POLIS joins coalition on zero-emission urban fleets

POLIS has joined the Zero Emissions Urban Fleets (ZEUF) network, a coalition established by the World Economic Forum to expand and accelerate the electrification of urban fleets.

Road vehicles are responsible for 70% of urban CO2 emissions, a figure which, left unchecked is likely to increase further. As a result, there is a pressing need to advance new sustainable mobility options.

Electric vehicle (EV) fleets, with the potential to remove 50% of city air pollution, are critical for achieving emissions reduction goals. However, while trends appear positive (Passenger EV sales leapt from 450,000 in 2015 to 2.1 million in 2019), electrification is expected to account for a mere 8% of passenger vehicles by 2030. Roll out must be accelerated.

Cities and regions are instrumental in coordinating such efforts. From Madrid to Amsterdam and Gothenburg, they have repeatedly proved adept at pioneering EV mobility, as well as piloting new user-friendly technologies. Yet, adequate infrastructure and services, rely on effective and efficient coordination between public, private and third-party stakeholders.

This is where the Zero Emissions Urban Fleets network comes in. The coalition, a partnership between POLIS, Eurocities, Uber, T&E, FreeNow, The Climate Group and others, will bring together relevant stakeholders periodically to facilitate informal know-how exchange and efforts coordination for accelerating urban fleets electrification, targeting 100% by 2030.

“E-mobility is embedded in holistic strategies for sustainable, clean and liveable cities,” said POLIS Secretary General Karen Vancluysen.

The new collaboration is an exciting platform enabling cities, operators, manufacturers and other stakeholders to work together in new and ‘electrifying’ ways.

Find out more about the ZEUF coalition here.