Tesla, BlueIndy, Hertz, India, Car-wheels.
Tesla teams up with Airbnb: As many as 100 Airbnb hosts on the West Coast, USA, could receive a free Tesla home charger. 12 Tesla-ready locations are already available and the application for a free charging station is still available via the Airbnb website. Tesla will only provide the charger, however. Hosts have to pay for installation themselves.
Indianapolis (finally) goes electric: The BlueIndy electric carsharing scheme will finally hit the road on September 2nd, featuring with 25 charging stations and 50 EVs. Kick-off had initially been planned for the end of 2014, but operator Bolloré faced funding issues and battled with city council over parking spaces. BlueIndy aims to increase the number of chargers and cars tenfold.
Hertz adds 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Hertz’s Green Traveler Collection fleet now include the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in selected locations across the U.S. The fleet already features electric, hybrid and clean diesel vehicles, and Hertz says it has the most fuel-efficient rental fleet in the industry.
Electric taxis for India: The country’s second largest taxi fleet, Ola Cab, is planning to introduce electric taxis to its fleet and is currently in discussion with manufacturers to develop vehicles with adapted range for Indian cities.
EVs for hire: Starting in September, Car Club operator Co-wheels will 10 electric, hybrid and ultra-low emission vehicles for hire in Derby, UK. Prices start at 22,50 pounds (35,24 USD) per day and 3.75 pounds (5.87 USD) per hour. Co-wheels is the country’s largest Car Club operator, with more than 50 locations and almost 700 vehicles.
PlugSurfing update: The Berlin-based start-up has issued an updated version of its app for both iOS and Android. Apart from the usual charge and pay functionality, design improvements have been made. Furthermore, charging can now be initiated via smartphone.
Rent a Leaf: Hertz’s fleet in Berlin now includes the Nissan Leaf, which can be rented at six locations. Hertz made the decision to test the offer, as the German capital now has 180 charging stations. The hiring service also added the Leaf to selected locations in London recently.
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Superchargers go south: Tesla has opened the first Supercharger station in Spain, in the city of Girona. Barcelona thus is in reach and connected to the rest of Europe. The next charger is located in French Narbonne. Another station has been erected in Italian Aosta.
presseportal.de (in German), diariomotor.com (in Spanish)
Nissan is expanding free charging, making its No Charge To Charge programme available in Boston. The East Coast city is the 17th market to join and the Japanese carmaker intends to bring its incentivising scheme to a total of 25 areas in the U.S. before the year’s end.
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Hertz, Vienna, Minnesota, E-Bike region Stuttgart.
Hertz joins Zem2All: The rental car company has announced its cooperation with Spanish utility provider Endesa in Spain’s demonstration project Zem2All (Zero Emissions Mobility To All). Hertz will rent out the Nissan Leaf from its stations in Malaga and the city’s airport. The Zem2All initiative has rolled out 160 charge points and electric vehicles in Malaga with another 40 being in the pipeline.
Electric carsharing for Vienna: Porsche Holding Salzburg announced its plan to roll-out electric carsharing in the Austrian capital. Within the coming weeks, the company will make several VW E-UPs available to students taking part in the ‘Campus Carsharing’ project. By 2015, Europe’s biggest car dealer wants to extend the rental service to all Viennese.
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Discount during off-peak hours: Minnesota is the first state in the U.S. to make it compulsory for investor-owned utilities to offer customers discounted rates when charging their EV outside peak hours (4pm – 8pm). The energy companies have time until next year to adjust their tariffs.
E-Bike region Stuttgart: Five counties around the south-German city of Stuttgart have now put together a 400-kilometres track specifically designed for pedelecs. Along the signposted and rather hilly e-bike path, rental stations, workshops and charging stations can be found. The region is hoping to accommodate and attract for the ever-growing segment of electric bicycle travellers.
e-bike-region-stuttgart.de (website in German)
Hamburg, Toyota, Hertz.
Plug-in buses for Hamburg: Public transport provider Hamburger Hochbahn and Volvo have signed an agreement for the delivery of three plug-in diesel-electric hybrid buses with an all-electric range of about 10 kilometres. The charging infrastructure and technology will come from Siemens.
Hydrogen infrastructure: Toyota will help local authorities in Japan and the U.S. with the development of infrastructure for hydrogen filling stations to speed up the adoption of fuel-cell cars. Next year, Toyota will introduce trailer stations that can be moved to different locations and serve as temporary filling stations.
Hertz offers Chevy Spark: At Hertz car rental locations at the LA and San Francisco airports, as well as throughout the Golden State, drivers can now rent the .Chevy Spark. The EV was named the most efficient electriv vehicle in the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide released by the EPA and Energy Department.