Stockholm gets one of a kind e-bike sharing: 5,000 hire electric bicycles will be rolled out in the Swedish capital in 2018 and 2019 after the current contract for the 1,200 regular rental bikes will finish this year. The pedelecs are marketed as “Hybrid Bikes” not only for their muscle-electric propulsion system but also because their batteries can be removed. In fact, it is a novel approach to the charging issue as the batteries are literally in the users’ hands. Anyone who signs up for the scheme will receive a battery to charge at home and to place into the pedelec when needed. The use is free once you paid an annual member fee of 28 euros and such low cost is possible because the city of Stockholm gave operator JCDecaux advertising space in return.
Poland’s biggest electric bus project to date is underway with the transport provider MZK seeking to acquire 47 electric buses to take up service in the town of Zielona Góra. Once the buses arrive, they will replace 60 percent of the overall fleet. Charging infrastructure will be set up by Ekoenergetyka-Polska. They will install fast-chargers that charge at 400 and 800 kW at eleven bus terminals. 29 automated pantographs are part of the deal as well as are the 28 slow charging stations (40 – 80 kW) for overnight charging. The project costs 4m euros.
21 BYD buses for the Netherlands: Dutch transport provider Connexxion has ordered 21 electric Midibuses from BYD. They shall glide along the roads of the province of North Holland in the country’s northwest from summer 2018.
xinhuanet.com, dotcomnieuws.com (in Dutch)
Fleet replacement: UK water company Severn Trent wants to replace 2,200 vans, cars and tankers with alternative fuel vehicles within the next 10 years. The first batch of four Nissan e-NV200 shall mark the start of the campaign next month.
Enough testing: After a three year trial with the NextGen electric trolley, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is buying 26 of the buses at a cost of about 1.2m dollars each. The first production model will be out on the street by early 2019.
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