“The success of electrification depends strictly on charging modality, but this topic is often ignored”, claim in their study Barbara Monaco and Marco Slavich from Area Science Park. This scenario analysis has just been published within the Interreg Med Community of Urban Transports, to deepen knowledge on nowadays hot topics: automated and connected vehicles and electric mobility charging infrastructure.
This study is intended to be a support document for mobility planning authorities in the process of urban road transport electrification, highlighting relevant issues and topics together with trends perspectives and giving a short-term vision of how these trends are going to develop and impact urban spaces and mobility layout in our cities.
Autonomous, electric, digital are technological trends that represent the epitome of the transformative wave revolving not only urban mobility, but our whole society. Recent developments, from carmakers' massive investments in electric vehicles to the advances of artificial intelligence and automation, confirm that this mobility paradigm is at a crossroad.
ICT represents the transversal thread allowing interaction between human and machine, adding more comfort and safety to our ways to move.
Moreover, the encouragement of greater Electric Vehicle usage can bring a range of important benefits to local communities, including reduction of the consumption of natural resources, reduction of air pollution, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, improvements to soil and water quality and anticipated economic development benefits.
The success of electrification depends strictly on charging modality, but this topic is often ignored. Furthermore, affordable and reliable re-charging has already been identified as one of the most important topics to increase user acceptance of electric vehicles. This includes automotive engineering as well as charging infrastructure, energy and environmental issues and urban planning aspects.
For further reading please check the full report.
The Urban Transports Community is featured by a project lead by MedCities (Barcelona, Spain), in partnership with UNIMED Mediterranean Universities Union (Rome, Italy), Area Science Park (Trieste, Italy), CODATU (Lyon, France), CIVINET CY-EL (Cyprus-Greece), POLIS, Cities and Regions for transport innovation (Brussels, Belgium), and Durres Municipality (Durres, Albania).
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