BMW continues to search for the best ways to reduce air pollutionJanuary 29, 2019
In search of cost-effective ways to reduce pollution, Rotterdam contacts the owners of hybrid cars BMW.
When the hybrid BMW Daana Khosli goes to the center of Rotterdam, he passes the virtual border into the “electrical zone” of the city, and his mobile phone rings, reminding him that he must turn off the internal combustion engine and run on battery power.
Hosley is participating in Electric City Drive, one of a series of projects planned by the city of Rotterdam and BMW, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing road pollution.
“The first results look promising,” said Arnaud Bonte, the city’s vice mayor in charge of energy policy. “I hope that we can expand this project as soon as possible, including for owners of cars of other brands.”
Participants have a smartphone app developed by BMW that tracks the use of their engine and reminds them that they voluntarily switch to electric driving when they hit the geofence.
Initial results show that participants are ready to use the battery exclusively in the zone about 90 percent of the time.
The Netherlands in Europe is distinguished by a relatively large number of hybrids than electric cars, 100,000 versus 40,000 – however, they make up only a small fraction of the 8.1 million cars on the country’s roads.
This is due to the fact that since European cities are trying to achieve dual goals to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars by 30% by 2030, they need practical ways to move quickly forward.
And this is not so easy. German cities angered the owners of diesel cars by banning cars with high levels of pollution on some of their streets, while France’s plans for a fossil fuel premium sparked street protests from the “yellow vests.”
Even in rich Norway, which leads the world in the introduction of electric vehicles, Oslo introduces a charge for charging and is looking for ways to avoid costly network upgrades.
Theoretically, there is a financial incentive to run hybrids on electricity, because electricity is cheaper than gasoline per kilometer.
Vice Mayor Bonthe said that Rotterdam sees hybrids as a bridge to the massive introduction of electric cars in the mid-2020s, when prices fall and the charging infrastructure improves.
In Rotterdam, Hosley says he likes to try to find charging stations and use his electric battery as often as possible. The statistics of his application shows that he consumes about 4 liters of gasoline per 100 km of run.
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