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Demonstration Projects 2014-2020

In order to step up market entry of BEVs, a gradual switch to the electrification of the various modes of transport, including the preparation for the respective infrastructure, the Government through the MNEP will embark on a number of projects. Funding will come from various sources, including EU Funds, National Funds, soft loans and direct private investment in a number of Private Public Partnership arrangements.
 
The following are a number of demonstration and pipeline projects that are being prepared in this regard. It is to be noted that some of these projects below include the deployment of infrastructure already referred to above.
 
A good number of these projects are intended to accelerate BEV deployment and will directly contribute to the National Target to deploy 5,000 BEVs on Maltese Roads. Each project below indicates the number of BEVs that will be purchased through these demonstration projects. The budgets and sources of funding for these projects are already identified.
 
1 The Adopt an EV Project
 
The ‘Adopt an EV Project’ includes the purchase of one hundred different types of Electric Vehicles by the MNEP (in partnership with the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure) for the purpose of the project. The project involves the set up of a scheme whereby the general public, (where beneficiaries must have installed at their residence a photovoltaic infrastructure), would be invited to scrap their vehicle in return for the use of a BEV for a period of three years. After the three year period, the scheme could either be renewed, or have the fleet added to the Government general fleet to replace conventional vehicles. For the duration of the project, the management of the scheme would be awarded to a third party.​
 
Project: Adopt an EV
Deployment: 100 BEVs
 
2 The Ultra Pod Project

The project will connect together specific locations by means of driverless electric pods. The project’s aim will be higher accessibility through electromobility. Locations where this will be implemented are still being studied. However targeted areas are the environs of Mater Dei Hospital, University of Malta as well as Cottonera.

3 The Light Rail Project

A feasibility study and actual implementation (if proved to be feasible) of a light rail system using induction technology to carry public passengers using scheduled public transport from the Floriana P+R to Valletta City Gate (and possibly City Centre) and back. The project will also include the semi pedestrianisation of St. Anne Street in Floriana.
Feasibility Studies on Mass Public Transport: A number of studies and options analyses will be launched to assess the feasibility of underground, light rail and monorail systems in specified locations around Malta.

4 Driver-less Pods

This is a Demonstration Project using the latest cutting edge technology being currently tested in the UK. The project is currently being evaluated.

5 Public Transport Electric Routes Project

This is another Demonstration Project which will be carried out in conjunction with the public transport operator, where a main route would be chosen for the use a high capacity electric bus. Vehicles will be fast charged on certain bus stops and interchanges using “Quick Charging Technology”.

6 Urban Public Transport Electric Routes Project

This demonstration project will also be used in conjunction with other potential partners including transport operators and local councils. The project includes the purchase and deployment of 20 of the latest Electric Mini Buses on the market, which will service secondary bus routes or circular routes in towns and villages, interconnecting routes to the town/ village bus interchanges. The locations that these buses would be used in are those locations which suffer most from high localised traffic generated pollution.

Project: Urban Transport Electric Routes
Deployment: 20 BEVs

7 The Solar Car Shelters Project

This project includes a number of solar car parks and car charging infrastructure in main parking areas to demonstrate carbon neutral transport as already indicated.

8 The Carbon Neutral Transport Project

Additional solar car ports in main parking areas to demonstrate carbon neutral transport as indicated above and the purchase of 6 BEVs for the use of Local Councils participating in the project.

Project: Carbon Neutral Transport
Deployment: 6 BEVs

9 Solar-PV-Noise Project

This Demonstration Project includes the installation of Solar-PV-Noise barriers along identified stretches of road especially in areas of high ecological importance. The project would be carried out with the participation of the private sector. The project will target the production of renewable energy sources which will be fed into the grid and provide protection against traffic generated noise pollution, using a technology that has dual functionality. The project will also include the purchase of an additional 5 Electric Vans for the use of the Road Maintenance Unit within the Road Infrastructure Directorate of TM.

Project: Solar PV-Noise
Deployment: 5 BEVs

10 The e-Car Sharing Project
BACKGROUND

During 2012, there was a mixed performance in the international car markets. While the emerging economies of Brazil, China and India continued to show growth and hence proved to be important markets for the automotive industry, the situation in Western Europe proved to be somewhat different with new car registration showing a slump, year on year to a decline of 8.3% (-11.7 million vehicles) the lowest since 1993. The greatest declines were registered in Italy (19.9%), France (-14.1%) and Spain (-13.4%) which in effect mirror the economic problems faced by these countries in the same year, a situation totally different from that of the UK which registered a 5.3% increase, while Germany registered a decline of 2.9%.

In the rest of the world, global demand for automotive-related financial services remained high in the reporting period. Customers are paying closer attention to the total cost of mobility and are increasingly deciding just to use a car, rather than actually owning one. In view of this, new mobility services such as car sharing are gaining in importance and popularity.

The leasing sector in Germany continued to expand in both the commercial vehicle and passenger car segments in the 2012 fiscal year.

