eMio, Tesla, California, eMotorWerks, Massachusetts
150 electric scooters to share: The Berlin-based start-up eMio will roll out the second stage of its electric scooter sharing service in Berlin. Funded by the VC Fonds Technologie, as well as by two private investors, 150 electric scooters will be available by the end of July. 20 of the emco scooters are already on the street. eMio also plans to expand into other German and southern European cities.
intellicar.de (in German)
Social rebates: Low income buyers in California are now eligible for an extra 1,500 dollar rebate when buying an EV, while incentives for high income buyers are scrapped. People earning less than 48,000 dollars a year (singles) or 73,000 dollars (family of four) are eligible for 4,000 dollars for BEVs, 3,000 for PHEVs and 6,500 for FCVs. People earning more than 340,000 dollars annually will no longer receive any funding.
Tesla big(ger) in Japan: Eight new service centres will open in Japan this year, the electric carmaker announced. Until now, Japanese Tesla drivers relied on the country’s only service station located in Yokohama.
Eco juice: A new WattTime software helps eMotorWerks’ charging station called JuiceBox choose the greenest power to charge an electric car. The programme analyses the grid in real time to identify when the cleanest electricity is available and schedules charging sessions accordingly.
Electric city fleet: New Bedford in Massachusetts has leased ten Nissan Leaf, allowing it to retire ten older cars. The electric vehicles will be used by Health Department inspectors to travel around the city. The local government also plans to erect more charging stations.
All-electric scooter sharing wants to conquer Berlin.
It is finally possible to discover the German capital on two wheels and totally electric. While Segways and pedelecs are already a common sight in Berlin, this is the first time it can be done riding an electric scooter. These will not be provided by an already established player in the transport industry, but by […]Read more
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Van Hool, Siemens & Volvo, eMio, Car2go, Georgia, San Diego.
EU supports H2 buses: Belgium bus OEM Van Hool has signed an agreement with the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), which is financing the deployment of 21 fuel cell buses. These will be powered by Ballard Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules.
E-Buses and chargers for Sweden: Siemens and Volvo have signed a deal, saying they will work together to supply electrified bus systems to cities. In 2015, Volvo will deliver hybrid and all-electric buses to the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg, while Siemens will set up fast-chargers there with a charging capacity of up to 300 kW.
Electric scooter sharing in Berlin: Berlin-based start-up eMio will kick off its electric “Share-a-Scooter” programme in the German capital in March. Following the testing phase, 200 electric scooters will be up for sharing in the centre of Berlin. The two-wheelers can be booked per app and are free floating.
emio-sharing.de, emo-berlin.de (articles in German)
New electric Smarts for San Diego: Carsharing provider Car2go is renewing and increasing the size of its fleet in the Californian city, bringing in 400 new electric Smarts. These will replace 350 models from 2010. According to the company, it counts over 33,000 customers and over 1 million trips in San Diego since the scheme launched in 2011.
“Get Current” will be the name of a new initiative launched in Georgia, USA. Utility provider Georgia Power Co. has earmarked 12 million dollars that it will spend on erecting 50 new public charging stations, as well as on subsidies for the installation of private chargers.
San Diego wants cleaner cabs: The U.S. city launched a 360,000 dollar incentive programme to get taxi drivers to switch from petrol to hybrid. Taxi owners will receive up to 4,000 dollars for the purchase of a new hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle and will also pay reduced airport fees.