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Biogas fuelled cars improve the environment in cities

By replacing petrol fuelled cars with environmental cars fuelled with electricity, biogas and ethanol, the ZEUS (Zero and low emission vehicles in urban society) project aims to encourage the widespread use of zero and low emission vehicles in cities. In Stockholm, over 450 ve...
By replacing petrol fuelled cars with environmental cars fuelled with electricity, biogas and ethanol, the ZEUS (Zero and low emission vehicles in urban society) project aims to encourage the widespread use of zero and low emission vehicles in cities. In Stockholm, over 450 vehicles have been replaced and a special 'Eco station' has been built to provide the right fuel for these vehicles.

The ZEUS project is a European Commission project funded under the THERMIE (Community programme providing financial support for the Promotion of European Energy Technologies) programme.

Obstacles to the market include the high cost of current vehicle offerings, a lack of infrastructure for fuel and maintenance, and a lack of sufficient incentives to boost early market penetration. To remove these obstacles, this cooperative effort, by eight European cities, involves purchasing and putting into use over a thousand zero and low emission vehicles. A wide range of fuels and vehicles are included, from both public and private transport.

In Stockholm 479 out of 1700 cars owned by the city have been replaced with environmental cars fuelled with electricity, biogas and ethanol. The aim is to replace half of all the cars within three years.

Additionally, Shell has built an Ecostation in the centre of Stockholm where the drivers can fill their cars with not only petrol and diesel but also electricity, biogas and ethanol. This required the development of a new system for production, storage and distribution of biogas, which have been built and are currently being tested.

Other cities participating in the ZEUS project include Helsinki, Finland, Copenhagen, Denmark, Bremen, Germany, Luxembourg, Athens and Amaroussion in Greece, Palermo, Italy, and London and Coventry in the UK.

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