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100 % Electric Municipal Transport Electrification 2018-03-14


With 16.359 e-buses provided by BYD company, Shenzhen is the first major  city in the world to have an all-electric bus fleet and now is home to  the largest fleet of electric buses and electric taxis in the world.  Shenzhen was one of 13 cities in China to pilot a national new-energy  vehicle program released in 2009. Changing over to an all-electric  municipal transportation system demanded large financial investments,  and required the appropriate infrastructure to be built. Shenzhen has  510 bus charging stations with a combined 8,000 charging points, so it  can charge just under half the fleet at once. At December 2017, the  charging station at one of the main bus terminals Qinghu has more than  30 charging poles.

  • 16.359 electric buses provided by BYD Auto Company Ltd. In december 2017
  • 510 bus charging stations, 8.000 charging poles
  • Estimated reduction of carbon emissions by 1.35 million tons


The move to completely switch from fuel-powered to electric buses in the  12-million-people city Shenzhen proofs that 100 percent electric  municipal transport IS possible in the here and now. The all-electric  bus fleet is expected to save the equivalent of 345,000 tons of diesel  fuel and reduce carbon emissions by 1.35 million tons. Next, the city  intends to make all of its more than 17,000 taxis electric. However, the  radical political decision demanded large investments and changes in  infrastructure. In 2017 alone, the city put up almost $500 million to  promote the adoption of electric buses and installation of charging  infrastructure.


  • Complete transition to electric municipal transport
  • Radical political commitment to green energy
  • As Shenzhen is home to 12 mio people, the environmental impact is massive
Shenzen City

Municipal Transport

Shenzhen City Public Transport Administration
BYD Auto Company Ltd

Shenzhen City, China


Electric Quadracycle for freight transport Electrification 2019-01-08


Electrification, Sustainable Logistics

Built by Flevobike in Dronten

Germany and the Netherlands

The "Cubicycle" is an electric quadracycle with a removable container that has a cargo volume of one cubic meter. Key advantages of the bicycle in comparison with similar types of non-motorized transport are its volume and better integration into DHL's operational systems. The reclining seat for the courier allows greater comfort, safety and speed. It boasts electric pedal assistance for additional speed and support in climbing hills, and it easy to handle, with a tight turning cycle. The removable containers are secure and waterproof, and offer a large volume while not impairing the view of other cyclists. They can bypass traffic congestion, make more stops and the total cost of ownership over their lifetime is less than half of a van.

DHL is Europe’s largest postal company with 59 million letters getting delivered per working day in Germany. A company operating on such a large scale requires an environmental protection program to contribute to the national emission reduction targets. DHL’s Go Green initiative aims to improve its carbon efficiency by 30% till 2020 (against base year 2007). The group has saved 19 billion tons of CO2 and more than 6 billion fuel cost since 2007.

According to DHL, the solution will significantly reduce emissions because it minimizes the mileage and time spent on the road by standard delivery vehicles. “Each City Hub can replace up to two standard delivery vehicles, with an equivalent CO2 saving of over sixteen tons per year and a significant reduction in other emissions”, the express services provider states

E-Rickshaws Electrification 2019-01-30

TUMI Project Winner 2018

E-Rickshaws as public transport and health service in Singra

Challenge Winner Representative
Mayor of Singra Municipality

TUMI Partner
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

The challenge
Lack  of proper public transportation systems within the city. Privately  owned illegal rickshaw updates (electrifaction) led to a safety issue  with increasing accidents.

How the challenge will be addressed
The city promotes e-rickshaws as public and emergency health transport by buying e-rickshaws.

Further details about the solution 
The project aims to improve the city’s public transportation system as well as the health services and make the streets safer.

Target Groups
Citizens  and municipality will benefit from the new system, including younger  and aged people, women and children and low income people

ElectriCityBusse Electrification 2019-01-08

City of Vienna, Siemens/Rampini City of Vienna, Siemens/Rampini

Electrification, Public Transport

Wiener Linien

Vienna, Austria

• The buses recharge at their end stations by hooking up to the overhead lines of the Viennese tram using an extendable pantograph, an arm on the roof.

• Batteries last longer (4yrs) because they are being fully charged

• The buses have a top speed of 62kmph

• The cost of each bus is double a cost of a diesel bus but maintenance cost is negligible

• Charging takes only 5-8 minutes

• In 2011, the Wiener Linien decided to aim for zero emissions in the city centre.

• To achieve this goal, the city decided to electrify public transport and customize this technology specially for the project. It is replicable and scalable.

• In a context of increasing emissions from transport, this technology significantly reduces emissions and usage of energy.

