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.
VW to launch EV sharing service in Berlin
Volkswagen has revealed some of the details for their planned car-sharing service focusing on electrified vehicles in Berlin, which they plan to launch in 2019. The service, which will be named We Share, is set to launch in Q2 of 2019 in the German capital with 1,500 e-Golf, before adding another 500 e-up! at a […]
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.
Uber to share e-bikes in Europe, expanding UberGreen
Uber has not given up on Europe despite a ban of their ride hail service in many cities. Instead the firm tries to tie in with local authorities on a greener note. They want to launch electric bike sharing through their Jump subsidiary and also UberGreen, first in Berlin.
Over 300 electric cars to share coming to London
Car sharing club Zipcar is pushing to electrify the British capital as they plan to introduce the Isle’s biggest EV fleet. No less than 325 electric cars shall hit the London roads with the first 100 VW e-Golf scheduled to arrive by July.
Toyota Connected establishes European base
Toyota’s subsidiary Toyota Connected, a data based provider of mobility concepts, has founded a European base in London. Toyota has been developing data-based mobility solutions with their subsidiary for about two years now.
Renault and Ikea introduce car-sharing concept in France
Renault is starting a cooperation with Ikea in France to provide a car-sharing service, and is providing about 300 commercial and utility vehicles, including some EVs. The service is set to be introduced by September to eventually include all French Ikea franchises.
Honda displaying Everus EV concept in Beijing
Honda is at the Auto China where the Everus EV Concept is allowing a glimpse into what the Japanese have lined up for the Chinese market for new energy vehicles. Honda’s first serial China EV will be made together with JV partner GAC and be made fast.
E.ON expands e-mobility activity to Norway
The energy company E.ON has decided to expand their international e-mobility business unit to Norway. In the e-mobility showcase country, E.ON will be advertising its mobility business for private and corporate customers and communities in a nation-wide campaign.
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.
Seat takes over ride-share provider Respiro
Seat has acquired the Spanish ride-share startup Respiro, which is currently operating in Madrid with about 200 vehicles, including electric and hybrid ones. The plan is to expand the ride-share company to further major cities in the coming years.
Supercharger, California, Carsharing, Columbus, Zap-Map.
Frosting Supercharger parking: Elon Musk has unveiled new rules for Supercharger access after his recent promise to take action. Any Tesla caught blocking a Supercharger five minutes after being fully charged has to pay 40 ct per minute. The fee only applies if all chargers are blocked.
7,500 EV charging stations: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) ‘Charge Smart and Save’ scheme. The utility will install 7,500 EV charging stations at multi-unit sites and workplaces across NoCal. PG&E initially planned 25,000 charge spots but got turned down by regulators who feared a monopoly and wanted inclusion of disadvantaged communities.
Démenti: BMW’s DriveNow has explicitly denied any plans to merge with Daimler’s Car2Go, which the Manager Magazin had reported on Friday, claiming fear of competition from Uber as the reason for the unlikely liaison. DriveNow partner Sixt also rejected the allegation.
wiwo.de (in German)
Charging Columbus: American Electric Power (AEP) will install 250 public EV charging station in Columbus, the city that reportedly won the U.S. Smart City Challenge. Another 1,000 EV chargers are to be located in residential areas. Both the city and the utility pledged to electrify their fleets.
Dynamic charging data: Zap-Map has launched live data on availability of EV charging stations in Chargemaster’s Polar network with other networks to follow. PEV drivers in the UK will be able to see if a charge point is in use of free via desktop as well as mobile applications.
Hubject, carsharing, EVgo, Portland, North Carolina, Beijing.
VW joins Hubject : The German automaker officially joined the e-roaming platform, buying a single-digit million euro stake in the company. BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Bosch, EnBW, and innogy are also part of the consortium.
DriveNow and car2go to join forces? According to German Manager Magazin, BMW and Daimler want to merge their carsharing businesses. Others like BMW’s charging infrastructure subsidy ChargeNow or Daimler’s MyTaxi could later join in. DriveNow stakeholder Sixxt would, however, leave the group. A reason for the merger is i.e. growing competition from Uber, etc.
manager-magazin.de (in German), reuters.com (Sixxt)
First 350 kW charger being built: EVgo kicked off the installation of the U.S.’s first 350 kW charging station. It has four ultra-fast connectors, as well as CCS and CHAdeMO outlets. The station will be commissioned in June. The road for the energy hungry Porsche Mission E has been paved.
Portland pushes electrification: The city in Oregon and surrounding Multnomah County have passes and emobility strategy that will see the replacement of at least 10,000 diesel and petrol-cars with electric ones by 2020. Portland itself will get 60 EVs. Moreover, the number of chargers in the county will be doubled.
Charging North Carolina: Duke Energy will install 200 new EV chargers across North Carolina. A list of exact locations has now been made public. The utility earmarked 1.4m dollars for the undertaking. The investment is part of a lawsuit settlement with the state, which accused the utility of illicit smokestack pollution (we reported).
