Renault, COUP goes Paris, Hydrogen, Communauto, Sweden.
French invasion: Stuttgart, the stronghold of the German car industry, will see its officials cueing in its congested streets in Renaults rather than Mercedes or Porsches. The city council just ordered 32 Kangoo Z.E. together with twelve Zoe to join the municipal fleet. German manufacturers had either not answered the town’s tender at all or only with too expensive an offer. A new invitation to bid will be issued soon though, this time for two-seaters so Daimler’s Smart ED may get its chance to gain back some home territory.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German)
In a reverse coup, Bosch’s electric scooter sharing will gain ground in the French capital. This summer will see 600 such COUP two-wheelers flock to Paris. The free-float service (within business territory) first took off in Berlin, where its fleet is to grow to 1,000 electric mopeds before the year’s end.
Hydrogen networking: Toyota and Honda together with 8 more partners want to establish a JV to grow their homelands H2 station network from today’s 90 to 400 fills within ten years. Installation is to start next year but a basic agreement is due to be signed soon.
Moving forward: Carsharer Communauto confirmed its pilot project in Montreal after receiving assurance that its users will have enough parking spaces. The fleet counts 120 EVs to date and over the next few weeks, 300 new hybrids will be brought into service in Canada as well as in France.
Moving forward too is the Swedish police that tested electric cars reportedly. The units sparked “positive reactions” and so the officers will continue to use them although not for patrols but on shorter distances rather.
FTA, Shanghai, Communauto, Taxi Diamond, E-Wald, Wirecard.
U.S. funds e-bus development: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has selected seven projects that will receive a total of 22.5m dollars for research and development pertaining to all-electric and fuel cell buses, as well as the corresponding infrastructure.
Charging Shanghai’s airports: Shanghai’s airports Honggiao and Pudong will be fitted with a total of 1,500 charging points; the first 100 will be erected before the end of the year. Moreover, the airports want to invests in hundreds of new electric and hybrid vehicles like shuttle buses and set up an EV hiring service at Shanghai-Pudong.
Electrification to share: Carsharing operator Communauto says it will add a total of 600 all-electric and hybrid vehicles to its fleets in Québec, Ottawa, Halifax and Montreal. The first 275 cars are said to hit the road in Montreal by the end of the week.
journaldemontreal.com (in French)
Electrification to hire: The above mentioned carsharing scheme will join Taxi Diamond’s 110 hybrid cabs on the streets of Montreal. The taxi company says that it wants to replace most of its 1,100 vehicles with electric and hybrid cars by 2020.
E-Wald joins Hubject consortium: The Bavarian charging network is the 200th partner to join the international consortium. It adds 600 new chargers to the intercharge network.
Pay by smartphone: Mobile payment service provider Wirecard and Austrian IT start-up Enio teamed up to enable cash-free payments via an app at EV charging stations. The option is said to be rolled out across all EU countries where Enio is active before the end of summer:
UK, Europcar, Communauto, Japan.
UK supports electric motorbikes and taxis: The UK government has earmarked up to 7.5 million pounds for incentives for the purchase of electric motorcycles. Buyers could receive up to 1,500 pounds. Another 45 million pounds will go to local authorities to help them roll out more electric and hybrid taxis. Cab drivers will also benefit from a 5,000 pound grant when buying a low-emission vehicle.
autovolt-magazine.com (motorcycles), fleetnews.co.uk (taxis)
Europcar goes electric: By the year 2020, one in 20 cars of the London branches of the car hiring company will be electric, putting it in line with the city’s Electric Vehicle Delivery Plan. Demonstrating this commitment, Europcar has launched a new fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs in the British capital.
Communauto goes hybrid in Paris: Together with Toyota, Canada’s carsharing service wants to roll out 110 Yaris hybrids in Paris and surrounding areas. Communauto is already active in France since 2012 but plans on tripling its offer there in the coming three years.
idw-online.de (in German), enerzine.com (in French)
Japan’s first mobile H2 station hits the road: There are 13 hydrogen filling stations in Japan, but this is the country’s first mobile station. The mobile version costs only half the amount to set up, can carry enough fuel for about five vehicles, and is operated by Nippon Mobile Hydrogen Station Services LLC.
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