For economic development to prosper there is a need for sustainable and efficient urban mobility. On a daily basis European cities have to allow for large amounts of goods and people travelling through them, making urban life an exciting, but challenging experience. Congestions, air pollution, the intensity of the noise made and frequent delays are part of our lives as urban dwellers, clearly reducing quality of life and increasing our costs. The eBRIDGE Project believes there are better ways to manage transport in cities.
eBRIDGE aims at producing the following outputs:
- An eBRIDGE Start Up Kit with tools and guidelines;
- The next generation solutions for facilitating the use of electric car sharing offers;
- To raise awarness through marketing campaigns targeting car users, fleet operators and other relevant stakeholders;
- To contribute to a knowledge generation, knowledge transfer and expanded networks;
- To produce scenarios for up-scaled impacts of electric fleets, and
- Dissemination materials.
eBRIDGE will seek out three target groups (fleet operators, car users, and national and regional authorities) that will act as pioneers of the new mobility concept. These target groups will be essential for the success of the project. During its duration they will be introduced to electric vehicle fleets, as well as the necessary know-how and best practices.
- The Austrian pilot helped to address mobility needs in rural areas: over 18 organisations enjoy the benefits of electric peer-to-peer CS for business and private trips. Regular contact with the users and promotional activities are the key of this successful approach.
- Valencia showed that e-CS is a useful instrument to give an overview of electric mobility and its benefits, providing an excellent opportunity for companies and local administrations to engage with e-car sharing, e.g. through the provision of home-care services.
- Vigo was testing the suitability of e-cars for business trips with very positive results: after the test period, the employees wanted to repeat the experience and reported to be very satisfied with EVs performance.
- Lisbon was assessing the potential of e-cars in the municipal fleet. Results showed that the users adapt well to the new technology: less speeding, reduced range anxiety, positive feedback.
- Milan was evaluating the benefits of e-CS for urban travel, especially to access environmental restricted zones.
- Berlin was exploring the benefits of e-CS for business travel. The results showed that there is room for improvement and that new approaches are needed in order to place electric cars as a competitive option for car sharing operators.
- Carmarthenshire CC was the 1st local authority in Wales to adopt e-cars:most users are positive about using e-cars and substantial savings as a result of introducing EVs in the fleet have been achieved.