Electric vehicles (EVs) are reshaping the urban environment for the better, helping city dwellers breathe cleaner air and lower their carbon emissions.
City councils across Europe have implemented measures to boost the uptake of electric vehicles as part of efforts to reduce the number of combustion engines on the roads and the continent has some of the most electrified cities in the world. .
In this article, PYMNTS looks at three European cities that have been at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution and some of the initiatives that are helping the continent on the path to a more sustainable electric future.
As part of the city’s ambitious plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2025, Amsterdam has introduced several incentive schemes for electric vehicles to add to the already pro-electric environment in the Netherlands. .
As well as being able to benefit from national incentives such as a reduction in vehicle tax and government-funded subsidies for electric taxis and delivery vans, drivers in Amsterdam are further encouraged to switch to electricity through a series of local programs.
The city has implemented measures that include parking privileges for emission-free taxis, clean zones to keep polluting vehicles away, and even the exclusion of parking permits for gas-powered vehicles.
Of course, in a city famous for its bikes, electric vehicle technology is also having an impact. Indeed, since 2018, electric bikes have exhausted city bikes in the Netherlands and over half a million e-bikes were sold in the country last year.
With 2.6 million registered cars, London is one of the places with the most to gain from electrification efforts.
Additionally, as Transport for London (TfL) has declaredall Londoners live in areas that fall short of the World Health Organization (WHO) target for particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, making the transition to electric vehicles an urgent public health concern.
With the lives of Londoners at stake, the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has stepped up efforts to reduce the presence of polluting vehicles in the city. Currently, TfL is examining the possibility of extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), where charges apply to anyone driving older, more polluting vehicles, to the whole city in 2023.
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In addition to Khan’s clean air initiatives, private sector players like Uber have also stepped up efforts to put more electric vehicles on London’s streets.
The global ride-sharing company has declared that “London is the global leader in Uber’s electrification efforts with more electric vehicles on Uber in London than any other city on the app.” The company said it is on track to have 10,000 electric vehicles in the city by the end of this year and expects all Uber vehicles in London to be fully electric by 2025.
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To help Uber drivers make the switch, the company has partnered with Nigerian vehicle finance startup Moove to offer a rent-to-own scheme to drivers who will see Uber contribute to their weekly reimbursements.
Stockholm is one of the most advanced cities in the world when it comes to moving away from fossil fuels, with plans that all of its public transport runs on electricity or biodiesel by 2025.
In fact, Sweden in general has had some of the highest EV adoption rates in the world. In August, Mobility Sweden reported that 28% of all new car registrations were for fully electric vehicles, with hybrids accounting for a further 18%.
In a sign of the strength of the electric vehicle market in the Nordics, Carla, an electric vehicle market, raised $20 million earlier this year to help fund its expansion into the rest of Europe.
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To better respond to the growing number of electric vehicle drivers, Stockholm continued to build the infrastructure needed to charge new electric cars.
By 2026, Parking in Stockholm aims to offer charging stations in all its garages and aims for more than 100,000 new electric car charging stations by 2030. This would be equivalent to one EV charging station for every 16 people living in Stockholm County.
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