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Clean and energy-efficient vehicles, such as hybrid/electric buses and cars, aim to reduce greenhouse and other pollutant emissions, fuel consumption and fossil fuel dependency.

Exhaust gas treatment systems, alternative drive trains and the use of alternative fuels and energy storage systems can improve the environmental record of vehicles. Besides technical interventions, promotional and procurement initiatives can accelerate the uptake of low-emission vehicles.

By News Editor / Updated: 23 Jun 2017

Country-wide EV charging network introduced in Austria

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In the latest of a series of initiatives designed to raise electric vehicle (EV) use and ownership, a series  charging stations are being connected throughout the country.   

In addition to helping to curb CO2 emissions, the nationwide network of 1,300 public charging points will enable drivers to recharge their vehicles more easily.  

The process of combining the stations, which are operated by 11 different electricity providers, started in April.

Drivers will be able to sign up with any providers and use all the stations within the combined network.

By News Editor / Updated: 18 May 2017

Trams gain traction in Aarhus (Denmark)

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A new tram system in Aarhus has achieved an impressive feat: it will increase mobility and cut down on emissions.

The first stage of the light rail project will be a new 12 kilometre line, named the "Urban Line". This will commence at Aarhus central station and pass through key locations in the city before connecting to an existing line that is being converted for light rail operation. 17 new stops will added, while park and ride facilities near existing stops have been refurbished already.

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By VM / Updated: 02 May 2017

Forum mobility

This FORUM organized by the association "FOR URBAN PASSION" is held on May 11, in BOZAR.

The theme "New Use <> New Move. Land Use & Mobility" will open the page of the city by 2030.

This prospective look will be based on the findings: what is moving in our lives (work, housing, habits of consumption, etc.) and how we have already changed our ways of moving (electric scooter or bike, renting or sharing cars, etc.) Do these changes bode well for the city of tomorrow?

Drinks and lunch are included in the price.

By News Editor / Updated: 04 May 2017

Wirelessly charged electric buses operating in Milton Keynes (UK)

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Eight Wrightbus StreetLite electric buses are now in operation along a route in Milton-Keynes as part of a multi-stakeholder project.

Leaving the depot at 6am, the buses can travel a maximum of 190 miles and return at 23:30 with at least 40% of their charge remaining. Each week around 17,000 passenger journeys are completed with the electric vehicles.

By News Editor / Updated: 08 May 2017

Hamburg transport company invests € 10 million in electric bus infrastructure

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The Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH), the bus operator serving districts in Hamburg and its metropolitan area, is investing some € 10 million in a new infrastructure for operating and maintaining electric busses.

Starting in 2020, VHH will procure only emission-free busses with battery-powered, 100% electric motors. The switch to exclusivley electric busses will require an overhaul to current infrastructure including garages, charging stations and dispatch systems. It will also be necessary to train staff on new equipment and procedures.

By Youris.com / Updated: 27 Apr 2017

REMOURBAN study tour features electric bus charging in Nottingham (England)

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The REMOURBAN project, in cooperation with the Action Cluster on Integrated Planning from the European Innovation Partnership on SCC and the Smart Cities Information System organised its first Study Tour in the lighthouse city of Nottingham, hosted by the Nottingham Trent University.

The day featured a series of workshops on topics such as smart city indicators, innovative business models and integrated planning for accelerating urban transition.

By News Editor / Updated: 19 Apr 2017

Gelsenkirchen tests EVs for waste collection (Germany)

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The German city of Gelsenkirchen is testing a new electric vehicle for waste collection.

The small transporter will be used primarily to collect paper waste from the city centre and one additional neighbourhood.

Built by DHL subsidiary Streetscooter GmbH, the vehicle has a modest 30 kilowatt motor which allows for a maximum speed of 80 km/h and a range of 80 km per charge. Deutsche Post DHL currently uses some 2,000 similar vehicles for post and parcel deliveries.

By News Editor / Updated: 10 Apr 2017

BYD opens factory in Hungary, plans another in France

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The Chinese electric bus manufacturer BYD Group is expanding its European operations following the opening of a factory in Hungary and an announcement that it will open a facility in France.

On 4 April, the northern Hungarian city of Komarom became the home of BYD's first European factory.

BYD is expected to invest a total of € 20 million in the project to 2018.

By Florinda Boschetti / Updated: 07 Apr 2017

2nd 'Vehicle 2 Grid' conference & SEEV4-City launch

Electric vehicles, local renewable energy and smart ICT systems can together enable the city’s transition towards sustainability. The conference aims to provide solutions to advance the transition to renewable energies, reduce reliance of fossil fuels, and integrate energy management in Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning by focusing on innovations emerging in city life.

By News Editor / Updated: 06 Apr 2017

Workshop: Future of Cleaner Transport

On behalf of DG MOVE, the Transport Research and Innovation Portal (TRIP) programme is organising its fifth one-day stakeholder workshop which will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 3 May 2017. 

The workshop is aimed at senior researchers and consultants, policy makers, planners and other stakeholders with an interest in the future of cleaner transport.