FREVUE Declaration of Intent to Electrify Urban Logistics

29 SEP 2017

For the last four years the FREVUE (Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe) project has been providing evidence on how innovative solutions using electric freight vehicles can help to achieve emission free city logistics.

The project ended in September 2017, having offered a range of insight into the process of integrating electric freight vehicle (EFVs) in daily city logistics operations. The results highlight the technical and operational suitability of EFVs but also their limited availability and high prices.

Despite this many vehicle suppliers remain unconvinced of the sufficient demand for EFVs. FREVUE invites urban logistics operators interested in the electrification of their fleet to sign the Declaration of Intent on electrifying urban logistics.

Why sign the Declaration?
Highlighting the demand for electric freight vehicles will help to:

  • Persuade vehicle manufacturers to start and/or scale up development and production of (hybrid) electric trucks.
  • Strengthen bids for financial support while electric trucks remain considerably more expensive than diesel alternatives.

How will you Benefit?

  • You are actively supporting the electric freight vehicle market.
  • You are clearly communicating to the outside world that sustainable transport is something you are serious about.
  • You will be able to identify like-minded organisations in your area, potentially leading to joint procurement opportunities.

In addition, FREVUE have produced a series of guidance documents for local authorities, fleet operators, vehicle suppliers and electricity network managers to disseminate the project results.

Related factsheets and a project brochure are also available.

Image credit: FREVUE

Building the Market Place and Creating Action for Smart Electro-Mobility

22 April 2017

EV4SCC partners were brought together with Danish key decision makers and a range of international stakeholders to examine green transportation in the Greater Copenhagen Region, Denmark.

The focus of the workshop was on building the market place for smart electro-mobility and creating action. This covered a range of electro-mobility modes including freight, buses, cars, bikes and consideration of developments in parking and smart charging.

The session was hosted by Copenhagen Electric, E.ON Denmark, State of Green and Copenhagen Capacity.

Head European Urbanite Interviewed by Smart Cities Partnership

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) published an interview today with Urban Foresight’s Head of European Projects & Partnerships, Karine Sbirrazzuoli.

The interview with Karine, who leads the electromobility cluster for EIP SCC, is published in full here and is reproduced below:

Karine Sbirrazzuoli works as the Head of European Projects & Partnerships at Urban Foresight, a consulting think tank focused on the smart and sustainable transformation of cities. She represents the EV4SCC or Electromobility Initiative, which links cities and regions to companies for the implementation of innovative electro-mobility solutions and for its replication at scale in key market segments.

Could you describe your Initiative in a few words?
EV4SCC is a Europe-wide platform that is working to create a marketplace for smart electromobility solutions. Led by Urban Foresight and spanning the transport, energy and ICT sectors, EV4SCC represents 59 partners from 19 countries and brings together 15 cities and regions with start-ups, SMEs, research organisations, large companies and NGOs.

EV4SCC provides a platform which gathers public and private organizations to advance solutions for electric mobility. Does it also take citizens into account when it comes to the integration of electric vehicles in smart cities?
By championing the needs of cities, EV4SCC will also voice those of their citizens for better mobility and quality of life. The integration of smart electromobility solutions in urban areas will benefit citizens directly by not only providing clean and quiet modes of transport but also better mobility.

NGOs like European Alternatives, representing citizens, have a role to play in our initiative to facilitate citizen engagement.

What is the status of your initiative right now? What are the main strengths of EV4SCC?
EV4SCC was officially launched on the 28th January 2016, in the presence of Commissioner Violeta Bulc, at the Transport for Smart Cities Conference in Brussels, organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG-MOVE).

The EV4SCC platform spans the entire EV value chain and offers a wide range of technology and expertise to advance integrated solutions for electric mobility in smart cities. This includes large companies but also SMEs with specific expertise in ICT, energy, transport and mobility, as well as urban planning, standards, regulation and citizen engagement. It also includes organisations that are working across these disciplines to develop integrated solutions. EV4SCC represents not only large cities or regions such as  the Capital Region of Denmark or Île-de-France (FR) who areat the forefront of developments in electromobility and smart initiatives but also represents smaller cities, such as  the City of Dundee (UK) or Suceava (RO) that are already developing innovative solutions or have major ambitions to exploit the opportunities offered by electromobility.

