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Clean and energy-efficient vehicles, such as hybrid/electric buses and cars, aim to reduce greenhouse and other pollutant emissions, fuel consumption and fossil fuel dependency.

Exhaust gas treatment systems, alternative drive trains and the use of alternative fuels and energy storage systems can improve the environmental record of vehicles. Besides technical interventions, promotional and procurement initiatives can accelerate the uptake of low-emission vehicles.

By News Editor / Updated: 19 Oct 2017

Slovenians receive new incentives for electrical vehicle purchases

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The Eco Fund, the largest financial institution of the Republic of Slovenia, is offering new incentives for members of the public and companies to buy electric vehicles.

The money received does not have to be paid back, and for the first time the offer has been extended to include electric motorcycles and mopeds.

By News Editor / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

Zielona Góra places largest electric bus order in Polish history

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Zielona Góra has shown its commitment to clean and energy efficient vehicles with the largest order ever placed for electric buses in Poland.

Whilst cities such as Krakow already already boast a large electric fleet, they are being surpassed by the scale of the order from the city of just under 140,000 people, which is located in the Lubusz province in western Poland.

By News Editor / Updated: 11 Oct 2017

Royal Mail to introduce electric delivery vans (UK)

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Starting in December, the Royal Mail will begin delivering post in electric vehicles. The new fully electric vans will distribute post from the central London depot to the surrounding area.

Produced by Oxfordshire-based carmaker Arrival, the vans come in three and a half, six and seven tonne versions. They have a range of 160 kilometres. A dual power mode within the vehicles can be used to top-up the battery after the first 100 miles.

By 2020, the final versions of the vehicles should also be capable of autonomous driving.

By Jan-Willem Van ... / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

Stockholm: implementing a public electric vehicle charging network (Sweden)

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Stockholm has the ambitious goal to become one of the world’s leading clean vehicle cities by 2030. To achieve this, it was decided to boost the city’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure by expanding the existing charging infrastructure and build a fast charging network. The project started in 2014 with the aim of installing 10 new fast and 100 normal charging points – all intended for public use - and developing a plan for future network expansion. 

By News Editor / Updated: 11 Oct 2017

Pau (France) to introduce fuel cell tram-buses in 2019

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Eight ExquiCity tram-buses will be delivered to the transport operator in Pau during the second half of 2019. These clean energy hybrid tram-buses are the first of their kind in France.

Powered by hydrogen fuel cells, their only emission is water vapour. Lithium batteries will provide additional power when needed. The tram-buses are over 18 metres long, can carry 125 passengers and have a range of over 300 kilometres. Refuelling the hydrogen fuel cells takes only 10 minutes.

By News Editor / Updated: 10 Oct 2017

Slovenia to expand EV charging network in protected natural areas

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Municipalities across Slovenia are set to benefit from government grants for the building of electric vehicle charging points.

The money from the Slovenian government’s Ecology Fund and Climate Change Fund will support the installation of charging points in protected natural areas and near Natura 2000 sites. In total, 140 new stations are to be built.

Over €500,000 euros was given out following the tender process, with 69 municipalities successful with their applications.

By News Editor / Updated: 09 Oct 2017

Electric bus breaks record for kilometres driven on single charge

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At the beginning of September, an electric bus become a record breaker. The Catalyst E2 Max, which is produced by the American clean vehicle company Proterra, has driven the longest distance by an electric vehicle on a single charge ever to be recorded.

Powered by a 660kWh battery, the bus was able to drive 1,770 without a recharge.

The test was admittedly carried out under "ideal conditions" that do not fully reflect conventional urban bus use, that is:

By Pau Vilaplana / Updated: 20 Sep 2017
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CIVITAS NOVELOG Mechelen Workshop: What role for micro-consolidation?

City freight distribution is in full evolution. With the establishment of limited traffic areas, delivery time windows, low emission zones, development of pedestrian shopping areas and the evolution of e-commerce, the logistics sector faces new challenges. There is a need to test and implement new methods of pick-up and delivery of goods.

(Micro)-consolidation represents a solution to deliver goods in a more efficient and effective way. Lockers systems are examples of smart consolidation.

By News Editor / Updated: 14 Sep 2017

EIP-SCC Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster Webinar

Are you interested in smart mobility? Would you like to know more about six European initiatives that roll out new, smarter and sustainable solutions in European cities?