Share Now to expand electric fleet in Europe
The number of electric vehicles at Share Now’s European locations is to be increased to over 4,000 total vehicles during the course of the year. The company, which emerged from the merger of Car2go and DriveNow (from BMW and Daimler), plans to increase the proportion of electric vehicles in Europe to 26 per cent by […]
BMW & Daimler finally combine all mobility services
BMW and Daimler have now combined their mobility services as announced. The two companies are investing more than one billion euros to expand further and closely interlink their existing car sharing, namely Car2Go and DriveNow as well as ride-hailing, parking, charging and multi-modality services.
Car2Go launches 400 strong electric car fleet in Paris
The car sharing market in Paris has seen a turbulent last year. Since Bolloré’s pioneering Autolib had to declare bankruptcy, other carmakers rushed to replace the service. Daimler’s Car2Go now delivered well on schedule and launched 400 electric Smart ED to free-float across the French capital.
Daimler and BMW’s carsharing to be based in Berlin
After BMW and Daimler announced their intention to bundle their car-sharing capacities from DriveNow and Car2Go, the fusion is starting to take a more definite shape. The manufacturers announced that their planned joint venture will be based in Berlin.
Daimler to ready car2go for fusion with BMW’s DriveNow?
Daimler has acquired all Car2Go shares from partner Europcar, thus making way for the expected alliance with BMW’s DriveNow potentially. The buy out cost Mercedes 70 million euros. Daimler and BMW have been discussing plans to build a joint business for mobility services in Europe since 2017.
Car2Go drives electric.
Every 10th ride with Car2Go is electric says Daimler that operates a pure EV fleet in three cities. Stuttgart, Amsterdam and Madrid together count 300,000 clients, who use the 1,400 Smart ED for about 10,000 rides a day and already accumulated 57.3m electric kilometres.
Emmy, Car2Go, Scotland, West Virginia.
Berlin buzzes with electric scooters of a new kind as Emmy (formerly eMio) adds the eSchwalbe by Govecs. 450 units of the legendary GDR two-wheeler will join the fleet for all to share from the end of July, thus increasing Emmy’s pack to a 1,000 electric scooters in the German capital. There, the rental scooter market has become tough for the eMio pioneers since Bosch’s Coup. The latter already operates a 1,000 strong fleet in Berlin and had recently expanded to Paris.
electrive.net (in German)
Accelerating EV sharing: A smartphone is all you need to rent an electric car from Car2Go in Stuttgart, Amsterdam and Madrid. All three cities are EV only for Daimler’s car sharing service and clients can now search, reserve and rent the 1,400 cars via app. The phone doubles as key as well and Daimler hopes the process to be much faster than before.
daimler.com (in German)
Six BMW i3 have arrived in Scotland to serve the Scottish Shepherd Chartered Surveyors. They are just six in a fleet of 140 cars but it is a beginning.
Fee for PEVs: West Virginia got a new law that charges electric and hybrid vehicles 200 and 100 dollars respectively per year. The registration fee is part of a road funding bill to go into effect on July, 1.
Car2Go, Sicilia, Korea, PlugSurfing, Allego, Ensto Chago.
All-electric car sharing in Stuttgart: Daimler’s fleet of 500 shared electric smarts in the Swabian capital will receive reinforcements by mid-April when 50 Mercedes B series Electric Drive will join. The 5-seater electric cars will be a little more expensive with 34 cent per minute, that is 5ct more than for a Smart ED. Once the EVs are added, Stuttgart’s Car2Go fleet will be the largest fully electric flexible car sharing fleet worldwide, according to Daimler.
Eco Tour di Sicilia: 200 Renault Zoe will soon roam the south of Italy during the Eco Tour di Sicilia the French carmaker launched together with car rental company Sicily by Car and utility Enel. The latter will add 400 charging stations to the offer designed to explore Sicily in a most climate-friendly manner.
Korea wants to have 1,450 fast-charging stations across the country before the year’s end and has just added another 100 over the last three months. This means there are 200 standing by now but also that the pace of installation has to accelerate to reach the energy ministry’s target.
