Cities and regions across Europe act as test beds and demonstration sites to apply and validate the technological advancements in the field of alternative fuels, often through EU-funded projects.
This section collects flagship initiatives to showcase and inspire how innovation is being applied 'on the ground', including best practices and project outputs.
SOLUTIONSplus - Integrated Urban Electric Mobility Solutions in the Context of the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda
SOLUTIONSplus aims to set up a global platform for shared, public and commercial e-mobility solutions, and to kick start the transition towards low-carbon urban mobility. The project encompasses city level demonstrations to test different types of innovative and integrated e-mobility solutions, vehicle and user-level demonstrations complemented by scaling up and replication activities.
SOLUTIONSplus brings together highly committed cities, industry, research, implementing organisations and finance partners. Through numerous synergistic projects, networks and a strong technical experience, the SOLUTIONSplus consortium will be able to deliver a highly ambitious project.
Through the regional platforms, a global programme and local teams, the project aims to develop highly effective and innovative approaches to urban e-mobility ensuring that mobility systems and interventions from this project deliver on the Paris Agreement, meet the Sustainable Development Goals and address the New Urban Agenda.
The Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI, launched by UN-Habitat) is the project coordinator, collaborating closely with the MobiliseYourCity and Decarbonising Transport partnerships. The consortium has developed a collaboration with a partner programme led by the IEA and UNEP funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which will turn the overall partnership into the leading global platform on urban electric mobility.
Main/relevant project outcomes and deliverables available for download
Participating public authorities
• City of Pasig
• Hanoi (Vietnam)
• Montevideo (Uruguay)
• Quito (Ecuador)
• Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
• Kigali (Rwanda)
• Madrid (Spain)
• Hamburg (Germany)
CleanMobilEnergy – Clean Mobility and Energy for Cities
The project CleanMobilEnergy integrates various renewable energy sources, storage devices, electric vehicles and optimisation of energy consumption through one unique smart energy management system. The development of this intelligent Energy Management System (iEMS) will increase the economic value of renewable energy and significantly reduce CO2 emissions. The iEMS will assure the smart integration through interoperability based on open standards for data flows and analysis tools.
CleanMobilEnergy will make it possible for renewable energy sources to be used locally, so electric vehicles can be charged with 100 % renewable energy offered at an optimum price. Electrical energy from the grid will only be required when prices are low or renewable energy sources are not available; the iEMS monitors and optimises the system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
One generic transnational iEMS will be adapted to the specific City Pilots in Arnhem, Nottingham, Stuttgart and Schwäbisch Gmünd. The City Pilots cover different types of renewable energy, storage and electric vehicles as well as different contexts and diverse city environments.
The City Pilots will utilise different state-of-the art storage media in various environments, which are representative of North West Europe and are easily replicated in other cities across Europe. Specifically in Nottingham, for example, electric vehicles themselves will be used to power the buildings and depot by using innovative bi-directional chargers controlled by the integrated energy management system iEMS. In Arnhem, on the other hand, renewable energy will be supplied to ships in the harbour adjacent to its industrial. These pilots were chosen to represent a wide range of city sizes and environments, which are essential to developing a widely applicable system for future implementation across Europe.
Participating public authorities:
- Schwäbisch Gmünd
More information on each of the city pilots can be found here.
eHUBS – Smart Shared Green Mobility Hubs
eHUBS aims at simultaneously promoting sustainability and accessibility in transport within cities, through the adoption of shared and electric mobility services. The objective is the set up of dedicated on-street locations, where citizens can choose from different sustainable electric transport options for shared use. It will represent a real alternative to the use of private car, by providing opportunities to increase shared and electric mobility in a truly innovative way.
eHUBS are on-street locations that bring together e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, e-scooters and/or e-cars, offering users a wide range of options to experiment and use in various situations. They can vary in size (minimalistic, light, medium, large), type of location, and type of offer. They can be small and located in residential areas, with just one or two parking spots, or bigger and positioned close to stations and major public transport interchanges, but, in the end, the key is that they should always be where supply and demand meet.
Six partner cities from five different countries will realise and promote eHUBS and pave the way for others to do the same. The eHUBS implementation approach will differ according to the size and needs of the respective cities.
In doing so, it will develop knowledge, best practices and a blueprint that would lead to replication of the experiences in other cities and regions, as well as a consistent reduction of air pollution, congestion and CO2 emissions in the cities and a growing market for commercial shared e-mobility providers aligned with local policy goals.
By kick starting the mobility transition in 6 pilot cities we will set an example for other cities in Europe, which will be able to benefit from applying the blueprint and copying best practices. A large-scale uptake will cause a leverage by significantly reducing CO2emissions in the cities and creating a growing market for commercial shared e-mobility providers.
Participating public authorities
• City of Amsterdam (NL)
• City of Arnhem (NL)
• City of Nijmegen (NL)
• Transport for Greater Manchester (UK)
• City of Leuven (BE)
• City of Dreux (FR)
• Kempten (Allgäu) (DE)
• City of Inverness (UK)
• Region of Wallonia (BE)
eCharge4Drivers - Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure for improved User Experience
The EU-funded eCharge4Drivers project will improve the user experience as regards available charging options and services.
Specifically, it will develop and demonstrate user-friendly charging stations, smart services and charging solutions, including mobile charging and battery swapping stations. User-centric services such as route planning, booking, and charging location planning will be developed to further improve users' experience and foster e-mobility growth.
The work will start with wide surveys in 10 demonstration areas, to capture the a priori users’ perceptions and expectations as regards the various charging options and their mobility and parking habits. Based on the survey findings and after matching with the perspective of authorities, operators and service providers, the project will develop and demonstrate in 10 areas, including metropolitan areas and TEN T corridors, easy-to-use, scalable and modular, high- and low-power charging stations, low-power DC charging stations and components with improved connection efficiency and standardised stations for LEVs. All stations will offer various direct payment methods and bigger user-friendly displays. The charging stations and all actors’ back-ends will support the ISO 15118 Plug & Charge feature and will enable the standardised transfer of enhanced information in the ecosystem, thus enabling the interoperability of communication and the provision of more sophisticated services to the users before, during and after the charging process, including smart charging services. The project will demonstrate additional convenient charging options within cities, a mobile charging service, charge points at lamp posts and networks of battery swapping stations for LEVs.
Using the knowledge generated, the project will propose an EV Charging Location Planning Tool to determine the optimum mix of charging options to cover the user needs. It will conclude with recommendations for legal and regulatory harmonisation and guidelines for investors and authorities for the sustainability of charging infrastructure and services.
Participating public authorities
- Grenoble-Alpes (FR)
- Barcelona (ES)
- Bari (IT)
- Berlin (DE)
- Luxembourg (LU)
- Zellik (BE)
- Istanbul &amspan; Western Turkey
Cordis link & TRIMIS link to project
Project contacts (coordinator & communication manager OR contact page link)
Coordinator: Angelos Amditis, ICCS, email@example.com
Communication manager: info@eCharge4Drivers.eu