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Clean fuels and vehicles

Travel options and infrastructures for  cleaner vehicles and fleets 

In seeking to encourage cleaner and better transport, most CIVITAS cities explore innovative solutions for introducing and pushing the use of clean vehicles and alternative fuels in their integrated strategies.

This thematic group looks at solutions that stimulate the spread of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, including private and public fleets.

Electric mobility, fuelling infrastructures, hybrid vehicles, use of biodiesel, biogas and compressed natural gas (CNG) are key topic areas for the TG.

More than focusing only on technological advancements and new solutions on the market, the group explore in particular procurement and tendering schemes and opportunities to source biofuels locally.

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For more information on clean fuels and vehicles, contact Yannick Bousse, and to join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page. Take a look at the cities, which are already members of this thematic group, and view resources relevant to members below.

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 27/07/2015

EU cities are invited to participate in the sixth edition of the Access City Award - The European Prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people.

European cities over 50 000 inhabitants will have the opportunity to present their activities and strategies designed to make cities barrier-free, better places for everyone to live and work.

For more information, please refer to: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=89&newsId=2237&furth...

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Submitted by Fred DOTTER on 06/07/2015

The United Nations Environment Programme established the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002 and is the leading global public-private initiative promoting cleaner fuels and vehicles in developing and transition countries. The PCFV brings together 72 organizations representing developed and developing countries, the fuel and vehicle industries, civil society, and leading world experts on cleaner fuels and vehicles. Our partners combine their resources and efforts to achieve cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions from road transport by applying fuel quality improvements and proven vehicle technologies in use in leading global auto markets.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea if the CIVITAS Initiative cooperates with the PDFV to exchange know-how and experience?

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Submitted by Fred DOTTER on 01/07/2015

The CEMOBIL final congress and CIVITAS@Work event from 16-17 September 2015 is approaching fast! Take a look at the programme and tell us what we shall consider to discuss during the sessions!

But if you are available to join the event, please register soon!

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Submitted by Cosimo Chiffi on 27/02/2014

CIVITAS has recently released its new Policy Note  “Smart choices for cities - Clean buses for your city”. The 50 pages document gives in-depth background information to make a decision on which bus to choose.

Drivers and challenges that influence municipalities to look at ‘cleaner’ bus options are defined. For five main energy carriers available in the market today the Policy Note identifies the available and most promising bus technologies. It compares the most promising bus technologies with respect to operational characteristics, pollutants and GHG emissions, costs, maturity and finally it discusses how to take decisions on costefficiency of clean(er) public transport today, keeping in mind both EU short term 2020 and long term 2050 targets.

There are also 2 presentations available through the linked CIVITAS Webinar.

Another report, “Clean Buses – Experiences with Fuel and Technology Options” released by the European project CLEAN FLEETS comes to similar conclusions and provides some more details on this topic.

Scope of this collaborative interaction is to collect further resources, links to other projects, practical city experiences and obviously opinions and comments on the topic.

CIVITAS Demonstrations

Ljubljana’s public transport operator LPP purchased 20 methane buses and 5 hybrid midi-buses, after it has tested several different types of vehicles. In Italy, the city of Monza completed a preliminary study and tested an IVECO Citelis Hybrid bus in 2011. Bologna purchased two hybrid buses Van Hool NV for a total investment of 700,000 Euros, partially co-financed by the CIVITAS MIMOSA project. The two EEV serial-hybrid buses are equipped with innovative super capacitors that replace conventional electric batteries.

The city of Brescia (Italy) completed a large investment for the renewal of its public transport fleet: 28 CNG buses of different length have been purchased and tested as well as 4 hybrid methane gas-electric minibuses. The action was complemented by the new photovoltaic system to power hybrid buses. In Ghent (Belgium), the PT operator De Lijn introduced 20 new energy-efficient and innovative articulated low floor hybrid buses (type AG300H) whereas in Bath (UK) the type of hybrid diesel-electric bus was a double deck.

Demonstrations on hybrid buses are going further within the current CIVITAS editions in Aachen (Germany) and Palma (Spain). The latter is also testing new CNG buses. The City of Koprivnica (Croatia) will purchase two electricminibuses and set up electric charging stations for the buses.

Biodiesel at high blends has been tested by CTSS, the urban public transport company of Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain). A mixing/filling station was purchased and implemented. At the end of the demonstration period 95 out of 120 buses are running on a B-30 blend, 15 buses with B-50 and 6 buses with B-100. Also within the measure, part of the bus fleet was replaced by new EEV vehicles. Now there are 31 EEV buses fully operational on the urban routes, including 1 fully operative hybrid bus.

Zagreb (Croatia) purchased a total of 160 clean fuels and energy efficient buses: 100 biodiesel and 60 CNG. All the new buses are labelled with CIVITAS stickers. Iasi (Romania) modified 30 vehicles in the PTI bus fleet to operate on bio-methane. SMTUC, the public transportation operator in Coimbra (Portugal), has tested different mixes of biodiesel in four buses under real operating conditions. The hypothetical introduction of B30 in the entire SMTUC bus fleet could represent savings in operating costs around 420.000 €/year and the replacement of approximately 268.000 litres of diesel.

Brno (Czech Republic) tested and purchased three electric minibuses for the new line in the historic city centre. The city is now implementig within CIVITAS 2MOVE2 a measure for achieving energy-efficiency in its tram and trolleybus networks.

Trolleybuses are a key component of the Gdynia (Poland) strategy within CIVITAS DYN@MO: the PT operator is currently testing super capacitors and li-ion hybrid batteries on a new trolley line.

Clean buses and alternative fuels have been largely tested in every CIVITAS edition from several EU cities. Through this link it is possible to list all experiences.

List of other projects

Trolleybuses

Hybrid and Electric buses

Fuel Cell Hydrogen powered (FCH) buses

Bus system

Retrofitting technlogies

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