According to calculations of the Technical University of Graz, “ElectriCitybusse” will reduce emissions of CO2 by 5.3t, of NO by 1.7t and of NO2 by 0.06t per year compared to the liquid gas buses which had been used before. As NO2 is far more dangerous to health than NO, it was considered very important to split NOx emissions.

Luminous Platforms by Deutsche Bahn Electrification 2018-05-29

Deutsche Bahn AG has cooperated with the Berlin-based Start Up SIUT in order to develop an innovative solution for passenger guidance in train stations. With the help of integrated light fibers, the punctually illuminated flooring at station tracks becomes a signpost., lines, symbols, letters or logos glow in the ground. Thanks to the direct illumination of the concrete surface, travelers can better orient themselves in train stations.
In October 2017, Deutsche Bahn presented a luminous platform  of its partner start-up in Berlin, demonstrating how optical information generated by symbols and different colors can help to improve punctuality. On February 26, 2018, the innovative solution for passenger guidance had its German premiere in Stuttgart.

High volumes of traffic can lead to delays in the processing of trains. As passengers often concentrate at the platform entrances, regional transit is delayed due to overcrowded doors in the main rush-hours. Commuters are often not at the right place on the platform where the train stops, which leads to longer entry times, affecting punctuality. By introducing the nation's first dynamic route guidance system with light strips, the cooperation of Deutsche Bahn and SIUT tackles this problem: Illuminated symbols indicate where the train stops and show the exact positions of the doors shortly before the next train enters the station. Passengers are thus easily guided in the right place at the platform, boarding is faster and the trains can leave on time.


  • Passenger guidance at train stations enables more comfortable travel for commuters in rush-hours
  • Efficiency is increased by indicating the position of entry doors of the incoming trains
  • Luminous floor signs at the platform can help improve punctuality and thus ease rush-hour traffic and security when boarding the trains

Deutsche Bahn AG

Big Data
Smart Mobility
Connected Infrasructure

SIUT Lichtfaserbeton

Pilot Test Phase
Berlin, GER
Stuttgart, GER

MatchRider Electrification 2019-01-08

Match Rider Match Rider Match Rider

Electrification, Sustainable Logistics

City of Heidelberg, State of Baden-Württemberg, University of Stuttgart and many more (refer website below)


MatchRiderGO is a web and mobile app-based platform designed to help people share rides over short to mid-distance routes (less than 100 km), especially regularly-scheduled commutes, that make up to 80 percent of all private vehicle traffic. The MatchRiderGO system helps drivers to share costs with passengers and it helps passengers to get conveniently and inexpensively from point A to point B, often integrating with other forms of public transportation into a combined mobility solution for communities and businesses.

It solves the problem that ride sharing is not attractive for short to mid distance travelling so far by offering a reoccurring schedule of rides with focus on specific, high traffic commuter routes. It offers the passengers plannability combined with a high grade of flexibility. By offering rides on a daily basis by paying drivers a guaranteed rate, MatchRiderGO bids a high grade of reliability for commuters as well.

• Environmental: Reduce traffic resulting from CO2 emissions

• Financial: Cut commuter costs

• Infrastructure: Fill gaps in public transportation

Plugsurfing Smart Charging across Europe Electrification 2018-03-14


Smart Infrastructure
Charging Points

  • Innogy
  • EnBW
  • Allego
  • Vattenfall
  • Nissan
  • Tesla
  • Greenpeace
  • 16 Countries across Europe
  • 180 Operators
  • 60.000 Charging Points


The Berlin based Start Up makes electric charging efficient and easy by tackling the problem of accessing charging stations provided by different operators: The Emobility Service Provider PlugSurfing closes contracts with 180 charging point operators such as Innogy, EnBW, Allego and Vattenfall to allow charging at their stations. Users can charge across Europe's largest charging network (60000 points so far) with one payment method: Via a mobile application, registered users can find close-by charging stations, check in real-time whether these are currently free to be used and pay via Scan&Charge. The prices are also displayed on the app, enabling users to make the best price-offer-choice.

The mobile and online service makes emobility really simple and user-friendly: One of the main obstacles when using e-vehicles is to find a charging stations provided by the operator of a certain provider. Standardized payment via credit card or PayPal using the Scan&Charge service avoids complications and leads to more flexibility. PlugSurging charges users a commission for offering their service.

