Ele.C.Tra PRESS RELEASE 11th June 2014

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The Intelligent Energy Europe Programme approved the Ele.C.Tra project – Electric City Transport in the framework of the European Program for Intelligent Energy (CIP-IEE 2012). A total of 1.309.026€ will be allocated to EleCtra from 2013 to 2015.
MIEMA is participating as a partner in the Ele.C.Tra project which aims to promote the use of electric scooters in urban areas, involving citizens and tourists in their daily need for commuting.

MIEMA aims to use increase the electric mobility awareness among public bodies, private organisations and local stakeholders while favouring sustainable development within the transport sector.
Ele.C.Tra project involves 11 partners representing 8 countries in the European Union and includes a pilot experimentation in three cities (Genova, Firenze and Barcelona) where the use of scooters is very common, while the rest cities will undertake all preparatory activities to host such a system in the future. The pilot actions will transfer good practices to at least 5 other cities in order to involve a huge number of European citizens.
The first project meeting was held in Malta between the 6th and 7th of March of this year. This meeting was a technical one which focused on:
  • ongoing activities;
  • the ante operam analysis;
  • the model that is the basis of WP3;
  • the development regarding the NSG in pilot and non-pilot cities;
  • the planning of other activities;
  • the proposal of date and location of the next meeting.
It was discussed how the main aim of the Ele.C.Tra. project is that it is possible to reduce pollution due to passenger transports by motivating the use a new urban sustainable mobility model.
Subsequently the project is aiming to increase the use of electric scooters in urban areas, through short sharing while contributing to the 2020 goals. It is envisaged how a modal electric scooters share can be acquired equal to 1% of house-work/school daily trips (= about 4.700 daily trips in less in a urban area with 1 million of inhabitants).
The project will last for 30 months and the pilots will be kicked off during the third quarter of the year 2014. It is foreseen how the feedback will form an important part of this project as it will come up with the indicators which will examine the project’s effectiveness.
The EleCTra project will test its own innovative model, to give useful solutions related with the accessibility of this kind of transport to citizens. For this reason, the project includes 3 pilot actions that will be realized in Genoa, Florence and Barcelona, with some similar characteristics and a high scooters use.

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