Fraunhofer IFAM is developing hydrogen trains
Fraunhofer IFAM is working with partners on a new approach to increasing the range and comfort of fuel cell-powered trains. The central idea here is to effectively utilise the fuel cell waste heat for temperature control of the vehicle interior.
Deutsche Bahn buying electric buses from China’s BYD
Deutsche Bahn has ordered electric buses from the Chinese manufacturer BYD for the first time for its bus transport division DB Regio Bus. Initially, five electric 12-metre BYD buses will go into operation at DB Regio Bus in Ettlingen, Baden-Württemberg, this year.
BMW & Daimler sell off parts of mobility services
BMW and Daimler are now selling parts of their mobility-as-a-service businesses. Mobimeo, the German national rail service Deutsche Bahn subsidiary, is taking over parts of the B2B and B2G side of things, while Uber is apparently very interested in taking over the ride-hailing and micromobility-sharing service FreeNow.
Hamburg: Deutsche Bahn to use LEVC electric cabs
Deutsche Bahn subsidiary ioki has launched an individual shuttle service in Hamburg. The on-demand offer complements the public transit by operator VHH and is included in their ticketing. The partners opted for the range-extended electric taxis made by British LEVC.
Free2Move, Deutsche Bahn, Montreal, CharhePoint, Dubai.
PSA EV sharing in Madrid: Free2Move is the French answer to future mobility services and has now found an outlet in the Spanish capital together with partner Eysa. Under the name Emov, 500 Citroën C-Zero will free float in Madrid and even to the outskirts of the city.
Testing is underway in Berlin and Leipzig where Deutsche Bahn let loose autonomous electric mini buses on employees. The Olli that serves at the EUREF campus in Berlin is build by Local Motors, while the Leipzig bus is from EasyMile. The test will enter the public sphere next year.
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Electric transport in Montreal: STM (Société de transport de Montréal) will electrify all its buses by 2025 if testing is successful. A pilot project is due to start early next year and will see three electric buses serving route 36 in the Canadian city. Passengers may get on board from spring.
DC Charging California: 70 new fast-charging points are to be installed by ChargePoint in California with the support of the California Energy Commission. They will stand along transit routes spanning both North and South California and also allow access to previously underserved areas.
Electric shopping trip: The Dubai Mall spans the equivalent of 50 football fields and so the shopping centre offers a chauffeur service with electric cars. Tired consumers can take a seat in two Peugeot iOn and be dropped off for free at their next shopping destination.