E-car sharing is a proven concept in urban areas, but within rural areas, the conditions are different. Longer distances, other social typology as well as different mobility needs, require a different approach.
In Southern Limburg, a rural area, EASN, Foundation Limburg Electric and FIER Automotive are currently running an e-car sharing pilot project, investigating the feasibility and conditions of an e-car sharing programme in rural areas. In cooperation with an OEM and e-mobility software suppliers, an innovative e-car sharing system will be developed. Local authorities and companies are the main stakeholders and users. At the same time private users are enabled to fulfil their mobility needs as well. The goal is to implement an economical feasible e-car sharing programme in Southern Limburg and to integrate other modalities as well. This project is the spin-off of the ENEVATE e-car sharing feasibility study, performed by EASN, Foundation Limburg Electric and FIER Automotive in 2013.
Charging Infrastructure – Limburg
The southern part of the Province of Limburg in The Netherlands is a region with three cities in a rural area. Commuting and recreational travel is mainly done by car. Just like in other regions in The Netherlands the uptake of electric vehicles is high. The electric vehicle users in the region have specific charging needs because of relatively high distances between place of residence, workplace and recreation grounds. In this joint project of EASN and FIER Automotive, cities and smaller villages are working together to develop a future proof strategy and a design of a charging infrastructure which serves these users and moreover includes the opportunities of latest developments in charging technology. The method being used is based on the toolkit which was developed in the Newcastle region (UK) in the course of ENEVATE. EASN added socio-economic analyses and charging typologies in order to predict future charging needs. Cooperation between government, companies and service providers is of key importance to realise an economic viable charging infrastructure.