Frisco’s Scoot Networks coming to Europe
Scoot Networks, the electric scooter sharing company from San Francisco, has just set up its European HQ in Barcelona. Catalonia’s capital now also got about 1,500 electric two-wheelers to share at their disposal and Scoot plans to take shared mobility further.
London, Volvo, Porterville, Scoot Networks.
First Low Emission Bus Zone: London has launched its first Low Emission Bus Zone, that bans the dirtiest buses from one of the UK capital’s pollution hot spots. Different from other measure such as the congestion charge zone, the LEBZ targets the city’s outer boroughs. In the case of Putney High Street, it means the 145 buses on seven designated routes in the area have to meet tighter minimum levels for nitrogen oxide. A further 11 zones are due to be introduced by 2020 with two more zones to come into effect from this October.
Volvo’s first custom EV charging station: The Swedish brand selected AeroVironment to develop an EV charging stations specifically for Volvo. It will incorporate customer design and branding and shall be wall-mounted but charge three times faster than standard home chargers.
E-bus order from Porterville: The city of Porterville, California, chose GreenPower Motor Company from Canada to supply ten electric transit buses. The 9m dollar order includes 11 charging systems and an option for 20 more GreenPower EV350 40 models. The funds were granted from CARB’s Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Pilot Programme.
Scoot Networks expands: The LEV sharing service from San Francisco wants to launch in other cities in Europe, Latin America and Asia and has already named first partners such as Mahindra for its GenZe e-scooter and Renault for the Twizy. The fleet of various light-electric vehicles is managed via the new Scoot MOS platform.
RWE, DriveNow, Shenzhen, ERDF, Scoot Networks.
400 rapid charging stations will be erected at German gas stations near the “Autobahn” by 2018. Tank&Rast already ordered the first 49 from utility RWE. The rapid charging stations are built by Portuguese Efacec and feature CCS, CHAdeMO and level 2 charging. Installation is to be completed within the next five months with the other stations to follow successively. Once completed, the network will span the most important motorways in Germany with stations to be found at a distance of 30 km from each other.
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DriveNow electrifies: The car-sharing service continues the electrification of its fleet as it introduces the first fifteen electric i3 in Cologne and Dusseldorf as planned. 30 more are to follow before the year’s end. Austrian capital Vienna is next in line as it will receive 20 BMW i3 to share this December.
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In favour of EVs is a new policy by Shenzhen’s local government that might see the Chinese metropolis get up to 10,000 EV charging points. Furthermore, subsidies are planned that support both the installation of charging facilities as well as the acquisition of hybrid and electric vehicles.
1,000 EV in service: French utility ERDF took delivery of its 1,000th Renault Kangoo ZE. The electric fleet is to double by the end of 2016, with another 500 Kangoo ZE and other yet to be specified EVs.
Twizy-based concept shared: The Nissan New Mobility Concept, or Scoot Quad, is a small, two-seater EV based on Renault’s Twizy. Ten of those electric quads were provided to the Scoot Networks mobility service in San Francisco, where they join 400 electric scooters.