Bringing urban electric mobility to the next level: 
Joint workshop of SOLUTIONS and the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)  

SOLUTIONS and UEMI jointly organised a workshop on electric mobility in Brussels on 27 February 2015. The workshop was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Commission.

The Action Platform: Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI), which was initiated by UN-Habitat and the SOLUTIONS project and launched at the UN Climate Summit in September 2014 in New York. The UEMI aims to contribute significantly to the overall goal of limiting the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by decreasing urban CO2 emissions globally. As one of the Action Areas of the UN Climate Summit the UEMI aims to boost the share of electric vehicles in annuals vehicles to 30 percent (2-3 wheelers and light duty vehicles) and integrate electric mobility into a wider concept of sustainable urban transport that achieves a 30 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas by 2030. Check the Action Platform on Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) website for more information.


The joint SOLUTIONS/UEMI event brought together experts and stakeholder in the field of urban electric mobility from Europe and beyond. The role of electric mobility in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport was highlighted. Several speakers emphasised the high potential for electric vehicles in urban areas and pointed out the role of local activities. Also the role of national and international frameworks, initiatives and funding opportunities was reviewed and the need for international cooperation was emphasised. The workshop reflected upon experiences regarding electric vehicle deployment on national and local level around the world. A wider perspective on electric mobility was taken, including not only electric cars and vans, but also electric public transport and electric bicycles.  

Based on the presented experiences and discussions, the participants talked about the next steps for the UEMI. The role of the UEMI as knowledge hub to exchange experience and pool expertise as well as a coordinating body to bring together partners from cities, industries and other relevant fields was stressed. In addition, joint implementation activities of pilot showcases to boost actual deployment of electric vehicles in cities were seen as essential. As a next step, in April 2015, the UEMI will be promoted at the UN-Habitat Governing Council and the Preparatory Committee of the Habitat III conference.

Presentations from the workshop are available below.


Welcoming remarks and introduction    

  • Stefan Back, European Economic and Social Committee
  • Patrick Mercier-Handisyde, Transport Directorate. DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Debashish Bhattacharjee (UN-Habitat) Presentation [PDF]
  • Oliver Lah, (Wuppertal Institute – SOLUTIONS) – Bringing urban electric mobility to the next level Presentation [PDF]

Setting the scene

  • John Dulac (IEA) - Electric mobility in a 2 Degree world, scenarios and pathways Presentation [PDF]
  • Xiaomei Tan (GEF) - Electric mobility in developing countries Presentation [PDF]

SESSION 1- Challenges, success and lessons learnt in urban electric mobility

  • Michael Glotz-Richter (Bremen) – Opportunities and limitations of electric mobility, Experiences from Bremen, Germany Presentation [PDF]
  • Thomas Meißner (eMO) – Electromobility made in Berlin-Brandenburg  Presentation [PDF]
  • Michele Tozzi (UITP) – Electric mobility in urban public transport  Presentation [PDF]
  • Kevin Mayne (ECF) – Cycling as a new technology - how e-cycling technologies fit in to global and local policy  Presentation [PDF]
  • Gabriela Barrera (Polis) – Polis’ vision on electric mobility Presentation [PDF]
  • Erik Figenbaum (TOI) – Insights from COMPETT (Competitive electric town transport) Presentation [PDF]

SESSION 2: Role of the national and international frameworks for urban electric mobility

  • Peter Mock (ICCT) – Global comparison of regulation, taxes and market development Presentation [PDF]
  • Annick Roetynck (AVERE) – Regulative framework for light electric vehicle development Presentation [PDF]
  • Dorothée Coucharrière (DG Mobility and Transport)
  • Maurizio Maggiore (DG Research and Innovation) Presentation [PDF]
  • Bernd Decker Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Presentation [PDF]
  • Patrick Oosterveld (BYD) Electrify your public transport Presentation [PDF]

SESSION 3: Moving ahead with SOLUTIONS and the UEMI   
Roundtable discussion: How can the EU, European cities and projects contribute the UEMI targets?