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Lviv plans to abandon diesel buses and develop electric mobility

Lviv will develop electric mobility and plan to abandon diesel buses.

This program was approved by the Lviv City Council for the next 10 years.

The program includes:

  • development of sustainable mobility;
  • improving the public transportation system;
  • implementation of renewable energy projects;
  • creating an infrastructure of charging stations for electric cars.

What goals are planned to be realized

The first goal is that all electric transport rolling stock must meet modern standards of environmental friendliness, energy efficiency, and accessibility. This includes the renewal of tram and trolleybus rolling stock and the introduction of battery electric buses and electric buses with dynamic charging. The city’s goal is to systematically phase out diesel buses on all city routes. This includes rolling stock of both municipal and private carriers.

The second goal is a developed transport infrastructure. It includes the development of infrastructure to ensure the smooth movement of public transport, modernization of feeder cable lines and traction substations, creation and integration of local renewable energy power plants into electric transport systems, charging infrastructure for battery buses, stationary battery systems, modernization and construction of depots and their buildings, modernization of tracks and contact networks, and completion of critical gaps in the network.

The third goal is low-carbon urban logistics with an emphasis on electric bicycles and electric vans. This means switching the city’s goods and parcel delivery sector to electric energy.

The fourth goal is ride-sharing electric mobility. This option in EU cities is constantly expanding and includes various forms and practices of sharing electric cars, scooters, ordinary and cargo bicycles, electric bicycles, etc. The city aims to develop sharing mobility with an emphasis on electric vehicles and electrically assisted bicycles.

The fifth goal is a developed charging infrastructure. The city aims to create charging hubs with a priority for business users, taxis and logistics vehicles, as well as for its own use – charging municipal vehicles. The operators of such charging stations can be either a utility company or private operators on concession or other contractual terms.

It is noted that the electromobility development plan for Lviv City Hall was developed with the assistance of the German government organization GIZ, within the framework of the international project TUMIVolt and as part of the implementation of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.

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