Smart streetlight: 20 intelligent streetlights offering WiFi have been installed in Beijing. 18 of which also include a place for EVs to plug in. The city plans to install another 100 units.
National Drive Electric Week.
A total of 120,000 EV enthusiasts came to this year’s National Drive Electric Week. Events were held in 112 cities in 46 North American states and 6 other countries. Overall, 235 electric vehicle promotion events happened the same week with countless volunteers.
Carsharing, BYD, Chargemaster, Tesla.
E-carsharing in Poland? The cities of Wroclaw and Krakow both want to implement a carsharing scheme with 200 vehicles each and are looking for operators. Start-up SharCar is meanwhile planning its own scheme in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Tri-City and Lodz. The majority of the schemes will start out with 100 electric cars and 30 EV charging points.
evobsession.com, wyborcza.pl (in Polish)
Electric taxis in Singapore: Operator HDT Singapore Taxis wants to add 10 electric taxis to its fleet in the first quarter of next year, namely the BYD e6 electric crossover sedan. 30 units are already in in service and seem to have convinced the company to add a few more.
BYD heads to Brazil: The Chinese manufacturer wants to use its EV know-how to become more active in South America. It’s now eyeing a tender from Correios, Brazil’s biggest postal service group, to which it had already loaned one of its T3 electric vans in march.
Chargemaster teams up with Q-Park: Chargemaster has added all 124 EV chargers in Q-Park parking facilities in London to its portfolio. The CPO will take over operation and maintenance. Chargemaster’s POLAR network is already comprised of more than 4,000 chargers across the UK.
Tesla expands charging network: Tesla is adding two larger Supercharger stations with 20 stalls each near its production plant in Freemont. The EV maker is also adding a place to plug in in Nebbens, just north of Oslo (Norway).
The Dutch bought 276,000 electric bicycles last year, a 24 percent increase compared to 2014. With 3,571 units sold, the relatively new S-Pedelec segment saw the biggest growth (up 44%). Germany remains the biggest e-bike market in terms of numbers with 535,000 units sold – 11,5% more than in 2014.
BlueIndy, CarSharing, IKEA, UPS, Alliant Energy.
BlueIndy kick-off: As you read this, the first EVs should be rolling on the streets of Indianapolis, as the BlueIndy carsharing scheme started on Wednesday. The Bolloré BlueCars can be found at 25 stations across the city, as well as at the airport. For those in the area, local news station WTHR summarized how the sharing concept works.
greencarreports.com, wthr.com (how it works)
Charger plus battery: CarSharing and Technology with Spirit (TWS) signed a deal allowing the former to offer TWS energy storage and rechargeable battery solutions with its EV charging solutions. CarSharing therefore provides a comprehensive solution to reduce energy costs, as the storage systems can be used to stabilise peaks of consumption.
IKEA drives electric: IKEA containers arriving in the Port of Los Angeles will be unloaded using the ElecTrucks, an all-electric drayage tractor with a range of up to 100 mi. That is enough to reach IKEA stores in the area, which is why the programme may soon include electric transport of the beloved furniture and accessories.
Parcel by e-bike: UPS is extending its pilot programme using electric cargo bikes to deliver parcels in Basel, Switzerland, following the projects recent success in the city of Hamburg. The e-cargo bikes are just three feet wide, feature a 250-watt battery, and can carry up to 330 pounds.
Demo storage project: Alliant Energy is setting up a solar energy storage demonstration project in Wisconsin, USA. It will feature 1,000 solar panels, a storage system and 13 EV charging stations. The panels will i.e. be used in solar parking canopies, covering some 50 parking spots. The project’s first phase is expected be completed by the end of 2015.
A total of 9.8 million people will use carsharing services in Europe and North America in 2025, Frost & Sullivan predicts. In 2014, there were some 1.3 million users. Let’s hope that carsharing fleets will also continue to go electric over the next 10 years.
frost.com via greencarcongress.com
Carsharing in China, Formula E race in Putrajaya.
Download tip: The report “Carsharing in China” looks at challenges and chances of carsharing schemes in China and suggests possible measures to promote carsharing in the country. Moreover, the paper aims to portray the possible synergy of carsharing and electric mobility.
Video tip: If you cannot get enough of the Formula E or if the race was showing too early or too late for where you are living, here are the highlights of round two, held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Toyota investigating hover cars, Carsharing in China, Events.
Future tip: According to Toyota, the car manufacturer is working on vehicles that hover above instead of roll on the streets. It would not be a flying vehicle, since it would travel really just above the surface.
Study tip: According to a recent report by consulting agency Roland Berger, China’s carsharing market could grow by 80% per year between now and 2018. The growth rate worldwide is said to be 70% annually.
Selected events for the next time: 4th North European E-Mobile Rally (13 – 15 June, Denmark and Germany) ++ World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) (15 – 20 June, Gwangju Metropolitan City, S. Korea) ++ 14th Ulm ElectroChemical Talks (14th UECT) (23 – 26 June, Ulm, Germany) ++
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar