DriveNow, E-Stor, Moscow, New Delhi, Telefonix.
DriveNow expands: London car-sharers can get their hands on 20 additional BMW i3. The DriveNow fleet now counts 50 electric cars in the British capital. In Stockholm, the joint service of BMW and Sixt will start on October 20 with 260 conventional cars and Minis. The i3 is to be added at a later date.
evfleetworld.co.uk (London), digital.di.se (Stockholm in Swedish)
Second life: The E-Stor concept is an energy buffer system using second-life EV batteries for charging stations. Jointly developed by Future Transport Systems and Ricardo, E-Stor can absorb surplus energy and distribute it at peak times thus relaxing the grid.
Park & Charge: The first EV charging station in Moscow has been installed at a parking space. Another 50 are to follow within this year, while the Russian capital plans to erect a total of 150 by the end of 2016.
Women e-trikes: 30 three-wheeled electric vehicles with female drivers only can be hired at hot spots in New Delhi. With the Smart-E service, the Indian city hopes to make the last mile more sustainable and safer as the EVs come with CCTV, GPS and SOS. An app is in the making.
Solar demo: In an attempt to test the power of solar in Wisconsin’s climate, Alliant Energy is launching a solar demonstration project. Part of the programme is the installation of 13 EV charging stations by Telefonix at Alliant’s headquarters. However, the stations are powered by the building.
South Africa, Uber, New Zealand, Moscow, Brampton.
South African charging union: Nissan and BMW will connect to install a network of charging stations across South Africa until 2017. Both CHAdeMO and CCS standards will be supported. How many fast-charging stations there will be remains yet to be seen.
Uber in China: Online hire service Uber now started a new cooperative approach in Chinese Wuhan. There, UberGreen consists of ten hybrid cars called Trumpchi GA5 REV by Chinese manufacturer Guangzhou Auto. Meanwhile, the city of Guangzhou has banned the conventional Uber cabs and announced to open its own app-based service instead based on the city’s existing cab companies.
carnewschina.com (Wuhan), cnbc.com (Guangzhou)
New Zealand update: The Charge.Net.NZ initiative that had just announced its plan to install 75 fast-charging stations across New Zealand has taken its first action. Already, 23 Veefil DC fast-charging devices have been ordered from Australian provider Tritium.
Electric delivery in Moscow: DHL Express has started to electrify its Russian courier fleet with the deployment of two electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Moscow. The cars will be used for last-mile assignments in both the city centre and the outskirts and will be charged at the company’s facilities.
Free charging in Canada: The city of Brampton just unveiled the first of a total of 32 EV charging stations, which will be installed in municipal parking lots across the Canadian town by 2016. The stations are free to use while regular parking charges apply.
Kia, San Joaquin Valley, Moscow, UK.
Fast-charging at Kia: Together with Greenlots and ABB, the South Korean carmaker will erect fast-charging stations at Kia dealerships in the U.S. to support the introduction of the Soul EV. In California, 17 new fast chargers will be installed for Kia. Just like the Nissan Leaf, the Soul EV uses SAE J1772 (Type 1) for AC and CHAdeMO for DC charging.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com (California)
Police force on e-bikes: Clovis Police Department of San Joaquin Valley in California purchased five electric motorcycles from Zero with public funding. Another 30 Zero bikes are already lined up to serve in other police patrol units in the region.
Russia to upgrade: In Moscow, 150 new charging stations shall be erected by year’s end at parking locations subject to a charge, the Russian traffic ministry announced. So far, only 28 chargers can be found in the 11-million people metropolis.
Britons to drive EVs: London’s mayor Boris Johnson is loudly thinking about a return of the scrappage scheme to facilitate the switch to more eco-friendly cars. On the national level, the government’s ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign is now urging parents to drop off their kids at school electrically and points to the savings that could be made when driving an EV.
businessgreen.com (scrap the diesel), thegreencarwebsite.co.uk (school run)