BMW & Daimler sell off parts of mobility services
BMW and Daimler are now selling parts of their mobility-as-a-service businesses. Mobimeo, the German national rail service Deutsche Bahn subsidiary, is taking over parts of the B2B and B2G side of things, while Uber is apparently very interested in taking over the ride-hailing and micromobility-sharing service FreeNow.
Reach Now adds Tier electric kick scooters to its app
Moovel, the joint venture of Daimler and BMW that will soon be Reach Now, is collaborating with Tier Mobility to expand its multimodal mobility app to include electric kick scooters. It remains unclear, what this means for the companies‘ own scooter brand Hive.
VDL, France, Volvo, Fortum, ChargePoint, ReachNow.
Europe’s biggest e-bus fleet: As previously announced, the 43 VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses began operations in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond over the weekend. Charging infrastructure will also be provided by VDL. It is already the largest all-electric bus fleet in Europe and the Nordbrabant region wants to electrify its entire public transport offering by 2025.
Charging along motorways: The French motorway association ASFA announced that a total of 200 fast-chargers will be installed along major expressways by 2017, essentially giving EV drivers a place to plug in every 80 kilometres. Moreover, the energy available will be 100 percent renewable.
welt.de (in German), caradisiac.com (in French)
Volvo unveils hybrid double-decker bus: The Volvo B5LHC Double Deck Electric Hybrid, which will hit the road in London next year. The top deck is provided by Wrightbus. The new double-decker can go around seven kilometres on electricity alone and has room for a maximum of 87 passengers.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)
Back-up battery: Fortum has opened a charging facility in Oslo, featuring 100 chargers with 22 kW, as well as two DC CHAdeMO and CCS chargers. It is also fitted with a battery reserve said balance power loads in order not to put any strain on the grid.
Putting ChargePoint on the map: Apple added more than 30,000 EV charging stations from ChargePoint to its own Apple Maps system. The icons also include links to initiate charging, as well hours of operations and pricing.
Reaching NYC: BMW’s new carsharing scheme ReachNow has arrived in the Big Apple. Residents of two luxury apartment buildings can now share four electric BMW i3, as well as two BMW 3-Series sedans. Two ChargePoint charges are already available at the location, with BMW installing a third place to plug in.
London, Toyota, PRIMOVE, ChargeNow, ReachNow.
Green London: London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to more than double funds to tackle the cities air pollution problem, increasing sending to 875m pounds over the next five years. The money will be used to i.e. fund Ultra Low Emission Zones, as well as electric buses and taxis. Just a few days ago, Kahn announced all new single-deck buses purchased for the city centre after 2018 will be all-electric.
Hybrid carsharing: Toyota is trialling its carsharing scheme YUKO Toyota Car Club in Dublin (Ireland) and Forli (Italian). The fleet only features hybrid cars – namely the Prius, Yaris Hybrid and C-HR Hybrid. 15 cars are currently on the road in Dublin and seven in Forli. Other European cities are said to follow.
Hybrid bus charged on the go: The Swedish city of Södertälje has commissioned a hybrid bus from Scania. The vehicle is equipped with Bombardier’s PRIMOVE system and can be charged inductively. It is therefore also the first wirelessly charged bus line in Scandinavia.
BMW finds Chinese partner: The carmaker is teaming up with Chinese real estate company CapitalLand. The goal is to install at least 100 of its ChargeNow stations in twelve cities by the end of 2017.
ReachNow gets electrified: The BMW carsharing scheme, which also started in Portland, Oregon, in September (we reported), now includes 30 BMW i3. Competitor car2go also offered 30 EVs back in 2012, but as since phased them out. Let’s hope, the BMWs are there to stay.
Hawaii, ReachNow, Green Motion, icon, Berkshire.
EV sharing in Hawaii: NGO Blue Planet Foundation wants to set up an e-carsharing on the island of Oahu from early 2017. A total of 70 electric cars are said to be available, while charging will be installed at 20 locations. However, the grant application has yet to be approved.
