Munich, Cannon, BlueCity, Evercar, EVGo.
Munich goes on the e-offensive:: The city wants to successively replace 220 of its own vehicles that don’t travel more than 80 km per day with EVs by 2023. Munich says it will take delivery of the first 70 electric vehicles by the end of next year. EV infrastructure in the city will also be build up in the coming months.
abendzeitung-muenchen.de (in German)
New turbo-chargers announced: ITT brand Cannon will present a new fast-charging system at the eCarTec in Munich next week. According to company, the liquid cooled plug and cable design has been tested at 400 amperes and 1,000 Volt.
E-carsharing expands: London’s Bolloré offspring BlueCity will start offering its e-carsharing vehicles at the Gatwick airport. A total of five chargers will be installed there over the coming months.
Evercar throws in the towel: The company that rented out electric and hybrid cars to Uber and Lift drivers (we reported) will do so no more. The business model was apparently not as lucrative as they had hoped.
Fast-charging Colorado: EVGo has finished setting up 18 new fast-chargers in Colorado, which already has a network of public charging. The provider says it wants to ultimately offer a place to plug “within 5 to 10 miles of any given location in a larger city.”
StreetScooter, Evercar, South Korea, Waste Management NZ.
StreetScooter delivers in Cologne: The German postal service’s electric delivery truck will start making its rounds in the city of Cologne. At first, 36 units will hit the road for DHL, followed by another 30 electric trucks before the end of the year. Moreover, the Deutsche Post wants to bring its StreetScooter to other German cities and increased yearly production capacity to 10,000 units from 2017.
report-k.de, transport-online.de (articles in German)
EVs for Uber drivers: LA-based company Evercar that rents electric and hybrid vehicles to drivers of ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft (we reported), is expanding along the California coastline. The service is now available in San Francisco, where drivers can rent the new generation Toyota Prius.
Splitting the bill: Starting next year, operators of petrol stations, cafés, hotels, etc. in South Korea will receive 20m won (about 18,000 dollars) for every EV charging station that they set up on their grounds. The subsidies should cover about half the cost of purchasing and installation.
Electric waste management: New Zealand’s Waste Management NZ is testing the use of electric vehicles. The company has more than 800 trucks and 200 cars in its fleet. Six cars have already been electrified and now the first three diesel trucks will be exchanged for EVs. Another six are said to follow.
New Zealand, West Coast alliance, Caltrans, Kia Soul, Evercar.
Electric delivery: New Zealand’s postal service will add 500 electric scooters to its fleet over the next two years. Manufacturer is Norwegian company Paxster. The first 50 cargo-scooters have already been delivered.
West coast alliance: The mayors of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and Seattle have signed an agreement to reduce CO2 emissions. To do so, they will push EV uptake by installing a charging corridor between California and British Columbia, as well as more chargers in cities.
Green funding: The California Department of Transport (Caltrans) earmarked 16.2m dollars to fund green energy initiatives. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, for example, will be granted 3.5m USD to buy five electric buses, San Mateo County will get just under 1m USD for one electric bus, and Livermore Amador Valley will purchase two hybrid buses with its 250,000 USD in funding.
Soul EV for California: Kia will provide six of its all-electric cars to a V2G project at the University of California in Irvine (UCI). They will help develop advanced smart charging software algorithms and to better understand how electric cars are managed on the grid.
Electric ridesharing: Evercar has already rented its 100th EV. The company provides electric and hybrid cars to drivers for ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber. Moreover, Evercar says it has 4,500 registered drivers, who have given 125,000 people a lift in an Evercar.
Tesla, UK, Evercar, South Korea, Aberdeen.
1,000 Tesla for Holland: Even though the Model 3 has not even been introduced yet, the Dutch EV leasing company MisterGreen and utility NLE say they want to reserve 1,000 units once stores open on March 31st. They hope that this way, Tesla will prioritise the Netherlands in terms of the Model 3 delivery schedule.
Adjusting UK funding scheme? The UK government considers reviewing its recently renewed funding scheme for electric and plug-in vehicles in one year, instead of just when it runs out in 2018. The reason is the rapid rise of registrations in the first three months of 2016.
Evercar expands: The LA-based electric vehicle sharing company that rents to customers driving for Uber, Lyft and others, announced a rapid expansion. It wants to increase the number of EVs in its fleet from currently 43 to 1,000 in the coming months.
Convenient chargers in Korea: GS Retail of Korea, part of the major conglomerate GS Group, wants to install electric vehicle charging stations as part of its convenience stores. The project will begin on Jejudo Island and expand across the nation gradually.
Aberdeen FCV expansions: The Aberdeen City Council and Co-wheels car club added four Hyundai’s ix35 FCVs to its fleet, bringing the total number of Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cells up to 15 nationwide. The cars will be available to the public through a pay-as-you-go plan, and to businesses for trial purposes.
Berlin, charging challenge, Evercar, Vietnam, Honolulu.
Berlin’s water utility added 20 Nissan Leaf to its fleet. That makes 10 percent of BWB’s fleet, not counting the BMW i3, which the company got for free. Before choosing the Leaf, BWB tested various electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. The EVs are leased for four years and were simply the cheapest alternative.
bwb.de (in German)
Ministerial charging: The U.S. Department of Transportation is the first federal agency to join the Department of Energy’s workplace charging challenge, aiming to provide 500 EV charging stations by 2025.
Rent an electric cab so you can offer rides via Uber or Lyft. That is the business model of Evercar. The electric carsharing service is directed at freelance drivers and charges them five dollars an hour. The service will kick off in LA after the LA Auto Show, while Evercar aims to go nationwide before the end of 2016.
cleantechnica.com, insideevs.com, myevercar.com
Electric tourism: Two electric vehicles have gone into service in the city of Quy Hnon, Vietnam, to shuttle tourists for less than a dollar. Up to 12 people fit in the open carriers that can drive with up to 30 kph. The pilot service is one of several such initiatives in the country.
8 hybrid buses now serve on Honolulu, as Hawaiian firm TheBus adds them to the fleet. The buses come from Gillig Corp. and cost 700,000 dollars each. Yet, almost 83 percent of the investment is covered by a five million dollar government grant called TIGGER.