01.08.2018 - 18:12

Bolloré to scrap half their Autolib fleet

After the city of Paris decided not to continue the car-sharing program Autolib by Bolloré a month ago, the service was officially shut down on July 31. The 4,000 electrified vehicles will now disappear from Paris’s streets.

25.07.2018 - 19:05

Paris: H2 taxi fleet grows to 100 vehicles

The Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien (STEP) in Paris has expanded their fuel cell vehicle fleet with another 25 Toyota Mirai to total 100 FCEVs. By the end of 2020, the expansion of the Hype fleet is planned to total 600 vehicles.


17.07.2018 - 16:39

C40 Cities & Climate Group kick-off ZEV Challenge

C40 Cities and the Climate Group have launched the ‘Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge’ in order to “massively accelerate” the adoption of electric vehicles. Initiators include cities like London, New York and Paris as well as industry partners.

08.07.2018 - 17:18

Paris: Govecs boosts electric scooter fleet Cityscoot

Over 2,000 additional electric scooters are headed for Paris as Govecs helps Cityscoot to grow their sharing fleet. Cityscoot will take delivery of over 2,750 new electric scooters and has also expanded to Nice. Govecs deployed over 10,000 e-scooters across Europe to date.

04.07.2018 - 13:47

French carmakers rush to replace Paris Autolib

After cancelling their contract with the electric car sharing Autolib, Paris already found a substitute. Two in fact as both Renault and PSA rush to populate the French capital with exclusively electric vehicles to hire.


10.06.2018 - 14:06

Engie fits 50 Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cells

The energy provider Engie has fitted a fleet of 50 Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cell range extenders from Symbio, in Rungis, near Paris, for their employees. A hydrogen fuel station was also installed at the location.

26.05.2018 - 17:55

Uber to test air taxis in Paris

The ride-share company Uber is working on the development of electric air taxis and announced their first research and development center outside of the USA, which will open in Paris in Fall this year.

02.05.2018 - 16:03

EU Project ZEFER testing business case for fuel cell cars

Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out, or ZEFER in short, is a new EU project that will deploy a total of 180 FCVs in three European capitals, namely Brussels, Paris, and London. The €26m project is designed to see how hydrogen fleets perform in the real world, that is as taxis and police cars.

26.04.2018 - 19:31

Chronopost orders 100 e-transporters from Voltia

The french parcel service Chronopost, who belongs to the DPD Group, has ordered 100 electric transporters from the Slovak Voltia. The acquisition is part of Chronopost’s plan to eventually deliver packages in Paris on a completely electrical basis.

22.04.2018 - 18:54

Off-highway hybrid concept by Deutz

Deutz is coming to the Intermat in Paris to debut its off-highway hybrid concept this week. Coupling a diesel engine and a 55 kW electric motor with a 40 kWh battery built by BMWi, the study is the first result of the E-DEUTZ program established in 2017.

11.04.2018 - 16:23

Flixbus launches first long-distance electric bus route in France

Munich-based bus operator Flixbus has entered the electric age in France yesterday, as it launched two electric buses that will go the long distance. The coach service runs between Paris and the city of Amiens and was live at the launch event in Paris, just at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

24.03.2018 - 23:07

Paris considers free public transport to curb air pollution

Paris may provide free public transport if a motion by Mayor Anne Hildago overcomes the opposition. A feasibility study is to see whether such a measure would motivate more people to take the Métro. Paris transport authority IDFM, rejected the proposal despite other examples from Europe.

13.03.2018 - 19:15

German Flixbus to use Yutong E-buses

The long distance bus operator Flixbus is planning to introduce its first electric bus line in France. On the road between Paris and Amiens the company wants to use two electric buses as of April, which will be made by Chinese Yutong.

26.02.2018 - 20:39

Paris police now patrols with the e-Golf

The “Gendarmerie” of Paris is now approaching their suspects silently as the French force leases 16 e-Golf from Volkswagen. They came fully dressed in what the police calls a black and white retro style and each district will get one for a year.

08.02.2018 - 19:05

Cityscoot collects fresh financing of 40 million euros

The French electric scooter company Cityscoot has secured additional financing valued at 40 million euros. They plan to seriously expand in Paris and beyond, expanding to additional cities, including Nice, and three other cities, which have not yet been decided. One is set to be in France, one in Switzerland, and one in Italy. 

20.11.2017 - 17:14

French cargo specialist Geodis expands its electric fleet

Geodis, the street cargo unit of French railway company SNCF, is going to expand its electric vehicle fleet from currently a dozen to 50 cars by June 2018. With this step, Geodis responds to plans published by the Paris city council to ban diesel-powered vehicles by 2020.

