LONG LIFE TO MICROMOBILITY

Electric cars have received praise for their role in reducing fossil fuel consumption and urban
pollution. However, they do not necessarily alleviate traffic congestion and parking
difficulties. Challenges related to recycling vehicles and batteries persist.

In Europe, there is a growing interest in micromobility options, with e-bikes leading the way.
Despite only 3% of respondents in Italy purchasing e-bikes, around 30% expressed interest in
doing so. Challenges for e-bikes include short battery lifespan, high replacement costs, and
negative perceptions of sharing services. Road safety issues and inadequate infrastructure
also hinder e-bike adoption.

To promote micromobility and reduce environmental impact, the LIFE2M project has been
launched. Its goals include developing innovative accumulators based on hybrid
supercapacitor (SC) technology, creating micromobility vehicles using recyclable materials,
establishing photovoltaic fast-charging stations, and raising awareness through
communication campaigns. The project aims to retrofit/introduce around 260 micro-vehicles,
create three photovoltaic fast-charging stations, and develop a data collection platform and
app. Additionally, it aims to reduce energy consumption by 93%, atmospheric pollution by
95%, and CO2 emissions by 85%, while eliminating battery waste by replacing the entire
micro-vehicle fleet. The project will also define guidelines for safe micromobility circulation
and expand the system to additional cities, targeting 9,600 micro-vehicles within five years
after project completion.


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