Bolloré hires ZF manager as new Head of eMobility
France’s Bolloré Group has appointed former ZF and Valeo manager Richard Bouveret as the new CEO of its battery and electric bus businesses. He has headed the Group’s eMobility activities, which include the Blue Solutions, Blue Storage and BlueBus subsidiaries, since 1 September.
Mercedes buses with solid-state batteries arrive in Bremen
Daimler Truck has now delivered the first of 20 electric buses with solid-state batteries as ordered by Bremen’s public transport operator BSAG. Another four eCitaro will arrive in Bremen in the coming weeks, while both sides have signed a contract for the delivery of 15 identical buses in 2022.
Gaussin gets license to build Bluebus Cit-e bus
Gaussin announced the acquisition of a worldwide license (outside France) from Bolloré subsidiary Bluebus for its 6 meter, 22 passenger electric bus, equipped with LMP batteries. The vehicle will be renamed Cit-e and manufactured through Gaussin’s current and future network of licensees.
“Actually, we are the pioneer of solid-state battery”
They are the only manufacturer of solid-state batteries for electric vehicles on an industrial scale – and yet they are hardly in the spotlight: French Bolloré subsidiary Blue Solutions developed and commercialised batteries with solid-state electrolyte years ago. Their most prominent customer is Daimler.
Paris public transport operator orders 109 electric buses by Bluebus
The French electric bus manufacturer Bluebus, part of the Bolloré Group, has announced two orders from the public transport operator RATP for a total of 109 electric buses for the Ile-de-France region, as the Paris conurbation is called. One special feature here is that the buses have solid-state batteries on board.
Total take on the Source London charging network
Total is set to take over operation of London’s oldest electric vehicle charging network Source London as the petrol-chemical company announced the acquisition of Bolloré’s Blue Point London today. The transaction is to be completed by year’s end.
Paris: RATP to order 800 electric buses by 2024
The Parisian public transport operator RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) intends to procure up to 800 electric buses by 2024 in order to replace existing diesel buses and combat smog in the greater Paris area in the run-up to the 2024 Olympic Games.
Bolloré to scrap half their Autolib fleet
After the city of Paris decided not to continue the car-sharing program Autolib by Bolloré a month ago, the service was officially shut down on July 31. The 4,000 electrified vehicles will now disappear from Paris’s streets.
Hanergy and Bolloré working on solar EVs
The Chinese solar company Hanergy has set up a strategic cooperation with Bolloré subsidiary Bluecar through their own subsidiary Donghan New Energy Automotive Technology to develop and produce solar electric vehicles.
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.
BlueSG ready for its car sharing debut in Singapore
Bolloré subsidiary BlueSG is going to kick off its EV car sharing service in Singapore on December, 12th, as planned. Within three years, the fleet shall grow to 1,000 electric cars and the infrastructure network to 500 stations with a total of 2,000 charging points.
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.
Bolloré, India, Disney World, New Zealand.
Bolloré goes West: After BlueIndy has finally taken off in Indianapolis, the Frech seek to expand their EV sharing to California. Bolloré’s BlueLA pilot programme will consist of 100 electric cars and 200 charging stations and is currently underway. CARB granted Los Angeles 1.6m for setting it up but the French think they will bear 80 percent of the cost in the end with the city financing the rest.
Indian ministries to switch: Ministers responsible for power, coal, renewable energy and mines in Delhi will start using electric cars. Tenders for about 1,200 vehicles are currently being prepared as are matching fast-charging stations.
Donald Duck’s 313 car may soon drive all by itself. Maybe not that car but Disney World Florida is in late-stage talks with Local Motors and Navya from Paris to deploy a large fleet of autonomous electric shuttles. They will be tested on employees prior to taking passengers around the fun park.
Electric Day Pass: Regular business flyers to New Zealand’s Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch can now book a free Volkswagen e-Golf. Europcar and Volkswagen New Zealand have teamed up with the three airports for the Electric Day Pass (EDP) programme.
Bolloré, Quebec, Canada, Malaysia, eVolt.
