BP & Didi launch charging joint venture
The British oil company BP announced the establishment of a joint venture for charging infrastructure with the Chinese mobility company Didi Chuxing. The partners are planning to set up a nationwide network of charging stations for electric vehicles in China.
BP Chargemaster presents new 150 kW charger
By 2021, BP Chargemaster plans to have 400 rapid charging stations in the United Kingdom. The company has also introduced a new 150 kW high power charger. By the end of the year, 100 of the new charging stations should already be in use.
FreeWire gathers $15 million in financing round
The high speed charging specialists from FreeWire managed to take in 15 million dollars (about €13.2 million) in fresh capital during a financing round. The investors included BP and Volvo, who had also previously invested in the company.
BP buys Britain’s POLAR charging network
BP will buy one of the UK’s largest EV charging providers. Chargemaster runs aboout 6,500 stations in their Polar network. They did not disclose any details but the new company will be called BP Chargemaster and plans on setting up more fast-charging stations at pit stops.
BP invests in EV charging company FreeWire
Oil giant British Petrol (BP) has invested 5 million dollars in FreeWire, a U.S.-based manufacturer of mobile EV charging systems. BP plans to roll out FreeWire’s Mobi Charger units for use at selected BP retail sites in the UK and Europe during 2018.
Munich, BP, Toyota, Munich, New Zealand
Munich to extend electric mobility funding: Bavaria’s capital intends to invest additional 30m euros in electric mobility projects between 2018 and 2020. The programme targets the expansion of the charging network with 1000 new charging points by 2020, an accelerated transition towards EVs in the local transport company’s bus fleet and a support scheme for electric taxis. The latter project will start as early as next month with a budget of 2m euros.
Also BP considers erecting charging stations: The oil and gas company can imagine to equip its service stations across the world with EV charging points, according to CEO Bob Dudley. This statement comes not long after rival Shell launched a pilot scheme to install charging docks at some of its service stations in Britain and the Netherlands. Dudley adds that the idea is to collaborate with the car industry and that talks with EV makers have already taken place. Further details are to follow later.
Ha:mo car sharing soon also in Bangkok: Toyota’s electric car sharing brand enters Thailand’s car sharing market by the end of the year. A recently signed agreement with local Chulalongkorn University includes the installation of 10 ultra compact single-seaters at the university campus. Mid-2018 20 additional units are to follow. Ha:mo has already sites in several Japanese cities and French city Grenoble.
Fast-charging at Munich’s airport: The airport operator has teamed up with car sharing provider DriveNow and ABB in order to erect 8 stations with 24 charging points that are exclusively available for DriveNow’s Munich car sharing fleet, consisting of 85 BMW i3. For everyone else, 36 public charging points are located throughout the airport area.
More electric bikes at New Zealand’s streets? Auckland-based company Big Street Bikers seeks to convince the city’s companies of their electric bike leasing model. With their offer, including the bikes, a fleet management software, regular servicing and safety training, the company targets 10,000 electric bikes at Auckland’s roads by 2020. Allegedly, talks with New Zealand’s largest employers are currently taking place.
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London charges: Bluepoint London is to add another 400 charging points to its Source London network. Charging spaces can be booked ahead via app. However, rejoicing at those new spots will be charged by time plus a monthly fee. All existing charge spots will remain free of charge.
PSA to share more: Free2Move is a new label for carsharing. PSA has acquired shares in Communauto, which is active in the USA, Canada as well as Paris. Furthermore, PSA will tighten its bonds with Bolloré to add 50 Citroën C-Zero to the Bluely und Bluecub fleets in Lyon and Bordeaux.
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Private sharing: Share & Charge, a community by Slock.it and RWE spin-off Innogy, enables users to share their private EV charging stations and to define pricing. The service is now at beta testing stage in Germany. Eventually, the programme shall even include renting out EVs.
BP is giving in to a new era, adding fast-charging to 10 gas stations. The service was set up with Nissan’s No Charge to Charge programme in North Carolina. Nissan says that once the new BP station charging units are up, Leaf drivers in the area are never more than 10 miles from a fast-charger.
Combined hydrogen charging: Nel Hydrogen Solutions has won a 1.5m euro contract by Latvian SIA Hydrogenis for the delivery of the new dual capability station, which offers a combined hydrogen fuelling solution for cars and buses in Riga. Delivery is planned for mid-2017.