BMW and Torqueedo to build electric racing yacht
Around the world with zero emissions – the dream is not new but this time it is not about flying but sailing and Torqueedo and BMW want to make this vision a reality. They are jointly designing a yacht to compete in the Vendée Globe solo, around-the-world race in 2020.
Switzerland, BMW, KEPCO, Smart City Challenge, Plymouth, Monaco.
Unified charging in the confederation: Swiss eMobility and utility EnergieSchweiz have launched the shared charging platform Ladenetz Schweiz (charging network Switzerland). The initiative aims to offer non-discriminatory and nationwide EV charging for the Alpine state by coordinating and encouraging efforts by multiple actors over the next two years.
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Uber competition from BMW? The German carmaker might set up its own ride hailing service utilising its existing DriveNow fleet, Spiegel Online reports. If the plans go ahead, Germans could soon hail an i3 via app.
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Charging Ecuador: State-owned Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) has signed a deal worth 30m dollars with the government of Ecuador. The plan is to erect EV charging stations at 91 locations along three motorways of the Latin American country.
Smart City Challenge: The finalists have been selected from 77 initial entrants. Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland and San Francisco now compete for up to 50m dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Leading by example: The council of British Plymouth has acquired six Nissan Leaf, thus moving ahead with its planned electrification. The leased pool cars are part of a two-year trial, during which the EVs could save about 26,000 pounds a year in fuel costs.
Nissan EVs enter the Palace of Monaco, as Prince Albert II took delivery of two e-NV200. The electric vans will be used to deliver goods as well as transport people around the premises. Monaco aims to be emission-free by 2050.