BMW, Lynk & Co, Hyundai, TransLink, Tesla.
German car sharing in China: BMW hopes to tap into the potential of dense Chinese cities with its mobility brand ReachNow. In a first step, 100 BMW i3 shall join traffic in the city of Chengdu within the next month, Handelsblatt cites Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of BMW’s board, who said that Chengdu authorities had been particularly open to the approach and would even install the necessary infrastructure. Different from DriveNow in Europe, BMW sharer in China will have the option to book a car with a driver. Mercedes has been on the market since last year. In Chongqing 180,000 users share 600 Smarts, making it the car sharing service’s most busy location – albeit not for Smart ED.
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Chinese car sharing goes west: On expansion course in the opposite direction is Lynk & Co. The Geely brand decided to launch in Berlin and San Francisco, which it considers “cities with a high penetration of shared- economy services.” Drivers whose 01 EVs are idle shall get the possibility to share them simply by flipping a switch within the Lynk vehicle. This car sharing approach is to debut in early 2019 in the German capital and shortly after in California.
Subscription EV: Californians who want to drive emission-free may now choose Hyundai’s Ioniq EV for a fixed payment for three years. This subscription starts from 275 dollars a month and a $2,500 initiation fee that the state’s rebate offsets. Costs for charging and maintenance incur after 50,000 miles.
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TransLink extends bus fleet: Still this month, the metropolitan area of Vancouver will benefit from 26 new hybrid articulated buses operated by the transportation company TransLink. The electrified fleet of the company then counts a total of 252 hybrid buses and 262 trolley buses.
Tesla boosts quick charging in Korea: The Asian country is to see 14 new Supercharger installed by Tesla within the ongoing year. Six of them will be implemented in Seoul, three along main traffic routes, and five in other major cities in South Korea.