The “Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Mobility” Project is a plan which is integrated in the Course of Action “Enhanced Mobility” that embodies the Common Strategic Framework designed for the Network of Historical Villages of Portugal.
It is a pilot project rooted in the creation of a new sustainable mobility service directed towards companies, residents, and visitors, resulting from the partnership between the Historical Villages of Portugal – Tourist Development Association and Renault Portugal, with the support of the County of Fundão.
It is an impact partnership that through social and environmental responsibility, focusses on the principle of Regional Development in the less densely populated areas, which have strong touristic potential but lack solutions that would allow the different users, systematic mobility. This project, together with the aim of achieving sustainable transport, intends to place the users first, offering them cheaper, more accessible, healthier and cleaner travel alternatives.
In addition to the associated environmental dimension, the social aspect is greatly valued in this project, which in turn has a positive impact on the local economy, since a fleet of five electric Renault cars, a free pioneer service of sustainable mobility, are available to tourists, residents and professionals.
The Historical Village of Castelo Novo was the chosen village and is therefore the first place in Mainland Portugal with 100% sustainable mobility – free from CO2 emissions and noise! – but it also guarantees that the trips between the 12 Historical Villages of Portugal are more environmentally friendly. Boosting multimodal transportation is another commitment of the Historical Villages of Portugal -Tourist Development Association in the field of sustainability. Thus, the project also includes a shuttle service connected to the train stations of Castelo Novo, Alpedrinha and Fundão.
Taking into consideration the profile of the different users, a booking system was created that offers both face-to-face and online customer service, assisted by regulation that defines the rules of use.
The realization of this project is the solution for tourists and all those people who do not own their own vehicle, or who are looking for a more economical and sustainable way to travel, including the residents and professionals of the area.
As a pilot project, there is a trial period of 6 months, which started on 12/04/2022. As a result of the performance obtained, the same may be replicated in the remaining 11 Historical Villages of Portugal, thus reinforcing the field of sustainability as a major premise for the development of the Network.
This project contributes to the strengthening of the smooth mobility of the Network of the Historical Villages of Portugal.
The Electric Vehicles Renault
With a 22kWh battery, TWINGO Electric has a battery range of 270km* on the WLTP* City cycle and 190km* on the full WLTP* cycle. Face the week with peace of mind! Activate the ECO mode and benefit from an autonomy of 225km* by limiting acceleration and maximum speed on motorways.
Limits were made to be crossed. ZOE has expanded autonomy to 395 km WLTP*. Circulate calmly, all week, on a single charge. Manage your energy consumption and recuperate when you decelerate, thanks to the gauge available on the 10" instrument panel display.
To go even further, Kangoo Z.E. offers the new Z.E. 33 (33 kWh) battery, together with a new 44 kW motor, allowing for a driving range of 270 km NEDC*, between 120 to 200 km depending on the weather conditions. The Kangoo Z.E includes a new 7kW charger. This will allow for quicker charges, in other words, the Kangoo Z.E can charge for a range of 35 km in one hour, but can also charge completely in 6.
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Monitoring is crucial for assessing the project's contribution to the evolution of the Historical Village as a sustainable ecosystem.
To that effect, the following points were carefully analysed:
- The No. of residents that use the vehicles compared to the total No. of inhabitants (means of measurement: booking system);
- The No. of companies that use the vehicles compared to the total No. of companies located in the Village (means of measurement: booking system);
- The No. of visitors that use the vehicles by nationality (means of measurement: booking system);
- The No. of kms by type of user (km management sheet);
- Cost/Energy consumption and the environmental impact (information to be collected from the City Hall);
- No. of package tours created that include sustainable mobility (Booking System of the Historical Villages of Portugal)
- No. of commercialized package tours that include sustainable mobility (Booking System of the Historical Villages of Portugal)
- Revenue generated from package tours (Booking System of the Historical Villages of Portugal)
- Rate of repeated use of electric vehicles
- Rate of new users (residents) of electric vehicles
Monitoring is done monthly. The statistical data collected should show the evolution of the use of the fleet of vehicles by different types of users and, whenever possible, establish a parallel between the consumption of fossil fuels and the consumption of electric energy versus promoted impact, using the number of km registered monthly for each electric vehicle.
In April, the Sustainable Urban Mobility service, had 80 bookings until 30/04/2022 with the following distribution: 25 visitors; 49 residents; 6 companies. This circulation covered a total of 3,753 kms and contributed to the reduction of CO2 by about 65%, as can be seen from the statistical information to support the monitoring of project performance, which can be accessed here.
In May, the Sustainable Mobility Urban service, had 106 bookings until 31/05/2022 with the following distribution: 29 visitors; 64 residents; 13 companies. This circulation covered a total of 5,111 kms and contributed to the reduction of CO2 by about 80%, as can be seen from the statistical information to support the monitoring of project performance, which can be accessed here.
In May, the Sustainable Urban Mobility service had 78 bookings until 31/06/2022 with the following distribution: 31 visitors; 29 residents; 6 companies. From this circulation resulted a total of 4965 kms travelled, as shown in the statistical information supporting the monitoring of the project's performance that you can access here.
In May, the Sustainable Urban Mobility service had 92 bookings until 31/07/2022 with the following distribution: 42 visitors; 46 residents; 4 companies. From this circulation resulted a total of 5272 kms travelled, as shown in the statistical information supporting the monitoring of the project's performance that you can access here.
In the month of August, the Sustainable Urban Mobility service had 89 bookings until 31/08/2022 with the following distribution: 58 visitors; 26 residents; 5 companies. From this circulation resulted a total of 6523 kms travelled, as shown in the statistical information supporting the monitoring of the project's performance that you can access here.
In September, the Sustainable Urban Mobility service had 57 bookings until 30/09/2022 with the following distribution: 28 visitors; 22 residents; 7 companies. This circulation resulted in a total of 6186 kms travelled, as shown in the statistical information supporting the monitoring of the project's performance that you can access here.
In the network of Historical Villages of Portugal, sustainability is making History.