The influential portal, Automotive News Europe in May 2013 reported that according to Frost & Sullivan, car-sharing in Europe is expected to grow to 15 million users by 2020, compared to the current 700,000, where the greatest potential markets are expected to be Germany, France and the UK and where 1 in 3 of each car sharing vehicle would be an Electric Vehicle.[1]

The Automotive industry itself is taking the plunge to have a share of the growing car sharing market. Ford just launched Ford2go while Daimler and BMW are extending the service they are already offering to customers. Daimler has extended its service Car2go in partnership with Europcar and BMW with its program DriveNow in partnership with Sixt.

This demonstration project being proposed here includes the purchase of 30 BEV of various types and classes which will be done in partnership with a car leasing/hire company and a number of Local Councils. For the purpose of this project, Malta is being divided in different e-Car Sharing Electromobility Hubs. Through this project, a National e-Car Sharing Platform will be put in place.​


Project: e-Car Sharing
Deployment: 30 BEVs

11 The Hotel e-Car Sharing, Project

This is another demonstration project for which EU funding will be sought. The aim of the project is to demonstrate e-car sharing to increase the added value of tourism. The e-car sharing initiatives will be demonstrated within a chain of hotels or a number of hotel chains and includes the purchase of 30 additional BEVs and fast charging infrastructure. Potential project partners are the MIA, MTA, TM and Hotel Chains.

Project: e-Car Sharing-Hotel
Deployment: 30 BEVs

12 The e-Car Sharing, Gozo Project

This demonstration project is similar to the above, to which EU funding will be sought. The aim of the project is to demonstrate e-car sharing to increase the added value of tourism in Gozo. The e-car sharing projects will possibly be demonstrated at Mgarr and Victoria, Gozo. The project includes the purchase of 30 BEVs and Fast Charging Infrastructure.

Project: e-Car Sharing-Gozo
Deployment: 30 BEVs

13 Electric Water Taxis Project

This project will demonstrate the use of the electric battery in water taxis and ferries. EU funding will be sought for this project. For the implementation of this project, foreign partnership with a number of cities, such as Venice and Amsterdam, will also be sought. The project will be intermodal in nature and hence will connect a number of different modes; it will also include the purchase of charging infrastructure and two electric mini buses per partner.​

Project: Electric Water Taxi
Deployment: 2 BEVs

14 The H2 Project

This will be one of the major and most challenging projects of the MNEP. The project will include the building and/or conversion of a Fuel Service Station into a hydrogen fuel station with the production of hydrogen on site through electrolysis. The project will also include the purchase of 3 of the latest Fuel Cell Buses and three Fuel Cell M1 vehicles. The project may also be accompanied by another project to build a Solar Farm or a three-wind turbines. The project will be funded by the EU Hydrogen Joint Technical Initiative II with the participation of European Partners.

Project: Hydrogen Fuel Station
Deployment: 3H2 Buses; 3 M1 H2 Fuel Cell Vehicles

15 The EV Essentials Project

This project will demonstrate the use of BEV for Essential Services such as the Police, Civil Protection and Postal/Parcel Delivery Services. EU funds will be sought for this project. Projected deployment will include the purchase and demonstration of several types of BEVs and fast charging infrastructure.

Project: EV Essentials
Deployment: 20 BEVs

16 The Last-Mile Project
The Last Mile Delivery of Goods Project will be showcased in either of these localities: Valletta, Mdina, Paola, Victoria (Gozo) and will include the leasing of premises and the delivery of goods from the premises to city/town centre using BEV. The project will also include the purchase of 20 electric delivery vans.

Project: The Last Mile
Deployment: 20 BEVs

17 The ELECTRIC CYCLE Project

This project will demonstrate pedelecs and charging infrastructure at bus termini – Valletta, Mgarr (Gozo), Victoria (Gozo), Mdina as well as a number of Local Councils of towns and villages with high tourism value.

Project: The Electric Cycle
Deployment: 200 BEVs

18 The Shore-Side Supply Project

A shore-side supply pilot project will be demonstrated at the Port of Valletta if the completion of a feasibility study currently being carried out shows that technology is feasible. The project will demonstrate shore-side supply technology; how ships and ports can become cleaner by switching off their auxiliary engines to use electricity from the National Electricity Grid.

19 MODUS II – ITS

This project is a continuation of the MODUS project and will demonstrate a mix of ITS and BEV technologies. It will demonstrate the latest Intelligent Transport Systems to enhance traffic management in urban cores and increase road safety. It will also demonstrate Infrastructure – Vehicle Technology (I2V and V2I) and vice versa.

Project: MODUS II
Deployment: 5 BEVs

20 The H-Res Project

A number of vocational and research projects will be launched. These will be financed through the Life-Long Learning Programme and ESF Funds. Potential partners are MCAST and UOM, the industry and car agents.

21 Research Projects and the creation of an Electromobility Research Hub

Participation in a number of Research and Development projects to be mainly funded by the EU Research programme, Horizon 2020. Research will be on new vehicle concepts, battery and new car structures and materials. The project will also see the creation of an Electromobility Hub in possible partnership with Malta Enterprise, International Automotive Companies, University of Malta and MCAST.

22 The BEV-KIDS Project

Through this project a number of Electric Buses (8) would be purchased and used in conjunction with the Ministry of Education for providing clean transport for school children. This will contribute to cleaner air quality near schools in urban centres.

Project: BEV-KIDS
Deployment: 8 Electric Buses




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