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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 Apr 2017

Gelsenkirchen tests EVs for waste collection (Germany)

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The German city of Gelsenkirchen is testing a new electric vehicle for waste collection.

The small transporter will be used primarily to collect paper waste from the city centre and one additional neighbourhood.

Built by DHL subsidiary Streetscooter GmbH, the vehicle has a modest 30 kilowatt motor which allows for a maximum speed of 80 km/h and a range of 80 km per charge. Deutsche Post DHL currently uses some 2,000 similar vehicles for post and parcel deliveries.

By News Editor / Updated: 10 Apr 2017

BYD opens factory in Hungary, plans another in France

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The Chinese electric bus manufacturer BYD Group is expanding its European operations following the opening of a factory in Hungary and an announcement that it will open a facility in France.

On 4 April, the northern Hungarian city of Komarom became the home of BYD's first European factory.

BYD is expected to invest a total of € 20 million in the project to 2018.

By Florinda Boschetti / Updated: 07 Apr 2017

2nd 'Vehicle 2 Grid' conference & SEEV4-City launch

Electric vehicles, local renewable energy and smart ICT systems can together enable the city’s transition towards sustainability. The conference aims to provide solutions to advance the transition to renewable energies, reduce reliance of fossil fuels, and integrate energy management in Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning by focusing on innovations emerging in city life.

By News Editor / Updated: 06 Apr 2017

Workshop: Future of Cleaner Transport

On behalf of DG MOVE, the Transport Research and Innovation Portal (TRIP) programme is organising its fifth one-day stakeholder workshop which will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 3 May 2017. 

The workshop is aimed at senior researchers and consultants, policy makers, planners and other stakeholders with an interest in the future of cleaner transport. 

By News Editor / Updated: 04 Apr 2017

Commission launches competition for young transport innovators

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The European Commission this week launched the European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017, a new award offered to young transport innovators for creative solutions for goods and services that will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions in transport.

The solutions can be the result of research, can be in any transport mode, and in many different sectors linked to transport, such as solutions in healthcare, retail or food sectors. The key word is innovation.

By Yannick Bousse / Updated: 24 Mar 2017

Webinar: E-bus planning with simulation tools

After a short introduction into the work of the ELIPTIC project and the use cases related to the webinar’s topic, the presenters from the research organisations RWTH Aachen, Fraunhofer IVI and Vrije Universiteit Brussel will show different aspects of simulation that help in the planning of e-buses.

This will include the presentation of a software-based approach to find the optimal technical configuration for the use of e-buses on different routes. These calculations are a helpful tool to build sound business cases for the long-term use of electric bus systems.

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: 05 Apr 2017

Austria to create nationwide EV charging network

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Austria will connect a series of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in a bid to boost EV ownership in the country. 

From April 2017, 11 electricity providers will combine their charging stations into one network of 1 300 public points throughout the nation – according to Austria’s transport minister, Joerg Leichtfried.

The nationwide network of charging stations will make it easier for drivers to recharge their vehicles in addition to helping the nation reduce CO2 emissions.  

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By News Editor / Updated: 05 Apr 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.