Bolloré to launch in London: The French firm is ready to roll-out its electric carsharing scheme BlueCity in the British capital finally. Not quite though, as only Hammersmith and Fulham has been bold enough to make the move so far. The borough’s bid for better air quality includes an initial 30 electric vehicles and about 85 on-street charging points set to reach 150 this summer. On top, Hammersmith and Fulham residents will be offered a year’s free membership and 20 hours of free driving. While BlueCity has been three years in the making, Bolloré has met severe difficulties in London due to its reportedly complex political power map and poor charging infrastructure. Still, BlueCity shall eventually include up to 3,000 red electric cars.
Electric scooter incentives: Quebecers can now claim a 500 dollar rebate from the province when going for an electric moped limited to 65 kph. The incentive is part of the Ride Electric subsidy scheme that also includes a 2,000 dollar goodie for electric motorcycles.
Taking aim at the whole of Canada is Cadillac Fairview, who announced its national EV charging programme that will see networked chargers at 15 CF properties. There will be 45 across Canada in 2017 and continuing into 2018.
Campus cycling: Six universities in Malaysia will receive a total of 1,200 electric bicycles from the government as it wants to promote electric mobility. The e-bikes are made by a local company.
Fluid fast-charging: eVolt has launched its third-generation Rapid EV charger, the Raption 5. It uses four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. It thus completes an 80% charge in 30 minutes with simultaneous charging for two EVs at 50kW DC and 43kW AC.
Solaris, Dubrovnik, Efacec, Bolloré, Tesla.
Buses big in Belgium: Soon all buses in Belgium will be electrified it seems. After Volvo and ABB scored their biggest order to date with 90 electric buses and 12 chargers, it is now on Solaris. Transport provider Société Régionale du Transport (SRWT) has ordered 208 hybrid buses. The contract is worth 105m euros and includes maintenance. Solaris will deliver this September.
infobus.pl (in Polish)
E-scooter sharing: Croatian Dubrovnik ordered 100 electric scooter. Tourists and locals can book them via app from April onwards. 15 charging stops stand ready and double as rental stations. Testing has commenced since autumn, yet the city has not made any rates public.
marcopolo.de (in German)
350 kW charging: Portuguese Efacec builds charging stations and has already sold 44 units from its HV-Serie. It can charge with up to 350 kW and half of the stations have been installed in various projects. The series includes models with power ranges from 50, 160, 175 and 350 kW.
E-car sharing: In Singapore, Bolloré just scaled back its BlueSG EV sharing. Only 10 – 20 electric cars will be deployed this summer and not 125 as initially planned. But the long term strategy remains and shall see the French group set up 2,000 EV charging stations for 1,000 of its EV within four years.
Tesla landed in the UAE as planned and started to install Superchargers right away. One fast-charging station connects Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Destination chargers can be found in Dubai already.
Helsinki, California, Bolloré, Destination Charger, London.
Electric buses for Helsinki: The Finnish capital commissioned their first electric bus on Monday. Another three will follow before spring and the city plans to have a total of 12 electric buses in service before the end of the year. The buses were delivered by Linkker and are fitted with drivetrains from Visedo.
EV uptake programme: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) asked for 253m dollars from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fund at total of seven projects that will help accelerate EV uptake in the Golden State. Most of these projects involve setting up EV charging infrastructure and electrifying fleets.
Loosing game: Bolloré’s e-carsharing scheme Autolib’ (as it is called in Paris) is a loss-making business in any city that it is active, unless the programme is highly subsidised. In Paris alone, the company expects to lose 179m euros by the end of the contract duration. And Bolloré’s cars are not a sales hit either – only 942 of the tiny BlueCars were sold to individuals in 2016; 15 percent less than in the year prior.
Destination charging for all? Company DigiNow has developed an adapter to allow electric cars other than Tesla to also plug-in at Destination Chargers. So far, Tesla have not commented, but they can surely not be too happy if EVs other than their own use their free infrastructure.
autoblog.com (with video)
London funds emobility, earmarking a total of 1.4m pounds to set up a zero emission zone including fast- and regular charging in Hammersmith, a trial of one of the UK’s first hydrogen-diesel powered vans at Heathrow Airport, and high-voltage training for electricians, new chargers and EV test drives for local businesses in Harrow. These are only three of a total of six neighbourhoods that will receive funding.
EnBW, London, BYD, BMW, Bolloré.
Diesel ban I: German utility EnBW counts 3,600 fleet vehicles – which it is now looking to renew. All diesel cars will successively be replaced by electric and hybrid cars. Just recently, EnBW subsidiary BW Netze took delivery of 50 e-Golf.