PlugSurfing and Allego cooperate: The companies have launched a peer-to-peer connection using the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI). EV drivers with Plugsurfing’s app can thus access real-time data from Allego stations in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Source: PI via email
Talking charging stations: A range of smart electric vehicle chargepoints from Ensto Chago that can communicate with each other through cloud software has been approved for support by the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The aim is to distribute energy evenly between multiple charging EV.
Cenex, InstaVolt, Car2Go, Source East, LG.
First vehicle-to-home unit: Cenex has announced the installation of the first domestic EV-to-grid unit in the UK. The appliance was developed through Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems (EFES) project and allows the owner to power a home through the electric car. It serves as V2G demonstration for the project partners.
Rapid charging in Devon: InstaVolt is to install rapid electric vehicle charging points across Mid Devon. Eight PAYG rapid chargers will be installed in in Tiverton, Cullompton and Crediton during the first phase of the project that is led by Mid Devon District Council.
Car2Go is valid for emission credits through the Spanish government, that has agreed to buy CO2 certificates Mercedes’ electric car sharing gathers in the capital Madrid. Daimler deployed 500 electric Smarts in town and is given credits for both their green nature as well as the sharing. Spain will put the emission credits forward to reach its climate protection obligations laid out in both EU treaties as well as the Kyoto protocol.
emobilserver.de (in German)
End of Source East: EV charging network Source East will cease to exist on 31st March. Its operators cite unsustainable running costs as main reason for its closure. The existing charge points mainly in the East of England will return to their owners, with others being transferred to other networks.
LG workplace charging: 100 electric charge spots will be set up by LG Electronics at 16 locations in South Korea. Employees can use the hubs for free but the project receives state support.
Car2Go EV Numbers.
Car2Go has about 270,000 users in Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Madrid, where 1,300 Smart Electric Drive change hands about 10,000 times a day. The number of users has doubled in 2016, Daimler said.
e-clearing.net, Fastned, Philippines, car2go, Enel, Nissan.
e-clearing.net grows its network: Dutch roaming network eViolin will add its 140,000 charge card holders and 40,000 charging stations to Smartlab’s European roaming-platform “e-clearing.net.” For Smartlab, it will open the door of the Dutch market, giving its customers access to one of the largest e-mobility networks worldwide.
Fastned with intelligent trip planer: The Dutch charging network provider now offers a trip planer in its app (and on the desktop) that not only shows the quickest way from A to B, but will also add stops for fast-charging at Fastned locations to the calculation. The planer will also take remaining range, car efficiency and traffic into account.
E-Trike programme scrapped: The Philippines had planned to use 500m dollars to replace some 100,000 old trikes with electric ones. But due to the lack of interest from buyers and high production cost, the undertaking has come to a halt. More than the 1,600 units already built will not be produced.
car2go leaves San Diego: The carsharer had replaced its electric Smarts with conventional ones in Mai (we reported), hoping to make the offering more attractive to customers. But the change in drivetrain did not spur a change of heart. car2go now announced that it will leave the California city at the end of the year.
EV plus charger: Enel and Nissan now offer the “E-go All Inclusive” in Italy. For just 299 euros per month for three years, customers will get a 30 kWh Nissan Leaf and homecharger from Enel, including installation. The two even through in a new charging app. At the end of the agreement, customers can decide to return the Leaf or refinance the remaining cost.
H2 Logic, XL Hybrids, Cape Town, Dubai, Car2Go, Belarus.
More efficient H2-station: H2 Logic has presented its new hydrogen fuelling station, the CAR-200, available from the second half of 2016. Compared to current stations, it is said to have triple the capacity, while using only a third of the space.
Cloud-based analysis: XL Hybrids has introduced a new cloud-based analytics tool that measures i.e. CO2 reduction and fuel-efficiency of hybrid fleet vehicles equipped with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems. Moreover, the company says its system does not hinder other telematics devices or services.
