Suceava electromobility

Project completed
A man renting an e-bike.
Suceava has introduced an e-bike rental scheme. Switzerland is supporting several Romanian towns and cities to help them develop and implement sustainable energy strategies. © SECO

This project aims at promoting electromobility in the city of Suceava and throughout Romania. The supply of different types of e-vehicles and the construction of a dense and future-oriented network of charging stations are promoting this technology. The effects of the projects are a reduced consumption of energy resulting in a decreased emission of climate-effecting gases. Furthermore, an example for the use of electric vehicles as a way towards a more sustainable and green mobility is to be made.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Romania
Protecting the environment
Energy efficiency and renewable energy
30.07.2015 - 07.09.2019
CHF 2'039'100

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background

Under the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme the European Energy Award is being introduced in four Romanian pilot cities. The European Energy Award is a quality management and certification system for municipalities committed to sustainable municipal energy, climate and transport policies. It is based on the label “Energy City”, which has originally been developed in Switzerland. Suceava, a city of 92'000 inhabitants located in the northeast of Romania, is one of the four selected pilot cities. Like other Romanian cities, Suceava is exposed to an increasing number of private cars, which leads to street congestion, noise, and a rapid increase of CO2 emissions as well as air pollution. Based on its Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) it has identified the introduction and promotion of electric vehicles by the Municipality as a priority infrastructure project. The construction and installation of a state-of-the-art charging network with slow and fast charging stations throughout the city of Suceava combined with the supply of a broad variety of e-vehicles to be used for public services in the city of Suceava, will set an example on green and sustainably mobility.

Objectives

Promotion of electromobility in Suceava in order to save energy and costs, to reduce air pollution and noise in the city, as well as to set an example in Romania.

Target groups

The direct beneficiary is the Municipality of Suceava, which will be able to realize an important pilot project and position itself as a forerunner for electromobility concepts in Romania. Indirect beneficiaries are the 1247 employees of the Municipality of Suceava, who will have better transportation means for their tasks and the 92'000 inhabitants of Suceava, who will benefit from reduced air pollution and noise.

Activities
  • Replacement of 15 old and inefficient gasoline or diesel powered vehicles (11 cars, 2 vans, 1 sweeper, 1 tanker) by modern electric vehicles.
  • Construction and installation of charging infrastructure (14 slow-charging stations in user related locations plus 14 fast charging stations in strategic public locations).
  • Reservation and specific marking of 56 dedicated parking lots for electric cars or vans in user related and strategic public locations throughout Suceava.
  • Supply of 10 electric bikes and construction of a charging station equipped with solar photovoltaic panels (5 kW) in a strategic public location. The e-bikes will be proposed for rental to locals and tourists by the Municipality of Suceava.
  • A concept or feasibility study regarding the introduction of electric public transport options.
  • An awareness campaign to promote electric mobility to other state institutions, businesses and the citizens of Suceava.
Results

Achieved results:  

  • 15 electric vehicles are in use.
  • 28 charging stations are installed, most of which can be accessed also by private electric car holders.
  • 56 public parking lots were dedicated to electric vehicles.
  • 10 electric bicycles with access to the public were purchased.
  • The impact on costs savings and on the level of pollution cannot be measured yet.


Expected results:  

  • An improved urban energy management and in particular more sustainable mobility.
  • Supply of 15 electric vehicles and construction of 28 charging points. 56 parking lots are dedicated to electric vehicles.
  • Supply of 10 electric bikes and constriction of a charging station with 5 kW solar photovoltaic panels.
  • Energy savings of 282 MWh/year.
  • Reduced yearly costs for energy and maintenance by approximately CHF 49'000.
  • CO2 emissions are reduced by 12 tons/year.
  • An electric vehicle fleet (cars, vans, trucks, special vehicles) increasing from nil to 200 vehicles for other state, commercial and private owners until 2020. In relation to this expected extended electric vehicle fleet, indirect energy savings of an additional 7'290 MWh and 1'190 tons of avoided CO2 emissions have been calculated.
  • A feasibility study as decision basis for the implementation of electric public transportation carried out.


Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
  • Romanian Ministry of Public Finance and Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration

Implementing partner
City of Suceava

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'039'100 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   767'791
Project phases

Phase 10 30.07.2015 - 07.09.2019   (Completed)