Reaching further: After launching in Seattle, the BMW sharing scheme ReachNow will also start in Portland, Oregon, from September 6th. The all-electric i3 will, however, only be included in the fleet at a later date.
Expanding borders: Green Motion has opened its first franchise location in Rumania. Electric and hybrid cars can be rented at the Bucharest international airport. Rumania is the brand’s 26th country of operation.
Fleet expansion I: The Hong Kong luxury hotel Icon has added two electric shuttles from Wuzhoulong Motors to its fleet. Both have room for 14 passengers and join two Tesla Model S and a BMW i3, which the hotel already operates.
Fleet expansion II: The Berkshire Council now has three new Peugeot Partner Electric on its fleet, more than doubling its number of EVs. It already has two Nissan Leaf in operation.
GM + Lyft, Philippines, ReachNow, Twizy, POD Point.
Autonomous lift in a Bolt: GM and Lyft aim to have a fleet of self-driving cabs ready by January 2019. The Chevy Bolt is the most likely vehicle for the undertaking that could see 725 EVs hit the roads. Already, the companies are testing prototypes in San Francisco and Scottsdale (we reported).
The first 3,000 electric trikes of planned 100,000 units will arrive on the Philippines this September. Delivery is to be completed by the end of the year. The ministry of energy issued a tender for the next 6,000 electric three-wheelers. Back then, Bemac Electric reportedly won the first bid.
Park & Fly: BMW added a new service to its ReachNow fleet in Seattle. Members of the carsharing can now park and pick-up cars from the fleet which includes about 100 i3 at Sea-Tac airport. There are complimentary shuttles from the garage to the gates and back.
Hire a Twizy no more: At least not on the Isle of Wight, where 15 of Renault’s little EVs were available. The operator took the service offline just 5 months after launch and after receiving 40,000 GBP in funding but gave no explanation. His 26 rental Twizy in New Forest are still up and running.
iwradio.co.uk, onthewight.com, hireatwizy.co.uk
Charging electric motorbikes: POD Point partners with Motocorsa, who is the sole supplier of Energica electric motorcycles in the UK. They will provide EV infrastructure.
ReachNow, Bolloré, Air Liquide, Westward Industries, Australia.
Reaching the future now: BMW debuted a new carsharing service in Seattle. ReachNow includes 370 BMW and Mini vehicles of which one fifth are electric. The app-operated car club includes a chauffeur and delivery service, while i3 or Mini owners will be able to rent out their own cars in the future. Parking is free within the city and the scheme could expand to three more cities within this year.
Future delayed: Bolloré’s London electric carsharing is running behind schedule as negotiations with the British capital’s 33 boroughs are taking longer than expected. The company is adamant to get the same charge deal for the Source London network in all districts, even if that means a one or even two years delay. Bolloré initially planned to have 3,000 BlueCity EVs running by 2018.
H2 fueling stations: The California Energy Commission earmarked 17.3m dollars for the installation of publicly accessible hydrogen fuelling infrastructure. Projects that will cover existing gaps have priority. Meanwhile, Air Liquide released the locations of its first four of 12 H2 stations in north-eastern USA: Hartford, Connecticut, Braintree and Mansfield in Massachusetts and the Bronx in New York.
greencarcongress.com (CALEnergy), greencarcongress.com (Air Liquide)
Parking enforced on EVs: Santa Monica, California, will buy 23 electric three-wheelers for 1m dollars. The GO-4 EV trikes by Westward Industries (also used by the NYPD) are made for parking enforcement agencies and security patrols, as they are just over a metre wide and have a range of up to 75 miles. Approval of the plan will be on the city council’s agenda tomorrow.
Fleet electrification: Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has further electrified its fleet. 36 hybrid vehicles are now joined by two Nissan Leaf and two e-bikes. Another eight EVs are lined up for purchase and solar panels for charging are currently being installed.
csiro.au, insideevs.com, evfleetworld.co.uk