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Ptuj (June 2010): Abstracts and conclusions from presentations and the CESLA-MOBIL round table

A round table with the title “PTUJ – City of Opportunities for the Introduction of Electric Vehicles into the Sustainable Mobility and Tourism” was held in the Grand Hotel Primus in Ptuj in the framework of activities of the project “CESLA – Cross-Border Implementation of Environmentally Friendly Ultra-light Vehicles in Slovenia and Austria.” The round table was opened by the opening speech of Matej Gajzer, M.Sc., the Director of TECES, followed by Dr. Štefan Čelan, Ph.D., the Mayor of  Ptuj with the introduction of the principle of the balanced development in the transport study of the Ptuj Municipality.

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A press conference was held before the official start of the event. Local and national media covered the project CESLA.

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More than 150 attendants participated in the presentation of good practices and experience from Slovenia and Austria and the round table within the CESLA-MOBIL event.

"EU Objectives, Climate and Transport" - M.Sc. Jure LEBEN (abstract)

In his opening presentation, Jure Leben, M.Sc., discussed global trends and indicated that the automotive industry can remain competitive only with the transition to green technologies. The new industrial approach, based on energy-efficient vehicles, shall facilitate the competitiveness in the European industry and create new jobs in the automotive industry and other sectors. Therefore, the transition to green technologies should be promoted, which is also supported by the European Initiative for Green Vehicles as part of the European Recovery Plan (COM(2008) 800, 26 November 2008). The global transport is anticipated to increase from 800 million vehicles to 1.6 billion vehicles by the year 2030 - according to the UNECE data (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe - World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (UNECE-WP.29): Informal document GRPE-58-02). The increase of the number of vehicles calls for a change in transport technologies and thus the transition to sustainable mobility in order to decrease the CO2 emissions. The electric vehicles shall still cover the current target markets. When the technology of batteries improves, a rapid increase of vehicles is anticipated. The studies show that the sale of electric vehicles shall be between 1 to 2% in 2020 and between 11 to 30% in 2030, while the sale of plug-in hybrids is estimated to be 2% in 2020 and between 5 to 20% in 2030, according to the IHS data – Global Insight: Battery Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles study. When purchasing an electric vehicles, the most important factor for buyers is the economy. The price of the vehicles shall have to be formed according to the technological progress and market demand. Electric vehicles have a great potential to solve great challenges of the European Commission such as climate changes, dependency on fossil fuels, local quality of air and storage of energy from renewable sources through the intelligent network. For urban use, clean electric vehicles are most appropriate.

The event continued with encouraging presentations of good practices in the introduction of e-mobility in cities, economy and tourism in Slovenia and Austria.

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“PEDELEC – Experience and Future Scenarios” - DI Gerfried CEBRAT, FGM-AMOR gemeinn. GmbH, Graz, Austria (abstract)

Gerfried Cebrat presented a model of the introduction of pedelecs into the urban environment and the influence of the selection of the electric wheel and the development from 1990 onwards - in relation to the propulsion systems, batteries and steering systems. He introduced the types of electric wheels and the possibilities of their use. For example, pedelecs may be included into the transport systems as a public vehicle through the “car sharing” system. Generally speaking, the market potential of pedelecs is very high, since almost half of the city transports (48%) can be done with other vehicles than cars (personal vehicles). However, there are still some open discussions about the recycling of batteries and adaptation of the transport infrastructure.

“Operation of Electric Vehicles and Management with Batteries in the Concepts of e-Mobility in FH Kärnten” - Winfried EGGER, Ph.D., FH Kärnten, Villach, Austria (abstract)

FH Kärnten is actively included in the development strategies of the province of Carinthia and follows economic and development trends of the region with the new university programmes. FH Kärnten is included in the concept of e-mobility with the monitoring of the e-mobility, technological support, e-car logistics and safety techniques, geo-information e-vehicles management system, economy analyses, development of propulsions, own e-vehicles, new research laboratories, testing e-mobility according to the Carinthian topology (Faaker See) and others.

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“Introduction of Electric Mobility into Regions” - Rudolf Ball, Symvar GmbH, Villach, Austria (abstract)

Rudolf Ball presented the project “Lebensland Kärnten” (here I would add a link to their brochure) and pointed out the option of development and expansion of “Lebensland” charging stations and renewable energy sources. In his presentation, he also described the path since the beginning of the electric vehicles at the end of the 19th century until now. It is expected that in 2020, the use of electric vehicles shall dramatically increase and in Carinthia, they shall be supplied with electricity by the biggest photovoltaic power plant (St. Veit an der Glan). In addition, he presented limitations and possibilities of e-mobility in a very interesting way and offered explanations of the sustainable and systematic development of e-mobility in regions.

"The meaning of the assocaittion's activities at the introduction of the electric mobility" - Simon Čretnik, Slovenian Electric Motors Association, Slovenia

He presented the beginnings of the electric mobility in Slovenia as well as companies and individuals active in the field of electric vehicles in any way: with the development of innovative motors, power electronics, charging stations, processing of vehicles etc. The association acts as a link between the companies from the field of electric vehicles, individuals and institutions, it provides information on events related to electric vehicles, is a member of AVERE and cooperates with European associations for electric vehicles. Furthermore it organises and actively participates in events, prepares starting points for business conditions adapted to electric vehicles (advantageous loans, insurances), participates in public tenders from the field of energetic efficiency and helps in the education on electric vehicles.

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“Concept of Introducing Ecological Solutions into the Operation of Pošta Slovenije” – Robert Koler, Pošta Slovenije d.o.o. (abstract)

Pošta Slovenije is gradually introducing the ecological vehicles, while it has been testing different types of e-vehicles for several years. The ecological vehicle fleet of Pošta Slovenije includes 27 cars running on liquefied oil gas, 3 electrically powered cars and 11 electrically powered bicycles. Annually, they spend more than 4 million litres of oil derivates for the performance of postal services in Slovenia. Pošta Slovenije entered into a commitment within the standard of measuring greenhouse gases created by the postal sector in order to decrease the carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 with the introduction of ecological vehicles. The standard was issued by the World Post Union, Post Europe and International Postal Corporation, of which Pošta Slovenije is a member.

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"Challenges, Problems and Possibilities of Development and Production of Electric Vehicles in Slovenia" – Marjan Kotnik, M.Sc., Director of Development of SŽ Oprema Ravne (abstract)

In order to avoid the economic crisis Oprema Ravne developed a long-term perspective programme for the development of the electric vehicle – platform and prototype. In the framework of already created studies, they developed propulsion equipment and the look of the Chebela vehicle. Because of adaptability and innovativeness, the electric vehicles are a great opportunity for the SMEs.

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Starting points, introduced by presentations of good practices and experiences at the introduction of  e-mobility, contributed to the lively interesting discussion at the round table, which led to the following closing thoughts:

  • the city of Ptuj is appropriate for the introduction of electric vehicles and could become a pilot model for the integral regulation of e-mobility in the city;

  • at the moment, it is difficult to introduce electric vehicles on the market, since electric vehicles are not competitive compared to conventional ones regarding the price;

  • The government of the RS should promote more efficiently the introduction and use of electric vehicles - at least in cities with use of e-cars and electric public transport – examples of neighbouring countries.

You can see pictures from the round table in the photo gallery.

Presentations of the ultra-light vehicles took place at the same time as the round table CESLA-MOBIL. See more in the photo gallery.

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