Paris to launch universal charging pilot for micro-mobility

Duckt lock charge points

Duckt will install 150 dock, lock and charge points across the Paris Rive Gauche area to demonstrate how the infrastructure can accelerate micro-mobility to reduce climate impact in the city.

The Paris Rive Gauche (13th arrondissement) area of Paris is to undertake a pilot project for the installation of 150 dock, lock, and charge points.

The project, awarded to micro-mobility infrastructure provider Duckt, aims to demonstrate how universal charging infrastructure can accelerate micro-mobility use to reduce climate impact in the city.

Universal charge solution

After responding to a Paris municipality call for experimentation in collaboration with European sustainable energy innovation accelerator EIT InnoEnergy, the universal charge solution will be deployed in the second quarter of 2021. According to Duckt, it offers the municipality and e-mobility users a way to help organise public space, lower operation costs and provide a simple, secure universal charge station.

The adaptable solution can be plugged into advertising boards, bus stations and street lighting to provide a power source.

“Paris was the ideal city to demonstrate the power of our solution. With nearly 15,000 electric scooters on the streets, policies are going to keep moving towards accelerated deployment of micro mobility,” said Marc-Antoine Réol, country manager France at Duckt.

“The aim of this experimentation is to provide a last-mile infrastructure, which links public transport and shared micro-mobility. This initiative supports the mayor’s desire to reduce the use of cars in town to a minimum and the city’s ambitious ‘15-minute city’ project which aims to give Parisians the full use of their streets back.”

From 2024, car drivers will not be able to drive a diesel car in Paris and by 2030, gas powered cars will be banned. Research from Lime has also shown a 15 per cent increase in the number of electric bike and scooter trips in the city and a 65 per cent increase in distance travelled from February 2020 through to June 2020.

“[Duckt’s] solution is built to be adaptable and green,” added Hortense Becheux, sales manager France at EIT InnoEnergy.

“This means it can even generate its own power through solar options. At EIT InnoEnergy, our purpose is to accelerate the energy transition and by backing Duckt, we know we can make a meaningful difference together.”

Once the pilot has been operational for 12 months, it can then be considered for commercial roll out.

Source: smartcitiesworld.net

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