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I-CVUE – cleaner and greener mobility in urban Europe




Brussels, 31st March 2017


I-CVUE – cleaner and greener mobility in urban Europe


Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe (I-CVUE), a three year initiative on sustainable electric mobility, involving 10 partners and funded by the European Commission, has via coaching and mentoring of fleet managers contributed to the replacement of 900 petrol and diesel vehicles with greener, electric vehicles. Fleet operators have been actively supported in making the switch.

The replacement of Petrol and Diesel cars by greener, cleaner vehicles is important for the environment as well as for our communities, with the operation of electric vehicles in towns and cities helping to ensure a more sustainable future for personal mobility.

By providing guidance to operators of vehicle fleets, the project has offered the required business cases for switching to electro-mobility, while advising on the most viable types of electric vehicle. Originally aimed at a trial of 15 fleets, the project was extended to more than 50 fleets, which were supported to make the informed business decisions necessary when assessing whether to make the switch.

Boundary conditions relevant for the uptake of electric vehicles have been analysed in six European countries (Austria, The Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom), taking into consideration the whole spectrum of factors that may affect the choice of “going electric”: the typology of financial and non-financial incentives; the public charging infrastructure; and regional or local characteristics.

The analysis represents the basis for the I-CVUE Total Costs of Ownership (TCO) web-tool, which enables a comparison between conventional vehicles (diesel or petrol) and plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicles with respect to TCO and utility. This tool outmatches other comparison tools due to its high flexibility and completeness. Reference data sets for several European countries are available and calculations for these countries consider the specific legal context with respect to taxation, allowance and benefit in kind. This TCO web-tool will remain available to users until March 2018 on http://dsm.icvue.eu.

I-CVUE has therefore achieved a two-pronged approach: it has effectively mentored on the profitability of substituting traditionally fueled vehicles with their electric counterparts; while also providing a framework to establish incentive programmes tailored to the specific socio-economic conditions of the city, region or country. As more and more fleets and taxi operators switch to electric vehicles, the powerful outcome of I-CVUE is already evident on our streets.



The I-CVUE (Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe) project has been funded by the European Commission and ran from April 2014 to March 2017. The project consortium was made up of 10 partners from seven European countries: Energy Saving Trust (UK), Coventry University (UK), Austrian Energy Agency (Austria), Transport for London (UK), RACC SA (Spain), BOSCH GmbH (Germany), IRU Projects ASBL (Belgium), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt eV (Germany), FIER Automotive (Netherlands), Electric Vehicle Union (Belgium).









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