A video outlining how municipalities can implement e-mobility policies has been released by the EU-funded E-MOBILITY WORKS project, looking at how cities in Austria, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Spain and Italy have achieved e-mobility success. The video also gives a wide-ranging overview of the benefits of electric mobility for urban areas, such as lower levels of CO2 and harmful pollutants, reduced noise, and the opportunity to develop new business models around electric vehicles.
The video lists five steps to achieve a successful e-mobility policy: ensure commitment from decision makers, include local stakeholders, analyse current behaviour and the municipal fleet composition, formulate an action plan, and finally, implement the action plan.
Setting up a network which comprises municipal representatives, business representatives, and other stakeholders can support e-mobility implementation in the long term, the video states. Informing the business community of the commercial possibilities of embracing e-mobility can also help to engender greater levels of acceptance.
Taking stock of citizen needs, local infrastructure and the behaviour of municipal employees enables cities to identify where changes should be made. The city of Turku (Finland) carried out an analysis of how municipal vehicles were being used and estimated that up to 40 percent could be replaced with electric vehicles.
The aim of an e-mobility action plan, the video says, is to create a win-win situation, one where citizens benefit from higher quality of life, the municipality improves its mobility situation and gets closer to meeting climate targets, and businesses reap the benefits of new commercial opportunities.
Ultimately, commitment, engagement and a long term strategy are the best way for a municipality to ensure that their e-mobility plan is a success.
The E-MOBILITY WORKS project aims to help municipalities construct and deliver plans to enhance the uptake of e-mobility in cities. Through the project local leaders have the chance to build partnerships with business stakeholders such as energy supply companies, car-sharing providers, and charging station suppliers.
To view the video, click here.