Mission statement:

To demonstrate, evaluate and promote the advantages of Electric two-wheelers as a substantial contribution to sustainable mobility in urban areas.

Based on:

Introduction and testing of over 1.300 electric two-wheelers in 10 European cities/islands, in order to obtain a modal shift towards two-wheelers, by promoting these new mobility means.
Promoting and dissemination of the results, as a contribution in preparing large-scale introduction of these vehicles in the market.
Use of electric bicycles is aimed at increasing drive range of bicycle use and range of user groups.
Use of electric scooters is aimed at replacing scooters and cars with internal combustion engines.
To develop, install and test devices facilitating the use of these means.
To investigate new technologies for alternative two-wheelers and the physiological/bio-mechanical aspects of power assisted bicycles in relation to lowering the threshold for a relevant part of the citizens (including ageing population, commuters, employees).
To set up a valid evaluation methodology for the comparative assessment at local level (cities/islands) on a European scale.
Linking alternatively generated (renewable) energy sources with transport means.
E-TOUR is set up to demonstrate electric two-wheelers in different urban areas in a co-operation between 10 cities/islands, 2 network-associations, 3 universities and private companies.

In the sites of Barcelona, Stockholm, Rome, Capri and Mykonos the emphasis lies on demonstrating the advantages of fully-motorised electric scooters/mopeds. In the cities of Rotterdam, Basel, Brussels, Mendrisio and Erlangen the advantages of power-assisted bicycles will be demonstrated. The advantages of the two-wheel electric are obvious; it operates fully emission free and it is very silent and requires much less road space than a four-wheel car; a great advantage in city-centres. The electric two-wheeler is a key factor in defining sustainable mobility in the city of tomorrow.

In Rotterdam, Basel, Erlangen and Stockholm a strong 'bicycle' culture is already present, the introduction of electric bicycles is aimed at further increasing bicycle use.
The cities of Basel, Mendrisio, Stockholm and Brussels have a hilly topography where power-assisted bicycles and scooters may offer a great incentive to promote the use of two-wheelers.
In Barcelona and Rome thermal scooters and motorcycles are already heavily used. The project aims at replacing polluting thermal scooters by clean electric ones.
On the Islands of Capri and Mykonos the topography offers an ideal environment for (electric) two-wheelers used in sharing systems.
E-TOUR will assess the impact of the introduction of such vehicles, incl. facilitating infrastructure. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Università Frederico II di Napoli, the University of Bern and other research institutions will be involved in the assessment of the implications regarding use of electric two-wheelers in different environments and logistic systems in cities of various sizes and geographical circumstances. The research will highlight the attainable reductions of CO2, other emissions and noise, taking into account the modal shift from four-wheel vehicles to two-wheelers. The organisation of E-TOUR is based on a division in 5 work packages:

The results of the E-TOUR project will be widely disseminated through the networks of the partners and CITELEC and Islenet. The European Organisations of bicycle manufacturers and retailers are also involved in the dissemination of the project.
Effective start/end date1/01/0031/12/02

    Flemish discipline codes

  • Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Civil and building engineering

    Research areas

  • electricty, Bicycles, Mobility, Transport, EPAC, Health

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