Public transport for smaller cities is not common in Croatia and is usually confined to connecting the outskirts to the central bus or railway station. In this aspect, Koprivnica has been spearheading the development and established a model of efficient public transport systems for a large number of communities of similar size. Furthermore, previous testing of public transport showed that the system of classic public transport was not applicable to small towns due to its low efficiency. Therefore, the testing of the new model inside the innovative corridor and establishment of new public-private-partnership PPP in the transport sector were equally innovative. Innovative technology implementation was the basic part of the whole scheme because the use of electric buses had never been applied in Croatia before. It has been completely innovative in the choice of technology, providing an opportunity for the study of benefits of electromobility in the context of a small city. Testing of the performance of electric vehicles, efficiency of batteries, issues of maintenance and storage, and evaluation of user satisfaction with the innovative service has provided relevant data for possible replication of this measure in the wider international region.
The main objectives of this measure were:
- Establishment of first public transport in the city of Koprivnica based on electric minibuses, and improved school and factory bus fleet
- Increasing the efficiency of transport and mobility of citizens
- Reducing emissions of CO2 by 20% in relation to the current bus fleet operation