Using electric vehicles in city car share schemes
City Car Share Clubs are now well established. They encourage: increased vehicle sharing; a reduction in the number of privately owned cars; and a proportional reduction in the number of parking spaces needed.
Electric vehicles are clean, green and quiet. There is a growing consensus they are the best near-to-market low emission vehicle technology with no emissions at ‘point of use’, ‘well to wheel’ CO2 emissions typically 30-40% lower, and fuel costs typically 60-70% lower than comparable petrol or diesel-fuelled vehicles.
Electric cars offer obvious advantages over conventional petrol or diesel cars in city environments. Parking spaces are needed around the city, where vehicles can be picked up and dropped off, and recharged.
City Car Share Clubs using Advanced City Cars (ACC). Advanced City Cars are smaller, cleaner, quieter and safer cars specially adapted for use in cities, and specially suited for use in City Car Share Clubs. They combine clean engine technologies with advanced driver assistance systems such as automated systems for obstacle detection, car following, braking, lane keeping, collision avoidance, ISA (Intelligent Speed Adaptation) and parking assistance etc that equip them better for use in city centres and make them safer for pedestrians as well as vehicle occupants. Main advantages are the savings in environmental impacts, and the associated costs, that can be achieved by reducing the number of normally polluting private cars in the city, and replacing them with shared, smaller, cleaner, greener and safer vehicles. The results will contribute to a more sustainable form of city transportation. For car sharing, dual mode vehicles could be formed up in a road train to follow automatically behind a single vehicle with a driver, who could then redistribute them in the system, to central pick-up locations.
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