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Hybrid, clean and electric vehicles

Hybrid, clean and electric vehicles

Increasing the use of alternative fuels and of clean and energy-efficient vehicles as well as enhancing their integration into the urban transport system are key to reducing local air and noise pollution. These measures also curb global greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to the health of citizens and decrease dependency on fossil fuels.

In the field of clean fuels and vehicles CIVITAS cities have worked on clean fuels and fuelling infrastructure; cleaner fleets; and hybrid, clean and electric vehicles. This highlight focuses on the last category.

When embarking on a programme to popularise cleaner fuels, it is advisable, and perhaps easiest, to start with captive vehicle fleets (e.g. public transport, taxis or car sharing companies).This allows a city to work through some of the technical and logistical problems of supplying vehicles with alternative fuels. Fleet managers normally have the capacity to develop a purchasing policy, and having a captive fleet can provide the critical mass to obtain better prices. The implementation of cleaner vehicles by public bodies creates the initial demand for fuelling facilities. Once they are installed, cleaner vehicles can be more easily promoted to individual car users and private fleet managers.

Experiences have shown that introducing cleaner vehicles and fuels in a city can require up to four years. This may seem like a long time, but after implementation of the measure the benefits can be seen immediately (better air quality, enhanced image of public transport,etc.).

For this reason, the CIVITAS Initiative has realised 10 innovative measures in nine different cities on hybrid, clean and electric vehicles from 2002 to 2012. Read the CIVITAS highlight to learn about  some of the most successful and eye-catching among these to inspire other European cities.

Related Measures

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Implementation of a strategic campaign for electro-mobility Stuttgart 2MOVE2 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Reduction of energy intensity of public transport vehicles Brno 2MOVE2 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Development of electro-mobility and introduction of electric mini-buses Brno 2MOVE2 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Green procurement for cleaner public fleets Ljubljana ELAN 2008-2012 - CIVITAS PLUS
electric car Electric vehicle charging points Brighton & Hove ARCHIMEDES 2008-2012 - CIVITAS PLUS
Biogas and CNG in municipal fleets Palma DYN@MO 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Promote the uptake of electric vehicles among general public and goods distribution companies Palma DYN@MO 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Hybrid/ electric vehicles in public transport and electric vehicles in public services Electric vehicles in municipal fleets Palma DYN@MO 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Electric municipal car-sharing scheme Koprivnica DYN@MO 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Low emission public transport in Koprivnica Koprivnica DYN@MO 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Supercaps for a more efficient trolley system Gdynia DYN@MO 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Innovative Li-Ion hybrid trolleybuses on new line Gdynia DYN@MO 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
Implementation of environment-friendly and silent vehicles Aachen DYN@MO 2012-2016 - CIVITAS PLUS II
E-car charing initiative in Vitoria-Gasteiz Electrical vehicles use and e-car sharing scheme Vitoria - Gasteiz MODERN 2008-2012 - CIVITAS PLUS
Introduction of hybrid buses Ghent ELAN 2008-2012 - CIVITAS PLUS


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