Electric cars ensure cleaner air and fill the municipal purse

The Capital Region of Denmark has a vision of a green and innovative metropolis with high quality of life and growth. A new study underpins the financial value of using fossil-fuel-free municipal cars.

If the municipalities in the capital region changed their petrol or diesel fuelled cars for electric cars, citizens would be able to breathe cleaner air and there would be more money to spend on children and the elderly, for instance.

These are the findings of a new study on the potential of converting to electric cars in the municipalities. The study was carried out by COWI for the Capital Region of Denmark.

Analysing the number of cars and driving patterns

The study analyses the number of cars and their driving patterns in 11 municipalities of the region and shows total savings of DKK 1.6 million and 287.5 tonnes CO2 if employees, such as personal care workers and pedagogues, drive electric cars instead of petrol or diesel fuelled cars.

“There is a huge potential, which may benefit the health and financial resources of our citizens if municipalities are first-movers in the transition to green transport. We have joined forces to prepare a common regional climate strategy supporting the dissemination of green types of transport and to realise the goal of becoming a leading electric cars region. So now the municipalities must get down to business,” said Jens Mandrup (Danish Socialist People's Party), Chairman of the Committee for the Environment and Traffic in the Capital Region of Denmark

The goal of the climate strategy is that 25% of the public car fleets in the capital region must be climate-friendly.

Difference from municipality to municipality

The study shows that the incentive to switch from petrol and diesel fuelled cars to electric cars varies from municipality to municipality.

Dragør only has 31 municipal cars but if just ten of these were swopped for electric cars there would be large annual financial savings in addition to saving 26 tonnes CO2. In Gladsaxe Municipality, 50 out of 147 municipal cars could be replaced by electric cars without additional total costs, saving the environment 147.3 tonnes CO2 annually.

Ready to help

“In the electric car secretariat, Copenhagen Electric, in the Capital Region of Denmark, we are ready to help municipalities make the transition to electric cars through knowledge-sharing and collaboration. Electric cars are often rejected for the reason that they can’t go far enough on one recharge. However, the study shows that most municipal journeys are less than 100 kilometres in one day and often this would make the electric car an obvious alternative,” said Kåre Albrechtsen, Head of Secretariat, from Copenhagen Electric.

The study prepared an action plan for each municipality providing a total overview of the financial and environmental benefits and costs of transition to electric cars.

Facts:

  • COWI’s study was prepared together with Design School Kolding and EVTest for the electric car secretariat, Copenhagen Electric, in the Capital Region of Denmark.
  • Car fleets of eleven municipalities were reviewed car by car. Also the extent of driving was mapped out and described.
  • The analysis shows that more than 25% of the cars of the municipalities can be replaced by electric cars with either a financial gain or without adding more costs. Technically, just under 50% of the cars of the municipalities could be replaced by electric cars, thereby contributing CO2 gains.
  • The Regional Council has allocated DKK 16.5 million for 2013-2016 to realise its climate-strategy goal ‘the Capital Region of Denmark as the leading electric car region’, which is part of the joint regional climate strategy of KKR Hovedstaden and the Capital Region of Denmark.
  • The electric car secretariat, Copenhagen Electric, in the Capital Region of Denmark helps make electric cars more widespread in the capital region through knowledge-sharing and communication, as well as by collaborating on projects which promote electric car transport.

For more information, please contact:

  • Jens Mandrup (Danish Socialist People's Party), Chairman of the Committee for the Environment and Traffic in the Capital Region of Denmark, mobile phone: +45 31 34 88 98.
  • Kåre Albrechtsen, Head of Secretariat, Copenhagen Electric, mobile phone: +45 24 63 88 68
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