City2Share, Stella-Sharing, Nissan, Massachusetts, Ritz-Carlton.
Multi modal e-mobility: City2Share is a 5.8m euro research project of the German government that studies how electric cars and bikes can increase air quality and reduce noise levels in cities. Over four years, trials will run in Munich and Hamburg. There, sharing of autonomous EVs, wireless charging, rental pedelecs, and electric cargo bikes will be utilised. The project is led by a consortium of public and private partners that includes BMW, Siemens, UPS, DriveNow and TU Dresden.
Electric scooter sharing: Stuttgart started an electric scooter sharing. Stella-Sharing includes 15 e-scooter by Emco and is operated by the town’s utility. Registration can be done online and the two-wheelers can be booked via app. The batteries will be swapped and provided by a fleet of cargo pedelecs from VeloCarrier. The fleet shall be extended to 75 electric scooters by March next year.
stadtwerke-stuttgart.de (in German)
Group buy: In Canadian Québec a buying group for the Nissan Leaf has already gathered 3,000 followers and counting. It is even more astonishing as it was organised privately. The reservations can be made without posting a deposit.
cleantechnica.com, surveymonkey.com (reservation, in French)
A free shuttle programme debuted in San Diego this Tuesday. ‘Free Ride Everywhere Downtown’ (FRED) is a partnership between the city of San Diego, Civic San Diego and the Downtown San Diego Partnership. 15 all-electric 5-seaters are running daily and can be hired free of charge via app.
kpbs.org, nbcsandiego.com, thefreeride.com (FRED)
Electric school bus: Three communities in Massachusetts, namely Cambridge, Amherst, Concord and Acton-Boxborough, will start a pilot with an electric yellow school bus and charging station each. Comes autumn, the eLion bus funded by the DoE will pick up kids.
EV charging at the Ritz-Carlton: The luxury hotel brand plans to install EV charging stations at all its locations worldwide. Ritz Carltons in the U.S., Barcelona, Chengdu, and Shenzhen already are equipped with two chargers each and more will follow.