French invasion: Stuttgart, the stronghold of the German car industry, will see its officials cueing in its congested streets in Renaults rather than Mercedes or Porsches. The city council just ordered 32 Kangoo Z.E. together with twelve Zoe to join the municipal fleet. German manufacturers had either not answered the town’s tender at all or only with too expensive an offer. A new invitation to bid will be issued soon though, this time for two-seaters so Daimler’s Smart ED may get its chance to gain back some home territory.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German)
In a reverse coup, Bosch’s electric scooter sharing will gain ground in the French capital. This summer will see 600 such COUP two-wheelers flock to Paris. The free-float service (within business territory) first took off in Berlin, where its fleet is to grow to 1,000 electric mopeds before the year’s end.
Hydrogen networking: Toyota and Honda together with 8 more partners want to establish a JV to grow their homelands H2 station network from today’s 90 to 400 fills within ten years. Installation is to start next year but a basic agreement is due to be signed soon.
Moving forward: Carsharer Communauto confirmed its pilot project in Montreal after receiving assurance that its users will have enough parking spaces. The fleet counts 120 EVs to date and over the next few weeks, 300 new hybrids will be brought into service in Canada as well as in France.
Moving forward too is the Swedish police that tested electric cars reportedly. The units sparked “positive reactions” and so the officers will continue to use them although not for patrols but on shorter distances rather.
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