Nissan, DriveNow, Car2go, Malaysia, Eurabus.
Nissan Leaf success story: In one year, C&C Taxis from St. Austell, UK, logged no less than 150,000 miles with their five Nissan Leafs. On average, each car is able to make 40 runs per day, thanks to the company’s own DC quick charger – the only one in Cornwall. Compared to the previous diesel taxis, the company has saved 40,000 pounds (68,000 dollars) on fuel bills.
DriveNow takes the streets of San Fransisco: BMW’s carsharing service offer street parking in selected neighbourhoods across the Californian city, starting in the Mission District. It will also add another 80 all-electric ActiveE vehicles to its fleet there. DriveNow members can even vote on names for the newcomers.
Car2go Italy: As of May 14th, Car2go will be available in another Italian city – Florence. So far, the Daimler carsharing service operates in Milan and Rome and with its new addition has conquered a total of 27 cities worldwide. However, Amsterdam, San Diego and Stuttgart remain the only cities with electric Car2gos.
auto.it (in Italian)
EV carsharing in Malaysia: Starting in August, the joint venture between CMS Consortium Sdn Bhd (Comos), Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) will offer the country’s first EV carsharing programme. The service will start in Klang Valley with about 40 cars of the type Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe.
Electric Eurabus: Public transport operator KViP from Pinnerberg, Germany, just leased the latest model of the Eurabus 2.0-300. The 12-metre electric bus from Chinese manufacturer Tewoo has been modified by Berlin-based Eurabus GmbH to meet European specifications. The bus’ battery has a capacity of 314 kWh, enabling a range of more than 250 kilometres when in service.
prignitzer-leasing.de (in German)
My Electric Avenue, DriveNow, Connecticut.
The project ‘My Electric Avenue’ has not even really started but is already proving one thing according to Transport Evolved: Put the price right and people will happily buy electric cars. Though, the aim of the project, which is subsidised with 9 million pounds (14.9m dollars), is to assess how EVs, being charged all in the same neighbourhood and at the same time, might impact on electricity supplies (we reported). So far, more people signed up for the trial lease than cars are available.
More DriveNow: The carsharing scheme from BMW is looking to expand to another 10 to 15 European and 10 U.S. cities but has not revealed any details about its timing yet. Currently, DriveNow is operating in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich and San Francisco and serves 240,000 users.
Revolutionary Award? The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association created an EV incentive aiming at the car dealers. The ‘Connecticut Revolutionary Dealer Award’ will be given to the dealership which sells the most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the first half of 2014. Tesla better hurry with its planned Milford opening.
Kandi, DriveNow, California.
EV vending machine: In the Chinese city of Hangzhou, Kandi dispenses small electric cars automatically. For 3.25 USD per hour, consumers can rent a car from an automated parking garage that holds up to 120 Kandi EVs. In the next four years, the JV of Kandi and Geely wants to build about 750 of these e-car vending garages.
DriveNow introducing the i3 in San Francisco? A reader of the German blog Bimmer sighted the electric BMW i3 with DriveNow logo in California. While BMW indeed plans to integrate the all-electric car into its car-sharing fleet next year, the car seen in the USA only serves a promotional purpose at this time and is a left-over of the L.A. Auto Show 2013 with European specifications.
bimmertoday.de (In German)
Two BYD buses for California: The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) operating near Los Angeles, USA, has ordered two electric busses from the Chinese company. The vehicles have been funded by a 1.9 million USD (1.4 million euros) grant and testing could begin in April 2014. If the busses perform well in the desert climate, they could serve about 450,000 residents in the AVTA area.