London updates rapid-charging for electric cabs
The Mayor of London marks the installation of the 100th fast-charging station in the UK capital. 51 of those charge points are reserved for electric black cabs. Also London’s boroughs say they’ve made progress in their patchy EV infrastructure.
Hermes, Lyft, nuTonomy, France, Bluepoint, Texas.
Hermes kicks-off electric delivery in Hamburg: The German logistics company started to deploy six electric transporters in different neighbourhoods of Hamburg. The sextet bases on Fiat’s Ducato and has been modified by Hamburg-based Emovum. In early 2018, Hermes and cooperation partner Mercedes-Benz Vans want to extend the electrified delivery nationwide by gradually adding 1,500 electric powered Vito and Sprinter until the end of 2020.
electrive.net , newsroom.hermesworld.com (both in German)
Lyft and nuTonomy team up in order to bring “thousands” of autonomous cars on the streets. The MIT spin-off intends to start working with the cab service already next month with a pilot project in Boston. There Lyft users will be able to book autonomous Renault Zoe models for a ride.
In France too, the Zoe is to drive autonomous as car supplier Delphi plans to launch a new service together with Transdev and Renault. Kick-off is scheduled for the on-going year with two autonomous Zoe models in Normandy and a shuttle bus in Saclay close to Paris. Due to security reasons, human drivers will accompany the service initially.
London to see Bluepoint’s car hire scheme: EV charging network operator Bluepoint wants to repeat the success of Paris’ Autolib scheme and thus announced plans to expand its plug-in car hire business across London. According to the company, a trial in Hammersmith and Fulham already worked out well.
Texas rewards EV purchase again: Texas reanimates its subsidy programme for electric vehicles stopped in 2015. Thus the state contributes again 2,500 dollars to every new EV on top of the federal subsidy of 7,500 USD.