Three Berlin-based founders of the CleverShuttle taxi-sharing app launched their services Friday (September 8, 2017) in Hamburg. The trio are aiming for more efficient, eco-friendly transport with hydrogen-run cars.
Hamburg promoting smart transport
Commenting on the launch in Hamburg, Frank Horch, Senator for Economy, Transport and Innovation spoke of a model of inner city transport. “The use of eco-friendly, fuel-cell cars creates an economic, efficient form of transport and avoids pollutants as well. Thus the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is funding the project with EUR 200,000.” The city will also provide funds to set up the infrastructure. Horch added: “Switching to pollutant-free traffic is particularly important to us. That’s why we are prioritising electric transport and fuel-cell technology as part of that concept. By the end of this year, we will have over 600 public charging points for electric cars and five hydrogen refuelling stations.”
CleverShuttle hoping for great demand
People in Hamburg can now order a CleverShuttle taxi between 6 pm and 1 am daily. However, availability differs at the weekend. CleverShuttle is operating on 70-square kilometre radius in the city centre initially and will expand services, if demand rises. The company is deploying ten vehicles initially and 20 by late 2017.
Smart transport in Hamburg
Plans for a zero-emission bus fleet are going ahead after tests of different drive technology on Hamburg’s bus no. 109 put battery-driven vehicles well ahead. Car sharing is also popular in Hamburg and many companies especially in the logistics sector are turning to smart transport solutions.