Diesel ban II: The City of London Corporation announced that it will not purchase or lease any new diesel cars. Having established environmental zones, the British capital has been trying to keep diesel cars out.
Mega deal in the works? BYD is reportedly hoping to get a 1.52bn yuan deal from the Shenzhen Bus Group for the delivery of hundreds of electric buses. As reported, a big portion of a deal with the city of Shenzhen for nearly 3,000 electric buses had fallen through without further explanation.
BMW Connected for Europe: Already available in the United States, the digital mobility assistant will soon arrive on the old continent. BMW Connected recognizes information like addresses or arrival times from calendars and calculates the best time to leave based on real-time traffic information. Moreover, one can check range and battery charge level for electric and hybrid cars without entering the vehicle, to help plan travels more accurately.
E-carsharing in Singapore: Bolloré will operate its planned electric carsharing in the Asian city state for ten years. On top of delivering 1,000 EVs, it will install 2,000 EV chargers that will be made public after the end contract. Bolloré also wants to locate is Asian-Pacific business in Singapore and will open a research centre there.
Bolloré, California, PSA Singapore, Kiessling Transit, Avista.
Bolloré to enter Asia: The French EV sharing provider has won the bid for the electric carsharing project in Singapore. The scheme will go live by 2020 and feature a fleet of 1,000 electric vehicles. The first 125 EVs to share will be on the road next year via Bolloré’s subsidiary BlueSG, which will install 2,000 charging stations around the city state. For the French firm, it is the first venture in Asia, after similar schemes are already running in Paris, London, or Indianapolis.
Pay-by-Mile in California: With EV owners in California not paying taxes on gas, the state is testing a pay-by-mile scheme to generate funds for road repairs. The pilot programme will see 5,000 participants in various locations testing different payment methods over a nine month period.
Driverless electric AGV: Port operator PSA Singapore has ordered 22 Automated Guided Vehicles for its terminals, which will join 8 existing hybrids. The electric vehicles, that transport containers without human drivers, come from France, Japan and Finland and are expected to arrive around mid 2017.
Hydraulik hybrid buses: Massachusetts-based Kiessling Transit has ordered another 32 hydraulic hybrid buses from Lightning Hybrids with their Energy Recovery System (ERS) system to be installed in Ford E-450 passenger buses. Kiessling Transit will thus almost double its hybrid bus fleet to 67.
265 Avista stations: Washington-based utility company Avista has requested state approval to build 265 new stations over the next two years. The project will cost about 3.1m dollars. Exact locations have not yet been chosen.
ReachNow, Bolloré, Air Liquide, Westward Industries, Australia.
Reaching the future now: BMW debuted a new carsharing service in Seattle. ReachNow includes 370 BMW and Mini vehicles of which one fifth are electric. The app-operated car club includes a chauffeur and delivery service, while i3 or Mini owners will be able to rent out their own cars in the future. Parking is free within the city and the scheme could expand to three more cities within this year.
Future delayed: Bolloré’s London electric carsharing is running behind schedule as negotiations with the British capital’s 33 boroughs are taking longer than expected. The company is adamant to get the same charge deal for the Source London network in all districts, even if that means a one or even two years delay. Bolloré initially planned to have 3,000 BlueCity EVs running by 2018.
H2 fueling stations: The California Energy Commission earmarked 17.3m dollars for the installation of publicly accessible hydrogen fuelling infrastructure. Projects that will cover existing gaps have priority. Meanwhile, Air Liquide released the locations of its first four of 12 H2 stations in north-eastern USA: Hartford, Connecticut, Braintree and Mansfield in Massachusetts and the Bronx in New York.
greencarcongress.com (CALEnergy), greencarcongress.com (Air Liquide)
Parking enforced on EVs: Santa Monica, California, will buy 23 electric three-wheelers for 1m dollars. The GO-4 EV trikes by Westward Industries (also used by the NYPD) are made for parking enforcement agencies and security patrols, as they are just over a metre wide and have a range of up to 75 miles. Approval of the plan will be on the city council’s agenda tomorrow.
Fleet electrification: Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has further electrified its fleet. 36 hybrid vehicles are now joined by two Nissan Leaf and two e-bikes. Another eight EVs are lined up for purchase and solar panels for charging are currently being installed.
csiro.au, insideevs.com, evfleetworld.co.uk