Due to its unique topography, Stuttgart has severe problems with air quality and noise in some areas of the city centre. There is a broad strategy to reduce emissions, but results are limited because of the high number of cars that enter and leave the city every day. The city administration is implementing a strategic campaign for electro-mobility in the framework of 2MOVE2 in order to improve air quality and reduce noise emissions in the city. Currently, Stuttgart provides a comprehensive charging infrastructure for two- and fourwheelers with more than 500 charging points all over the city. However, people still don’t buy or use e-vehicles in a significant number. For this reason, the measure aims at bringing e-mobility into the daily life of people through a decentralised campaign for public awareness on e-mobility in city districts. The municipality of Stuttgart has been organising several public information events in selected city districts and additional public events for special target groups (elderly people, students, migrants).
The events include presentations from experts on e-mobility, in addition to discussions and testing of different e-vehicles. As the topography in Stuttgart with more than 300 meters of difference in altitude makes the use of conventional bicycles difficult, electric bicycles (Pedelecs) are an attractive alternative transport mode, especially for elderly people and commuters. Young people are also a target group of the campaign since they can be encouraged to use a Pedelec.
E-mobility implicates new requirements for the urban planning process, e.g. charging facilities in public spaces and privately funded shopping malls or housing complexes, parking, linkage to public transport and inter-modal chains. For this reason, the City of Stuttgart decided to develop a concept which provides guidelines for city planners on how to integrate e-mobility at an early stage in the planning processes.
- Raising awareness of e-mobility among citizens, especially elderly people, students, and migrants
- Inclusion of e-mobility in the overall city development planning