ZF spins off blockchain-based Car eWallet
ZF has founded a startup that incorporates their Car eWallet business. They will offer payment and billing services for transactions such as charging or renting electric cars using blockchain technology. The launch of Car eWallet in Berlin follows a trial with project partners IBM and UBS.
Lime pitching to rent out small electric cars
The bike sharing business Lime wants to expands their electric fleets to four wheels. A confidential deck for investors obtained by Axiom outlines a fleet of small rental EVs and other services to be added this year. Plus, their e-scooter sharing appears profitable.
Electrify America to enter car sharing
The VW subsidiary founded in the wake of the diesel scandal has announced plans to open an EV car sharing service in Sacramento, starting with 260 vehicles. The company is also investing in a budget car-sharing service and electric buses in the region for a total amount of $44 million.
Fast-charging by EVgo for Maven car sharing by GM
General Motors and EVgo say they want to install “hundreds” of EV charging stations for use with GM’s Maven car sharing service. The growing numbers of gig drivers using the Chevy Bolt EV will now get a dedicated DC charging network across the States.
Sharing the VW e-Up in Basel with Catch a Car
Swiss car sharing service Catch a Car has ordered its first electric models. Thirty VW e-UP are to arrive in Basel within the next few months and join the existing fleet of 120 regular Up cars. The electric version will be charged at new charging columns.
Daimler launches shuttle service ViaVan in Amsterdam
ViaVan, a joint venture by Mercedes-Benz Vans and the U.S. startup Via has started its on-demand shuttle service in the Dutch capital. They will use the Vito and V Class as well as the electric B Class until the arrival of the eVito. More cities are on the list.
Linde to close FCEV sharing BeeZero in Munich
Linde’s plan to promote fuel cell cars through a car sharing offer has failed. The company has announced that the BeeZero service in Munich will close on July, 1 this year. Users may rent the 50 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell until June, 30.
BMW acquires all DriveNow shares from Sixt
BMW has acquired all DriveNow stakes of Sixt for 209 million euros and so the carsharing service becomes a wholly-owned BMW subsidiary. The deal fuels recent rumours of BMW wanting to merge DriveNow with Mercedes’ Car2Go.
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.