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.
Hamburg aims for 7,400 decentralised charging points
The German port city of Hamburg has launched the large-scale ELBE project together with a wide range of partners. The aim is to install 7,400 private charging points for tenants, apartment owners, employees and their employers but to manage these in a decentralised manner.
FRESH project: Hamburg testing AGVs as grid stabilisers
Hamburg’s port management company HHLA is currently testing the extent to which its electric automated guided vehicles (AGVs), used for transporting containers, can be flexibly integrated into the grid without affecting industrial operation. The effort is part of the FRESH funding project.
Germany: MOIA e-shuttle ride sharing goes public in April
The VW subsidiary MOIA has started their final tests with ten electric shuttles in Hamburg, Germany. The fully electric vehicle is based on a VW van with a range of 300 km and is destined for affordable ride-sharing. A 100 strong fleet is to take to the streets of Hamburg this April with quick expansion […]
Germany’s first self-service Tesla car rental station
Luxembourg-based start-up UFOdrive opened their first self-service rental car station in Germany. Drivers can now rent and collect one of six Tesla Model S at Hamburg Airport, simply via app. UFOdrives operates EV-only fleets in Luxembourg and Brussels as well.
Hamburg: DPD to deliver with electric vehicles exclusively
Delivery company DPD will electrify their entire fleet in Hamburg by summer next year, meaning they will operate with zero local emissions in the city centre. DPD will incorporate a mix of electric vans and trucks and smaller light electric vehicles such as scooters and bikes.
Five German cities to order 3,000 electric buses
At least 3,000 electric buses is what the five biggest cities in Germany want running on their roads by 2030, according to a new survey from Wirtschaftswoche. After Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne had announced their move, Frankfurt and Munich followed.
Meyer-Logistik receives eActros for real world tests
Mercedes-Benz Trucks has handed over another eActros to customers for real world testing: Meyer-Logistik has received the 25 tonne capacity vehicle for operational testing of the transport of temperature sensitive food stuffs from storage locations to multiple super markets in the Hamburger inner city.
Hamburg: Deutsche Bahn using electric cabs of LEVC
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.
UPS launches custom-made cargo e-bikes
34 new cargo pedelecs have joined the European fleet of logistics giant UPS. The bikes were specifically developed for the carrier together with Rytle. After initial testing in Germany, the cargo e-bikes are now coming to France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Solaris readies fuel cell electric bus for 2019
Poland’s prolific busmaker Solaris will present their first hydrogen bus next year. The fuel cell electric vehicle is based on their Urbino series but with a longer range of up to 350 km on one fill. A traction battery is to support the bus at peak times.
Volvo presents its 2nd electric truck – FE Electric
After just having launched their first electric truck ever, Volvo Trucks presents the FE Electric. Their second model is designed for heavier city distribution and to serve as refuse truck with gross weights of up to 27t. Sales will kick-off in Europe next year.
Hamburg Hochbahn brings “E-Bus Masterplan” under way
Hamburg’s public transport provider Hochbahn is on schedule with its E-Bus Masterplan that will see them procure nothing but all-electric buses from 2020 onwards. The first batch of thirty such EVs will be delivered by Daimler’s EvoBus and Solaris after they won a competitive tender.
Germany, Hamburg, Scotland, British Telecom, Korea.
Germany turns to Japan to get its fix on fuel cell vehicles, namely 185 Toyota Mirai, that are co-funded with 3.2m euros through the NIP fund. The first hydrogen cars from the so-called ZeroE project will reportedly be deployed in Hamburg’s new CleverShuttle programme. The destination of the remaining 165 Mirai has yet to be disclosed.
Hamburgs seems savvy when it comes to funding for e-mobility initiatives. A new scheme called Efficiency Hamburg, wants to populate the port town with 500 plug-in vehicles, cars and vans alike. Businesses and the authorities can register with Alphabet to receive funding from a total of 1.5m euros.
On track to electrification: Scotland’s biggest train stations will soon offer EV charging. The first 4 of a total of 100 charging points have been installed with Uphall, Bathgate, East Kilbride and Johnstone already live. They are free to use but require a ChargePlace Scotland card to activate the device.
