Berlin, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- February 23, 2009 - Vattenfall Europe has launched the first charging station for electronic vehicles in Berlin and 50 Mini E electronic cars are now set to hit the city’s streets.

In a joint project between Vattenfall and the BMW Group, 100 Berliners are to be selected as pioneers to test the cars. The cars, which are now being used to test the infrastructure, are being charged at Vattenfall's first charging station in Berlin-Treptow. Additional charging stations due to be installed soon.

Astrid Klug, parliamentary state secretary in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, said this first charging station represents a vital step on the way to achieving e-mobility in Germany. “The ministry completely supports this project, one which is already up and running on the streets of Berlin just three months after it was first announced.”

“As an energy supplier and long-time partner of the capital city Berlin, we're really pleased that our new charging infrastructure will make e-mobility more sustainable here,” explained Dr. Werner Süss, Vattenfall Europe's representative in Berlin. “The launch of the first electricity charging station is an important milestone – that's how we're going to power the electric cars on the streets of the capital.”

“The BMW Group and Vattenfall Europe are the first companies ever to launch an e-mobility programme like this here in Germany,” said Peter Ratz, head of development at the MINI E project for the BMW Group. “And the ongoing scientific monitoring of the project will provide car companies, energy suppliers and of course the political sphere with extremely valuable information and know-how on the future potentials and limits of e-mobility.”