The role E-Mobility will play in smarter cities.
03 October 2021
Cities are the focal points for some of the most profound economic, environmental, social, and technological issues facing the world today. This is the reason why they are continuously trying to innovate and find ways to work together, and to bring opportunities to the marketplace. Not the least of these is the need to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources and transportation, which will meet the demands of urban populations and expand people’s lives.
Reasons for action
These days, we can no longer ignore the consequences of global warming. As we speak, several European cities are facing air pollution problems in some parts of their city centres. That’s why people are encouraged to use public transport, to walk or cycle, and are sometimes being advised not to use their chimneys under certain weather conditions.
We travel to Stuttgart, the leading
location in automobile industry and research and development in Europe.
While doing so, Stuttgart is a showcase region for e-mobility. There are
living over 2.7 million inhabitants in the main region of Stuttgart,
which caused air pollution problems in some parts of the city centre.
While Europe limits fine dust and Germany faces EU treaty violation
proceedings, it’s time to take action. That’s why Stuttgart developed an
action plan for sustainable mobility:
- Incentive 1: Car and bike sharing
- Incentive 2: Free parking for clean cars
- Incentive 3: Promoting e-mobility
- Incentive 4: Incentives for clean transports in city logistics
- Incentive 5: Changing mobility within the city administration
- Incentive 6: Electric Taxi Action Plan
By installing these incentives, Stuttgart is making e-mobility and sustainability more attractive - also financially -, which can be a main trigger for its citizens to rethink their transportation modes.
We leave Stuttgart and travel to Koprivnica, where another inspiring and innovative case is being installed. With its 30.894 residents, Koprivnica has also been facing the effects of global warming. Because of this phenomenon, five local partners teamed up, and decided it was time to tackle some issues the city had to deal with. The government took care of the development and implementation of a sustainable urban mobility plan. They inserted a zero CO² university campus, and elaborated the car sharing system of electric vehicles. With 2 hybrid vehicles, 5 fast EV chargers, 6 E-cars, 200 potential users and a huge replication potential their E-car sharing scheme will be a huge success. This is just the beginning of a very promising vision on sustainability and e-mobility!
Modern expressways and electric travel programs, like the modern electric train, have been developed in some smart cities. They make transportation of goods and citizens both easier and safe, for traffic and for drivers. Improved roads contribute to the strengthening of the cities’ integration into different regions and facilitate access to new markets, providing better connections at a lower cost. For cities it’s an everyday job to take electromobility further and include e-mobility in the urban planning processes. For example, combining parking and charging in public parking spaces. Further, new city quarters shall be equipped with electric car-sharing, pedelecs, etc. But all of these concepts need time, commitment and money.
Though structuring a city needs a strategy to interconnect all proposals centred to the consecution of common goals - tailored to the needs of the citizenship and improving life quality -, this has been very hard to achieve. The smart city evolves with the environment, and develops projects that give an efficient and sustainable response to the needs of its citizens, equally smart, who use the favour of the new technologies and the design of the city.