In the field of mobility, tests are being carried out at the Basel pilot region to determine how traffic in Switzerland can be organized in a sustainable way. Mobility is a pressing concern, since passenger cars account for about a fifth of the energy consumed in Switzerland, and the combustion of fossil fuels which worsens local air quality and contributes to climate change.
To make passenger transport more sustainable, four steps should be taken in a coordinated manner:
1) Reduction in transport demand,
2) Shift to environmentally-friendly public transport as far as possible,
3) Improvement of remaining passenger cars by means of low-pollution and energy-efficient technologies,
4) Changeover fossil to renewable fuels
Traffic reduction and combined transport concepts are are examined in case studies. In the ?Experimental Space Mobility? project and its predecessor projects ?Mobility Module? and ?Innovative Fleet of Vehicles? tests are being carried out in the Basel pilot region to demonstrate how the fuels natural gas, biogas and, in the long-term, hydrogen can contribute to sustainable mobility.
The joint activities with the different partners encompass
- testing of leading natural gas vehicle technologies (CEV/CLEVER) in everyday use
- visible integration of fleet and taxi operators as users of natural gas and biogas as fuels
- comparison of natural gas and diesel buses, information for decision-makers and operators
- demonstration of new approaches in hydrogen mobility
- events for and dialogue with citizens as well as decision-makers
- continuous support through market research