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Electric vehicles in public fleets

Based on the good technical experiences in the PREVIEW project, it is decided in the framework of the new environmental policy plan, to introduce a large number of (hybrid) electric vehicles extra in the municipal fleet. This decision is partially based on the coming availability of the Renault Kangoo EV extend range, provided with a very small ICE engine and generator (the range extender) in order to charge the batteries in case the on-board energy supply becomes insufficient (a psychological advantage). Furthermore the use and the availability of hybrid electric vehicles are becoming more and more generally accepted.

The price of these vehicles however, will remain a high barrier for potential customers in a long term and can only be directed in the right way with the support of successful large-scale demonstrations like this project.

This measure therefore consists of several steps:
- Procurement and introduction of 50 (hybrid)electric vehicles and charging infrastructure;
- Advise and training of the drivers;
- Demonstration of the use of these vehicles in the municipal fleet;

Apart from CIVITAS, the city of Rotterdam will also take action for a possible extension of the municipal fleet with 50 extra vehicles in a national program.

The innovative aspect of this measure is to demonstrate that a large fleet of (hybrid) electric vehicles is possible when the procurement and introduction is sufficiently accompanied with communication activities, training and awareness campaigns.

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Gemeentewerken, Rotterdam
Galvanistraat 15
3002AP Rotterdam
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