Examining the Impact of a Sustainable Electric Micromobility Approach in Europe

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Source: EIT InnoEnergy – This EIT report will examine the challenges facing electric micromobility today, point out possible solutions and present initial substantiated estimates on the huge impact potential of a sustainable and coherent micromobility approach in Europe. The data is based on assumptions gathered from the McKinsey report “Micromobility: Industry progress, and a closer look at the case of Munich” from November 2019 in addition to discussions and input from diverse industry.

Never-ending traffic jams, growing CO2 emissions and high particulate matter, excessive noise levels, and a lack of recreational space have become some of the most pressing issues for Europe’s cities. Still largely focused on the needs of (combustion engine) car drivers and reliant on outdated infrastructures, most cities’ transport systems have been unable to adequately address these important threats to the quality of life in our urban areas. It is also becoming clear that, as it stands, they will not be able to accommodate the expected roughly threefold increase in both passenger and freight ton kilometres travelled by 2050.

One of the most recent developments in the urban mobility sector has been the rise of electric micromobility. Over the past two to three years, electric two- and three-wheelers have exploded onto the scene, with numbers increasing four times faster than similar bike sharing schemes. Still in its infancy, micromobility set out with high aspirations to solve some of our cities’ gravest problems – such as pollution and congestion – while creating a new, fun mode of moving people and goods. To date, it has not been able to live up to that promise. On the contrary, the hasty and unsustainable manner – both with respect to the technology and the business model – in which the vehicles were introduced to the market has created new problems.

If these teething troubles are eliminated, electric micromobility can be a key element of a distributed, multimodal transit system using sustainable vehicles and business models – ultimately, leading to a highly positive overall impact on the quality of life in Europe’s cities. For this to happen, however, the growth of this sector must be supported and guided.

Please find the report here.

Photo credits: Vässla.

Annick Roetynck

Annick is the Manager of LEVA-EU, with decades of experience in two-wheeled and light electric mobility.

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