A study by the European Federation for Transport and Environment, with the participation of ZERO, suggests that by 2025 transport services in uncharacterized passenger cars should be in 100% electric vehicles, saving fuel and the environment.
Speaking to Lusa, Francisco Ferreira, from the environmental association ZERO, explained that Portugal has been drawing attention to the “enormous weight” of TVDE services in the “air pollution of large European cities”, not only in Lisbon.
They are vehicles that are permanently in circulation, the vast majority of them diesel, with the contribution both in terms of air pollutants that affect their quality, and in terms of gas emissions that cause climate change ”, he explained.
According to Francisco Ferreira, the study's conclusions point out that in Portugal, although the accounts were also made for other European cities, “the gain is 4 cents per kilometer between a 100% electric vehicle and a diesel vehicle, corresponding to savings of 19%, which, for 60 thousand kilometers covered per year considered in the study, allows an annual saving of 2,400 euros ”.
The objective, according to Francisco Ferreira, is that, by 2025, all TVDE services “will be provided by 100% electric vehicles, at least in large cities”, considering that the target may even be anticipated, taking into account the restrictions of circulation that have been happening all over Europe.
According to Francisco Ferreira, not only platforms have a role in this process, but also municipalities “that must demand zero emissions zones in their most critical areas”.
In Lisbon, the possibility of a new zone with reduced emissions is foreseen, on the Avenida-Baixa-Chiado section, which is “a fundamental element” for the entry of vehicles with an internal combustion engine to be a “real exception”, he recalled. .
Municipalities, on the other hand, would play an important role in making charging stations available in cities, as well as in residential neighborhoods, a distribution that would also partly be up to platforms.
Francisco Ferreira also recalled that consumers can also do their part, when choosing for their trips the electric vehicles that the platforms already provide, “soon trips with a much smaller environmental footprint”.
According to the data revealed by ZERO, medium-sized 100% electric vehicles are already, on average, 14% cheaper than diesel-equivalent cars, if slow charging close to home and / or charging takes place at night preferential rates.