Renault and the Eco2charge consortium are working to bring better EV charging to France. They are providing research and development aimed at turning simple charging stations into "fully fledged energy ecosystems" through a smart grid. This grid would coordinate charging, consumption and energy storage in a way that increases efficiency and decreases cost. Read more in the press release below.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance could source EV batteries from suppliers other than Nissan, according to CEO Carlos Ghosn. This news comes after recent questions of whether or not Nissan would scale back battery production in the US and UK. Ghosn says, "At the moment, we continue to produce our own batteries and we are open to outside sourcing, period." He also denies any plans to shutter Nissan's battery production facility in Tennessee. One source of batteries the alliance will look to is Korea's LG Chem. Read more at Automotive News Europe.
The first-ever Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards will be presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The presentation on November 20 will be part of the LA show's Connected Car Expo. Nominees are selected by Bobit Business Media, with finalists picked by readers of Green Fleet, Automotive Fleet, Work Truck and Business Fleet magazines. The winners will be chosen based on performance, fuel economy, emissions, safety, capacities and other similar factors. Read more in the press release below.
Brooklyn To Be First To Launch Point-To-Point Carsharing Service In New York City Area On October 25th
car2go North America LLC, the fastest-growing global carsharing company, announced today that it will be launching its pioneering carsharing service in Brooklyn on October 25th, marking Brooklyn as car2go's 29th market and the very first in the New York City area. Brooklyn, the fastest-growing borough in the city, will soon have access to the only true, point-to-point carsharing service in North America. Kicking off today and for a limited time, car2go will offer free membership, along with 30 minutes of drive time credit at Brooklyn.car2go.com using promotional code BKLYN.
"With its singular history, distinct culture and unparalleled diversity, Brooklyn exemplifies a way of life that is a perfect fit for our service," said Paul DeLong, CMO of car2go North America. "We're fired up to finally provide Brooklynites with a unique, technologically-advanced, on-demand service that not only fits the dynamic environment in which they thrive in, but provides a flexible convenience that's essential to their vibrant lifestyle."
On October 25th, car2go will begin to provide a network of initially 400 eco-friendly smart fortwo car2go edition vehicles for shared use, allowing members to use the service by the minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – without committing to a specific return time or dedicated location. The initial car2go Home Area, where members can pick up or drop off a car2go, covers approximately 36 square miles, and will include neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Park Slope, Red Hook, Coney Island and Sunset Park, among others. Members will be able to explore outside of the Home Area, including Queens, Manhattan, Hoboken, and Jersey City, but must come back "Home" to end their trip.
"I welcome the addition of car2go to Brooklyn's highways and byways," said Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams. "As Borough President of our city's destination for innovation, I further applaud the 'drive' of car2go to shakeup the urban transportation landscape through the company's per minute fee structure and its environmentally-friendly fleet of cars."
Today, car2go is the fastest-growing global carsharing leader in seven countries with more than 850,000 registered members. As Brooklyn joins the car2go family in North America, members will have full access to use the service seamlessly in each of car2go's 15 locations – from Seattle to Austin, Miami to Montreal, making the network more convenient when travelling for work or play outside of Brooklyn.
FIND IT, DRIVE, IT, PARK IT: A DIFFERENT WAY TO CARSHARE
To locate a car2go vehicle, members will be able to find the nearest one via the car2go smartphone app, the car2go website, or simply by finding an available car on the street anywhere within the 36-square mile car2go Brooklyn Home Area.
When members are finished using a car2go, they may park at any on-street, non-metered space within the car2go Home Area. Members are asked to pay attention to the street sweeping guidelines in the parking rules, located at brooklyn.car2go.com. car2go will have targeted dedicated parking locations where metered parking is prevalent, and will announce those locations close to the October 25th launch of service.
Members can use the car2go service by the minute and will pay only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use. There are no annual or monthly contracts required to use the service and parking, fuel, insurance and maintenance are included at no additional cost.
