Hamburgs Erster Bürgermeister Olaf Scholz (links) und Peter Schwarzenbauer, Mitglied des Vorstands der BMW AG, an einer Ladestation für Elektroautos. © Aline Brosch / Senatskanzlei

Hamburg and BMW to boost electric mobility

Joint electric mobility project focusing on environment-friendly, more efficient traffic

Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg and Peter Schwarzenbauer, Board Member of the BMW Group, announced plans Wednesday to provide parking spaces for car sharing and electric vehicles as well as 1,500 electric charging points. The two signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Hamburg’s City Hall. Over the next three years, Hamburg und BMW will work jointly on solutions for long-term, forward-looking transport in the city. “This expansion programme creates the requirements for operating one of the biggest electric car sharing fleets. The collaboration with BMW Group will go a long way towards expanding the e-car sharing offers consistently. Integrated e-car sharing linked with classic public transport creates urban, forward-looking passenger transport that is more flexible and resilient in rush hour traffic,” said Scholz.

Retrofitting car sharing fleets

As part of the collaboration, the Hamburg-based DriveNow, a joint Venture by BMW Group and SIXT SE car sharing fleet will deploy up to 550 electric vehicles by 2019 and retrofit existing vehicles. The plans foresee around 400 purely electric vehicles and about 150 plug-in hybrids. Schwarzenbauer said: “Together with our strong partners in Hamburg, we seek to expand our highly-attractive offer for sustainable and individual transport in the Hanseatic city and contribute to an improved urban environment.”

Co-operation with Daimler AG

Hamburg is also due to sign a basic agreement on urban transport with Daimler AG on May 19, 2017. Projects focusing on electric mobility, car sharing and infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles, digital mobility platforms, electric buses and electric transporters will be conducted during the strategic, three-year partnership and should lead to an integrated transport concept for Hamburg.

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