e-Mobility Smart Grid For Passengers and Last Mile Freight Transport in the Alpine Space

Public-private cooperation for the diffusion of e-mobility | 4.11.2020

Under the motto "Public-private cooperation for the diffusion of e-mobility - Taking a closer look at the electrification of local public transport and Last-mile logistics" the e-SMART project brought together around 80 stakeholders including e-SMART partners from different Alpine countries to discuss challenges, hear from experts and practitioners and to get to know the project aims.

The 3 main topics of the project were first adressed through a series of speeches from experts stemming from all over the Alpine Space area, and then discussed in smaller dedicated breakout sessions, before the final wrap-up.

Thanks to the diversity of speakers (providers of products or services, public administrations...), participants were able to better understand the many challenges that still remain to be addressed in order to better integrate e-mobility in local public transport and last-mile logistics.

Breakout sessions: Results for Local Public Transport | Energy | Last Mile Logistics

The presentations of all speakers are available for download below.

Local Public Transport

Jean-François Argence, LOHR Industrie

Patrick Janker, City of Munich

Peter Žnidaršič, Nomago

Iztok Štrukelj, Arriva Slovenia


Quentin Maitre, EDF (Électricité de France)

Susanne Supper, Green Energy Lab Wien

Jurij Curk, Elektro Ljubljana

Last Mile Logistics

Cinzia Pasut, Electrolux

Alberto Milotti, ZAILOG

Branka Leskovšek, Post of Slovenia Ltd

Smart, clean and quiet? Electrifying transport in cities and regions | 12.05.2021

To explore the interconnection between zero pollution and the electrification of freight and public transport, the e-SMART project organised the online event “Smart, clean and quiet? Electrifying transport in cities and regions”, which took place on May 12, 2021. The session was part of the EU Green Week 2021, which was dedicated to "Zero pollution for healthier people and planet", and counted more than 70 participants from different countries. The agenda of the event is available here.

Fritz Lietsch, editor in charge of Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften and publisher of ECO World, opened the event with his keynote speech. He argued that in general e-mobility is the key for less polluting, noise and CO2 emissions, but for zero emissions, more actions will be needed. Based on this, he stated that technically, many solutions are already available, but not all of them are implemented yet or not used in a smart way. Concluding, he emphasized that the most important key to reach zero emissions is a change of mindset.

After the keynote speech, three speaker presented concrete projects from different fields of e-mobility transport:

Matthias Kiepsch, electromobility advisor from the VCDB VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin GmbH, outlined the different necessary steps from the idea to the operation of an alternative bus system, to reach an emission-free public transport. He emphasized that an e-bus system is not only about vehicles, but also about the charging infrastructure.

Dr. Carsten Söffker from Alstom S.A. presented the GUW+ energy supply system, a common power supply architecture for electric buses and urban rail systems, which is presently developed by Alstom S.A. together with different partners. After introducing the major potential benefits of GUW+, he argued against potential technical, economically and legal concerns.

The final speaker, Patrick Wichern from hySOLUTIONS GmbH, presented the "lighthouse project" ZUKUNFT.DE, which aims of the electrification of the last mile logistic sector. After giving a project summary, he spoke about the major challenges the project experiences on its way. These include for example operating procedures (routes vs. routines), electric vehicle charging concepts (depot vs. street, overnight vs. opportunity), as well as data protection issues (competitive concerns).

In their final statements, all speakers shared their learnings from the event and gave some recommendations for possible next steps to be taken.

The presentations of all speakers are available for download below:

Fritz Lietsch, Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften & ECO World

Matthias Kiepsch, VCDB VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin GmbH

Dr. Carsten Söffker, Alstom S.A.

Patrick Wichern, hySOLUTIONS GmbH