Thoughts from CES: e-shuttles are coming – but when?
A visit to the CES technology trade fair in Las Vegas confirmed an already growing impression: The car of the future is a bubble-like pod vehicle, and most exhibitors also agreed that these small shuttle buses will one day rule the city; and by the by, universal adoption of the electric drive is simply a […]
Germany: MOIA e-shuttle ride sharing goes public in April
The VW subsidiary MOIA has started their final tests with ten electric shuttles in Hamburg, Germany. The fully electric vehicle is based on a VW van with a range of 300 km and is destined for affordable ride-sharing. A 100 strong fleet is to take to the streets of Hamburg this April with quick expansion […]
MOIA switching from testing to regular operations
The MOIA ride-share initiative in Hannover switched from their test phase to official commercial operation today. The permit granted by the city allows the company to start with 150 vehicles. By 2020, the MOIA fleet in Hannover will be allowed to grow to 250. By the end of 2020, the VW subsidiary plans to have […]
MOIA, Proterra, Fastned, Bolloré, Innogy.
Electric shuttle in Hamburg: VW’s mobility company MOIA and the Hamburger Hochbahn AG are developing a new mobility service for the Hanseatic town. Part of the project is an app-based on-demand electric shuttle service that allows people heading in the same direction to connect. Moia is building fully electrified vehicles with space for 6 passengers for this purpose specifically. The service shall be launched after a trial period next year with approximately 200 cars. Later on, the initiators intend to enlarge the fleet and to expand in other cities.
Proterra joins CharIN: Proterra is the first U.S. electric bus maker to enter the fast charging initiative CharIN. According to Proterra, its electric buses accumulated 3.3m miles charging with CCS to date.
Fastned doubles issue: Within 2 weeks, the Dutch fast charging company has issued bonds worth around 7.7m euros to more than 600 investors. Due to high demand, the board more than doubled the issue, initially limited to 3.3m euros. With the new capital Fastned seeks to extend its charging network in the Netherland as well as abroad.
EV sharing in LA: Bolloré’s will kick-off its BlueLA pilot programme tomorrow as planned. The EV sharing starts with 100 electric cars and 200 charging stations in so-called disadvantaged communities.
German software meets U.S. hardware: RWE spin-off Innogy and BTCpower entered a partnership. The software allows coordinated charging that avoids load peaks. First charging points have already been equipped with the new software.
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)