E-Mobility Works, the project that promotes the use of electric vehicles
Electric vehicles are gaining ground. The automotive industry is already including electric motors in new prototypes, and initiatives like E-Mobility Works are becoming a reality. Funded by the European Commission’s IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe) program, the aim is to extend the use of electric vehicles and the availability of charging infrastructures throughout Europe. Twelve companies from nine European nations (Germany, Austria, Finland, Estonia, Slovenia, Romania, Spain, Greece, and Italy) are participating in the initiative, which is coordinated by the Graz Energy Agency (Austria). The project was launched in 2014 and is expected to last until 2016. Some of the benefits it will provide are: – Lower operating costs since the total cost of ownership is five to six times lower compared to fuel-powered vehicles. This could counteract the price of electric vehicles, which is still somewhat high. – Clean and silent mobility. Electric motors are three to four times more efficient than fuel-powered engines, and they also make less noise. – Lower CO2 emissions. – Use of renewable energy that is produced locally. – Lower maintenance costs.
Extensive network of electric vehicles in Europe
Logroño, Tarazona, and Zaragoza are the Spanish cities that have focused on electric vehicles as part of this project, along with 31 other European cities involved in the project. A strategy is being developed at each location to provide local entities with advice on electric mobility and to prepare personalized action plans adapted to the background of each city. More than 400 companies are expected to participate in the initiative. Electric vehicles are a viable, practical, and economically attractive option for corporate fleets. The project offers businesses the opportunity of prioritizing environmental initiatives in order to integrate electric vehicles. Renault, Nissan, Tesla, Volkswagen, and BMW are some of the car manufacturers that currently sell electric vehicles.