  • Finding close-by charging stations and prices displayed on a map
  • Enables users to charge their EV at different operators’ stations without having to close single contracts
  • Easy payment via Scan&Charge
  • Online and app based services for EV charging available for Android and iPhone
  • Regsitration is via creditcard or PayPal account
  • Different providers‘ stations can be accessed by users
  • The single operators determine the prices, PlugSurfing only aggregates and displays information

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WhereIsMyTransport Electrification 2018-03-29


With public transport data and a three-week data collection project the  company mapped the Minibus Taxi Network of Cape Town. The data is  integrated into an open platform together with information on other  transport modes.WhereIsMyTransport also provides the data for other  StartUps to build apps oder websites.
WhereIsMyTransport started in  2008 as a university project and first earned success by reaching the  finals at the Microsoft Imagine Cup.

  • Data was collected by travelling 13,410 kms with mobile tools to track the routes
  • Via metadata it‘s possible to generate estimated times without having a set timetable of the Minibuses
  • Carbon emission data is added to the modes and routes

WhereIsMyTransport  started with collecting data of Cape Town and found great approval in  society and managers of the bus systems. Another data collection took  place in Gauteng. The platform has data from 21 cities in Africa


In most african cities informal run public transport is the only way to  get around. Data on the services is hardly available and if so, very  unreliable.


  • People can rely on given data to get around - Non-local residents can thus move around easily
  • The information provided by the available means of transport lays the foundation for the integration of other modes of transport

WhereIsMyTransport, London and Cape Town WhereIsMyTransport, London and Cape Town

Big Data
Public Transport

WWF South Africa
Transport and Urban Development Authority, Cape Town

African emerging cities





eHighway Hessen Electrification 2018-05-28

The German state of Hesse has build a new eHighway which will supply power for the electric drive of hybrid trucks along a 10km stretch of autobahn. German engineering company Siemens has been commissioned to build the overhead contact line for electrified freight transport on the A5 federal autobahn which runs close to Frankfurt Airport and the Darmstadt/Weiterstadt interchange. It is the first test of eHighway on a public highway in Germany as well as the first field trial of the eHighway concept which Siemens originally presented in 2012. Siemens is responsible for the planning, construction and maintenance of the system. The system is being built as part of the joint project “Electrified, innovative heavy freight transport on autobahns” (ELISA) of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

  • 10 km-long highway with electrified wires overhead as part of the joint project “Electrified, innovative heavy freight transport on autobahns” (ELISA)
  • Trucks can connect with an intelligent pantograph which is the key innovation of the system
  • This allows the trucks to connect to the catenary system while travelling at 90km/h.

The Construction of the system demonstrates the feasibility of integrating overhead contact systems with a public highway. The system is in the test phase used for real transport networks, proving the practicality of climate-neutral freight transport in the urban region of Frankfurt. Installing ehighways creates economically viable solutions for climate-neutral freight transport by road. The technology is an already existing and feasible alternative to trucks operating with internal combustion engines. The eHighway is said to be twice as efficient compared to internal combustion engines. That not only means cutting energy consumption in half, but also significantly reducing local air pollution, however as the used trucks need drive to the start and end of the electrified highway, the vehicles are not fully electrified, but use hybrid technology.


  • Clima-neutral freight transport by road
  • Drastically cutting Energy consumption: a 40-ton truck running for 100,000km on an eHighway would realise €20,000 in reduced fuel costs, as claimed by Simens
  • significantly reducing local air pollution
  • Building on already existing public infrastructure and technology
    economically viable solution

Siemens Mobility

Smart freight

German state of Hesse
Hessen Mobil Construction

Pilot Test Phase on highway A5 in Hesse, Germany


Integrating E-Mobility into Last Mile and On-Demand -Service Electrification 2018-03-14


Mellowcabs are designed to provide an efficient taxi (on demand service)  and cargo delivery service (last mile). Mellowcabs operate in a radius  of three miles around the city center. Therefore they fill the gap in  commuting (e.g. between the bus stop and meeting venue). Cities are congested. If it is impossible to travel the  last mile by public transport or other means of transport offered in  the city, many   people continue using their car.
Mellowcabs are  electric vehicles for greener technology and clean air. For  developments in this matter, Mellocabs collaborated with the  Stellenbosch University for Research and Development.

  • An app allows passengers to see where the nearest cabs are
  • Transparency on the driver is given
  • Passenger get charged via the app
  • On-Board tablet computer to provide information and entertainment


Integration of the cabs with other public transport to contribute  towards the city’s overall transport plan and decrease the congestion in  city centers. First- and Last Mile concept. Integrating electro  mobility in a last mile concept is a good way to integrate green  technologies into taxi services since this kind of transportation  occupies a large part of the city. By using the very noticeable yellow small vehicles the recognition value is there and the possibility to cut through traffic.


