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Cleaner Transport Stakeholder Workshop
05 Apr 2017:

TRIP is organising its fifth one-day stakeholder workshop, which will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 3 May 2017, and cover the subject of cleaner transport.

The TRIP team will share preliminary results from their ongoing review of cleaner transport and discuss and validate their conclusions with delegates.

Participants will learn about the progress in cleaner transport research and how the results can be used to guide the development of future clean transport. They will also have the opportunity to influence recommendations for future policy development.

The event will be held at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, 40 Avenue de la Toison d’Or, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.

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Registration form

If you (and/or a colleague) would like to attend, please contact Sheena Newell (

Commission gives a boost to youth mobility in Europe
05 Apr 2017:

The European Commission presented today an initiative under the Erasmus+ programme which further supports learning and mobility of young Europeans. Called "Move2Learn, Learn2Move", it will enable at least 5,000 young citizens to travel to another EU country in a sustainable manner – individually or together with their school class. The one-off initiative, which is linked to the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme, is consistent with two central priorities of the Commission: to put a renewed focus on Europe's youth, and to facilitate EU citizens' mobility, particularly low emission mobility.

Move2Learn, Learn2Move builds on an idea put forward by the European Parliament in 2016. It will be implemented through eTwinning, the world’s biggest teachers’ network. Part of Erasmus+, it enables teachers and pupils across Europe to develop projects together through an online platform.

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: "Building on the success of eTwinning, this initiative will enable young people to discover and experience first-hand different countries and cultures across Europe. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Erasmus, this will be another example of this EU success story bringing people together, helping them to develop a feeling of what it means to be European.“

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "Transport is not about tracks, ships or motorways; it is about people. We want to give young Europeans the chance to discover Europe. We also want to encourage them to travel in an environmentally friendly way, which is why CO2 emissions will be taken into account. I am also happy that we can count on the active participation of transport operators to help strengthen the initiative."

The initiative will be open to school classes of students aged 16 and above taking part in eTwinning. They are invited to indicate whether they want to be considered for free travel tickets which will be awarded for the best eTwinning projects in each participating country. Social inclusion will be an important criterion in the selection of the best projects. Once the winners have been picked, they will be able to travel from August 2017 until December 2018, at a date of their choice. Students will either travel in a group as part of a school trip or individually, depending on the decision of parents and teachers.

All transport modes, operators and lines can be selected, taking into account sustainability criteria and points of departure and destination of the participating students. Some operators are supporting the initiative by offering a special rebate to the participants. These operators are: Aegean Airlines, Air Dolomiti, ALSA Grupo, Azores Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Comboios de Portugal, Croatia Airlines, Deutsche Bahn, Hahn Air, Iberia Express, Interrail, Luxair, Naviera Armas, Olibus, SNCF, Transferoviar Calatori, Trenitalia, Vueling and Westbahn.

The Commission encourages other operators to join the initiative.


eTwinning offers a platform for school staff (such as teachers, head teachers, librarians) to communicate, collaborate and develop projects as part of a learning community in Europe. In this way, eTwinning promotes collaboration between schools and pupils, and offers teachers opportunities for free and continuous online professional development. It has already connected more than 450,000 teachers.

Launched in 2005 as the main action of the European Commission’s eLearning Programme, eTwinning has been part of Erasmus+, the European programme for education, training, youth and sport, since 2014. It is supported and operated by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 30 European Ministries of Education developing approaches to learning for schools, teachers and pupils across Europe. eTwinning is further supported at national level by 37 National Support Services.

For more information about Move2Learn, Learn2Move:

Commission gives a boost to youth mobility in Europe

Fact Sheet: The Move2Learn, Learn2Move initiative

Q&A: The Move2Learn, Learn2Move initiative

Factsheet: eTwinningSearch for available translations of the preceding link•••

Move2learn, Learn2Move

A connected and autonomous vehicle ecosystem: apply for funding
05 Apr 2017:

Up to £55 million is available to develop test bed infrastructure that will improve and create world-leading capabilities in the UK.

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is investing up to £55 million to make the UK’s connected and autonomous vehicle testing ecosystem the world’s most effective.

Here in the UK we have a strong automotive and technology heartland in the West Midlands through to Europe’s only megacity, London. Projects should look to build on these strengths, integrating existing proving grounds and public road test sites to improve capabilities and create new ones, and develop a national cluster of excellence.

