DriveNow arrives in Copenhagen – 100% electric with 400 BMW i3

The world’s largest 100 per cent electric city car concept has been launched in Copenhagen.

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Arriva has launched the DriveNow concept in Copenhagen. The business consists of 400 BMW i3 (~ worth of 14 million Euro) electric cars and is supported by The Danish Energy Agency and The Capital Region of Denmark. DriveNow – a Jointventure between BMW i and the German Car rental provider Sixt is already operating successfully in several major cities in Europe and the United States.

Nikolaj Wendelboe, Managing Director of Arriva Denmark said: “DriveNow is the most ambitious and innovative public transport solution we’ve seen. With the 400 city cars, we tie Copenhagen and public transport together in a new way, giving citizens a flexible, coherent and simple travel experience. We give people a car – without a car.”

DriveNow operates in all cities a “free flowting” system where customers can pick up their car and return it anywhere within the business area.…

DriveNow voucher for London

BMW i3-Zero emissions
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The new kind of car club in London: With our DriveNow voucher you only pay a registration fee of £9.98 instead of £29 and get 15 minutes free driving on top. With DriveNow you can drive more than 3,100 latest BMW and MINI in North East London (Hackney, Islington, Haringey & Waltham Forest), Austria (Vienna), Germany (Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf and Cologne), Scandinavia (Copenhagen) and USA (San Francisco). The BMW and MINI can be booked flexibly and spontaneously and there are no fixed stations to rent or return. You only pay as you go and don´t have any annual fees – flexible driving from just 32p per minute.


The advantages at a glance:

  • 270 latest models from BMW and MINI across:
    Hackney, Islington, Haringey & Waltham Forest
  • Thereof 30 x electric BMW i3
  • Drive by the minute from just 32p/min
  • No fixed station or pre reservation required
  • Get in, drive and drop it off – wherever you want within the business area
  • One-off joining fee.

London’s first on-street rapid electric vehicle chargers opens in Hackney – a blessing for London’s EV car clubs


The future is now

The first rapid on-street electric vehicle charging points, which can fully charge a vehicle in less than 30 minutes, have been launched this week by Hackney Councilin. Three publicly-available 50kw devices are located in Hackney: Bentley Road in Dalston; Calvert Avenue in Shoreditch and Reading Lane in Hackney Central.

The vehicles will fully charge within 30 minutes compared to between three and four hours when standard EV units are used.

This network will also help support the expansion of electric car clubs and floating car-sharing schemes, such as DriveNow, which currently runs 30 zero-emission BMW i3 in NE London (Hackney, Islington, Haringey, Waltham Forest).

Joseph Seal-Driver, Director of DriveNow UK, said: “Rapid charging infrastructure like this is absolutely essential for London. Without it, we will never make the shift towards widespread electric vehicle use. We’re glad to see Hackney once again leading the way in sustainable and alternative transport for London; it’s part of the reason why it was one of the first boroughs in which we launched DriveNow.…