WHEN ALL TRANSPORT MODES GO ELECTRIC

Brussels, 25-26 May 2016. Cars, buses, delivery trucks, bikes and ferries: All could be fully electric tomorrow. The conditions for a successful transition to electrification as an alternative to fossil-fuel powered vehicles were the main focus of the 4th edition of the European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum. With its cross-sectoral nature, the Forum is a unique European arena to share best practices and generate synergies across different electric transport modes. 

Three European Commission flagship projects on electromobility, FREVUE, I-CVUE and ZeEUS organised this key annual event in Brussels this week, which brought together over 200 representatives from government, industry, academia, and other stakeholders.  

Although the three projects demonstrate the viability of e-mobility and the way it makes our cities more sustainable, cleaner and quieter, fundamental challenges remain and many of these are shared among the different electromobility modes. In her opening words, Magda Kopczynska, Director for Innovative and Sustainable Mobility at the European Commission stressed “[…] the need to look at transport in a systemic way: We cannot address any of the challenges we face with one solution or one concept only. The great transport disruption will not be autonomous vehicles, but rather autonomous, electric and shared vehicles”.

 Following this introduction, over 50 speakers shared their experiences, results achieved so far and remaining challenges. Key hurdles include the standardisation of charging infrastructure as well as current regulatory frameworks that can significantly slow down the electrification of transport modes. On the other hand, exciting opportunities and synergies between the modes were discussed, such as urban design and multimodal and interoperable charging infrastructure.   

“Electrification of transport is a key enabler for imagining new concepts – like building an indoor bus stop where passengers’ shopping would be delivered by electric freight to enhance passenger’s experience. This approach confirms that the prominent need for the Forum to exist and to offer great cross-sectoral exchanges”, highlighted Ulf Gustafsson from Volvo. 

In the background of the plenary sessions and workshops, over 20 works covering multiple aspects of e-mobility were presented at a poster exhibition, featuring projects such as ELIPTIC and initiatives such as the Market Place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EV4SCC) contributing to the further development of electromobility.

 

Electrification of transport: a crucial means to meeting the 2020 and 2030 renewables targets

The future Renewable Energy Directive (RED) should actively promote the electrification of transport. This is the key message from The Platform for Electro mobility in its response to the Public Consultation on a new Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

Coupled with production of low-carbon electricity and implemented in conjunction with broader sustainable transport principles, electrification of transport can deliver a major contribution to 2030 renewable targets. In the process it will also create jobs; growth; enhanced energy supply security and cleaner air. Analyses of the European Climate Foundation show that the shift to hybridisation and electrification of cars and vans alone might generate between 501,000 and 1.1 million net jobs in EU by 2030, cut C02 emissions by 64-93% by 2050 as well as NOx (85-95%) and particulates (74-95%). These calculations do not include the enormous additionnal benefits that will result from the increasing uptake of Light Electric Vehicles, such as the hugely successful electric bicycles. Electric surface transport can reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution as well as congestion, notably in cities. Rail-bound solutions for mainlines, urban and suburban transport are already a major provider of electric mobility, and the further electrification of rail may reduce the CO2 emissions of rail potentially to zero.

The Platform concludes that the RED will be unsuccessful in achieving the 10% target for energy from renewable sources in transport by 2020; and the use of electricity in transport remains marginal compared to crop-based biofuels. As a cornerstone of Europe’s overall decarbonisation strategy the use of renewable electricity in transport should be more in the focus of the RED sub-target for transport.

 

Platform for Electro-Mobility officially launched

“The EU needs to speed up electrification and be leader in clean transport”, said Henrik Hololei, Director-General at DG MOVE, at the launch of the Platform for Electro-Mobility on the 21st April in Brussels. The new platform unites businesses and stakeholders from the road, rail and electricity supply sectors as well as civil society and cities to promote the benefits of sustainable electrification of all transport modes in Europe. AVERE is one of the founding members and ensures the necessary attention for Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs) in the Platform.

A the launch, the Platform also announced four new members: the European Solar Energy association SolarPowerEurope, the European Wind Energy association WindEurope, city network Eurocities and electric car maker Tesla Motors .