This competition is part of the test bed programme for the government’s Industrial Strategy.

Project streams

UK businesses and research organisations can make applications in 3 streams.

Stream 1

In stream 1 we are looking for projects that develop a public test environment in an urban, highly-dense city location. Up to £35 million is available to support up to 2 projects.

Stream 2

For this stream we are looking to fund one controlled test facility that is representative of an urban or city environment. Examples might be a semi-controlled environment, such as a university campus or science and industry park, or a simulator that incorporates physical elements into a virtual environment. Up to £7 million is available.

Stream 3

For this stream we are looking to fund one realistic, controlled high-speed, limit-handling environment. We expect this environment to allow the creation of a diverse range of test scenarios. This may include vehicle to everything (V2X) interactions, collision avoidance and limit handling. Simulators may also be included. Up to £13 million is available.

In all cases preference will be given to projects that can deliver operational facilities and be open for business within 12 to 18 months.

The background

CCAV is a joint policy unit by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport. Its aim is to ensure that the UK is a world leader in developing and testing connected and autonomous vehicles.

Funding is being provided by CCAV. It is being supported by Innovate UK.

Competition information

  • this competition opens on 3 April 2017

  • there will be a briefing event on 4 April 2017

  • the registration deadline is midday on 12 July 2017

  • the application deadline is midday on 19 July 2017

  • you must be a UK-based business, work collaboratively and carry out your project in the UK

  • test facilities should meet specified criteria, as outlined in the competition brief

Austria to create nationwide EV charging network
03 Apr 2017:

Austria is set to connect a series of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in a bid to boost EV ownership in the country. 

From April 2017, eleven electricity providers will combine their charging stations into one network of 1,300 public points throughout the nation – according to Transport Minister Joerg Leichtfried.

The nationwide network of charging stations will make it easier for drivers to recharge their vehicles in addition to helping the nation reduce CO2 emissions.  

Drivers will be able to sign up with any of the eleven providers and be able to use all the stations within the combined network.

The move is the latest in a series of initiatives introduced in the country to increase the use of EVs.

In 2016, new electric car registrations increased by an impressive 130 per cent – the largest increase in the entire European Union (EU).

Car buyers in Austria will now receive up to €4,000 ($4,300) in rebates, helping to offset the higher price of EVs.

The share of electric cars in Austria is three times higher than the average for the EU and four times higher than Germany.

According to Leichtfried, the country will be host to 2,000 charging stations by the end of 2017, which will increase to 5,000 in 2020.

The network is also believed to be connected to other networks in Europe in the coming months.

The news follows the announcement that Austria sourced 33.0 per cent of its gross final consumption of energy from renewables in 2015.

The country is now just 1 per cent short of reaching its national 2020 renewable energy target of 34 per cent.

European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017 - deadline for applictions is 2 May
31 Mar 2017:

This week, DG MOVE launched the European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017. This is a new recognition award being offered to young transport innovators for the first time this year. We invite them to give us creative solutions for goods and services that will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions in transport. This can be the result of research, but it does not need to be. It can be in any transport mode, and in many different sectors linked to transport, such as solutions in healthcare, retail or food sectors. The key word is innovation.

We will reward up to 12 young innovators aged 18-35 with a trip to Strasbourg for the ITS Congress and Exhibition in June. In addition to receiving free travel and accommodation, and having the opportunity to network with leaders in the world of intelligent transport in Europe, the winners will receive personalised coaching at a dedicated mentoring workshop before the Congress begins. Both individuals (including those working for administrations and transport providers) and SMEs are eligible.

Please help spread the word about this unique opportunity. All it takes to win is to describe in less than 1,500 words how mobility in Europe could be cleaner and more efficient. Deadline is 2 May.

The website address is:

€5 million in Horizon Prizes to help create clean engines
29 Mar 2017:

The European Commission has launched two Horizon prizes to identify breakthrough ideas that could drastically reduce air pollution caused by transport.

A €3.5 million Horizon Prize for the Cleanest Engine of the Future and a €1.5 million Horizon Prize for the Engine Retrofit for Clean Air, funded by the EU's research programme Horizon 2020, will be awarded to the individuals or teams with the most effective solutions to the defined challenges.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Prizes are a great way of rewarding and stimulating innovation, and clean engine technology is something we must support if we want to achieve our ambitious climate, energy and air quality goals. So today we're launching two Horizon prizes worth a combined €5 million to generate momentum and investment in cleaner engine technologies."

