Munich, BP, Toyota, Munich, New Zealand
Munich to extend electric mobility funding: Bavaria’s capital intends to invest additional 30m euros in electric mobility projects between 2018 and 2020. The programme targets the expansion of the charging network with 1000 new charging points by 2020, an accelerated transition towards EVs in the local transport company’s bus fleet and a support scheme for electric taxis. The latter project will start as early as next month with a budget of 2m euros.
Also BP considers erecting charging stations: The oil and gas company can imagine to equip its service stations across the world with EV charging points, according to CEO Bob Dudley. This statement comes not long after rival Shell launched a pilot scheme to install charging docks at some of its service stations in Britain and the Netherlands. Dudley adds that the idea is to collaborate with the car industry and that talks with EV makers have already taken place. Further details are to follow later.
Ha:mo car sharing soon also in Bangkok: Toyota’s electric car sharing brand enters Thailand’s car sharing market by the end of the year. A recently signed agreement with local Chulalongkorn University includes the installation of 10 ultra compact single-seaters at the university campus. Mid-2018 20 additional units are to follow. Ha:mo has already sites in several Japanese cities and French city Grenoble.
Fast-charging at Munich’s airport: The airport operator has teamed up with car sharing provider DriveNow and ABB in order to erect 8 stations with 24 charging points that are exclusively available for DriveNow’s Munich car sharing fleet, consisting of 85 BMW i3. For everyone else, 36 public charging points are located throughout the airport area.
More electric bikes at New Zealand’s streets? Auckland-based company Big Street Bikers seeks to convince the city’s companies of their electric bike leasing model. With their offer, including the bikes, a fleet management software, regular servicing and safety training, the company targets 10,000 electric bikes at Auckland’s roads by 2020. Allegedly, talks with New Zealand’s largest employers are currently taking place.