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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 rswa178 / Updated: 15 Aug 2018

Standards for Developing a SUMP Action Plan

A report from the CIVITAS SUMPS-Up project provides city planners with the step-by-step know-how necessary to develop SUMP action plans. Furthermore, it takes into account different levels of SUMP development experience and SUMP maturity among cities.

The report contains guidance in terms of what to include in an action plan, including responsibilities, resources, stakeholder coordination, time plans, and funding sources.

In addition, it breaks down the process of developing an action plan into a six-step process, with the final stage of this an implementation plan.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 01 Apr 2020

Electric scooters scooting closer to legality on British roads

The UK Government has unveiled plans to allow electric scooters on its roads as part of a “transport revolution”.

The plans will see electric scooters, or e-scooters, permitted to travel on public roads for the first time as part of consultations and trials which were launched 16 March during the Future of Mobility regulatory review.

By Greta.Riauba / Updated: 02 Apr 2020

Green Auto Summit 2020

Merging key automotive industry players in one place, the closed-door Green Auto Summit 2020 will take place in Stuttgart, Böblingen on 19-20 October, 2020.

Industry professionals and policymakers will delve into debates on many interesting topics, including:

By iCube Programme / Updated: 20 Mar 2020
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By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 02 Mar 2020

First fully electric bus line launched in Madrid

The Spanish capital, Madrid, has launched the city's first zero emission bus line.

The city's mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, and the Deputy Mayor for Mobility and Environment, Borja Carabante, inaugurated the line, 001, in February. It will operate between Atocha and the Moncloa Palace. A second zero emission bus line, 002, is expected to open in March and will operate in the central district from Argüelles to Puerta de Toledo.

By iCube Programme / Updated: 28 Feb 2020

Hydrogen cars with zero emissions at the tailpipe, ready to spread widely

Hydrogen-based vehicle technology in the electric transport sector is starting to compete with conventional fuels, such as diesel and petrol, for long distances. Its benefits include that it is quiet, does not need long to refuel and it emits only water.

By iCube Programme / Updated: 28 Feb 2020

Hydrogen fuel cell buses to be tested in Finland

The Finnish town of Kerava is one of the few European cities that will trial the use of electric buses powered by fuel cells.

Fuel-cell buses are an interesting solution for public transport because they produce no carbon dioxide or particulate emissions and thus have a low impact on the environment. The vehicles generate electricity from hydrogen, stored in high pressure tanks, combined with oxygen from the air. This chemical reaction in the cells leaves only water and heat as by-products.

By iCube Programme / Updated: 28 Feb 2020

Valencia: sensors on public buses to make passengers happier and cut air pollutants

In Valencia, Spain, new methods are be trialled to monitor the performance of hybrid and electric buses in order to minimise pollution.

As part of the trial, hybrid and electric buses will have sensors to monitor their power consumption and passenger comfort. Researchers will use these data to improve the performance of public transport and to reduce pollution

By cnebusi / Updated: 18 Feb 2020