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New solar-powered electric vehicle to lower daily travel costs
22 Mar 2017:

Most vehicles run on petrol or diesel that pollute our cities while emptying our wallets. But this could be about to change. The EU-funded PLUS-MOBY project has developed an electric urban vehicle and mobile fast food van that can be partially solar powered. Soon drivers should be able to charge their vehicle like they charge their phone and use solar power to drive up to 20 km per day.

Most people living in cities drive less than 50 km per day, using their vehicle to commute from home and work. If the PLUS-MOBY vehicles are mass-produced as planned, this daily commute could be powered by the sun for many drivers in southern EU countries, says project coordinator Marco Ottella. This will help the EU meet its targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % by 2020 and by 80-95 % by 2050.

Drivers of the PLUS-MOBY vehicle will still need to charge it for longer trips, but they should not be deterred by this: “Unfortunately, a limited infrastructure of charging stations has been a barrier to the adoption of some electric vehicles in Europe,” explains Ottella. “But we have come up with a solution to this challenge in the PLUS-MOBY and FREE-MOBY projects.”

Introducing a new era of urban green vehicles

The PLUS-MOBY vehicle can be plugged into an electric socket at home. “Drivers will be able to charge the vehicle in the same way that they charge their mobile phones,” explains Ottella. In its standard configuration, the battery pack allows a range of 150 km at a constant speed of 80 km per hour. The solar panels extend the range by up to 20 km per day at a speed of 45 km per hour. Drivers may need to charge their vehicle en route when making longer trips, but if demand for the PLUS-MOBY vehicles is high, it is likely that petrol stations – particularly on motorways – will start to install electric charging posts.

The PLUS-MOBY project has built upon the concepts and innovations of several earlier EU-funded projects – P-MOB, WIDE-MOB and AVTR – to enhance the design, performance and safety of the light electric vehicle. Efficient solar panels on the roof, a battery and an electric motor – permanent magnet synchronous reluctance motor (PMaSyR) – power the vehicle.

Researchers have also refined the chassis and the powertrain to achieve efficient acceleration, safety and affordability. “We selected the most suitable steel for lighter components and reduced the number of components and curved elements in the chassis to simplify production,” Ottella explains. The vehicle can reach speeds of more than 90 km/hour and is stable in all weather conditions.

Safety has been another strong concern for the project, to ensure that being green does not expose drivers to too high a risk in case of accidents.

The use of advanced high strength steels allows the PLUS-MOBY project to reconcile these requirements: the PLUS-MOBY vehicle also weighs just 450 kg, making it less energy-consuming and easier to assemble. And it can be customised for different needs; a mobile restaurant version will for example be presented at the Transport Research Arena conference in Warsaw, Poland, in April 2016.)

Enabling local assembly for a more affordable vehicle

Designing a vehicle that is easy and relatively inexpensive to build was one of the project team’s key objectives. Importing vehicles increases the carbon footprint of owning a vehicle, but also drives up the price of buying one in the first place. Local production is good for the environment but also for the economy. Local manufacturing is also one of the PLUS MOBY goals.

The production of PLUS-MOBY vehicles differs from the manufacture of larger, traditional vehicles. “The simple design of the PLUS-MOBY components means that it can be produced by small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),” explains Ottella. SMEs can often only afford to make relatively small investments in equipment and need to achieve low-cost production so that their manufacturing lines are financially viable. “By August 2016, we’ll be able to demonstrate the feasibility of this production line,” reports Ottella.

Within the MOBY-platform projects, Torino e-district, a consortium in Turin (Italy), is working with organisations in the UK (Coventry, the Midlands), Poland (Warsaw) and Romania (Bucharest) to replicate this PLUS-MOBY production line and supply chain. The PLUS-MOBY consortium also plans to work with SMEs in Bulgaria, Russia, Spain and elsewhere to replicate local production concepts. The production network makes use of local materials and suppliers, employs local workers and can cater for the needs of local customers.

Project details

  • Project acronym: PLUS-MOBY

  • Participants: Italy (Coordinator), Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

  • Project Reference N° 605502

  • Total cost: € 3 506 686

  • EU contribution: € 2 347 648

  • Duration: September 2013 - August 2016