Hamburg signed Friday a Memorandum of Understanding on urban transport with Daimler AG. The agreement comes after Hamburg and BMW announced plans earlier in May to provide parking spaces for car sharing and electric vehicles as well as 1,500 electric charging points. The partnership with Daimler AG focuses on individual and public transport and converting car2go, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, to electricity and collaborating on the transport platform switchh and moovel app.
During the strategic, three-year partnership, projects focusing on electric mobility, car sharing and infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles, digital mobility platforms, electric buses and electric transporters will be conducted. Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “If we wish to manage challenges in future, we must promote the urgently-needed expansion of electric mobility and introduce alternative drive systems such as fuel cells. We also wish to ensure that different means of transport such as buses, bicycles and e-car sharing works well. Daimler has vast know-how in terms of urban transport.”
Electric mobility and digital offers
The agreement targets large-scale expansion of electric mobility and digital transport offers. According to the city, Daimler is investing EUR 10 billion in the expansion of its fleet of electric vehicles. The carmaker will also release more than ten new electric car series by 2022. Daimler AG also plans to convert its car2go fleet in Hamburg to electricity between mid 2018 and late 2019. Klaus Entenmann, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler Financial Services AG, said: “Daimler is a pioneer of new mobility services thanks to our broad portfolio. We are convinced that car sharing will play a key role in achieving a breakthrough in electric mobility. Apart from Stuttgart, Madrid und Amsterdam, Hamburg is yet another strong partner in our bid to make urban mobility go electric.”
Companies banking on e-mobility
Companies in Hamburg are also turning to electric mobility. Mercedes-Benz Vans and Hermes recently finalized a contract on a strategic partnership for the development of technologies and services for Hermes’ fleet of vehicles. Starting in 2018, Hermes Germany will successively put 1,500 Mercedes-Benz electric vans for package deliveries into service. After the pilot phase in Hamburg and Stuttgart in early 2018, the companies will expand their co-operation to urban areas across Germany. The collaboration goes far beyond mere battery-run electric vehicles and includes jointly developing a concept for an efficient charging infrastructure at Hermes logistics’ centres and IT services for the electric fleet.
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