The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the BMW Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a strategic partnership concerning urban mobility. It aims to expand the Hamburg-based fleet of electrified DriveNow vehicles to around 550 by 2019.
DriveNow is the car-sharing joint venture between the BMW Group and SIXT SE. Plans call for around 400 pure electric vehicles and about 150 plug-in hybrids. At the same time, Hamburg intends to provide a total of 1,150 charging points in stages by 2019 and will become the first city in Germany to offer a significant number of parking spaces for car-sharing and electric vehicles.
Step-by-step implementation will get underway in the summer of this year to ensure that the availability of electrified vehicles and charging points develop in tandem.
Hamburg and the BMW Group aim for this strategic partnership to leverage electro-mobility all across the city on the Elbe and lower overall vehicle emissions. At the same time, additional car-sharing options will ease inner-city traffic by optimising vehicle utilisation and reducing the number of miles driven by individual passenger cars.
The BMW Group competence centre for urban mobility was founded at the beginning of 2015. It aims to offer impulses and ideas, working together with cities and local mobility providers to develop sustainable concepts for urban mobility and sharing BMW Group solutions for innovative and scalable alternative concepts with the wider mobility sector. Hamburg offers an example of how cooperation between local authorities and private companies can lead to the active creation of innovative and sustainable mobility concepts.