Uber & Lime expand cooperation in Europe
Uber clients in Europe may now book Lime e-bikes straight through the Uber app. The cooperation started in the US and is currently being rolled out across the continent. Prague, Warsaw and Stockholm are among the first wave of European markets with other capitals to follow suit.
Solaris to debut Urbino 12 hydrogen bus in Sweden
Solaris announces the world premiere of its brand new fuel cell bus, the Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen, at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm this June. Solaris will also present a new look for the Urbino 12 electric at the show in Sweden.
Scania to test autonomous e-buses in Sweden
Scania and Scandinavian public transport operator Nobina have started preparations for a trial with fully autonomous electric buses to begin in 2020. Two Scania Citywide LF electric buses will be tested on a stretch of regular road in Stockholm.
Sumitomo starts electric car sharing in Stockholm
Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo that does everything from mining to managing grocery stores is taking on a new venture, electric car sharing. Not only is this a new field for them, the Tokyo-based company also chose one of the world’s toughest sharing markets – Sweden.
EQC to celebrate September world premiere in Stockholm
Daimler has announced intentions to present the serial version of the EQC on the fourth of September at this year’s @me convention in Stockholm. This means they will beat their competitor Audi by about two weeks, who postponed the presentation of their e-tron to the 17th.
Sweden’s towns may ban old diesel cars from 2020
The centre-left government in Stockholm has given Sweden’s towns and cities the green light to decide to ban old cars. Local policies may prohibit vehicles below Euro 5 to drive into town from 2020 with all-electric rules being an option too.
Renault opening EV Concept Store
The announced opening of the Renault Concept Store for electric vehicles is finally becoming reality: Tomorrow the showroom will open its doors for the first time in Stockholms biggest shopping mall, the Täby Centrum.
Volvo Trucks plans to launch electric truck in 2019
The company says that it wants to kick off sales of its upcoming electric-powered utility vehicle next year in Europe. Initially, the model shall be deployed in the good transport industry in metropolitan areas. A selection of clients will put first units into operation before the year’s end.
E.ON supports electric cabs in Sweden
30 Renault Zoe have arrived in the Swedish capital where cab provider Taxi Stockholm is working to electrify its fleet. The entire charging infrastructure has been provided by utility E.On and includes the provision of electricity from renewables.
Stockholm gets one of a kind e-bike sharing
5,000 hire electric bicycles will be rolled out in the Swedish capital in 2018 and 2019 after the current contract for the 1,200 regular rental bikes will finish this year. The pedelecs are marketed as “Hybrid Bikes” not only for their muscle-electric propulsion system but also because their batteries can be removed.
Stockholm, Poland, BYD, Severn Trent, NextGen.
Stockholm gets one of a kind e-bike sharing: 5,000 hire electric bicycles will be rolled out in the Swedish capital in 2018 and 2019 after the current contract for the 1,200 regular rental bikes will finish this year. The pedelecs are marketed as “Hybrid Bikes” not only for their muscle-electric propulsion system but also because their batteries can be removed. In fact, it is a novel approach to the charging issue as the batteries are literally in the users’ hands. Anyone who signs up for the scheme will receive a battery to charge at home and to place into the pedelec when needed. The use is free once you paid an annual member fee of 28 euros and such low cost is possible because the city of Stockholm gave operator JCDecaux advertising space in return.
Poland’s biggest electric bus project to date is underway with the transport provider MZK seeking to acquire 47 electric buses to take up service in the town of Zielona Góra. Once the buses arrive, they will replace 60 percent of the overall fleet. Charging infrastructure will be set up by Ekoenergetyka-Polska. They will install fast-chargers that charge at 400 and 800 kW at eleven bus terminals. 29 automated pantographs are part of the deal as well as are the 28 slow charging stations (40 – 80 kW) for overnight charging. The project costs 4m euros.
21 BYD buses for the Netherlands: Dutch transport provider Connexxion has ordered 21 electric Midibuses from BYD. They shall glide along the roads of the province of North Holland in the country’s northwest from summer 2018.
