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)
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)