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.
BMW installs 100 charging points in Mallorca
BMW has begun installation of a charging network for EVs that will cover 100 charging points with up to 22kW capacities at 50 locations around the island by the end of the year. So far, one fifth of the stations has been installed.
Fuel Cell, ChargeNow, SoftBank, Cuba, California.
The largest joint H2 project in the EU to date kicked off in German Cologne yesterday. The project JIVE will see the purchase of about 140 fuel cell buses from 2018, while project MEHRLIN will focus on setting up seven H2 fuelling stations for fuel cell buses. The buses will go in to service in German (near Cologne, Wuppertal, and Frankfurt area), the UK (London, Birmingham, Dundee, and Aberdeen), Italy (South Tirol), Latvia (Riga), as well as Denmark (Slagelse).
BMW charging: Following yesterday’s news that Nissan and BMW partnered with EVgo to get up more than 174 new fast-chargers across the U.S., BMW now announced the expansion of its ChargeNow programme for BMW i and BMW iPerformance drivers. It now includes all DC fast-chargers in 33 states.
Electric ridesharing: Masayoshi Son, head of SoftBank, has given the green light for a pilot project in the Indian city of Hyderabad, that will see the company provide Ola drivers with access to one million EVs build locally. SoftBank owns stake in Uber competition Ola and made headlines with its electric plans back in December (we reported).
Export deal: Florida-based Premier Automotive Export was given the go ahead to ship American built electric cars and charging stations to Cuba. It now plans to ship Nissan Leaf to island state and install 50 EV charging stations in Havana. The license is valid for four years, if a certain U.S. President doesn’t revoke it.
H2-powered California: The Golden State counted 25 hydrogen fuelling stations in December 2015, the California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) report. Another 23 are in planning or early stages of construction. The goal of 100 H2 pumps by 2024 seems attainable.
London, Toyota, PRIMOVE, ChargeNow, ReachNow.
Green London: London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to more than double funds to tackle the cities air pollution problem, increasing sending to 875m pounds over the next five years. The money will be used to i.e. fund Ultra Low Emission Zones, as well as electric buses and taxis. Just a few days ago, Kahn announced all new single-deck buses purchased for the city centre after 2018 will be all-electric.
Hybrid carsharing: Toyota is trialling its carsharing scheme YUKO Toyota Car Club in Dublin (Ireland) and Forli (Italian). The fleet only features hybrid cars – namely the Prius, Yaris Hybrid and C-HR Hybrid. 15 cars are currently on the road in Dublin and seven in Forli. Other European cities are said to follow.
Hybrid bus charged on the go: The Swedish city of Södertälje has commissioned a hybrid bus from Scania. The vehicle is equipped with Bombardier’s PRIMOVE system and can be charged inductively. It is therefore also the first wirelessly charged bus line in Scandinavia.
BMW finds Chinese partner: The carmaker is teaming up with Chinese real estate company CapitalLand. The goal is to install at least 100 of its ChargeNow stations in twelve cities by the end of 2017.
ReachNow gets electrified: The BMW carsharing scheme, which also started in Portland, Oregon, in September (we reported), now includes 30 BMW i3. Competitor car2go also offered 30 EVs back in 2012, but as since phased them out. Let’s hope, the BMWs are there to stay.
NeMo, ChargeNow, DriveNow, Delaware, Nottingham, Multicity.
More interoperability with NeMo: The EU-funded project Hyper Network for electro-Mobility (NeMo) unites 19 partners from eight European countries, working to improve interoperability of electric mobility services. The project will continue for three years.
ChargeNow update in Asia: BMW now offers ChargeNow in Japan. Drivers of the Bavarian’s electric and plug-in hybrid models can plug in at some 14,000 NCS network locations across the country. Meanwhile, BMW partnered with GreenTech in Malaysia, giving its customers access to the ChargEV network with 95 locations.
japan.ahk.de (Japan; in German), carlist.my (Malaysia)
DriveNow starts in Milan: The carsharing scheme from BWM and Sixt will be available in Italy’s second biggest city from October 19th. A total of 480 BMWs will be made available. An additional 20 BMW i3 will join the fleet in the coming months.
EV incentives prolonged: The U.S. state of Delaware will renew its incentive programme for cars with alternative drivetrains when it runs out at the end of the month, as well raise the rebate from 2,200 to 3,500 dollars for battery-powered vehicles. Moreover, the state will foot half the bill of a private charger and even 75 percent of the cost for an EV charger in a commercial environment.
Preferential lanes: Nottingham kicked off works for a six-mile Eco-Expressway. It will see an extra lane in both directions that is reserved for electric vehicles only. Electric buses will be allowed to use the lane as well.
Multicity loses electric edge: The previously all-electric carsharing scheme added 100 petrol-powered Citroën C1 to its fleet in Berlin. With 250 Citroën C-Zero, the offer is still mostly EV, but citing customers’ “growing mobility needs,” Berlin seems ready to abandon its role as the capital of electric mobility.
Hyatt, ChargeNow, Exeter, Air Liquide, No Charge to Charge.
Charge while you sleep: The Hyatt Regency Sacramento has installed a total of 26 charging stations – 20 ClipperCreek and six Tesla Destination chargers. According to Hyatt, it now has chargers at the location than any other hotel in the U.S.
ChargeNow expands: BMW’s EV infrastructure provider now operates (mostly via partners) in 26 countries with about 65,000 charging stations, BMW’s Markus Bartenschlager told electrive at the LCV2016-Event. Another three countries will be added before the end of the year – first Japan, followed by Korea and New Zealand.
Nora Manthey for electrive.com on location
E-Bikesharing: British Exeter is getting its first e-bike sharing scheme. 23 ‘co bikes’ will be up for grabs in the coming weeks. The company already offers co-car, a hire-by-the-hour scheme.
Mirai arrives in France: The first Toyota fuel cell vehicle was delivered to Air Liquide. The company has designed and delivered some 75 hydrogen fuelling stations worldwide.
Partnering with Nissan, Commerce Bank installed 12 fast-chargers in the St. Louis area in Missouri. The chargers have both CHAdeMO and CCS and Nissan drivers can plug-in for free, as the chargers are part of the carmaker’s ‘No Charge to Charge’ programme.
Munich, ChargeNow, Nissan, Phihong.
Electric only: Munich’s ruling conservative party CSU wants to electrify transport in the Bavarian capital. By 2030, all buses shall be electric. To do so, Munich’s public transport provider is to seek the community of other buyers. Similar attempts have just started in Berlin and Hamburg. The party aims for its own fleet to be electric as well. Furthermore, the package demands more EV charging stations – 200 shall stand by 2017, esp. next to taxi ranks. The city hopes for funding from federal sources.
abendzeitung-muenchen.de (in German)
ChargeNow USA: BMW rolls out its charge card network in 25 U.S. cities. Through the partnership with EVgo, drivers of the i3 and i8 can access the network but for a charge. BMW includes a pay-as-you-go option and membership fees for unlimited charging that start at 99 dollars.
No charge to charge: Nissan makes its free EV charging scheme available in 10 more U.S. markets. Leaf owners in places like Miami, Portland, or Milwaukee now charge for free for the first two years.
Electric roadside assistance: Phihong launches a portable 10 kW DC charger for electric vehicles. It can easily be rolled along on its four wheels and delivers 12V and 24V in remote areas or in emergencies. It doubles as energy storage system with 3.5 kW backup AC power.