For more information or to register to become a member of car2go, please visit Brookyn.car2go.com or www.car2go.com, follow @car2gobklyn on Twitter or become a fan of car2go Brooklyn on Facebook at car2go Brooklyn.
About car2go N.A. LLC
car2go N.A. LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation and a brand of moovel GmbH, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of eco-friendly smart fortwo vehicles around the world. A flexible and "on demand" mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the "first and last mile" of a member's commute. Today, car2go is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 850,000 registered members in 29 markets across the globe.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including "Best Carshare Service" in the Georgia Strait's Best of Vancouver Edition for the past four years, the Vancouver Courier, "2014 Best CarSharing App" from Best of D.C., recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the "Greater Austin Business Award" for its positive impact on the city's traffic, and the prestigious "2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group's focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2013, the Group sold 2.35 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 274,616 people; revenue totaled €118.0 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.
Renault is working with the Eco2charge consortium to accelerate the deployment of charging solutions for electric vehicles
The Eco2charge consortium coordinated by Bouygues Energie & Services is today launching an R&D program at the Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics*, 3 rue de Berri, Paris 8, to accelerate the deployment of charging solutions for electric vehicles. This project draws upon the expertise of partners in different sectors for the development of electric mobility: Actility, Alstom, Bouygues Energie & Services, CEA, Embix, Nexans, Renault and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
This collaborative innovation aims to turn tertiary sites equipped with charging infrastructure into fully fledged energy ecosystems grouping power generation, consumption and storage on an interactive basis.
These local "Smart Grid" loops will deliver an optimal charging service for users, while limiting the costs of infrastructure, civil engineering, subscriptions and the energy impact of the site on the electricity distribution network. The ambition of the Eco2charge project is to develop and market a full solution within the next three years.
For more information, click on the link www.eco2charge.fr
* National federation of public works
GREEN FLEET CAR AND TRUCK OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT 2014 LA AUTO SHOW
Criteria includes fuel economy, EPA air pollution and greenhouse gas scores and more
Panel of esteemed judges and readers to rate each entry
LOS ANGELES (September 25, 2014) – Bobit Business Media, announced today that it will present the first-ever Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards at the 2014 Connected City Summit on Nov. 20, as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show's Connected Car Expo® (CCE). The Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year awards recognize the most environmentally-friendly cars and trucks on the market and emphasize the auto industry's expanding efforts to offer new vehicles with higher fuel efficiencies and a smaller environmental impact.
Bobit Business Media will select three finalists in each category, car and truck fleet of the year, based on submissions by OEMs. The finalists will then be voted upon by the readers of Green Fleet, Automotive Fleet, Work Truck and Business Fleet magazines through an online ballot.
The winners will be selected based on a strategic evaluation of their performance and contributions to the environment, as well as a numerical score that is calculated based on the following publically available criteria: fuel economy, petroleum displacement, EPA air pollution score, EPA greenhouse gas emissions, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Association ratings and passenger capacity for cars and payload capacity for trucks. To develop the award criteria and identify the finalists, Bobit collaborated with and received technical assistance from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory, which support the U.S. Department of Energy's National Clean Cities program.
"Fuel efficient, environmentally-friendly cars continue to be a hot topic," said LA Auto Show President, Lisa Kaz. "We are excited to include the Green Fleet Awards this year and shed some light on the cars and trucks that make the most positive impact on the environment."
For additional information on CCE and the LA Auto Show please visit: ConnectedCarExpo.com and LAAutoShow.com.
About the Los Angeles Auto Show and Connected Car Expo
The Los Angeles Auto Show was founded in 1907, and is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. Press and Trade show days for the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show will be held on Nov. 18-20. The show will be open to the public Nov. 21 – Nov. 30. The Connected Car Expo (CCE) is the automotive industry's most comprehensive showcase of new mobility solutions and will take place on November 18, and continue in conjunction with the 2014 LA Auto Show® Press & Trade Days. The LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions. To receive the latest show news and information, follow the Los Angeles Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow or via Facebook at facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for alerts at www.LAAutoShow.com. For more information on CCE please visit http://connectedcarexpo.com/
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