Smart City and Mobility
The Smart City Mobility Event on the 14th of May in Amsterdam demonstrated a variety of e-mobility products, initiatives, programs and cooperation schemes. In this blog the highlights of numerous interesting items that were showcased.
Copenhagen Wheel, a great initiative.
The Copenhagen Senseable City Lab (supported by MIT) demonstrated an innovative concept: the Copenhagen Wheel. The Copenhagen Wheel turns your bike (you already own) into an electric bike with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities. As you would expect from a concept named after Copenhagen; it is not only functional, but also has a very sleek design.
Clean City Alliance; the future of European public e-mobility?
The Clean City Alliance is taking important steps to initiate public transport e-mobility. The enterprises of Schunk, Heliox and Alliander Mobility Services have initiated a program that aims to rapidly boost low carbon (electrical) public transportation, mainly busses. The great thing about this program is that “ultra-quick charging” will take place at bus stops: mitigating the problem of a large and costly battery. The charger infrastructure will be pay-per-charge, in accordance with the energy provider. The initiative will start running this fall.
Who will own car-data?
Carlo van der Weijer, director Smart Mobilty of the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, gave his insight on the future of mobility. He explained that the large volume of data collected by modern cars (currently possessing more technology then a Boeing-747…) arises questions over data-ownership. He foresees a future where fuel-providers will offer price reduction (or even free-services) in exchange for car data. This concept is very similar to the way we use Google and Facebook; a “free” service in return for personal data.
Best practices: Aggressive EV policies in Norway.
In terms of best practices Ingvild Kilen Rorholt (from NGO Zero Emission Resource Organization) demonstrated how Norway’s aggressive Electric Vehicle (EV) policies have restructured the mobility landscape of Norway (especially Oslo). The country now possess over 28.000 EV’s (more than 1 of every 100 registered passenger cars), and numbers are monthly increasing by 1500 sold EVs. The great success behind e-mobility in Norway are the incentives provided by the state: no sales tax, no vat, no road tax, free public parking, bus line access, free charging, free ferries, low company car tax and no toll road.
European Cooperation is the Key.
In the light of European e-mobility Karl Heinz Posch from EPOMM (European Platform on Mobility Management) further stressed that the role of the European cooperation is important to find smart mobility solutions. His organization acts a platform between EU cities; supporting mobility management exchange and learning between European countries. Giving his personal opinion, Posch argues that in European cities there is still too much focus on cars in general. They stand still 23 hours a day and occupy 83% of public space. He therefore argues that the focus on EVs does not necessarily have a positive impact. EV and carsharing like the electrical Car2Go initiative, solves two issues at once. According to Posch the future lies with e-bikes; with its market share is annually growing (10% market share of total bicycle market in EU).