eMobility Expo World Congressthe event that is putting Valencia on the European axis of innovation for the sustainable, autonomous and connected mobility industry, inaugurated its first edition today with the participation of public representatives and big brands such as Ford, Toyota, Iberdrola, Cepsa, Vueling, Air Nostrum or Balearia.
The event, which takes place in Valenceuntil next Thursday, March 23, On its first day, it made clear the commitment of the mobility industry and public administrations to promote more sustainable, accessible and safe models of mobility and freight and passenger transport for citizens.
During the opening ceremony, the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puighighlighted the good moment that the Valencian Community is going through as “an open space that has social dialogue and stability as a key factor for growth, and that is experiencing a moment of effervescence linked to innovation and social prosperity” and continued by stating that “the congress expands all the opportunities we have and reflects our ambition what is to become at the heart of sustainable mobility in southern Europe”.
From the Government of Spain, the Secretary General of Transport and Mobility, Maria Jose Rallo del Olmohighlighted the social component in mobility models, stating that we must place people “at the center of decisions to design services and products focused on responding to your needs”. Rallo emphasized the ministry’s roadmap for future mobility, which he defines as “a mobility that advances towards zero emission vehicles powered by renewable energy. A mobility oriented to the needs of people, articulated around efficient public transport, complemented with active mobility and micromobility and that does not forget the needs of environments in population decline or in rural areas. Digitized mobility to provide a better service, to be more efficient and to respond to major challenges such as last mile delivery”.
For its part, the Valencia City Council, Borja Sanjuan highlighted that Valencia wants to be “the mobility hub because we have a deep respect for the environment and for the people who can make this transformation their life project”.
Valencian Community and Bilbao analyze the challenges of sustainable mobility in cities
roser obrerDirector General of Public Works, Transport and Sustainable Mobility of the Generalitat analyzed together with the councilor of the Department of Sustainability and Mobility of Bilbao City Hall, Alvaro Perez, the challenges that cities face in promoting sustainable mobility. In this sense, Obrer pointed out that “Public transport is essential for the future of mobility, but it must be linked to other modes of transport, operating in intermodal nodes or park-and-rides”.
For his part, Álvaro Pérez highlighted that “Bilbao has a very powerful urban transport network. Currently, 85% of the urban bus fleet is hybrid or electric, speed has been limited to 30km/h throughout the urban core and there is a commitment to electrify 10% of public parking spaces. Added to this, Bilbao is a very comfortable city to walk around, 80% of citizens move mainly on foot, and the latest innovation has been the electric bicycle, with great success, with 2 million uses per year”.
However, this evolution towards sustainable mobility is not without its challenges and as Pérez indicated in his speech “The city’s great challenge is a mobility study to adapt to the new realities of citizens. Citizenship is no longer the same as 15 years ago, it has to adapt”. From the Generalitat of Valencia, Obrer highlighted that “it is to bet on shared car parks, with which the citizen makes the most important part of his trip with other people; as well as the study of on-demand transport solutions provided by the municipalities, the construction and adaptation of cycle-pedestrian routes and the improvement of interurban communications through new concessions.”.
Both representatives agreed on the importance of disclosing the mobility measures that are developed in the city. “It is important to know the existing transport alternatives, because adding and combining transport modes can offer very decent transport networks.”, highlighted Roser Obrer, while Álvaro Pérez stated that “knowing the successful experiences implemented elsewhere is important to implement them in one’s own territory and, above all, listening to citizens to know their needs”.
Global launches in the automotive sector
The eMobility Expo World Congress also hosted global launches such as the ford, which presented its new 100% electric vehicle. What is more, Toyota and Lexus They also showcase their new range of electric vehicles over these three days.
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Until next Thursday, March 23, the eMobility Expo World Congress will bring together more than 5,000 professionals and 340 experts worldwide from all industry segments to analyze the challenges, innovations and legislative actions needed to move towards decarbonisation and the integration of sustainable mobility into society.