Following a tender process, HOCHBAHN subcontracted TIER mobility as solution provider in the two demonstration areas (Lokstedt and Langenhorn). This process initiated an extension of operation areas beyond the city centre.
The Zukunftstaxi project will continue until the end of 2023. The project is accompanied by a bi-weekly meeting with taxi owners and fleet operators. T-Systems will foster the replication in other cities and regions to ensure the long-term sustainability.
The main components of the demonstration action are centred around e-bus charging in the Carabanchel bus depot. More recently, a new mobility hub with charging solutions for diverse services (carsharing, BiciPark...) at Fuente de la Mora P&R facility was opened as a second component.
In Quito, the start-ups ECargoBikeUIO (10 e-cargo bikes), Sidertech (10 e-quadricycles) and Grupo Miral (4 e-vans) received seed funding for the local design and assembly of different types of LEV, mainly for logistics, but also for passenger transport. Sidertech will receive 10 Valeo drivetrains in a kit to be easily integrated in the e-quadricycles. In addition, PEM Motion, one of the companies selected in the 1st Innovators Call supported ECargoBikeUIO and Sidertech in vehicle design and battery sizing. Further support on vehicle design for Sidertech and Miviltech is expected under the 2nd EU Innovators Call. Finally, SOLUTIONSplus supported the city with the elaboration of a pre-feasibility study for the electrification of 1 BRT corridor.
Component 1: Multimodal charging hub in Ciudadela Terminal
On July 6th, 2022, SOLUTIONSplus and the Julio Ricaldoni Foundation (FJR), one of the local partners of the project, hosted an event to present the progress towards implementation of the two components of SOLUTIONSplus in Uruguay and to launch the LEV prototypes locally produced by 3 Uruguayan companies. The presentation was followed by a workshop with the national and local authorities to discuss the actions needed to scale-up the previously implemented initiatives related to e-mobility.
Component 2: Urban logistics
The urban logistics component was carried out with the support of the MOVÉS Project of the Ministry of Industry and Energy (MIEM) and the Julio Ricaldoni Foundation (FJR), two local initiatives pushing forward low-carbon mobility in Uruguay. For the pilot, two e-cargo bikes, one of each manufacturer, were introduced in the operations of PedidosYA, the Latin American subsidiary of Delivery Hero, for a period of two weeks (December 14th to 23rd, 2022). In these 2 weeks, 156 trips were made, 90 packages delivered with a total weight of 135 kg, and 187 km travelled. As a result, 86 kg CO2e were avoided.
E-quadricycle and FLEV prototype development: Local manufacturer - Tojo Motors completed development of the prototype of the flexible electric vehicle. Due to changes in the specifications of some vehicle parts from suppliers (e.g. China standardized the battery capacities so the originally proposed specification has been phased-out), the specifications for both e-quadricycle and FLEV had to be changed accordingly. They are currently in production phase using these newly updated supply parts. Combining the nimbleness of smaller vehicles and the carrying capacity of larger vehicles, the e-quad can accommodate four passengers and bear a maximum load of 450 kilograms. Another vehicle that will be used for the pilot demonstration is the flexible electric van or the FLEV. The FLEV is being developed by ToJo Motors and the De La Salle University through a funding mechanism of the Department of Science and Technology, and features a chassis that can be used for multiple purposes. Both vehicles are modular in nature and can be configured in a variety of ways to suit the vehicle requirements of their end-users, which will primarily be the different offices of the Pasig City Government. Tojo motors received advisory support on FLEV Chassis structural Assessment from PEM motion (German start-up, selected from EU Innovators call).
Hanoi demo on shared e-mobility systems for last mile connectivity will be piloted in two major locations, at a BRT station and AEON shopping mall within a distance of 2 kms. The shared e-mobility system consists of electric 2-wheelers (50 e-mopeds and 10 QIQ e-bikes).
The main activities carried out in Hanoi during the reporting period are:
E-mopeds procurement and arrangements for last mile connectivity: Fifty units of e-mopeds (Vinfast Ludo) are procured to provide last mile services and charging system from Vinfast will be installed. In order to apply for permission to operate a shared e-mobility system, UTT carried out several meetings with local authorities. An approval from Hanoi People’s Committee has been obtained. Vehicle registration is complete and the license plate of each e-moped are installed. A dedicated E-2 wheelers parking hub is selected and the construction is complete. To ensure drivers safety, helmets are provided in each e-mopeds and insurance documents (vehicle owner’s liability insurance and accident insurance for passengers) are prepared. A trial operation of the e-moped took place prior to demo launch.
The SOLUTIONSplus project launched the electric 3-wheelers in Kathmandu in November 2022 as the first phase of its demo launch program. Specifically, a remodelled Safa tempo for passenger use and a new e-cargo tempo were launched, manufactured by local companies CEI and SEV, respectively. In December 2022, the prototype of e-3 wheeler (cargo use case) was also readied. All of these prototype vehicles are in the stage of test run, and data collection on the users’ and drivers’ perception and technical performance is underway as an ex-ante assessment.
Sajha Yatayat has selected a local supplier via the public procurement process to supply and deliver a conversion kit for converting a diesel bus to an electric bus. The prototype is planned to be ready by mid 2023.
The bikeshare system was launched in September 2021, firstly with 80 conventional bicycles deployed at strategic locations connected to the bus network, to be completed with 50 electric bicycles in mid-2023. 80 bike racks were deployed at strategic locations in July 2022. The second component in Kigali of electric motorcycle taxis has a strong gender-inclusive component. Following an assessment of success factors for gender-inclusive projects, recruitment and ad-hoc driving training, 24 electric motorcycles were handed over to the women in November 2022.
Technical support on the electrification of buses is provided, and an E-Bus Master Plan is being designed. A MaaS application is being developed through discussions with the City of Kigali and the regulatory authority RURA. A design studio provides concepts for the re-design of public transport and integration of shared micro-mobility.
Dar es Salaam
Introducing electric three-wheelers required the development of prototypes, local partnerships, and data collection. Auto Truck manufactures vehicles incorporating locally available materials in close partnership with the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology; Auto Truck and SESCOM also explore vehicle conversion. Vehicles will be launched in the first quarter of 2023. To identify appropriate specifications of vehicles, charging, and operational and business strategies, SOLUTIONSplus collected substantial and unprecedented data in 2021 and 2022 (GPS tracking, survey of drivers and users, frequency occupancy). A Design Studio looked at the integration of electric three-wheelers with the BRT system.
In addition, SOLUTIONSplus introduced 16 pedal-assist electric bicycles, co-designed with a German company and locally assembled, to be used for urban deliveries and the transport of medical supplies, launched in November 2022. SOLUTIONSplus will assess the feasibility to scaling up the use of electric bicycles for urban deliveries.
Kisumu & Homa Bay Counties
The initial living lab concept will be implemented in Western Kenya in a rural (Homa Bay) and urban (Kisumu) context. This will be realised through two self-sustaining solar hubs with the aim of achieving an integrated system for:
● Sustainable energy access: Partners will co-develop two project sites, design and construct one Solar Hub at each site.
● Productive use of energy: Partners will co-develop the business models, set up and demonstrate different user cases for productive use at the solar charging hubssuch as pumping and purification of drinking water, charging and leasing of fishing lanterns,solar cooling and drying for local fish value chain, battery pack rental for business.
● Circular economy: Energy storage and re-use- Local innovators will be engaged to develop components of the innovations such as the electric two wheelers, solar mini grids including charging stations and second life appliances of lithium battery cells.