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.
Melbourne to pilot Uber Air’s flying taxis
Uber has selected Australia as the first “international market” for its planned e-flight taxi service Uber Air. Melbourne be the third city to pilot the program following Dallas and Los Angeles. Test flights are scheduled to start next year and commercial operations from 2023.
Uber launches JUMP pedelecs in Berlin
Uber today launched its e-bike-sharing service Jump in Berlin as the first city in Germany with around 1,000 pedelecs. The bright red electric bicycles are now available in 12 districts of the German capital.
Thoughts from CES: e-shuttles are coming – but when?
A visit to the CES technology trade fair in Las Vegas confirmed an already growing impression: The car of the future is a bubble-like pod vehicle, and most exhibitors also agreed that these small shuttle buses will one day rule the city; and by the by, universal adoption of the electric drive is simply a […]
Bell Nexus VTOL to be new flying Uber taxi by 2020
US helicopter manufacturer Bell Helicopter presented a vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL) with hybrid-electric propulsion for five passengers at the CES 2019 under the name Bell Nexus. Bell has been cooperating with Uber for their planned flying cab since 2017.
Updates to Tesla Model Y and ride-share plans
Next to the Q3 earnings presented last night, in which it was shown that the Model 3 helped push Tesla to profitability for the first time, there have been further updates. These regard the Model Y and the ride-sharing plans, as well as Tesla’s stratgey for Europe and China.
London Uber to charge electric taxi fee
Uber needs their drivers to switch to electric cars in order to continue being able to drive through central London. Therefore the ride-hailing startup that is valued at over 70 billion dollars wants passengers to pay a surcharge.
Japan aims to take off with flying cars
The Japanese government is working on founding an industry consortium to realise electrified flying car technology. A total of 21 companies are said to be involved, including Uber, Airbus and Boeing.
India to focus EV subsidies on ride sharing electric cars
The Indian government has been rethinking their FAME scheme designed to increase electric mobility. The new draft will channel funds away from grants for buying private electric cars and into EVs used by drivers working for shared mobility services such as Ola and Uber.
Uber to share e-bikes in Europe, expanding UberGreen
Uber has not given up on Europe despite a ban of their ride hail service in many cities. Instead the firm tries to tie in with local authorities on a greener note. They want to launch electric bike sharing through their Jump subsidiary and also UberGreen, first in Berlin.
Uber to test air taxis in Paris
The ride-share company Uber is working on the development of electric air taxis and announced their first research and development center outside of the USA, which will open in Paris in Fall this year.
Uber presents tentative air taxi design
Uber has brought their latest flying cab design to their second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles. The ride hail company hopes to be using their drone-like “flying car” for personal taxi transport as of 2023.
Fast-charging by EVgo for Maven car sharing by GM
General Motors and EVgo say they want to install “hundreds” of EV charging stations for use with GM’s Maven car sharing service. The growing numbers of gig drivers using the Chevy Bolt EV will now get a dedicated DC charging network across the States.
Uber integrates e-bikes into fleet
The ride-share provider Uber has added a new tool to their case: electric ride-share company Jump Bikes, that is currently active in San Francisco and Washington D.C. The pedelecs are already available via the Uber app.
Uber Green launches with Renault Zoe in Bucharest
Ride hailing app provider Uber has launched its EV-only suite in Romania’s capital. 20 Renault Zoe have become available to book in cooperation with charging infrastructure firm ElDrive. The service is available in selected European capitals.
Uber considering e-bike sharing model
The ride share conglomerate is reportedly considering expanding into electric bicycles. In San Francisco a pilot project is to start offering the rental and sharing of ebikes in cooperation with the bike-sharing company Jump Bikes, whose 250 Pedelec electric bicycles can be rented through the Uber app.
Toyota creates future concept e-Palette and alliance
With its versatile concept e-Palette put on display at CES, Toyota gives an idea of its vision of future mobility. The adaptable vehicle – of course, all-electric and autonomous – can be transformed into many different vehicle types. An alliance shall help to develop the vehicle.
Uber will trial its electric aircrafts in L.A.
Uber has closed a cooperation deal with U.S. space agency NASA to realise tests of its “flying cars” also above Los Angeles. As reported, Uber extends its project called Uber Elevate in order to create a network for its planned on-demand service.
Uber, CleverShuttle, Wolverhampton, Washington, India.
Uber electrifies UK fleet: In less than two years, Uber wants drivers to have at least a hybrid if not all-electric car if they offer their services in London as UberX. By 2025, they must have an EV in order to do so and the app-based company has thus set up its Clean Air Fund. The aim is to have an 100% electrified fleet by 2022 on the Isles. Uber drivers will receive up to 5,000 pounds to buy such a car and are also offered money if they scrap their diesel. To refinance the measure, fares will increase.
FCV sharing in Hamburg: CleverShuttle is a ride sharing service partially owned by Deutsche Bahn and active in Berlin, Leipzig and Munich. Now Hamburg has gotten into the app and here, hydrogen vehicles, namely ten Toyota Mirai collect passengers going into the same direction, just like Uber Pool. Another ten FCV shall follow before the year’s end, co-funded with 200,000 euros through the NIP scheme (National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Tech.)
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Charging for cabs: Wolverhampton plans to install a minimum of 24 charging points in the city centre over the next three years. The stations will firstly be used by electric taxis that the council wants to introduce thanks to a government grant of 478,000 pounds.
1m for 15 EV charging stations: The state of Washington will spend 1m dollars to help install 15 EV charging stations along some of the busiest highways.
India’s rapid electrification continues and is still state-driven. The Ministry of Power and New and Renewable Energy plans to buy 15,000 electric buses over the next 15 months and also purchase 50,000 three-wheeled EV by November. Bloomberg’s report relies on a principal advisor to the ministry.
Tesla Delivery Centres, Electric Boats.
Click tip: Tesla is working on special delivery centres to manage the increasing demand for its Model 3 reportedly. The first such centre has now opened in Californian Culver City and is anything but small.
Video tip: The future is near and will see autonomous electric boats hover above the Seine in Paris as reported. This video shows the so-called SeaBubbles in action for the first time albeit still a prototype.