BT to electrify fleet: British Telecom has announced plans to exchange most of its cars with electric or hybrid ones but wants to switch gradually all throughout 2030. It’s UK fleet entails about 30,000 vehicles.
Korea is almost California: The Korea Expressway Corporation will halve the road toll for electric vehicles and fuel cell cars on expressways across the country by next Monday. The discount is valid until 2020 and an extension depends on the number of eco-friendly cars by then.
Berlin, Hamburg, PlugSurfing, London, Daimler, California.
30 electric buses for Berlin: The Berlin transportation service company (BVG) intends to order 30 electric-powered buses. A call for tender is currently in preparation. Hence, the BVG’s original plan to replace diesel vehicles through CNG buses is no longer a topic.
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EVs also to join Hamburg’s bus fleet: The port city’s agency Hamburger Hochbahn prepares to gradually add electric buses to its fleet, as announced. Since a few days, a tender for initially 30 electric-powered buses due for delivery in 2018 or 2019 has been published. Bus manufacturers can apply until November. Hochbahn intends to electrify its complete fleet, all in all 1,000 vehicles.
PlugSurfing welcomes E.On: German energy company E.On joins the PlugSurfing charging network and in a first step made 11 of its charging stations accessible for EV drivers using the PlugSurfing app and charging key. E.On was the last of the “big four” German energy companies (Vattenfall, EnBW, Innogy and E.On) to enter the network.
Police trials H2 scooters: London’s policemen are starting to test seven hydrogen-powered scooters in their daily working life. The trial covers 18 months. The scooters, type Burman Fuel Cell, are provided by Suzuki.
Daimler plans ride sharing with autonomous EVs: Mercedes-Benz Vans and U.S. start-up Via found a JV in order to launch an on-demand ride sharing service in Europe. Via already operates in New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. – first European city shall be London. Daimler intends to gradually optimise its fleet for the ride sharing purpose. This includes developing advanced software and sensors, but also the integration of electric-powered Mercedes-Benz Vito and autonomous driving.
Studies instead of subsidies: The Californian Legislature has cancelled the plan to pump another 3 billion dollars into EV subsidies. Instead the sum serves now the Air Resources Board to conduct studies on how to write and implement EV rebate legislation, with results expected in September 2019.
Hamburg, Smart Bridge, Oregon, Innogy.
Smart City: While Hamburg did not exactly act intelligently during the riots surrounding the G20 meeting, it wants to get ready for an electric future and decided to test 100 autonomous shuttles from next year. The partnership between the town and Deutsche Bahn is dubbed Smart City and focuses on transport to and from stations and bookings via app. With VW’s MOIA and Hamburg Hochbahn also looking to introduce electric shuttles, 200 even, the roads may soon run ripe with autonomous mini buses.
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Bridge technology: The world’s longest sea bridge that will connect China with Hong Kong and Macao upon completion later this year, will also include an artificial island built for 550 EV charging stations. It’s an investment of 90m yuan (13m dollars) from China Southern Power Grid that said the stations will be available to different kind of electric vehicles including buses and taxis. The 429 DC charging stations and 121 AC charging stations will be opened at the end of 2017.
Oregon favours EVs: The Oregon House approved a 5.3bn dollar, 10-year transport funding package that includes plug-in vehicle incentives of 2,500 dollars. Lower income earners that also got a 20 year old car to scrap can get double that incentive, which comes into force from 2018 with applications open now.
Innogy clears another hurdle to enter into the U.S. market as it receives the UL certificates from Underwriters Laboratories for its charging equipment. This means the path is clear for its newly formed subsidiary to operate in the States.
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Istanbul, Hamburg, Ganzhou, Tesloop.
Istanbul’s electric cab project continues as three more Zoe have arrived in the Turkish capital on a lease. Their number is to grow week by week to ultimately reach 9,000 EV taxis and while this seems like a lot, it suits the size of the metropolis. Most of them will be Renault’s and the Electric Taxi Project has only just started.
