Daimler to ready car2go for fusion with BMW’s DriveNow?
Daimler has acquired all Car2Go shares from partner Europcar, thus making way for the expected alliance with BMW’s DriveNow potentially. The buy out cost Mercedes 70 million euros. Daimler and BMW have been discussing plans to build a joint business for mobility services in Europe since 2017.
Solaris to provide 16 hybrid buses for Stettin
The Polish city of Stettin has placed an order with Solaris for 16 new hybrid buses. The Solaris Urbino series hybrid buses will come in two different size variety, at 12m and an articulated 18m version, running on a 120 kW and 200 kW traction motor, respectively.
Paris police now patrols with the e-Golf
The “Gendarmerie” of Paris is now approaching their suspects silently as the French force leases 16 e-Golf from Volkswagen. They came fully dressed in what the police calls a black and white retro style and each district will get one for a year.
Essel Infraprojects invests 440 million euros in e-mobility
Essel Infraprojects, a section of Indias largest media company, has made an investment of 35 billion rupees, or 440m euros in electric transport. Most of the money is for the production of 1,000 electric buses, however they also plan to invest in electric rickshaws and charging and battery exchange stations in India.
Air BnB for EV charging ‘Share&Charge’ to close down
The app Share&Charge that allows users to offer EV drivers the use of their private charging station is closing down on March, 31. An email informed all members that the blockchain-based service is to go into revision. Maker MotionWerk remains convinced that this will be the future of EV charging.
Seat takes over ride-share provider Respiro
Seat has acquired the Spanish ride-share startup Respiro, which is currently operating in Madrid with about 200 vehicles, including electric and hybrid ones. The plan is to expand the ride-share company to further major cities in the coming years.
Cityscoot collects fresh financing of 40 million euros
The French electric scooter company Cityscoot has secured additional financing valued at 40 million euros. They plan to seriously expand in Paris and beyond, expanding to additional cities, including Nice, and three other cities, which have not yet been decided. One is set to be in France, one in Switzerland, and one in Italy.
BYD Coach and Bus to supply ebuses in California
BYD’s arm in the U.S. has announced two new partnerships to introduce 29 electric buses along the California coast. The University of California, San Francisco, has purchased 15 of the K7 buses by itself, while Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District will be employing 13 of the buses.