Airbus & Audi reveal electric air taxi CityAirbus
As part of the Urban Air Mobility project, Airbus has now presented the air taxi CityAirbus in the Audi town of Ingolstadt. The electric aircraft with eight rotors takes off and lands vertically and will be able to transport up to four passengers. The model still has its maiden flight ahead of it.
Electric scooter sharing Go-Green to launch in Geneva
It will be the Alpine Republic’s first fleet of electric scooters to share once Go Green got its offer going this April in Geneva. 50 electric scooters from German Kumpan electric will mark the start of the planned expansion across Switzerland and Europe.
PREMIUM, Geneva, ABB & Alpiq, Teheran, ITM Power & Ove Arup.
BMW i3 is most test driven EV: According the German state-funded research project PREMIUM, some 13 percent of German drivers have already had first encounters with electric mobility. Most chose to test the BMW i3. Many would love to drive electric to protect the environment, but say that range and vehicle cost are still too big of an issue.
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Geneva votes for e-buses: The city will introduce eleven all-electric buses on its line 23 from 2017, replacing the current diesel-powered fleet. The deal worth tenth of millions of euros will most likely be signed very soon. The electric buses were already been tested during the Tosa pilot project.
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ABB and Alpiq cooperate: Alpiq E-Mobility now carries all ABB rapid-charging solutions and will take charge of the conception and planning phases, as well as the installation and service of the EV chargers. ABB will continue to focus on the development and production of charging solutions.
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Teheran bets on hybrids: The Iranian capital wants introduce at least 10,000 hybrid taxis within three years. 200 are already on the road and will be used at “airports, hotels and luxurious places.” The vehicles will of course be imported.
H2 alliance: Companies ITM Power and Ove Arup & Partners will work together to identify sites for new hydrogen refueling and energy storage systems using technology.
Five EV Highlights from Geneva International Motor Show.
The Geneva Motor Show is the first European automotive highlight of the year. Our editor Carla Westerheide was on site and took a closer look at five electric mobility highlights from Audi, EVTEC, ED Design, Volkswagen, and NanoFlowcell. Audi Q7 e-tron quattro Audi unveiled a total of three new (partially) electric cars in Geneva – […]
ELECTRIC, The New Motion & Charge Your Car, Fujitsu, Geneva, GE.
155 European fast chargers: European Long-Distance Electric Clean Transport Road Infrastructure Corridor (ELECTRIC), that is part of the EU’s TEN-T program (we reported) is becoming concrete. Together, ABB, Clever, Fastned, Öresundskraft and VDE will erect 155 multi-standard fast-chargers along Europe’s motorways – 67 in Germany, 35 in Sweden, 30 in the Netherlands and 23 in Denmark.
European roaming: The New Motion (TNM) found a new partner in British Charge Your Car. The latter’s 2,000 charge points in the UK will now be accessible to TNM customers while British EV drivers will be able to charge at about 15,000 stations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Luxembourg.
evfleetworld.co.uk, thenewmotion.pr.co, chargeyourcar.org.uk
New service for FCV drivers: Kicking off with Toyota Mirai, Fujitsu started a new hydrogen station data management service, that accesses real-time information on the locations and hours of operation of hydrogen stations in Japan and sends it to FCV driver’s smartphones and car navigation systems.
Electric buses in Geneva: The Swiss city has deployed two electric 22-passenger-buses built by Italian company Breda Menaribus that will serve route 36 through Geneva’s Old Town. Routes 32 and 35 may soon be run electrically, too.
Intelligent charging: General Electric uses elements of AI in its latest charging stations designed to manage EV charging intelligently. Five stations are currently tested at FedEx in New York. The system takes into account holidays, weather, grid load and also “learns” from the building’s past energy use.
HyWay, Triangulum, Tesla, Geneva, ChargeMap.
Hydrogen test fleet: Under the 18-month project HyWay, France will deploy 50 Renault Kangoo Z.E. fitted with fuel cells around two hydrogen distribution stations in Lyon and Grenoble. In a second phase, the project provides for the development and production of hydrogen from local renewable energy.
Smart Cities project: The European Commission has nominated the “Triangulum” project, led by Fraunhofer IAO, to be the lead project for the Smart Cities and Communities initiative. Triangulum will transform urban districts into smart quarters including e-mobility concepts, starting in Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway) and to be subsequently transferred to other cities.
Tesla battery swapping coming soon: As Elon Musk told reporters at the event last Thursday, Tesla plans to open the first of its long-awaited battery-swapping stations within the next two months. It will be located between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
BMW i3 enters police fleet: As “BMW Blog” reveals, the police department in Geneva, Switzerland, will be the first law enforcement agency to use the German EV as a patrol car. The BMW i3 police car will be replacing the currently used BMW X3.
ChargeMap has launched an update of its mobile charging app. The new version comes with a redesigned interface and integrates a number of new functions in response to requests from users. The new ChargeMap app provides detailed information for 55,000 public outlets across Europe.
Nylo plugs in: Nylo Hotels announced they will provide Tesla Superchargers at three of their locations in Texas. The hotels in Las Colinas, Plano and Dallas will each be equipped with three charging stations.