Hamburg chose Renault to continue to encourage businesses to switch to electric. Called e-Drive Hamburg 2017, the initiative offers a total of 450 electric vehicles, namely 350 Renault Zoe and 70 Kangoo Z.E. with another 30 Master Z.E. to follow at a later date. The project succeeds a previous campaign that managed to put almost 800 EV in service at attractive leasing rates.
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Vow green: Newly wed couples in China can now start their honeymoon or reception in an electric bus for weddings that has been launched in Ganzhou. After a two month trial, the green wedding bus that couples can decorate themselves is now running full time.
Tesloop takes off: The Model X chauffeur service that saw then 17 year old Haydn Sonnad offering rides from LA to Vegas, has expanded. The first Tesla has been joined by another 5 electric SUV and one Model S and routes now include Orange County and San Diego and can be booked via app.
Austria, Bzzt, FC Buses, Hamburg, Guangzhou.
Austria continues e-mobility funding: It is the 9th call the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund raises since 2009 and this time it promises an additional 6m euros to support flagship projects in the field of electric transport. Companies can apply with their research projects, e.g. the development of EVs, charging stations or transport services until October, 4 but must bear in mind that the call is decisively “zero emission” and thus for all-electric solutions only. A connection to public transport or intelligent infrastructure will be beneficial.
E-rickshaws in Stockholm: The beloved Indian three-wheeled have moved to Sweden, where Bzzt launched 18 electric rickshaws. In Stockholm they call them taxi-pods that have space for two passengers besides the driver. The company wants to expand its fleet to 200 vehicles through crowdfunding until next year and so investors are welcome to take a seat.
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Joint order of fuel cell buses: German WSW mobil is seeking to procure 63 fuel cell buses for public transport operations. The tender is part of the EU project JIVE, that fosters bulk orders for hydrogen buses in the UK, Denmark, Italy, and Germany. Here, Verkehrsverbund Mainz-Wiesbaden, traffiQ Frankfurt, Regionalverkehr Köln (Cologne) will take deliveries, while some will also go to SASA in Bolzano, Italy.
Hamburg harbour electrifies: Hamburg’s port operator HHLA has ordered 25 Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) with lithium-ion battery drives from Konecranes. They are to move containers at the Altenwerder terminal comes spring 2018, together with 6 fully automatic charging stations.
30.000 electric buses for Guangzhou? Within 3 years, the Chinese mega city wants to replace its entire bus fleet through all-electric buses. According to the news agency Xinhua, this means about 30,000 electric buses are going to be deployed in Guangzhou with its 11m inhabitants. Through price reduction and the installation of more charging infrastructure, the city targets to also have 120,000 EVs on the roads by then.
BMW, Hamburg, San Francisco, ConEdison, Qatar.
BMW to boost EV sharing in Hamburg as the carmaker teams up with the Hanseatic city. Together they seek to release 400 electric cars and 150 plug-in hybrids through the DriveNow partnership with Sixt. The electrified fleet is to be complete by 2019 but 130 BMW i3 are scheduled to join 70 existing ones on Hamburg’s roads within this year. The city’s part is to successively install 1,150 charge points until 2019 as well as to reserve parking spots. This EV sharing will be integrated into public transport.
Another town just reached a deal as San Francisco agrees to electrify its municipal fleet. 300 electric cars and another 100 hybrids will replace 400 existing fleet cars until the end of 2022. It is about half of the fleet with the remaining cars parking in leased spots without the option to install chargers.
Request For Information: ConEdison has earmerked 25m dollars for project partners that will help EV adoption through infrastructure in New York City. The utility just issued an RFI and calls for strategies that may become funded demo projects. Con Edison wants to place at least 100 EV charging stations on the streets of NYC and 500 chargers in clients’ homes for testing.
One out of 10: Qatar has agreed on its Green Car Initiative that seeks to grow the share of electric or hybrid vehicles to four percent by 2022. By 2030 however, every 1 in 10 cars cruising around the Arabian Peninsula shall be electrified and the government wants to erect the supporting infrastructure.