Partnerships and joint procurement
Copenhagen Electric is the initiator of three electric vehicle partnerships with 37 public enterprises and 38 private businesses. The partners have received financial support to procure electric vehicles. For the first two partnerships, this has resulted in more than 700 additional electric vehicles, primarily in the capital region. In addition to the financial incentive, the partners gain a valuable network for professional debate and knowledge sharing as well as resource savings when preparing tender documents and procuring electric vehicles.
A third partnership has been established, and expects to procure 870 electric vehicles for 39 partners. The project and the additional electric vehicles are concentrated in the capital region, however there are partners from all over Denmark. All partnerships are being funded by the Danish Energy Agency.
Copenhagen Electric has entered into collaboration with the City of Copenhagen on joint procurement of electric vehicles as part of the electric vehicle partnerships. Through this procurement cooperation, the City of Copenhagen is preparing tenders and ordering electric vehicles on behalf of all participants in the procurement cooperation. All Danish municipalities and regions can join the procurement cooperation and thereby receive volume discounts and release internal resources previously tied up in preparing tender documents.
Network for public and private enterprises
Copenhagen Electric runs an electric vehicle network for municipalities and enterprises, the purpose of which is to gather and communicate knowledge and experience regarding electric vehicles. Copenhagen Electric thus enables municipalities and private businesses to participate in networks that can inspire green conversion to electric vehicles and increase knowledge about electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. As far as possible, these networks are coordinated with other projects and organisations gathering and communicating knowledge about electric vehicles. All businesses can take part in the electric vehicle network with a view to gathering and communicating knowledge and experience regarding electric vehicles.
Projects targeted at businesses
The Capital Region of Denmark's vision is to be a green and innovative metropolis with high quality of life as well as efficient and sustainable mobility. The public sector has taken the lead in the green conversion, however more businesses need to convert and become aware of the opportunities and environmental benefits of electric vehicles. Copenhagen Electric has several projects targeted at businesses.
The 'Meet the electric vehicle' project enables larger businesses to test four different electric vehicles and associated mobile charging stations for 12 days to gain quick, efficient and practical experience with electric vehicles. The period of almost two weeks gives the businesses a good grasp of how electric vehicles work. More than 40 businesses have accepted the offer and most of them subsequently purchased their own electric vehicles. The project is being funded by the Danish Energy Agency.
The 'Rent an electric vehicle' project is an offer targeted at employees at enterprises in the capital region. Employees are offered an opportunity to rent an electric vehicle for two weeks, so they can assess whether an electric vehicle satisfies their needs. This offer is a collaboration between the Capital Region of Denmark, the Sixt car rental service and the energy company E.ON. Both projects have increased awareness of electric vehicles and provided more widespread experience with electric vehicles and charging possibilities.
Copenhagen Electric is the initiator of two projects targeted at builders and tradesmen. One project enables builders and tradesmen to purchase an electric van with financial subsidies in return for sharing their experience operating the vans. The businesses are offered a full package with electric vehicles and charging solutions, a plug-and-play solution, so they can easily and simply start driving electrically. The project is being funded by the Danish Energy Agency, and a report on experience will be prepared at the end of the project. Moreover, TCO (total cost of ownership) data will be collected for the 50 electric vans.
The 'Vehicle to X' project examines and demonstrates the possibilities to use the battery in the electric vehicle to charge and operate tools and equipment. Regions and municipalities increasingly demand green procurement and services using vehicles and equipment that do not damage the environment. The objective of the project is to analyse the possibilities of using electric vans for commercial and building purposes, and thereby illustrate the potential of using electric vehicles in new applications where electric vehicles have not previously been used, or have only been used to a limited extent.
Projects targeted at municipalities
Copenhagen Electric has a group of consultants that help municipalities in the capital region with the green conversion to electric vehicles. The purpose of the group is to guide the units and hospitals of the municipalities and regions in the transition to more electric vehicles. All municipalities have been offered assistance from the consultants based on a seven-step conversion process, including survey and analysis of the municipalities' current vehicle fleets, identification of the potential for electric vehicles as well as financial calculations and calculations of carbon reductions. The analysis will result in an action plan with recommendations regarding conversion to electric vehicles in the individual municipalities or hospitals. The group of consultants have conducted fleet analyses in 72% of the municipalities, and this has subsequently resulted in procurement of almost 400 electric vehicles.
In parallel with the fleet analysis offer, the municipalities in the capital region have been offered a package with four different electric vehicles and associated charging solutions. The objective of this project and offer was to enable municipalities to assess the extent to which electric vehicles could be used. A total of 61% of the municipalities in the capital region have made use of the package. The results are generally satisfactory, and the municipalities have given positive feedback on the electric vehicles. The feedback shows that electric vehicles are assessed to be able to satisfy the municipalities' mileage requirements, and replace or supplement their current vehicles. More than 70% of the participating municipalities have joined Copenhagen Electric's electric vehicle partnerships.
The group of consultants and the package have made a significant difference in dialogue about electric vehicles with the municipalities. This has resulted in the fact that the target of electric vehicles constituting at least 25% of the public sector's vehicle fleet has been met for the majority of the participating municipalities.
Projects regarding city cars, car-share schemes and parking
The Capital Region of Denmark has provided financial support to a new city car concept in the capital region. Moreover, the Region has acted as a sounding board in the project. The city car concept consists of 400 electric BMW i3 cars and is contributing to reducing the level of micro-particles, noise and carbon emissions. Moreover, the concept is expected to reduce congestion in that less people will own a car. Copenhagen Electric cooperates with organisations that promote the use of car-share schemes, including LetsGo, whose vehicle fleet includes 15% electric vehicles.
The purpose of the 'Urban Space Exchange' project is to accelerate development and encourage more private individuals to use car-share schemes instead of having their own car. The project aims to demonstrate a reduced need for private parking spaces because more people are using public transport and car-share schemes, including electric vehicles.
Projects with electric buses
The Capital Region of Denmark has focus on creating a cohesive infrastructure in Greater Copenhagen. This is part of the solution to congestion problems in the region. Travelling around the region should be easier, quicker, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. Transport should support a healthy lifestyle and be sustainable. Therefore, electric vehicles and green public transport should play a bigger role. The goal is for the transport sector to be 100% free of fossil fuels by 2050. The road to reducing congestion and carbon emissions is through more environmentally friendly buses and electric vehicles as well as more individuals carpooling or taking their bike.
The Capital Region of Denmark has received DKK 2.5 mill. from the Danish Energy Agency to introduce two electric buses on the new regional route 65E. The routes are expected to be put up for tender by no later than 2017. In addition, Copenhagen Electric has received DKK 1.4 mill. from the Danish Energy Agency to introduce two electric buses to carry transit passengers at Copenhagen Airport.