E-ifel Mobil: Climate-friendly from village to village

In many cities, car-sharing is already well established, but in the country, on the other hand, the concept is still relatively new. Not much is possible here without a car. Within the context of the “E-ifel Mobil” project, five villages in the Eifel Region have discovered electric cars and pedelecs in order to make mobility in rural areas more climate-friendly.

More than 60 per cent of the households in the region have at least two vehicles, according to a survey carried out by LEADER-Region Eifel. For a more economical and climate-friendly alternative, car-sharing concepts for electric vehicles have been prepared and tested together with the citizens in villages with 500-2,000 inhabitants respectively. Many committed local stakeholders have worked together to achieve this – supported by the EU’s “LEADER” funding programme.

Engine for progress:

  • car-sharing concepts developed specifically for the countryside
  • flexible system can be adapted easily to local requirements
  • plays a pioneering role in non-municipal e-mobility
  • citizen participation and the bringing together of important stakeholders

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Photo: LAG Eifel

Committed citizens from the participating villages contributed decisively to introduce the e-cars to their villages.

Impossible is not an option: Flexible test phase for the most diverse requirements

The goal of the “E-ifel Mobil” project is to sensitise citizens to the possibilities for sustainable mobility in the countryside and to develop sustainable business models. For a test phase of several months, a total of four electric cars and eleven pedelecs were made available to five villages free of charge. And successfully too: Almost 200 people availed of this offer in this time and travelled more than 22,000 km using the electric vehicles.

Popularity, utilisation behaviour and purpose of use were very different from place to place. Numerous models were tried out: Renting the village car to drive yourself, climate-friendly citizens’ taxi rides with the “Dorfhüpfer” (Village Hopper) or using pedelecs for shorter journeys. The level of creativity during the test phase also knew no bounds in regard to payment methods. From a fixed fee to donations to voluntary work, everything was possible.

Long-term concepts started

In two villages, the test phase was so successful that a long-term business model has already been developed from this. In Hürtgenwald-Gey, the village’s own car, “Gey” was officially launched at the beginning of 2015. The costs were covered by a new and still flexible tariff system and with the support of advertising partners such as Riedel and Kaiser. The village community at Thürne is also just about to launch its own sustainable thürneMobil.

E-ifel Mobil project video

Video: KlimaExpo.NRW

Partners and sponsors

  • Kreis Euskirchen
  • Kreis Düren
  • StädteRegion Aachen
  • ene Energie Nordeifel GmbH
  • EWV Energie- und Wasserversorgung
  • EU-Förderung