Bordeaux Métropole ordes 36 VDL electric buses
The French municipal association Bordeaux Métropole has ordered 36 electric articulated buses of the recently launched Citea generation from VDL Bus & Coach for a new express bus route. VDL will also be responsible for all charging equipment at the terminals and depot.
EVBox opens upgraded factory
EVBox has opened a renovated and modernised factory in Bordeaux for the production of DC charging stations for electric vehicles. The company took over the Bordeaux site in July 2018 and has been renovating it ever since.
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.
Charging on the go.
Tesla fan Bjørn Nyland shows us how to recharge a Tesla Model S without ever plugging in at a charging station. The “trick” is to hook it up to and trail it behind its big brother, the Model X. But considering the possible damages, it may not be the most economical way to fill the battery.
insideevs.com (with video)
Utrecht, Bordeaux, Paris, Denver, Orkney.
Utrecht wants top spot: The Dutch province wants to have more than 10,000 electric cars on its road by 2020, more than any other Dutch region does per capita. One way Utrecht wants to reach its goal is by electrifying delivery vehicles.
utrechtcentral.com; utrecht.nl (in Dutch)
Twizy goes Bordeaux: Bolloré´s Blueclub carsharing fleet in Bordeaux, France, has new members. Since Tuesday, subscribers can drive one of 20 Renault Twizy. The Bluely service in Lyon already includes 30 of the two-seaters and by the end of 2015, there’ll be a total of 110 Renault Twizys available across the two services.
E-scooters for Paris: The free-floating electric scooter sharing CityScoot kicks off in the French capital this month. During the one month testing phase, there will be 30 scooters available, but operators hope to have 1,000 of the two-wheelers on the road by 2016. The scooters have a range of about 100 km.
No Charge to Charge in Denver: Nissan has started its free charging programme in Denver. For the next two years, all Nissan Leaf bought there can charge at no cost. The offer is already available in 17 other cities across the U.S. and Nissan says, it will by 25 by the end of the year.
Orkney Islands Council get e-bus: The Optare Solo SR bus has 70-mile range and will commute back and forth from the airport. It is expected to make five trips before recharging. A rapid charger will be installed later this year and cut the charging time to one and a half hours.