ELMOS - Introducing electric mobility as intermodal transport mean in small and medium sized cities in the South Baltic Area

ELMOS promotes the invention of electric mobility in the small & medium sized towns & cities of the South Baltic Area. In this way it contributes to reduce C02 emissions and improve urban living conditions. The overall idea of the project is to develop and partly introduce electric mobility in the five participating municipalities. Karlskrona, Malbork, Rostock, Trabki Wielkie and Växjö want to become forerunners but are therefore also newcomers in the field. Electric mobility will be integrated into their existing urban transport networks. Electric mobility offers new opportunities for everyday transport. Urban areas are predestined to become catalysts for its invention and are on the forefront of the development. Here, charging infrastructure could be provided at short notice and travel distances comfortably coped with the present electric vehicles, which allow only limited operating ranges.

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The special focus of ELMOS lies on intermodal offers that complement (public) transport chains, and for which no practical examples exist in the region yet.  The strategic objective of this approach is to induce a shift of mobility behaviour in towns & cities towards use of cleaner ways of transport as alternative to individual car traffic. 

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Groups that are most benefiting of ELMOS are:

  1. Small & medium sized cities,
  2. Public transport operators,
  3. Population and
  4. Retailers & producers of electric mobility.  

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The project’s activities concentrate on gathering best practice of electric mobility and intermodality available in Europe, adapting them to the local needs, implementing practical demonstrator services at partners’ locations and promoting the experiences within the South Baltic Area.

The activities within “ELMOS” are divided into 5 components.

The project starts with best practice compilation and review, which covers both the solutions that can be implemented in short term (within project lifetime), and as long term strategies of multimodal urban transport incorporating electric mobility. Partners receive guidance by an international electric mobility expert panel. Study trips to model regions and international conferences take place.  

After this is done, the involved cities conduct surveys on the potential of adaptation of the solutions to their specific circumstances and needs. They consist of qualitative and quantitative analyses of customer groups and the potential city-areas for implementation. Short term implementation proposals and long term electric mobility strategies are prepared in detail.

In parallel, adjusted solutions (short-term applications like e-bikes or e-scooters) are implemented in the five municipal areas for the purpose of demonstrating and testing the potentials for electric mobility and its integration with the urban public transport system.

These core activities are supported by promotional actions inside and outside South Baltic. Results of knowledge import & activities in forerunner cities are continuously compiled & processed into an electric mobility handbook.

The project involves partners from 4 South Baltic regions: Mecklenburg Vorpommern; Blekinge, Kronoberg and Pomorskie. They are accompanied by 5 associated organizations from Germany, Sweden and Poland.