London Gatwick expanding electric car sharing
The UK airport has launched a car-sharing service with ten electric vehicles and charge points from Bolloré’s BlueCity, building on an earlier trial. The vehicles are part of a larger city fleet, and can be used and dropped anywhere in London.
London, Gothenburg, BlueCity, H2 Mobility, Aspen.
London gets 36 electric buses: BYD and ADL (Alexander Dennis Limited) managed to get a letter of intent from transport provider RATP Dev to acquire 36 electric buses to serve on lines C1 and 70. Deliveries of the Enviro200 models are scheduled for spring 2018 and price negotiations are underway. Once concluded, the latest order will bring the number of ADL BYD electric buses in the UK capital to over 100, more than in any other major European city.
Gothenburg too got the hang of electric buses and thus extends its ElectriCity project together with Volvo to 2020. Two more electric buses shall take over line 16, after the electrification of no. 55 has proven a success.
Slowly but surely: BlueCity dares to grow its EV sharing in London fivefold, from 10 to 50 electric cars after the Hammersmith & Fulham trial went well. Availability will include Merton and Hounslow. Bolloré has been trying to gain ground in London since 2014.
German H2 initiative: Hesse state has 5 hydrogen stations as the joint venture H2 Mobility Deutschland opens two new ones. The JV consists of Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde and Shell that thus expand in the Rhine-Main area, namely in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. Germany now has a total of 30 H2 stations and these last two saw the federal government pour 1.6m euros into them. H2 Mobility not only got mighty shareholders but associated partners too with BMW, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen.
It took Aspen 18 months to decide to apply for funding for electric buses and infrastrcuture. City officials will now be asked to grant 1.5m dollars towards the acquisition of eight electric buses from New Flyer. RFTA plans to also apply to the state for a grant worth 1.7m and to the FTA for a 3.2m grant.
Munich, Cannon, BlueCity, Evercar, EVGo.
Munich goes on the e-offensive:: The city wants to successively replace 220 of its own vehicles that don’t travel more than 80 km per day with EVs by 2023. Munich says it will take delivery of the first 70 electric vehicles by the end of next year. EV infrastructure in the city will also be build up in the coming months.
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New turbo-chargers announced: ITT brand Cannon will present a new fast-charging system at the eCarTec in Munich next week. According to company, the liquid cooled plug and cable design has been tested at 400 amperes and 1,000 Volt.
E-carsharing expands: London’s Bolloré offspring BlueCity will start offering its e-carsharing vehicles at the Gatwick airport. A total of five chargers will be installed there over the coming months.
Evercar throws in the towel: The company that rented out electric and hybrid cars to Uber and Lift drivers (we reported) will do so no more. The business model was apparently not as lucrative as they had hoped.
Fast-charging Colorado: EVGo has finished setting up 18 new fast-chargers in Colorado, which already has a network of public charging. The provider says it wants to ultimately offer a place to plug “within 5 to 10 miles of any given location in a larger city.”