Electric Mobility: Point of Departure. 10 March 2011.
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GRAY, D., 2011. Electric Mobility: Point of Departure. 10 March 2011. [online] Viborg: North Sea Region Programme. Available from: http://eharbours.eu/uncategorized/point-of-departure-documents [Accessed 27 August 2015]
The organisations cooperating in e‐harbours investigate the potential of electric transport (both on land and on water) for the harbour regions of North West Europe. Current types of electric vehicles still have a short driving range and limited possibilities, mainly caused by the shortcomings of the batteries applied. We need batteries that perform better, at lower costs per kWh of storage. This requires a technological breakthrough. Great investments are requested in other fields, like standardisation of techniques used, building a recharging infrastructure and developing a sound business case for that recharging infrastructure. Choices have to be made from a wide range of possibilities (slow charging, fast charging, battery swapping…) From an ecological point of view it is adamant that electric vehicles are powered by energy from renewable sources. When they use electricity from coal fuelled plants, their environmental performance is severely reduced. Harbour zones can be considered as more or less closed systems, providing an ideal environment for research and experimentation in the field of electric mobility. The e‐harbours project aims to progress the electric mobility agenda in European harbours by means of showcases in Zaanstad, Amsterdam, Malmö and the Shetland Islands. REPORT FOR THE E-HARBOURS PROJECT OF THE NORTH SEA REGION PROGRAMME - project statement - ‘Investing in the future by working together for a sustainable and competitive region.’