MOIA, BMW, Toyota, Evatran, eBMX.
VW unveils new mobility service brand: The new brand MOIA will initially focus on ride-hailing and (car-)pooling, taking on i.e. Uber. Later, the carmaker wants to develop an all-electric shuttle with autonomous driving options just for these new services. The new 50-person strong team will set up shop in Berlin, and is said to grow to 200 employees by the end of 2017.
autonews.com, autocar.co.uk, bloomberg.com
BMW electric future: Autocar has learned that following the BMW iNext in 2021, which will most likely be sold as the i5, the Bavarians will launch an electric SUV (probably the i6) from 2022. Both EVs will most likely be offered with different size battery options.
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Tow tractor alliance: Toyota Material Handling Europe has acquired 66 percent of material handling company SIMAI, who designs and develops electric tow tractor and platform truck solutions. The Japanese plan to completely take over the Italian company at a later date.
Wireless alliance: The cooperation between U.S. supplier Evatran and Chinese Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company (we reported) is bearing first fruits. JAC Motors presented its electric iEV6S at the Automechanika Shanghai, featuring a wireless charging system by Evatran and VIE.
Crowdfunded electric BMX: Prodecotech and Life Electric Vehicle have launched two aluminium-framed eBMX with a 250 W or 350 motor and stylish colour combinations. Top speed is limited at 12 and 20 mph. For financing, the companies turned to crowdfunding platform Indigeogo, where backers can get first dips on the electric bikes from 599 dollars.
treehugger.com (with video)