Coup, straddling bus, Nissan, New Bedford.
Bosch electric scooter sharing update: As electrive.com already reported, the automotive supplier is bringing the new sharing scheme COUP to the German capital, which it now officially presented. It will feature 200 Gogoro scooters with exchangeable batteries – which COUP will charge itself.
wired.com, bloomberg.com, bosch-presse.de
Straddling bus becomes reality: A prototype of the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) was officially presented in China. It literally drives above traffic and has room for 300 passengers. Testing will take place away from public roads in Qinhuangdao. The final version could have room for as many as 1.200 people.
Electrified future: According to a recent analysis by Nissan, the UK will have more chargers than petrol stations by 2020. That is, if the expansion of charging infrastructure and removal of filling stations continues at the same level as in the past few years.
Leading by example: The city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, now leases 19 Nissan Leaf. It now also operated a total of 27 EV charging stations, ten of which are publicly accessible and free of charge.
Apoca, Kärnten, Hackney Council, Straddling Bus, Modesto.
More power for German parking stalls: The cooperation between parking space operator Apcoa and The New Motion is making headway. A total of 100 chargers at 35 locations are said to be online by the end of the month. By the end of the year, Apoca hopes to have 200 chargers at 100 locations.
parking-net.com, apcoa.com, instagram.com/electrive (sample)
Kärnten presents mobility plan: According to the “Mobility Masterplan 2035,” all 132 Kärnten municipalities (Austria) will get at least one mobility hub made up of public transport and sharing schemes (including electric ones). Further development of charging infrastructure and the partial electrification of the federal fleet are also part of the plan.
ktn.gv.at (in German)
Clean city travel: Hackney Council has received financial assistance from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund to purchase 50 electric cars and 30 push bikes to be used by council workers when travelling through the city. The switch is said to save 0.6 tons of NO2 per year by 2019.
Futuristic bus becomes reality: The Straddling Bus that drives electrically and above traffic and has room for 1,200 passengers (we reported) is said to go into production in the coming weeks. A first test drive is planned for August. The system is supposed to be a cheaper alternative to subways.
More EV for CA: The California city of Modesto will add four electric buses from Proterra and charging infrastructure to its fleet by the end of 2017. A little of 4m of the 6.2m dollar undertaking are funded by the California Air Resources Board.
Straddling Bus, France.
Video tip: The Straddling Bus runs high above the cars that drive underneath it as if through a tunnel. The idea that could sit as many as 1,400 passengers comes from Beijing-based Transit Explore Bus that markets the concept as a cheaper alternative to subway systems.
youtube.com via geekwire.com
Reading tip: France is on strike as unions are blocking refineries and fuel depots. The on-going industrial action has resulted in pit stops running out of fuel and the public is asked to turn to alternatives like bicycles or the EV sharing AutoLib, if they can. Don’t panic – if it’s electric.