Mico Mobility
Last Mile Concept 

Stellenbosch University for Research and Development

South Africa

Beeline Crowdsourced Bus Services Sharing 2018-05-29

Beeline is an demand-driven, shared micro-transit concept enabled by data analytics and mobile technology. Through the Beeline mobile app, commuters can pre-book more direct, private express bus services during peak periods. The initiative was introduced by GovTech and LTA in 2015, and over the course of one year, have worked with reliable bus operators and organisations to initiate new routes, serving commuters all across the island. There are currently 11 Beeline routes run by bus operator partners in Singapore.
Using the Beeline mobile app, commuters are able to book seats on the available bus routes in advance. Booking of seats offers predictability and assurance of a seat on the bus. The app comes with a tracking feature for passengers to track the bus on the day of the ride. Commuters can also suggest new routes on the app. The collated suggestions will allow bus operators to see where the areas with demand for new routes are.

  • Crowdsourced bus services app for mobile devices
  • Allows commuters to suggest new routes that other commuters can "hop" on
  • Travel routes are managed by a smart routing algorithm
  • Bus service provides regular updates on activated routes
  • Shared transit via private express bus operators across all Singapore
  • Discounts for frequent users: package ride of 5 times a week with 20% off

Based in Singapore, the demand-driven shared transit service aims to bring commuters directly to their destination with the help of mobile technology and analytics. The crowdsourced bus services app allows commuters to either suggest a route that other commuters can "hop" on if they're going to places around the same destination, or alternatively suggest a route to see if there are enough people who want to reach the same destination. As Beeline bus routes are adaptive; new routes are  constantly activated based on demand and existing routes may evolve over time.


  • Flexible commuting all across the island with provate express buses of different operators
  • Crowdsourcing enables demand-driven shared transit and suggestion of routes by users, thus very sufficient and sustainable service
  • fuss-free payment method via PayPal or Credit Card

Beeline Singapore Beeline Singapore

Smart travel
Mobility as a Service

local private bus operators


Bicycle Sharing Programm Hoi An City Sharing 2019-01-30

TUMI Project Winner 2018

Challenge Winner Representative
Healthbridge Vietnam

TUMI Partner
World Resource Institute

The challenge
Shared  mobility in Hoi An is mostly based on motorbikes and cars and the trend  “shared mobility” has not caught on in the non-motorized transport  sector.

How the challenge will be addressed
Develop  a bicycle network and establish a public-private partnership bicycle  sharing program to foster non-motorized shared mobility solutions.

Further details about the solution 
A non-motorized transportation plan to support sustainable transportation in Hoi An will be developed.

Target Groups 
Residents and tourists.

Chauffeur service of taxi platforms Sharing 2018-06-04


Blacklane is a platform that connects passengers with a network of licensed and insured professional drivers. Their all-inclusive rates are guaranteed at the time of booking and cover all taxes, fees, levies, tolls and tips. Blacklane's service combines 24/7 customer support with real-time service control. Passengers can plan a trip in seconds via the website or apps.

The intention was to offer an internationally networked and not too expensive chauffeur service.

The company does not have a fleet of vehicles, but cooperates with local chauffeur services. The price of the trip is calculated when booking a trip. In this way, an offer is made to the drivers. If this offer is not accepted by any driver within a few minutes, the price will be increased.


Blacklane went from providing their service from one city to more than 250 cities within five years and became a competitor of various local taxi companies or platforms.


  • By concentrating on international expansion the company was soon able to provide their services in many countries in Europe. By reorganizing company structures and following data e.g. on website traffic or country of residence the range extended to a global focus.
  • Providing a huge network of chauffeur services available for a big group of people


  • Booking via app or website
  • Vehicle class can be selected
  • Blacklane promises a waiting time of 15 minutes (1 hour for airport pickups)
  • The fleet consists of business class vehicles
  • Free cancellation up until 1 hour before one-way rides
  • It’s possible to book a driver for a whole day to hop on and off for meetings and leave the luggage inside the car. This way it’s possible to work in the vehicle

Blacklane, Berlin Blacklane, Berlin Blacklane, Berlin



RI Digital Ventures, B-to-V Partners, 88 investments GmbH, Car4you, Daimler, Alternative Strategic Investments (Alstin), Hertz, Groundspan, Expedia und Finnair, Carbon Footprint Ltd.

250+ cities in more than 50 countries around the world


Green Class E-Car SBB and BMW Sharing 2018-05-29

SBB and BMW-Electrocars launched a one year test phase with an E-Carsharing program combined with a first class train ticket. The name of the project is “Green Class E-Car”. The idea of the program is to facilitate the door to door mobility by using an E-Car to get to the train station and then taking the train. 140 subjects had the change to take part in this project. During the test phase the willingness of the subjects to use sustainable transport increased. The program offers a premium or comfort version.

