The future is electric!
During the 30th and 31st of October 2019 the Ministry of Transport of Malta has hosted the “4th Transnational meeting and Steering Committee”, in Luzzu Conference hall, Qawra, Malta.
The Director of the Sustainable Mobility Unit of the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Barbara and the Project Manager of EnerNETMob (Region of Peloponnese), Mr. Fifas welcomed the partners.
Mr. Barbara analyzed the progress of electromobility in Malta. EU projects are combined with national funds in order to forward the country’s strong commitment to enter in the “era of electromobility”. More charging stations are being deployed yearly and 5.000 electric vehicles will circulate in Malta’s roads in the near future. The country is planning also to use electric ferries (for public transport purposes) so as to connect parts of the cities with each other. E-bikes, e-scooters are existing via bike/scooter sharing services, special cycling lanes are developed and a new masterplan in the harbor will offer high quality mobility advancements.
Currently the studying phase is over and important reports are developed in EnerNETMob. 16 National/Regional Framework Plans from 12 MED countries are created describing e-mobility strategies of the participating countries. They can evolve by the end of the project and will integrate the accumulated knowledge from the pilot areas.
1 major document that is currently produced contains the legislations currently active in Europe and the “benchmark” of National Legislations and Documentation Frameworks on electromobility. Within their National/Regional frameworks all participating countries have implemented or intend to implement direct and indirect measures in order to promote electromobility. This was done through grants for purchases, tax reliefs, SUMPs and SEAPs.
For the Structural Framework analysis (1 of 3 parts of the SEMP): Analyzing data, assets, opportunities and challenges facing local territories will lead to land use scheme and action plan for electromobility deployment that are more efficient and responsive to the public because there have been built focusing on each region’s unique character. The objectives of Local Framework Analysis are:
- to gather socio-economic, transport and energy local data and understand the territorial dynamics;
- to locate and size the current electromobility infrastructures (as charging infrastructures) and their territorial distribution;
- as well as putting forward strategic starting points and proposals for the implementation of electromobility demonstrators in the involved partner territories linked with the current “state of the art” of the sector.
It is very important to put the electromobility local/national challenges in perspective to build a strong interregional collaboration based on best practices. The conclusions of the report will be available 31/10. It is advised to take into consideration the possible introduction of zero or low emission vehicles sales incentives and apply it across all Europe. Moreover, smart charging needs to be taken into account. Most importantly, not only the EU but all states should become more ambitious in terms of policies, in order to create a broader policy network. This will be done by guaranteeing competitiveness, encouraging investments and facilitating vehicle charging.
3 types of pilots are now in the initial phase of their development. Tenders for the equipment are accelerated. 13 electromobility networks (charging point networks) for 13 partners, 3 kinds of testing are currently developed.
A transnational – international ICT network will be developed to enable Inter-operability and share of information from all the pilots implemented by 13 partners. “We are not re-inventing the wheel, we are integrating our ICT platform with the pilots in the already available networks and we will to comply with their guidelines and with common standards and regulations” mr. Priegue (CIMNE) stated in his presentation. The objective of the ICT Platform is to monitor all pilots including the charging stations and e-bikes, e-cars that will be connected. ICT development and transnational collaboration is the key-success factor for the project. The countries that already function an Intelligent Transport System platform (i.e. Malta, Cyprus) will connect EnerNETMob platform in the already existing systems. For new small standalone pilots, EnerNETMob will provide hardware based micro-solutions to enable them to connect with the ICT platform.