More EVs for hire and lease, prepare for Urban Mobility 3.0
June 6, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Citroen is delivering 100 C-Zero EVs to DB Rent, the car rental division of rail operator Deutsche Bahn, for a car-share scheme in Berlin. The cars will be located at railway stations and S-bahn stops in the city, and will be available for one-way trips; cars and charging points can be located using a smartphone app. A further 400 C-Zeros are on order for DB Rent to make up a large fleet.
In other news today:
- Bolloré, supplier of the Pininfarina-designed Bluecar EV to the Paris Autolib’ scheme, is now offering the car for lease to private customers and businesses. It’s up for 330 euros a month for a minimum three-month period, and yes, you can have it in colours other than blue, reports Technologic Vehicles. Private cars can get up to 130kph, too (the Autolib’bers are limited to 110kph). Pre-order forms are at the Bluecar website.
- Mazda is to start leasing a range-extended EV in Japan next year, featuring its hydrogen-fuelled rotary engine as the range-extender, reports The Nikkei. No word yet on which model this will be based, but Mazda is already offering for lease a Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid (more on that here).
- Liberty Electric Cars of Peterborough is in discussions with California’s Green Automotive Company over joint projects. Liberty is best-known for its e-Range Range Rover electric conversion, and is expected to supply its technology to Green Automotive of Newport Beach, which has ditched its original plans to produce and sell its own e-SUV and now intends to convert existing vehicles which are already approved for US sale, reports EV Fleet World.
- Battery tech story of the day: ionic liquid electrolytes could make batteries ten times as powerful as lithium-ion technology and cost less, says Colorado Ionics Corporation. Working in conjunction with ultracapacitors to double energy storage limits, ‘Iolite’ salt electrolytes can operate at high temperatures and voltages, are not flammable and do not evaporate, the company told MIT’s Technology Review (AutoTech Daily).
- The first Australian-built, right-hand drive Holden Volts hit the road this week, reports EV Fleet World. They’ll be run on a 12-week trial in partnership with the state of Victoria’s government, and all results/findings/data will be publicly shared.
- Are we ready for Urban Mobility 3.0, with fully-networked mobility integration in our mega-cities? Interesting interview at just-auto, plugging a Frost & Sullivan workshop in London next week.
- Some more detail/updates/general thoughts on the news that Audi may be pulling the plug on its A1 and A2 e-tron. Here at the Charging Point.