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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: 22 Mar 2017

Workshop: Green transport in Greater Copenhagen

Copenhagen Electric, E.ON Denmark, State of Green and Copenhagen Capacity are organising a workshop on 24 April 2017 to focus on building the market place for smart electro-mobility and roll-out action.

The program will focus on four thematic tracks

By News Editor / Updated: 20 Mar 2017

CIVITAS Quotes

The EU-funded CIVITAS Initiative has enabled the implementation of more than 600 sustainable mobility measures in more than 60 cities acrosse Europe between 2002 and 2016.

Each measure has been evaluated. Relevant facts and figures have been collected and analysed by the CIVITAS WIKI project. This has resulted in a set of so-called CIVITAS quotes. Each quote includes useful and factual information. Topics vary. Some examples:

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By News Editor / Updated: 21 Mar 2017

Government launches EV-charging funding programme (Germany)

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The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has given the green light to a nationwide programme that will install a vast network of charging points for electric vehicles.

From 1 March 2017, private investors and municipalities have been able to apply for the € 300m funding programme.

The programme will spend € 220m setting up 5 000 rapid-loading stations and € 100m on establishing 10 000 standard stations.

By Youris.com / Updated: 13 Mar 2017

REMOURBAN study tour to take place in Nottingham on 23 March (UK)

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Lighthouse project Remourban will be throwing its doors wide open this month when its first study tour takes place in lighthouse city Nottingham, UK.

Behind the tour are project partners Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University – named UK’s greenest university – and has been organised in co-operation with the Action Cluster on Integrated Planning of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities and the Smart Cities Information System.

By News Editor / Updated: 13 Mar 2017

Energy company to switch whole car fleet to EVs

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Over 3 500 passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany will be replaced by electric alternatives over a period of five years, the Swedish energy company Vattenfall has announced.

Starting in January 2017, the energy company will gradually switch its fleet, with 1 700 vehicles in Sweden, 1 100 in Germany and 750 in the Netherlands.

The types of vehicle vary from passenger cars to technical support vehicles and maintenance vans

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By Thomas Mourey / Updated: 09 Mar 2017

FREVUE Final Conference

After more than four years of exposing electric freight vehicles to the day-to-day rigours of urban logistics in eight of Europe’s largest cities, the FREVUE partners would like to share with you project results and their thoughts for the future deployment of electric freight vehicles in Europe.

The FREVUE Final Conference will take place in London (UK) on the 21 June 2017.

By Thomas Mourey / Updated: 09 Mar 2017

Webinar: Assessing EVs for daily logistics

The FREVUE project will organise its first technical webinar on Friday 17 March 2017, from 11.00 to 12.00 (CET).

The FREVUE partner SINTEF will present during this webinar the main results of a study on the technical assessment of electric vehicles used for daily logistics operations.

The presentation will be complemented by testimonies of two local FREVUE partners: EMEL (in Lisbon) and Breytner (in Rotterdam).

 

By News Editor / Updated: 06 Mar 2017

Austria new EU champion for electric cars

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Austria last year registered the highest share of new electric vehicles in the EU, according to new research. 

Figures compiled by Verkehrsclub Österreich (VCÖ), an Austrian campaigning organisation that promotes sustainable mobility, show that while in Austria the number of electric cars more than doubled in 2015, the number of new electric cars declined in 12 EU countries. 

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By News Editor / Updated: 06 Mar 2017

Using tram infrastrucure to re-charge e-buses in Oberhausen (Germany)

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The public transport operator of German city Oberhausen operates two e-bus lines, each with a battery bus: one e-bus being charged from a sub-station of the tram (the charger with an output of 200 kW is located in the substation, it could therefore also charge other buses), the other one taking energy directly from the contact line. Monitoring and evaluation of these real-data demonstrations will contribute to the use-case implementation as well as technology, business-case and development schemes assessment in the project.

By News Editor / Updated: 20 Feb 2017

Electric cars & solar power 'could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020'

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A new report claims that clean cars and solar power could be pivotal in stopping fossil fuel growth.

The Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative say that the falling cost of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020.

Their report says that, combined with countries’ pledges to cut emissions, polluting fuels could lose 10 per cent of market share to solar power and clean cars within a decade.