Panelists from DG Clima, Council Presidency the Netherlands, Alstom, Renault-Nissan and the City of Manchester agreed that the Energy Union’s goal of making Europe a resilient, energy-independent and low-carbon economy cannot be achieved without electrifying the transport sector.

Ø  Kitti Nyitrai, member of cabinet of Climate Commissioner Arias Canete, stressed that stricter standards for fuels and vehicles were needed to drive electrification as the closest to market alternative technology for transport.

Ø  The introduction of ambitious CO² standards for cars and vans in 2025 is the key driver to more electrification, on EU level but also for EU Member States, confirmed Petrouschka Werther, Acting Director at the Air Quality & Noise Department, Ministry of Infrastructure, the Environment & Climate Change, the Netherlands

Ø  Olivier Paturet, General Manager Zero Emission Strategy at Renault-Nissan emphasized that “every electric vehicle is a good investment” for Europe’s competitiveness and cleaner cities, an investment policies should value more.

Ø  Philippe Delleur, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at Alstom agreed that investments into electro-mobility should be further valued, through innovative R&D the already largely electrified rail-sector can share technologies in multi-modal solutions with other sectors, for example inductive charging solutions for buses.

Ø  Excellent commercial experience and high customer satisfaction with electric buses was reported by Rafael Cuesta, Head of Development and Innovation Transport for Greater Manchester, encouraging cities to further invest in cleaner public transport solutions.

The discussion showed that electro-mobility offers an unequalled solution to make Europe’s transport more efficient, less dependent on imported energy, low carbon, clean and quiet.

Platform Members presented key aspects of electrification of transport, which the Commission needs to include in its Communication on the Decarbonisation of Transport announced for the Summer 2016 – preparing the shift to sustainable electrification of transport. These key aspects are:

  • Help cities to purchase electric vehicles, set up interoperable infrastructure and better cross-modal information to encourage electric vehicle-sharing solutions and foster intermodality, i.e. the combined use of different modes of (electric) transport in urban areas. A legal clarification is needed of how Public Transport Operators and Authorities can sell electricity. Electro-mobility needs to be better integrated into Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning and related public support should be earmarked.
  • To enable the European railsector to contribute further to electro-mobility deployment, a dense rail network in Europe needs to be maintained. The European Green Public Procurement Directive should allow based on environmental footprint and life-cycle-costs, and public transport operators should be allowed to reuse recovered energy (from braking) in the most efficient way, for example resell it to the grid.
  • Smart charging of electric vehicles can greatly benefit EV owners in reducing their electricity (charging) costs as well as their total costs of ownership, as well as adding stability and reliability to the electricity system. Regulatory regimes should incentivize market parties to invest in and use smart charging, and clear roles and actor definitions are needed to ensure interoperability. Member States should be encouraged to incorporate smart charging measures into their National Plans, mandated by the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, as well as in their urban mobility policies.
  • Standardisation solutions for an internal market of electro-mobility and its services require the establishment of smart metering, i.e. stationary or on-board metering, improving collaboration between grid operators and end-users, strengthening system reliability and providing new business opportunities. An interoperable electro-mobility service market in Europe requires, in addition to pay-as-you-go solutions, a roaming system that can be established between charging point operators, but should also allow electricity roaming, i.e. allowing customers to choose a (renewable) energy supplier.
  • Set incentives for the support of light electric vehicles, electric cars and vans through extending the Clean Vehicles Directive to light and utility vehicles where appropriate such as electrifying road maintenance, waste disposal and social services transport vehicles as well as setting more ambitious criteria on purchase; encouraging Member States to grant EV use incentives such as CO² taxation at registration, VAT exemptions, fuel taxation, access restrictions to Low Emission Zones or parking benefits. The European Market for light electric vehicles will benefit from a better adapted and simplified technical regulations’ frameworkand better harmonised safety rules as well as reduced VAT and adapted infrastructure solutions.
  • An adequate, interoperable charging network to enable electric vehicle use EU wide through quick and open implementation of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive that does not create barriers for private investors and acknowledges competing charging solutions for example through multichargers.

