Committed to the sustainable and smart mobility revolution
Posted: 10 April 2017 | Alain Vidalies, Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries for France | No comments yet
Across the transport industry, the need for technologically innovate modes of transport and a sustainable infrastructure that benefits not only its passengers, but the environment too, has long been clear. In this article for Intelligent Transport, Alain Vidalies, Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries for France, explains how the country is ready and eager to meet this ideal, and is already taking steps to achieve it.
Mobility is at the core of everyday life, connecting people and markets, and creating bonds between countries or cultures and so plays a key role in fast-changing environmental issues. As the transport sector accounts for approximately 23% of the total man-made CO2 emissions, there is a strong and urgent need to invent and implement new solutions that enable the development of a sustainable transportation system that still fulfills growing mobility needs.
Many projects are already underway in France that focus on smart transportation devices, autonomous and electric vehicles, and our country has now become Europe’s largest market for electric vehicles. The government has deployed strong incentives to encourage the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles, with fiscal incentives offered to companies developing such fleets. Our ambition is clear: we want 15% of vehicle travel to be made by 100% green or renewable energy engines by 2030. France has just reached the milestone of 100,000 100% electric cars on the market, and the market trend continues to be positive. Strong measures have also been taken to develop the recharging infrastructure for those vehicles. Several main French cities have also implemented electric vehicle sharing services, such as ‘Autolib’ in Paris, ‘Sunmoove’ in Lyon and ‘Bluecub’ in Bordeaux, which I consider to be an excellent way to promote these new vehicles and integrate them into the urban landscape.
France also wants to play a leading role in advancing the development of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). I’m proud to