Around 500 people tested the vehicles made available by Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. In addition, around another 100 e-bikes for municipal fleets in the region were tested. It is worthy of note that there were no accidents attributable to the vehicles’ silent movement. Two-wheelers are predominantly being used during the week for the journey to work as a substitute for the car.
The projects with an urban development character in Ludwigsburg and on the airfield in Sindelfingen/Böblingen are aimed at working up sustainable traffic concepts and preparing for the market launch of electric vehicles. Central elements here include developing the infrastructure and researching user behaviour and pre-competitive business models.
50 battery-powered Vito E-CELL vans are in everyday use all around Stuttgart. Tests are being done on their efficiency in respect to consumption and range and on their suitability for urban delivery work. Development of the Vito E-CELL and one other model was only possible thanks to model region funding. The Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (Stuttgart Tram Company) also has five articulated buses with hybrid drive systems in scheduled service. Initial results show that the buses use 20-30 % less fuel than is currently used by the most economical diesel buses.
Stuttgart is upgrading its »Call a Bike« bicycle hire system to »eCall a Bike Stuttgart« with the addition of 100 DB rental pedelecs. The bikes can be hired out from 45 specially designed terminals. In addition, three fully electric Porsche Boxsters built for research purposes are also being tested in the region.
One special feature of project work in the region is EleNa, a project being run by automotive suppliers, who have jointly developed an electric drive retrofit kit, with which conventional vans can be fairly easily converted to (parallel) hybrid vehicles.