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.
electrive.net (in German)
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.
Nissan + DBT, Emmy, Istanbul, PonyCar, California.
Nissan upgrades to 150 kW charging in Europe together with infrastructure partner DBT. The French company has installed more than 2,100 quick charging stations in 36 European countries since 2013 and now received an order from Nissan to prepare these stops for 150 kW charging capacity. Additionally, DBT will deliver its fast-charging stations with both CCS and CHAdeMO standard as announced earlier, and first deliveries are set for September. Nissan’s new found focus on 150 kW has obviously to do with the upcoming Nissan Leaf although its charging capacity remains undeclared. Furthermore, the CHAdeMO association recently announced to get its infrastructure network ready to charge with up to 150 kW, following similar preparatory moves made by CCS initiative CharIN.
insideevs.com, avere-france.org, dbtcev.fr (both in French)
Emmy about to start in Hamburg: Berlin-based Emmy (formerly eMio) expands its electric scooter sharing from Berlin to Germany’s second biggest city, Hamburg. 50 electric powered scooters have been rolled out by now and an additional 150 units are to follow within weeks. According to Hamburger Abendblatt, 500 users have already registered, and Emmy plans to target a third metropolis, most probable Munich, soon. The sharing service works with a mobile phone app and scooters of Spanish manufacturer Torrot. User pay 19 cents per kilometre with two helmets to be found underneath the seat.
abendblatt.de (in German)
Electric taxis in Istanbul: Istanbul’s Beyoğlu Municipality and the city’s Chamber of Taxi Drivers officially welcomed the first electric powered taxis that have hit the roads of Turkey’s bustling metropolis. More Renault Zoe will follow before the year’s end, swelling the fleet’s size to 500 to 600 EVs.
PonyCar races ahead: Chinese EV rental firm PonyCar raised 22m dollars just few days ago but plans to launch up to 10,000 EVs vehicles in China’s first-tier cities within a year. The company’s move comes as competitors like Gofun Chuxing and EVCARD are fighting for bigger market shares.
Funds for 9 new H2 stations in CA: The California Energy Commission supports the expansion of the H2 refueling infrastructure network in the Golden state. Thus, 17m dollars have been approved to erect nine new hydrogen stations, five of them in SoCal.
greencarcongress.com, energy.ca.gov are