Electric tuk-tuks for Cape Town: The South African government wants to improve public transport and issued a tender for the three-wheeled taxis. Electric variants will be favoured, authorities say. Some 80 tuk-tuks could hit the road as early as September.
Charging Dubai: The city now has seven new EV charging stations, which were installed at exiting petrol stations. Another two will follow. Dubai’s very first EV charger went online just one year ago.
Car2Go without electric drive: The carsharing scheme kicked off in the Chinese city of Chongqing – the operator’s first on the continent. Some 400 Smart are already in service, and another 200 will follow. Only all cars have a conventional drivetrain, even though China is pushing hard to get more EVs on the road.
E-bus with supercaps: The Belarussian capital Minsk will test two locally build electric buses from December. The vehicles from Belkoounmasch are fitted with supercaps. Another 18 buses will follow in the first quarter of 2017.
Heathrow, Québec, Honda, Car2Go, BluePillar, eMotorWerks.
Airport air quality plan: London Heathrow wants to decrease its NOx and carbon emissions. The strategy includes 2m pounds for EV charging infrastructure, while 30 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will partially renew the fleet. Further measures include testing of hybrid cabs and electric buses.
Hybrid buses for Québec: The city of Québec will purchase up to 32 hybrid buses by Van Hool. The initiative is funded by about 11m dollars from each the province and the state of Canada. The diesel-electric buses are 9 metres long.
Going greener: The 2018 Olympics in Korea will be used to showcase hydrogen technology with Hyundai fuel cell buses. The move is not only for show only, as the government and carmaker are planning to replace the 26,000 compressed natural gas buses nationwide with H2 powered EVs at a rate of 2,000 units per year. 200 hydrogen fuelling spots at existing gas stations are planned as well.
Green gone: Car2Go will replace its 400 electric Smarts in San Diego with petrol-driven ones by May, saying there are not enough EV charging stations for its fleet. Although San Diego Gas & Electric intends to install 3,500 EV charging station within the next three years, development was not fast enough for Car2Go.
BluePillar: Chinese ZTE launched a street lantern that doubles as EV charge spot. The BluePillar also features an LED screen to display urban data (or advertising).
Wi-Fi charger: eMotorWerks is seeking crowdfunding for its JuicePlug said to smarten up any L2 charging station. The adapter is Wi-Fi enabled and connects to the JuiceNet platform. It also works with an app. Early supporters get a “Kiss my Amps” license plate holder on top of the plug.
CharIN, Car2Go, Florida, Delaware, The Mobility House.
CharIN changes management: The innos – Sperlich GmbH was appointed operative management of the Charging Interface Initiative in January, and has been a trusted partner. CharIN is a consortium that includes carmakers and infrastructure providers that look to promote the CCS standard.
Carsharing in Copenhagen: Car2go will leave the Danish capital by mid-February. Maybe its petrol driven fleet was not as attractive as the electric cars operated by DriveNow – 400 BMW i3 are available to rent in Copenhagen.
Electric bus fleet: In Florida, Pinellas County’s transit authority is thinking about replacing old buses with up to 12 electric ones. Tests with an electric bus have been successful and the PSTA already applied for funding from the government. A decision is likely to be made this summer.
Deadline: Proposals for the Delaware Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program will be accepted through Feb. 29th. A total of 1.4m dollars in funding is available for projects that expand infrastructure for alternative vehicles of all kinds in Delaware.
Charge equipment for lease: The Mobility House and Grenke Leasing offer business customers a full charging package. The offer includes the complete charging infrastructure like charging stations, accessories, installation and servicing. Rates are available over two, three, and four years.
mobilityhouse.com (in German)
Car2Go, ABB, Tesla, incentives, Electric Circuit.
Car2Go electrifies Madrid: The carsharing scheme set up shop in the Spanish city with an all-electric fleet. Customers will not need to charge themselves. The service team will collect the electric Smarts and charge them at one of the city’s four hubs. After Stuttgart, Amsterdam, and San Diego, Madrid is the fourth city to get an all-electric Car2Go fleet.
daimler.com (in German), elmundo.es (in Spanish), youtube.com (video)
Visa or Mastercard? ABB has added a credit card option for its Terra 53 fast-charger. The technology also supports contactless payment options, such as Apple Pay or Android Pay. Previously installed models can also be retrofitted with the credit card terminal.