What are the main challenges for the electric Mobility implementation in public transport?
Challenges to implement electromobility vary from one city to another, depending on their size, their historical heritage, their geographical location… Many cities have already started to electrify their public transport, and their experience, if properly shared, can help cities with a similar profile to replicate or adapt more effectivesolutions to their needs.

EV4SCC wants to support cities and regions to adopt at scale smart electromobility solutions not only in the electrification of public transport but also to serve multi-mobility services, public and private fleets and urban logistics.How will your initiative contribute to the achievement of the EIP Goals?
Electromobility is where ICTs, energy and mobility overlap, which is exactly what the EIP Partnership is focusing on. EV4SCC wishesto provide dedicated expertise, animation and support to accelerate the deployment, replication and adaptation of smart electromobility solutions across Europe. By prioritising the integration of EVs in smart city initiatives, EV4SCC is following the political goal of the SCC EIP to contribute to the 20/20/20 energy and climate targets. Mass introduction of EVs in cities will significantly reduce EU greenhouse gas emission and raise the share of EU energy consumption from renewables.

It is important to stress that when we talk about EVs, we are not referring only to electric cars, but also to electric buses, delivery vans, two wheelers, e-cargo bikes, pedelecs…and smart integrated infrastructure.

How can public and private sectors cooperate?
EV4SCC is a unique initiative welcoming private and public entities, with a common goal of creating a dynamic European Marketplace for Smart electromobility.

We believe that the platform can offer a way to match supply and demand, to overcome market fragmentation and better utilise joint wealth of experience and expertise.

What are the next steps of your initiative?
We have set up targets over a 2-year period.  By the end of 2016, we want to get:

·         50 cities from across Europe to join the platform.
·         50% of SME participation, supporting SME growth and competitiveness.
·         50% increase in the number of active collaborations between EV4SCC partners

and by the end of 2017.

·         50 new projects which will focus on the different key electromobility market segments.

Our initiative is open to public and private sector organisations from across Europe and beyond, wanting to exchange, collaborate and to ultimately create the world’s largest marketplace for smart electromobility solutions.

Europe's Transport Commissioner Launches EV4SCC as new Smart Mobility Platform

Commissioner Violeta Bulc today officially launched EV4SCC as a marketplace for smart zero emission mobility solutions.

EV4SCC will champion the needs of cities, connecting actors like practitioners and procurers in an engaged community, and accelerating the deployment and replication of smart electric mobility solutions across Europe.

Led by Urban Foresight and spanning the transport, energy and ICT sectors, EV4SCC represents 59 partners from 19 countries and brings together 15 cities and regions with start-ups, SMEs, research organisations, large companies and NGOs.

The launch took place at the Transport for Smart Cities Conference in Brussels. The event was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG-MOVE) and brought together 150 selected practitioners and leaders from public and private sectors recognised as supporters of Smart Electromobility and New Mobility Services.

Recognised for demonstrating leadership in smart mobility and electric vehicles, “flagship cities”, Dundee, Birmingham, Gothenburg, the Grand-Lyon Metropole and the Île-de-France region (Paris Region) were invited to sign EV4SCC’s declaration on “Scaling-up smart electromobility solutions in Europe”. These are the first steps towards creating an active and innovative electromobility platform in Europe.

One of two flagship commitments under the remit of DG-MOVE, the launch elevates the status of EV4SCC and positions it to become eligible for investment.

At the launch Commissioner Bulc said: “It is not ‘us’ and ‘them’ anymore – we need to work together and drive this challenge to a good destination. These initiatives will lead to smart mobility solutions to the market at scale. They will support innovation to create new jobs and fully integrate transport in the digital single market. If the fight against climate change is to be won in cities, I am convinced that Smart Cities are part of the answer.”

Representing EV4SCC is Urban Foresight’s Head of European Projects, Karine Sbirrazzouli who said: “We believe that we can make big things happen for cities but also for businesses.”

Adding that: “We have setup targets over two years – by the end of 2016 we want to get 50 cities on the platform, 50% SME participation and 50% increase in active collaboration between our partners. By the end of 2017 we want to have 50 new projects which will focus on the different key electric mobility market segments.”

