Setúbal and neighbouring municipalities in Portugal are supporting the development of electric mobility thorough an initiative that brings together Setúbal and the municipalities of Palmela and Sesimbra in a unique project.
The Energy and Environment Agency of Arrábida (ENA), which supports the development of these three municipalities, is one of 16 partners in the European project EnerNETMob, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The overall objective of the EnerNETMob is to enhance the capacity to plan and implement “Interregional Electromobility Networks” connecting cities and regions in the Mediterranean area.
One of the recent project initiatives promoted by ENA is the implementation of a pilot in the municipality of Setúbal. People working at the Ciprestes Building, which houses the municipal urban planning and environment department, have the opportunity to test the advantages of using electric bicycles for their work journeys.
“It is with actions like this one that the difference is made with regard to sustainable mobility”, declared the mayor of Setúbal during the inauguration of the pilot. In the future, he said, the idea is "to have at least two electric bicycles in each municipal building".
Another initiative of the EnerNETMob project for the municipality of Setúbal is the installation of a fast charging station with the capacity to charge electric vehicles in less than thirty minutes. The first infrastructure will be installed on the Avenida Luísa Todi, between the Largo José Afonso and the Casa da Baía, the Tourist Promotion Centre. In addition to Setúbal, ENA's pilot action includes the installation of fast charging stations for electric vehicles in the municipalities of Palmela and Sesimbra.
The municipalities are also currently working on the “Electric Mobility Plan for the Arrábida Territory”, a strategic document to guide them in the development of electric mobility, while identifying opportunities for interventions according to the respective territorial characteristics and the mobility and growth patterns of each municipality.
Furthermore, the European Electric Mobility Forum, which was supposed to have taken place in Setúbal on 12 May 2020 and was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis, has been re-scheduled for November 2021. The event is organized by ENA, within the scope of the EnerNetMob project. The Forum will provide opportunities for discussion through parallel sessions on different aspects related to electric mobility.
Original article published by rostos.pt on 20 March 2021.
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