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Mobility Measure

Rethymno introduces the first clean vehicles in the municipal and PT fleet, including an electric car and a mini e-bus.
Introducing electric vehicles for public transport

Rethymno is introducing the first clean vehicles into its municipal and PT fleets, including an electric car and a mini e-bus.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Rethymno launched the first public e-vehicles in the region, including one electrical mini bus and one electric car, and by doing so aims to promote electromobility (e-mobility) to citizens and visitors. The e-bus, accessible to people with disabilities, will serve a new pilot route to connect the city centre with the main parking facilities of the municipality and the city beach, which is 3.5 km long. The municipal e-car is used by the Technical Services department of Rethymno Municipality and serves as a moving advert and promotion for e-mobility.

The main objectives of the measure are to:

  • increase awareness for electromobility and electric vehicles demand.
  • increase use of vehicles that utilise clean fuels in public transport fleets.
  • reduce CO2 emissions in the city centre.
  • reduce private cars/taxi circulation, launching a new circular route along the city beach.

The measure includes:

  • Procurement of one e-car for the Technical Services department of Rethymno Municipality.
  • Leasing one mini bus to operate, with the collaboration of the public transport operator, new circular routes to provide citizens and tourists with access to the beach.
  • A promotional campaign to promote electromobility and the use of the e-bus;
  • Attractive signage of the route stops and of the e-vehicles;
  • Assessment report and users’ satisfaction survey.
  • Business model to keep the new route self-sustaining and identify replication potential in more routes/services/areas.

How did the measure progress?

The activities implemented so far are:

  • Market survey and specifications definition for the electric vehicles;
  • E-car procurement for the Technical Services department;
  • Design of promotional signage for the municipal e-car and e-bus;
  • Consultations with tourism stakeholders and public transport operator;
  • Design of two new pilot routes for the e-bus (a summer and winter route);
  • Public procurement process to lease one mini e-bus.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

The expected outcomes of the measure are:

  • Introduction of clean vehicles to the municipal and PT fleets. That will see one e-bus and one e-car in circulation, which will also promote e-mobility.
  • New seasonal routes serving the city beach and the city centre, contributing to reductions in private vehicle usage, traffic congestion and CO2 emissions.
  • Evaluation of replication potential in more routes/services/areas.