The ELIPTIC project focuses on the use of existing electric public transport systems (including light rail, metro, tram and trolleybus) for the electrification of multimodal mobility approaches in the urban and sub-urban context. By integrating existing electric public transport infrastructure for multi-purpose use, it demonstrates that the further take-up of electric vehicles can be done in a cost-efficient way.

The project supports the European Commission in exploring policy frameworks and measures in order to ensure the uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicle fleets in urban areas. ELIPTIC develops 20 user concepts and business cases in 11 European cities, which put a strong focus on increasing the capacity of electric public transport. ELIPTIC also contributes to reaching the EU’s goals of halving the use of conventionally-fuelled cars in cities by 2030 and reducing the emissions of 60% by 2050. The shift from private to electric collective transport will reduce the need for individual travel and for private car ownership in urban areas, simultaneously improving air quality.

With the view of wide application of the project’s results, ELIPTIC adopts a holistic approach, including large metropolitan cities (e.g. London, Barcelona, Brussels, Warsaw), middle-sized cities (e.g. Bremen, Gdynia, Leipzig, Szeged, Oberhausen), small towns (e.g. Eberswalde) and even less densely populated areas (Lanciano). This selection implicates also various climatic and topographic conditions, showing important impacts for the operation of (battery-) electric vehicles.

The scope of the ELIPTIC project addresses all modes of electric public transport. It is reflected in the selection of project’s Consortium, which comprises pioneering operators and authorities for metro, light rail, tram, and trolleybus systems. They are supported by leading universities, networks and industry sector representatives, who complement the entire range of key actors of electric public transport.