Destination China: Tesla says it completed its charging infrastructure grid in North and Northeast China. Most charge points are ‘Destination Charger.’ By adding to its infrastructure, Tesla hopes to make its EV more attractive to potential buyers, as sales in China remain below the company’s expectations.
Incentive: According to a recent study by the University of California, LA (UCLA), 40% of all purchases of plug-in vehicles made between 2010 and 2013 in California were motivated by the possibility of using HOV lanes. The law is up for review in 2019.
Dorval doubles chargers: The Canadian city now hast two new EV charging stations at its sport complex that are part of the country’s Electric Circuit. Dorval had already installed two charge points at the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport.
Car2Go , Netherlands, Illinois, UK, Cheshire East Council, Solvania.
No Car2Go in Montreal? The Canadian city reportedly plans to set up a 1,000-EV carsharing scheme and is looking for potential providers. However, not all qualify as Montreal wants four-seaters (at least) with a range of 150 kilometres. The electric Smarts of the Car2Go fleet does therefore not qualify.
cjad.com, lapresse.ca (in French)
33 million for infrastructure: The European Commission has approved the Netherland’s plan to provide 33 million euros in public funding for EV infrastructure. The funding is in line with EU state aid rules and will run until 2018. Infrastructure providers will be selected through competitive tenders.
Criminalizing ICEing: The U.S. state of Illinois may enact a law that would make blocking parking lots reserved for EVs with a conventional car a crime that could be fined with up to 100 dollars. Furthermore, the gas guzzler will be towed, making the cost for ICEing substantial.
20m GBP for electric cabs: Eight British cities have been shortlisted to win parts of 20 million pound fund for electric taxi schemes. The selected bidders will receive a government-backed study to establish how Birmingham, Cambridge, Coventry, Dundee, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and West Yorkshire could use the money most wisely.
EV fleet: Cheshire East Council will replace four of its pool car fleet with electric vehicles. Furthermore, it has secured funding for six rapid-charging stations while it operates five 7-kW chargers already.
Fast charging Slovenia: More than 20 rapid-charging stations will be installed along the Eastern European country’s motorways before the end of the year. The news comes from the Slovenian press agency STA that quotes utility provider SODO.
Car2Go & Flinkster, San Joaquin, CarCharging, Farnborough, Michigan.
Car2Go and Flinkster join forces: As of yesterday, subscribers of one of these carsharing schemes in Germany can also make use of the other. Together, the two services include 7,000 vehicles nationwide, including 750 electric cars. Flinkster is operated by Deutsche Bahn and Car2Go by Daimler.
wiwo.de, heise.de (articles in German)
Cash for chargers: The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District now offers companies and public facilities up to 6,000 dollars for the installation of a publicly accessible charging station. The initiative is part of the Charge Up! programme and limits funding to 50,000 dollars per applicant. The total amount earmarked for the measure is 2 million dollars.
CarCharging will offer a new feature for fleet managers using Blink EV chargers and Blink Network software. Drivers can now enter their mileage prior to charging, allowing fleet managers to monitor and analyze frequency of charging, energy consumption, and driving trends in a single platform.
Farnborough Airport goes electric: The airport in southern England has added three Renault Zoe to its fleet. The electric cars will be used as airside staff shuttles. This follows a similar move of Bristol Airport, which took delivery of a Nissan e-NV200 earlier this year.
EVs and hybrids asked to pay up: The U.S. state of Michigan is considering raising registration fees for electric and hybrid cars, using the extra cash to fund road repairs. Proponents argue it would only be fair, since the drivers of these cars pay less in gas taxes.
Van Hool, Siemens & Volvo, eMio, Car2go, Georgia, San Diego.
