ALD to take over Leaseplan for nearly €5Bn
ALD Automotive, the leasing and mobility subsidiary of the major French bank Société Générale, has announced that it will take over its competitor Leaseplan for 4.9 billion euros. The joint venture NewALD is to grow primarily with e-mobility services.
SPIE UK en route to fleet decarbonisation by 2025
British energy and communications firm SPIE UK announces the first step in its fleet electrification effort. The company purchased 60 Nissan e-NV200 vans and says it aims to replace 98 per cent of its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2025.
ALD, NSB & GreenMobility launch Oslo car sharing
Fleet specialist ALD Automotive has launched an electric vehicle sharing service in Oslo in cooperation with train operator NSB and the Danish mobility service provider GreenMobility. Starting this December, 250 Renault Zoe will be available for rental via app.
BYD, Nissan, Enel, Heathrow, ALD Automotive, Bermuda.
BYD Down Under: Brisbane has ordered eleven electric buses to serve at its airport. While they will be build by Australian Carbridge, battery technology is BYD’s. The Chinese company only recently secured a contract to deliver 40 electric buses to Sydney airport.
Nissan Leaf heads to Chile: Nissan Chile sold 25 units of the little EV to utility Enel, which offered it to employees via a raffle. The sale is part of an initiative geared exclusively towards fleet operators and Enel also set up a rebate scheme for members of staff.
And off to Heathrow Airport where 17 Nissan Leaf arrived. Twelve will serve security and luggage teams while the remaining five form a pool. They come in the wake of a bigger electrification effort at London’s airport, which includes infrastructure and other EVs.
PHEV fleet trial: ALD Automotive UK has taken on a fleet of 20 Mercedes C350e Plug-In Hybrids in an attempt to define their feasibility for a typical business fleet. Charging points have been installed as well and the trial will run for 6 months before the firm may recommend PHEV to its clients.
Rent a Twizy in Bermuda: The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club hotel now provides guests with the option to rent a Renault Twizy and reserved a fleet of 25. They come at the same rate as a scooter, that is at 79 dollars per day.
Montreal, Seoul, Okinawa, BienVEnu, ALD Automotive.
City charging network: Montreal moves its electrification efforts ahead as it plans a 1000-strong EV charging network by 2020. The first 106 chargers at on-street parking spots shall stand by next spring.
Electric car sharing in Seoul: Renault Samsung delivers 50 SM3 ZE to the Korean capital’s EV sharing project Gcar Sharing. If reception is good, Seoul will see 1,000 electric cars for hire by 2018. Already a fleet of 40 SM3 ZE serves as taxis in the city (we reported).
koreaherald.com, yonhapnews.co.kr (in French)
Toyota EV for tourists: 30 COMS will go on trial on the Japanese island of Okinawa in January 2016. The ultra-compact EVs will be available to hire at hotels and sightseeing sites and include an app that guides tourists along trails no car or bike could comfortably go.
Residential charging: The French BienVEnu project will install about 100 electric vehicle charging in apartment blocks over three years and include EV sharing. ERDF and seven partners receive 10 million euros from the French agency for environment and energy control (Ademe).
Hybrid fleet: ALD Automotive has taken delivery of 50 Mercedes hybrids. Over 30 C- and E-Class hybrids will serve in its own internal fleet with the remainder added to PoolFleet to lease to customers.