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22 September 2020

HELLO accelerates the transition to sustainable mobility

HELLO (High-volume ELectric VehicLe PrOcurement) is a co-funded project by ELENA from the EIB and focusses on the electrification of public and private fleets. It includes both EV charging infrastructure as part of the integrated infrastructure cities and the transformation of fleets using e-Mobility-as-a-Service solutions.

The objective of the project is the decarbonization of public and commercial fleets using EVs. Hereby, the project takes a strategic approach and supports cities in identifying the best locations for EV charging points, so the transition of public and commercial fleets towards fleets of EVs can be stimulated.

The HELLO consortium consists of four European car sharing & EV fleet providers and fleet technology providers: [ui!] urban mobility innovations (DE), GoodMoovs (NL), Clem‘ (FR), and Urban Integrated (UK). Since the start of the project in 2018 investments of 19 million euros in more than 300 electric vehicles and more than 1,500 charging stations in the Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Germany have been realized.

The potential for deployment of car sharing solutions or to upgrade existing services to zero-emission is very high, and solutions and learnings from this project are very likely to be replicated. Especially, the use of framework procurements for larger fleets could have a positive replication effect for similar projects in the EU.

In France, the "Communauté de Communes de la Côte d'Albâtre" launched a car-sharing service for electric vehicles in July this year. Clem helped to set up this new self-service for local residents. The “Communauté de Communes” wants to offer an alternative solution to the private car, facilitate the mobility of young people and also help people with mobility difficulties in their search for work. "Albâtre Mobilité", the name of the service, is thus a direct response to the needs of today's population: to have a flexible means of transportation without GHG emissions.

In the Netherlands, more cities are demanding complete e-mobility solutions, instead of EV fleets only. GoodMoovs is working on making shared electric vehicles widely available in the province of Zeeland by placing the shared vehicles at e-mobility hubs on several peninsulas. As public transport is lacking in a large part of this province, these e-mobility hubs are a genuine alternative for mobility in the region.

In Germany, charging infrastructures seems to be a priority, since EV users appreciate a high density of charging points. In Rüsselsheim, 900 public charging points will be set up. Given the city’s population size of 65,000 this will be the highest density of charging points in Germany. The charging points will be set up in all districts and residential areas, on the Opel site, on the campus of the Rhein Main University of Applied Sciences, in housing estates of the municipal housing association and on the grounds of the municipal hospital. The selection of the locations is based on the criteria of distance to the existing distribution network and its available capacity, traffic connections and frequency of use of the parking spaces, considering the traffic searching for parking.

The project is also expected to have local impacts on congestion and access to parking, since users of car sharing would partly come from users of personal cars. In the United Kingdom, the project Park and Charge will deploy up to 300 EV chargers in up to 35 car parks across Oxfordshire. The project is designed to provide a solution for EV users who are unable to charge their EV at home due to a lack of parking spaces.

Up to now all activities of HELLO are expected to lead to a reduction of 15,000 t of CO2 and 25 t of NOx. The project has a high replication potential due to the number of cities and urban areas in the EU at a comparable size and structure, and with similar challenges and barriers in terms of deploying low- or zero emission mobility services to support sustainable urban developments.

If you have any questions about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Olaf Bender: olaf.bender@umi.city. For more details see also: https://helloev.city.