructure for sustainable transportation. Together, DSB and Better Place will provide a more convenient, more environmentally friendly transportation solution that allows Danes to be green from door-to-door. This is exactly the kind of coordinated, intelligent co-melting of technologies and solutions, that Denmark needs to reduce the excessive CO2 emissions that come from petrol powered cars.
—Jens Moberg, CEO of Better Place Denmark