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Fleet replacement: UK water company Severn Trent wants to replace 2,200 vans, cars and tankers with alternative fuel vehicles within the next 10 years. The first batch of four Nissan e-NV200 shall mark the start of the campaign next month.
Enough testing: After a three year trial with the NextGen electric trolley, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is buying 26 of the buses at a cost of about 1.2m dollars each. The first production model will be out on the street by early 2019.
China, DHL, Mayar Posta, Stockholm.
New regulations in China: China says it will install more EV charging stations and all parking spaces at new housing projects will be prepared for the installation of charging outlets. Nationwide, no less than 10 percent of public parking will be equipped with charging infrastructure.
Parcels via e-van: Logistics company DHL Express has ordered 45 fully electric cargo vans for its U.S. business. Manufacturer Zenith Motors will supply the vehicles, which use an electric motor from Colorado-based UQM Technologies, providing 80 kW.
Magyar Posta tests EVs: Until January 2016, the Hungarian state-owned postal service Magyar Posta is testing out different EVs, including models from Citroen, Nissan, VW, Kia and Renault, as well as e-scooters from German manufacturer Govecs. Magyar Posta is looking to reduce fuel costs by switching to electric transport.
Stockholm gets H2-filling station: AGA, a Swedish subsidiary of company Linde, has opened a new hydrogen fuelling station in the vicinity of the Stockholm airport. With a capacity of 180 fillings/day at 700-bar, it is the largest H2-station in the Nordic country and the first in its capital.
Seoul, Barcelona, Stockholm, Avis, Club Intrawest.
Seoul to charge up: South Korea’s capital plans to install 136 fast-charging stations this year with another 270 to follow in 2016. Until 2018, a total 0f 600 rapid chargers shall stand. To put them to good use, Seoul will acquire 40,000 electric cars, 3,000 electric buses and 7,000 electric taxis and trucks.
Electric patrol in Barcelona: BMW delivered 30 electric C Evolution scooters to Barcelona. As they are destined to serve as patrol vehicles for the Spanish police force, the two-wheelers have been modified accordingly, while the technology remains the same.
Stockholm starts hybrid bus service: The Swedish capital now has a first purely hybrid bus line in place. Eight Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrids are serving route 73 since yesterday, after being trialled before. The buses are part of the European ZeEUS project.
Rental hybrids: Car hire service Avis is about to add 100 hybrid Toyota Yaris to its London fleet. They will first become available at the British capital’s airports. The exemption from the congestion charge in central London is one of the reasons for Avis’ decision.
Destination charging: Club Intrawest is to install EV charging stations at its main locations, starting with Quebec, Canada. The boutique vacation club says ClipperCreek and Tesla charging stations will eventually be rolled out company-wide.
Stockholm, Denmark, Electric Highway, Hamburg, CHAdeMO.
Putting hybrid buses to the test: Eight Volvo plug-in hybrid buses will enter service in Stockholm, Sweden, this autumn. The buses’ battery packs can be quick charged in just six minutes. The trial is part of the EU project ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System), which is conducted in a total of six EU countries.
New charging points in Denmark: E.ON wants to install 13 new charging stations along the national motorway, which will support “all off the brands of electric cars commonly found in Denmark.” The stations should be operational by the end of 2014, with twelve of the stations located between Copenhagen and Aarhus and one near the Farø Bridges.
Two new charging points on ‘Electric Highway’: Ecotricty added stations at Peterborough and Baldock Extra Services in England. According to EVfleetworld, the company has now installed 161 DC charging stations along its ‘Electric Highway’ from London to the South of Scotland. The plan is to have a charging point at every motorway service station by the end of the year.
Hamburg electrifies public bus lines: Starting this December, the German city will use only buses with an electric drivetrain to service its bus route 109 from the city centre to Alsterdorf. Moreover, Hamburg says that all new buses bought after 2020, will be emission-free.
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CHAdeMO in Europe: A total of 1,181 quick charging stations supporting the CHAdeMO standard have been installed throughout Europe. With 261 chargers, the UK currently has the most installations. Looking at the per-capita numbers, Norway once again proves to be the EV friendliest place.