The overall objective of the fourth work package, led by AutomotiveNL is to support an accelerated implementation and development of sustainable e-mobility in North West Europe by mapping and take lesson from the wealth of existing EV pilots in NWE.
During the last number of years, regional and national authorities have spent tens of millions of Euros on implementing e-mobility by means of pilot initiatives. These pilots took on many forms and included a range of different vehicle types from bikes to busses. Unfortunately, the operators of these pilots tended to work in “splendid isolation”, which meant that even though the various regions and cities planned to become well known pioneers for the use of e-mobility technology, the majority of their programmes were stand-alone. Almost no information was shared between the different pilots and policy makers and this resulted in a limitation of the awareness of relevant developments.
The ENEVATE partners mapped and entered regional pilots into an online database. This database also contains the technology of the other work packages and the relevant data of all the ENEVATE partners and relevant EV stakeholders from the NWE region.
In order to prevent stakeholders in the e-mobility industry from duplicating results and trying to solve the same problems in isolation, we have chosen to study four pilots from different regions within North West Europe. This ensures that everyone who is involved with the planning and implementation of new initiatives regarding the testing and use of EV’s in pilots can learn lessons from the results of work that has already been completed. This is an important outcome from the ENEVATE project as it facilitates in reducing the amount of wasted resources.
The following pilot´s have been visited. interviewed and analyzed by the ENEVATE WP4 team.
These four pilots gave insight into designing, planning, implementing and evaluating a pilot project. Beside that the pilot owners offered to communicate openly and honestly regarding their goals, risks, challenges and lessons learned. In order to gain a perception of their position, a second group of pilots was used to compare results with the initial group of 4. The project team and other involved stakeholders visited 22 different pilots within the NWE region.
The end document intends to inform planners, stakeholders and policy makers in how to develop an e-mobility pilot project from the beginning. The therefore important aspects of this are discussed. In the document you will also find the key questions that a stakeholder group, who are planning a project must be able to answer.
After the first few years of stand-alone regional pilots, Northwest Europe (NWE) became renown on an international stage and was looked upon as a region which was ready to step into the new phase. The new pilots that were set up needed to be aware of the developments that had been achieved in the previous years, for instance, some of the previously run pilot projects had transformed into working business models and were commercial viable.
If the recommendations and results are adapted into new pilots, this will lead, at this stage of introduction of electric mobility, in the increase of NWE potential.