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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.

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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

Urban areas

  • Grenoble-Alpes (FR)
  • Barcelona (ES)
  • Bari (IT)
  • Berlin (DE)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Zellik (BE)

TEN-T

  • Austria
  • North-Italy
  • Istanbul &amspan; Western Turkey
  • Greece

Cordis link & TRIMIS link to project

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure for improved User Experience | eCharge4Drivers Project | Fact Sheet | H2020 | CORDIS | European Commission (europa.eu)

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure for improved User Experience | TRIMIS (europa.eu)

Project contacts (coordinator & communication manager OR contact page link)

Coordinator: Angelos Amditis, ICCS, a.amditis@iccs.gr

Communication manager: info@eCharge4Drivers.eu

Project website

Duration
-
Transport mode
Road
Transport sector
Passenger
Geographical dimension
TEN-T, Urban, Transnational
Budget

€18,405,861
EU Contribution: €14,424,526

Funded under
Coordinated by

ICCS

Greece

NetNetZeroCities (NZC)

Associations & Networks:

Climate Alliance, The Democratic Society, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Urban Mobility, Energy Cities, ERRIN – European Regions Research and Innovation Network, Eurocities, ICLEI, Open & Agile Smart Cities, REGEA, Resilient Cities Network, Union Internationale des Transports Publics, Viable Cities.

Research organizations:

Cartif, Cerema, Demos Research Institute, Fraunhofer Institute, Tecnalia, TNO, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Universities:

Austrian Institute of Technology, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Politecnico di Milano, TalTech – Tallin University of Technology, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Think-tanks:

Institute for European Environmental Policy.

Companies and consultancies:

Bankers Without Boundaries, Dark Matter Labs, LGI, Material Economics, Metabolic Institute, Rupprecht Consult, South Pole Carbon Asset Management.

Description:

NetZeroCities (NZC) is part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme in support of European Union’s Green Deal. NZC has been designed to help cities overcome the current structural, institutional and cultural barriers they face in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

NZC will support the EU’s Mission of “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030” newly-launched as part of the Horizon Europe programme. The project will work as a service-oriented platform supported by world-class practitioners. It will help European cities by providing them with the support and solutions they need to achieve their Net Zero goal in a socially inclusive way.

New and existing tools, resources and expertise will be developed and promoted into a one-stop platform accessible to all cities through an online portal. Dedicated services will be designed to support cities that are part of the EU’s Mission “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030”. In addition, NetZeroCities will support a series of Pilots to help drive rapid learning about how to achieve climate neutrality at city scale, an run a Twinning programme to enable peer-learning.

Objectives:

  • Develop an approach to support climate-neutral transformation in cities
  • Help cities build capabilities and ways of working to advance systemic change using innovation
  • Forge a platform for cities to use for all services & expertise critical to climate neutrality
  • Facilitate a pipeline of cities accelerating towards climate neutrality
  • Deliver 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030
  • Ensure that these cities act as experimentation and innovation hubs to enable all European cities to follow suit by 2050

Main/relevant project outcomes and deliverables available for download

Mission area - Publications Office of the EU (europa.eu)

EU missions - Publications Office of the EU (europa.eu)

Links to project

Project website: https://netzerocities.eu/

Accelerating cities' transition to net zero emissions by 2030 | NetZeroCities Project | Fact Sheet | H2020 | CORDIS | European Commission (europa.eu)

Commission announces 100 cities participating in EU Mission for climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030 (europa.eu)

Duration
-
Transport mode
Road
Transport sector
Passenger
Geographical dimension
Transnational
Budget

52 million EUR

Funded under
Coordinated by

Thomas Osdoba, EIT Climate-KIC - hello@netzerocities.eu

eBussed - Building capacities for European-wide e-bus deployment

eBussed supports the transition of European regions towards low carbon mobility and more efficient public transport. It promotes the uptake of e-buses in new regions and supports the expansion of existing e-fleets. eBussed project contributes to the Interreg Europe programme Specific objective 3.1 “Improving low-carbon economy policies” by encouraging regions to develop and deliver better policies related to the deployment of e-buses. The project also facilitates the integration of electricity production based on renewables and low carbon electrified public transport. Through new ideas and better policies, the project promotes both the demand and supply side of electricity from clean renewable sources and the subsequent transitioning towards a low carbon economy. eBussed will engage regions from all directions with and without practical experience on e-buses. The project will deliver 6 regional action plans and produce 4 thematic best practice reports, a set of readiness level indicators and policy recommendations to be used in partner regions. The project will increase capacities and knowledge among its partner regions via a multi-level exchange of experiences and cross-regional pollination of ideas to better support the transition towards fully electrified bus fleets and low carbon mobility.

Main/relevant project outcomes and deliverables available for download

eBussed | Interreg Europe

Participating public authorities: regions, cities involved in the project either acting as a demonstration or a follower city

  • Finland – Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • Germany – Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg
  • Malta- Ministry for Gozo
  • Italy – Province of Livorno
  • Netherlands – HU University of Applied Science Utrecht and the Province of Utrecht
  • Hungary – South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Non-profit Ltd.