EU supports H2 buses: Belgium bus OEM Van Hool has signed an agreement with the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), which is financing the deployment of 21 fuel cell buses. These will be powered by Ballard Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules.
E-Buses and chargers for Sweden: Siemens and Volvo have signed a deal, saying they will work together to supply electrified bus systems to cities. In 2015, Volvo will deliver hybrid and all-electric buses to the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg, while Siemens will set up fast-chargers there with a charging capacity of up to 300 kW.
Electric scooter sharing in Berlin: Berlin-based start-up eMio will kick off its electric “Share-a-Scooter” programme in the German capital in March. Following the testing phase, 200 electric scooters will be up for sharing in the centre of Berlin. The two-wheelers can be booked per app and are free floating.
emio-sharing.de, emo-berlin.de (articles in German)
New electric Smarts for San Diego: Carsharing provider Car2go is renewing and increasing the size of its fleet in the Californian city, bringing in 400 new electric Smarts. These will replace 350 models from 2010. According to the company, it counts over 33,000 customers and over 1 million trips in San Diego since the scheme launched in 2011.
“Get Current” will be the name of a new initiative launched in Georgia, USA. Utility provider Georgia Power Co. has earmarked 12 million dollars that it will spend on erecting 50 new public charging stations, as well as on subsidies for the installation of private chargers.
San Diego wants cleaner cabs: The U.S. city launched a 360,000 dollar incentive programme to get taxi drivers to switch from petrol to hybrid. Taxi owners will receive up to 4,000 dollars for the purchase of a new hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle and will also pay reduced airport fees.
Car2go users and expansion.
Already 900,000 users are signed up to the carsharing service Car2Go worldwide and the company hopes to top one million by the end of the year. Moreover, Car2Go will extend its electric carsharing service in San Diego, California, for another year and plans to roll out the (electric) Smarts in China, where negotiations with individual cities are already underway.
europe.autonews.com (users, China), examiner.com (San Diego)
AMP, Singapore, Car2go, PlugSurfing & Vattenfall.
AMP deal in Texas: The company is to supply 18 of its all-electric Workhorse E-100 Walk-in vans to a “major transportation company” (our bet is on FedEx). They will be used in Houston for package deliveries in and around the city.
Cutting congestion in Singapore: The city state announced that it will invest 1.5 billion dollars in sustainability over the next five years. One of the projects is adding more public transportation to reduce traffic and offering electric carsharing. They are even planning “driverless vehicles”.
eco-business.com (with video), news.asiaone.com
Is Car2go headed for China? Daimler supposedly plans to introduce its carsharing scheme there, but nothing is under lock and key yet, a Moovel spokesperson told AutoblogGreen. Let’s hope that if Car2go enters the Chinese market, they will be using electric Smarts.
Vattenfall joins PlugSurfing: Following deals with RWE and E.On, the Berlin-based company now also cooperates with Vattenfall. Users can access Vattenfall charge points in Hamburg and Berlin via the PlugSurfing app and pay using the RFID key chain. The same is true for some 10,000 charge points in the Netherlands and another 130 in Austria (we reported).
Brazil, Car2Go, China, Alphabet, EDF Energy.
Dis-incentives: Brazil announced an incentive scheme, cutting import duties on hybrid cars. Plug-in vehicles are excluded from the measure, because the country fears that its electricity grid doesn’t have the capacity to handle an influx of plug-in cars and their charging needs.
Car2Go gives ten free minutes to its San Diego customers, if they park the all-electric Smarts in the so-called “incentive zone.” Leaving the cars downtown makes it easier for the fleet team to move the cars around, making sure they are charged up.
Green buses for China: By the end of next year, 20,222 electric buses will take to the streets of Beijing, Tinjin, and Hebei Province, making up 16 percent of all public transport in the areas. Moreover, local governments plan on setting up 94 charging stations and 16,200 charging posts.
Alphabet and EDF Energy partner in order to give potential EV buyers more confidence. On top of advice about charging points, UK customers will also receive detailed advice on load and power requirements, alongside managing ongoing maintenance, installation and warranty protection.
