BlueIndy kick-off: As you read this, the first EVs should be rolling on the streets of Indianapolis, as the BlueIndy carsharing scheme started on Wednesday. The Bolloré BlueCars can be found at 25 stations across the city, as well as at the airport. For those in the area, local news station WTHR summarized how the sharing concept works.
greencarreports.com, wthr.com (how it works)
Charger plus battery: CarSharing and Technology with Spirit (TWS) signed a deal allowing the former to offer TWS energy storage and rechargeable battery solutions with its EV charging solutions. CarSharing therefore provides a comprehensive solution to reduce energy costs, as the storage systems can be used to stabilise peaks of consumption.
IKEA drives electric: IKEA containers arriving in the Port of Los Angeles will be unloaded using the ElecTrucks, an all-electric drayage tractor with a range of up to 100 mi. That is enough to reach IKEA stores in the area, which is why the programme may soon include electric transport of the beloved furniture and accessories.
Parcel by e-bike: UPS is extending its pilot programme using electric cargo bikes to deliver parcels in Basel, Switzerland, following the projects recent success in the city of Hamburg. The e-cargo bikes are just three feet wide, feature a 250-watt battery, and can carry up to 330 pounds.
Demo storage project: Alliant Energy is setting up a solar energy storage demonstration project in Wisconsin, USA. It will feature 1,000 solar panels, a storage system and 13 EV charging stations. The panels will i.e. be used in solar parking canopies, covering some 50 parking spots. The project’s first phase is expected be completed by the end of 2015.