Since 2000 the use of  motorized vehicles in  Switzerland increased by 32 percent till 2017. Green ClassE-Car has the potential to contribute to persuade commuters to use public transport and take part in sharing programs.


  • Less private car use
  • 70 percent of the subjects extended their contracts
  • Behaviourchange of users


  • The subjects catch their SBB DailyTracks mobility behaivour
  • ETH Zürich published in their research report a behavoiur change of the subjects
  • Based on the outcome of the feedback of the users and ETH Zürich the project of Green Class is being further developed


Train Subscription
Comfort -/premium Sharing

Pilot Test Phase in Switzerland

LESS Sharing to save money Sharing 2018-06-05

Less is a ride-sharing startup, which is mainly focused on commuters who regularly drive from A to B. Registered drivers will be matched with passengers travelling in the same direction. If the driver takes a passenger with him, he is paid for it financially.

The founder of LESS is Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, former CEO of French commerce marketing startup Criteo. The startup already managed to raise $ 19 million (provided by Index Ventures and Daphni).

  • Users receive between 10 and 15 cents per kilometer
  • App available for iOS and Android
  • The app uses GPS Data


  • Many cities are congested by traffic and people get stuck in traffic especially during rush hour
  • With low occupancy levels the sitution worsens


  • Having a higher occupancy level means less cars in the city
  • It’s cheaper and quicker to get from A to B
  • Cities are less congested by traffic


Sharing Economy
Big Data


Moovel Sharing 2019-01-08

Daimler AG

Mobility-as-a-Service, Sharing

Local public transport agencies, car2go, mytaxi, Nextbike, Deutsche Bahn and more

The moovel app compares the mobility offers of different providers in terms of price and duration and offers suitable mobility options. It allows to reserve, book and pay for different means of transport on the route. 

moovel has set itself the target of radically simplifying mobility in towns and cities. It is working on an operating system for urban mobility that offers access to suitable mobility options thus fostering intermodality and paves the way for a future with autonomous vehicles.

Moovel aims at transform cities by providing convenient and sustainable mobility solutions. By simplify urban mobility and encourage people to switch to shared mobility traffic jams can be avoided as well as a switch towards more sustainable forms of transportation.

Online Transportation Network Sharing 2018-03-14


ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd., operating under the trade name Ola, is an  Indian online transportation network company. It was founded as an  online cab aggregator in 2010 in Mumbai, but is now provides a range of  services, ranging from economic to luxury travel. The cabs are reserved  through a mobile app and the service accepts both cash and cashless  payments with Ola money. The company has expanded to a network of more  than 600,000 vehicles and commands 60% of the market share in India. In  November 2014 Ola started on-demand auto rickshaw service which is now  available in 73 cities across India. Bike Sharing is also offered in a  number of cities.

  • Online and app based services for car- and bike-sharing, taxi aggregation and car rental
  • Service range from economic to luxury travel
  • Live ride tracking
  • Available for Android and iPhone


The mobile and online service enables easy and safe travelling in cities  according to individual needs. As Ola provides many different services  in one application surface, it is easy to use. Combining car, rickshaw  and bike transport makes flexible mode change possible. Partnering with  local transport authorities and other taxi providers ensures smooth  booking processes. However, OlaCabs' technology came under criticism  regarding the security of its mobile app.


Increasing flexibility when travelling in cities due to mode change possibilities within one application service
Safe and Secure Rides due to verified drivers and an emergency alert button
Easy online booking and cashless payment

Olacabs ANI Tech. Pvt Ldt.

Taxi aggregator
On-demand travel
Car Sharing
Bike Sharing

Bangalore Geotagg

110 Cities in India and Australia

Open Streets in Cape Town Sharing 2019-01-28

TUMI Project Winner 2018

Challenge Winner Representative
Open Streets Cape Town

TUMI Partner

The challenge
Individual  urban mobility is not sustainable and takes up a lot of public space.  For citizens, it is often difficult to imagine, how they would benefit  from a paradigm shift.

How the challenge will be addressed
Through Open Streets people can get to know and enjoy car-free environment.

Further details about the solution 
Transforming  mobility patterns by changing minds. Through the open street festivals,  people are invited to enjoy the car-free environment and a debate  around “the city we want” can be initiated.

Target Groups 
Emerging  car owning households in middle and low-income areas of the city and  children, as powerful change agents in their homes, and who are the  future cohort of low carbon transport travelers.

Further information: Open Streets Cape Town