23.05.2017 - 10:00

Shanghai, Paris, Nagpur, Sacramento.

210,000 charge spots in Shanghai: The Chinese harbour metropolis is fast becoming China’s model EV city. 210,000 charging facilities are to stand by 2020 with both the authorities and businesses making an effort. Currently most new energy vehicle drivers charge at the workplace but wish to see more opportunities to rejuice in residential areas as well. There are about 30 charge point operators in Shanghai at the moment with fees often paid via mobile app/s.

Paris ePrix is to generate energy even after the heat of the race is over as the Formula E leaves behind a glycerine generator. It produces electricity from a diesel by-product clean enough to drink and can be used to power buildings or EV charging stations. It sure prove of use to Swiss pilot Sebastien Buemi, who scored yet another victory in this Formula E season last weekend. (generator), (ePrix)

A first for India: The city of Nagpur wants to electrify the entire cab fleet. A pilot will start later this week with 200 electric taxis provided by the municipal government. The vehicles have yet to be confirmed but will likely be either e20 Plus or the e-Verito.

Share a bike in Sacramento: 900 bicycles will become available in California’s capital with the first 50 having launched already through Social Bicycles. The company plans to make 900 available, 100 of them electric by November but is still seeking sponsors.

05.04.2017 - 08:19

Paris, Volkswagen.

Reading tip: Paris’ first female mayor Anne Hidalgo outlines a future with fewer cars. In this readable article, her broadly formulated plans are well summarised. One piece of the puzzle for a cleaner capital is of course electric mobility.

Click tip: Volkswagen’s line-up for the 2017 Techno Classica in Essen includes battery-powered past prototypes and limited edition models. All in all, VW displays seven rarely shown vehicles – among them the Elektro Golf I from 1976 and the one-seater EV concept NILS from 2011.,

30.03.2017 - 07:20

London, Paris, Tencent, Tesla.

Reading tip I: The Mayors of both London and Paris have taken off the gloves in their fight against air pollution and want to get the public on their side. Before the year’s end, real-world emissions of cars shall be measured for citizens to check online. Other cities part of the C40 climate leadership group like Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, Oslo, Seoul, and Tokyo may follow suit.,

Reading tip II: What is truly behind Tencent’s investment in Tesla, wonders Jay Somaney and comes up with a rather intersting answer – what if it is to strike a deal between the EV maker and the ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing Tencent holds shares off? Masses off Model 3 could soon serve as cabs – maybe.

17.01.2017 - 09:23

Tesla, Genesis, China, Volkswagen, Paris, Vera.

Tesla-Model-S-2017Cheaper upgrade: The over-the-air upgrade of a Tesla Model S 60 to Model S 75 just got 2,000 dollars cheaper. Some drivers reported being offered the upgrade for now 7,000 instead of 9,000 dollars, though it remains unclear whether the price will be the same for all. Just a few months ago, Tesla upped the price of its base version by 2,000 dollars, presumably to make the upgrade more attractive.,,

Hyundai’s electrification plans: The carmaker’s luxury brand Genesis will launch three electric models by 2025, Automotive News reports. The first will become available around 2020. All Genesis EVs will be designated models that will be based on a new EV platform, which is currently being developed.

Quadrupled: According to Chinese Industry Minister Miao Wei says the country wants to quadruple its production of electric and plug-in hybrid cars by 2020, essentially churning out 2m vehicles per year. Last year, some 517,000 BEVs and PHEVs rolled off production lines in there, while 100,000 chargers were installed – ten times as many as in 2015.

VW plans in China: Leaked documents show that Volkswagen is planning to bring a total of eight electric and hybrid cars in China – four under the VW brand (e-Golf, Tiguan PHEV, Phideon PHEV and the VW I.D.), two Audis (A6L e-tron and Q6 e-tron quattro), and two as part of a joint venture with JAC. The latter will most likely be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.

Paris fights air pollution: Paris now requires vehicles to sport a sticker in the windscreen, showing how much CO2 they emit. But not all vehicles can get one. Those older than 20 years are therefore banned from entering the city Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to ban all diesels from the city by 2020.

Made for Thailand: The country’s first EV maker Vera has presented its first model. The Vera V1 BEV will be built by Geely and imported to Thailand. Range is estimated at 180 km, while the car will sell for around 28,000 dollars. The company hope to sell 100 units this year.

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