Participants concluded that the electrification of surface transport will enable Member States to meet their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030; and addresses the public health crisis arising from urban air pollution. This cannot be done without a  European overarching strategy for clean and energy-efficient electro-mobility.  Find the Platform’s full position paper here

 

The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association appoints Stephan Schaller as new President

The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association, IMMA, has elected yesterday Mr Stephan Schaller as its new President.  

The decision was taken by IMMA’s General Assembly, hosted by the Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries (FAMI) and the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI). 

Mr Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, who currently serves as President of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), will hold the IMMA Presidency for a period of two years, from May 2016 to May 2018.  

He succeeds Mr Paul Jones from the United States Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (USMMA), who secured the IMMA Presidency from May 2014 to May 2016. 

To access the press release please click here

 

Sign up for free demonstration event in Brussels

On June 7th 2016, Leefmilieu Brussel/Bruxelles Environnement (the Brussels Environmental Department) together with the Belgian Electromobility Association ASBE host an electric mobility demonstration event on the esplanade of Tour & Taxis in Brussels.

All suppliers/providers of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and services are invited to demonstrate and to present their products and services at this event.

This event is part of an information day organised for all Brussels municipal services using service vehicles with a view to raise their awareness of (light) electric vehicles. Futher information on the event can be found here: 

http://www.leefmilieu.brussels/themas/mobiliteit/vervoerplannen/opleidingen/7-juni-vorming-vlootbeheer-en-ev-roadshow

http://www.environnement.brussels/thematiques/mobilite/les-plans-de-deplacements/formations/7-juin-gestion-de-la-flotte-et-roadshow

 

Some further practical details, should you wish to participate:

 

Your participation in the event is free of charge. You are kindly invited to present your vehicles and have them available either for demo or test rides.
– The scope of the event is electric vehicles big and small, and their infrastructure.
– The RoadShow will be open from 12 to 4 p.m. to the participants in the information day for municipal services as well as to the general public.
– Equipment (tents, tables) and vehicles must be in place by 11.30 and may be removed as of 4.30 p.m.
– Visitors are allowed to test-drive/ride on public roads but insurance, helmets, assistance, … must be provided by the exhibitor.

 

So far the following companies have confirmed their participation: Nisson, Ecotap, Packo, Addax Motors, Bubble Post, Tesla, Blue Corner, Kia and Electric Drive. With a view to raising awareness on light electric vehicles, it would be great if more companies presenting LEVs would join the event.

 

If you or your Benelux representative wish to participate and demonstrate products and/or services, please contact ASBE President Joeri de Ridder, tel. +32 477 63 39 23, email chair@asbe.be.

2016 SUMP Conference review

On 12 and 13 April 2016 over 400 participants from the fields of transport planning and development, research and politics gathered in Bremen for the 3rd Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) to discuss new planning approaches and strategies, and to share ideas, solutions and success stories.

At the Conference, the Bremen Declaration was presented. The purpose of this document is to place the EU’s sustainable urban mobility planning guidelines firmly in the context of the reality of European cities.

What do you think of the Declaration? Do you agree with its eight pillars? Can it be improved? What would you change? Please share your views, opinions and suggestions here

European Investment Project Portal

The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) is a brand new web portal enabling EU based project promoters – public or private – to reach potential investors worldwide.

It is part of the Investment Plan for Europe initiative to mobilise investment, promote economic growth and create more jobs across the EU. It responds to investors’ desire to see more potential EU investment opportunities in a central information platform.

Project promotors can already submit their investment project by downloading and filling out on-line the  EIPP Project Form.

They can submit forms in one of the EU’s official languages. The European Commission will provide and publish a free translation into English, for information purposes. The project information will be published after a screening of its eligibility by the European Commission.

A reduced fee of €100 will be charged to private project promoters after their project forms have been confirmed complete and ready for processing. This procedure will apply only during the current initial phase, after which the fee will be increased to up to €250. Public sector project promoters are exempt from the project submission fee.

The Portal is designed as a central EU project information platform allowing investors to find investment opportunities according to their own preferences, using advanced search and filtering criteria, and automatic notifications. The first projects will be available in the coming weeks.

The Portal covers several sector among which transport, for the following aspects:

  • Trans-European network
  • Multimodal nodes
  • Urban mobility projects
  • New technologies and transport greening
  • Vehicles and transport systems

For further details: http://ec.europa.eu/eipp