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EU awards €14m to cargo bike research

Currently the European Union is promoting three cargo bike projects running from 2018 to 2021. The three projects of the promotion programs Horizon 2020 and INTERREG cover very different topics such as rolling city furniture, mobility concepts and product development of fuel cells. Meanwhile “KlimaEntLaster” are rolling through the Lower Austrian Mostviertel.

Three projects on EU level

The project CityChangerCargoBike (CCCB, ca. 4 Mio. Euro) is coordinated by CycleCompetence member FGM-AMOR and runs as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. CCCB brings together 20 European partners including 14 cities. It aims to make full use of the transport potential of cargo bikes in cities both for commercial as well as private use. Additionally, the cargo bikes will also be used partly stationary as rolling sales booths and city furniture. For this CCCB is developing instrument for an EU-wide use of cargo bikes, to spread them more widely and finance them. It also supports efforts for standardisation. Contact: Susanne Wrighton: wrighton@fgm.at

The project CoBiUM (around 2 Mio Euro) is coordinated by Växjö Kommun in Sweden and is part of the INTERREG Va – South Baltic Programme. The projects aims to help municipalities in the Southern part of the Baltic Sea area to integrate cargo bikes into their urban mobility concepts. For this innovative and sustainable concepts are developed and tested. Contact: amanda.johansson3@vaxjo.se

The project Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelecs (FCCP, around 8 Mio. Euro) is coordinated by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). FCCP researches the development of an innovative fuel cell for cargo bikes to save 5.5t of CO2 per cargo pedelec. In the project the potential of this pedelec is researched. Further, innovative logistic concepts are developed to satisfy the needs of modern urban cargo traffic. Contact: Bjoern.Offermann@dlr.de

Austrian test project “KlimaEntLaster”

The lead project “KlimaEntLaster” of the climate and energy model regions (KEM) in Austria is not dependent on EU subsidies. It is funded by the climate and energy fund, limited to the district of Amstetten and of course it only needs a small sum compared to the above-mentioned figures. The one-year project by “Die Radvokaten” and “Energy Changes Projektentwicklung” is in the implementation phase. It already receives so much positive feedback to make a nation-wide continuation next year desirable. You can find regular updates on the project on klimaentlaster.at

Posted on July 6, 2018