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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: 04 Aug 2017

Let's scoot! Paris's scooter sharing scheme (France)

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In terms of transport sharing, car and bike sharing schemes are the ones that most often come to mind. Yet the electric scooter also has a contribution to make; both to sustainable mobility and as part of a diverse transport mix. 

Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, certainly thinks so. Just over a year ago, she introduced the CityScoot electric scooter sharing scheme to Paris. In the past year, its popularity has increased by 500%, and there is now a network of over 1,000 scooters in the city.

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Jul 2017

Sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles banned by 2040 in new UK clean air strategy

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Hot on the heels of France's announcement earlier in the month, the UK government has announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the country from 2040. It is part of a wider £3bn clean air strategy designed to combat air pollution in the country.

As part of this, a £255m fund will created for local councils to assist them in efforts to tackle emissions. Of this, £40m is being made available immediately. The fund will be partially financed by changes to tax on diesel vehicles.  

By News Editor / Updated: 24 Jul 2017

West meets East: Charging central and Eastern Europe's Electromobility Revolution

The time has come to highlight the emergence of  electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure developments in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and take advantage of the lessons learned and knowledge gained so far around the world to help officials in CEE make the most informed decisions going forward when planning their EV networks.

By News Editor / Updated: 24 Jul 2017

Lombardy adds 22 new vehicles to its electric bus fleet (Italy)

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The Lombardy region in Italy is making a significant investment in clean public transport by buying 22 new electric buses. The two cities in Lombardy to benefit from their purchase will be Milan with 10 new vehicles and Bergamo with 12 of them.

The two sets of buses bought are based on the Solaris Urbino 12 model. In both, the electric power is stored in a high energy battery pack with a total capacity of 240 kWh.

By News Editor / Updated: 18 Jul 2017

Paris launches trial of autonomous shuttle bus service

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As of the beginning of July, a new driverless, electric shuttle bus service has been running in Paris. The trials are taking place in La Défense, Europe's largest business district.

Free of charge for all users, the service offers three different routes that serve the main areas of La Défense. Two of the routes will operate at 10 minute intervals at peak times during the week, whilst the third will run every 20 minutes at the weekends.

By News Editor / Updated: 13 Jul 2017

Plans afoot to ban sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in France by 2040

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Last week, Nicolas Hulot, named Ecology Minister in the government of new French President Emmanuel Macron, revealed his intention to ban the sale of any vehicles utilising petrol and diesel fuel by 2040. He referred to his proposed measure as a "revolution".

At the same time, he acknowledged the difficulties the shift might pose for French car manufacturers, such as Renault, Peugeot, and Citroën, although he insisted that they would rise to the challenge.  

By Thomas Mourey / Updated: 28 Jul 2017

FREVUE - FReight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe

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In the framework of the European project FREVUE (FReight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe), urban logistics operators tested fully electric vehicles for their daily delivery operations in eight of Europe’s largest cities: Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Lisbon (PortugalT), London (the  UK), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy), Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and Stockholm (Sweden).

Results of the project show that the benefits could be great for the society both in environmental and economic terms. The animation video clip highlights these benefits.

By Thomas Mourey / Updated: 12 Jul 2017

FREVUE - ELIPTIC Workshop

The EU projects FREVUE & ELIPTIC are holding a joint workshop for local authorities in Barcelona on Wednesday 13 September.

Held in cooperation with local partners in Barcelona, the workshop will explore the use of public transport electric infrastructure for charging urban freight vehicles. Cities interested in this topic are encouraged to attend.

The workshop will start with a presentation on both projects and of specific case studies, including Barcelona. These will be followed by an interactive session.

By News Editor / Updated: 23 Jun 2017

Country-wide EV charging network introduced in Austria

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In the latest of a series of initiatives designed to raise electric vehicle (EV) use and ownership, a series  charging stations are being connected throughout the country.   

In addition to helping to curb CO2 emissions, the nationwide network of 1,300 public charging points will enable drivers to recharge their vehicles more easily.  

The process of combining the stations, which are operated by 11 different electricity providers, started in April.

Drivers will be able to sign up with any providers and use all the stations within the combined network.

By News Editor / Updated: 18 May 2017

Trams gain traction in Aarhus (Denmark)

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A new tram system in Aarhus has achieved an impressive feat: it will increase mobility and cut down on emissions.

The first stage of the light rail project will be a new 12 kilometre line, named the "Urban Line". This will commence at Aarhus central station and pass through key locations in the city before connecting to an existing line that is being converted for light rail operation. 17 new stops will added, while park and ride facilities near existing stops have been refurbished already.

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