BMW i, Canada, Charleston, Car2go, ubitricity.
New BMW wallbox: After the Wallbox Pure, BMW i introduces the Wallbox Pro. It can be integrated in a smart home grid and use self-generated electricity to charge the EV. The wallbox is to come available worldwide and can charge at a power rate of up to 7.4 kW. In Germany it is limited to 4.6 kW, due to local grid regulations.
hybridcars.com, slashgear.com, press.bmwgroup.com (4.6 kW, in German)
Electric corridor opens in Canada: The first charging stations between Quebec City and Montreal have gone into operation. A total of twelve charging points, including five fast charging ones, will be installed on the electric corridor between the Highways 10 and 138 this fall already.
Free Leaf Taxi: A new driving service is ready to launch in the next two weeks in Charleston, South Carolina (USA). Scoop CHS will feature four Nissan Leaf and will drive customers to their destination free of charge. The idea is to finance the service purely with advertisements.
Car2go conquers Brooklyn: The carsharing company will extend its offer to the New York neighbourhood of Brooklyn. Starting on October 25th, 400 Smart fortwo will hit the road there. The NYC fleet will not feature any electric vehicles, however.
Intelligent charging system: Five German welfare and caritas associations have acquired a total of nine EVs. The charge cables are supplied by Berlin-based ubitricity and include mobile electric meters. That enables employees to charge the cars at home without having to pay. Because of the intelligent charging technology, electricity consumption is monitored by ubitricity and billed directly to the company.
suedkurier.de, erzbistum-freiburg.de (both in German)
Denmark, POD Point, University of Delaware, Juice Bar, Car2go.
Danish hydrogen effort: H2 Logic and Air Liquide formed the Copenhagen Hydrogen Network joint venture. The plan is to erect four H2 charging stations in Vejle, Aalborg and Copenhagen by the end of this year. In 2015, five more are to follow, to the extend of most Danes having a hydrogen station within a 15-kilometre reach.
EV chargers for lease: POD Point from London partners with Tower Leasing to offer businesses a charging point to lease for three years and under 50 pounds per month. The company reckons that two charges a day would suffice to cover energy and rental costs.
Lease a Mini-E: The University of Delaware is offering a few BMW Mini-E EVs for lease as part of the ‘Grid on Wheels’ programme. This ongoing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demo project will make the EVs available for lease at a price of 3,600 dollars a year, for two years.
Electricity Mini Bar: Juice Bar’s EV charging stations, which usually praise themselves for their branding opportunities, are now offered in a small version. The so-called Mini Bar combines both a level 2 and level 1 charger. Financing is available and starts from 99 dollars a month.
Car2go to expand in Minnesota: Daimler’s carsharing service signed an 18-month agreement with the city of St. Paul to deploy 185 of its car2go Smarts. Each vehicle will earn the city 975 dollars a year while metered parking is free for the rental cars.
Chariot, Cenex, Real Power, Car2go.
Ultra fast charging e-bus: Bulgarian capital Sofia is currently testing an electric bus designed by ‘Joint Ventures Chariot,’ which uses ultra-capacitors instead of batteries. While this means that the e-bus has to be recharged every 20 kilometres, charging only takes three to five minutes.
chariot-electricbus.com (press info)
Best practice: The Cenex (Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies) will hold a consultation for fleet managers at next week’s ‘Company Car in Action’ (CCIA) event, to inform them about the possibilities of introducing electric cars into their fleets. The ‘Electric Vehicle Surgery’ is said to be personalised and free of charge.
Powerful breakdown assistance: Indiana-based Real Power has developed an emergency fast-charger. Their Level 3 portable charger is built onto a Chevy truck, which has an on-board generator that develops enough power to recharge the battery of a Nissan Leaf in 20 minutes to 80 per cent via the DC quick charger. That could come in handy.
No more Car2go in the UK: Daimler’s carsharing service stopped operations in Great Britain, where it could be found in London and Birmingham. Reasons for the withdrawal are competition from other car clubs, as well as a strong British culture of car ownership.