This session brought together actors from the CIVITAS Initiative and the Smart Cities Community, to discuss how electric mobility can be “fast-tracked” throughout Europe.
The session highlighted work done in the Marketplace to produce the Solution Booklet on Electric Vehicles and the Grid, the work done by the Action Cluster Initiative Lead on Electric Electric Vehicles for Smart Cities and Communities (EV4SCC) on an EV City Case Book and Policy Guide and led to a fruitful dialogue with City partners in the new CIVITAS FastTrack Project.
The session was led by Arnor van Leemputten from Think E with a discussion moderated by Reggie Tricker of ICLEI Europe.
“We need to motivate investments from the private actors, we need to motivate the public actors to lead in this race but we also need to motivate users in adopting the technology,” said Mary Xylia of Stockholm Environmental Institute and highlighted three key perspectives; the time perspective with tech developing faster than legislation and standardisation; the systems perspective on how to integrate e-vehicles into the electricity grid; and the user-perspective focussing on making the green option the “best choice” for the users.
“And that’s our approach in Stockholm - what we want to see happen. We want to see a transition to a fossil-fuel-free, and clean and sustainable, energy supply for transportation,” Said Paul Fenton, representing the City of Stockholm and the CIVITAS FASTTRACK, after first having made clear, that the cleanest mobility is always active mobility.
“Mobility is changing. It’s touching energy and it's touching the way people live now, so it’s not just transport anymore, which is a problem. The problem is governments were said up with quite rigid structures that they are now trying to move across,” said Gary McRae, Initiative Lead of the Smart Cities Marketplace Initiative on Electric Vehicles, as to why governance was an important recommendation in their EV City Casebook.
“What we are currently seeing from the FASTTRACK participation is that - of course - all cities and regions are looking for some experiences in the field, some guidance on how to really implement these things. What are the main obstacles, main challenges to be tackled,” explained Klemen Gostic about how guidance can link ambitious plans and large-scale implementation.
“We are now creating our new mobility strategy for 2035. We have this ambition of being climate neutral till 2035 and we want a modal shift. So, we have strategies for each topic, so we have the big strategy as a framework but then a strategy for each topic and they should be fast adjustable,” explained Melanie Grötsch from the City of Munich about how interconnected, and flexible, different city strategies need to be to support the wider ambition.