Cars, buses, delivery trucks, bikes and ferries: All could be fully electric tomorrow. The conditions for a successful transition to electrification as an alternative to fossil-fuel powered vehicles were the main focus of the 4th edition of the European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum. With its cross-sectoral nature, the Forum is a unique European arena to share best practices and generate synergies across different electric transport modes.
Three European Commission flagship projects on electromobility, FREVUE, I-CVUE and ZeEUS organised this key annual event in Brussels this week, which brought together over 200 representatives from government, industry, academia, and other stakeholders.
Although the three projects demonstrate the viability of e-mobility and the way it makes our cities more sustainable, cleaner and quieter, fundamental challenges remain and many of these are shared among the different electromobility modes.
Please see below for more information on the European e-mobility flagship projects that hosted these events as well as contact details for each of these.
FREVUE: The FREVUE project focuses on urban electric freight delivery, demonstrating how cleaner and smarter logistics can not only make cities better and healthier, but also make business sense. By bringing together logistics and distribution network operators and eight major European city authorities, FREVUE is actively confronting the real life challenges in a range of different commercial, environmental and regulatory scenarios. The consequences of wide scale electromobility adoption and the impact on the electricity network, on business models and on urban policy need to be understood and managed, and the public health imperative to be communicated.
Scope: Demonstrating in eight of Europe’s largest cities that the current generation of electric freight vehicles operating last-mile freight movements in urban environments are a viable alternative to conventional diesel vehicles.
Duration: 4.5 years, 03/2013 – 09/2017
Budget: 14.2 m € [8 m € EU Funding]
Coordinator: Cross River Partnership / Westminster City Council
Consortium: 30 partners representing the entire stakeholder spectrum
I-CVUE: The project aims to reduce CO2-emissions in urban environments by increasing the number of electric vehicles in large fleets in urban areas. The project is aiming to achieve this by mentoring large fleet operators across Europe, offering them free support to understand the business case for EVs through analysis of the total cost of ownership (TCO) and creating a framework that authorities can use to set up tailored fleet incentive programs to increase the uptake of electric vehicles according to the specific socio-economic conditions of the city, region or country. A web-tool has been developed to enable fleet decision makers understand the cost benefits of EVs and policy makers to evaluate the effectiveness of various incentives for their specific region.
Scope: I-CVUE aims at increasing the number of EVs in large fleets in urban areas by mentoring fleet operators and making concrete recommendations for the replacements of current fleet vehicles by EVs.
Duration: 03/2014 – 08/2016
Budget: 1.6m € [1.2m € EU Funding]
Coordinator: Energy Saving Trust
Consortium: 10 partners
ZeEUS: 40 partners led by UITP are joining forces to extend the fully-electric solution to the core part of the urban bus network. ZeEUS demonstrates the feasibility of several electric solutions for high capacity buses in live operational scenarios across Europe. With around 70 series and pre-series vehicles taking part in the ZeEUS demonstrations, a meaningful evaluation of the real impact of the electric solution on the operations will be performed. Aiming at facilitating the market uptake of electric buses, this analysis will contribute to the development of tools to support decision makers on “if”, “how” and “when” to introduce electric buses in cities’ fleets. The ZeEUS Observatory closely follows the progress of bus system electrification in Europe. Through exchanges of experiences and knowledge, the Observatory provides a picture of the European electric bus market and contributes to its deployment strategies.
Scope: Testing electrification solutions at the heart of the urban bus system network through live urban demonstrations and facilitating the market uptake of electric buses in Europe.
Duration: 11/2013 – 04/2017 [42 months]
Budget: 22.5 m € [13.5 m € EU Funding]
Coordinator: UITP, the International Association of Public Transport
Consortium: 40 Partners representing the entire stakeholder spectrum