Following the launch of EV4SCC on the 28th January and the general assembly of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) at the end of May 2016, the Commission expect collaboration to help foster the replication of innovative smart mobility solutions.

Representing EV4SCC, Urban Foresight’s Head of European Projects, Karine Sbirrazzouli speaks at the launch.

EV4SCC Joins Electro-Mobility Declaration and Call to Action at COP21

03 DEC 2015

EV4SCC endorsed the Declaration on Electro-Mobility & Climate Change and Call to Action, which was launched at the COP21 during the Lima-Paris Action Agenda Transport Focus, by Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

The declaration and call to action was made in the context that transport contributes 23%, or almost a quarter, of current global energy related greenhouse gas emissions and that this is growing faster than any other end-use energy sector.

It unifies individual and collective commitments to increase emobility concurrent with an emissions reduction pathway of less than 2 degrees. This builds on current successes around the world and incorporates hybrid and electric solutions across all modes of transport.

This integrated emobility ecosystem should be developed alongside the low-carbon production of electricity and hydrogen and implemented in conjunction with broader sustainable transport principles, the declaration outlined.

EV4SCC joins partners that include government at all levels, businesses such as Renault and Nissan and organisations such as the International Energy Agency, who will all broaden their efforts in this area.

Partners also called on governments at all levels, businesses cooperative initiatives and other to commit to the Declaration, take action and advance global momentum for emobility.

The official declaration and list of partners can be viewed here.

EV4SCC Workshop At Frankfurt International Motorshow

24 SEP 2015

The 23rd September saw a successful EV workshop held by the  EV4SCC platform at the New Mobility World Forum at the IAA in Frankfurt, Germany.

An international EV workshop organised by the EV4SCC platform in collaboration with the Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) Market Place, brought together a range of organisations to discuss the potential for EVs to make cities smarter and greener. The workshop was held at the New Mobility World Forum at the IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, and featured a broad range of attendees including cities, SMEs, industry, consultancies and research centres.

Inspiration came from the city of Berlin which is fully committed to electromobility with its dedicated agency eMo (Berlin Agency for Electromobility), and the company Bridging IT which has set a goal to electrify its whole car fleet. Presentations were also provided to outline challenges and opportunities for cities around a range of issues, with European project ELIPTIC discussing the electrification of public transport, and Circe addressing the implementation of specific technologies such as inductive charging.

The workshop also gave visibility to SMEs such as GreenWay, which provides bespoke EV solutions for transport companies, and to initiatives such as the Hubject platform, which makes it possible to charge EVs across Europe. Discussions even looked beyond Europe, with European project GO4SEM outlining Global EV trends and opportunities for European EV SMEs.

EV4SCC is a collaborative platform to mobilise a Europe-wide dialogue on the potential for EVs to be integrated with Smart City initiatives. Today, EV4SCC is recognised as a key lead initiative under the Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster of the Market Place of the EIP SCC, run by the European Commission. Among our 50 partners (initially 45) from 15 different countries, there are 14 cities, both small and large in size. Led by Urban Foresight, the EV4SCC platform represents the whole EV value chain offering a range of opportunities for cooperation and project development.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

EV4SCC Hosts European Marketplace Event on Electric Mobility

01 APR 2015

The EV4SCC initiative held a workshop today in cooperation with the Market Place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities.

The event, held at Urban Foresight’s headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK examined the interaction between business, cities and the transport industry to facilitate discussion on the roll out of sustainable transport solutions across Europe and establish a marketplace for innovation exchange and business partnering. The day comprised a series of interactive panel discussions, open platform presentations, business networking and breakout sessions so as to promote open discussion between representatives and allow establishment of new business connections.

Delegates from ten different countries were in attendance and discussion outcomes of the event were presented at the European Commission Annual General Meeting 2015 to Commissioner Violeta Bulc.

Part of the European Commission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster, EV4SCC mobilises a joint commitment between 45 partners from 13 countries who aim to establish a multi-lateral dialogue across Europe on the potential role of EVs in urban environments. It comprises Cities and Regions, Government agencies and PPPs, Global Companies, Industry and non-governmental organisations, Research organisations, SMEs, Transport service providers, Energy companies.

Photos from the day can be viewed here, the agenda is also available here.