Electric propulsion concepts provide an adequate solution to locally reduce pollutants and noise emissions in cities. Electric propulsion can be a very important component of a sustainable transport strategy, if it is systematically integrated into mobility concepts. Key issues for the implementation of innovative mobility solutions including electric or hybrid vehicles for the movement of people and goods, are the interconnection of users and vehicles, easy access to vehicles and further modes of transportation, the development and financing of infrastructure, as well as innovative vehicle sharing schemes and logistics concepts. In the past years many pilot projects within these fields have been initiated across Europe. Various field tests have been successfully carried out and build the basis for larger scale implementation. However, only few approaches have actually been taken up by cities yet. Barriers for the uptake are for example the perceived risk of implementation, financial uncertainties, or missing information on relevant technologies and stakeholders.
Published on 28 Feb 2013
Updated on 28 Feb 2013