Improving public confidence in electro mobility: The smartCEM final event

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities February 27, 2015 14:50

Improving public confidence in electro mobility: The smartCEM final event

On 26 February, Formula E driver Jérôme D’Ambrosio took part in the smartCEM final event in Barcelona that highlighted the work done to improve user uptake for electro mobility.

Jérôme D’Ambrosio, racing driver in the FIA Formula E and ambassador for electro mobility has endorsed smartCEM’s role to integrate electric vehicles into daily life. He said: “We live in a world where pollution is a concern. Electromobility can be the answer and I want to be a part of that. I believe that the Formula E will promote the development of electric vehicles in terms of technological improvements and also give credibility to EVs for the general public. Obviously, this will need to be done in cooperation with other organisations like, for instance, smartCEM and all together to push electro mobility forward and into cities around the world.”

Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of FIA Region I said: “One of the pillars of our policy work concerns protecting the environment and I’m happy to have been part of a project that has worked to bring electro mobility services to users. Facilitating user awareness and reducing barriers to uptake is essential to gaining acceptance for alternative fuel vehicle technologies. I hope that all the cities involved keep up the strong work that they have done so far so that their citizens can benefit from cleaner vehicles and lowered emissions.”

Within the project four European regions and cities implemented electric vehicle technologies specifically designed to reduce barriers to consumer uptake. Barcelona launched an electric scooter sharing service, which will be renewed and re-launched as of 2016. Gipuzkoa-San Sebastian integrated hybrid and electric buses into its road transport network and equipped the drivers with ecodriving applications, while also integrating electric cars into a regional public transport cards. Newcastle used smartCEM technology to enhance the experience of electric vehicle early adopters in the region, providing better information about charging stations. Reggio Emilia integrated electric vehicles equipped with smartCEM services into the city administration’s fleet of mini buses, gaining broad access to otherwise inaccessible parts of the city and sharing experiences of electro mobility to the city’s staff.

Full details and a report of the event can be found shortly on the smartCEM website: www.smartcem-project.eu

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities February 27, 2015 14:50