07/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2019 03:25
A first in France
Renewed last year, Vélo'v in Lyon and bicloo in Nantes feature major innovations and were designed to further simplify active mobility and limit CO2 emissions, consistent with the commitments of Lyon Métropole and Nantes Métropole. As part of this eco-friendly mobility policy, and in line with its objective to reduce energy consumption and limit CO2 emissions, JCDecaux has decided to introduce 'zero-emission' electric vehicles in its regulation vehicle fleet. This is the first time in France that electric-powered light vehicles have been used to tow trailers.
The new vehicles are zero-emission and silent in operation, and are also more ergonomic. Working together with its partner Durisotti (a company that converts light commercial vehicles into goods-transport and passenger-transport vehicles) and an ergonomist, JCDecaux has redesigned and refitted the vehicles and trailers to meet the specific needs of employees in the field, who make up to 24 stops a day. The new vehicles can be used to transport up to 19 bikes and reduce the physical demands of the job thanks to a lower trailer that makes loading and unloading easier.
Pilot implementation in Nantes and Lyon
In Nantes, where five electric vehicles have been implemented, 100% of the regulation vehicles have a neutral carbon footprint. In Lyon, five of the seven regulation vehicles are now electric.
The electric vehicles round out the fleet already used by JCDecaux to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as part of the operation of bicloo and Vélo'v services, comprising electric-powered cleaning vehicles, electrically-assisted bikes with trailers for equipment maintenance in the field (four in Nantes, 16 in Lyon) and the 'bicloo mobile', an events vehicle running on natural gas (NGV).