Electric Vehicle Council calls for more EVs in Australia
More than 100 companies operating in Australia, including a number of car manufacturers, have joined forces to form a private-sector electric vehicle alliance. The newly formed Electric Vehicle Council is demanding a strong national electric vehicle strategy from the Australian government. The goal is to get one million electric vehicles on Australian roads by 2027.
Hamburg targets electric car-sharing
In the city of Hamburg, Germany, the car-sharing companies Miles, Share Now, Sixt and WeShare have agreed to increase the share of electric vehicles in their fleets to at least 80 per cent by the turn of the year 2023/24.
BYD will provide 100,000 electric cars to Sixt by 2028
Sixt and BYD have concluded a long-term agreement that guarantees the rental company access to up to 100,000 BYD electric cars over the next six years. Starting now, Sixt expects BYD to provide the first EVs in Q4 2022, in synch with the Chinese manufacturer’s launch in Europe.
Sixt targets 90% share of low-emission vehicles by 2030
Rental car company Sixt is intent on decarbonisation. The Management Board approved a sustainability programme to increase the share of bookable electric and hybrid cars in Europe. By the end of 2030, up to 90 per cent of the rental fleet could be electric; however, not quite.
German car rental company Sixt expands in Australia
Sixt announces its expansion in Australia through a franchise with the National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA), the largest national automobile club. The cooperation will immediately give the German company a 13% market share and introduce one of the largest EV rental fleets in Australia.
Helvetia invests in Chargery
Through its Helvetia Venture Fund, the Swiss insurance company Helvetia is now investing in Chargery, the Berlin mobile charging service for electric cars. These funds should enable Chargery to expand its services into other cities.
Sixt to offer Tier Mobility electric kick-scooters
Customers of car rental firm Sixt will soon be able to book thousands of Tier Mobility electric kick scooters via the Sixt app. Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Bonn and Münster are the first cities to start with more to come.
Sixt Share car-sharing goes electric in Berlin
If you keep your eyes peeled when walking around Berlin, you may now discover the vanguard of a new car-sharing fleet. Sixt Share is already in the starting blocks. We were able to find several electric cars from the new provider at charging stations in the German capital.
Sixt banks on mobile charging service Chargery
The car rental company Sixt acquires a share in Chargery. The Berlin-based start-up runs a mobile charging service for electric cars using bicycles. Sixt is the latest member of a growing circle of supporters that include Daimler, DriveNow and VW Commercial Vehicles.
BMW acquires all DriveNow shares from Sixt
BMW has acquired all DriveNow stakes of Sixt for 209 million euros and so the carsharing service becomes a wholly-owned BMW subsidiary. The deal fuels recent rumours of BMW wanting to merge DriveNow with Mercedes’ Car2Go.
Electric mobility on Mallorca – we put the island to the test.
One would think that Mediterranean islands are a great spot for electric mobility. Reasonable distances and a mild climate are the ideal conditions under which EVs can flourish. Or at least in theory. Real-life experience taught electrive Editor-in-Chief Peter Schwierz otherwise. He finds: isolated applications are never a good idea.
GoUltraLow, LHNE, Tesla, Sixt, Hawaii.
UK’s going ultra low: The British government just announced to spend 9.3m pounds (15.3m dollars) on the ‘GoUltraLow’ campaign, which is backed by industry leaders like BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall. The funding will be used to install 140 new fast chargers, making it a network of 500 across the country. Another 5m GBP (8.2m USD) will be spent on promoting green driving to the public.
businessgreen.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, gov.uk, goultralow.com (Campaign page)
First UK lease of ix35: British Air Products just signed a lease contract for a Hyundai ix35 hydrogen fuel cell car as part of the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE). Another four LHNE partners are expected to sign their lease in due course.
Tesla leasing in Germany: At an invitation-only event last night in Munich, Elon Musk announced that Tesla will offer the Model S for leasing, partnering with car rental company Sixt. The leasing rate for the Model S will start at about 500 euros (680 dollars) which is just above the rate for a 5-series BMW. Tesla hopes that the leasing option will ramp up annual sales in Germany to 10,000 cars by the end of 2014.
wiwo.de (In German), automobil-produktion.de (In German)
No-charger fine: If Senate Bill 2651 goes into law in Hawaii, operators of large car parks will face a fine when failing to provide dedicated EV parking. From 2015, lots with more than 100 spaces, would have to provide at least one parking space with EV charging capability.