Project website

eBussed | Interreg Europe

Cordis link & TRIMIS link to project

Interreg Europe | Interreg Europe - Sharing solutions for better policy

Duration
-
Transport mode
Road
Transport sector
Passenger, Freight
Geographical dimension
Transnational
Budget

€ 1,427,109.00

Funded under
Coordinated by

Interreg Europe (GECOTTI-PE)

EMOBICITY - Increase of energy efficiency by Electric MOBIlity in the CITY

EMOBICITY aims to strengthen the capacities of all key-stakeholders on e-mobility, especially regarding policy making, through workshops, study visits and peer reviews, as well as to raise public awareness by open campaigns and other communication activities. EMOBICITY will support policy learning on e-mobility at a national and regional level, by the increase of knowledge and exchange of experience, between the project partners, policy and decision makers and other project stakeholders from the EU participating countries. For this reason, the project will provide workshops, study visits and other activities, bringing together all key players for discussions and brainstorming, highlighting relative good practices. By this way, EMOBICITY will generate high leverage and provide action plans for the improvement of the policy instruments addressed by the partnership, proposing enrichments and amendments, leading to increased e-mobility integration, thus contributing to a low-carbon economy. The following enhancements and innovations are proposed to be examined during the project, to be included in policy instruments:

  • Legislative amendments to overcome current obstacles for e-mobility integration
  • Improvement of Charging/Taxation Models - Energy price for charging
  • Specialized Regional policies for the development of e-mobility
  • Promotion of e-mobility in low integration fields
  • Integration of incentives in policy instruments to stimulate e-mobility by private users
  • Inner city logistics and autonomous driving
  • Integration of RES in the energy mix for EV charging

Participating public authorities, regions, cities involved in the project either acting as a demonstration or a follower city:

  • Romania - Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWRDA)
  • Croatia - Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (EIHP)
  • Germany - Regional Management Northern Hesse GmbH (RMNH)
  • Portugal - Portuguese Energy Agency (ADENE) and Azorean Government - Regional Directorate for Energy (AZORES)
  • Greece - Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES)

Main/relevant project outcomes and deliverables available for download:

EMOBICITY | Interreg Europe

Project website:

Lead partner - Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) - Website

Cordis link & TRIMIS link to project:

Interreg Europe | Interreg Europe - Sharing solutions for better policy

Duration
-
Transport mode
Road
Transport sector
Passenger, Freight
Geographical dimension
Transnational
Budget

€ 1,071,804.00

Funded under
Coordinated by
  • Lead partner - Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) - Website
  • Mrs. Maria Zarkadoula, Head of the Environment & Transport Dpt - +30 210 660 3289 - Send me an email

Interreg Europe E-MOB - Integrated actions towards enhanced e-mobility in European regions

E-MOB stands for Integrated actions towards enhanced e-mobility in European Regions and aims at enhancing e-mobility solutions in regional passenger transport systems through coordinated policy learning and planning. As an ambitious target, the partners strive for influencing in total more than 26 million EUR of Structural and other Funds through 8 policy instruments to be revised in the frame of a series of peer reviews and learning conferences. Based on the outcomes of this interregional learning process (8 good practices and policy recommendations), the partners will jointly elaborate Action Plans for the improved implementation of the selected 4 Structural Fund Programmes and 4 other policy instruments. Actors of regional relevance will be involved in the whole procedure, being invited in the whole interregional learning and action planning process. The engagement of stakeholders will be facilitated by the establishment of 8 Regional Stakeholder Groups. Members of the RSG – together with interested municipalities – will also have the possibility to improve their capacities in turning the policies concerned into actions: Partners will elaborate the E-MOB Guideline and organise regional trainings in e-mobility strategic planning. This coordinated intraregional learning will contribute to plan and implement concrete measures and projects in the field of e-mobility, bringing tangible results to the participating regions.

The general objective is to create and to implement regional action plans. These will result from the several international peer reviews, learning conferences and partner meetings in which the main focus is on the exchange of experience about the topic e-mobility between the project partners.

Participating public authorities: regions, cities involved in the project either acting as a demonstration or a follower city

  • France – Amiense metropole
  • Germany – Aufbauwerk region Leipzig GmbH
  • Croatia- city of Koprivnica and University North
  • Greece - Research Commitee of the University of western Macedonia
  • Austria – Vorarlberg University of Applied Science
  • Romania – Regional developement agency Centru
  • Spain – Municipality of Cieza
  • Hungary - Paks Transportation Ltd.

Main/relevant project outcomes and deliverables available for download:

http://projects2014-2020.interregeurope.eu/e-mob/news/news-article/13806/7th-peer-review-in-austria/

E-MOB on Optitrans project | Interreg Europe

Cordis link & TRIMIS link to project:

Approved projects | Interreg Europe - Sharing solutions for better policy

Project website:

E-MOB | Interreg Europe

Duration
-
Transport mode
Road
Transport sector
Passenger, Freight
Geographical dimension
Transnational
Budget

€1,535,195.00

Funded under
Coordinated by

Interreg Europe (GECOTTI-PE) | e-mob@unin.hr